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Best smartwatches in Australia for 2020

Get the right smartwatch for your wrist, whether you're after a luxury indulgence or a highly affordable essential wearable.

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The best smartwatches for 2020, ranked

  1. Apple Watch Series 5
  2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  3. Huawei Watch GT 2
  4. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  5. Apple Watch Series 3
  6. Fitbit Versa 2

How did we pick this list?

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

Read more detail on our methodology below.

Summary

  • If you're just after the very best of the best, the current state of the art is the Apple Watch Series 5. It's the most refined watch with genuinely useful apps, good phone synchronisation and an immense range of style straps to make it truly your own. If you're an iPhone user, it's the obvious buy, and it's a genuine shame that it's not available for Android users. However, if you're rocking an Android phone, there's some definite top-flight candidates to strap to your wrist whether you're keen on style, fitness tracking or notifications at a glance.

1. Apple Watch Series 5

Apple Watch 5
  • Quick response
  • Plentiful design choices
  • Lots of apps
  • Always-on display
  • Expensive
  • Battery life still needs improvement
  • No Android compatibility
  • Low impetus to upgrade

Price (RRP): From $649

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Why we chose it

Apple didn't invent the smartwatch, but in typical Apple style, it refined the ideas behind having an app-capable watch to the finest degree, creating in the process a watch model that's essentially led the market ever since the first generation device.

The Series 5 watch adds an always-on display with no hit to battery life, as well as a compass and an even faster processor. It's not an inexpensive option, especially with the fancier bands, but the basic watch itself more than justifies the asking price.

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2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
  • Good battery life
  • Light design is good for running
  • Plenty of watch faces
  • Digital bezel is very fussy
  • Custom charger
  • Still no "killer" smartwatch app/li>

Price (RRP): From $549

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Why we chose it

The Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 covers most of the ground you'd want in an upgrade, but it's considerably more expensive than the original model. On the plus side, it has better battery life than its predecessor, offers a range of stylish straps to suit your mood and is even iOS compatible.

The Watch Active manages the rare feat of looking like an actual watch, and Samsung's Tizen platform is home to hundreds of watch faces, unlike the limited selection on an Apple Watch. We do miss the rotating bezel approach of Samsung's earlier smartwatches, but it seems like that's an idea Samsung has all but abandoned. If you're dead keen on having an LTE-enabled Samsung watch it's the one to buy, and it's certainly comfortable and stylish.

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3. Huawei Watch GT 2

Huawei Watch GT
  • Battery life is amazing
  • Good for fitness tracking
  • Works across Android and iOS
  • No apps
  • Limited watch face customisability
  • Custom charger

Price (RRP): From $499

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Why we chose it

If you want a wearable with exceptional battery life, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is the smartwatch to buy - particularly if its limited feature set covers everything you need. Just be aware that it's missing third-party app compatibility, NFC support and music streaming.

It's essentially a fitness tracker in the guise of a smartwatch. It has lots of workout combinations to check and heart-rate tracking that picked up elevated rates quite well during our testing. Therefore, the Huawei Watch GT 2 is best suited to folks who easily forget to recharge their watch and only need fitness tracking and basic notifications.

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4. Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung Galaxy Watch
  • Takes a standard watch band
  • Inbuilt speaker for calls and voice commands
  • Smart health apps
  • Chunky design
  • It's a sweat trap
  • Custom charger

Price (RRP): From $469

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Why we chose it

The Samsung Galaxy Watch attempts to replicate a 'proper' watch design, making it a good choice for traditionalists. It's a very compelling option against other wearables, boasting a rotating bezel for selections alongside the touchscreen for added versatility. It comes with an inbuilt speaker for calls and voice commands, and the usual suite of Smart health apps. It's compatible with ordinary 20mm and 22mm watch bands, so you can easily and painlessly switch it out for any style you'd like. Battery life is good, especially considering the always-on sAMOLED display. All in all, a good all rounder for people who want a wearable that can double as a dress watch.

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5. Apple Watch Series 3

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  • Smart single number tracking
  • Calls work well
  • Decent battery life
  • Single number service costs extra
  • Not entirely independent of iPhone
  • Getting old

Price (RRP): From $319

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Why we chose it

No, that's not a typo. One of the best smartwatches you can buy right now is Apple's 2017 model, which does rather point to how far ahead of the game Apple really is in this category. It's not quite as fast as the Series 5, but it's a great buy if you're an iPhone user wanting in on the smartphone basics for less. Your bands will work with newer Apple Watches if you do upgrade later on too (It's also competitively priced, starting at $319).

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6. Fitbit Versa 2

 Fitbit Versa 2
  • Large AMOLED screen
  • Alexa integration
  • Enhanced sleep tracking
  • Chunky design
  • Expensive
  • Custom charger

Price (RRP): From $329.95

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Why we chose it

Fitbit made its name in fitness trackers, so it should come as no surprise that the Fitbit Versa 2 is strongest in terms of health tracking. That's not just a question of step counting though, with exceptionally good sleep tracking giving you a 24/7 picture of your ongoing health picture.

You're not stuck checking your phone for those precious stats either, with everything you need to know presented easily on the Versa 2's watch face. It has all the features you'd want from a smartwatch including payment capabilities, Alexa integration and music.

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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.

Methodology

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smart watches considered
100+
Hours spent testing
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  • We've spent over 100 hours testing and reviewing smartwatches.
  • 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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