The best smartwatch for iPhone and Android users

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Choosing the best smartwatch comes down to a balance between the user experience and style. The software has to make it worth buying a smartwatch over the huge range of wonderful regular watches out there, but you don't want to give up the expression of personal style. The best smartwatch should balance both factors, connecting with our phones in useful ways while offering faces, colours, materials and other features that feel personal.

There are different things you might prioritise in a smartwatch's features. For many people, health and fitness tracking is a key benefit, but there are various degrees of this, from light step counting and encouragement to full sports activity tracking. Others find the most useful function of a smartwatch is as a kind of remote control for their phone, allowing them to see notifications and decide whether to respond without needing to see their phone. This is useful everywhere from being stuck in a meeting, to being out for a run or even holding a baby.

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Matt Bolton

Matt is Managing Editor at, and previously worked on T3, MacLife and MacFormat. He's been testing technology for over a decade, working in specialist Apple publications as well general technology and creative journalism, and has charted Apple’s ups and downs since his student days (but still hopes to hear “one more thing”). By day, you can find him covering TV, audio, smart home gear and more at, as Home Tech Editor. By night, he's probably updating or pairing or installing some new piece of technology in the quest for the perfect setup.