Choosing the best Android Wear smartwatch is harder than ever. There's an ever-expanding range of Android Wear smartwatches on sale, from a whole host of different brands - and there's plenty more in the pipeline too, following the huge amount of Wear announcements at Baselworld 2017.
Android Wear 2.0 has also just arrived and, with smartwatches from the likes of Michael Kors, Nixon, Asus, LG and Polar hitting the shops in the last few months, and new watches from the likes of Tag Heuer, Casio, Guess, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani set to drop soon, there's plenty to be excited about.
If you want to buy one now, though, here are all the juicy details on the top Android Wear smartwatches on the market. Scroll down to the bottom for all the info on the Android watches that might be worth waiting for as well.
Best Android Wear smartwatch 2017
The flag-carrier for Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Sport is the undisputed king of the Wear world right now. It taps into the rich feature set of Google's updated smartwatch platform and doesn't disappoint.
The 1.38-inch, 480 x 480 P-OLED display is, pixel for pixel (348ppi), the best Wear display, so far. It's also got the most oomph in the engine room with a 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 768MB of RAM. What that means in the real world is a super snappy Wear experience with the new standalone apps loading without a stutter.
But it's the inclusion of the GPS / NFC / LTE connectivity trio that really set it apart. Thanks to that holy trinity, it's the first Android Wear smartwatch that really could consider itself a genuine smartphone replacement. It's the best all-rounder from the Google stable so far, and the most likely to worry the bods over in Cupertino.
Have a look at our comprehensive LG Watch Sport review.
Best money-no-object: Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
The 'Swiss Made' 45mm watch is available with titanium, ceramic and 18K rose gold finishes and will provide you with a modular design, which essentially means you'll be free to switch out the electronic watch with a traditional mechanical Tag module, such as the Calibre 5 or the chronograph Tourbillon Heuer 02-T. Mixing up the lugs, straps and buckle is also an option, with 56 different versions available at launch.
There's an Intel Atom Z34XX processor powering performance, 4GB of storage memory and a battery life of around 24 hours. There's also built-in Wi-Fi and GPS to give it a standalone smarts, NFC to let you make payments from the wrist and water resistance up to 50 metres.
For more on the watch, check out our Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review. Also coming later this year in October, Tag's CEO confirmed a smaller 39mm Connected Modular so women/anyone with smaller wrists should look out for this.
From $1,650, tagheuer.com
Best for running: Polar M600
With the Moto 360 Sport we finally had an Android Wear smartwatch to rival the Sony SmartWatch 3's GPS skills, but it's Polar's M600 that is now easily the best option for runners.
Your M600 syncs directly to Polar Flow and not only will your smartphone be able to display all your stats, but all that data is synced in the cloud so you can dig deeper using the Flow desktop client or the browser based version. What's more, if you don't trust the optical heart rate monitor on the M600 (you really should though), you can pair it with a dedicated chest strap – and it doesn't even have to be a Polar one.
Best for basics: Asus ZenWatch 3
The Asus ZenWatch 3 is a well-rounded smartwatch all about style, and it will be a much better device once it gets the Android Wear 2.0 update. Until then, you're still looking at a classy watch with decent battery life and some nice custom twists from Asus.
Battery life on the ZenWatch 3 also isn't bad by smartwatch standards. We managed to squeeze a little over two days on average, but that's with moderate, mostly passive use; mainly just checking notifications from time to time.
Check out our Asus ZenWatch 3 review for more info.
Smart casual classic: Huawei Watch
When we first reviewed the original Huawei Watch, we called it the slickest looking Android Wear smartwatch but lamented that those good looks came at a premium.
Fast 18 months or so and, with its successor dropping, there are bargains to be had for the basic model - and we think it beats out its successor in the style-stakes; we really wish the Huawei Watch 2 would have kept this simple, but stylish design.
The AMOLED display is a 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 screen with a 286ppi count. That was (before the Sport came along) the highest on any Android Wear device and 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.
Best for women: Michael Kors Access
The Michael Kors Access series consists of two styles: the Bradshaw Access and Dylan Access, based on bestselling women's and men's Michael Kors watches. The Bradshaw is the more female-friendly version but is chunky enough to look good on a man's wrist too. At 14mm thick and weighing more than 110g, it is on the larger, weightier end of watches aimed at women.
For extra style points you get a collection of of 10 bespoke Michael Kors branded faux-analogue and faux-digital watch faces and you can set up day and night modes too.
A big tick for the Michael Kors Access is that it boasts the Qualcomm
Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip as well.
There are two new Access models coming - the Sofie and the Grayson - later this year.
Have a read of our Michael Kors Access review.
For gnarly dudes: Nixon The Mission
Nixon's surf and skiing smartwatch shows that Android Wear can be more than just another OS on the wrist. The Mission is an unashamed monster action smartwatch, with the surf and slopes firmly in its sights.
The 48mm case dwarves most Casio G-Shock timepieces and it's every bit as large as the Casio smartwatch. The rugged design is water-resistant to 10 ATM and is adorned in 316L surgical grade stainless steel. That means you can take it skiing and surfing and it will withstand even the most spectacular wipe-out. There are also dedicated apps for the piste and the waves.
Have a read of our Nixon The Mission review for much more info.
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.
Digest and enjoy our Sony SmartWatch 3 review.
Android Wear: New watches coming soon
As well as our picks above, it's worth noting that there are around 20 new smartwatches coming later this year. We're talking official, announced, devices here - not rumour mill fodder.
There's the new Fossil line-up, which includes the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorer, the Diesel On, the Michael Kors Access Sofie & Grayson, the re-imagined Misfit Vapor and the Emporio Armani Connected; the Movado group range - that's the Movado Connect, the Hugo Boss Touch and Tommy Hilfiger TH24/7You - and new devices from Guess (pictured above), Gc, Casio and Montblanc.
So, while the smartwatches detailed above are the ones we consider to be the best currently on sale, it may be worth doing some reading around what's still to come.
Shop for recommended Android Wear watches on Amazon
Wareable may get a commission