The Apple Watch Series 4, which went on sale at the end of last week, is the highest rated smartwatch weâ€™ve ever reviewed over on Wareableâ€¦ in fact, itâ€™s the first smartwatch weâ€™ve ever given a 4.5 star rating.
However, IÂ understand that some people arenâ€™t on board with all things Apple and will be in search of an alternative. The good news is there are plenty of great devices to choose from whatever your needs may be.
Here, Iâ€™ve highlighted five of the big Apple Watch rivals with a particular focus for each model:
Best WearOS smartwatch: Fossil Q Explorist HR – $275
If youâ€™re firmly camped in with Google and its Android smartphone OS then a WearOS watch is probably your best bet. While the Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41 is probably the â€˜bestâ€™ at the moment â€“ itâ€™s super expensive and is designed for people looking to mix and match with traditional watch elements.
Coming in much cheaper than the Tag though is the al-new, Gen-4,Â Q Explorist HR, which is one of the best looking Wear watches and does a fine job of hiding away its tech credentials. Itâ€™s a well-built watch and, unlike some of Fossil's other Wear watches, has something a bit more unique on offer in the design department. All fourth generation Fossil smartwatches come with heart rate tracking as well.
Best hybrid smartwatch: Withings Steel HR – $199.95
Withings, Nokia and now Withings again â€“ the Steel HR is a multisport hybrid that pairs heart rate tracking with connected GPS and VO2 Max.
On board, youâ€™ll get support for 30 different activities, such as yoga, rowing, boxing, volleyball, ice skiing and running and you'll be able to track your optical heart rate during your workout and have it contribute to that VO2 Max score. Connected GPS uses your phone's GPS to help track pace, elevation, distance and maps.
Best for activity tracking: Fitbit Versa – $199.95
The Versa differs quite dramatically from its predecessor the Ionic – it's a much more Pebble-like design; don't forget that Fitbit acquired Pebble at the tail-end of 2016.
It boasts PurePulse heart rate and SpO2 sensors, space for 300 songs (as well as streaming services), sports and activity tracking, sleep monitoring and smartwatch features such as messaging and alerts. Fitbit also offers female health tracking, for both the Versa and the Ionic, which helps monitor menstrual cycles and holistic health.
Best on a budget: Amazfit Verge – $115
Doing a fairly decent impression of high-end Wear OS smartwatches like the LG Watch Sport, the Verge packs an impressive list of specs, such as a 43mm watch body, 1.3-inch screen display (with an AMOLED 360 x 360 panel) and GPS (with GLONASS).
And for those still hurting from Apple not managing to add to its 18 hours of battery life, Huami says that the Verge lasts five days. It uses its own custom OS and has a built-in Xiao AI voice assistant.
Best for features: Samsung Galaxy Watch â€“ From $329.99
The Galaxy Watch replaces the Gear S3 as Sammyâ€™s flagship, and comes boasting 4G support and seven-day battery life. Users are able to pick between two different sizes; a silver 46mm version, and either black or rose gold in the 42mm option.
Both are powered by Tizen OS 4.0 and feature the now-signature rotating Samsung smartwatch bezel, NFC for payments, 4GB of internal memory, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and a IP68 water resistance. There's a barrage of sensors on board too – a heart rate monitor, accelerometer, gyro, barometer and an ambient light sensor.