Best smartwatch for Android: Wear OS and brilliant alternatives

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If you own an Android phone and you're looking for the perfect smartwatch to pair it up with, you do have options.

Remember, the Apple Watch can't be paired with Android, so that is out of the question. But there's plenty of Android friendly alternatives,

Google's Wear OS is the obvious choice, but it has lagged the competition. Despite news of a big update planned for 2021 (including it running on new Samsung smartwatches) – we don't know when they will land, or if existing Wear OS smartwatches will get the update.

Fortunately, smartwatches from the likes of Fitbit, Garmin, Huawei and Amazfit that all work brilliantly with Android – and are streets ahead of Google's own OS. So let's round up our top watches for Android users.

Update: We updated this article in May 2021 to include the Garmin Venu 2 new Amazfit reviews.

Best Wear OS smartwatches

When many refer to Android watches, they mean Google's own Wear OS. Despite news of a big update to Wear OS as it unifies with Samsung, all of the below devices run the old version – and there's no guarantees any will receive an update to the new software. In fact, we'd predict the majority won't.

Oppo Watch

Oppo Watch

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Oppo Watch key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Available in 41mm and 46mm sizes
  • Runs on Wear OS and Color OS
  • Built-in GPS
  • LTE (46mm version only)
  • Optical heart rate monitor
  • Google Pay support
  • Built-in speaker and mic
  • 24 hours battery life
  • $299.99 - Official Oppo Watch specs

If you're eyeing up a Wear OS smartwatch then you'll want to be checking out the Oppo Watch, which blends Google and its own ColorOS together for a brilliant experience.

You get the apps and solid base of notifications of Wear OS, but a boosted fitness and wellness experience that exceeds the vanilla experience you'll find on rival watches.

Of course it's a proper Apple Watch clone, but we don't think too many Android smartphone users will care much about that. That's because the Oppo Watch offers a powerful spec sheet that certainly offers pause for thought.

There are 46mm LTE and 41mm versions, with a gorgeous looking curved glass. The two sizes pack in a 1.91-inch and 1.6-inch AMOLED panel respectively. That's an enormous amount of screen in manageable case sizes – and it's certainly got our attention.

Elsewhere, there's two days battery life (running on Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor), a power-saving mode than extends the Oppo Watch battery to 21 days while retaining some fitness tracking, and fast charging that offers 16 hours in just 15 mins.

There's GPS and its waterproof to 50 metres too and tracking is definitely better suited to someone that's not looking for a marathon training partner.

We've tested both size options, and we were highly impressed by the overall experience - something that feels superior to a run-of-the-mill Wear OS experience, even if workout tracking was a little bit off.

The larger model will get you a nicer screen, faster charging and LTE but either watch will get you one of the best Wear OS watch experiences you can get on your wrist right now.

Read our Oppo Watch 41mm review and Oppo Watch 46mm review.

TicWatch Pro 3

TicWatch Pro 3

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Key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 47mm case
  • 1.4-inch, 454 x 454 resolution screen
  • Runs on Wear OS
  • Powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 processor
  • NFC for payments
  • GPS, heart rate monitor, SpO2 sensor
  • Speaker and microphone
  • IP68 water resistant (safe for pool swimming)
  • currency [usd="299.99" gbp="289.99"] - Official Ticwatch Pro 3 specs

The TicWatch Pro 3 is the first Wear OS device we’ve seen to run the new Snapdragon Wear 4100, which is designed to offer an 85% improvement in performance and 25% longer battery life.

The TicWatch 3 uses a dual display, with the generous 1.4-inch 454x454 AMOLED overlaid by a basic low-power FSTN monochrome screen that displays the time when you’re not using the watch, saving even more battery.

In terms of health sensors, there’s a few onboard. SpO2 means you can spot check blood oxygen and there’s a warning app for noisy environments.

There are sports tracking modes, but we did find accuracy issues in running and swimming that Mobvoi has sought to address with software updates. If you’re not focusing on workouts you can ignore this, but at the price point of $299 there are plenty of comparable smartwatches that can get workouts right.

But if you’re looking for a Wear OS watch with top performance, this is the current technical flagship.

Check out our TicWatch Pro 3 review.

Skagen Falster 3

Skagen Falster 3

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Key features

  • Android and iOS
  • Google Wear OS
  • 42mm case
  • 22mm interchangeable watch straps
  • Google Pay
  • Built-in GPS
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Waterproof design
  • Up to 24 hours battery
  • Price when reviewed: $299 - Skagen Falster 3 product page

Ever since the first Falster smartwatch, the range has been a leader in terms of design. And the Falster 3 is no different. At just 11mm thin and powered by a Snapdragon Wear 3100 processor, it's a great looking and powerful Wear OS smartwatch that comes recommended.

The Falster 3 also boasts upgraded memory, water resistance and heart rate monitor. Battery life remains at 24 hours. It runs on Fossil Group's Gen 5 platform – with Google's Wear OS in the background.

It has grown to 42mm (which we count as unisex) but retains its premium case with great looking (if fiddly) straps. The 1.3-inch AMOLED is also bigger, so overall the smartwatch is easier to read and use.

The beauty of the Falster 3 is still its slim form factor, and at 11mm there are few devices that look and feel so sleek on the wrist.

However, the heart rate sensor isn't anywhere near good enough and the design and strap aren't really suited to sweaty workouts.

Read our full Skagen Falster 3 review.

Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch

Fossil Gen 5

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Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 44mm case
  • Silicone, stainless steel & leather straps
  • 3 ATM (Swim-proof) water resistance
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
  • 8GB storage/1GB RAM
  • Built-in speaker to make calls
  • NFC for Google Pay
  • 24 hours battery
  • Price when reviewed: $295 - Fossil Gen 5 product page

We are still waiting for Fossil Gen 6 to land so until then, this is the latest the fashion brand has to offer. The Gen 5 Carlyle is the flagship for the range and a decent choice for those looking for a stylish option.

The Carlyle HR and Julianna HR for women, come in a host of bold, 44mm sized case options.

There's built-in GPS, heart rate monitor, a swim-proof design and Google Pay to make contactless payments. However, we're not vouching for the accuracy of the sensors, and this is by no means a performance fitness, health or sport tracking option.

A speaker has now been added into the mix letting you play music sans headphones, hear Google Assistant responses and make calls from your wrist.

The Julianna and Carlyle HR are some of the best looking Wear OS watches you can get, and the Gen 5 builds on all the good stuff that Fossil has already achieved with a platform that still needs some refining.

Read our Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch review.

Suunto 7

Suunto 7

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Suunto 7 key features

  • Runs on Google Wear OS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 Platform
  • Compatible with Android and iOS
  • Weighs 70g
  • Uses 24mm straps
  • GPS, Glonass, Galileo
  • Up to 12 hours GPS battery life in GPS/Up to 48 hours in daily use
  • Waterproof up to 50 meters
  • Price when reviewed: $499 - Suunto 7 product page

A running focussed Wear OS watch, the Suunto 7 is designed to blend the features of a dedicated running watch with that of a true full-screen smartwatch.

However, while running performance checks out - it's ultimately held back by the familiar Wear OS shortcomings of battery life and initially disappointing fitness tracking. That has since been improved with a major software update that brought native sleep tracking and daily heart rate data.

In running terms, the built-in Suunto app does a good job, and offers decent mapping features – based on Suunto's heatmap software.

Run tracking was accurate and you get decent analytics – but the experience isn't as polished or slick as the Apple Watch or dedicated Garmin watches.

Ultimately though, it's ended up with something that costs more than an Apple Watch and a whole host of other sporty smartwatches that will give you a better overall experience. Even if it does have those great mapping skills.

On the music front there's 8GB of storage on board (smartwatches normally have 4GB) leaving room for thousands of MP3s to be played from the wrist.

However, WearOS doesn't allow for offline storage of Spotify music – and now Google has discontinued its own music service so there's no offline streaming support for Wear OS devices.

Read our full Suunto 7 review.

Fossil Sport

4. Fossil Sport

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Fossil Sport features

  • Available in 41mm and 43mm sizes
  • Runs on Google's Wear OS
  • 5ATM waterproof
  • 22mm straps (interchangeable)
  • Microphone
  • Google Pay
  • Heart rate monitor
  • Built-in GPS
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 processor
  • Price when reviewed: $255 - Fossil Sport official page

The first Fossil watch to come with the now-standard Qualcomm 3100 chipset, is generally available at a good price now and is still a great Wear OS watch to own.

Coming in case sizes of 43mm or 41mm, which also come in a variety of eye-popping colors, this is an ideal wrist partner to an Android phone.

Particularly for those looking for a workout-first watch, the Sport can handle it all, packing GPS for location tracking, a swim-proof design and a heart rate monitor.

It's one of the lightest watches to wear when exercising, too, and though we don't particularly love the Google Fit experience in its current form, this does count for a lot - especially when you can just download a third-party app from the Google Play Store and bypass the shoddy core experience.

Battery life is still only around 24-36 hours, which isn't ideal, but, all things considered, this is an affordable and handy fitness companion showcasing exactly what Wear OS can (and can't) do.

Read our full Fossil Sport review.

TicWatch E2

5. TicWatch E2

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Ticwatch E2 features

  • Runs on Google's Wear OS
  • 46mm watch case
  • Built-in GPS
  • 5ATM water resistance
  • Dedicated swim tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 1-2 days battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $159.99 - Ticwatch E2 official page

If you don't want to spend big on a smartwatch, the Ticwatch E2 is, in our opinion, one of the best budget Wear OS options.

It may not be as powerful as the TicWatch Pro LTE, but the E2 is still a respectable fitness tracker, albeit one living inside a slightly chunky and bland frame.

The benefit of this slightly bigger design is the room for a heart rate sensor and GPS, which is also backed up by a surprisingly good display and responsiveness, considering the price.

You won't have access to big smartwatch features like LTE or Google Pay, as we say, and the battery life is just a meagre 1-2 days, but this is a great pick for those who want a cheap, balanced workout partner.

Read our full TicWatch E2 review.

Michael Kors Access Lexington 2

Lexington 2

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Lexington 2 features

  • Powered by Wear OS by Google
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android phones
  • 44mm case
  • AMOLED Display
  • Voice-activated Google Assistant
  • Heart Rate tracking
  • Swimproof
  • Payment technology
  • GPS distance tracking
  • Water resistant up to 30M
  • Price from: $350 | Lexington 2 official page

The 44mm Lexington 2 is the priciest in MK's range and is available five different colorways including gold tone, tri-tone and silver tone metallic options.

Of course Google's Wear OS is there to bring smartwatch staple features including payments, heart rate monitoring and GPS tracking as well as access to Google Assistant. Accuracy of heart rate tech isn't brilliant, but let's face it, this isn't a fitness watch.

There's also a speaker, so you can't make and take calls and hear responses from Google's smart assistant.

The battery life is good for up to 36 hours, though that's dependent on features you regularly use. Our testing saw it get through a day easily, and that's main thing. For many that won't be enough.

Have a read of our full Michael Kors Access Lexington 2 smartwatch review.

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2

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Bradshaw 2 features

  • Powered by Wear OS by Google
  • Compatible with iPhone and Android phones
  • 44mm case
  • AMOLED Display
  • Voice-activated Google Assistant
  • Heart Rate tracking
  • Swim-proof
  • Payment technology
  • GPS distance tracking
  • Water resistant up to 30M
  • Price from: $350 | Bradshaw 2 official page

The Bradshaw 2 is the MK smartwatch you go for if you like your watches big and showy.

There's a punchy 1.28-inch AMOLED display to host Google's Wear OS – and from there you can make payments using Google Pay and there's a speaker to make calls (when paired to your smartphone of course). There's also heart rate and GPS, although this isn't the ideal watch for runs or the gym.

You're getting a performance boost thanks to the inclusion of Qualcomm's Snapdragon 3100 Wear processor alongside 1GB of RAM. There's now 8GB of external storage to free up more space for storing music and apps.

It comes in pavé tri-tone, rose gold-tone and gold-tone finishes all with the same 44mm size watch case. There's also additional blue-tone, pink-tone and blush-tone if you're looking for something in a bolder, more manly shade.

All come with interchangeable 22mm straps with extra buckles to adjust fit. It's also water resistant up to 30 metres, though it's not the kind of watch you'd actually want to take for a dip.

There's certainly nothing subtle about the Bradshaw 2, but with more masculine looks and that big, brash design there's still something quite appealing about the feature-packed smartwatch.

Read our full Michael Kors Access Bradshaw 2 review.

Best smartwatches for Android (non Wear OS)

If you're not sure that Wear OS quite what you are looking for in a smartwatch, there are a host of different options you can consider instead that work well with Android smartphones and do it by offering a different software experience to Google's own.

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Samsung Galaxy Watch 3

Key features

  • 41mm/45mm
  • Tizen OS
  • LTE versions available
  • 1.2-inch/1.4-inch display
  • 360 x 360 Super AMOLED
  • 247mAh/340mAh
  • Exynos 9110 Dual core 1.15 GHz
  • ECG
  • Blood pressure
  • SpO2
  • Sleep tracking
  • Heart/rate VO2 max
  • Fall detection
  • Price when reviewed: $429.99 - Samsung official page

The Galaxy Watch 3 is the best smartwatch for Android users - but it runs Tizen OS not Google's own Wear OS.

It's a classic looking smartwatch, with the rotating bezel returning to control the menu system boasting a pleasing mechanical click.

It comes in 41mm and 45mm case sizes, so there should be something to suit everyone, with stainless steel and black options in both sizes and a fetching Mystic Bronze option for the 41mm watch.

Key upgrades are ECG and blood pressure and the ability to measure blood oxygen. There's also a new focus on VO2 max for runners and advanced running metrics without the need of an additional sensor.

You'll get a couple of days battery life with "normal" use, but it's a shame that Tizen OS couldn't muster the week-long battery we've seen on the Huawei Watch GT2e and Amazfit GTS 2.

We found some inaccuracies with the heart rate monitor, but we were impressed with the GPS, swimming tracking and the plethora of running metrics. It's a good sports tracking performer, even if it does look like a classic watch – although you will need to buy a replacement Galaxy Watch 3 silicone strap as only leather is offered as standard.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch 3 review.

Huawei Watch GT 2e

Huawei Watch GT2e

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Huawei Watch GT2e key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Huawei's Lite OS, not Wear OS
  • 42mm and 46mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player (Android only)
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking (Android only)
  • Speaker and microphone
  • 15 sports tracking modes
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Two weeks battery (normal use)
  • Price when reviewed: $250 - Huawei Watch GT2e product page

The Huawei Watch GT 2e builds on the impressive GT2 – and is the company's third smartwatch to run Lite OS after it ditched Wear OS. It's not a huge change from the GT2, which introduced smaller sizes, a speaker and phone call functionality to make it more of a smartwatch. However, it's got a new sporty look, and Huawei has enabled new features such as SpO2 and stress tracking.

The Huawei Watch GT 2e favours Android users, who get exclusive access to features like the built-in music player and the stress tracking app.

But the lack of changes over the GT2 don't make it any less of a great choice. It's a powerful sports watch with dedicated tracking profiles for pretty much every activity – and it's especially good for runners with guided running sessions straight from the watch and advanced running metrics focused on the effectiveness of sessions, recovery and VO2 Max.

It also boasts a two-week battery life, despite an always-on display, GPS location tracking, heart rate monitoring, sleep reports, storage for music support and more.

Its only real downfall that sports tracking data is not able to be shared with major third-party apps. All of your data can only live inside of Huawei's companion Health app. That does look like that might change as Huawei recently decided to open things up to developers to build apps for its smartwatches.

If you’re in Europe the Huawei Watch GT2e is great value for money, but with the restrictions in the US, you’ll be made to pay through the nose, and the value just isn’t there.

Read our Huawei Watch GT2e review.

Garmin Venu 2

Garmin Venu 2

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Garmin Venu 2 key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • Runs on Garmin's own software
  • 40mm and 45mm models
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • Built-in GPS
  • Built-in music player
  • Garmin Pay
  • SpO2
  • Stress tracking
  • Heart rate monitor
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Up to 12 days battery life
  • Price when reviewed: $399.99 - Garmin Venu 2 product page

The Venu 2 sees Garmin push on with a sporty smartwatch option that remains the only watch in its collection to host an AMOLED colour display.

With the new Venu, it's making that screen bigger and better, boosting battery life and offering new features that make it better fit for people that don't spend their lives on a bike or out running.

Crucially, it's made welcome changes to the interface, which we were critical of on the first Venu and makes it a much nicer watch to use.

In typical Garmin fashion it's comfortable tracking runs, rides, pool swims and also has modes for golf and climbing. Garmin has now added dedicated modes for HIIT-style training too and new muscle maps for strength training to make sure you're working on all those key muscle groups.

You're getting everything Garmin has to offer in smartwatch features including payments, a built-in music player with offline support and now room for 2,000 songs. There's notifications for Android and iOS users, but still no sign of a LTE here.

Battery life comes up a little short against Garmin's claims and is good for a week, with the always-on mode getting you an extra day compared to the Venu. It's more than what you'll get on Wear OS watches and Samsung watches.

It's great option with solid smartwatch and sports tracking skills and is one of the best options available for Android phone owners.

Read our Garmin Venu 2 review.

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

Amazfit GTS 2 Mini

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Amazfit GTS 2 mini key features

  • Works with Android and iOS
  • 40mm plastic case
  • Always-on AMOLED display
  • Waterproof up to 50 metres
  • View notifications and music controls
  • 24/7 activity tracking/sleep tracking
  • Built-in GPS and optical heart rate monitor
  • Up to 14 days battery life
  • $99.99 - Official Amazfit GTS 2 Mini specs

If you're looking at smartwatches like the Galaxy Watch 3 and thinking how expensive they are then the Amazfit GTS 2 Mini will be of serious interest.

The design and build is certainly not as sleek as the bigger GTS 2, but for$99.99 price, you get something that looks smart and even finds the space for a punchy 1.55-inch 354 x 306 AMOLED screen.

You get GPS, 5ATM water resistance with swim tracking and sport profiles aplenty, as well as basic notifications, 24/7 heart rate and sleep data. It misses out on the built-in music player and voice assistant you will get on pricier Amazfit watches.

Of course you're not getting the same experience as a Fitbit or Samsung smartwatch - but there’s plenty of data to check on, and most importantly, the basic stuff stacks up in terms of accuracy. It does falter for sleep tracking and heart rate tracking accuracy compared to its pricier competitors.

Sports and fitness tracking impress and the presence of GPS means it’s a decent performer when out for a run.

You'd be hard pressed to find a watch at this price than can offer what the GTS 2 Mini does. It's not perfect, but it's a truly budget smartwatch we can recommend.

Read our full Amazfit GTS 2 mini review.

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2

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Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 features

  • 40mm and 44mm case sizes
  • Up to 2 days battery life
  • 24/7 activity tracking
  • Automatic sleep monitoring
  • Swim tracking
  • Spotify offline playlist support
  • Samsung Pay
  • Price when reviewed: $279 - Active 2 official page

The smallest smartwatch from Samsung is also its best. A perfect fit for both men and women, thanks to its 40mm and 44mm case sizes, the Galaxy Watch Active 2 is also one of our top picks for Android smartphone owners.

No matter which you pick of the Active's two variants, you get a crisp display surrounded by a touch sensitive bezel - something that helps you navigate the screen without touching the screen.

Instead of running on the equivalent of Android, this smartwatch instead runs on the same software as the rest of Samsung's other wearable devices - Tizen.

Don't be put off by the unfamiliarity, though, this is an excellent operating system that's able to host tons of functionality: GPS tracking for workouts, heart rate monitoring, notification support, sleep reports, offline Spotify playback and much more.

Even better? That list has grown too with blood pressure monitoring, ECG readings and fall detection having all recently landed on the watch to give it added appeal.

Battery life is a so-so 48 hours, but this is still double the Apple Watch with much of the same functionality.

Read our full Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 review

Fitbit Versa 3

Fitbit Versa 3

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Versa 3 key features

  • PurePulse 2.0 HR sensor
  • GPS
  • SpO2 sensor
  • Swim tracking
  • Sleep tracking
  • Fitbit Pay
  • Notifications
  • App Gallery
  • Alexa
  • Music storage
  • Women's health tracking
  • Price when reviewed: $199.95 - Fitbit Versa 3 official page

Announced alongside the Fitbit Sense health watch (a worthy a smartwatch for Android in its own right) is the more basic, and cheaper, Versa 3.

It's a solid update to the previous version, and finally adds GPS for accurate tracking of outdoor workouts.

As a smartwatch and fitness tracker, the basics are the still same – with heart rate, steps, sleep tracking all done within the Fitbit app.

The SpO2 sensor is now live, too, adding insights into Estimated Oxygen Variability, as well as Sleep Score, Sleep Stages and Sleep Insights.

And Fitbit Premium users will get breathing rate, heart rate variability, oxygen saturation and resting heart rate in the new Health Metrics dashboard.

As a smartwatch you get Fitbit Pay (please check if your bank is supported before hand) and Alexa for on-the-wrist commands. And there are some apps and downloading of watch faces, even if the quality is a little hit and miss.

And of course you get notifications of messages and calls, and a future update will enable you to take calls on the wrist and reply to messages without reaching for your smartphone.

While it might not be the complete package as far as sports tracking is concerned, it offers plenty elsewhere at a good price to make it one to consider.

Read our full Fitbit Versa 3 review