Solid build. Features water and dust resistance and rated for temperature extremes. Built-in GPS for runners and Samsung Pay capability on tap. LTE connectivity option makes it possible to leave your phone behind and still be connected.
46mm size is considered large and heavy. Limited app selection.
3 color options that all coordinate well with most outfits. Wireless charger. Works with Android and iOS. Can easily change the bands for different color/size. 1 yr. warranty. Water resistant and durable.
Reported issues with software and possible step inaccuracies.
Great smartwatch for all-day fitness tracking, notifications and mobile payments Less bulky than similar models. Onboard GPS and the ability to load and play music with a connected Bluetooth headset will appeal to runners.
Response to notifications is limited to the most recent messages.
Helps track fitness including steps, exercise, calories burned, heart rate, as well as sleep quality. Identifies exercises and tracks accordingly.
Heart-rate tracking can be inconsistent.
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A Samsung smartwatch acts as an extension of your smartphone and allows you to attach a mini mobile computer to your wrist. While some smartwatches are made for specific uses like fitness tracking, many of them offer an assortment of standard features like GPS tracking, music and photo management, and apps. What makes the smartwatch such an amazing companion to your smartphone is its ability to receive your phone’s notifications, as well as accept and decline phone calls or send and receive texts.
Samsung has become a major player in the smartwatch arena over the last few years, and its smartwatch products stretch across the entire marketplace. We’ve put together a selection of the best Samsung smartwatches so you can find the one that’s just right for you.
If you still have questions, our shopping guide has the answers you need.
Fitness: Most Samsung smartwatches feature fairly robust fitness tracking, so you can keep up with basic health data like heart rate, daily steps, and calories burned. However, there are some smartwatches that work much better for extremely active users. These watches focus less on a flashy face or stylish wristband and instead highlight features such as deep-dive water resistance or built-in applications that track biking and running routes.
Daily use: Samsung smartwatches for daily wear mix all the cool features you get from a smartwatch with a classic or elegant design, sometimes making it impossible to tell if you’re wearing a smartwatch at all. Many of these watches have a customizable wristband that ranges from sporty to leather. You can enjoy all of the standard smartwatch features with the exception of some sport-specific features like deep-dive water resistance.
There are two ways size is measured in a smartwatch. For styles with a round face, generally for everyday use, the face is measured in millimeters (mm). Sizes of Samsung smartwatches range from 42 to 49 millimeters (1.68 to 1.96 inches). The standard strap size is 22 millimeters wide (0.88 inch).
Most fitness-specific smartwatches with a slimmer bezel share the same face size but offer different band lengths that range from small, 125 to 170 millimeters (5.0 to 6.8 inches), to large, 155 to 210 millimeters (6.2 to 8.4 inches).
Android vs. iOS
All Samsung smartwatches are compatible with current Android smartphones. While it’s impossible to sync an Apple smartwatch with an Android phone, if you own an iPhone and want to enjoy the stylish design of a Samsung smartwatch, you can – but with a catch. Samsung smartwatches will pair with Apple’s iPhone, but the functionality will be limited. Many useful features and applications require Android’s specific software to work. Outside of taking calls and sending texts, if you’re pairing an iPhone with a Samsung smartwatch, you’ll likely be left with a pretty basic (but good-looking) smartwatch.
Even if your Samsung smartwatch is waterproof, it could register false touches if you’re wearing it in the shower or underwater. Most waterproof models have a Water Lock mode to prevent this.
To further customize your Samsung smartwatch to resemble an analog one, you can turn on the Always on Display (AOD). That way you don’t have to touch the screen or raise your wrist for the face to turn on.
If you purchase a Samsung Gear s3, don’t throw out the box! It doubles as a charging stand.
The great part about Samsung smartwatches is the ability to customize not only the applications and what you see on the face but also the look. Many products allow you to replace the wristband to give you more options when it comes to how the watch feels and looks on your wrist.
Built-in speakers and mic
Built-in speakers and a microphone are very popular features on most Samsung smartwatches, but not all come equipped with them. Some fitness-specific smartwatches leave these out. While you’ll be able to answer calls, you’ll need to use your phone or a headset to listen and talk. This goes for music, too. You’ll be able to store and play music from your smartwatch, but if your device doesn’t have speakers, you’ll need to sync a Bluetooth headset to it. Most bluetooth headsets are compatible with Samsung smartwatches.
Classy finish and feature packed
The aesthetic details of the Samsung Galaxy smartwatch are phenomenal – it’s just an all-around beautiful watch to look at and wear. It comes equipped with a long-lasting battery and packed with all of Samsung’s top-of-the-line smartwatch features: wireless charging, Android and iOS compatibility, and interchangeable bands.
You’ll find many Samsung fitness smartwatches in the $150 to $180 price range. These are durable and powerful exercise companions that when paired with your smartphone give you extra freedom to work out, listen to music, and take calls without thumbing through your larger device.
The most popular Samsung smartwatches for daily use can be found in the $200 to $250 range. These are simple designs with customizable bands. If you’re looking for a safe bet in a Samsung smartwatch, look to spend about this much.
If you want the best smartwatch Samsung has to offer, you’ll likely have to spend $250 to $300. These smartwatches feature highly customizable faces and wristbands, waterproof bodies, and advanced tracking software. The products in this price range have all the features any smartwatch owner could ask for and are built to last.
Sporty and smart meet at the wrist
Don’t be fooled by its sleek and stylish design, the Samsung Gear Sport is a must-have smartwatch for anyone looking to bring smartwatch capabilities into the sports world. It has water resistance to 50 meters, all-day fitness tracking and coaching, and a charge that lasts for days, not to mention the standard ability to answer and end calls and send and receive text messages.
Samsung has some fantastic smartwatches, and most of them stand toe to toe with all the competitors in the field. In our search for the best, we considered the Bluetooth-only Samsung Gear S3 Frontier for its classic wristwatch design, sturdy steel bezel, and large strap. Another solid smartwatch choice that was hard to pass up is the Samsung Gear S2. An earlier edition of the S3, it’s not as customizable as other smartwatches in the same family, but it is slightly more affordable. It’s got a clean but versatile finish that looks equally good in the office or at the gym.
Q. Do Samsung smartwatches have their own GPS module or does it use a phone’s?
A. Samsung smartwatches use their own GPS module and pair with your phone. This makes it useful for personal tracking along with keeping tabs on your phone’s location.
Q. What’s the difference between Bluetooth and LTE versions?
A. Bluetooth-only Samsung smartwatches require your phone to deliver information to you. LTE versions require you to sign up for a separate data plan so that the smartwatch can send and receive information independent of your phone. Your phone could be miles away or off and you’ll still receive data this way.
Q. Can I download videos, photos, or music directly to my smartwatch?
A. You’ll need download media to your phone first. From there, you can transfer your desired media to your smartwatch. The Samsung Gear s3 has four gigabytes of storage.
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