Best smartwatches: Our top picks

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  • Best for iPhone users

    Apple Watch Series 6

    Two-day battery life
    50m water resistant
  • Best for Android users

    Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

    Leather strap
    50m water resistant
  • Best all-rounder

    Fitbit Versa 3

    6+ days of battery life
    50m water resistant
  • Best for athletes

    Garmin Fenix 6 Series

    9+ days of battery life
    100m water resistant

Smartwatches have come a long way from the days of the Pebble watch, Samsung Galaxy Gear and early Fitbits. In less than a decade, manufacturers have managed to squeeze stunning displays, incredible connectivity, voice assistants, contactless payments and days-long battery life (just to name a few) into increasingly attractive and affordable packages.

Of course, this also means there’s more selection than ever before, and as features are added and improved, choosing between models becomes even more difficult. To help you find your perfect device, we’ve done all the hard work and rounded up the best smartwatches currently available in Australia.

Apple Watch Series 6 - best smartwatches

Best smartwatch for iOS users: Apple Watch Series 6

  • RRP: From $599
  • Battery life: Up to two days
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Compatible with: iOS

Surprise, surprise, the best smartwatch for iPhone users is an Apple Watch – specifically, the Apple Watch Series 6. Released in November 2020, the Series 6 isn’t a complete overhaul of its predecessor, but the tech giant isn’t trying to reinvent the wheel, and the new kid on the block has got more than a few welcome new features. We’re talking a new processor, brighter display, SpO2 (blood oxygen saturation) monitoring and a whole bunch of new watch bands.

As you’d probably expect, the Apple Watch pairs flawlessly with the iPhone. In fact, if you get the cellular variant, it can feasibly replace your phone in all those situations (like at the beach or swimming pool) when you don’t want to have to worry about valuables. Battery life isn’t fantastic, but at around two days, it’s certainly not bad, either – it also doesn’t hurt that it fully charges in 90 minutes. It’s so feature-packed, you’ll need to read our review for the full load down, but suffice to say, it’s hands-down the best smartwatch for iPhone users.

Apple Watch SE - best smartwatches

Runner-up: Apple Watch SE

  • RRP: From $429
  • Battery life: Up to two days
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Compatible with: iOS

Let’s face it, the Apple Watch Series 6 isn’t the cheapest smartwatch in the world, but thankfully, iOverlord Tim Cook has blessed us with a more budget-friendly alternative: the Apple Watch SE. It looks pretty much identical to the Series 6 from the front, but under the hood, there are a few compromises. There’s no always-on display, no ECG (if it even gets approved down under), no SpO2 sensor, last gen’s processor and a less advanced optical heart sensor. That said, it’s also $170 cheaper, so you may find the sacrifices well worth it.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 - best smartwatches

Best smartwatch for Android users: Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

  • RRP: From $499
  • Battery life: Up to 1.5 days (41mm) and up to two days (45mm)
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

After a somewhat shaky start, Samsung’s line of Galaxy wearables has firmly found its feet with the Galaxy Watch 3. A powerhouse in all aspects, from design and display to features and battery life, the Watch 3 is the first really appealing competitor to the Apple Watch in quite some time.

With a stylish, analogue-esque design, the Galaxy Watch 3 features a clever rotating bezel, a premium stainless steel finish, a chic leather strap and more than 40 watch faces to choose from. It’s one of the most normal-looking smartwatches currently on the market, making it perfect for those who want smart features without the blocky, slightly futuristic vibe of other smartwatches.

Like its Apple counterpart, the Galaxy Watch 3 features an SpO2 sensor and ECG feature (the latter which is still yet to be approved for use by the TGA) and a cellular variant so you can leave your phone at home. It’s got similar battery life to the Apple Watch Series 6 but takes almost double the time to charge. Long charging time aside, it’s still by far the best smartwatch for Android users.

OPPO Watch - best smartwatches

Runner-up: OPPO Watch

  • RRP: From $449
  • Battery life: 24 hours (41mm) and 36 hours (44mm)
  • Water resistance: 30m (41mm) and 50m (44mm)
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

The first time you see the OPPO Watch, you’ll be struck by how similar it looks to an Apple Watch, but despite the familiar appearance, OPPO’s first wearable is its own beast – and a beautiful one at that. It’s stylish, smart and snappy, fully charges in 90 minutes and boasts a gorgeous display. On the downside, sleep tracking is a bit iffy and the 41mm will barely get you through a full day of use. That’s not ideal, but it’s also somewhat forgivable thanks to its fast charging ability. To learn more, read our full review.

Fitbit Versa 3 - best smartwatches

Best all-rounder: Fitbit Versa 3

  • RRP: $399
  • Battery life: 6+ days
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

Fitbit puts the competition to shame with the Versa 3’s incredible battery life. Lasting up to (and sometimes in excess of) six days, one charge is enough to get you through day after day of work, exercise and sleep. It’s also home to some of the best health tracking tech in the biz, with unrivalled sleep analysis and a massive range of workout types – many of which can be automatically detected without user input.

Though the Versa 3 is compatible with both Android and iOS, iPhone users will notice a few limitations – namely, the lack of ability to quick-reply to texts and take phone calls from your watch. There’s also no cellular option, so you’ll need your phone with you at all times if you still want to receive notifications. Limitations aside, it still plays quite well with iPhones, and for Android users, it’s an even smoother and more feature-rich experience. Read our full review here.

Fossil Watch Gen 5 - best smartwatches

Best fashion smartwatch: Fossil Watch Gen 5

  • RRP: From $499
  • Battery life: 1 day
  • Water resistance: 30m
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

Fossil’s latest generation of smartwatches is, simply put, stunning. It shouldn’t come as a huge surprise, given the watchmaker has been pumping out stylish wrist candy for over 30 years, but the Fossil Watch Gen 5 marries the brand’s traditional look with modern tech perfectly. Each model is also compatible with standard 22mm watch straps, making switching a breeze.

The 5th generation comes in three distinct styles: Julianna (available in black/rose gold, rose gold, and gold-tone) and Carlyle (available in black and silver), both of which sport a 44mm case, and the 46mm Garrett (available in five colour variants). The only difference between the three is design, but at their core, you’ll find the same features: NFC, GPS, altimeter, heart rate sensor and more. It was also the first WearOS watch with the ability to allow iPhone users to receive calls, which is a massive selling point. One day of battery life isn’t great, but the Gen 5 can charge to 80 per cent capacity in just 50 minutes, which is pretty damn good.

Garmin Fenix 6 - best smartwatches

Best smartwatch for athletes: Garmin Fenix 6

  • RRP: From $599
  • Battery life: Up to 9 days (Fenix 6S), up to 14 days (Fenix 6) and up to 21 days (Fenix 6X), plus more with solar variants
  • Water resistance: 100m
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

Whether you’re a decathlete or simply an avid runner, Garmin is the market leader for all things multisports tracking. Designed for those who want a watch that’ll take them through weeks of workouts, runs, swims, rides and more, the Fenix 6 series doesn’t come cheap, with the base model 6S starting at $599 and the top-of-the-range 6X Solar model priced at a whopping $1,249 (and that’s on sale).

Eye-watering price aside, the Garmin Fenix 6 doesn’t claim to be anything other than what it is: a rugged, feature-packed, exercise-focused beast. It’s not the kind of thing you’d want to wear to a cocktail party, but you’d be hard-pressed to find a more high-tech companion for your sport of choice. It’s also home to all the usual smartwatch features you’d expect – NFC, an unbelievably accurate GPS, phone notifications, calls and text replies on Android, music, safety detection and more.

Suunto 7 - best smartwatches

Runner-up: Suunto 7

  • RRP: $599
  • Battery life: Up to 2 days
  • Water resistance: 50m
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

Garmin and Suunto have battled it out for multisport watch supremacy for years now, but Garmin just took the edge in our comparison. Even so, Suunto’s offerings are still great options – and slightly more affordable ones at that. The Suunto 7 is the manufacturer’s mid-to-high-end smartwatch, packed with over 70 exercise modes, free offline outdoor maps, NFC, GPS and all the usual goodies that come with WearOS (Google Pay, Google Fit and Google Assistant).

best budget smartwatch - realme watch s

Best budget smartwatch: Realme Watch S

  • RRP: $169
  • Battery life: Up to 15 days
  • Water resistance: IP68
  • Compatible with: Android and iOS

There’s no denying it – smartwatches are expensive. Like most other tech, you might be under the assumption that you need to fork out hundreds to get something half decent. But the Realme Watch S is surprisingly feature-rich for something that retails for less than $200.

No, it’s not the most stylish watch in the world, but with 15 days of regular usage on one charge, it’ll keep you going for a long time. It’s got an SpO2 sensor, heart rate monitor, can track sleep and exercise, receive notifications, control your music and camera, and it has more than 100 different watch faces to choose from. Of course, there are a few compromises, too. No NFC means you can’t pay with your watch, there’s no voice assistant, limited exercise modes, and the watch runs on a proprietary OS, meaning no ability to download third-party apps. Still, for just shy of $170, it’s a great deal. Want to learn more? Read our full review of the Realme Watch S.