Jam tangan pintar terbaik untuk tahun 2022

Itu Apple Watch Seri 7 adalah jam tangan pintar terbaik yang dapat Anda beli sekarang. Seri 7 kaya fitur, ramah pengguna, cantik, dan sangat andal.

Namun, rekomendasi itu disertai dengan peringatan — dan yang terbesar adalah Anda harus memiliki iPhone untuk menggunakan Apple Watch. Itu berarti bahwa jika Anda menggunakan smartphone Android, Apple Watch bukanlah pilihan. Tapi jangan khawatir, ada banyak alternatif yang bagus. Digital Trends telah meninjau lebih dari 100 jam tangan pintar, pelacak kebugaran, dan perangkat yang dapat dikenakan, jadi kami memiliki semua wawasan mendalam yang Anda butuhkan untuk menemukan jam tangan pintar ideal Anda.

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  • Apple Watch Seri 7
  • Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Klasik
  • Ticwatch Pro 3 GPS
  • Fosil Gen 5E
  • Amazfit GTR 2
  • Suunto 7
  • Garmin Quatix 6
  • Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000
  • Withings ScanWatch
  • Pertanyaan yang Sering Diajukan
  • Bagaimana kami menguji
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Apple Watch Seri 7

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kelebihan

  • Layar besar, bezel kecil

  • Mudah dipersonalisasi

  • Pilihan model dan ukuran

  • Pelacakan kesehatan yang komprehensif

  • Perangkat lunak dan notifikasi yang andal

  • Pengisian cepat

  • Lebih kuat dan lebih tangguh dari sebelumnya

Kontra

  • Hanya berfungsi dengan iPhone

Mengapa Anda harus membeli ini: Meskipun hanya sedikit lebih baik daripada Seri 6, ini masih merupakan jam tangan pintar terbaik yang tersedia saat ini.

Untuk siapa: Siapa pun yang memiliki iPhone yang menginginkan jam tangan pintar.

Mengapa kami memilih Apple Watch Series 7: Apple Watch adalah salah satu dari sedikit jam tangan pintar yang kami beri ulasan bintang lima, dan Apple Watch Series 7 adalah salah satu produk yang sempurna. Sederhananya, ini adalah jam tangan pintar yang sempurna, menjadikannya pilihan terbaik jika Anda berbelanja untuk pendamping iPhone.

Apa yang membuatnya begitu menakjubkan? Yah, itu bukan desainnya. Seri 7 memiliki kasing yang sedikit lebih besar, tetapi itu bukan perubahan besar, dan pandangan biasa tidak mungkin menemukan perbedaannya. Namun, bezel yang lebih tipis terlihat jelas, dan ini lebih menonjolkan layar yang lebih besar. Daya tahan juga telah ditingkatkan, berkat peringkat IP6X baru untuk ketahanan terhadap debu dan peningkatan pada kaca Ion-X di bagian atas. Perubahan kecil ini cukup untuk mengubah apa yang sudah menjadi desain luar biasa, dan sangat membantu meningkatkan gaya dan kenyamanan Apple Watch.

WatchOS 8 menambahkan banyak hal ke Apple Watch Series 7 juga. Tampilan jam baru memanfaatkan layar yang lebih besar dengan font dan ikon yang lebih besar, dan notifikasi dapat menyertakan lebih banyak informasi. Berkeliling arloji juga sedikit lebih cepat.

Pilihan kebugaran dan kesehatan masih menjadi fokus utama. Apple Watch Series 7 dapat membaca detak jantung Anda (dan ketidakteraturan apa pun), melakukan pembacaan elektrokardiogram (EKG), dan mengirim peringatan darurat jika Anda terjatuh dan tidak dapat bangun. Heck, itu bahkan memulai penghitung waktu ketika Anda mencuci tangan. Di sisi kebugaran, ini mengingatkan Anda untuk memulai latihan jika Anda tidak bergerak atau bersepeda, melacak aktivitas berenang Anda, dan memiliki lusinan rencana latihan. Jika Anda menyukai kebugaran atau hanya mengawasi kesehatan Anda, maka Apple Watch adalah pilihan yang tepat. Apple Watch Series 7 baik-baik saja dengan masa pakai baterai, tahan seharian dan berubah dalam penggunaan normal.

Apple Watch Series 7 adalah jam tangan pintar yang luar biasa. Harga untuk Seri 7 mulai dari $399 untuk model 41mm dan $429 untuk model 45mm. Tambahkan $100 untuk masing-masing model dengan GPS + Seluler, dan harga juga naik jika Anda menginginkan tali yang lebih mewah.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Klasik

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kelebihan

  • Desain yang kohesif dan matang

  • Memutar bezel itu intuitif

  • One Watch UI rapi dan logis

  • Pelacakan kesehatan yang komprehensif

  • Pilihan gaya dan ukuran

Kontra

  • Baterai tidak bertahan dua hari penuh

  • Perangkat lunak Wear OS 3 tidak memiliki polesan

  • Terlalu besar untuk dipakai di malam hari

Mengapa Anda harus membeli ini: Ini adalah jam tangan pintar terbaik jika Anda memiliki ponsel Android.

Untuk siapa: Siapa pun yang menghargai antarmuka pengguna yang hebat pada jam tangan pintar yang apik.

Mengapa kami memilih Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic: Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic adalah jam tangan pintar terbaik yang tersedia untuk ponsel Android Anda. Ini memperbarui sistem operasi dengan Watch OS 3 tetapi mempertahankan fitur favorit seperti menu gulir dan Ubin yang dapat disesuaikan. Ada campuran aplikasi Samsung dan Google, seperti Samsung Pay dan Google Maps. Fitur utama Watch 4 Classic adalah bezel berputar yang sangat berguna yang memungkinkan Anda menggulir aplikasi dan layar dengan cara yang alami dan ergonomis.

Watch 4 Classic hadir dalam ukuran casing 42mm dan 46mm untuk pergelangan tangan yang lebih kecil dan lebih besar, dengan layar AMOLED bulat yang tajam dan berwarna. Dengan peringkat tahan air IP68, ditambah kasing berperingkat MIL-STD-810 G, Anda tidak akan kesulitan berolahraga, berenang, atau mandi dengannya.

Ini dikemas dengan serangkaian fitur pelacakan kesehatan dan kebugaran yang mengesankan selain pemberitahuan standar, kontrol media, dan pelacakan tidur. Anda dapat mengukur detak jantung, elektrokardiogram (EKG), Indeks Massa Tubuh (BMI), Tingkat Metabolisme Basel (BMR), tingkat stres, dan banyak lagi. Prosesor Exynos W920 hadir dengan RAM 1,5 GB dan penyimpanan 16 GB, memungkinkan aplikasi terbuka tanpa jeda yang mencolok, dan mendukung pemutaran offline untuk Spotify dan YouTube Music. Daya tahan baterai adalah satu hari dalam pengujian kami.

Beragam fitur, OS yang halus dan responsif, serta desain yang nyaman dan kontrol ergonomis menjadikan Galaxy Watch 4 Classic sebagai jam tangan pintar terbaik di pasaran untuk pengguna Android. Pengguna iPhone juga dapat menggunakannya dengan aplikasi Samsung Wear, tetapi Anda akan kehilangan banyak fitur sehingga kami tidak merekomendasikannya.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Klasik

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  • Masa pakai baterai tiga hari

  • Prosesor Snapdragon Wear 4100 terbaru

  • Performa cepat

  • Layar selalu aktif sekarang memiliki lampu latar

Kontra

  • Memakai OS masih membuat frustrasi

  • Tidak ada pilihan warna atau tali

Mengapa Anda harus membeli ini: Ini mengemas teknologi terbaru, dan karenanya akan bertahan lebih lama.

Untuk siapa: Saat Anda menginginkan masa pakai baterai terlama dan prosesor terbaru di dalam jam tangan pintar dengan harga terjangkau.

Mengapa kami memilih Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3: Jam tangan pintar terbaik yang dapat Anda beli dengan perangkat lunak Wear OS Google saat ini adalah [Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor, which is more powerful and more power-efficient than the Snapdragon Wear 3100 found in other Wear OS smartwatches. By getting the latest tech, your smartwatch will last you longer.

The TicWatch Pro 3 has a clever dual-screen system, where a second LCD screen is set over the standard 1.4-inch AMOLED touchscreen, showing the time, date, and other data when the watch is in ambient mode. It saves a lot of battery power, so the TicWatch Pro 3 can last up to three days before needing a recharge.

In addition to the new processor, the watch has a heart rate sensor, measures blood oxygen levels, has exercise and health plans built in, and is IP68 water-resistant.

The TicWatch Pro 3 gets an update to the Google and Samsung-developed Wear OS 3 software in late 2022. At $299 the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 is good value, and far beyond the competition. Mobvoi has also released a 4G LTE version of the Ticwatch Pro 3, which is so far available in the U.K. and parts of Europe, and we took a closer look at the model here.

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Ticwatch Pro 3 GPS

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Fossil Gen 5E

Best Wear OS smartwatch for women





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Pros
  • 42mm and 44mm case options
  • Stylish, varied design
  • Easy to use basic fitness tracking
Cons
  • Snapdragon 3100 processor is out of date
  • Wear OS’s notification support is unreliable

Why you should buy this: The Fossil Gen 5e’s varied range of designs provides plenty of choice for women.

Who it’s for: Anyone who doesn’t want a large smartwatch.

Why we picked the Fossil Gen 5e: Fossil’s Gen 5e smartwatch comes in two different sizes, 42mm and 44mm, with designs aimed at women. There’s a choice of a gold or stainless steel finish, with either a silicone strap or metal bracelet, and one with a jewel-encrusted bezel too.

The watch has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor, a heart rate monitor, a 1.2-inch touchscreen, sleep tracking, and support for contactless payments. It tracks activity using Google Fit or Fossil’s power-conserving Wellness app, but it doesn’t have GPS, so you’ll need your phone if you want to map your runs. The battery lasts a day with average use.

At around $180 the Fossil Gen 5e is competitively priced. There aren’t that many options for women who don’t want to wear a large smartwatch, so the choice offered by Fossil here is welcome. If the Gen 5e isn’t for you, take a look at the Wear OS smartwatches from fashion designer Kate Spade, such as the Kate Spade Scallop 2 and the lightweight, sportier KSNY Sport model. These are good alternatives to the Fossil Gen 5e, depending on your lifestyle.

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Fossil Gen 5E

Best Wear OS smartwatch for women

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Amazfit GTR 2

Best budget smartwatch





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Pros
  • Pretty design
  • Low price
  • Comfortable to wear day and night
  • Solid casual activity and sleep -tracking features
Cons
  • Still some software improvements required
  • Battery life suffers when many features used

Why you should buy this: It does everything you want a smartwatch to do, and looks great.

Who it’s for: Anyone on a budget who seeks all the benefits of a fitness tracker and a smartwatch.

Why we picked the Amazfit GTR 2: Amazfit’s hardware and software have matured a lot over the past year or so, to the point where we can happily recommend the Amazfit GTR 2 smartwatch, which has significant benefits over buying a cheap smartwatch with Google’s Wear OS software. The biggest is battery life, as the GTR 2 lasts at least a week even with heavy use, or even longer if you’re careful with the power-hungry features.

Best of all, it looks great on your wrist. It’s slim and compact, so it should suit most people, and the curved glass and metal body give it some style and class. It is comfortable enough to wear for 24 hours, so it’s ready for fitness tracking and notifications during the day, and sleep tracking overnight.

The smartwatch connects to the Zepp app which is available for Android and iOS, and has proven reliable and easy to use, plus provides plenty of insight into your activity and fitness data. Notifications can be finicky and are non-interactive, but it’s no worse than on a Wear OS smartwatch. You can receive calls, it’s water-resistant for swimming, there’s a heart rate sensor and SpO2 measurement, and there’s GPS inside too. It has everything you need if you’re looking for a smartwatch that prioritizes activity tracking.

For $180 the Amazfit GTR 2 is good value, and if that’s too much, the slightly less feature-rich but cheaper $140 Amazfit GTR 2e is worth a look too.

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Suunto 7

Best smartwatch for running





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Pros
  • Comprehensive fitness features
  • Two-day battery life
  • Smooth performance and software
  • Hard-wearing, water resistant case
Cons
  • Annoying buttons can frustrate
  • Expensive compared to the competition
  • Only best for dedicated fitness fans

Why you should buy this: It’s packed with all the right fitness features for serious runners.

Who it’s for: Anyone who wants a smartwatch looks with tons of fitness-specific features.

Why we picked the Suunto 7: The Suunto 7 smartwatch brings all of Suunto’s popular running, walking, and hiking tech to Google’s Wear OS platform for the first time. The Suunto app shows local routes based on difficulty, time, and popularity, meaning wherever you are you always known which routes are best, all based on other Suunto users’ experiences. The map even shows when popular routes are likely to be busy, so you can choose accordingly.

The data shown is comprehensive, ranging from calories burned and time elapsed, to peak training effect and recovery time. Runners will appreciate the onboard GPS, the data on pace, cadence, and altitude too. The watch and app sync with Suunto’s dedicated platform, so you can continue to track your fitness levels over time. It’s as hardcore as you want it to be, but there’s plenty for less enthusiastic fitness fans too, including 70 different workout modes and a heart rate sensor.

Expect 12 hours of use with GPS active, or seven hours with Suunto’s mapping while the GPS is active. Otherwise, the battery should last around two days before needing a recharge with normal use.

The lightweight body and comfortable strap make it wearable all day, but the design is sporty, so it won’t go with every outfit, especially if you choose one of the brighter colors. The Suunto 7 is more accessible than non-Wear OS fitness watches, works with Android and iOS, looks great, and performs well too.

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Garmin Quatix 6

Best smartwatch for swimmers





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Pros
  • Multiple fitness sensors
  • Battery life
  • Build quality
  • Music storage
  • Day to day usability
Cons
  • Expensive
  • Only one size
  • No touchscreen

Why you should buy this: It’s specifically designed for people who spend time in the water, whether it’s on a boat or swimming.

Who it’s for: Swimmers, or those who require a water-resistant smartwatch.

Why we picked the Garmin Quatix 6: The Garmin Quatix 6 is described as a marine smartwatch, due to its strong features for anyone who likes to spend time in the water, whether it’s on a boat or swimming. Water-resistant to 100 meters, the Quatix 6 has activity profiles for pool and open water swimming, where it measures distance, pace, stroke count and rate, swim efficiency (SWOLF), and will even detect your stroke type and take heart rate measurements underwater.

If you’re into boating, the Quatix 6 connects to a host of Garmin equipment from chart plotting GPS hardware to wind monitors, and from there it can interact with the autopilot function, displays data including engine RPM and water depth, and marks waypoints on a map. It has GPS, a heart rate sensor, and a blood oxygen (SpO2) sensor, plus all the activity tracking functions found on the Garmin Fenix 6, including kayaking, golf, cycling, and running.

Garmin has overhauled its interface with the Quatix 6, with watch faces now providing plenty of information without sacrificing attractiveness, and a handy widget feature that provides data in an easy scrolling list. This is all displayed on a 1.3-inch screen with a 260 x 260-pixel resolution. It works with both Android and iOS and has plenty of storage space for music too.

The Garmin Quatix 6 is made from tough polymer with a stainless steel bezel and comes in either a 47mm or 51mm case size, with a choice of upgrading to a model with a sapphire crystal over the screen for added scratch protection, and to one with solar charging for extended times away from the charger. Expect to get 14 days of battery life with normal use, but this will drop when you add GPS tracking.

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Garmin Quatix 6

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Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000

Best tough smartwatch





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Pros
  • As tough as smartwatches get
  • True G-Shock design
  • Comfortable to wear
  • Two-day battery life
Cons
  • Massive case means it won’t suit everyone
  • Lack of technical focus
  • Expensive compared to other smartwatches

Why you should buy this: It’s the toughest smartwatch you can put on your wrist.

Who it’s for: Anyone who expects their smartwatch to live as hard as they do.

Why we picked the Casio G-Shock GSW-H1000: Casio’s G-Shock watches are famous for being seriously tough, and no watch can wear the G-Shock name if it doesn’t meet strict criteria. The G-Shock GSW-H1000 may be a full smartwatch with a touchscreen, but it meets and exceeds the toughness standards expected from a G-Shock watch, and is therefore the toughest smartwatch you can buy today.

It’s ideal for anyone who partakes in extreme sports or finds themselves in a situation where any wristwear may take a battering, whether it’s climbing a mountain or working on a construction site. The GSW-H1000 is shock resistant, has a 200-meter water resistance rating, and is made from strong resin with a titanium case back, and a durable urethane strap. Even the microphone is water-resistant.

There’s a range of sensors for the active sportsperson, including a barometer and a compass, plus onboard GPS. The dual-screen setup, where an LCD screen is laid on top of the AMOLED screen boosts battery life, and if used on its own will ensure the watch keeps going for up to a month. The map app stores locations, routes, and voice memos, plus it can be used offline too. It’s joined by a range of workouts to track.

The G-Shock GSW-H1000 is expensive at $699, but you’re getting a smartwatch that’s far more durable than any other available, and if you’re already a G-Shock fan the styling will really appeal. Be aware that this is a seriously large watch at 15mm thick and with a 104-gram weight, so it won’t suit small wrists.

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Withings ScanWatch

Best smartwatch with mechanical watch looks





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Pros
  • Clinically approved ECG and SpO2 monitoring
  • High-quality materials and build
  • Easy to use, informative app
  • Long battery life
Cons
  • No sleep apnea monitoring yet
  • Watch hands often obscure the screen

Why you should buy this: A superb health tracker with basic fitness and smartwatch features, inside a classy, high-quality case.

Who it’s for: Anyone who likes traditional watches, but still wants the best health tracking features.

Why we picked the Withings ScanWatch: Smartwatches tend to look like pieces of tech, mostly because of the touchscreen, but what if you want a smartwatch that looks more like a traditional watch? Well then, you want a hybrid smartwatch, which does away with the touchscreen but still includes smartphone connectivity for notifications and fitness tracking.

The Withings ScanWatch bridges the gap between serious health tracking features and basic smartwatch functionality very well, and it’s all wrapped up in a classy, high-quality stainless steel body. It looks good on your wrist and doesn’t fall behind in any essential connected features.

It has a heart rate sensor, an ECG, and an Sp02 monitor. Like the Apple Watch, the ECG and Sp02 measurements aren’t everyday features, but on the ScanWatch they serve more of a purpose. It has a comprehensive sleep tracking capability and the Sp02 monitor can help identify sleep issues. The ECG has continuous monitoring to warn against atrial fibrillation, and it’s the first wearable to be approved to use these features overnight, making it excellent for tracking and improving your sleep.

While its sleep monitoring is the best out there, the fitness and activity tracking is quite basic in comparison. It provides workout-tracking, plus a step count with distance, and calories burned, but nothing more. It’s a health wearable, rather than a fitness wearable, and the data it collects helps you live a more healthy lifestyle instead of focusing on improving your lap times.

Important activity data and notifications from your phone are shown on a small screen on the watch face. It’s bright and easy to read, and controlled using the digital crown on the side of the watch. It’s not as informative as the Apple Watch or Galaxy Watch, but it gives you the essentials in an easy-to-read format. The ScanWatch connects to both Android and iOS phones, and the battery should last 30 days before it needs recharging.

Overall, though, the Withings Scanwatch offers a nice combination of strong health-tracking features, basic but effective fitness and smartwatch features, plus it looks and feels just like a regular, traditional watch.

Withings ScanWatch

Best smartwatch with mechanical watch looks

Frequently Asked Questions

Which smartwatch works with my smartphone?

Although it sounds like a complicated question, this is surprisingly straightforward. If you own an Android phone, then you can use any smartwatch with Google’s Wear OS software, a Samsung smartwatch with Tizen software, and almost any other smartwatch operating system, like the one found on the Amazfit GTR 2, the Fitbit Versa 3, or Huawei’s Watch 3. The only one you can’t use is the Apple Watch.

If you own an iPhone, all smartwatches work with your phone provided you use the required app to sync the two up. However, be aware that neither Wear OS nor Tizen watches will provide the same level of functionality as they do when connected to an Android phone. This is due to certain restrictions that Apple applies to third-party devices. For this reason, and many others, we don’t recommend iPhone owners buy any other smartwatch than the Apple Watch.

What’s Wear OS?

Google and Samsung teamed up to create a software operating system for wearables, called Wear, also referred to as Wear OS 3. The joint project incorporates both the Wear OS and Tizen platforms, along with fitness expertise from Fitbit. The first smartwatches with the software are the Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

Google has confirmed the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 and the TicWatch E3 will both get an update to the software during the second half of 2022, but outside of some as-yet-unreleased Fossil smartwatches, no other models are on the list. This won’t stop any smartwatch from working, but it does mean you should think carefully about buying a model with the new software if you plan to keep it for several years.

How durable is a smartwatch?

Because it’s on your wrist, smartwatches are exposed to danger. They’re easy to knock against things and can often get wet. Does this mean you must be extra careful with your watch? Many have an IP68 water resistance rating today, and some smartwatches meet military standards for toughness and will withstand harsher treatment than others. However, our recommendation for a tough smartwatch is the Casio G-Shock GBD-200.

While many smartwatches are water-resistant today, not all have sapphire crystal over the screen. This adds an extra level of scratch resistance to the screen and also provides a beautiful reflective sheen, but you’ll have to pay a little more for the pleasure. The Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41, the Montblanc Summit 2, Huawei’s Watch GT2 Pro, and G-Shock’s top connected watches all have sapphire crystal over the screen.

If you want to make sure you can wear your chosen device in the shower or to go swimming, then you need to think about smartwatch water resistance, and look for an IP or ATM rating.

Do I need a smartwatch with GPS?

If you are a runner and intend to use your smartwatch to track routes, and don’t want to run with your phone, then yes, you do need GPS. Most modern smartwatches come with GPS as standard anyway, so you may find it’s ready and waiting if you need it. If your smartwatch doesn’t have GPS, then some can use your phone’s GPS when connected, but it will be slower to operate. One thing to remember is that using GPS will drain the battery in the watch faster than usual.

Can my smartwatch use my data plan?

If your smartwatch connects to your smartphone using Bluetooth, then all the data it requires comes from your phone, at no extra charge to you. This changes if you buy a smartwatch with 4G LTE, like the LTE version of the Apple Watch. When a smartwatch has its own data connection, it can be used on its own without being connected to your smartphone, ready to make calls, receive messages, and plenty more.

However, you will have to pay extra for the privilege. The amount varies depending on your carrier and current plan, but expect to pay around $10 per month to enable the 4G LTE connection on your smartwatch.

Will a new smartwatch work with my older phone?

If your Android phone or iPhone was purchased in the last three or four years, then the answer is almost certainly yes. To make sure, here are the requirements for each version. Google’s Wear OS requires an Android phone running version 4.4 or later, or an iPhone on iOS 9.3 or later.

The Apple Watch varies a little. The Series 3 and later with a cellular connection need an iPhone 6 or later to work. If you buy an Apple Watch Series 3, 4, or 5 without a cellular connection, they will operate with an iPhone 5S or later, while the Apple Watch Series 6 and Series 7 and Apple Watch SE require an iPhone 6S and iOS 14 to operate.

Samsung’s Tizen operating system, found on the Galaxy Watch and others, requires Android version 5.0 or later, and on an iPhone it needs iOS 9.0 or later installed on at least an iPhone 5. The 4G LTE version of the Galaxy Watch is only compatible with Samsung phones and may also only operate on certain carriers.

Which smartwatch OS is best?

Each smartwatch operating system is different, and things are changing now that Google and Samsung are working together on Wear. Right now, WatchOS on the Apple Watch is the best wearable software platform, followed by Samsung’s Tizen. Both are simple to use and navigate, have great fitness tracking systems, mobile payment options, and will run apps available from their individual app stores. Google’s Wear OS offers the same features, but is not always as easy to use, or as reliable.

Should you buy a smartwatch?

So, you think you want a smartwatch. Are you sure? After all, unlike a smartphone, no one really needs a smartwatch.

However, because manufacturers are finally coming around to the realization that a smartwatch needs to look good, they’re a lot more tempting than they once were. One-day battery life and a touchscreen on a watch are still hard to swallow for some people, but that’s why hybrid smartwatches were invented — and battery performance and control methods are constantly getting better.

If you’re not ready to commit to a touchscreen smartwatch, but still want to try out some smart features, the huge choice of hybrid watches has got you covered. They often cost half of what you’ll pay for the cheapest Apple Watch, link with any smartphone, and provide traditional watch looks matched with a connected smart experience.

How we test

We test smartwatches just like we test smartphones. We use them every day and try out every single feature. We strap them to our wrists (no matter how silly they may look) and walk around town with them, making calls and exercising to test out the workout features. We pair them with different phones and try them with different operating systems.

We dunk water-resistant smartwatches in water and take outdoorsy watches on hikes. We download tons of apps and discard the lame ones to determine how strong the app ecosystem is, and we go to cafes that accept mobile payments and buy lattes with our wrists. We get lots of weird looks, but, so what?






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