Ever since the original Samsung Galaxy Gear was
unveiled back in September 2013, we’ve seen some great
smartwatches land from the Korean company – but which Samsung smartwatch should you buy? What Samsung smartwatch is the best for you?
With Apple continuing to be a major player, Fitbit entering the smartwatch game with the Fitbit Ionic and plenty of watches now on aboard the Wear 2.0 ship, the crop to choose from has never been stronger.
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If you’re interested to see why you should opt for a Samsung smartwatch, though, then read on to see what’s currently on offer.
If you want the very latest Samsung smartwatch, well there is one on the way. The Samsung Galaxy Watch is official and comes in 42mm and a larger 46mm models to offer men and women-friendly options. Features include 4G connectivity, up to 7 days battery life (on 46mm model), new health and fitness features including the introduction of food tracking and sleep monitoring plus, that rotating bezel is still in tow to aid navigating Samsung’s Tizen OS software. Details on a launch and pricing have yet to be confirmed though. Hopefully we won’t have to wait too long for it. If you can’t wait until then, these are your next best options.
The best Samsung smartwatch: The Samsung Gear Sport
This Samsung smartwatch goes all-in on fitness, on both land and sea. You’ve got waterproofing, you’ve got a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, and you’ve got it in a package smaller than the Gear S3. There are changeable 20mm bands for you to switch things up should you want a new look, too.
Non-sporty features include Samsung Pay (albeit without MST support), taking control of Samsung smart home devices via Samsung Connect and being able to use it as a remote control for Samsung Gear VR or PowerPoint.
This is also the first Samsung wearable running Tizen 3.0, and it comes with 4GB of memory and a 300mAh battery that can give you wireless charging.
It’s not perfect, but with the likes of offline Spotify, Speedo On support and a strong battery life, there’s still a lot to like here.
Price: $249.99| Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Sport review
Buy it if you want… a sporty smartwatch packed to the gills with features and an alternative to Wear.
The next-best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S3
The Gear S3 It comes in two flavours, the Frontier or Classic, and both will appeal to very different watch owners.
If you want something with a more rugged, outdoor watch vibe, the Frontier is a safe bet. Although its bulky 46mm frame undeniably makes it a more masculine watch, Samsung has thrown in features such as LTE support and Wi-Fi to help this model become a standalone option. We should add that the Sport (above) does not include LTE.
It’s a shame it can’t fully embrace water like its newer sibling, with its IP68 certified resistance only allowing you to submerge in water of up to 1.5 metres for up to 30 minutes, but at least the Frontier can tolerate a rainstorm (or your shower) without any issues.
If you’re not looking to take on the elements, the Classic model provides you with a more traditional smartwatch look.
And while both models are bigger than the Gear S2 and the Sport, those looking for this smartwatch to be a tracking machine are in luck. Not only can both Gear S3 models offer an accelerometer, ambient light sensor and a heart rate monitor, an altimeter, barometer, speedometer and GPS are also packed in.
One of the more attractive selling points of the Gear S3 is its ability to work with iPhones as well as Android handsets, giving you the option to mix with both worlds. It’s also received a Tizen 3.0 new update that adds some of the features on the Sport, including a new Watch Only mode that extends to battery life to 40 days should you need it.
Price: $279.99 | Amazon (Classic) | Amazon (Frontier)
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S3 review
Buy it if you… like your smartwatches to be big and bold and don’t mind paying a bit extra.
The cheapest Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S2
Not everyone will embrace the bigger design of the newer Gear S3 or want the active look of the Gear Sport or simply don’t want to spend big on a smartwatch. So what’s stopping you from taking a look at its smaller sibling?
Boasting a beautiful round-faced display that guns straight for the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2 was the company’s first model to feature the revered and intuitive rotating bezel.
Like its successors, the range offers two variants – the standard Gear S2 and the S2 Classic – with the latter also offering a 3G model and GPS tracking. This means the device is still able to compete alongside the smartwatch heavyweights and assist you with all your fitness and activity tracking needs. And, hey, it’s cheap.
Price: $132.80 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S2 review
Buy it if you… want a cheaper, smaller Samsung smartwatch, which still packs that all-important rotating bezel.
The best Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Things haven’t changed too drastically between generations here; you still have the 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, for example, which is one of the best in the business for brightness and vibrancy. However, the headline act here is the waterproofing up to 5ATM.
With swimming allowed, there are also some new abilities for swim tracking. Expect the Fit2 Pro to record lap time, lap count, and stroke type. You can also link it up to Speedo On swimming platform.
Most everything else is the same. You’ve still got GPS and GLONASS support, Tizen is still under the hood powering apps like Spotify, the Fit2’s automatic exercise tracking makes a return, and there’s 4GB of storage for music. Samsung also partnered up with Under Armour, which means its suite of apps, which include MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, UA Record and MapMyRun are all pre-loaded.
Price: $199.99 |Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review
Buy it you want… a fitness tracker and a smartwatch but haven’t got money for both. There are Garmin and Polar devices that tick this box, too, but none with such an awesome display.
The cheapest Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2
While the Gear Fit2 doesn’t exactly fit in the smartwatch category, as it’s technically a fitness tracker, this remains an option since it offers some handy smartwatch, er, smarts, runs Tizen and has access to third party apps.
So, what sets it apart? Well, the device bucks the crap-display tracker trend with a sumptuous 1.5-inch screen with an eye-popping 432 x 216, 322ppi display. On the fitness side, there’s GPS built in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag. It’s not waterproof, though, so if you want that you probably should scroll back up to the Fit2 Pro.
It’s also worth mentioning that despite Samsung UK no longer selling the device, it’s still available through Amazon.
Price: $89.95 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 review
Buy it if you… want a feature-packed fitness tracker with a strong display.