Best Android smartwatches of 2022 tried and tested – Evening Standard
ike the look of the Apple Watch but don’t have an iPhone? Well we have bad news for you: Apple’s popular smartwatch won’t work with anything else, meaning if you’ve got an Android phone stashed in your pocket you’re out of luck.
There are, however, smartwatches that aren’t Apple-dependent, and that work brilliantly with Android phones.
Some of them even have a Google-made operating system, just like Android itself. WearOS, formerly known as Android Wear, is Android underneath, but it’s wrapped in an interface that makes it more suitable for tiny round screens.
One problem with watches that try to pack in a lot of functionality is that the batteries are necessarily small, meaning you’ll end up charging them every day or two or risk running out of juice in the middle of a workout or when trying to read notifications.
You can get smartwatches with barely any OS at all, just a bundle of sensors that sit on your wrist telling the time, monitoring your activity, and discreetly buzzing when you have a notification. They mostly communicate via a phone app, but some have touchscreen displays. Then there are those that have evolved from fitness trackers, which take a greater interest in how much you move, and can monitor things like laps of the track or lengths of the pool.
Knowing what you want from a smartwatch is key before you jump in. If you want what’s essentially a second phone on your wrist, then that’s possible, but many people would rather have something classic and analogue, which opens up the many hybrid watches on the market.
Sports fans need to decide what they like to do and how they want to be tracked, while everyone else needs to work out if their notifications are so important that they need another device to alert them to emails.
Here are some of the best smartwatches for use with Android phones.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
From the maker of some of the finest Android smartphones comes the best WearOS smartwatch – though beware of some compatibility issues if you try to use it with a non-Samsung phone.
The super-AMOLED screen is bright and contrasty, the dual-core processor means you get snappy performance, and a 4G-enabled version is also available.
The watch will monitor your heart rate (and more with its ECG function), give you an idea of your body fat and water percentages, track your location so it can measure the distance you’ve run, and even give you an idea of your blood pressure. As with all smartwatches, though, it’s hard to get a handle on how accurate these readings are without comparing them to the same tests carried out at a doctor’s office or hospital. It’s IP68 rating means it will keep out dust and dirt, and can be submerged in 1.5m of water for 30 minutes. That’s not quite the same as taking it swimming.
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