The 7 Best Samsung Smartwatches of 2020

When it comes to wearables, this company delivers

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The Rundown
"A smart looking watch in both features and looks, the Gear S3 Frontier has everything you could want."
"With a focus on fitness, the Gear Sport still looks stylish enough for evening attire."
"Aimed primarily at the avid fitness buff, the Galaxy Watch Active offers extensive exercise detection."
Runner-Up, Best Fitness Watch:
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"An affordable, stylish fitness tracker that automatically monitors all of your activities."
"Understated yet attractive, the Gear S3 Classic offers plenty of features at a reasonable price."
"Larger than most, the Galaxy Watch 46mm is ideally suited for a man's wrist."
"Elegant and intelligent, the Galaxy Watch 42mm Rose Gold is the perfect accessory for women."

Best Overall: Samsung Gear S3 Frontier

The Samsung Gear S3 Frontier is the ideal smartwatch for any scenario. It's as stylish looking as any conventional watch but packs in plenty of features at a keen price. It has a distinctive steel rotating bezel around its 1.3-inch Super-AMOLED full-color display, which is eye-catching but far from over the top. That rotating bezel also means you can easily access apps in the interface, allowing you to navigate your notifications without clumsily needing to touch the watch (we hate missing inputs on bad touchscreens).

You can use the watch to receive texts, calls, and notifications directly to your wrist. It's even possible to make and answer calls hands-free via its built-in speaker and microphone. Other smart features include the ability to make payments via Samsung Pay, saving you the effort of retrieving your wallet, and GPS tracking of exactly where you've been. For the fitness enthusiast, there's built-in step counting functionality, as well as the S Health app that can monitor your heart rate throughout the day.

Military-grade level protection means the Gear S3 is resistant to water, dust, extreme temperatures, and occasional drops, so it should serve you well through daily life. Expect a battery life of about four days before you need to return it to its wireless charger. 

Best Budget: Samsung Gear Sport

The Samsung Gear Sport is a competent, cutdown version of the more expensive Samsung smartwatches. Its stylings are a little more akin to a fitness wearable but they're subtle, and will still look good next to evening wear or casual attire. It has a 1.2-inch Super-AMOLED screen and is water-resistant for up to 50m.

Extra fitness features including all-day heart rate tracking, GPS mapping, easy calorie count balance entry, and personal coaching functionality for workouts and runs. You can also use it to reply to calls and texts with a twist of the rotating bezel, as well as pay for items via Samsung Pay. Another Samsung innovation is their Connect system that lets you control your appliances, such as your television, doors, lights, and other compatible smart devices.

Battery life can be as high as about three days but expect it to last about two days when used for any length of time. That's especially true when constant heart rate monitoring is activated.

Best Fitness Watch: Samsung Galaxy Watch Active

Built for fitness-minded folks, the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is a little different from other Samsung smartwatches but has many of the same best features. It has a 1.1-inch S-AMOLED circular display with a face size of 40mm so it's clear to see at all times, even when you're running or sweating up a storm. There's no rotating bezel here, unfortunately, but that does at least mean that the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active is much lighter than its alternatives (made of aluminum and fluoroelastomer).

It can detect up to six exercises automatically such as running, walking, or swimming, with the option to manually track up to 39 other routines (yoga, cardio, weightlifting, whatever you need). It's swim-resistant up to 50m, and water-resistant up to 10m if you happen to submerge it. It'll also track your sleep patterns, your heart rate (right down to sending you an alert if there's an irregularity), and there's the standard GPS tracking, too.

The Active has no built-in speaker or microphone for receiving calls, but you can still accept notifications and texts via the watch. Included is the ever useful Samsung Pay support which is great for when you're on a run and don't want to carry cash or cards.

As for the battery life, you can expect it to last almost four days, depending on what you use it for.

Runner-Up, Best Fitness Watch: Samsung Galaxy Fit

Whether you’re an avid swimmer, runner, or just devoted to meeting your step goal, the Samsung Galaxy Fit is an affordable, stylish fitness tracker that automatically monitors all of your activities. Its simple interface tracks everything from water and caffeine consumption to steps taken to sleep patterns and can handle your workout, whether that’s long hours in the pool, rock climbing, hitting the gym or tackling the workday. Its military-grade durability makes it ready for the water, extreme temperatures or a few bumps.

The Galaxy Fit is about more than just connecting with your health: It’s about connecting your wellness to the rest of your routine. The device can communicate with your Galaxy smartphone to keep you updated with all incoming notifications, texts, and calls on the full-color AMOLED display, meaning you can scroll through your calendar or upcoming weather mid-workout. Available in two colors, the Galaxy Fit has a battery life of up to a week. 

Best Classic Look: Samsung Gear S3 Classic

Stylish in a timeless classic kind of way, the Samsung Gear S3 Classic will complement your outfit and other accessories while still being eminently practical. It has the distinctive steel rotating bezel favored by other Samsung watches that makes it easy to access apps and notifications with a simple twist. But what's unique to the S3 Classic is the On-Cell Touch AMOLED screen which takes calls using the integrated speaker, microphone, and Bluetooth.

It's the most feature-rich watch Samsung has to offer. As expected, there's Samsung Pay support for effortless payments, heart rate monitoring, step counter, automatic exercise and dynamic workout tracking, and GPS functionality. It covers all the bases you could need from a simple smartwatch while looking far nicer than most. It's slightly older technology than some other Samsung watches so don't expect it to be as fast or for the battery life to extend past a couple of days, but there's no denying that it looks great. 

Best for Men: Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm

A chunkier affair than some alternatives due to its 46mm size, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm is the ideal smartwatch for men. The watch face utilizes a 1.3-inch Super-AMOLED screen that's Samsung's best yet. It ensures that watch faces look less digital and more traditional than many other smartwatches. This works perfectly for watch lovers who aren't keen on more technical looking smartwatches.

Besides that, it's the fastest of Samsung's Galaxy smartwatches, switching between apps without skipping a beat. It also has extensive monitoring (heart rate, accelerometer, barometer, gyro sensor, light sensor, GPS tracking) while still maintaining a four-day battery life before you need to leave it on its wireless charger. Also included is a sleep cycle tracking functionality as well as guided meditation and breathing exercises to encourage a healthier way of living. Plus, there's the customary notification support along with the ability to take calls via it.

The 46mm watch is made with military-grade protection which ensures it's safe to use when swimming up to 50m and can take a few knocks. The strap is made of silicone, the watch is stainless steel, and the glass has Corning Gorilla Glass DX+ protection, which means a fall from five feet won't leave a scratch.

Best for Women: Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm Rose Gold

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm Rose Gold is available in midnight black and silver, as well as a rose gold variety that looks best alongside both evening wear and work outfits.

Its Super-AMOLED display is a respectable 1.2 inches and is accompanied by a rotating bezel for easy manipulation through the different apps. It's safe to use when swimming and it's resistant to falls of about five feet, not to mention extreme temperature changes, shocks, and vibrations. There's Samsung Pay support included, making this a great watch for everyday use. 

Underneath that attractive exterior is plenty of power with a four-day battery life enabling users to monitor their heart rate, track their location via GPS, as well as receive notifications and take calls via the device and Bluetooth.