The Best Smartwatches in Singapore 2023
By Amirah Zakiyyah
Updated Jan 2023
Fancy an upgrade from your traditional watch with some apps and notifications as your wrist companion? Whether you're a seasoned smartwatch user or a newbie, we've rounded up the best smartwatches to help you decide which is the one for you.
#1 Apple Watch Series 7
Apple is undoubtedly the leader of the pack when it comes to smartwatches and at the top of this pack stands the Apple Watch Series 7 — Apple's newly released and arguably the best Apple Watch yet. The Apple Watch Series 7 takes everything customers loved about the Apple Watch Series 6 and brings it to an all new level.
The Apple Watch Series 7 comes in both 41mm and 45mm body sizes which cater to the majority of different wrist sizes but also now offers more screen area than its predecessors. The watch design is sleek and has the classic premium feel all Apple products boast and the favourite always-on display.
The Apple Watch Series 7 continues to feature comprehensive and accurate health and fitness tracking with its in-built powerful S7 processor and the latest watchOS 8 software. It's capable of tracking your heart rate, ECG and blood oxygen levels, and can even detect irregularities in your heart rhythm or call for emergency services if you suffer a fall. When it comes to fitness, the watch can track it all — from casual walks to intense workouts — providing detailed data insights through Apple's Health app. While you sleep, the watch continues to track your health stats to give you a full picture of your health over the whole day and night.
A downside of the Apple Watch Series 7 is its 18-hour battery life which isn't terrible but isn't great either. However, this is compensated by fast charging support available on the Series 7, providing a 80% charge in just 45 minutes according to Apple. Another downside for Android users is that the Apple Watch Series 7 is only compatible with Apple devices so it's not even a viable option.
Despite the limited short comings of the Apple Watch Series 7, when you think about all the potentially life-saving features it has to offer along with its beautiful user interface and Apple device compatibility, the Series 7 is a clear winner for those already in the Apple Eco System. An Apple Watch may be slightly pricier than other alternatives on the market, but with Apple you get exactly the kind of quality and innovation you're paying for.
For prospective buyers looking for the Apple experience but don't see themselves needing the fully decked out features the Series 7 has to offer, the Apple Watch SE makes for a solid budget alternative.
Shop the Apple Watch Series 7 here.
#2 Samsung Galaxy Watch4
This one is for Android users who can't get their hands on the Apple Watch Series 7, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 is the next best thing. The Galaxy Watch4 comes in 40mm and 44mm size options to cater to different wrist sizes. Additionally, those looking for a more formal watch design can also consider the Galaxy Watch4 Classic.
Design-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 isn't as comfortable to wear as the Apple Watch Series 7 but fitted with a vibrant AMOLED display. It also now features Samsung's latest operating system, Wear OS, which is the new combination of Samsung Tizen and Google’s Wear OS. Moving on from the Galaxy Watch3's rotating bezel, the Watch4 embodies a digital bezel with its screen sitting flush to its aluminium body. At first glance, the Galaxy Watch4 could even pass off as a regular watch as compared to the distinctive squarish display on the Apple Watch Series 7.
Feature-wise, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 doesn't disappoint with a comprehensive suite of health and fitness trackers. It comes with a Body Composition measure that helps track your fitness progress by conveniently measuring stats such as fat percentage, skeletal muscle, body water and more. This is all capably achieved with Samsung's new BioActive Sensor in real time to inform you as you manage your health goals. This same sensor also measures ECG and blood pressure in real time. Additionally, the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 also provides advanced sleep analysis, digging deep into your sleep cycles to provide insights such as your sleep stages like REM sleep, blood oxygen levels, snoring periods and even calories burned. This data is summarised into a Sleep Score for you.
Despite all this, the Apple Watch Series 7 still edges out the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 due to its significantly larger storage (32GB vs 16GB) and a wider range of third party support. If you're an Android user, the choice for the Galaxy Watch4 is obvious but if you're an Apple user we highly recommend just sticking with the Apple Watch Series 7 as it is indeed optimised for Apple devices. All in all, the Galaxy Watch4 is still one of the best smartwatches and worth every penny you spend on it.
Shop the Samsung Galaxy Watch4 here.
#3 Apple Watch SE
A solid choice if you've never owned an Apple Watch before, the Apple Watch SE is an affordable alternative with a lot of the same great core features of the Series 7.
Made to suit you, it's available in 40mm and 44mm sizes with multiple strap options for you to style with.
Display-wise, OLED technology makes it clear, bright and easy - reading is possible in any situation! While many of the Watch SE's features are smaller versions of the iPhone, it's still incredibly attractive in the fitness aspect. What you get is an ever-growing list of exercises in the default Workout app, the ability to track your workouts and sleep, and a heart-rate monitor.
Yet, The Watch SE may be a deal-breaker for some. The lack of an always-on display will irritate those who glance at the date and time occasionally or anyone who relies on it for timed exercises.
While the battery life that only lasts a day and a half isn't good enough in this day and age, the Watch SE is worth considering if you're after a smartwatch that's great value for money.
Shop the Apple Watch SE here.
#4 Fitbit Versa 3
Need something else that's not from Samsung or Apple? An ideal wearable is Fitbit's Versa 3, which blends a smartwatch design with fitness tracker features. Fitness enthusiasts, this is calling for you.
Compared to the Versa 2 with a 39mm display and a resolution of 300 x 300 pixels, the Versa 3 has a larger 40mm AMOLED panel coupled with a higher resolution of 336 x 336 pixels. Even at its 'dim' setting, it's stunning to look at any viewing angle - props to the bright, crisp and clear display.
Centred around a holistic overview of health and fitness, the Versa 3 includes a motivational workout feature, Active Zone Minutes, now a staple of Fitbit devices. While exercising, you're able to monitor time spent burning fat, cardio or peak heart-rate zones. Up for a challenge? Get up and moving to earn AHA's and WHO's recommended 150 minutes of physical activity each week!
If you're a long-time Fitbit user, you'll be happy to know that features you're familiar with are present in the Versa 3. Say hello to all-day activity/sleep tracking, automatic workout detection and 24/7 heart-rate monitoring!
They heard you - the older proprietary bands were not the easiest to manage. With the easy-to-use quick-release system, the current ones are a hassle no more. That means the previous bands you've purchased won't work on the Versa 3.
While it may not be overflowing with all the higher-end apps and features as some of its competitors, what it offers in terms of health and fitness, makes the Fitbit Versa 3 a smartwatch we recommend.
Shop the Fitbit Versa 3 here.
#5 Samsung Galaxy Watch Active2
Though not much has changed in the Galaxy Watch Active2, this refined version is still a quality smartwatch.
Coming in 40mm and 44mm sizes, it's also compact and lightweight. Running on Samsung's Tizen, the watch allows for better performance and a battery life that spans two to three days. Need a smartwatch that tracks your workout, sleep, water, food, caffeine consumption and more? This is your companion.
With an improved Running Coach feature, you're now able to receive real-time pace metrics, a breakdown of what to expect before you start your workout and audio cues via the watch speaker or Bluetooth headphones.
Despite its impressive fitness tracking, Bixby, The Galaxy Watch Active2's voice feature isn't much useful. It's not the best at answering questions and third-party app integrations are zero to none. While it's a cheaper alternative to the Apple Watch, it's still costly compared to the original Watch Active.
If you're looking for a smartwatch that goes with the same OS as your phone, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is the one worth taking notice of.
Shop the Galaxy Watch Active 2 here.
With many options in the market, it can be tough to narrow on just one. What matters is finding the best smartwatch that suits you.
Need more recommendations? Check out our smartwatches collection.
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