Ever since the original Samsung Galaxy Gear was unveiled back in September 2013, we've seen some great smartwatches land from the Korean company - but which Samsung smartwatch should you buy? What Samsung smartwatch is the best for you?
With Apple continuing to be a major player, Fitbit entering the smartwatch game with the Fitbit Ionic and plenty of watches now on aboard the Wear 2.0 ship, the crop to choose from has never been stronger.
If you're interested to see why you should opt for a Samsung smartwatch, though, then read on to see what's currently on offer.
The best Samsung smartwatch: The Samsung Galaxy Watch
The Galaxy Watch is clearly Samsung taking everything its learned in smartwatches and finally putting it all together. The design is a blend of the Frontier and Classic S3 models. It's also decided to go to two sizes for the first time, a 42mm option and a 46mm option.
Elsewhere, you've got a 1.3-inch (46mm) or 1.2-inch (42mm) AMOLED display with a resolution of 360 x 360. There's 5 ATM water certification, NFC for contactless payments, GPS and - of course - a heart rate sensor.
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This is also the debut device for Tizen 4.0, which comes with a new My Day watch face that gives you a lovely overview of your day. There are also new wellness features like stress and sleep tracking. Plus, 21 new workouts for those of you who want to track the likes of lat pulldowns.
Plus, like other Samsung smartwatches, it's still got Spotify support, offline music support with 4GB of storage and a healthy selection of apps - though not quite to the level of Wear OS or Apple Watch.
All of this is in a package that'll last you two to three days on a single charge. Plenty to get a couple nights of sleep tracking without having to worry. You can also push to four days if you avoid certain features, like GPS. Samsung has done everything right here, and that's why it's the best Samsung smartwatch you can buy.
Price: £279.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Galaxy Watch review
Buy it if you want... a classy smartwatch packed with features
The next-best Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear Sport
This Samsung smartwatch goes all-in on fitness, on both land and sea. You've got waterproofing, you've got a 1.2-inch Super AMOLED display, and you've got it in a package smaller than the Gear S3. There are changeable 20mm bands for you to switch things up should you want a new look, too.
Non-sporty features include Samsung Pay (albeit without MST support), taking control of Samsung smart home devices via Samsung Connect and being able to use it as a remote control for Samsung Gear VR or PowerPoint.
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This was also the first Samsung wearable running Tizen 3.0, and it comes with 4GB of memory and a 300mAh battery that can give you wireless charging.
It's not perfect, but with the likes of offline Spotify, Speedo On support and a strong battery life, there's still a lot to like here. Plus, if you opt for a refurbished edition you can get it about £100 cheaper.
Price: £299.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Sport review
Buy it if you want... a sporty smartwatch packed to the gills with features and an alternative to Wear.
The cheapest Samsung smartwatch: Samsung Gear S2
Not everyone will embrace the bigger design of the newer Gear S3 or want the active look of the Gear Sport or simply don't want to spend big on a smartwatch. So what's stopping you from taking a look at its smaller sibling?
Boasting a beautiful round-faced display that guns straight for the Apple Watch, the Samsung Gear S2 was the company's first model to feature the revered and intuitive rotating bezel.
Like its successors, the range offers two variants - the standard Gear S2 and the S2 Classic - with the latter also offering a 3G model and GPS tracking. This means the device is still able to compete alongside the smartwatch heavyweights and assist you with all your fitness and activity tracking needs. And, hey, it's cheap.
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Price: £149.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear S2 review
Buy it if you... want a cheaper, smaller Samsung smartwatch, which still packs that all-important rotating bezel.
The best Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro
Things haven't changed too drastically between generations here; you still have the 1.5-inch curved AMOLED display, for example, which is one of the best in the business for brightness and vibrancy. However, the headline act here is the waterproofing up to 5ATM.
With swimming allowed, there are also some new abilities for swim tracking. Expect the Fit2 Pro to record lap time, lap count, and stroke type. You can also link it up to Speedo On swimming platform.
Most everything else is the same. You've still got GPS and GLONASS support, Tizen is still under the hood powering apps like Spotify, the Fit2's automatic exercise tracking makes a return, and there's 4GB of storage for music. Samsung also partnered up with Under Armour, which means its suite of apps, which include MyFitnessPal, Endomondo, UA Record and MapMyRun are all pre-loaded.
Price: £129.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 Pro review
Buy it you want... a fitness tracker and a smartwatch but haven't got money for both. There are Garmin and Polar devices that tick this box, too, but none with such an awesome display.
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The cheapest Samsung fitness tracker: Samsung Gear Fit2
While the Gear Fit2 doesn't exactly fit in the smartwatch category, as it's technically a fitness tracker, this remains an option since it offers some handy smartwatch, er, smarts, runs Tizen and has access to third party apps.
So, what sets it apart? Well, the device bucks the crap-display tracker trend with a sumptuous 1.5-inch screen with an eye-popping 432 x 216, 322ppi display. On the fitness side, there's GPS built in for run tracking and an optical heart rate monitor – all for a very competitive price tag. It's not waterproof, though, so if you want that you probably should scroll back up to the Fit2 Pro.
Samsung Galaxy Watch review
It's also worth mentioning that despite Samsung UK no longer selling the device, it's still available through Amazon.
Price: £69.99 | Amazon
Wareable verdict: Samsung Gear Fit2 review
Buy it if you... want a feature-packed fitness tracker with a strong display.
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