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Australia’s top smartwatches for 2022

by Jasbinder Singh
Australia's top smartwatches for 2022

The best smartwatches for your wrist, whether you’re looking for a luxury indulgence or a low-cost essential wearable Every smartwatch on this list has been tested and reviewed by Finder’s expert team. For each watch, we consider the design, performance, battery life, and overall value for money. The order and selection are not determined by review scores.

The top smartwatches for 2022, in order of preference

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

Apple Watch Series 7

Best smartwatch overall

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
Yes
Gps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Nfc
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Voice Control
Yes

Pros

  1. A larger display is ideal for content and text.
  2. Battery life can easily last a day or more.
  3. Works with existing Apple Watch bands.

Cons

  1. There are only two new watch faces.
  2. Existing Apple Watch owners will not see a significant upgrade.
  3. It is still only compatible with iOS.

Why did we choose it?

Apple cannot credibly claim to have invented the smartwatch, but it has been the model to buy if you own an iPhone since the first Apple Watch was released.

Apple understands that you want a smartwatch for its smart app features, which include deep links to almost every other Apple service – most notably Apple Fitness+ – as well as on-device health tracking and optional eSIM capabilities.

While the Apple Watch Series 7 is largely an incremental upgrade, there are a few notable differences, most notably in the design. Both models have grown in size, measuring 41mm and 46mm, respectively. The displays are also larger, allowing for a full onboard keyboard for all of your watch-typing requirements.

It’s a shame it’s only available on the iPhone, and it’d be great if Apple opened up the ability to create custom watch faces for everyone. Nonetheless, the Apple Watch Series 7 is the smartwatch to which other smartwatches aspire.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

Best Android smartwatch

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
No
FeaturesGps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Voice Control
Yes

Pros

  1. Google Play apps
  2. A wide array of health sensors
  3. ECG capable
  4. Lots of watch face
  5. Choice of round or classic rotating bezel models
  6. Colour options

Cons

  1. Battery life isn’t great
  2. Not all colors in all sizes
  3. Gesture controls don’t work well
  4. The virtual rotating bezel is still awful
  5. Doesn’t work with iOS at all
  6. Bixby assistant only

Why did we choose it?

Samsung has released a slew of smartwatches over the years, but our favorites have always been those that feature the company’s distinctive rotating bezel design. This isn’t just a circle for the sake of being a circle, but a spinning dial that makes selecting and using the Galaxy Watch 4 a joy, whether you’re out jogging or waiting for a bus. If the rotating bezel isn’t your cup of tea, you can get one without it.

But it’s the software updates that make the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 so appealing. This year, it ditched its proprietary Tizen OS in favor of Google’s WearOS. It also has a variety of health sensors, including ECG capability.

It is without a doubt the best Android smartwatch on the market right now.

Fitbit Sense

Best Fitbit

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
Yes
FeaturesGps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Nfc
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes

Pros

  1. Google Play apps
  2. A wide array of health sensors
  3. ECG capable
  4. Lots of watch face
  5. Choice of round or classic rotating bezel models
  6. Colour options

Cons

  1. Battery life isn’t great
  2. Not all colours in all sizes
  3. Gesture controls don’t work well
  4. The virtual rotating bezel is still awful
  5. Doesn’t work with iOS at all
  6. Bixby assistant only

Why did we choose it?

Fitbit made its name with simple fitness trackers – and it still sells a lot of them – but the Fitbit Sense demonstrates what it can do when it focuses specifically on the smartwatch space. The Fitbit Sense’s primary market, as expected, is fitness, with a variety of onboard sensors to measure activity, blood oxygen levels, and more.

It is technically capable of ECG reading onboard, but as with so many other smartwatches, it has yet to receive approval for that feature in Australia. Reviewers praise the Fitbit Sense’s excellent battery life, but some complain that the inductive home button on the side can be difficult to access correctly if you’re sweaty – for example, if you’re exercising, as the Fitbit Sense encourages you to do.

Withings ScanWatch

Best for traditionalists

smartwatches

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
No
FeaturesHeart Rate
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes

Pros

  1. ECG scanning
  2. Wide range of health tracking
  3. Watch style is great if you don’t like digital displays
  4. Long battery life

Cons

  1. Pricey for its feature set
  2. Small LCD can be hard to read
  3. Lacks NFC
  4. Lacks music playback controls
  5. Lacks GPS

Why did we select it?

The Withings ScanWatch is a truly unique smartwatch. For starters, it’s possible to look at it and not notice that it’s a smartwatch at all because it primarily employs a traditional analog watch face, complete with dials. This isn’t on an AMOLED display like so many other smartwatches, but rather on an actual dial with a tiny LCD for smartwatch functions.

It works best in conjunction with other Withings products, such as the Withings Body Cardio Scale, for more in-depth health tracking, most notably the inclusion of ECG readings. Even though the hardware is available in many other watches, it is currently one of only two devices in Australia that can do this.

Buying a watch is as much a fashion statement as it is a functional necessity, and with no real “apps” to speak of, the Withings ScanWatch is a very specific smartwatch for specific users, particularly elderly users for whom the ECG function has a lot more appeal.

Oppo Watch

Best for quick charging

smartwatches

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
Yes
FeaturesGps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Nfc
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes


Pros

  1. Slick, if somewhat familiar design
  2. Quick VOOC charging
  3. WearOS is nicely configurable

Cons

  1. Wrist strap isn’t always comfortable
  2. Battery life is highly variable
  3. No LTE for Australia

Why did we choose it?

Oppo made its name in smartphones by blatantly emulating Apple’s design with its ColorOS Android overlays. It’s doing the same thing with the Oppo Watch, a smartwatch that looks and feels a lot like the Apple Watch.

However, because it is a wearOS device, it can be used on both Android and iOS platforms, giving it versatility. That also means a much broader selection of watch faces and a decent selection of apps. Unfortunately, models sold in Australia do not support LTE.

Suunto 9 Peak

Best for serious training

smartwatches

Specifications

General
ConnectivityNFC
No
FeaturesGps
Yes
Heart Rate
Yes
Pedometer
Yes
Rechargeable
Yes
Sleep Tracker
Yes
Touchscreen
Yes

Pros

    Lightweight design

    The 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 did we choose it?

The Suunto 9 Peak is a one-of-a-kind smartwatch. The design and battery life are excellent, and it is both comfortable and lightweight. However, it is best suited to someone who enjoys training and has a little more money than usual.

This is due to the fact that it tracks a wide variety of exercises, including some strenuous ones such as interval training, open water swimming, and running lap timers.

There is also a slew of other exercise-related features that are ideal for those who take their workouts seriously.

However, it is also expensive, with prices starting at $999. So, if you only need basic fitness tracking metrics and nothing else, you can find a less expensive option.

How do we select the best smartwatches?

  1. A smartwatch is more than just a timepiece; it is a watch that adds data-driven benefits to your life. We tested each smartwatch in this roundup, taking into account not only the “smart” elements of apps and notifications but also battery life and charging considerations, as well as style and fashion status for each smartwatch. Here are the factors we consider when selecting the best smartwatch:
  1. Is it appropriate for my personality? Of course, this is a deeply personal choice, but some models include different sizes to accommodate wrist or gender differences, as well as alternative bands. These may use custom connectors (as with the Apple Watch) or watch-industry-standard bands, allowing you to swap out to any compatible band style you want.
  1. Build quality: Do you want something that appears to have been handcrafted by craftspeople, or are you content with a watch that appears to be falling apart at any moment? It’s usually the latter, and given the price premium associated with wearing a smartwatch, you should insist on a high-quality build. Even if you’re not a swimmer, it’s worth considering the water resistance of a sports smartwatch. All of that sweat accumulates over time.
  1. Is the provided strap comfortable to wear all day? What if you’re planning a strenuous workout at the gym? This is especially important for watches with fixed bands because if they aren’t comfortable at the start of the day, they will be even worse at the end.
  1. App compatibility: Can you add apps to the watch, and if so, what kind of apps are available? Will the watch communicate with all of your phone’s apps or just a subset of them?
  1. Battery life and charging: After all, a powerless smartwatch is just a wrist bracelet. We test the battery life of smartwatches over multiple days and weeks in various scenarios to get a complete picture of how long they will last. It’s also a matter of evaluating the charging solution, as many use custom chargers that are inconvenient if lost or broken.

How to Evaluate Smartwatches

A smartwatch’s most obvious function is to tell the time, but it can do much more.

They also provide you with a lot of access to your digital world due to their connected nature. Typically, they will display your phone’s notifications and allow you to dismiss or respond to them. Some smartwatches will even allow you to pay for items in the same way that you would with a credit card or your phone.

The following are some general examples of what you can do with these wearable devices:

  1. Making phone calls
  2. Keeping track of your steps
  3. Making payments via mobile device
  4. Keeping track of your heart rate
  5. Examining your calendar
  6. App installation and use

Smartphone compatibility

Your smartwatch-wearing experience may be influenced by the device you are using. Samsung’s watches are compatible with both iOS and Android, but the company warns that the smartwatch and its features may be limited if you use an iPhone. Furthermore, the Apple Watch does not work with Android devices, and there is no simple way to change this.

Some watches also necessitate the use of apps that are only available on specific versions of iOS or Android. Before purchasing a watch, ensure that your phone can be updated to the required version.

When looking for a smartwatch, there are a few factors to consider:

Battery life

Some smartwatches must be charged every night to avoid becoming a gleaming-but-ineffective wristband the next day.

Others can go up to a fortnight before the prospect of suffering the same fate becomes a source of concern.

Water resistance

Water-resistance is now a common selling point for smartphones, and many smartwatches have resistance ratings as well. Because smartwatches are frequently exposed to the elements, choose one with water and sweat resistance ratings.

Connectivity

Smartwatches typically connect to your device via Bluetooth, and many also have Wi-Fi. Look for a smartwatch with LTE capability if you want to be able to leave your phone at home and go for a run without missing an important call or text.

Design

Not all smartwatches have the same appearance. Some are rectangular in shape, while others are more traditional in shape. Some watches only have a screen and a few buttons, whereas others have rotating bezels to supplement the display.

Speakers

A smartwatch with a speaker can be extremely useful. It means you can answer calls even if your phone is out of reach or you’re in a hurry. And, if you’re ambitious, it means you can call people directly from your watch without even picking up your phone. Some smartwatches even allow you to store and play music directly from the device.

Sleep monitoring

Sleep tracking is less common in smartwatches than it is in fitness devices, but some watches do include it. Sleep tracking can help you ensure that you’re getting enough hours of sleep and can provide information about the quality of your sleep.

Monitor your heart rate.

Heart rate sensors are commonly found in smartwatches. Heart rate monitoring allows you to determine how much sweat you produce during an exercise or to ensure that your resting heart rate is within a healthy range.

Tracking your physical fitness

Most smartwatches include basic fitness tracking features, such as step counting. However, some watches have even more features. Some higher-end smartwatches include GPS tracking, automatic workout detection, and advanced exercise tracking.

Operating system

When it comes to smartwatch operating systems, most brands use different ones.

For their watches, many brands develop their own operating system.

Apple, for example, employs WatchOS, while Samsung employs Tizen.

Google’s WearOS is used by a few other companies (formerly Android Wear).

If you’re still unsure where to begin, take a look at our list of the best smartwatches on the market.

Fitness trackers vs. smartwatches

Fitness bands vs smart watches: Which is the right fit for you - Times of  India

The design of most smartwatches and fitness trackers is the most distinguishing feature.

Smartwatches, for the most part, can perform the same functions as fitness trackers. This includes counting steps, monitoring heart rates, and keeping track of workouts. However, these fitness-tracking features are not available on all smartwatches. If you want a smartwatch that can do double duty, make sure it has all of the features you require.

Smartwatches are usually more expensive than fitness trackers, but they also have more features, such as app support and mobile payments.

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