Best Smartwatches 2020

Since Seiko released the world’s first smartwatch in 1998, electronic companies have been working on developing wearable technology. They took the world by storm in the last decade once Samsung and Apple started producing watches that worked seamlessly with your mobile phone. Here, we’ll take a look at some of the best smartwatches on the market in 2020. 

Last updated: 5th Oct 2020 at 12:07pm

What are smartwatches?

Smartwatches are wearable devices with touch screens that allow you to interact as you would on a mobile phone, such as sending and receiving messages, making calls, interacting on social media, and checking your emails. 

Most smartwatches, whether they were designed for business or the daily user, have a variety of features to assist and entertain the wearer. Some of the best floating around right now come from the likes of Apple and Samsung, but some other companies have made their mark too. 

Best iOS Smartwatch - Apple Watch 5

Released in 2019, the Apple Watch 5 is Apple’s best smartwatch to date for iPhones due to its ability to last all day, permanently showcase the time on the OLED display screen, sport a GPS, have customisable straps, and fitness tracking features. Retailing at just under £400, this is the most popular and effective smartwatch to pair with an iPhone. 

One of its most advertised qualities is the “always on-display”, which means that the screen is always showing (just dimly when you’re not using it). This means users don’t have to raise the watch to see the information. 

Like most smartwatches, it tracks your fitness levels using apps specified for measuring your ECG, GPS, heart rate, and more. 

  • Display: 1.78 inches
  • Band size: Variable
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery: 24 - 36 hours
  • IP rating: Resistant up to 50m of water
  • Bluetooth

Best Android Smartwatch - Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

A successor of the Galaxy Watch from 2018, this newer model has improved upon the previous design and specifications. Compatible with both Android and iOS phones, this smartwatch retails at around £439 to £459 depending on the length of the strap size you need to fit around your wrist. 

One of its most impressive features is a rotating bezel, which is an alternative to using the digital display. As it’s such a small screen, some users may appreciate this other option.

The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 tracks your fitness, as well as allowing you access to multiple basic applications. You’ll reap the benefits of the EKG, GPS tracking, 40 activities recording, and blood oxygen monitoring more if you pair it with an Android phone as it syncs with the Galaxy Health app.

  • Display: 1.2 inches or 1.4 inches
  • Band size: 20mm or 22mm
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 3 days (45mm) 
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Bluetooth

Best for Fitness - Fitbit Versa 2

Released at the same time as the Apple watch in September 2019, the Fitbit Versa 2 is Fitbit’s current best smartwatch available. It is compatible with Android and iOS devices, and at a retail price of £160 - £190, it’s a cheaper option to the Samsung and Apple staples. 

An upgrade to the first Fitbit Versa, it’s not too different, but its price point and design tailored towards fitness-gurus is what makes it a popular choice on the market today. It has 24/7 heart rate tracking, 6 days battery life, sleep scoring and insight information, exercise recording and stats, real-time pace and distance from the GPS, smarttrack to automatically begin recording movement, and much more. 

  • Display: 300 x 300
  • Band size: 5.5 inches or 7.1 inches or 8.7 inches
  • Storage: 2.5GB
  • Battery: 6 days
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Bluetooth

Best for Running - TicWatch Pro

Released in 2020 as a revised version of the 2018 model, TicWatch Pro retails at around £222.99. Compatible with both iOS and Android, the TicWatch is innovative due to its dual screen technology, where one screen is layered on top of the other. 

The top screen is a transparent LCD display showing the time, your heart rate, and battery level. The bottom is a full colour OLED screen with all the remaining smartwatch applications. Your steps, your distance, your activity recordings, and your calories burned are also recorded by this watch. 

  • Display: 1.4 inches 400 x 400
  • Band size: 5.31 inches to 7.68”
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: Up to 48 hours (5 days on Essential Mode)
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Bluetooth

Best Appearance - Fossil Sport

Released in 2018, the Fossil Sport is one of the best sport smartwatches in 2020. At £150, this smartwatch can be paired with both an Android and an iPhone. With its seamless watch-like design, without the squared or bulky exterior of some other designs, it won’t stand out in a bad way on your wrist. 

The Fossil Sport has a Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which gives it a smoother experience as it’s the latest update from Qualcomm. It also has the Wear OS software, so functions well as a sporty phone. 

  • Display: 1.2 inches 390 x 390
  • Band size: 22mm
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 48 hours
  • IP rating: IP68
  • Bluetooth

Best for Battery - Honor Magic Watch 2

Released at the end of 2019 as an upgrade from its predecessor, this is a good smartwatch for people who are looking to improve their fitness. 

Retailing at £130, the Honor Magic Watch 2 can provide the wearer with feedback and advice to improve the way they exercise. What really makes this smartwatch stand out from the crowd is its incredibly long-lasting battery life. The Honor Magic can stay alive for 7 to 14 days (depending on usage) before it needs to be charged again.  

  • Display: 1.2 inches or 1.39 inches 454 x 454
  • Band size: 42mm or 46mm
  • Storage: 4GB
  • Battery: 7 - 14 days
  • IP rating: Unknown, but water resistant
  • Bluetooth

Best for Kids - VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch DX

Released in 2015, the VTech Kidizoom Smartwatch retails at around £45 - £55. 

This phone-meets-watch device allows kids to take pictures and videos using the interface, which can also be styled using 55 different displays. Available in a range of colours, like blue, purple, red, violet, pink, and camouflage, your children can personalise their smartwatch to their tastes. 

Use the smartwatch’s automatically installed app store, called the Learning Lodge, to download entertaining and brain-training games. 

  • Display: 1.44 inches 128 x 128
  • Storage: 256MB
  • Battery: 2 weeks
  • IP rating: Not water-resistant

If you’ve just recently bought a smartwatch, or are hoping to buy one, you can take a look at the best apps for your new smartwatch

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