Best Samsung Smartwatches of 2020

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Are you looking to buy a Samsung smartwatch, this post will show you my top 5 best Samsung smartwatches.

Samsung is one of the pioneers in the smartwatch market, they released their first smartwatch, Galaxy Gear in 2013, and has since then expanded their wearable line-up to include a lot more smartwatches and smartbands. So if you’re looking for a Samsung smartwatch that has got a stylish design and can improve your productive life and help you reach more fitness goals, look no further as this post will help you make a perfect choice.

5 Best Samsung Smartwatches Compared

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5 Best Samsung Smartwatches In Details

  1. Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
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    First on this list is Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, it’s the most sophisticated and best Samsung smartwatch. It was recently released in August and succeeds Galaxy Watch which was released in 2018. It’s a lifestyle and health tracking smartwatch packed in one.

    Galaxy Watch 3 is an attractive smartwatch, thanks to it’s stylish and elegant design. It comes in two sizes 45mm and 41mm, both are compact, lightweight, and comfortable to wear. It’s a sturdily built smartwatch made of stainless steel case and genuine leather straps, while Corning Gorilla Glass DX covers the screen. Galaxy Watch 3 is easy to navigate with its touchscreen support, 2 physical buttons, and the physical rotating bezel which is now smoother.

    The AMOLED display is very colorful, interactive, and can easily be read even under sunlight. This watch is rated 5ATM which means it’s waterproof up to 50 meters.

    Galaxy Watch 3 comes with 8GB storage and 1GB RAM that ensures smooth performance. It also has a microphone that enables Bixby voice assistant and a loudspeaker that allows you to make and receive calls by connecting to a compatible smartphone. You can also make a payment from Galaxy Watch 3. This watch will also keep you connected to updates by alerting you when you receive a notification on your phone.

    Galaxy Watch 3 is a comprehensive health tracker, it features the most health tracking features than any other Samsung smartwatch. It will track your steps, calories, sleep, stress, and heart rate. Moreover, it greeted new health tracking features such as blood oxygen tracking that monitors how well your blood absorbs oxygen. Menstrual cycle tracking for women and blood pressure monitoring are also available.

    Galaxy Watch 3 has an ECG sensor that can detect irregular heart rhythm as well as features 40 preloaded workout modes and can auto-track 7 of those.

    The battery life of Galaxy Watch 3 is quite impressive, you can get up to 2 days long battery life with the 45mm model and about 1 day or more with the 41mm model.

    Pros

    • Attractive and sophisticated design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.
    • 8GB storage capacity.

    Cons

    • Price is on the high side.
  3. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
  4. Galaxy Watch Active 2 is my second best Samsung smartwatch. It’s the closest to Galaxy Watch 3 in terms of features.

    Active 2 which was released in 2019 succeeded Galaxy Active and features a digital rotating bezel instead of a physical rotating bezel on Galaxy Watch. It’s very stylish and has a charming appearance. You can get Active 2 in two sizes; 40mm and 44mm.

    One of the main reasons I like this smartwatch is that it’s very lightweight and compact. It’s very easy to navigate with touchscreen support, the physical buttons, and as well a digital rotating bezel.

    Active 2 packs a lot of fitness tracking features that can track your active life comprehensively and can help you reach more fitness goals. It can track your sleep, heart rate, calories, stress and features 39 preset work-out modes to choose from.

    It can also monitor your blood pressure and features ECG tracking, both features are yet to be approved by the FDA as of the time of this publication.

    Active 2 comes with 4GB storage capacity that lets you store music on this device. You can also stream your favorite tracks with Spotify. You can also access the Bixby voice assistant and it has a loudspeaker that enables you to make and receive from this watch.

    You can get up to 2 days of battery life with the Active 2.

    Pros

    • Lightweight, compact and sophisticated design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Not so many apps on Galaxy store.
  5. Samsung Galaxy Watch
  6. Samsung Galaxy Watch. Although released in 2018, Samsung Galaxy Watch is still one of the best Samsung smartwatches and of course one of the best on the market.

    It has a design very similar to the latest Galaxy Watch 3 mentioned earlier. It features a physical rotating bezel that gives it a traditional watch appearance and makes navigation very easy.

    Galaxy watch has a sophisticated and sturdy build that consists of stainless steel case and silicone straps that can be swapped with a compatible 22mm/20mm for the 46mm and 42mm respectively. The display is very attractive and rich in color.

    Performance is also smooth, while it comes with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store your favorite tracks on the watch. It also has a microphone and loudspeaker that allow you to make and receive calls directly from the watch.

    Although, there’s an LTE model just like the Galaxy Watch 3 and Active 2 that make and receive calls without a smartphone.

    Galaxy Watch is also a comprehensive fitness tracker that can track your daily activities and help you reach more fitness goals.

    One aspect of Galaxy Watch that makes it a popular choice is it’s up to 4 days long battery life.

    Pros

    • Solid and rugged design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Quite heavy and bulky
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.
  7. Samsung Gear S3
  8. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is a predecessor to Galaxy Watch that was released in 2016. Although aging, it still holds its own as one of the best smartwatch ever built by Samsung. It’s got the signatory physical rotating bezel in Galaxy Watch and Galaxy Watch 3 which in addition to physical buttons and touchscreen makes navigation easy.

    It has a 1.3 inches AMOLED powered display that’s colorful and easy to read. It’s also sturdy, built with a stainless steel case and silicone straps that don’t attack the skin. There’s the Gear S3 classic that comes with leather straps.

    Gear 3 can track your sleep, heart rate, calories and it features preset work-out modes to choose from. It also has an inbuilt GPS that enables outdoor activity tracking.

    You get 4GB storage capacity on Gear S3 that allows you to take your favorite tracks with you. It also has a microphone and loudspeaker that enables the Bixby voice assistant and allows you to make and receive calls from the watch via Bluetooth connectivity. Although, there’s an LTE model that can make and receive calls independent of a smartphone.

    The battery life of Gear S3 is quite impressive and can get you up to 2-3 days of battery life.

    Pros

    • Durably design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.
    • A standalone smartwatch.

    Cons

    • Rated IP68.
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.
  9. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active
  10. Last, but not the list is Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. It’s the predecessor to Active 2, it has a digital rotating bezel, but lacks a loudspeaker and can’t make calls.

    Yet, Galaxy Active is still one of the best Samsung smartwatches, it’s lightweight, compact, and very comfortable to wear.

    It has a 1.1 inches AMOLED display that’s quite small, but can still be read clearly.

    It also comes with a 4GB storage capacity that allows you to take your favorite tracks with you. And has a microphone that enables Bixby voice assistant. You can also make a payment from this watch.

    Galaxy Active is equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, sleep, heart rate, calories, and stress. It comes inbuilt GPS that enables it to track outdoor activities and as well as features 39 preset workout modes. It has a battery life of about 2 days and will also keep you connected to important updates from your phone.

    Pros

    • Compact and lightweight design.
    • A comprehensive health tracker.

    Cons

    • Lacks loudspeaker.
    • Not a standalone smartwatch.
    • Not so many apps on the Galaxy store ecosystem.

    This is where I draw the curtain, Samsung smartwatches are some of the most popular and best rated on market. In my opinion, the 5 mentioned in this list remain the best you can get from Samsung.

5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches 2020 Review

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Are you looking to buy a Fitbit smartwatch, well look no further as this list will show you my top 5 best Fitbit smartwatches. Please note, this is my personal opinion which is a result of my research. The criteria used to adjudge this list are based on design, health tracking features, battery life, price, and user feedback.

Although Apple is the biggest smartwatch maker, Samsung alongside Fitbit still holds a fair share of the smartwatch market. Fitbit makes some of the finest smartwatches and the Fitbit app is very intuitive and makes managing your fitness goals effortless. If you’re a fan of Fitbit and intend to buy a smartwatch from the brand, this post will help you make a perfect choice.

5 Best Fitbit Smartwatches Compared Head-to-Head

 Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3
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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameFitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit Versa
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Fitbit Charge 3
Device typeSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSport/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredecessorFitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3NoneFitbit Charge 2
SuccessorNoneN/AFitbit Versa 2Fitbit Charge 4
Date ReleasedSeptember, 2019August, 2017March, 2020April, 2018August, 2018
GenderUnisexUnisexUnisexUnisexUnisex

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DISPLAY

Display size1.4 inch1.42 inch1.57 inch1.34 inch1.57 inch
Display typeAMOLEDLCDOLED (monochrome)Transflective
colored
LCD
OLED (monochrome)
Display resolution--348 x 250 pixel__348 x 250 pixel__
Pixel density--306 ppi------
Display always-onYesYesNoNoNo
Input typeTouchscreen and 1 buttonTouchscreen
3 buttons
TouchscreenTouchscreen and 3 buttonsTouchscreen

BODY

ShapeRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curvedRectangular/curved
Casing materialAluminumAerospace-grade aluminiumResinAluminumResin
Strap materialElastomerElastomerElastomerWoven Polyester (special edition)
Elastomer
Polyester
Bezel MaterialAluminumAluminumResinAluminumResin
Weight--30g27 g38 grams30 grams
Color(s)Carbon/black
Bordeaux/copper rose
Petal/copper rose
Stone/mist grey
Charcoal/smoke grey
Blue/burnt orange
Blue-grey/silver
Rosewood
Black
Storm blue/black
Gold, gray, blackBlack
White
Rose-gold
Dimension40 x 40 x 11 mm38 x 45 x 12 mm35.8 x 22.7 x 12.5 mm35 x 24.07 x 11.2 mm38 x 18.3 x 11.8 mm
Strap size140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
140 - 180 mm (small)
180 - 220 mm (large)
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glassCorning Gorilla glass 3Hardened glassCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3
Durability test
Waterproof ratingYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYesYesYes

MEMORY

RAM----------
Internal storageAbout 4GB4GB (2.5GB available)__About 4GB__
Memory card slotNoNo__No__

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4Nomp3/mp4No
MicrophoneYesNoNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNoNoNo
Music streamingYesYesNoYesNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LEBluetooth v4.0 LE
NFCYesYesYesYesYes (special edition)
Wi-FiYesYesNoYesNo
Bluetooth callingNoNoNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Calls alertYesYesYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYesYesYes
Email alertYesYesYesYesYes
ReminderYesYesYesYesYes

CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY

Network TechnologyNoNoNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNoNoNo

FITNESS TRACKING

StepsYesYesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYesYesYes
Sleep trackingYesYesYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYesYesYes
StressYesYesYesYesYes
Swim trackingYesNoYesYesYes
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYesYesYesYes
Blood pressureNoNoNoNoNo
ECG TrackingNoNoNoNoNo
Blood oxygenYesNoYesYesYes
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes, 20+YesYes, 15+

PLATFORM

Operating systemFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OSFitbit OS
CPU----------
GPU----------
Chipset----------

SENSORS

GPSNo, (connected GPS)YesYesNo, (connected GPS)No, (connected GPS)
AccelerometerYesYesYesYesYes
Gyroscope __Yes______
Heart rate sensorYesYesYesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYesYesYes
CompassNoNoNoNoNo
Pulse Ox.YesNoYesYesYes
Altimeter__________
ECGNoNoNoNoNo
ThermometerNoNoNoNoNo
Ambient lightYesYesNoYesNo

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Interchangeable straps YesYesYesYesYes
Custom watch faceYesYesYesYesYes
Voice AssistantYesNoNoNoNo
Compatibility Android, IOS

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Android 7.0+
iOS 12.2+
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Payment systemFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit PayFitbit Pay (special edition)
Companion appFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit AppFitbit App

BATTERY

Battery typeNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymerNon-removable lithium polymer
Battery capacity ----_145mAh_
Est. battery lifeMixed usage: up to 6 daysMixed usage: up to 5 daysStandby: 10 day+
Mixed usage: 7 days
Continuous GPS Tracking: 5 Hrs
Mixed usage: up to 5 daysMixed usage: up to 7 days
Charging modeUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dockCharging DockUSB based charging dockUSB based charging dock
Charging durationAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

BOX CONTENTS

Fitbit Versa 2Fitbit IonicFitbit Charge 4Fitbit VersaFitbit Charge 3
Classic wristband (both small & large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)Strap (small and large)
Magnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dockChargerMagnetic charging dockMagnetic charging dock
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Best Fitbit Smartwatches – More Details

  1. 1. Fitbit Versa 2
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    Versa 2 is the best Fitbit smartwatch, and also one of the best smartwatches on the market. It’s very lightweight and a sturdy smartwatch made with aluminum case, while the straps are made of elastomer material that’s very comfortable to wear. The display is covered with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 which is resistant to scratch.
    AMOLED powers the 1.40 inches always-on display which is easy to read even under sunlight, thanks to the ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display. Navigation is also easy with touch support and a physical button by the side.

    Versa 2 will track your steps, distance, floors climbed, sleep, heart rate, calories, menstrual cycle for women, stress, as well can track your outdoor activities with connected GPS, and it also comes with 20 preset sport modes.
    The Fitbit App is the companion app for Versa 2 just like all other Fitbit smartwatches. It’s intuitive and allows you to see your stats and manage your fitness goals.

    Versa 2 comes in two editions; Standard and Special editions. The difference between these two is that the Special edition comes with additional woven jacquard straps. There’s NFC on both editions which enables payments from this smartwatch through Fitbit Pay.

    Versa 2 also comes with 4GB storage capacity that allows you to store music on the device, and it supports music streaming with Spotify. It has an inbuilt microphone that enables Alexa voice assistant which allows you to perform tasks with your voice.

    Versa 2 also has a long battery life that lasts up to 5 days on average. You can get Versa 2 carbon/black, bordeaux/copper rose, petal/copper rose, and stone/mist grey.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  3. 2. Fitbit Ionic
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    Second, on my list is Fitbit Ionic, it’s one of the early pioneers on Fitbit line-up. Just like Versa 2, Ionic has a decent and stylish design. It’s lightweight and sturdily built with aluminum for the case, elastomer for the straps and anti-scratch Corning Gorilla Glass 3 covers the display. The 1.42 inches LCD display is also easy to read and navigation is also easy with touch support and 2 physical buttons.

    Ionic comes with inbuilt GPS which Versa 2 lacks, as a result, allows you to track outdoor activities without your phone. It’ll also track your sleep, heart rate, calories, steps, stress, menstrual cycle, floors climbed, blood oxygen saturation, and stress. And it comes with 20 preset workout modes to choose from.

    Like Versa 2, Ionic also has 4GB of storage that allows you to store your favorite tracks on the watch and also support music streaming from services such as Spotify.

    Ionic has NFC inbuilt which enables Fitbit Pay, this allows you to make payment directly from the watch.
    It’ll also alert you when you receive a notification on your phone, while it’s long battery life will keep you track and connected for about 4 days.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 4 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
    • You can’t make or recieve calls from this watch.
  5. Fitbit Charge 4
  6. Charge 4 which was recently released and succeeds in Charge 3 is another fine choice from Fitbit. It looks more like a smartband than a smartwatch. It has almost similar tracking features as Versa 2, but lacks music storage, an ambient light sensor that auto regulates the brightness of the display, lacks on-screen workout coach and can’t floors climbed.

    Yet, Charge 4 is still one of the most popular and best-rated smartbands on the market. It’s a decent choice if you’re looking to track your daily activities and stay connected to all that matters to you.

    Charge 4 is available in two editions; Standard and Special edition. The difference is that the Special edition comes with additional woven polyester straps. NFC is available on both editions and this allows you to make a payment from the device with Fitbit Pay.

    The resin case and elastomer straps make it very lightweight and comfortable to wear.
    It has an inbuilt GPS that allows you to track and map your runs and other outdoor activities that can be viewed from the Fitbit App. It also features tracking for complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, menstrual cycle, blood oxygen saturation, and 20 preset sport modes.

    Charge 4 has a slightly longer battery life than Versa 2 and Ionic, thanks to its monochrome 1.57 inches LCD display that’s also easy to read. You can get up to 6 days long battery life on mixed usage.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Has inbuilt GPS
    • 7 days long battery life.

    Cons

    • Can’t count floors.
    • Lacks onboard music storage.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
  7. Fitbit Versa
  8. Although has been discontinued, Fitbit Versa which preceded Versa 2 is one of the best-rated smartwatches on the market. It is a decent smartwatch with a lightweight and durable design. Versa has an LCD display compared to AMOLED of Versa 2, it also lacks voice assistant and has a smaller 1.34-inch display protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

    Just like Versa 2, Versa will count floors climbed, track your calories, complete sleep cycle, heart rate, stress, blood oxygen with 15 preset work-out modes to choose from. It also can track your outdoor activities by connecting to your phone GPS.

    There’s NFC in Versa that enables Fitbit Pay which allows you to make a payment from this device, while the battery life is impressive at 4 days on average.

    Pros

    • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
    • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
    • Onboard music storage.
    • 3 days+ long battery life.

    Cons

    • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
    • You can recieve calls from this watch.
    • Lacks microphone.
  9. Fitbit Charge 3

Last on my list is Fitbit Charge 3 the predecessor to Charge 4. It lacks inbuilt GPS, music storage, do not disturb mode, and can’t control music on Spotify. However, Charge 3 remains a decent choice for keeping a tab on your active life and can help you reach more fitness goals.

It has a sturdy, decent, and stylish lightweight design. The case is made of resin, straps are made from elastomer and the monochrome OLED 1.57 inches display is protected by anti-scratch glass material. Like other Fitbit smartwatches, this smartband will track your daily activities such as sleep, heart rate, calories, stress, steps, blood oxygen and can connect to your phone GPS to enable tracking for your outdoor activities which can be viewed from the Fitbit App.

The battery life is also very impressive just like Charge 4. From experience, Charge 3 lasts up to 5-6 days on average.

Charge 3 comes in two editions; Special and Standard edition. The difference between these two is that the Special edition which is priced a bit higher comes with additional woven straps and has NFC that enables Fitbit Pay.

Pros

  • Very lighweight, sleek and durable design.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
  • 7 days long battery life.

Cons

  • Can’t count floors.
  • Lacks inbuilt GPS.
  • Lacks onboard music storage.
  • You can recieve calls from this watch.

Conclusion

Fitbit smartwatches remain some of the best on the market, and these lots could be a wise investment that can improve your productive life and help you stay fit.