From Kimchi to K-pop to Korean Barbecue, it’s safe to say the world is a better place because of contributions from South Korea. This is no less true in the technology arena. LG Electronics, a South Korean-based multinational corporation, is one of the top 10 largest electronic companies out there. Not bad for a small business that started out in plastics in 1952.
Over the past 70 years, LG has grown their product line to embrace home entertainment and appliances and, beginning in 2009, some of the sleekest smartphones available. From the inaugural LG GD910 to the popular LG V60 ThinQ 5G, an LG phone tucked into your pocket gives you access to cutting-edge technology as well as connections to everything and everyone you love.
This brings us to why you’re reading this article right now. You own a stunning LG phone and you want part of its power to rest on your wrist. We hear you.
Before we jump into the best smartwatches for your LG phone, it’s important to note that most smartwatches aren’t designed for specific phone models. So while LG has created a smattering of smartwatches in the past, the best watches for their phones are actually created by other brands like Samsung, Garmin, and Fitbit.
Smartwatches come in a variety of styles, power, and options. Whether you’re looking to better manage your time, your health, or your social life, we’ve narrowed down the top smartwatches for any LG phone user.
Best Smartwatches for LG Phones
Samsung Galaxy Watch 3
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 is a powerful marriage of style and military-grade durability. If continuous heart rate monitoring and an always-on watch face are priorities, this can be a safe bet.
Considered a solid upgrade from its predecessor, the Watch 3 comes in two sizes and three colors and has a bezel design with a bright, customizable face—50,000-plus options to be exact.
You can make and receive calls and texts and even pay for your lunch right from your wrist, all while keeping your data safe with a multi-layered defense-grade security platform.
On the health front, this water-resistant watch can track seven popular activities automatically, notify an emergency contact if you experience a hard fall during your workout, and track your sleep and stress levels. It also offers health tips for a better you.
It claims to run for multiple days on a single charge, but heavy users say a nightly charging is often needed.
Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2
For around half the price of its big brother, the Samsung Galaxy Active 2 still has a lot to offer. Customizable faces and bands make it easy to personalize.
Equipped with the Bixby voice command assistant, you can hear or read your texts, make and accept calls, and even turn up your favorite music app. With Samsung Pay, only available on Samsung watches, you can leave your wallet at home and make contactless purchases by pulling up your sleeve.
The Active 2 automatically tracks certain popular activities. You can check your heart rate and even set an alert if your heart rate runs too high or too low. It has the option to count burned calories, but users have mentioned the numbers can lag behind and become inaccurate.
Equipped with a handy find-your-phone feature, this watch is a great choice for the casual athlete and watch wearer.
Fossil Watch Gen 5 Carlyle Stainless Steel
Fossil has been a reputable provider of quality watches since 1984 and their smartwatches don’t disappoint. If flicking your wrist to wake your watch is a hassle, you’ll love this watch’s always-on display.
The Fossil Gen 5 is powered by Google. It comes in one size—44mm—and can use any 22mm interchangeable Fossil band. With its swim-proof 3ATM water resistance, you can dive up to 30M and swim 10,000 strokes without fear of water damage, though the microphone and touchscreen may not work entirely properly when the watch is in water or until it’s completely dry.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform and built-in speakers offer powerful connectivity, health tracking, long battery life, and text, call, and notification options for a seamless interactive experience. The digital display is customizable, though some users have wished it could be brighter.
Garmin Forerunner 245
Garmin Forerunner 245 Music can easily be a runner’s best friend. Packed with advanced training features, this watch not only tracks your stats and crunches the numbers, but can help you take your speed and form to the next level with features like free Garmin Coach training plans and tracking running dynamics, including stride and ground contact tracking, vertical ratio, and more.
This GPS smartwatch comes with plenty of storage for the music that fuels your runs. Leave the phone behind and sync with streaming music apps like Spotify to store and listen to your favorite beats. And if you miss a beat while running, don’t fret. This watch boasts safety features like incident detection, which sends a notification with real-time location to your emergency contacts if you experience a hard fall.
With a battery life of up to six hours in GPS/music mode and seven days in smartwatch mode, you can run your free or preloaded courses in confidence. Note that it’s been expressed by some users that the heart rate monitor can occasionally give inaccurate readings.
Fitbit Versa 3
The Fitbit Versa 3 is a great watch for the fitness-minded. With the built-in GPS system, you can leave your phone behind and still track your real-time pace and distance. And when you get home, you can track your resting heart rate and even sleep.
The fitness smartwatch boasts features like 50m water resistance, 24/7 heart rate and stress monitor, a 6+ day battery life, and built-in Alexa and Google assistant. You can easily send and receive texts, calls, and notifications from your wrist.
Connect your watch to the Fitbit app to track your pace and distance during exercise, as well as progress towards your steps, distance, and calories burned goals.
The display is bright and smooth, though a slight lag in the OS has been mentioned by some users.
TicWatch Pro 4G LTE
The TicWatch Pro, with an IP68 waterproof rating, this watch can become your best pool buddy. TicPulse technology can detect your swim activity, as well as running, biking, and more making this a great watch for swimmers.
With a stainless-steel bezel design, US Military Standard 810G certified for durability, Corning Gorilla glass, and water-resistance speaker, this watch can take a beating. It’s equipped with a Smart and Essential Mode to allow up to 18 hours of battery life, though it has been reported to drain faster when used during heavy workouts.
When used with cellular and Bluetooth connectivity (for Verizon Phone plan users) you make and receive calls, texts, stream music, and more, all while leaving your LG phone safely at home.
Equipped with GPS, (mostly) customizable watch faces, and interchangeable bands, this smaller watch always tracks your heart rate throughout the day and offers abnormal heart rate warnings.
Huawei Watch GT
The Huawei Watch GT is health and budget-friendly. Its 1.39” color touch screen, 14 watch faces to choose from, and adjustable silicone strap fit comfortably on the wrist.
Health matters. Built-in GPS automatically tracks your workouts without having to carry your phone. Continual heart rate monitoring provides real-time cardio data, and a sleep tracker developed along with Harvard Medical School’s CDB Center not only tracks your sleep but helps to identify common sleep-related issues you might have. It is not set up to host third-party apps.
It comes with Bluetooth capabilities, but some users have mentioned poor connectivity beyond a 3 feet distance from their phone. See texts and notifications, but you must use your phone to answer and respond.
The battery life is one of the stronger ones, boasting up to two weeks between charges, depending on usage type.
If you like the specs and looks of this watch, you may also want to check out our review of the newer Watch GT 2 or our in-depth look at the Huawei GT 2e.
Skagen Connected Falster 3 Gen 5
Powered by Google with the Wear OS, the Gen 5 version of the Skagen Connected Falster 3 smartwatch is like your own personal assistant. Receive notifications, calls, alerts from your LG phone, download third-party apps, and use Google Assistant to get updates on weather, traffic, and more right on your watch.
Google Fit tracks your heart and activity on land or in the pool with a built-in GPS tracker. Smart battery modes allow you to extend the battery life for multiple days. There have been complaints about draining battery life, but the watch includes a magnetic USB rapid charger that can charge your watch up to 80% in less than an hour. Google Pay allows you to conveniently check out without pulling out your wallet.
Fitted with Bluetooth technology, this watch comes in the 42mm size touch screen, buttons on the side, speaker, and is interchangeable with all Skagen 22mm bands.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar
The rugged and robust Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Solar is the most expensive of the pack. Created for adventure athletes, this bezel-faced watch with customizable faces comes preloaded with TOPO maps, powerful global navigation satellite system support, maps of 2,000 worldwide ski resorts, and built-in sensors for a 3-axis compass, barometric altimeter, and gyroscope.
Garmin’s fitted this watch with surfing tracking systems, and the ability to use Surfline sessions, which creates videos of your wave riding in front of a Surfline camera. Upgrade your profile for more in-depth tracking of grit and flow while mountain biking and more.
Stuck at home? It’s cool. Sweat to animated workouts on your watch. Cardio, yoga, pilates, strength training all from your wrist.
Packed with extras like tools to track your hydration, get performance metrics, measure blood oxygen levels, and optimize your body energy reserves, the Fenix 6 is a solar-powered, high battery life companion for any casual and serious athlete.