Best smartwatches (2022) – tested and reviewed

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There are so many great smartwatches to choose from right now – but the best on paper may not be right for you.

With options for sporty people, runners, the fashion-conscious and those on a tight budget, there's a lot to think about when buying a smartwatch.

We've picked our favorite smartwatches from our reviews, based on smartphone type, sports features and a range of budgets.

Our best smartwatch buyers guide is filled with smartwatches we've reviewed, tested and worn on our wrists for weeks on end.

Check out our guide to upcoming smartwatches for an overview of what's coming up.

Tl;dr: Our top smartwatch picks

The Apple Watch Series 7 is more advanced with always-on display and ECG, and the new look and fast charging make it the best smartwatch money can buy.

  • Best smartwatch for Android smartphone users – Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 – $279.99/£249.99 – FullreviewAmazon

A fantastic screen and a top array of health features make the Galaxy Watch 4 a great smartwatch. And the move to Wear OS 3.0 means the selection of apps on offer makes it the best Galaxy Watch yet.

Belies its sub-$100/£100 price tag with great features, GPS, decent sleep tracking and loads of health features. The app is a cut above most other budget smartwatch brands too. Great value for money.

The Venu 2 offers big battery life and a focus on sports tracking and health. If you're looking for a fitness-focused smartwatch, you won't be disappointed.

Best smartwatch 2022 – our reviews compared

We've run down the pick of our smartwatch reviews, and distilled them into one read. However, read the full in-depth testing before buying to make sure you're getting the right device for your needs.

Apple Watch Series 7

Apple Watch Series 7

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Apple Watch Series 7: Key features

  • iOS only
  • 41mm and 45mm sizes
  • Retina OLED display – 44mm: 396 x 484, 40mm: 352 x 420
  • 32GB storage
  • S7 processor
  • GPS/GPS+Cellular options
  • Optical HR
  • ECG
  • SpO2
  • Always-on display
  • Apple Pay
  • Siri
  • IP68 + 50m water resistance
  • Single day battery life
  • Rapid charging
  • Price when reviewed $399.99/£369.99 (41mm)
Buy it if...The Series 7 is the best smartwatch choice for iOS users. It boasts top notch features and usability – and the new screen makes it the best looking Apple Watch money can buy

The Apple Watch Series 7 is certainly an interim update, with no headline new features or wellness sensors to get stuck into. But Apple has overhauled the screen tech and there are improvements across the design.

The Series 7 grows to 41mm and 45mm sizes (but retains the same strap sizes), but the black border around the display has been reduced to 1.7mm. The result is that the display appears to be edge-to-edge, making for an impressive updated look that immediately makes the SE/Series 6 look old and dated.

That means there's 20% more screen surface than the Series 6 and SE, and that it's 50% bigger than Series 3, which remains on sale.

The larger screen size means you can see 50% more text, and Apple has added an on-screen keyboard for text input, including predictive input.

Sadly there’s no boost in battery life. However, Apple has improved fast charging. 45 minutes on charge gets you 85% battery, and 8 minutes will get you through a night’s sleep tracking. It works well and makes the Series 7 easier to live 24/7 than the Series 6/SE.

Elsewhere, there's still all the features that makes the Apple Watch our best smartwatch. The fitness and sport tracking is excellent.There's GPS, ECG, and an SpO2 sensor – and the App Store is on hand to improve the stock experience of the Apple Watch. Apple Pay is a triumph, and the Wallet now enables you to do more from the wrist than just pay for coffee.

In short, the Apple Watch is the best smartwatch going, and the Series 7 is the pinnacle of that experience. It replaces the Series 6 at the same price, but with a significantly superior screen – that's a win in our book, and a solid, tangible reason to shell out more over the SE.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 7 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Key features

  • Android smartphones only
  • Available in 44mm/40mm (Watch 4) and 42mm/46mm (Watch 4 Classic)
  • Biggest Watch 4/Watch 4 Classic models include 396x396 Super AMOLED displays
  • Exynos W920 dual core processor with 1.5GB RAM and 16GB storage
  • Up to 40 hours of battery life
  • Run on Wear OS with Samsung One UI Watch 3
  • Samsung Pay or Google Pay support
  • Download apps from Google Play Store
  • ECG, PPG and BIA sensors
  • Built-in GPS/Glonass/Beidou
  • LTE models for all sizes
  • 5ATM water resistant rating
  • Price when reviewed $279.99/£249.99
Buy it're an Android smartphone user. This excellent smartwatch represents the best on offer, with plenty of room to grow

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is a huge reset for the Samsung brand, and hits reset on four generations of devices by moving to Wear OS and merging Galaxy Watch and Active brands.

And it's the undisputed best watch for Android users, with Samsung returning to run the new revamped Wear 3.0 with a superb integration.

There are two very distinct versions of the Galaxy Watch 4. The standard version (left) replaces the Galaxy Watch Active 2 in 40mm and 44mm sizes, while the Watch 4 Classic (right) retains the dress watch feel of the older Watch 3 in 42mm and 46mm options.

Those older devices on Tizen OS now have a limited life, with Samsung only providing critical updates for three years. That means they've been removed from this list.

The new smartwatches move to Wear OS, although retain the traditional look and feel of Galaxy Watches via the One UI Watch 3 overlay. We'd wager most users wouldn't notice the difference, and the Watch 4 retains the bezel control, close integration with Samsung services, and features such as blood pressure monitoring, ECG and GPS.

And it's now much better for Android users. People can opt to use Google Pay over Samsung Pay and users can access the Play Store for apps, which is head-and-shoulders above the old Galaxy Store. On Google's side, it's committed to improving app quality and selection – and there's already evidence this is well underway.

But Samsung and Google have hit the bullseye with this excellent smartwatch.

Read our full Galaxy Watch 4 review.

Huawei Watch 3

Huawei Watch 3

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Huawei Watch 3 key features

  • Android compatible and iOS
  • 46mm
  • Stainless steel case
  • Ceramic back
  • 5ATM
  • 16GB 2GB RAM
  • 1.43-inch AMOLED screen 1000 nit
  • 466 x 466, 326ppi
  • Rotating crown
  • Interchangeable strap
  • GPS
  • SpO2
  • Price when reviewed: £349/€369 (no official US release)
Buy it if... You love the design and build quality. It's a fantastic Android smartwatch but you can opt for the cheaper GT 3

The Huawei Watch 3 is a superbly build smartwatch with premium materials and a price to match.

It debuts Harmony OS, Huawei's new smartwatch operating system that promises more apps and features – although the current selection certainly isn't worth getting excited for. However, it does offer users the chance to untether with LTE capabilities.

The screen is also a triumph with a 1.4-inch AMOLED display kicking out an eye-searing 1000 nit.

The build quality is incredible, with a stainless steel and ceramic case and sapphire glass. It feels weighty and expensive – blowing equivalently priced smartwatches away. However, at £349/€369 (US price not official) it's more than the Huawei Watch GT3 and three times the cost of the older GT2.

And that's the problem. So much of the experience translates exactly from the Watch GT3. The sports tracking and running modes are great – but all the same as the cheaper GT3. You get the same guided training programmes for running, the ability to track metrics such as heart rate and pace as goals, and get audio feedback as you go.

There's built in GPS, the new TruSeen 4.5 heart rate monitor, which powers SpO2 tracking of blood oxygen, stress monitoring, fatigue, VO2 Max, training load and it performs excellently as a sleep monitor. But again, most of this is found on the GT2e.

And then there's the battery life. You'll get around 3-4 days in normal mode and there's a power saver that will give you around 10 days – and still keep most of the sports tracking modes, sleep, fitness and notifications running. It gives you great flexibility around how long you want to spend away from the charger.

To recommend the Watch 3 relies on you valuing the design, because if you take that away, and it’s too close to the GT3 family at a much larger price.

Read our full Huawei Watch 3 review.

Apple Watch SE

Apple Watch SE

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Apple Watch SE key features

  • Works with iPhone only
  • 18 hours battery (36 in testing)
  • LTE/4G options available
  • Fitness tracking
  • Suitable for swimming
  • Heart rate
  • Apple Pay
  • Notifications, make/take calls
  • Price when reviewed: $279.99 (40mm)
Buy it if: You're an iOS user that doesn't care about ECG and SpO2. If you can live without these two fairly niche health features, there's so much to love about the Apple Watch SE.

The Apple Watch SE was launched in 2020, and wasn't updated with the Series 7 in 2021. But it might just be the easiest to recommend of the Apple Watch line-up.

It’s more affordable for sure, but don’t think of it as a cheap Apple Watch. It still costs $279.99 for the 40mm version, which makes it on the pricey side given the competition out there from Huawei and Amazfit.

But the Apple Watch SE only makes a few compromises over the Series 6.

It’s easier to start with the features you don’t get: the always-on display, ECG and SpO2 tracking are all missing on the Apple Watch SE. And it only comes with aluminum case options, and the smaller display.

But you still get the same screen tech, sizes, GPS, sports and fitness tracking, swim-proof design, LTE options, Apple Pay, iPhone mask unlock… all the stuff that makes the Apple Watch our favorite smartwatch to use day-to-day.

However, the single day battery life (we got up to around 36 hours) is still a major downside compared to rivals.

If you’re not bothered about the high-end health features of the Series 7, then the Apple Watch SE comes very highly recommended.

Read our full Apple Watch SE review.

Huawei Watch GT 3

Huawei Watch GT 3\

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Huawei Watch GT 3: specs and features

  • 42mm and 46mm sizes
  • Runs on Harmony OS
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Huawei TrueSeen 5.0 heart rate sensor
  • Dual-Band GNSS positioning for outdoor tracking
  • 100+ workout modes
  • AI running coach
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life
  • 5ATM waterproof rating
  • Price from: £209.99 (No official US release)
Buy it if: You're looking for a running focused smartwatch – there's a lot to like about the Huawei Watch GT 3

There's a lot to like about Huawei's newest smartwatch, which brings Harmony OS and heaps of fitness features for over $100/£100 cheaper than the flagship Watch 3.

It brings over 100 workout modes, running specific workouts and metrics, a personalized AI running coach with specific running index score, VO2 Max and a new Healthy Living feature that reminds you to drink water and other essentials.

The GT 3 inherits the haptic crown from the Watch 3 and uses an upgraded version of Huawei's TruSeen optical heart rate sensor to improve accuracy.

Huawei has added the dual-band five-system GNSS technology it introduced on the Huawei Watch 3 Pro to improve outdoor tracking accuracy. There's basic navigation features here too, and new personalised training plans.

Battery life remains 2 weeks, with that dropping closer to a week in heavy usage. The price has jumped up with the smallest 42mm option starting at £209.99 (around $288).

Like other Huawei watches, there's no details on US pricing or whether this is going to be an easy one to get hold of Stateside.

But the Watch GT3 is a powerful smartwatch that takes many of the features of the flagship at a more appealing price – there's a lot to like here.

Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2 key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 45mm case size (40mm Venu 2S)
  • Dedicated sports tracking modes
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Heart rate and Pulse OX
  • Stress tracking, Body Battery
  • GPS
  • Offline Spotify/Amazon Music
  • Garmin Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $399.99
Buy it if: You want the power of a Garmin sports watch in the sleek style of a fully fledged AMOLED smartwatch.

Garmin's smartwatch is unsurprisingly extremely sports-focused, with dedicated modes for running (indoor, outdoor, treadmill), cycling (indoor/outdoor), swimming (pool only thanks to 5ATM water resistance), golf, strength, cardio, elliptical, indoor rowing, yoga and more.

It differs from its sports range thanks to the AMOLED 416 x 416 display, which is designed to tempt those looking at the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch.

To woo you further, the Venu 2 offers over a week of battery life, Garmin's sport tracking prowess, and a bunch of advanced health metrics, including pulse ox and stress monitoring.

And Garmin has also just released the Venu 2 Plus – which shrinks the case to 43mm, and adds the ability to make/take calls and access your smartphone's voice assistant from the wrist.

In terms of sports tracking, HIIT has been boosted since the original Venu, with special modes for EMOM and AMRAP sessions, and it will track reps in guided strength workouts, too.

It's a nice bit of kit and that screen is really punchy, making stats during runs in the dark easier to read, and notifications look crisp and sharp, too.

On the Venu 2 you'll get around 10 days in smartwatch mode (with always on screen and pulse ox off), 7 hours when using GPS tracking and music streaming and 19 hours of GPS battery life. It has impressive rapid charging too, and 20 minutes should bag you a full day of use.
In our experience, those 10 days in smartwatch mode feels a bit ambitious if you're using its full compliment of features. We'd say it's more like a week. It does offer more in the way of GPS battery life, particularly if you choose to ditch offline music streaming and just take your phone out with you.

We also really liked the health features – and Garmin has made big strides in accuracy with the Venu 2. The stress tracking felt immediate and useful, and we could see stressful feelings spiking the real time tracking. Likewise, the sleep tracking has improved massively, which also feeds into Body Battery measurement of energy. It will also record blood oxygen levels at night or 24/7 if you desire.

It's not all rosy, though. The wrist raise is a bit clunky, and the supplied watch faces and apps on Connect IQ feel very basic. It's also not as slick as the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch 4 in terms of smartwatch notifications, payments and dedicated app stores.

In short, the Garmin Venu 2 isn't as slick as an Apple Watch – but tears strips off it for battery life, while being a top fitness smartwatch. It comes recommended.

Read our full Garmin Venu 2 review.

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

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Redmi Watch 2 Lite key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 41mm case
  • 1.5-inch, 320x360 TFT display
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 100 workout modes
  • SpO2
  • GPS
  • Price when reviewed: $TBC/£59.99
Buy it if: One of the best budget smartwatches going – the Redmi Watch 2 belies its price tag and while some elements are basic, it works well

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite is a square smartwatch option from the Xiaomi spin-off company that offers a strong feature set for both Android and iPhone users.

It's a little easier to get in the UK than it is in the US right now though.

Design-wise, it shares a close resemblance with the Xiaomi Mi Watch Lite we've also tested, but it offers a 41mm matte plastic case with a higher quality 1.5-inch, 320x360 TFT display that's generally up to the task in terms of viewing angles and responsiveness.

For smartwatch features, you're getting notifications, the ability to download watch faces, control music playing on your phone and view weather updates. While interacting with the screen has its laggy moments, it's a software that is really easy to get to grips with.

When it comes to tracking your fitness, there's a heart rate monitor, blood oxygen monitoring and support for GPS,

It also covers swim tracking here too, with 5ATM water resistance.

If you're a Strava user, you can also fire your workout data over to the third party app. You're also getting something that will simply track steps and monitor sleep and it does it in a largely reliable way.

Battery life is anywhere from up to 10 days in typical use to 5 days in heavy usage and it did live up to those numbers in our testing.

The Redmi Watch 2 Lite really impressed us in our testing, but for US readers, availability is patchy. There's no official release there, like we've seen in the UK/Europe, but sites like Ali Express are listing a global version with international shipping.

Read our full Redmi Watch 2 Lite review

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

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Amazfit GTS 2 Mini key specs

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm case
  • 1.55-inch 354 x 306 AMOLED
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • SpO2
  • Price when reviewed: $99.99/£79.99
Buy it if… Possibly the sweet spot for features vs price. Top sports and health tracking in a superb package. The only reason to consider spending more is the lack of decent health analysis and lack of payments, LTE and smart features.

The Amazfit GTS 3 is out now – but we still consider the GTS 2 Mini a smart purchase. You do get MP3 storage, wrist calling and Alexa – but these features don’t justify a $80 premium in our book.

Then there’s the Amazfit GTS 2e, which keeps the larger screen plus doubles battery life and adds a temperature sensor. That didn’t stand up in our review though.

That leaves the GTS 2 Mini, which like the three bears of smartwatches, gets things just right.

First, it doesn’t miss out on any key features, so you still get heart rate, 60 sports modes, GPS, stress and sleep tracking, SpO2 and an AMOLED screen. It’s lightweight, well made and really performs as a sports watch.

And then there’s the price. At $99.99 it’s almost half the price of the GTS 2. We described it in our review as the “sweet spot” with all the features, a good screen and a killer price. What’s not to like?

Accuracy of the biometrics is one criticism, as is the app which is nowhere near as polished as Apple or Fitbit. That’s where devices like the Versa 3, Sense and Apple Watch SE justify their price tags.

Also a word on the GTR 2. It’s a great looking smartwatch that does everything the GTS 2 can do. But at 47mm it’s a big watch, and still suffers question marks over value for money. The GTR 2e is a smarter buy.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 Mini review.

Amazfit Bip U Pro

Amazfit Bip U Pro

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Amazfit Bip U Pro key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm plastic case
  • TFT 1.43-inch display
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS and optical heart rate monitor
  • Up to 15 days battery life/22 hours GPS battery
  • Price when reviewed: $69.99/£59.99
Buy it if… Smartwatches don't come better at this price. You get so much for your money, but buyer beware the cheap plasticky build.

If value for money is your aim, then the Amazfit Bip U Pro is the best it gets. The 1.43-inch screen and case materials are the key downgrade on the GTS Mini (above), as it uses a TFT display over AMOLED. The result is a dimmer, duller and more pixelated affair.

Aside from the screen and materials you get same health features as the GTS range. It’s a decent sleep and step tracker, and the Pro version has Alexa and GPS built in. If neither of those interest you, you can save even more money by opting for the standard Bip U.

Like the GTS range you still get stress tracking, SpO2 and heart rate monitoring. Amazfit seems extremely reluctant to hold back key features on its budget devices, which begs the question ‘why pay more?’

In our in-depth review we were impressed by the value for money and performance of the Bip U Pro – the general feeling of cheapness is the only reason to opt for the more premium GTS 2 Mini.

Read our full Amazfit Bip U Pro review.

Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6

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Fossil Gen 6: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm and 44mm case size options
  • 1.28-inch, always-on AMOLED screen
  • Runs on Wear OS – Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 3ATM water resistant rating (safe for swimming)
  • Price when reviewed: $299.99/£289.99
Buy it if… The Fossil Gen 6 is a fashionable Wear OS smartwatch that's future-proofed with Wear 3.0. If you love the design, this is a smart purchase for Android users

The Fossil Gen 6 smartwatch is the latest generation of the fashion brand's smartwatch platform. It's equipped with Qualcomm's newest Snapdragon Wear 4100+ platform that keeps performance zippy, but doesn't quite push battery life beyond a day or two max.

And it's already been confirmed to get Wear OS 3.0 in 2022.

That new version of Wear OS will be a boost for Fossil, bringing new features, (supposed) better usability, (allegedly) longer battery life and Fitbit-based activity tracking.

The Gen 6 comes in seven different looks for both men and women, covering those who prefer a sportier look or something better suited to formal occasions. There's the option of 44mm and 42mm case sizes with both featuring stainless steel cases that measure in at 11.5mm thick.

Both host a 1.28-inch, AMOLED touchscreen display, and like previous Fossil smartwatches, feature a rotating crown and two programmable pusher buttons.

It adds an SpO2 sensor to monitor blood oxygen levels, on top of a heart rate sensor and a host of bespoke Fossil fitness tracking apps, that build on Wear OS 2.0's patchy set of features.

In terms of battery life, you can still only expect 24 hours, but fast charging means 30 mins will get you 80%.

If you love the look, then the future-proofed Fossil Gen 6 is great option.

Read our Fossil Gen 6 review.

TicWatch E3

TicWatch E3

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Ticwatch E3 key features

  • Runs on Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor
  • Will work with Wear OS 3
  • 1.3-inch, 360 x 360 resolution AMOLED display
  • Google Pay and Google Assistant
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB of storage
  • Built-in GPS
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • Blood oxygen monitoring
  • 44mm case/32g
  • Price when reviewed: $199.99/£179.99
A solid mid-range smartwatch which has bags of potential with the new Wear OS. But the long wait means rivals are easier to recommend

The TicWatch E3 may seem like the kind of mid-range Wear OS smartwatch we've seen scores of times before – but it has plenty of potential to be a hit.

The price is excellent and it includes a Snapdragon 4100 processor, which is the fastest and most advanced chip to power Wear OS devices to date.

But there's more: the TicWatch E3 is one of only two smartwatches 100% confirmed to be upgraded to the new Wear 3 next year.

The others are the new Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and incoming (but unreleased) Fossil Gen 6 – so there's slim pickings, and nothing at a mid-range price point.

We've reviewed the TicWatch E3 with old-fashioned Wear OS 2.0 and it's not a world-beater right now. The 1.3-inch AMOLED screen specs are average, and it's not exactly a bastion of classy design. It's functional looking, but rich in features with GPS and heart rate monitoring on board.

Mobvoi has added a bunch of apps including TicOxygen (blood oxygen tracking), TicBreathe (guided breathing), TicZen (mindfulness), TicHearing (noise levels detection) and TicCare (health records).

The downsides are single-day battery life and a few accuracy niggles with heart rate and workout tracking.

However, it's well-priced and could get even better with the new Wear OS – but we'll only know that at some point in 2022. In the meantime, devices like the Amazfit GTS 2 or Huawei Watch GT2e come more easy recommended.

Fitbit Sense

Fitbit Sense

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Fitbit Sense key features

  • EDA
  • ECG
  • Temperature monitoring
  • 1.58-inch display
  • 336 x 336 pixels
  • Google Assistant and Alexa
  • GPS
  • 50m water resistance
  • 20+ sport tracking modes
  • Six-day battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Price when reviewed: $329.99/£299.99
Buy it if… The Fitbit Sense is the best "health watch" you can buy. Temperature sensing, stress tracking and Health Metrics join Fitbit classics of activity, sleep and GPS tracking to make the Sense the best day-to-day tracker of health money can buy right now.

A powerful health watch but an average smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense comes recommended for those that want as much health data as they can muster.

It excels as a sleep tracker and heart rate monitor, and it boasts ECG for detection of Afib, SpO2 which is linked to sleep tracking for detection of sleep disorders, an electrodermal activity sensor for stress detection and even a temperature sensor to put you in tune with your body and health.

Fitbit has put an added focus on its Fitbit Premium, so subscribers to the $79.99 a year service will get even more data.

Premium reveals a whole dashboard of new raw data called Health Metrics across all devices – but Sense leverages the most.

You get temperature and resting heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate variability all shown in one screen.

A criticism is that there’s no analysis of this data, but if you love graphs then the Fitbit app has the motherlode.

There are few devices that put you in control of this much data about your body, and it’s perhaps the perfect device for these pandemic times – but there are caveats.

The Fitbit Sense isn't an amazing smartwatch. Fitbit Pay support is patchy, while the watch face gallery is clunky and full of paid-for apps with a bizarre payment process.

But you do get around six days of battery life, and a seriously rapid fast charge. And Fitbit Pay is on board if your bank supports it.

If you're looking to get the maximum amount of health data this is a great choice.

Read our in-depth Fitbit Sense review.

Fitbit Versa 3

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Fitbit Versa 3 key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Six days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Amazon Alexa smart assistant
  • Apps and customizable watch faces
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $229.99/£199.99
Buy it if: You want the Fitbit sleep and sport tracking staples without the bells and whistles of the Fitbit Sense. The app experience and analysis make it worth the price tag.

A moderate update to the Fitbit Versa 2, the Versa 3 now plays second fiddle to the Fitbit Sense health watch.

But like the Apple Watch SE, there’s a lot to like if you don’t want those insights into ECG and Afib, stress and body temperature.

The Versa 3 has GPS added for the accurate tracking of outdoor workouts, which is the biggest addition. It also gets the excellent fast charging, which can add a day’s worth of battery life in just 10 minutes.

And you still get a week of battery life, which is truly excellent, and you also get the best of Fitbit’s core fitness tracking features.

That means top-notch sleep monitoring with a single sleep score, workout detection and heaps of sport profiles. That’s on top of the standard step, elevation and Active Zone Minutes.

And there’s still an SpO2 sensor on board that will keep tabs on blood oxygen as you sleep.

As a smartwatch it delivers notifications with aplomb, but you’re not getting the breadth of apps you’ll find on Apple Watch, nor Wear OS.

But there is Fitbit Pay and you can choose between Alexa and Google Assistant voice controls from the wrist. We didn’t find that experience that useful, but if you’re a regular with smart home control then it might appeal.

It’s a good fitness-focused smartwatch, and the Fitbit app is one of the best places to keep tabs on your health.

Check out our full Fitbit Versa 3 review.

Huawei Watch GT2e

Huawei Watch GT2e

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Huawei Watch GT2e key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Huawei's Lite OS, not Wear OS
  • 42mm and 46mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player (Android only)
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking (Android only)
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 15 sports tracking modes
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Two weeks battery (normal use)
  • Price when reviewed: $123.99" gbp="99.99
Buy it if… The GT2e offers great running and sports tracking at an excellent price. A cheaper alternative to Fitbit and Apple, although Amazfit offers more.

The Huawei Watch GT2e doesn’t offer that much over its predecessor the GT2, bar a visual redesign that’s a little more sporty.

It runs Lite OS rather than Google’s Wear OS, but it’s a really capable smartwatch with some very smart fitness and wellness features, that comes recommended for users of Android smartphones in particular.

The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is bright and clear, and you get a bunch of sport profiles including swimming (thanks to 5ATM water resistance), cycling and an excellent running experience.

And that’s because the GT2e is actually really good for runners, thanks to loads of metrics, a clear screen, and Firstbeat’s VO2 Max and recovery stats.

The only downside is that due to a lack of third-party plug-ins, you can’t boot data out to Strava, and there are no other apps to use.

Battery life is excellent at 14 days, heart rate accuracy was good at moderate levels, and workouts are well tracked within the app.

Sleep tracking was also excellent, and Android smartphone users can benefit from native music storage and stress tracking too. For iOS users the app feels a little under-cooked and bare, and we'd proceed with caution.

And now finally the Huawei Watch GT2e is actually listed on Amazon US at a price of $123 – which makes it a good buy at this price. A no-brainer for Android users, but iOS people should pay a little more for the Apple Watch Series 3.

Read our Huawei Watch GT2e review

Garmin Venu Sq

Garmin Venu Sq

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Garmin Venu Sq features

  • Fitness tracking and HR
  • 20 pre-loaded sport profiles
  • Golf tracking
  • Stress monitoring
  • Body Battery
  • SpO2
  • Respiration
  • Notifications
  • Six days of battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $199.99£179.99
Buy it if… The Garmin Venu Sq gives you the Garmin sports tracking experience for less. It's a simple watch with few bells and whistles, but Garmin Connect comes to life with health and fitness insights.

A budget version of the Garmin Venu full AMOLED smartwatch, but pared back and with a significant price drop.

The Venu Sq is pretty stripped back, and simply offers access to a number of Garmin sport profiles.

You get loads, with running and cycling on board with GPS as you’d expect, plus yoga and even golf yardages in the mix.

Fitness tracking is also pretty on point, and the overview of your day is also packed with data including stress monitoring and Body Battery, which measures your energy levels and assesses when you need to take a break.

It is a very simple experience, though. There are few widgets to explore on the watch itself. A swipe down gives you the My Day overview, and the main button sends you to sport profiles. That’s it.

But it feeds plenty of data into the Garmin Connect app – and if you’re a keen athlete that’s looking for accurate sport tracking and compatibility with Spotify on the wrist, then don’t let the Venu Sq go under the radar.

Read our full Garmin Venu Sq review.

Amazfit Neo

Amazfit Neo

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Amazfit Neo key features

  • Works with Android phones only
  • 1.2-inch STN display
  • Activity and sleep tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Sports tracking modes
  • Phone notifications alerts
  • 28-day battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $39.99/£34.99
Buy it if… There's so much to love about this retro Amazfit that still manages to be a useful fitness tracker. And at this price it makes a great gift or fun toy to play with.

The most basic smartwatch on this list, the Amazfit Neo isn’t remotely a rival to the likes of the Apple Watch – but that doesn’t stop it being a delightful option.

Styled like a 90s Casio digital watch, the Amazfit Neo still offers a heart rate monitor, activity and sleep tracking smarts – all for under $50/£50.

Paired up to your smartphone it will deliver message and app notifications, but just lets you know you have something to read.

However, the retro design, decent features and fantastic price all combine for something really pleasing. It makes a great present or gift – and there’s loads to like.

Read our review of the Amazfit Neo.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

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TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS key features

  • 47 mm case size
  • Runs on Wear OS 2.0. Will be upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 platform
  • 1.4-inch AMOLED and FSTN dual display
  • GPS, Beidou, Glonass, Galileo and QZSS satellite system support
  • 20+ workout modes
  • AFib detection
  • Mental and Physical fatigue assessments
  • Google Pay
  • MIL-STD-810G certified durability
  • Up to 72 hours battery life
  • IP68 waterproof rating
  • Price when reviewed: £299.99/£289.99
Buy it if: A strong Wear OS smartwatch that's guaranteed to get the big new update in 2022

A modest 2022 update for the TicWatch Pro 3, the Ultra GPS version is also set to run the new Wear 3.0, when it launches in 2022.

The TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS uses a dual display, with the generous 1.4-inch 454x454 AMOLED overlaid by a basic low-power FSTN monochrome one that displays the time when you’re not using the watch.

That helps it double battery life over Wear OS competitors, and it will last 72 hours between charges.

In terms of health sensors, there’s a few onboard. SpO2 means you can spot check blood oxygen and there’s a warning app for noisy environments – and this version includes Afib detection, driven by the PPG sensor, rather than a specific ECG one that we've seen on the likes of the Apple Watch.

There are 20+ sports tracking modes, but we did find accuracy issues in the heart rate monitor. However, if you're that keep on accurate biometric sports tracking data then this perhaps isn't the right smartwatch for you.

It's pricey for what you get, but the TicWatch Pro 3 offers a slick experience – and by getting Wear 3.0 next year, you know your purchase is future-proofed.

Read our full TicWatch 3 Pro Ultra GPS review.

Withings ScanWatch

Withings ScanWatch

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Withings ScanWatch features:

  • 30 day battery life
  • ECG
  • 24/7 HR
  • Sleep tracking
  • Auto atrial fibrillation warning
  • SpO2 blood oxygen tracking
  • Nightly breathing disturbances
  • Workouts/connected GPS
  • Price when reviewed:$329.99/£279.99
Buy it if: You want a powerful health watch, but not a computer on your wrist

We’ve held off recommending the Withings ScanWatch, given its lack of availability in the US, but now this powerful hybrid health watch has gone global.

Underneath the analogue watch face is a powerful health smartwatch, with ECG and a heart rate monitor dominating the feature sheet.

Withings has been in the health wearable game a long time, and its app is excellent. The quality of data is top notch, as is the accuracy of sleep tracking and analysis of metrics such as resting heart rate.

All the usual health metrics are also here and it’s a good activity monitor and step tracker too – and the interior dial on the watch face will show your progress towards your step goal.

It’s also not completely analogue. A small OLED screen sits on the dial, showing basic information like real time HR, steps and calories burned – and you can get some basic notifications there too.

It’s not cut out as a workout tracker in terms of real time information, and certainly no Garmin rival, but you can record workouts and get the data in your stats dashboard. And those can be GPS workouts, if you take your phone along with you.

And the battery life is also incredible. The ScanWatch will last 30 days between charges, including nightly sleep tracking and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. Impressive stuff.

The Withings ScanWatch is unique – offering powerful wearable health features in a traditional device. Many will want stronger smart features, and others may already have an analogue watch they prefer. But if you’re looking for subtle health features, the ScanWatch gets our endorsement.

Wareable verdict: Withings ScanWatch review