Best smartwatches in Australia for 2021

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The best smartwatches for 2021, ranked

  1. Apple Watch Series 7
  2. Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
  3. Fitbit Sense
  4. Withings ScanWatch
  5. Oppo Watch
  6. Suunto 9 Peak

How did we pick this list?

Finder's team of experts have tested and reviewed every smartwatch on this list. For each watch, we consider the design, performance, battery life and overall value for money. The selection and order are not based on review scores.

Read more detail on our methodology below.

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Apple Watch Series 7

Best smartwatch overall

Apple Watch Series 7
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Larger display great for content and text
  • Battery life can easily last a day or more
  • Still works with existing Apple Watch bands

Cons

  • Only 2 new watch faces
  • Not a huge upgrade for existing Apple Watch owners
  • Still only works with iOS
Why we chose it

Apple can't credibly claim to have invented the smartwatch, but ever since it launched its first Apple Watch, it's been the model to buy if you're an iPhone owner.

Apple gets that you want a smartwatch both for its smart app features, which include deep links to just about every other Apple service – most notably Apple Fitness+ – and on-device health tracking and optional eSIM features.

While the Apple Watch Series 7 is largely an incremental upgrade, there are a few changes, notably in the design. Both models are now larger, coming in at 41mm and 46mm, respectively. The displays are also larger, which allows for a full onboard keyboard for all your watch-typing needs.

It's a pity that it's iPhone-only, and it'd be nice if Apple opened up the ability to make custom watch faces. Nonetheless, Apple Watch Series 7 is the smartwatch other smartwatches aspire to be.

Learn more about the Apple Watch Series 7 in our full review.


Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Best Android smartwatch

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Google Play apps
  • Wide array of health sensors
  • ECG capable
  • Lots of watch faces
  • Choice of round or classic rotating bezel models
  • Colour options

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Not all colours in all sizes
  • Gesture controls don’t work well
  • Virtual rotating bezel is still awful
  • Doesn’t work with iOS at all
  • Bixby assistant only
Why we chose it

Samsung has released a lot of smartwatches over the years, but our favourites have always been those that use Samsung's unique rotating bezel design. This isn't just a circle for its own sake, but a spinning dial that makes selection and use of the Galaxy Watch 4 a real joy whether you're out jogging or simply waiting for a bus. However, if this isn't your cup of tea, you can opt for one without the rotating bezel.

But the real appeal of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the software upgrades. This year it has abandoned its proprietary Tizen OS for Google's WearOS. It also has a wide range of health sensors, including ECG functionality.

It's definitely the best Android smartwatch on the market right now.

Read more in our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4.


Fitbit Sense

Best Fitbit

Fitbit Sense
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Google Play apps
  • Wide array of health sensors
  • ECG capable
  • Lots of watch faces
  • Choice of round or classic rotating bezel models
  • Colour options

Cons

  • Battery life isn’t great
  • Not all colours in all sizes
  • Gesture controls don’t work well
  • Virtual rotating bezel is still awful
  • Doesn’t work with iOS at all
  • Bixby assistant only
Why we chose it

Fitbit made its name with simple fitness trackers – and it still sells plenty of those – but the Fitbit Sense shows what it can do when it puts its mind towards the smartwatch space specifically. As you'd expect, fitness is the core market for the Fitbit Sense, with a range of onboard sensors to measure activity, blood oxygen levels and more.

It's technically capable of ECG reading onboard, but sadly as with so many other smartwatches, it's yet to get approval for that feature in Australia. Reviewers note its excellent battery life, but some also note that the inductive home button on the side can be quite difficult to access correctly if you're sweaty – like, for example, if you're exercising as the Fitbit Sense wants you to do.

Read our review of the Fitbit Sense.


Withings ScanWatch

Best for traditionalists

Withings ScanWatch
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • ECG scanning
  • Wide range of health tracking
  • Watch style is great if you don't like digital displays
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Pricey for its feature set
  • Small LCD can be hard to read
  • Lacks NFC
  • Lacks music playback controls
  • Lacks GPS
Why we chose it

The Withings ScanWatch is a genuinely different type of smartwatch. For a start, you could look at it and not spot that it's a smartwatch at all because it primarily uses a traditional analogue watch face, including dials. This isn't on an AMOLED type display as so many other smartwatches use, but instead an actual dial, with a tiny LCD for its smartwatch functions.

It ties best into other Withings products such as the Withings Body Cardio Scale for more nuanced health tracking, most notably the inclusion of ECG readings. It's one of only two devices in Australia that can do this right now, even though the hardware is available in a lot of other watches.

Buying a watch is as much a style choice as it is a utility one, however, and with no real "apps" to speak of, the Withings ScanWatch is a very particular smartwatch for specific users, especially elderly users where the ECG function has a lot more appeal.

Read Finder's Withings ScanWatch review.


Oppo Watch

Best for quick charging

Oppo Watch
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Slick, if somewhat familiar design
  • Quick VOOC charging
  • WearOS is nicely configurable

Cons

  • Wrist strap isn't always comfortable
  • Battery life is highly variable
  • No LTE for Australia
Why we chose it

Oppo made its name in smartphones copying Apple's style pretty blatantly with its ColorOS Android overlays. It's pulling the same trick with the Oppo Watch, a smartwatch that owes more than a little to the look and feel of the Apple Watch.

However, it's a wearOS device, which means you can use it on either Android or iOS platforms, which gives it flexibility. That also means a much wider array of watch faces and a pretty good selection of apps as well. Sadly, models sold in Australia lack LTE options.

Read Finder's Oppo Watch review.


Suunto 9 Peak

Best for serious training

Suunto 9 Peak
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Finder Score:

★★★★★

Pros

  • Lightweight design
  • Battery lasts for ages and recharges quickly
  • Tracks a wide variety of exercise types

Cons

  • Slow response time, especially for touch
  • Some exercises don't track accurately
  • Comparatively expensive
Why we chose it

The Suunto 9 Peak is quite a specific smartwatch. The design and battery life are great and it is comfortable and light. But it is best suited to someone who loves training and has slightly deeper pockets than usual.

This is because it tracks a wide range of exercises, including some heavy-duty ones like interval training, open water swimming and running lap timers.

There's also a wide range of other exercise-related features that are great for those who take exercise seriously.

But it's also pricey, starting at $999. So if you're looking for your basic fitness tracking metrics and not much else, you can find a cheaper option.

Here's our full review of the Suunto 9 Peak.


How we choose the best smartwatches

A smartwatch isn't just a timepiece, but instead a watch that brings additional data-led benefits to your life. We've tested every one of the smartwatches in this round-up, taking into consideration not only the "smart" elements in terms of apps and notifications, but also battery life and charging considerations as well as style and fashion status for each smartwatch. Here's what we consider important when picking the right smartwatch:

  • Does it suit my style? It's a deeply personal matter, of course, but some models incorporate different sizes to suit wrist or gender differences, or alternative bands. These may be using custom connectors (as is the case for the Apple watch) or watch-industry-standard bands, meaning you can switch out to any compatible band style you like
  • Build quality: Do you want something that looks like it was hand-built by craftspeople, or would you be satisfied with a watch that looks like it could fall apart at any moment? It's usually the latter, and given the price premium involved with putting a smartwatch on your wrist, you should insist on a good quality build. If it's a sports smartwatch, it's also worth considering its level of water resistance, even if you're not a swimmer. All that sweat builds up over time.
  • Comfort: Is the supplied strap comfortable to wear all day? What about if you're going for a heavy gym session? This is especially important for watches with fixed bands because if they're not comfy at the start of the day, they'll be worse at the end of it.
  • App support: Can you add apps to the watch, and if so, what variety is there? Will the watch talk to all the apps on your phone or just some of them?
  • Battery life and charging: A smartwatch with no power is just a wrist bracelet, after all. We test the battery life over multiple days and weeks with varying scenarios to get the full picture of how long a smartwatch will last. That's also a question of assessing the charging solution, with many using custom chargers that are a pain if you lose or break them.

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  • Our editorial team has a combined 60+ years of experience writing about tech and reviewing the latest devices.
  • The smartwatches on this list are chosen by our editorial team and are not based on commercial relationships.

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