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 an always-on display and ECG, and the new look and fast charging make it the best smartwatch money can buy.

Just keep in mind that the Apple Watch Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra have just been announced, meaning the Series 7 should soon come down in price and also isn't the latest and greatest model anymore.

  • 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.

Smartwatch key considerations:

Case size

The fit, comfort and wearability of a watch are largely down to case size – and a few millimeters can make a huge difference. Those with small wrists should look in the 38-42mm range, while those that like chunky, oversized watches or have big wrists should look at 46mm+.

iOS vs Android

It's important to think about what smartphone you use. Apple Watch is iOS only, and Wear OS 3.0 watches, such as the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and the incoming Pixel Watch, are exclusive to Android. Older Wear watches work on both, but the iOS experience is diminished and it's not recommended. Huawei, Fitbit and Garmin smartwatches work on both – but some advanced calling from the wrist features are usually Android only.

Check out our guides to the best smartwatches for iPhone and for Android watches.

Apps and extra features

Buying into Apple Watch and Wear OS watches means you can access bustling app stores full of options from big-name brands, such as Spotify or Strava, and expand on the core features.

If you opt for smartwatches from Garmin/Fitbit/Huawei, their platforms simply don't have developer support for quality apps, so you're limited to the advertised functionality of the watch.

Heath and fitness features

Smartwatches are increasingly becoming health and fitness tools – so make sure yours has the sensors you want.

You'll be hard-pressed to find a smartwatch without a heart rate sensor these days, and most are adept at keeping tabs on 24/7 HR and resting heart rate.

However, the likes of Apple and Fitbit now include ECG, a powerful health tool – read our ECG explainer if you're curious. Runners will want GPS on board to accurately track outdoor workouts.

Battery life

The Apple Watch and Wear OS smartwatches generally only last a day away from the charger – which is one of the biggest turn-offs for people. Luckily, most smartwatches now last in excess of a week – with Fitbit, Huawei, Amazfit and Garmin all pushing longevity.

LTE/4G

The final key consideration is whether you want your smartwatch to work away from your phone. Many manufacturers such as Apple, Samsung and Mobvoi offer LTE versions, which you'll need to purchase a separate data plan to take advantage of. Most carriers and networks have plans for LTE smartwatches.

Check out our guide to the best LTE smartwatches, if this is important to you.

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

$399/£369 (41mm) – $429/£399 (45mm) Amazon | Apple

Apple Watch Series 7

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Apple Watch Series 7: Key considerations

  • iOS only
  • 41mm and 45mm sizes
  • GPS + ECG
  • LTE models
  • Single-day battery life

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 are still all the features that make the Apple Watch our best smartwatch. The fitness and sports tracking are excellent. There's also GPS, ECG, and a 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.

Just keep in mind the Series 8 and Apple Watch Ultra have now been announced, which we'll be reviewing over the next couple of weeks.

Read our full Apple Watch Series 7 review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

$279/£249 | Amazon, Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4: Key considerations

  • Android smartphones only
  • Available in 44mm/40mm (Watch 4) and 42mm/46mm (Watch 4 Classic)
  • Single day battery life
  • GPS, ECG, PPG and BIA sensors
  • LTE models for all sizes

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.

Apple Watch SE (2020)

$279/£269 (40mm) - $309/£299 (44mm) | Amazon, Apple

Apple Watch SE

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Apple Watch SE key features

  • iOS only
  • 40mm and 44mm sizes
  • GPS + ECG
  • LTE models
  • Single-day battery life

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/£269 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 7.

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 a smaller display. And now it misses out on the new larger sizes and edge-to-edge display, which does leave it looking a tad dated.

But there's still so much here. GPS, sports and fitness tracking, swim-proof design, LTE options, Apple Pay, iPhone mask unlock and the breadth of the App Store – in other words, 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.

Again, just like with the Series 7, we'd exercise some caution here before buying, as Apple has just announced a new version of the Apple Watch SE.

Read our full Apple Watch SE review.

Huawei Watch GT 3

$229/£209 (No official US release) | Amazon, Huawei

Huawei Watch GT 3\

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Huawei Watch GT 3: specs and features

  • 42mm and 46mm sizes
  • Works with Android and iOS
  • GPS
  • Up to 2 weeks battery life

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 Huawei Watch 3.

It brings over 100 workout modes, running-specific workouts and metrics, a personalized AI running coach with a 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 are basic navigation features here too, and new personalized training plans.

Battery life remains 2 weeks, with that dropping closer to a week in heavy usage.

Like other Huawei watches, there are 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

$399/£349 | Amazon, Garmin

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2 key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 45mm/40mm
  • GPS
  • 10 days battery life

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 feel a bit ambitious if you're using its full complement 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, 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 it does tear strips off it for battery life while also being a top fitness smartwatch. It comes recommended.

Read our full Garmin Venu 2 review.

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

Price when reviewed: $115/£59.99 | Amazon, AliExpress

Redmi Watch 2 Lite

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Redmi Watch 2 Lite key features

  • iPhone and Android
  • 41mm case
  • GPS
  • 10 days (5 days heavy use)

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 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

$99/£79 | Amazon, Best Buy

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

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Amazfit GTS 2 Mini key specs

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm case
  • Built-in GPS
  • 7 days battery life

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 / £60 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 / £79.99, 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?

The 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

$69/£59 | Amazon, Best Buy

Amazfit Bip U Pro

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Amazfit Bip U Pro key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm plastic case
  • Built-in GPS
  • Up to 15 days battery life/22 hours GPS battery

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 downgrades 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 the 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 interests 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, with a fantastic array of features, both as a smartwatch and sports watch.

In short, 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

$299/£289 | Amazon, Best Buy

Fossil Gen 6

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Fossil Gen 6: specs and features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 42mm and 44mm case size options
  • Runs on Wear OS – Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • GPS
  • Single-day battery life

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 – although you may have to wait for the end of the year for it to land as an update.

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 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 a 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 a great option. But we're relying on Wear OS 3 to come and make this a killer smartwatch, so in the words of George Michael, you gotta have faith.

Read our Fossil Gen 6 review.

Fitbit Sense

$329/£299 | Amazon, Fitbit

Fitbit Sense

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Fitbit Sense key features

  • 40mm
  • iOS and Android
  • Built-in GPS
  • 6 days battery life

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 the detection of Afib, SpO2 which is linked to sleep tracking for the 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, resting heart rate, breathing rate, oxygen saturation, and heart rate variability all shown on 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

Price when reviewed: $229/£199 | Amazon, Fitbit

Fitbit Versa 3 review picture

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Fitbit Versa 3 key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 6 days battery life
  • GPS
  • 40mm

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 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 sports profiles. That’s on top of the standard step, elevation and Active Zone Minutes.

And there’s still a 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.

Garmin Epix

$999/£899 | Amazon, Garmin

Garmin Epix

Garmin Epix features

  • iOS and Android
  • 16-day battery life
  • GPS (multiband GNSS)
  • 47mm

The Garmin Epix burst into the sports watch range in 2022 – as a Fenix 7 without compromises. The headline feature is that touchscreen 1.3-inch, 416 x 416 pixel resolution AMOLED display, offering the best of Garmin’s sports watch range, with a more pleasing, high-end experience.

The 47mm case will be too big for some, and there’s no Epix S 42mm size yet – so it’s not really a unisex device. If you have thin wrists, it’s a bit of bulk to carry, with a 22mm strap and tipping the scales at 78g.

Like the Fenix 7, you have an insane array of sports tracking modes, top-notch analytics, including Firstbeat VO2 Max and training insights, and the new Stamina tracking.

The AMOLED comes into its own for the built-in mapping, which is much easier to use than the Fenix – although still a fiddle on the small screen.

And notifications, which are delivered from iOS and Android smartphones, are easier to read.

The Epix also features multiband GNSS, for more accurate outside tracking, and it was noticeably improved over the performance of the Fenix 6 in built-up areas in our testing.

The Fenix has shunned an AMOLED display because of the impact on battery life – but the Epix still musters a surprisingly long period away from the charger.

Garmin says you should get up to 16 days of battery life in smartwatch mode with 6 days if you use the screen in always-on mode. It's up to 42 hours in GPS mode (30 hours in always-on mode) and 21 days in battery saver mode.

If you're using ‘All Systems’ GPS in outdoor tracking, you can expect up to 32 hours and that drops to 20 hours when you add the multiband GNSS into the mix. All of this was borne out in our extensive testing.

In short, the Garmin Epix is the closest we’ve seen to a no-compromise Garmin sports watch – but with a price tag that eclipses most rivals.

Amazfit Neo

Price when reviewed: $39/£34 | Amazon

Amazfit Neo

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Amazfit Neo key features

  • iOS and Android
  • 28-day battery life
  • 40mm

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 from being a delightful option.

It offers something completely different from any smartwatch on the market – and evidence that more can be less.

It's 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, rather than displaying a full email on your wrist.

Granted, it's not really tearing strips off the Apple Watch. But the retro design, surprisingly rich smartwatch features and fantastic price all combine for something really pleasing.

Read our review of the Amazfit Neo.

TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

Price when reviewed: £299/£289 | Amazon

Best smartwatches (2022) – tested and reviewed

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TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS key features

  • 47 mm case size
  • Runs on Wear OS 2.0 9. Will be upgraded to Wear 3.0 in 2022
  • GPS
  • Up to 72 hours battery life
  • iOS/Android (but Wear 3 could be Android only)

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 454 x 454 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 are 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 looking for super-accurate biometric sports tracking data, 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

Price when reviewed: $329/£279 | Amazon, Withings

Withings ScanWatch

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Withings ScanWatch features:

  • iOS and Android
  • 30-day battery life
  • ECG
  • 38/42mm

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 analog 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 analog. 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 analog watch they prefer. But if you’re looking for subtle health features, the ScanWatch gets our endorsement.

Wareable verdict: Withings ScanWatch review