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Which Samsung smartwatch should I buy?

By Hannah Walsh

The Samsung Gear S2, Gear S3 or Gear Fit 2 - there’s plenty of choice, but which should you pick? Our guide can help.

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Samsung launched their first wearable way back in 2013. Since then we’ve had every Samsung smartwatch or fitness tracker pass through our labs – with differing degrees of success. Some have impressed, while others have frustrated us with poorly laid-out screens, short battery life and uncomfortable designs.

In the tables below we take a look at the two latest smartwatches in the Samsung range, the Gear S2 and Gear S3, as well as the Gear Fit 2 fitness tracker. All three run Samsung’s Tizen operating system, but that doesn’t mean they are all equal.

Each offers different features, a different design and has a different price tag to match. Not all Samsung devices have impressed during our fitness-tracking accuracy test either – we’ve found one that understated distance travelled during a run by more than 35%, and another that overstated heart rate by more than 60% during our testing.

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Samsung smartwatches

Samsung Gear S3

Samsung Gear S3
Today's best price £264.00
Which? score %
Reviewed Apr 2017
Ease of use:
Member exclusive
Smart notifications overall:
Member exclusive
Health:
Member exclusive
Built in GPS:
Yes
Built in heart rate monitor:
Yes

It has advanced smart and fitness features, but how did it perform in our tough tests?

Samsung Gear S2

Samsung Gear S2
Today's best price £179.99
Which? score %
Reviewed Jul 2016
Ease of use:
Member exclusive
Smart notifications overall:
Member exclusive
Health:
Member exclusive
Built in GPS:
No
Built in heart rate monitor:
Yes

It’s the older and smaller Samsung smartwatch – so can it live up to its shiny new successor?

Samsung fitness tracker

Samsung Gear Fit 2

Samsung Gear Fit 2
Today's best price £125.00
Which? score %
Reviewed Oct 2016
Ease of use:
Member exclusive
Everyday use:
Member exclusive
Accuracy:
Member exclusive
Built in GPS:
Yes
Built in heart rate monitor:
Yes

Can this Samsung fitness tracker compete with its smartwatch siblings? We put it to the test to find out.

Should I buy a fitness tracker or smartwatch?

The difference between smartwatches and fitness trackers boils down to whether you want a wearable device that's designed to help you communicate and deliver notifications, or one that keeps track of exercise and health. There’s often a difference in price, too. The cheapest fitness tracker we’ve tested costs less than £20, while smartwatches start from around £100. 

To help you pick the right wearable for you, use our online tool below. If you're on a mobile device, you'll need to scroll down to the 'features' tab at the bottom of your screen to explore.


 

Once  you’ve decided on the right type of wearable, take a look at our fitness tracker or smartwatch reviews . In addition to the Samsung devices, we’ve tested models from all the big-name brands, including Apple, Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and TomTom.

If you’re still unsure which device would be the best choice then have no fear – head to our Should I buy a fitness tracker or smartwatch? guide for a full rundown of the similarities and differences.

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