Smart watches

Best smartwatches and fitness trackers of 2022

Morning routine: health conscious woman running through the streets and checking her pace on her smartwatch

As even a quick glance at the wrists of your fellow human beings will surely confirm, the wearable revolution is in full swing. What started as a small group of rather unsightly primitive options has blossomed into an industry of its own, with smartwatches and fitness trackers in all shapes, sizes and features. From high-end wristwatches with powerful processors to simple, sporty fitness trackers, we’ve rounded up some of the latest and most compelling options on the market.

Withings ScanWatch

Withings’ Scanwatch is unique for a number of reasons, not the least of which is the looks: unlike most of its big screen competitors, the ScanWatch looks like an analog watch. A side benefit of this small screen is that it can also last much longer than most of these competitors, up to 30 days. It comes with full access to the Withings Health Mate app and has a key feature for those worried about heart issues: namely, its ability to detect atrial fibrillation and measure blood oxygen levels. (Withings obtained FDA clearance before selling it in the US). For a watch that can make you look good and potentially keep you alive, at $299.99 the ScanWatch is hard to beat.

Polar Pacer Pro

The latest from the Polar fitness brand, the $299.99 Pacer Pro’s True Power feature is designed to help runners get a sense of how efficient their run is, which is only possible through Polar’s incredibly deep data collection, which tracks things like breathing rate, heart. – heart rate and frequency variability. All of these affect a runner’s ability to consistently achieve desired times and distances. And that’s exactly who the Pacer Pro is for: people who take their running seriously and want a watch that will do the same.

Garmin Venu2 Plus

The follow-up to the existing Garmin Venu 2, the Venu 2 Plus adds a big new feature: voice control, allowing you to use your phone’s digital assistant (Siri, Google Assistant or Samsung Bixby) to do all that spy stuff. digital assistant. , and leave your smartphone in your pocket while you do so. It also touches on all the big health tracking features: SpO2 measurements (i.e. the amount of oxygen-carrying hemoglobin in the blood, versus the amount of non-oxygen-carrying hemoglobin oxygen), 24/7 heart rate tracking, stress tracking, sleep monitoring, and female health tracking. There’s even on-board GPS to make sure you get home safely, with or without your smartphone. Available in Black and Slate, Cream-Gold and Ivory, or Powder Gray and Silver for $449.99.

Skagen Falster Gen 6

Skagen has carved out a niche for high-end, low-profile smartwatches, and the Falster Gen 6 is its latest and greatest. Available in a total of six different designs (with different colorways and strap types), it also comes with wonderfully minimalist Scandinavian watch faces. Running Google’s Wear OS on a Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor, it’s a great performer, whether using its Google Assistant support to do things like play music, or track everything from frequency heart rate to sleep monitoring through blood oxygen saturation using its SpO2 sensor. Available now for $295.

Movboi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra

The name might be a mouthful, but the Pro 3 Ultra improves everything over previous TicWatch iterations. A new customizable backlight makes it at home in any environment, and the TicHealth Suite is a robust way to track your workouts and what’s going on inside your body. Like other Movboi watches, it’s definitely a big boy, and it’s only available in black, but if those two limitations work for you, at $299.99 you could do a lot worse than the TicWatch Pro 3. Ultra.

Fitbit Charge 5

The latest from one of the oldest brands of fitness trackers, the Fitbit Charge 5 has a lot going for it. From its bright and crisp AMOLED display to its ability to track everything from stress to heart rate to EKGs, it certainly ticks a lot of boxes. It has built-in GPS and quickly connects to your Android phone. There’s a $10 a month subscription for Fitbit Premium, which gives you access to a cool new “daily readiness” feature (which takes into account your recent activity, heart rate variability, and sleep data for you give an idea of ​​how hard you should be pushing yourself on a given day.), plus personalized sleep and stress feedback. It is available in a wide range of colors, and its standard large and small silicone bands can be replaced with many alternatives. Available for $149.99.

Coros Pace 2

The Coros Pace 2 isn’t as high-tech as some of its competitors – most evident in its relatively lofi LCD screen – but for the dedicated athlete it’s as practical as it is powerful. At just 29 grams, it’s extremely lightweight and can last for weeks between charges. Perhaps most importantly, it integrates with the popular Strava workout app, which lets you map your runs and bike rides with elevation data, while its built-in GPS ensures you’re still on the right track. At $199.99, it’s also considerably more affordable than most of its competitors.