The best Android Wear smartwatch

Every Android Wear watch currently on sale detailed so you can pick the right model
Best Android Wear watch

Buying the best Android Wear smartwatch can be a difficult task, with a grand total of 20 different devices now hitting officialdom. Or 22 if you count different sized models. Or just 10 if you take away the one that got cancelled (but then relaunched). See, we told you it was confusing.

Google's smartwatch OS is a hotbed of wearable innovation, with updates constantly arriving offering the likes of GPS, offline music and Wi-Fi connectivity. And getting to grips with the platform can be tricky, so when you do bag yourself a brand new smartwatch, make sure you check out our Android Wear hub of tutorials to help get the most from your device.

Google I/O 2016 revealed that Android Wear 2.0 is launching later this year and there are new devices from the likes of New Balance, Nixon and Fossil still to come too. So there's plenty to be excited about.

But, if you want to buy one now – here's the main event: the juicy details on the top Android watches on the market…

Top pick: Huawei Watch

Best android wear smartwatch

When we first reviewed the Huawei Watch back in October, we called it the slickest looking Android Wear smartwatch but lamented that those good looks came at a premium.

Fast forward a few months and, while the official RRP is still much too high, there are bargains to be had for the basic model and, given it plays nicely with the new Mode interchangeable bands and can run the dev preview of Wear 2.0, it's now our top pick.

The AMOLED display is a 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 screen with a 286ppi count. That's the highest on any Android Wear device so far. Huawei's effort is made all the more impressive thanks to a 10,000:1 contrast ratio. Side by side with the smaller Moto 360 2 – its closest rival in terms of aesthetics – it's clearly a better display. Not just because it offers genuine 360-degree visuals, but because everything just looks sharper.

Have a look at our Huawei Watch review.

From $299, consumer.huawei.com | Amazon

Best value: Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony's third stab at the smartwatch comes with either a rubber sports strap in a choice of colours, or a slick stainless steel one, along with a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 pixel LCD display. The screen isn't spectacular but battery life benefits as a result, with two days of use easily achievable.

The big win for the SW3 is that it was the first Android Wear watch with built-in GPS, so it's great for tracking runs, cycle rides, and even tapping into golf apps. It's looking a little dated now though, and Sony could be playing catch up if the Sony SmartWatch 4 doesn't make an appearance soon. And the Moto 360 Sport is hot on its heels.

Digest and enjoy our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.

From $159, sony.com | Amazon

For max customisation: New Moto 360

best android wear watch

The 2015 Moto 360 may still have that annoying flat tyre at the bottom of its circular display, but the rest of the setup is very promising indeed. It now comes in two sizes – 42mm and 46mm – although it's actually three if you count the different band sizes. Using the Moto Maker platform there are hundreds of different combinations of straps, bezels, finishes and colours to choose from.

On offer are two different sized displays: 1.37 or 1.56-inch. On the larger size, the resolution is 360 x 360 – a 233ppi count.

Put the new Moto 360 next to the first-gen Motorola watch and you can see the subtle differences that really turn this design into a 'watch' rather than last year's circle on a strap.

Take a look at our Moto 360 review here.

From $299.99, motorola.com | Amazon

For build quality: Tag Heuer Connected

The Tag Heuer Connected is now official and while it doesn't boast the 'Swiss Made' tag of its mechanical brethren, it's by far the best example of watch craftsmanship in the Android Wear world. The build is incredibly high quality; the case, lugs and back are all made from grade 2 titanium. The display is 46mm in diameter and it's covered in crystal sapphire.

Also, you don't need to worry that your expensive smartwatch will be useless in a couple of years – at the end of the 2-year warranty period, you can use it to trade in for a mechanical Tag Heuer watch.

Have a gander at our Tag Heuer Connected review

$1,500, tagheuerconnected.com

Best for running: Moto 360 Sport

best android watch

Finally an Android Wear smartwatch to rival the Sony SmartWatch 3's GPS skills – and the Moto 360 Sport is actually the better running aid thanks to the Moto Body app built in.

The 360 Sport boasts a single-structure silicon case and band, with a special UV coating to wick away sweat. The AnyLight LCD display is naturally adaptable, meaning it should be nicely backlit in dim lighting situations but will still be easily readable when out running in sunnier conditions.

Read our full Moto 360 Sport review.

$299, motorola.com | Amazon

Best for outdoor pursuits: Casio WSD-F10

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Casio's Smart Outdoor Watch landed at CES and is a million miles from another me-too everyday watch. Designed for outdoorsy types who are looking for a waterproof (50m), shockproof and vibration proof wearable that's certified to US military standards (MIL-STD0810).

The 1.32-inch LCD touchscreen has an interesting twist. There's a second monochrome display that can be used instead of the colour panel; instead of the single day usage from the main screen, using the monochrome screen boosts battery life to a month.

Forget trying to marry this with your work attire, you wouldn't even be able to get it under your jacket cuff, let alone your shirt. It's not uncomfortable though; it's much lighter than you'd think and the chunky rubber strap provides a secure fit.

Get our verdict: Casio Smart Outdoor Watch review

$500, shopcasio.com

Great for style: LG Watch Urbane

best android wear watch

The Urbane is a more female-friendly and, we have to say it, 'blingy' version of LG's G Watch R, with high end styling that's a bit more dressy than sporty. It isn't designed to replace the R, simply add an extra option for smartwatch shoppers looking for a classier, more 'luxury' looking smartwatch.

You can't miss the Urbane; whether it's the silver or gold model, that fully round bezel is seriously eye- and light-catching. It also comes with a higher quality leather strap, which can be changed out for something more personal. If you really want to splash out, the LG Watch Urbane Luxe has a 23-karat gold case and comes with an alligator leather strap. It'll set you back $1,200.

The 2nd Edition Urbane, complete with call features, is now available through cellular networks in the States.

Take a look-see at our LG Watch Urbane review.

$349, lg.com | Amazon

The most unisex: Asus ZenWatch 2

The ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes – one measuring 49 x 41mm, with a 22mm strap, the other a 45 x 37mm model that sits on an 18mm strap. Essentially, that's a male and a female model.

There are a plethora of strap options including rubber, steel, leather and even a Swarovski covered one. And ZenWatch Message brings direct messaging with emojis from the watch while a new Smart Assistant app enables you to view more content from emails and calendar alerts.

Check out our full ZenWatch 2 review.

€149, asus.com | Amazon

For nostalgics: Fossil Q Founder

Looking a heck of a lot like the Moto 360, complete with a chunky chassis and that ever-so-annoying flat tyre at the bottom of the circular display, the Fossil Android Wear smartwatch was revealed alongside a trio of other Intel-powered connected devices.

To be honest, there's not a lot to write home about for Fossil's AW debutant. But if you're a tech collector and like the look of a chunky metal watch, then the Q Founder could be a useful addition. Especially if you happen to own the 2002 Palm Pilot.

Read our comprehensive Fossil Q Founder review.

$249, fossil.com | Amazon

The one that (nearly) got away

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition

Looking a lot like the original Watch Urbane, the LG sequel has a pretty big ace up its sleeve – the cellular connectivity is a first for Google's smartwatch platform.

The display on the 2nd Edition has also been improved. It's a 1.38-inch full circle P-OLED, 480 x 480, one – that's a meaty 348ppi. The battery is an impressive 570mAh.

However, in a crazy turnaround, it was cancelled due to an unspecified hardware issue. In a double-crazy turnaround it's now available through AT&T and Verizon, again.

$359, lg.com

Coming soon: New Balance, Nixon, Fossil, Polar and Michael Kors

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The as-yet unnamed New Balance Android Wear model is set to rock GPS and built-in storage for smartphone free music listening, and is being built in collaboration with Intel and Google - it was announced in January at CES.

At Baselworld 2016 we saw more devices detailed: Two new Fossil smartwatches, Nixon's The Mission and a duo of Michael Kors models. These will go on sale later this year, prices and release dates are yet to be released.

The latest Android Wear watch to be announced, the Polar M600 (below) was announced in August 2016. It goes on sale later this year and packs GPS for accurate run tracking.

best android watch

More Android Wear guides...

How to set up and connect Android Wear

Android Wear hidden secrets, tips and tricks

Best apps for Android Wear

Android Wear on iOS guide

How to install and use apps on Android Wear

Install custom watch faces Android Wear


Shop for recommended Android Wear watches on Amazon

Sony SmartWatch 3
Sony SmartWatch 3
$160
Moto 360 2015
Moto 360 2015
$299.99
Asus ZenWatch 2
Asus ZenWatch 2
$169.99
Moto 360 Sport
Moto 360 Sport
$197.90

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46 Comments

  • mrDnyc says:

    ASUS is MIA

  • Eagleone1 says:

    Ordered and waimed for my Zen Watch. Arrived and within 24 hrs it has  Charging problem.Called Asus and they offered No help! Won't replace ! Arrogant A holes. Quality is Awful and so is the Company! Remember you get what you pay for. Cheap watch for a cheap price.

    • AimfortheStars1 says:

      Unfortunately that's asus for you. Worst customer service ever. I have several of their products(gifts, not personally purchased) and all the same, they don't stand by their promises, products, or customer service.

  • Eagleone1 says:

    Ordered and waited for the Zenwatch. Arrived and less than 24 hrs later it has a charging problem. Contacted Asus and they offered No help or solution.Arrogant people !  Will not replace and no one has a replacement. B.S. ! Avoid the P.O.S. company. They don't care about customers!  They are Incredibly Awful ! You get what you pay for. Cheap watch at a cheap price and left on a deserted Island if you need help.

  • viachristina says:

    "Best smartwatch for women" ... seriously? That header is not doing any favors for your blog. Any watch on this list is the "best" smartwatch for a woman if she decides to buy it. I wear an LG myself. If what you're attempting to convey is "thinnest" smartwatch or "most fashionable" then you should call it that. FFS, do you even have any women on staff over there?

    • toast says:

      Get over yourself. Watches are commonly classified as "for men" or "for women". Google "macys watches" and look at the first 5 results.

    • p.lamkin says:

      Yep. Sophie Charara. She wears a Moto 360. But the Huawei Watch is thinner, lighter and a lot more unisex.

    • s.charara says:

      Hi viachristina, just to add to this - I helped with the categories for this list. We're not trying to offend anyone but we a) know a lot of Wareable's readers are men and b) are trying to provide at a glance advice for readers to then explore individual reviews themselves. It's simply a fact that a lot of the smartwatches here will not appeal to women. I agree that the LG is technically the best, for instance, but I wouldn't wear it myself. 

      • laughable says:

        The writers don't know sh*t. The world is changing and yes, "for men" & "for women" no longer applies as in the past. For exmple do you know how many gamer girls choose to conceal the fact they're women in gaming forums or MMRPGs, just because their opinions are only valid while insecure/secretly-homo/whatever men think they are men too? It's perfectly normal that women reading BS being ignorantly perpetuated against the current should feel offended. Viachristina is absolutely right, and her feelings on this subject are legit. It's funny to see how some of the replies she got by some "men" fall in line with those of my example... I guess trying to look masculine with the macho act actually reveals the opposite. Oops.

        • wow says:

          YES! Absolutely yes. As I read this article I became more and more put off by the casual sexism.  

      • bumblebee says:

        I'm not interested in wearing a chunky 'manstyle' watch. Did you remove the 'best for women' category? I don't know why you would care what gamers think.... they are (thankfully for the productivity of the human race) .000000000001% of the population. I'm not walking into a business meeting in Dubai or Seoul with a giant man watch rock on my wrist. Any watch that looks like something men wore in the 90s is not going to appeal to women. More women friendly choices please!!

        • doge_exchange says:

          ignorant comment.

          • speaking_truth says:

            Absolutely 100% relevant. Most women have different desires and fashion focuses than men. Deal with it, all of you overcompensating & obsolete feminists. Stop trying to make the sexes the same... THEY ARE NOT and there is nothing wrong with such

    • CrooD says:

      Oh please, just stop with this nonsense. If you don't like gender classification in fashion, force your own husband/bf to wear Victoria's Secret. 

    • matt51015 says:

      Women have smaller wrists, idiot. And different fashion sense... People like you are what's wrong with gender relations.

    • michaelbourke says:

      Maybe, just maybe..."Best smartwatch for people with smaller wrists" 

      • theyeti says:

        That's highly offensive! The correct term for such people is "wrist radiusly challenged." And it's just as offensive to suggest that such a person should be barred from wearing larger watches if they choose.

        If you're going to use such language, we're really only one step away from rounding them up and putting them into camps.

        • IrisSteel says:

          I love you xD

    • DavothePom says:

      Viachristina may have a point. There are so many fat and ugly women out there nowadays they probably need a large watch. Some women in western Sydney could wear Big Ben on their wrists and deem it too small! I agree with the majority of replies to viachristina, get your head in, neuter your own sex and let males be males.

    • mike999 says:

      umm, the watch is intended for women's tastes, and it's the best in that category. So it makes perfect sense that they caption it as "the best smartwatch for women". To hide such an appropriate label would be misleading and would diminish the marketing of the product. If you find the label offensive, then you need to take your bigoted self back to your safe space and stfu! 

    • Djinfish says:

      If you attribute "thinnest" or "most fashionable" to the word "women", then you literally have ZERO argument. You're trying to push some PC agenda by demoralizing the idea in associating it with a stereotype on your own. Its laughable and makes you look extremely ridiculous. It's apparent that you completely agree with the fact that something small and stylish is FOR WOMEN. 

      Get over yourself.

    • thepawtracker says:

      Some SIMables you might want to check out. 

    • Colorado_Kid says:

      It's a freaking watch. Only a sexist women would turn it into an issue. You have the power to move on if you don't like their vocabulary...you just perpetuate ignorance. Better change bathroom signs, clothes, bras, shoes etc. ,as long as you're at it. Ridiculous.

  • Hannover says:

    I got the Samsung Gear Live and it works pretty damn well. Not sure about the 24hrs of battery life though, as claimed by the article. I have everything turned on with mine, plus I sideloaded a bunch of stuff and i get well over 48hrs on a single charge.  I do not use the 'always on' watch face but it turns itself on every time I look at it. I also don't wear it to bed as that's a bit of a waste. 

  • nabeel says:

    ive got a moto360! i think its the most fasionable and trendiest Smartwatch out there. I dont personally like the android wear OS though, its very uncool :) but i know the guys at google would be working their socks off to get ready for a major battle :P

    Regards

    Nabeel

  • Cupcakes892 says:

    Hi, does anyone know if the samsung galaxy gear is compatible with a note 1? 

    Thanks 

  • Badelhas says:

    I have a Moto 360 and I like it but was hoping for more features. Not being able to make a call through the watch is a let down, to be honest. And the vibration seems a little low, I miss some of the notifications...Also, framerate seems a little choppy at time, even with the last updates.  I demanded more.

  • scotb says:

    Does anyone know if there is an android wear watch planned that has GPS, storage (4gb), and decent health tracking including a heart rate monitor?  I find many that have 2 of the 3, but none with all three (except the Gear S, but I don't want yet another app store).

    • nul says:

      Moto 360 Sport

  • Maxamus says:

    I have the Samsung Gear Live - it's not a bad watch and have been happy with it. The charger is terrible and broke after about 3 months I got a friend to 3D print a custom charger dock off thingiverse and works great, though shouldn't have to do that. Interchangeable bands would be good. Battery life may get two days if switch if off at night. Visibility in sun light is very poor, but overall am happy with it and wouldn't bother upgrading until it maybe breaks. Love answering the phone or checking messages via the watch. I almost never use most of the apps on the watch.

  • Appxone says:

    Good

  • fortlunar_yi says:

    Anyone getting a gold watch, I cant wait to get my hands on one, been working on a gold android wear watch face app that should fit nicely to a gold smartwatch~~

    https://plus.google.com/114235688938576176772/posts/Kt1Z5jDBcdF

  • Blasted says:

    Pebble review?

  • Oakley says:

    Would love to try on either pebble time round or asus zen 2 before I  decide which one to buy but which shops in the UK are likely to stock them. It's a lot of money to fork out to buy solely on a photo,  you do really need to be able to try them on.

  • TonyD says:

    I currently have a Sony Smartwatch 3 and agree with this article that it's the best Android Wear watch currently available. I would love to upgrade to the Moto 360 Sport when that's available, since it will also have a built in GPS, but I can't myself buying one until they get rid of that flat tyre at the bottom! The reported reason they have it is for the ambient light sensor, but surely they can put that on the side ? All the other makers of round smart watches seem to manage it.

  • Cruz007 says:

    Excellent Review.Particulary Dividing into Gropus like (for stunning display,Style etc).Awesome.Done a Great Job Dudes.

  • maddavo says:

    I read this article with interest - BUT the bars of gold that each item requires is excessive.  How about a review of "Best Smartwatches under $50"???

  • FoxFader says:

    LG G watch : Great watch, but after 2.5 weeks of ownership, my watch has four chips on the edges of the glass from just some light taps where it nicked the edge of a doorway and my desk. If you look at the watch its a poor design. The glass is high and at the top edge make it easy to happen. I've never had a watch do this. I even have a lense protector on it. Watch is great other than that. The Chinese $15 watch was tougher! Im gonna opt for the LG R watch ASAP. 

  • phaedrus says:

    Hi why isn't the Samsung Gear S2 mentioned?  

    • p.lamkin says:

      Because it's not Android Wear

  • xToddrick says:

    So many highly rated, illogically round, smartwatches!  How can we take your recommendations seriously when you miss such a serious design flaw?

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  • digger says:

    do they make smart watch that taks youer blood pressure

  • jollydsouza says:

    Huawei watches are now on sale only at SmartwatchOffers .com

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