Best Smartwatch for 2017 - July 2020

I’ve purchased and tested 7 smartwatches and fitness trackers at this point (in no particular order):

  1. Samsung Gear Fit 2
  2. Fitbit Charge 2
  3. Fitbit Flex 2
  4. Fitbit Blaze
  5. Samsung Gear S3
  6. Asus Zenwatch 3
  7. Pebble 2 (Don’t buy this one!)

I will be purchasing and testing about 2 or 3 more every month for all of 2017.  I will update this post as data and testing comes in.

1 stands above the rest by leaps and bounds — The Samsung Gear S3 has all the features I want from all the other smartwatches and fitness trackers and more.  The Gear S3 is, so far, the best smartwatch in 2017.  That may change — especially if the Gear S4 comes out this year!  So, I will change this post if another watch beats it out.

Below is an incomplete list of several reasons why the Gear S3 crushes the competition:

  • Excellent battery life @ 3-4 days.
  • IP 68 resistance ==> waterproof beyond 1 meter.  This is better than all smartwatches I tested other than the very poorly made Pebble 2
  • Unique rotating bezel makes it smoother, faster, and easier to use than all the rest.  This might be the best feature.
  • Talk on the phone through my watch.  No other smartwatch that I tested can do this.  And it works well.
  • It has all the same fitness features in any other device — step tracking, heart rate monitor (a bit weak, however), sleep tracking, workout tracking, food/water tracking
  • Respond to texts via voice to text.  Other smartwatches can do this, but the Gear S3 works the best and smoothest.
  • This is the only watch that makes calls in a reasonably practical way
  • It works with Android and iPhone (stoopid Apple Watches)
  • …and more

So, if you’re in the market for a high quality smartwatch, then get the Gear S3 and don’t look back!



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My name is David and I'm a total tech nerd. I always have been and always will be. I've really gotten into smartwatches since they've come out. They show great potential to change our lives almost as much, if not just as much, as smartphones have. I'm also an internet entrepreneur that makes my living via tech. Feel free to contact me with any questions or comments you have!

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