Best smartwatch for iPhone: Apple Watch, Wear OS, Tizen and more


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So you want to know the best smartwatch for your iPhone? The great news is there are a lot of choices right now packed full of interesting features while also sporting luxurious designs that will ensure your wrist always looks fashionable.

The bad news is you’re going to have a very hard decision to make choosing the best smartwatch to use with your iPhone. Things have moved quickly in the smartwatch space since the release of the original Apple Watch in 2015.

We’ve had an updated version called the Apple Watch 2 that was quickly discarded in favor of the newly-released Apple Watch 3. There’s now even the Apple Watch 4 that comes sporting an edge-to-edge display, new sizes and an ECG heart monitor.

Then there’s the Apple Watch 5 which has been introduced with with an always-on display. All of these are listed below, plus on top of that there’s a plethora of other smartwatches that also play nice with your iPhone including Google’s own Wear OS and Samsung smartwatches too.

To help you decide, we’ve made a guide to explain which watches will work with your iOS device. We’ve also recommended our favorite watches and highlighted why each is a great companion for your iPhone.

What watch should you use with your iPhone?

Although Wear OS and Tizen – a rival OS to Apple and Google – watches work with iPhones, the best watches right now are the Apple Watch 4 and Apple Watch 3.

Both of these devices are tailored for the iPhone experience, with watchOS working perfectly with iOS, so it makes sense to buy one of these. There’s also the Apple Watch 2 and Series 1, which we’ll explain more about down below.

You can get a selection of both Tizen and Wear OS watches that work with the iPhone too, and we’ve put together the list below to show you the best for battery life, features and style on the market right now.

For all the options below, you’ll need an iPhone 5S or later that’s running iOS 12 software to ensure you’ll get all of the benefits of owning a smartwatch.

Best Apple Watch: what are the choices?

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Apple Watch 5 review

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1. Apple Watch 5

The best Apple Watch money can buy

OS: watchOS 6 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.78″ OLED | Processor: Apple S5 | Band sizes: Varies based on watch size | Onboard storage: 32GB | Battery: 1 day to 36 hours | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: Water-resistant to 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE

Always-on display

More storage

Battery isn’t incredible

Still pricey

Looking for the very best Apple Watch on the market? It probably won’t be a huge surprise to learn that it’s the newest one. The Apple Watch 5 is the device that offers the best selection of features within Apple’s range, but it’s not a cheap option.

It’s currently the most expensive Apple Watch, and the biggest upgrade for that is the fact you’ll get an always-on display.

This doesn’t drain your battery life as much as you may expect as the watch will dim its screen to offer you notifications on your wrist at all times rather than you having to raise it and wake it up to see your stats.

WatchOS 6 is available on the watch, so you can downloads apps directly to your wrist and it comes with a compass feature for the very first time.

If you own an Apple Watch 4, there’s not much reason to upgrade here but if you own an older Apple Watch or you’re looking to get your first smartwatch this may be a solid option for you.

Read the full Apple Watch 5 review

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2. Apple Watch 4

Once best Apple Watch money can buy

OS: watchOS 5 | Compatibility: iOS | Display: 1.78″ OLED | Processor: Apple S4 | Band sizes: Varies based on watch size | Onboard storage: 16GB | Battery: 1 to 2 days | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: Water-resistant to 50m | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE




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