Smartwatches haven’t come a long way, have they? Not long ago, commentators said they’d never get it, and watchmakers scoffed at the thought of anyone being interested in wearing a screen on their wrist. And look at us now. We bring you ten of the best smartwatch options on the market for men. One of the options is a notable traditional watchmaker. How times change.
If you’ve been putting off getting a smartwatch, it’s time to commit. Smartwatches keep getting better. You have to jump on the hype before you get left behind. From enhancements to smartphone functionality to essential waterproof fitness technologies on your wrist, there’s a smartwatch for everyone. Here is a rundown of the best smartwatches for men available on the market today.
What you should look out for in a smartwatch
Before considering which smartwatch to buy, you need to think about what you need it for. Of course, every smartwatch on this list has multi-functionality, but certain watches on the list sacrifice some features over others. Some are fitness focused while others prioritize style and upgrade your fitness wardrobe.
The following should be noted:
Battery Life: Most smartwatches last about a day or two between charges when fully functional. Others offer much lower battery life and require strategic charging. A sacrifice in battery life can often mean improved functionality and vice versa. It is also worth considering the load time.
Price: Everyone has a budget. If you’re looking for the best of the best, you’ve got to go. While we’ve picked the best here, and that usually means higher prices, there are still some remarkably affordable tech on this list that offer good value for money.
Compatibility: As with anything you plug into your phone, you need to check for compatibility. Of course, Apple Watches only work with iPhones. Otherwise, there tends to be fairly universal connectivity. Best to check before you buy.
Persecution: All smartwatches do basic fitness tracking. It kind of comes with the area as this point in time. However, if you are serious about training and want a full fitness analysis, it makes sense to go for a sportier brand.
The best smartwatches for men in 2022
apple watch 7
Unsurprisingly, Apple tops the list. There’s no better smartwatch out there (if you have an iPhone) than the Apple Watch Series 7. It’s the most comprehensive, modern, and stylish pinnacle of wrist-based bells and whistles out there. A bolder, larger screen, faster charging, easy notification interaction, a blood oxygen monitor, extensive app compatibility, and water resistance to 50m make for a market-leading package.
If your budget doesn’t stretch, it’s also worth considering the Apple Watch SE. Fewer frills but still wireless charging, a respectable battery life, water resistance to 50m and many of the features of the Series 6. A budget-friendly alternative if you’re Team Apple and want a mix of fitness and lifestyle tech on your wrist
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
If you don’t have an Apple iPhone, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is the equivalent of the Apple Watch Series 7. Aesthetically pleasing and comfortable ECG (electrocardiogram) measurements and full-body analysis thanks to smart sensors will appeal to fitness enthusiasts. Three days of battery life is also a welcome bonus. Google’s Wear OS is also easy to use. It’s worth noting that the watch isn’t Apple compatible, but you already knew that.
Garmin Venus 2
Basically, if you’re a fitness junkie bordering on the point of professional athleticism, check out the Garmin Venu 2. Features like Body Battery and Health Snapshot give you a frankly remarkable insight into your own bodies, while sleep tracking, stress tracking, and fitness age bring analysis too. Able to specialize in sports and activities covering everything from swimming to Pilates, a lot of effort has also gone into designing it to be comfortable while you’re active. The battery won’t hurt you for 11 days either.
Fitbit Versa 3
The best Fitbit money can buy and a miles away from the original fitness strap. Wireless charging, even not for too long, delivers a whopping three days of battery life. The Versa 3 packages come with built-in GPS, Alexa voice capability, music streaming compatibility, and plenty of workout and exercise analysis features, making it one of the best fitness tracking features out there. The display is crisp and it’s a comfortable fit.
Honor Magic Watch 2
The headline here is that once fully charged (magnetic charging stick), the Honor Magic Watch 2 lasts about a week. That’s right, at least seven days less than one charge. Compatibility with both iOS and Android is also helpful. The watch leans more towards the fitness side with a whole range of tracking options and gives feedback on your workout too. Affordable, lightweight, and with notifications and a few music features, it’s a great budget option for runners.
TicWatch Pro 3
Solid battery life (72 hours), that all-important iPhone and Android compatibility, and without getting too nerdy, Snapdragon Wear 4100 inside with 1GB of RAM means the TicWatch Pro 3 is significantly faster than many on the list. On low-power (essential) mode, this bad boy lasts almost a month on one charge, and there are plenty of fitness tracking options to dig into too. GPS, sleep tracking and the rest. It’s cheaper than the market leaders and looks the part.
Fossil gene 6
Another on the list powered by Google’s Wear OS, Fossil’s Gen 6 has a decent amount of tech for the price. It’s also quite a dashing piece, opting for a more classic strap and face. With a battery life of around 24 hours, it has a solid collection of health data including heart rate, calories burned, blood oxygen and sleep trackers. Spotify compatible and with a full range of smartphone notifications.
Amazonfit GTR 3 Pro
In terms of looks, the Amazfit GTR 3 Pro is one of the more stylish smartwatches out there. It really looks like it. With 12 days of battery life, water resistance to 50m and a heart rate monitor and much more. There’s Alexa voice control, sleep and stress monitoring, standard fitness tracking, and it even checks your blood oxygen. And all while being a comfortable and stylish addition.
connected to Tag Heuer
Traditional watchmaking meets smart tech. Tag Heuer entered the building. Unleash the luxury smartwatches. So the basics expected from standard output are here in the Connected. Google Wear OS, heart rate monitor, water resistance and all the notifications you need when your phone is in your pocket. But then just look at it. It’s a Tag Heuer, all hallmarks, but with a tiny computer in the middle. That alone should be enough to convince you.
Hublot Big Bang E
Great name for a watch. Smart or not. Another that should be filed under “luxury smartwatch” with a price tag that would match you with everything else on the list, including Tag Heuer. Of course it’s all about the design, the Big Bang E harks back to the Hublot heritage with its classic rubber strap. Google Wear OS means plenty of fitness tracking and notification options, but you’re basically here because it’s Hublot and that’s fine. Get a watch that can do both.
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