The best smartwatches 2023
The 4 Best Smartwatches 2022
As more companies begin to unveil newer models of smartwatches, finding the best smartwatch on the market seems impossible. With so many options containing the same features, fitness tools and similar watch faces, trying to find the perfect smartwatch can be challenging.
One of the ways to narrow down your search is to remember that you have to find a smartwatch that’s compatible with your smartphone. Some smartwatches only work with iPhones, while others only work with Android.
Pick a Watch That Works With Your Phone
Naturally, the first thing you’ll want to consider when buying a smartwatch is compatibility.
All Apple Watch models run watchOS, Apple’s smartwatch operating system, and connect strictly to iOS-powered devices, meaning they’re iPhone-only. The Series 7, Apple’s latest flagship model, requires an iPhone 6s or later, running iOS 15 or later.
Samsung’s latest smartwatches, the Galaxy Watch4 and Watch4 Classic, run the new Wear OS platform, and only work with Android. They require a smartphone running Android 6.0 or later with 1.5GB of RAM, a departure from 2020’s Watch3, which also worked with iPhones.
The Best Smartwatch Apps
What separates a smartwatch from a dumb watch? Lots of things, but as smartphones have taught us, apps might be the most important.
Most of the watches we like feature full-fledged app stores, bringing everything from Spotify and Yelp to—yes, a calculator—to your wrist. Much like smartphones, app availability is a good way to determine which product to get, so make sure to check out the app selection for each watch before buying in.
If you’re looking for apps, Apple is your best bet. The Apple Watch has the largest number of high-quality apps and big-name developers, by far.