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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.
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 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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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