The last few years have seen a dramatic rise of smartwatches. With smartphones getting more advanced, smartwatches have been able to keep up to become the ideal partner-in-crime. As there are already many guides on how to purchase the right smartphone for your lifestyle, you might wonder: how do you choose the right smartwatch?

Much like deciding on the right smartphone, the same thought process should be used when deciding on which smartwatch is perfect for you. While most smartwatches carry the same features and functions, it is up to its manufacturer on what can be done differently.

Of course, the most important factor you will need to know before deciding which smartwatch is made for you is its operating system (OS). Two of the biggest smartwatch brands, the Apple Watch and the Galaxy Watch, utilise the WatchOS and WearOS respectively.

Aside from that, the world is your oyster when it comes to choosing the right smartwatch for you.

Best for Apple Users - Apple Watch Series 5

When it comes right down to it, Apple can do no wrong with its smartwatches. The Apple Watch Series 5 is the latest and greatest from the Cupertino tech giant and it has all the making to snag the ‘Smartwatch of the Year’ title.

It comes in two sizes — 40mm or 44mm and is available in two materials, aluminium or stainless steel. Once you’ve decided on the size and type of material, you can choose between four colours: silver, gold, space grey, and space black. It can also be customised with a variety of straps and bands.

The Series 5 comes with a host of features that are aimed at the betterment of the wearer at all cost. It’s capable of detecting if you’ve had a hard fall; if the surrounding environment is too loud; and it can even track your menstrual cycle easily and accurately. It’s also the first Apple Watch with mobile connectivity, ensuring that you do not need your phone with you wherever you go.

Best for Samsung Users - Samsung Galaxy Watch

The Samsung Galaxy Watch is the natural equivalent to what the Apple Watch is for iOS devices. While it’s a bit of a stretch to say the Galaxy Watch is great with all Android devices, it is the perfect partner if you’re a Samsung user.

There are two sizes for the Galaxy Watch, either 42mm or 44mm. The former comes in either a rose gold or black colourway while the latter is strictly in a gunmetal black/silver colourway.

What’s great about the Galaxy Watch is its ability to carry many smartwatch features with the feel of a classic analogue watch. One of its key features is the proprietary Always-On display, which allows you to tell time at any hour of the day. Aside from being a great partner to work out with, the Galaxy Watch features a highly responsive and detailed heart rate monitor. Another great feature that deserves recognition is its ability to track and log your sleeping patterns.

Best for Fitness - Fitbit Versa 2

When one thinks of a fitness wearable, the name Fitbit should be the first on your list. The Fitbit Versa 2 is the company’s best smartwatch to date while also doubling as a fitness tracker.

The Fitbit Versa 2 comes in a host of colours, allowing you to choose from five different shades. It also has two special edition colourways — smoke woven/mist grey aluminium option or navy and pink woven/copper rose aluminium.

While the first two listed above come with its own wireless payment feature, Fitbit is another to join the fray with its own e-wallet. Being part-smartwatch and part-fitness tracker, expect the Fitbit Versa 2 to come equipped with plenty of apps and features centred around being the best possible fitness tracker. These include All-Day Activity tracking, Cardio Fitness Levels, Guided Breathing Sessions, as well as SmartTrack to name a few.

Best for Everyday Use - Fossil Gen 5

The last few years have seen Fossil slowly evolve from being a generic mid-range watch brand to becoming a go-to choice for smartwatches. the Fossil Gen 5 is in collaboration with Google, featuring many of its latest technological advancements.

It comes in plenty of shades ranging from stainless steel to silicone and leather. There are also plenty of different colourways to go along with it like black, rose gold, and dark brown to name a few.

As a smartwatch for everyday use, Fossil Gen 5 is arguably one of the better choices as it utilises WearOS by Google. This allows it to have updated features like Google Assistant, Google Pay, and Google Fit. It also has plenty of storage space as compared to many others at 8GB as the standard.

Best for Adventurers - Garmin fēnix 6X Pro Solar

For all adventure junkies and the like, if you’re looking for the perfect smartwatch to take with you on your travels, there’s none better than the Garmin fēnix 6X Pro Solar. As Garmin is known as the industry leader when it comes to GPS tracking technology, it’s no surprise its smartwatches are unparalleled when it comes to location tracking.

The smartwatch is available in either Pro Solar or Sapphire on the case to go with a variety of bands. This ranges from titanium carbon grey DLC to even leather for a more formal look.

As far as a smartwatch for an adventurer, the Garmin fēnix 6X Pro Solar is the best there is. The greatest feature is its solar power charging, giving the watch extra juice to keep it going throughout the day. There are also plenty of other features like Dynamic PacePro, helps you run smarter over various types of terrain, which helps you run smarter over various types of terrain. Aside from that, there are over 2,000 preloaded ski maps from resorts around the world; turn-by-turn navigation to go along with its round-trip routing features; and even safety and tracking features.

Wi-Liam Teh
Senior Writer
Wi-Liam is a geek at heart with a penchant for tattoos. Never without a drink in hand (preferably whisky, gin, or Guinness), he is also a writer by day and a keyboard warrior by night. On his day off, he masquerades as a streetwear and sneakerhead enthusiast while his bank account says otherwise.