Apple, Huawei, Samsung, Fossil, Withings – our market overview shows the best smartwatch for your wrist. With GPS, 1-channel ECG, oxygen saturation measurement and sleep apnea warning.
Analog watch, smart watch, fitness tracker? Many smartwatches offer all of this in one device.
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Whether counting steps, reading the news, listening to music or monitoring important body values: the smartwatch is the most popular wearable. If you are considering buying a new smartwatch, you are spoiled for choice: operating systems, prices and functions often differ considerably from one another.
PC-WELT takes a close look at the most popular smartwatches and provides an overview. In addition to Android smartwatches and the Apple Watch with Watch OS, operating systems from Samsung or Huawei also play an important role.
Note: We deliberately do not choose a smartwatch test winner. The requirements are too different. Rather, the focus is on the function comparison. Which watch you choose depends on the intended use and your preferences.
Our recommendations in advance:
Galaxy Watch 3: Samsung’s Smartwatch optionally with LTE
In August 2018, Samsung introduced the first Galaxy Watch. Meanwhile the
in the showcases. As usual, these are available as a pure Bluetooth version and with LTE.
In addition, users can choose between two sizes (41 mm and 45 mm) and three colors (“Mystic Black”, “Mystic Bronze” and “Mystic Silver”). Like the competition, Samsung also offers interchangeable wristbands.
Practical: With the LTE version, the watch can be used to receive calls, send messages or listen to music, receive messages, reminders and weather information and call up calendar information even without a smartphone.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3: Available as a pure Bluetooth version or with LTE.
A highlight of the watch is the screen: the eye-catching Super Amoled touchscreen with 1.2 inches or 1.4 inches (for the 45 mm version) and 360 x 360 pixel resolution. With the round, rotating bezel and a large selection of digital dials, the watch should also satisfy lovers of more elegant designs. In addition, the smart arm jewelry is protected against dust and water and should also withstand swimming in the pool (5 ATM, IP 68).
The Exynos 9110 two-core processor with 1.15 GHz promises enough performance. The Galaxy Watch 3 is also state-of-the-art when it comes to connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN, NFC, A-GPS (Glonass). There are also plenty of sensors: acceleration sensor, position sensor, barometer, pulse and ambient light sensor. The watch supports the Samsung Pay payment function, but the function itself is not yet available in Germany.
The battery can be charged wirelessly. The manufacturer mentions 247 mAh (41 mm) and 340 mAh (45 mm) as battery capacities.
You can pair Android smartphones from Android 5 and iPhones from model 5 and iOS 9 to the Galaxy Watch.
Depending on the size, it costs
Galaxy Watch Active2 for athletes: tracks 7 sports automatically
Samsung launched a new model for athletes in 2019. With its 40 x 40 x 10.9 mm and 26 grams (made of aluminum, 37 grams for stainless steel), the watch is slightly smaller than the Galaxy Watch 3 (see above). In addition to side buttons and a touchscreen, the watch can also be operated using a bezel.
The 1.2-inch screen (Corning Gorilla Glass DX +) with Super Amoled display has a resolution of 360 x 360 pixels. A 240 mAh battery supplies the smartwatch with power. According to Samsung, the runtime is over 43 hours with normal use. The waterproof watch (5 ATM) can also be charged wirelessly.
As usual, the hardware of the Active model is a bit slimmer than that of the Watch series: The case contains an Exynos 9110 dual-core processor with 1.15 GHz, 768 MB RAM and 4 GB of internal memory. The operating system is also Samsung’s Tizen again. There are also Bluetooth 5.0, WLAN b / g / n, NFC and GPS (Glonass, Beidou, Galileo) as well as many sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, pulse monitoring and light sensor.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2: Automatically tracks up to seven sports.
Thanks to Bixby, calls can also be made or messages sent in German by voice command. The user does not have to pick up the smartphone connected to the Galaxy Watch Active. Unlike its predecessor, the Watch Active2 is also optionally available with an LTE module.
The watch automatically tracks up to seven sports: walking, running, cycling, cross trainer, rowing, dynamic training and swimming. Individual training units can also be set manually and calorie consumption can be tracked.
Functions such as sleep analysis and a good night mode (switches all alarms apart from the alarm clock to mute) are also on board. The Samsung Pay payment function is integrated in the watch,
but is not yet available in this country.
The Galaxy Watch Active2 is compatible with the Samsung Galaxy series and Android smartphones from Android 5.0 and with at least 1.5 GB of RAM, as well as the iPhone from iPhone 5 from iOS 9.0.
Price: At the manufacturer, the Galaxy Active2 starts at around 260 euros; the watch is already available on the Internet for less than 200 euros. They are available in the colors “Black”, “Silver”, “Crown Silver”, “Gold” and “Pink Gold”.
Fossil 5th Gen (Julianna HR and The Carlyle HR): Smart technology for the wrist
As with its predecessors, Fossil also uses his
an elegant look: Both the Julianna HR for women and The Carlyle HR for men focus on design.
The smart hand jewelry is controlled via the LED touch display and the buttons on the side. Thanks to the compatible Android Wear OS, nothing stands in the way of pairing with Android (version 6.0 or higher) or iOS devices (version 10 or higher).
The display has been made slightly smaller than the previous model, but the 1.28-inch, round OLED display with its dense 328 dpi is not to be despised. In addition to the usual acceleration, brightness and position sensor, a heart rate and altimeter are on board. With the Bluetooth version 4.2. Fossil 5th Gen is not quite “state of the art”, but it doesn’t have to hide. There is also WLAN and NFC. In this generation, too, the user has to do without an LTE module. The memory for music etc. was doubled to 8 GB with 1 GB RAM.
Fossil relies on high quality workmanship and an elegant look.
Athletes will also get their money’s worth at Fossil: the distance run can be tracked via GPS without a smartphone. A heart rate monitor always gives feedback. But with 3 ATM you shouldn’t swim with it.
There is room for improvement with the battery: the clock lasts around a day before it has to be plugged in again. Thanks to the inductive charging function, this also works wirelessly here.
the Fossil Gen 5 should be an interesting option for many.
Huawei Watch Fit: a lot of endurance for little money
A shrunk smartphone for the wrist – Huawei is trying to differentiate itself from the Android competition not only in terms of technology, but also in terms of design. And continues with the
similar to competitor Apple on a square display with Amoled technology. However, the Huawei Watch Fit is 1.64 inches and more rectangle than square.
The Chinese manufacturer’s smartwatch has been on the market since September 2020 and is said to adorn the wrists of buyers in the colors “Sakura Pink,” Graphite Black “and” Mint Green “.
Huawei did not save on the hardware or the features: In addition to a Bluetooth 5.0 interface, there is a light, acceleration and gyroscope sensor as well as GPS tracking. In addition, the watch can measure not only the heart rate but also the oxygen level in the blood (
). Together with over 90 workout modes and suitable training animations, the hand jewelry from the Chinese manufacturer has a lot to offer especially for athletes. Of course, the Huawai Watch Fit is also water-resistant (with 5 ATM up to 50m). Huawei’s own LiteOS is used as the operating system.
The manufacturer specifies the battery life with normal use as up to ten days. A quick charge function gives the watch enough energy for another day within twelve minutes.
Huawai Watch Fit: A lot of endurance for little money.
These three versions of the Apple Watch will be available from September 15, 2020.
Apple Watch Series 6: Oxygen saturation measurement supplements 1-channel ECG
September 15, 2020 Apple presented the sixth generation of its Apple Watch.
With a new, even more powerful processor, of course. But a new health function is much more exciting:
The Apple Watch Series 6 now also measures the oxygen saturation of the blood.
The watch should then warn the wearer if the oxygen level in the blood drops below the norm. However, Apple will deliver this feature as a software update in 2020, so it will not be available from the start. The altimeter, which is also new, is also of interest to athletes.
Apple Watch Series 6 in price comparison
Two sizes are available: a 44mm or 40mm case. In addition to the optical heart rate monitor and the electronic 1-channel ECG app, there is also a noise app that warns of possible hearing damage in the event of loud ambient noises. A fall sensor and the ability to automatically make an international emergency call provide additional safety. GPS, acceleration and gyroscope sensor, compass, altimeter and a water resistance of up to 50m make the watch interesting for athletes. The watch can be connected directly to various fitness equipment via GymKit. In terms of connectivity, WiFi and Bluetooth and optional LTE leave nothing to be desired.
The entry-level model with the aluminum housing and 40 mm housing costs from 418 euros, for the cellular version you have to spend a hundred euros more – from 515 euros.
Withings Scanwatch: oxygen saturation and sleep apnea warning
warns of atrial fibrillation and measures the oxygen saturation of the blood. The sleep apnea warning function follows as a software update. The watch is also a fitness tracker with 30 days of battery life. We present the Withings Scanwatch in detail here:
Smartwatch monitors your health: heart, lungs and sleep
Withings Scanwatch in price comparison
Omron Heartguide: Real blood pressure monitor
is a smartwatch with an unusual and important additional function: it measures blood pressure. And even relatively precisely, as our detailed test shows. The price is steep, however.
Omron Heartguide in the test: Smartwatch measures blood pressure
Omron Heartguide in the test: Smartwatch measures blood pressure
Amazfit GTR: Solid performance at an affordable price
Amazfit GTR for only 100 euros
offers, can be seen. The hand jewelry from the company Huami (behind which Xiaomi stands) offers a good opportunity for beginners to familiarize themselves with the concept of a smart wearable. The optic is based on a more traditional watch look, whereby the materials and color options depend on the selected size: The 47mm variant consists of aluminum, stainless steel or titanium and comes in corresponding gray and black tones, while the 42 variant is made of aluminum and, in addition to “star black”, focuses on feminine looks such as “cherry blossom pink”, “moonlight white”, “coral red” or “glitter”.
The 1.39-inch AMOLED display (or 1.2-inch) does not have to hide from the competition with a resolution of 326 dpi. The clock is operated via a touchscreen and two side buttons.
Amazfit GTR: silk watch for small budgets.
As far as the inner workings are concerned, the watch from the Chinese manufacturer does not lag behind the competition: GPS (Glonass), heart rate monitor, motion and acceleration sensors are on board. Athletes get their money’s worth thanks to twelve different sports tracking modes – even in the water (5 ATM). In addition, Bluetooth 5.0 provides the necessary connectivity to the smartphone (from Android 5.0 or iOS 10.0).
A few compromises have to be made for the price, however: Buyers have to forego WiFi or functions that require a microphone (voice assistance, text-to-speech). The manufacturer’s own operating system may also take some getting used to. However, the watch shows its full strengths with the battery life: According to the manufacturer, the Amazfit GTR should last up to 24 days with normal use. The watch is charged via a magnetic charging station. All in all, the Amazfit GTR represents a solid low-budget alternative.
Garmin venu: Smartwatch for professional athletes
has a 1.2-inch Amoled display with touchscreen. In practice this means: contemporary screen meets tried and tested sports analysis.
As usual with Garmin, users can do sports completely without a smartphone. The Venu not only has its own GPS and maps on board, it also has a music player and support for the Spotify or Deezer streaming services. The playlists find space on the approximately 3.6 GB internal memory.
Garmin wouldn’t be Garmin if this watch didn’t have countless professional tracking functions on board: from stress and sleep tracking to heart or cadence tracking and various fitness analyzes.
The Garmin Venu can do it in four color variants (rose gold, black / slate gray, silver / granite blue, black / gold). The manufacturer specifies the battery life in always-on up to 5 days. In practice, as experience reports on the Internet show, this is a bit ambitious.
Garmin Venu: The first Garmin watch with an Amoled display.