Smart watches

The 5 Best Smartwatches of 2022

The best smartwatches do more than tell the time and let you know when you’re getting a call or text on your wrist. They’re all in one: a fitness tracker to count your steps, a digital wallet, and some can double as a phone.

Smartwatches these days have health features that can even save your life. Many of the best smartwatches on the market can detect high heart rate alerts or other personalized health alerts, and connect you to emergency services.

But the best smartwatches do all of these things better than the others. Some have an immense number of apps available for download, some have batteries that will barely last a day, while others will last nearly a week on a single charge. And of course, there’s the ever-important aesthetic style. The best smartwatches can be customized, from their straps to their faces, to best suit your personality.

Read our top five picks for the best smartwatches of 2022 below.

Apple Watch Series 7

It seems no tech wishlist is complete without something from Apple’s impressive arsenal. While the Apple Watch Series 7 may not offer the big overhaul some were hoping for after Series 6, it’s still the perfect wearable tech for iOS users.

Along with all the additions and improvements from the previous year’s Apple Watch – such as an always-on altimeter and blood oxygen monitoring – the Series 7 incorporates fast charging (33% faster than before ) and a new 20% larger screen, with approximately 40% thinner bezels; offering a more edgy look while maintaining compatibility with existing Apple Watch straps.

The latest update to watchOS 8 brings new support for workout activities like pilates and helpful new safety features like fall detection while cycling, plus mindfulness additions with the new reflection function.

Prices start from AU$599, varying by watch and strap design.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Samsung Galaxy Watch 5

You might have trouble telling the Galaxy Watch 4 and the Watch 5 apart. Samsung has kept the same design, but why fix what isn’t broken? Similar to Apple and other smartwatches, the ability to customize the design allows for band swaps.

Key upgrades to the Watch 4 include up to 10 hours longer battery life, as well as a more durable design against scratches thanks to a sapphire crystal display. The lower curvature is reshaped to fit the wrists more naturally and increase the amount of surface area that comes into contact with your skin, improving the accuracy of sensor readings.

Regarding health sensors, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 offers a new one, a skin temperature reader. While it’s not working yet, as soon as it does it will inform sleep tracking and be open to third-party health developers. Watch this space to see how it all unfolds. Other health features provided include snoring patterns, a holistic view of health, and female health tracking through the Glow: Fertility app.

Prices for the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 start at AU$495, varying by watch and strap design.

Fitbit Sense
Fitbit Sense

The smartwatch landscape is becoming more health-focused every year. ECG monitors and pulse oximeters are increasingly common, and Fitbit is trying to keep up with the crowd with its newest smartwatch, the Fitbit Sense. The Fitbit Sense is one of the best Fitbits available and builds on the success of the Fitbit Versa line with several new upgrades. Designed to put the user in charge of their well-being, it helps you understand your body and mind and make changes to improve your physical and mental health, and it does.

The health-focused watch has a wave of features designed to make the user aware of their daily health habits. Some of these features include a daily readiness score, health metrics, detailed sleep tracking, heart health tracking, and stress management tools, plus many more. Some of the hottest new features include approximately 6-day battery life, biosensor core, fast charging, swim resistance, and 20 goal-based exercise modes and SmartTrack.

One thing to note is that, unfortunately, many features are only available to Fitbit Premium subscribers, which costs around AU$15.49 extra per month. However, the Fitbit Sense comes with a 6-month free trial so you can test out these features and get plenty of benefits even if you decide not to renew the subscription.

Prices start from AU$449.95.

Garmin Venu2 Plus
Garmin Venu2 Plus

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is the 2022 successor to the 2021 Garmin Venu 2 and has all the same features with one major addition: a microphone. This lets you answer incoming calls from your wrist and use your phone’s voice assistant without touching your phone. It’s compatible with Siri, Google Assistant and Bixby, and is a great addition to what was already an excellent smartwatch.

The Garmin Venu 2 Plus is a premium all-round smartwatch and a solid choice if you’re looking for a single device to wear all day, whether you’re exercising or not. Its stainless steel body and crisp, bright display mean it looks smart enough for any occasion. Although it only comes in one size, its medium-sized case should fit most wrists.

As you would expect from a Garmin watch, it shines in fitness tracking, tracking heart rate, SpO2, sleep cycles, skin temperature, breathing and stress. The GPS has Garmin’s signature accuracy. Garmin’s latest optical heart rate monitor also stands out, responding quickly and accurately to changes during interval training sessions. The high-resolution display provides on-screen muscle maps that show recently worked muscle groups, as well as guided workout animations for yoga and pilates.

Priced at AU$699.

Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro
Huawei Watch GT 3 Pro

Huawei’s wearable flagship for 2022, the Watch GT 3 Pro is certainly one of the most beautiful smartwatches ever made. The latest in a long line of GT watches, the Watch GT 3 Pro comes in two variants: titanium and a smaller option, ceramic. The titanium watch comes in matte sandblasted metal, while the smaller (and more expensive) GT 3 Pro ceramic watch comes in polished white. Both are available with a variety of strap options.

The Watch GT 3 Pro runs Harmony OS 2.0 like most of the company’s wearables these days. The operating system has been adapted to support several new features. Some of these new features include an ECG sensor with depth measurement devices to help keep the user aware of any heart health risks. Other new features include a non-crystal ceramic back cover, always-on display, AMOLED display, water resistance up to 30m, and over 100 workout modes.

One feature worthy of distinction is Huawei’s Apnea training mode for dive data. The watch can record dive time and depth curve, making progress trackable and visible. Heart rate, breath hold time, and diaphragm contraction start time are all recorded to aid in preparation for underwater challenges and training. It also has airtight safety reminder settings, like automatic reminders if you go too deep or too long.

Pricing starts from AU$695, varying by vendor.

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