Even though they’re unlocking our phones, tracking our runs and just reminding us to stop every now and then, we’re still thankful for our smart watches, it’s time to celebrate in this year’s best results.
The Apple Watch has had an interesting year, with the Cupertino first playing for the smartwatch market in addition to its mainstream brands. There’s definitely an Apple Watch for every need and budget right now, but one that stood out to us for a few reasons.
Meanwhile, Samsung continues to challenge Apple’s smartwatch crown with its own all-new affordable smartwatch for those who want the best technology on their wrists. Who came out on top? You don’t need to read too much to find out.
Smart watch of the year: Apple Watch SE (2022)
Guess what? Our favorite Apple Watch of 2022 is the cheapest. Now, if you’re an adventurer or deep-sea diver you’ll be very happy about the Apple Watch Ultra, but the rest of us should think seriously about the cut-price Apple Watch SE.
The 2022 update of Apple’s entry-level watch boasts the same chip you’ll find in the flagship Apple Watch 8 and Ultra Watch, so you don’t have to worry about the best. away. Yes, it has a bigger bezel, the screen isn’t real time, and it doesn’t have an ECG or temperature sensor, but how many people would say that’s true. want those things? For a very small amount of money you get the basic Apple Watch experience, with all the sleep and exercise you need, Apple Pay and communication with your iPhone. Throw in all-day battery life, and the SE is now the Apple Watch we recommend to most people, and our favorite smartwatch of the year.
Highly recommended: Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Samsung decided to shake up its watch lineup this year, ditching the Classic model and releasing the new Watch 5 Pro alongside the vanilla version. Both watches share the same Exynos CPU and run on Samsung’s riff on Google’s WearOS system, but the Pro is toughened up with a titanium chassis and other fitness features. What we really loved was the larger 590mAh battery, which lasts three days between charges. That’s different if you like to wear the watch in bed for sleep monitoring.
Another short list: Apple Watch Ultra, Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
As we’ve said before, Apple’s direct entry into the Garmin-powered fashion space is popular, and the Apple Watch Ultra is a strong (literally) first step, even if it’s a small one. our concerns about battery life and charging. Meanwhile the Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro ticks all the right boxes in terms of build quality and display, but it’s disappointing and worst of all that app support is lacking to boot.
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