The best smartwatches in 2022, September update

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The best smartwatches in 2022, September update
Smartwatches have become much faster and more useful in the past few years, with some certain ones really standing out from the crowd. From the popular Apple Watch with its fast performance and great compatibility with the iOS ecosystem, to the Samsung line of smartwatches which have now moved on to Google's Wear OS platform, and only work with Android phones. We're even about to get a Google Pixel Watch soon! So there are plenty of options out there...

Let's explore the best smartwatches you can get right now in 2022, and find out which one is the best choice for you!

Best smartwatches in 2022, summarized list:

Apple Watch Series 8

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)

Apple Watch Series 8 (41mm)

The Good

  • Beautiful look, premium feel
  • Smooth performance
  • Tons of bands available - 1st and 3rd party
  • Water-resistant
  • Huge amount of fitness tracking options, plus custom programs (available with watchOS 9)
  • Sleep stages (available with watchOS 9)

The Bad

  • Temperature sensor is underused
  • Some may be getting tired with the design
  • Only pairs and activates with iPhone (sorry, iPad users)

The newly-unveiled Apple Watch Series 8 is easily the best smartwatch you can put on your wrist — with a rich app ecosystem as well as fleshed out health features. From heart-rate metering to ECG and blood oxygen monitoring, to sleep tracking and hand-washing reminders. It also tracks a good amount of workouts and is pretty much among the most accurate fitness trackers as well. Not to mention, it can go completely autonomous with an eSIM providing its own LTE connection. Supports Apple Pay. 

Apple Watch SE 2

Apple Watch SE (2022)

Apple Watch SE (2022)

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The Apple Watch SE is a bit more dialed-back version of the Series 6. But it still supports all of the apps and workouts available and it has the facelift design, such as thin bezels, unlike the Apple Watch Series 3, which looks pretty dated by now. The SE 2 also supports eSIM for autonomous use, and of course, Apple Pay.

Overall, the Apple Watch SE 2 is the best 2022 smartwatch for Apple users who don't really need all the bells and whistles of its more expensive counterpart.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm)

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 (40mm)

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Samsung's Galaxy Watch line is pretty respectable as an Android-friendly alternative to the Apple Watch. The new Galaxy Watch 5 has a nice, premium aluminum and glass build, yet it's also conveniently light. It has dust and water resistance, and it's shock resistant too.

Running on Wear OS, this smartwatch covers all the basics – a plethora of workout trackers as well as sleep tracking, and plenty of great apps to choose from. So needless to say, this is a great fitness tracking smartwatch for Android users. Because yes – and this is very important to note – the Galaxy Watch 5 is not compatible with iPhones. 

#4: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro

The Good

  • Superb battery life
  • Titanium body + sapphire screen is a superb combo
  • Bright and legible OLED display
  • Great health and sleep monitoring
  • Good haptic feedback
  • Charges rather quickly

The Bad

  • A bit too bulky
  • The rotating bezel is sadly gone
  • Ecosystem issues - some features are exclusive to Galaxy phones

Much like the Galaxy Watch 5, the Galaxy Watch 5 Pro no longer runs Samsung's Tizen operating system, now using Wear OS instead, and is currently only compatible with Android phones.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro has a timeless, titanium watch design and IP68 water and dust resistance. It can monitor your steps, calories burned, your stress levels, and body composition, plus it can automatically detect when you start training. In fact, it's very much designed for adventurers and fitness enthusiasts!

Garmin Vivoactive 4

Garmin vivoactive 4

GPS Smartwatch, Features Music, Body Energy Monitoring, Animated Workouts, Pulse Ox Sensors and More

The Vivoactive 4 offers up to 8 days of battery life in full smartwatch mode. It achieves this with a power-saving screen (transflective memory-in-pixel) instead of a flashy OLED panel. It can pair to both Android and iOS, and you can take calls on it if you are on Android. It has a fleshed-out health-tracking suite, including a thermometer and a blood oxygen meter, as well as sleep and all the basics. Has its own Garmin Pay app for mobile payments.

Fossil Gen 6

Fossil Gen 6

Smartwatch with Alexa Built-In, Heart Rate, Blood Oxygen, GPS, Contactless Payments, Speaker

If you want a different smartwatch, the Fossil Gen 6 is a great one, one running Google's Android Wear OS platform. Gen 6 comes in many different styles to pick from. You get the Google Assistant on board here, and the full set of heart rate monitoring, fitness and health tracking features that you expect on a smartwatch. Has LTE version and supports Google Pay too.

TicWatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3

GPS Smart Watch Men's Wear OS Watch Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 Platform Health Fitness Monitoring 3-45 Days Battery Life Built-in GPS NFC Heart Rate Sleep Tracking IP68 Waterproof

The TicWatch Pro 3 sports a highly power-efficient LCD display on top of a standard AMOLED display, which can take its battery life all the way up to 30 days. Since it's a Wear OS smartwatch, it comes with a built-in Google Assistant, Google Pay, the Google Fit features, and supports LTE connectivity via eSIM.

Which one's going on your wrist?

There we have them, the best fitness smartwatches, health tracking smartwatches or simply elegant ones you can get right now in early 2022. Ultimately (and unsurprisingly) the Apple Watch Series 8 is the best smartwatch for those who are into Apple's ecosystem, while Samsung's Galaxy Watch series are the best smartwatches for fans of the Korean giant and Android users in general, even if those work well enough with iOS also.

Also see: Best Android smartwatch to get right now

If you're still unsure whether you even need a smartwatch, we have the following helpful article for you - Do you really need a smartwatch? In it, we take a look into how a smartwatch works, whether smartwatches are worth it and how they can help you in your daily life.

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