Smartwatches and fitness trackers in the test: These are the winners at Stiftung Warentest

Updated on 04/25/2022 at 16:31

  • Stiftung Warentest has put smartwatches and fitness trackers under the microscope.
  • Devices were rated “good” to “poor.”
  • These watches worked better.

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Smart watches have become an indispensable part of everyday life for many people: they allow contactless payment, navigation to a specific address and measure sports and vital data. In a Stiftung Warentest test Dozens of current smartwatches and fitness trackers have now been compared. The consumer organization’s judgments ranged from “good” to “inadequate.”

Among other things, battery life, integrated location services such as GPS, and smartphone interaction were tested. The test results represent all smartwatches and fitness trackers in different price segments that the foundation has reviewed since fall 2019.

What is the difference between a smart watch and a fitness tracker?

As the name suggests, classic fitness trackers are generally limited in their function to measuring heart rate and kilometers traveled and displaying calorie consumption. As a result, they score points with longer battery life and a lower price.

Smartwatches, on the other hand, often have additional “smart” features, such as messaging, contactless payment, navigation, taking calls, or playing music. Some smartwatches even have an eSIM that allows you to be located during training without having to take your smartphone with you.

What were the criteria for the test?

The most important criterion on the basis of which Stiftung Warentest made its judgment was the accuracy of the fitness data measurement. This was verified in the categories of walking, jogging, cycling and swimming.

Other objects of investigation were the function of communication, data protection and possible contaminants in watch straps. In a description of its testing methods, Stiftung Warentest notes that no press samples or prototypes were used.

Does Apple Watch and Co. work with all mobile phones?

In order to access the full range of functions of the smart watch or fitness tracker, it is usually necessary to pair the device with the smartphone. Problems often arise here: Apple watches can only be used with an iPhone, while several Samsung watches only work together with an Android cell phone. With models from other manufacturers, access to functions is denied if the watch comes from a different provider than the cell phone. This limits consumer choice.

Which smartwatches and fitness trackers performed best?

Out of the numerous test criteria to consider, one test winner has emerged: the “Apple Watch Series 7” made the race with the final rating “good (2.0)”. It convinced with a wide range of functions, good handling and high measurement accuracy. Unlike the previous model, the Series 7 has a larger screen, faster charging, and a dust-proof case. Battery life is still limited to about a day and the watch can only be used in conjunction with an iPhone.

The “Garmin Fenix ​​6 Pro” smartwatch ranked second with “good (2.1)” quality rating. Among other things, it scored points for easy operation and “very good” music playback. Unlike Apple, the OLED screen is round and the battery life of up to 14 days is significantly longer.

Which sports watch was convincing in the price-performance comparison?

In the price-performance comparison, the “Huawei Watch GT 3” was convincing with an overall rating of “good (2.2)”. In terms of measurement accuracy and battery life, it was even ahead of the Apple test winner and also impresses with its lower price.
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