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Don't Buy smartwatches

by Tom Morgan

Don't Buy smartwatches are plagued by inaccurate tracking and poor battery life. These are the smartwatches that won't keep you connected.

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If you're shopping for a smartwatch, you'll be looking for a device that's comfortable to wear, keeps you connected with just a glance, and is accurate when it comes to tracking your steps and exercise routines. The best smartwatches to pass through our lab excel in these areas, but our Don't Buys will leave you wishing you'd picked an alternative.

Our expert smartwatch reviews can help you save hundreds of pounds, highlighting the products from big-name brands that are a pain to use on a daily basis.

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What makes a Don't Buy smartwatch?

The worst smartwatches from our tests score just one star for handling smart notifications, meaning you'll have to dig around for your smartphone just to find out who's calling. Don't Buy smartwatches won't last long on a single charge either, which is frustrating if you want to check emails or navigate on the move without your smartphone. They can also be uncomfortable to wear, with bulky designs that don't sit neatly under a long-sleeve shirt.

Inaccurate tracking is another problem. Best Buy devices are intelligent enough to detect when you've started an exercise routine, but Don't Buys are more likely to suffer from delayed tracking. Even worse - they may fail to track your steps at all, giving you a poor sense of how active you've been throughout the week.

But fret not. You don't always have to spend big to land yourself a Best Buy smartwatch - we've found some top-scoring models for less than £150.

How we test smartwatches

We've tested a wide range of smartwatches from the likes of Apple, Samsung, Huawei, LG and Fitbit. For every smartwatch that passes through our test lab, we pay close attention to everyday use, also finding the answers to the questions that matter:

  • How well does the smartwatch receive and display notifications?
  • What's the battery life like?
  • Can the smartwatch survive bumps and scrapes from continued use?
  • Can the smartwatch effectively track movement?
  • Is it worth buying?
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