Smartwatch with GPS: 5 recommended models with precise location


Thanks to the built-in GPS, you can track your location and routes with many smartwatches. It doesn’t matter whether you’re a jogger, hiker or cyclist – you benefit from the route planning made possible by a smartwatch with GPS. We present five recommended models.

Apple Watch Series 7: Everything in it, everything on it

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The Apple Watch Series 7 reliably determines your location.

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the Apple Watch Series 7 is considered to be one of the best smartwatches out there. Practical: The watch is equipped with a GPS module, and athletes will also be happy about a barometric altimeter and a compass.

On top of that, there are sensors that determine movement, heart rate and blood oxygen, so athletes are comprehensively informed about their training. The Apple Watch automatically recognizes the training and asks you whether it should be recorded. During the workout, you can use the watch to listen to music or audio books that are stored on the built-in memory.

The Apple Watch Series 7 is a very good choice for jogging, hiking, cycling and other sports. There are only two disadvantages: The battery only lasts about a day and the price is relatively high at over 400 euros, which is typical for Apple. The smartwatch scores with appealing quality, reliability and many functions.

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Samsung Galaxy Watch4: top smartwatch for Android devices

The Galaxy Watch 4 offers numerous health functions in addition to GPS.
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The Galaxy Watch 4 offers numerous health functions in addition to GPS.

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the Galaxy Watch4 comes closest to the Apple Watch in terms of feature richness. The watch recognizes many sports by itself and automatically records the training. Thanks to the GPS sensor and barometer, location and altitude data are also recorded. Listening to music via Bluetooth headphones is also possible while jogging and hiking. The smartwatch is also suitable for swimming.

The health functions of the watch use the so-called “BioActive Sensor”. This can measure ECG and blood pressure in real time. The technology also enables a bioelectrical impedance analysis (BIA measurement), which provides information about the composition of your body and, for example, determines your body fat percentage.

Similar to the Apple Watch, we see the limited battery life as a weakness. Nevertheless, the smartwatch convinces on paper as an all-rounder, not least for fitness and sports. And compared to the Apple Watch, it is significantly cheaper at less than 300 euros.

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Fitbit Versa 3: Elegant design with many features

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The Fitbit Versa 3 has GPS on board by default.

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the Fitbit Versa 3 offers five hours of battery life with GPS enabled and six days without GPS. A heart rate sensor checks how hard you’re pushing yourself while running and alerts you if you’re overdoing it. The smartwatch is well suited for tracking hiking, cycling and running, you can also use it when swimming.

Real-time stats for pace and distance are shown on the display for outdoor runs and rides thanks to GPS. The watch can also be controlled by voice if you set up Google Assistant or Amazon Alexa. Whether the Fitbit Versa 3 is something for you depends mainly on whether you like the design and the Fitbit user interface. The smartwatch is priced at around 300 euros.

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Garmin Venu 2: GPS smartwatch with a sports focus

Set for sports: the Garmin Venu 2
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Set for sports: the Garmin Venu 2

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the Garmin Venu 2, like the Fitbit smartwatch, has a two-pronged approach. So it is compatible with Android and iOS. As usual with Garmin, the focus is on sports. With the Venu series, however, the lifestyle area is not neglected either. For example, you can pay with the watch or listen to music.

Thanks to GPS, the Venu 2 gives you precise information about the routes you have run. The watch also informs you about heart rate and how much you slept last night. Messages that arrive on your smartphone are also shown on the display. Widgets and apps from the Connect IQ shop provide visual variety on the digital dial.

According to Garmin, the battery life is 22 hours in GPS mode and 11 days in watch mode. Sports enthusiasts will find many different training modes and coaches on the watch, for example for interval training. In terms of price, the smartwatch is more at the upper end at over 300 euros.

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Amazfit GTS 3: cheap fitness smartwatch for athletes

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Also suitable for swimming, the Amazfit GTS 3.

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the Amazfit GTS 3 is a GPS smartwatch for athletes that impresses with powerful technology inside. It runs on Zepp OS, Huami’s own operating system, but is compatible with Android and iOS. The high-quality aluminum smartwatch is light and comfortable to wear, and you can also use it while swimming. A colored AMOLED screen serves as the display.

The satellite navigation systems GPS and GLONASS are integrated, so you know which route you have covered and where you have been. You can use a total of twelve sport modes. The smartwatch also monitors and measures heart rate, sleep and calorie consumption. The battery life of the Amazfit GTS 3 should be 12 days – if GPS is activated, it becomes a short day.

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