These are the best smartwatches

The foolproof guide to finding the best smartwatch for you.

A smartwatch is supposed to make your life simpler and easier by being exactly that - smart. But somewhere between the 10+ tabs you have open right now trying to compare all the different smartwatches you’ve faintly heard of and glazing over all their specs, you may be feeling a little lost, and dare I say it - perhaps even the opposite of smart - as you try to let it all sink in.

That’s okay. Take a breath, close those tabs that you weren’t going to read anyway and start scrolling down. We’ve done all the hard work for you and compiled the best of the best below as a foolproof guide to finding the best smartwatch.

What’s the difference between all these smartwatches anyway?

Just as we are all different with our individual quirks, smartwatches are much the same by offering some similar but distinctive different functions, styles and options. Some of the more common features of a smartwatch can include:

  • Notifications for calls, messages, emails and social media
  • Voice recognition
  • GPS
  • Fitness tracking
  • Heart Rate Monitor
  • Wireless capabilities
  • Water resistance

And that’s before you even get to other important factors, such as your choice of overall style, screen size, display preference, waterproof material and battery life. To make this simple, we’ve compiled a comparison table below - take a look.

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Compare a range of smart watches

applewatchApple Watch samsunggearsSamsung Gear S samsunggearfitSamsung Gear Fit lg-watchLG G Watch R sony-smartwatchSony Smartwatch 3 motorola-360Motorola 360 pebble-smartwatchPebble Smartwatch
Compatibility iOS Android Android Android Android Android Android, iOS
Screen 38mm or 42mm, colour touch screen 1.63-inch, colour 1.84-inch, colour 1.3-inch, colour 1.3-inch, colour 1.56-inch, colour 1.26 inch, B&W
Heart rate monitor Yes Yes Yes Yes No Yes No
Battery life 18 hours 2 days 3 days 2 days 2 days 2 days 7 days
Price From $799 from Apple $449 from Samsung $149 from Samsung $359 from LG $348 RRP $319 from Kogan $149 from DickSmith

There’s no doubt that everybody has different tastes, and your smartwatch is no different. Pick a function or a feature that is most important to you, and focus your search for the best smartwatch by narrowing it down to those that have your particular feature built-in. The best bit? You probably won’t have to compromise style over functionality as there are many beautiful designs available today.

Happy hunting!

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Shirley Liu

Shirley Liu is a program manager at finder, formerly the publisher for Banking and Investments. She is passionate about helping people make an informed decision, save money and find the best deal for their needs.

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