Smartwatches are quietly becoming one of the must-have personal devices for any modern man. Wearables are an easy way to enter a person’s life, become part of their daily routine and ultimately get under their skin. Many people are used to wearing a watch (or band) during the day and these days with sleep and health monitoring, we wear them at night too.
Everyone makes a smartwatch and they’re all pretty cool these days. But some are better than others – here’s our list of the best that came out this year.
Apple Watch Series 9
Unsurprisingly, the ubiquitous Apple Watch is first on the list. The latest version, the Series 9 adds the faster S9 SiC, which supports double-tap and Siri on a device. The display is 2,000 nits brighter.
The Apple Watch Series 9 is easily the best watch for most iPhone users – simple as that.
Apple Watch Ultra 2
But if you want the absolute best watch for iPhone users, period, you should get the Apple Watch Ultra 2. The latest model gets a customizable action button, a rotating crown that’s more tactile for easy gloved use, the same speed as the S9 SiC with double-tap gestures, on-device Siri and precise directional device tracking on the iPhone 15.
Samsung Galaxy Watch6
Samsung consistently makes some great Android smartwatches and the Galaxy Watch 6 is the latest and greatest. The latest model has a 0.1-inch larger display (and 0.1-inch smaller bezels) in the same body. The rest is practically lifted from the Watch 5 – sapphire crystal protecting the display, 5nm SoC (although 930 vs 920), Google Wear OS 4 with a UI Watch 5.
Smasung Galaxy Watch6 Classic
Samsung Galaxy Watch 6 Classic has triumphantly brought back the rotating bezel after a year’s absence, stretched the display further into the dial and called it a day. It’s Samsung’s best watch in 2023, but we can’t help but regret that Samsung didn’t make the Watch6 Pro — rotating bezel aside, the Galaxy Watch5 Pro is a better watch than the Watch6 Classic.
Huawei Watch GT 4
All the watches we’ve mentioned above have one thing in common – they only last a few days on a charge – or in Apple’s case, just one. That’s where the Huawei Watch GT 4 comes into play. Huawei claimed two weeks of battery life – we got about a week in our review, which isn’t bad. The Huawei Watch GT 4 is well-specced, looks great, and costs just €269. You’re missing out on some smart phones compared to Samsung’s Google Wear OS watches, but for sleep and health tracking and fitness, the Huawei watch is great.
Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro
Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is an excellent smartwatch. It’s one of the few with dual-band GPS, and we found it to be a stellar track in our review. We got two full days out of the Google Wear OS 4 watch and that’s nothing to rave about. The best thing about the Xiaomi Watch 2 Pro is the price – €270 gets you a stellar watch. However, it’s hard to find one in stores these days.
Google Pixel Watch 2
The Google Pixel Watch 2 is a unique offering because of its pebble-dashed design and smaller size. It’s beautiful to look at and easy to use. Fitbit loyalists will love the full Fitbit integration. The Pixel Watch 2 has a faster Qualcomm SW5100 processor and is more durable than its predecessor, and it was paired with the Pixel 8 Pro in Europe and the US, which likely put it in a lot of people’s pockets.
Garmin Venu 3S
Garmin has a place on any list of best smartwatches and the Venu 3S is the latest competitor to the classic smartwatch. It has an AMOLED display, Garmin’s powerful set of features and tracking options, and can last for more than a week. But it is expensive at 440 euros.
Amazfit GTR 4
Amazfit GTR 4 is an easy recommendation at only €215. It has a 1.43-inch curved AMOLED screen, a stainless steel case and up to 14 days on a single charge – strong!
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5
The Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 5 is expensive (€360), but its three-day battery life is impressive for a Wear OS 4 watch. It has Qualcomm’s fastest Snapdragon W5+ Gen 1 processor and one of the best selection of watch faces.