Heart rate monitors and electrocardiogram (ECG) sensors took off in recent years, and most new smartwatches come equipped with both sensors. These let you track your heart’s rhythm and electrical activity, making them excellent for tracking your health and fitness data. These can help you track your progress, get you closer to your goals, and be used for diagnosing medical conditions. We also have an excellent article about the best smartwatches that work with both Android and iOS smartphones.
Our list contains some of the best ECG-capable smartwatches. We included the ones that have been approved by the FDA (Food and Drug Administration), and the ones that have the hardware, but are awaiting approval. The ones that aren’t yet approved don’t necessarily mean they’re not accurate. Still, they haven’t been rigorously tested to be certified to be used for a few things, hence why we’ll strongly recommend the approved smartwatches, if you want to take health tracking seriously.
Smartwatches that support ECG (FDA-approved smartwatches)
Apple Watch Series 7
The Apple Watch Series 7 smartwatch is the company’s latest and most up-to-date smartwatch. It pairs seamlessly with all compatible iPhones and has a built-in ECG functionality that may be the most advanced yet in a consumer wearable product. Users can easily open the ECG feature by putting their finger on the digital crown, and holding it while following the instructions on the smartwatch’s display. Results take only a few seconds and are often reliable and accurate information, although dedicated ECG monitors are still preferred.
Once the ECG tracking is complete, the results will be provided in plain English in an easily understandable way. The information is also logged in the Apple Health smartwatch app and can be shared with a doctor. The Apple Watch Series 7 has received FDA approval, and the ECG feature is available in North America and many countries in Europe and Asia.
If you have a smaller budget, you’ll be glad to know that the Apple Watch Series 4, 5, and 6 also support ECG tracking.
Apple Watch Series 7
It’s available in 41mm and 45mm models, and it has GPS and cellular versions. The cellular is best recommended for those who want to take calls while out and about, and those who want to connect to the internet, make calls while away from their devices.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 & Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
The Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and Galaxy Watch 4 Classic are the latest smartwatches from the company. The Galaxy Watch 4 series are the first smartwatches to come pre-loaded with the Wear OS 3 software, and they’re some of the best smartwatches on the market today with ECG functionality.
On the Galaxy Watch 4 series, it takes as little as 30 seconds to get an ECG measurement, and the user is required to rest their finger on the top button, and they must remain still throughout the tracking progress. Their arms must also be placed on a flat surface for the most accurate results.
Once the measurement is taken, the user can head to the Samsung Health application on their mobile phone to see the results, and some basic information will also be shown on the watch itself. The ECG functionality on the Galaxy Watch 4 series is approved in the United States, Europe, South Korea, and a few other Asian regions.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 and Galaxy Watch 5 Pro smartwatches are also expected to feature ECG functionality. They may also have a few additional sensors to track even more information.
The Fitbit Sense is another excellent wearable on the market, supporting the ECG tracking functionality. Like the other smartwatches on top, it’s approved by the FDA, and it’s available in select countries, including the United States and Europe.
To take an ECG, users are required to touch their fingers on the casing while holding still. The sensor then takes the ECG, and displays the results on the watch and the application on mobile. The information can also be exported as a PDF, and it can detect abnormal rhythms, including high and low heart rates.
The smartwatch can also track many sports activities and is one of the best fitness devices. It’s fully supported on both iPhones and Android devices, and there are great features to help you stay motivated and get in shape.
The Fitbit Sense has an ECG sensor that can track many sports activities. It’s one of the best fitness wearable devices on the market and works seamlessly with iOS and Android devices.
The following smartwatches have ECG sensors, but aren’t yet approved
The Withings ScanWatch takes inspiration from traditional wristwatches and looks like a regular watch. It boasts a tiny display that can show ECG information, heart rate, SPO2, and other relevant information, and it also has GPS and sports tracking capabilities to help you get in shape.
It features an elegant and minimal design and works with Android and iOS smartphones. The smartwatch is also waterproof, making it convenient for divers and those who like to go down to the beach and the pool. The watch is available in multiple colors and sizes, including 38mm and 42mm.
The Withings ScanWatch has all of the functionality and features you expect from smart wearables and fitness trackers, but it sports a traditional wristwatch design. It has a long battery life and lets you track your progress using the mobile app.
Withings ScanWatch Horizon
The Withings ScanWatch Horizon is available in 43mm and has two colors: green and blue. It has identical features to the ScanWatch smartwatch, but it has a more traditional wristwatch design, a stainless steel case, a rotating bezel, and stainless steel indexes and brass hands. It has an SPO2 sensor, heart rate sensor, and other sports activity tracking.
The watch also has a 30-second ECG sensor detecting atrial fibrillation or normal heart rhythm. The battery can last up to 30-days on a single charge, and it can pair up with all Android and iOS devices. If you’re looking for a traditional smartwatch, this is one of the higher-end models without sacrificing its capabilities.
Withings ScanWatch Horizon
The Withings ScanWatch Horizon features the same set of features as the original Withings ScanWatch, but it comes with a more luxurious traditional wristwatch design. It’s made out of stainless steel, and it packs an ECG sensor, and it can track just about everything you need to stay or get in shape.
Withings Move ECG
The Withings Move features a classic and minimal look, and it’s available in White and Black colors in 38mm. Users can choose from three additional band, including yellow, pink, and green. Like other Withings smartwatches, it’s compatible with both iOS and Android devices, and it has a 5 ATM waterproof certificate.
The watch can track sports activities, heart rate, and sleeping, and a built-in ECG sensor can monitor and provide results in just 30-seconds. The battery on the Withing Move ECG is also replaceable and can last up to 12-months. There are no digital displays here, but the mobile app can show all relevant information.
Withings Move ECG
The Withings Move ECG comes with a minimal design and all the tracking features you need to track your fitness activities. As the name suggests, it has ECG measuring capabilities, and it’s compatible with both iOS and Android smartphones.
HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro
The HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro is available in both Ceramic and Titanium models. The smartwatch can take calls via Bluetooth, and it features a stylish design that blends together with modern wrist and smartwatches. There are customizable watch faces, and it can automatically detect more than 100 workout modes to help you track your progress.
The watch supports sleep tracking, heart rate monitoring, SPO2, and ECG. HUAWEI says that it can last for about 14 days on a single charge, or about 8-days with heavy usage. Like most other smartwatches on this list, it features the 5ATM waterproof certificate for up to 30 meters and is compatible with Android and iOS platforms. However, some features may be limited to Android only.
HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro
The HUAWEI Watch GT 3 Pro features an elegant and stylish design. It lets you track more than 100 workout modes and even has an ECG sensor. It’s available in Europe, the UK, and Asia.
How Good is Android 13 on Pixel Phones?
The stable Android 13 update has been out since the beginning of the week and that means a couple of days for you to run it and establish first impressions. I’m curious what those are, as the update is somewhat minor in new features, but huge in terms of bug fixes from Android 12.
To recap, Android 13 dropped on Monday for the Pixel 4, Pixel 4a, Pixel 5, Pixel 5a, Pixel 6, and Pixel 6a. The update was available immediately if you felt like playing in adb, plus we’ve seen it rollout over-the-air as well to some phones. Tim, for example, says he can pull it yet I can’t on my Pixel 6 Pro. Rude, Google.
We talked about all of the new features in Android 13 that you’ll want to be on the lookout for and then spent a lengthy amount of time looking through the list of 150 bugs that Google fixed. Google says it was able to improve “performance, stability, and reliability,” fixed bugs related to charging and Gboard and touch screen palm detection and so much more. Google even says it addressed fingerprint reader performance on the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6a.
After browsing through reddit, I can see that a number of folks have been quick to share that their fingerprint reader is indeed faster (Do people really believe this?) and that overall performance and stuttering has improved, especially on older Pixel phones.
What about you? How has Android 13 been running on your Pixel phone this week? Or are you still waiting for it?
Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro Get Major Approval Ahead of Launch
The Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro stopped through the FCC this week, marking a big step towards launch that should happen around October, if previous launches are any indicator. The filings don’t reveal much, other than supported network bands and the presence of UWB again, but they do give us model numbers to pin on each phone going forward.
There are four FCC filings of note to dip into under Google’s FCC ID. Those filings give us model numbers of GVU6C, GQML3, GP4BC, and GE2AE. After looking through several of the documents at the FCC, I’m pretty confident in saying that the first two are the Pixel 7 and the last two are the Pixel 7 Pro. The GVU6C Pixel 7 also has an alternate model number of G03Z5 alongside it, as does the Pixel 7 Pro’s GE2AE, where GFE4J can be added to its list.
To recap, we have Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro model numbers as follows:
- PIXEL 7: GVU6C (G03Z5)
- PIXEL 7: GQML3 – mmW
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GP4BC – UWB
- PIXEL 7 PRO: GE2AE (GFE4J) – UWB, mmW
Each phone has all of the proper network bands to work well here in the US, with select models also supporting 5G mmW. The two models supporting mmW are GQML3 (Pixel 7) and GE2AE (Pixel 7 Pro). The others support sub-6 5G, just not the super speedy 5G mmW that you’ll never attach to anyway.
To tell the difference between Pixel 7 and Pixel 7 Pro devices, we really are guessing (assuming) based on the fact that GP4BC and GE2AE have UWB or ultra-wideband support. In the Pixel 6 and Pixel 6 Pro, only the Pixel 6 Pro had UWB and it looks like that’ll be the case again this year. UWB is used for short-range communications in things like luggage trackers or to help a digital car key talk to a car.
The rest of the big network stuff can be see below, where you’ll find WiFi 6E, NFC, and WPT (wireless power transfer aka wireless charging).
Pixel 7 network bands
Pixel 7 Pro network bands
There isn’t much else to take from this because Google already announced each phone. We’re really just waiting for them to go official, so that we can start playing with their cameras, test Google Tensor 2, and see if Google took are of all of the Pixel 6 line’s modem issues.
If you were hoping this arrival at the FCC would tell us when the Pixel 7 will launch, I’m not sure that it does. The Pixel 6 line hit the FCC in September 2021 and then arrived in October. The Pixel 6a showed up at the FCC in April 2022, was announced in May, and then didn’t ship until July.
Verizon’s Visible Added a Sweet New Visible+ Plan
From the day it launched back in 2018, Verizon’s Visible has had a single plan that costs just $40/mo. Visible has continued to update and upgrade the plan over the years, but that price has always stuck and it remained the only plan option for those looking at Verizon’s “all-digital wireless carrier.” Today, Visible is making a big move – we now have 2 plans.
Visible announced today that they offer two plans: Visible and Visible+. Visible is a similar offering to the old Visible plan, only now it costs $30/mo instead of $40. For Visible+, a couple of additional features and upgrades will cost you $45/mo.
So what are the differences between Visible and Visible+? I have the visual breakdown for you below, but the basics are that the regular Visible plan is going to be for those who don’t need a super speedy 5G experience and who don’t travel outside of the US much. The only network access you get is on 5G nationwide and LTE, where your connection could be slowed if in heavy trafficked areas. It still has talk and text to Mexico and Canada.
The Visible+ plan adds unlimited calling and texting to Canada and Mexico, roaming use when in those two countries, calling from the US to 30+ other countries, texting to 200+ countries, and premium 5G connections. The “Premium Network Experience” from Visible+ means access to 5G Ultra Wideband (both mmW and C-Band) from Verizon’s network in an unlimited capacity. When on the 5G Nationwide of LTE networks, you’ll get 50GB of data to use before possibly being slowed.
Both plans also offer unlimited mobile hotspot with a 5Mbps speed cap and Spam Protection.
Visible vs. Visible+ Plans
Taxes and fees are included in both prices on these plans, so you’ll pay $30 or $45 each month. Both plans are also live right away, in case you want to sign-up. Visible supports eSIM now as well, so if you were interested in trying them, you can do so without a physical SIM card.
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