The best Android Wear smartwatch

Our top picks from an ever growing group of Google-powered wearables
Best Android Wear watch

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 are even more exciting models in the pipeline for the rest of 2017.

Android Wear 2.0 has just arrived and with smartwatches from the likes of Michael Kors, Nixon, New Balance, Huawei, LG and Polar hitting the shops in the last few months, and new watches from the likes of Tag Heuer, Casio and ZTE coming 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 watches on the market…

(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.)

Best Android Wear smartwatch 2017

The best Android Wear smartwatch

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.

$349, lg.com

Smart casual classic: Huawei Watch

The best Android Wear smartwatch

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 forward a year or so and, with its successor dropping, there are bargains to be had for the basic model. And given it plays nicely with the new Mode interchangeable bands and is due a Wear 2.0 update soon, it's now a strong pick.

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.

From $261, consumer.huawei.com | Amazon

Maximum customisation: Moto 360 2

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The second-gen 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 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 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 2014's circle on a strap.

Take a look at our Moto 360 review here.

From $199.99, motorola.com | Amazon

Most stylish: Tag Heuer Connected

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The Tag Heuer Connected is still selling well, apparently, 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 two-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, but also keep in mind that its newer sibling is now on the scene.

$1,500, tagheuerconnected.com| Amazon

Best for running: Polar M600

best android wear smartwatch

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.

Read our full Polar M600 review. But keep an eye on this ever-evolving feature… the New Balance RunIQ has eyes on Polar's running crown and we're currently testing it.

$264.50, polar.com | Amazon

Best for outdoor pursuits: Casio WSD-F10

The best Android Wear smartwatch

Continuing its emphasis on the great outdoors over fashion, Casio has followed up quickly to the Smart Outdoor WSD-F10, which launched last year.

While the Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20 is an improvement, it still holds a large, rugged form and comes in the same black or orange finish. It's also built to the same military standards – meaning it can tolerate water up to 50m and provide shock and vibration proofing – though the bezel has been beefed up to add more protection for the touchscreen display.

So while this is essentially a refined version of its predecessor, the big inclusion which sets it apart is built-in GPS, opening the door for Casio to offer more features other than tracking routes.

Again, though, forget trying to marry this with your work attire, as you wouldn't even be able to get it under your jacket cuff, let alone your shirt. That's not to say it's uncomfortable – it's actually much lighter than you'd think and the chunky rubber strap provides a secure fit – just make sure you you're prepared to rock a smartwatch beast when it drops in April.

$500, shopcasio.com | Amazon

Best for women: Michael Kors Access

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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.

Have a read of our Michael Kors Access review.

From $350, michaelkors.com | Amazon

For nostalgics: Fossil Q Marshal

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Picking up from the Q Founder and 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 latest Fossil Android Wear smartwatch (alongside the Q Wander) went on sale in August 2016.

There isn't a great deal to write home about for Fossil's AW collection, but if you're a tech collector and like the look of a chunky metal watch, a watch from the Q range could be a useful addition. Especially if you happen to own the 2002 Palm Pilot.

Read our Fossil Q Marshal review.

From $295, fossil.com | Amazon

For gnarly dudes: Nixon The Mission

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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.

$400, nixon.com | Amazon

Best value: Sony SmartWatch 3

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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.

From $79, sony.com | Amazon

Just in…

Tag Heuer Connected Modular

The best Android Wear smartwatch

The name may be longer than its predecessor, but Tag has once again teamed up with the folks at Intel and Google to make this fresh connected timepiece.

The 'Swiss Made' 45mm watch is available with titanium, ceramic and 18K rose gold finishes and, of course, will provide you with a modular design.

This 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.

As far as the the screen goes, Tag is using an AMOLED touchscreen display - behind sapphire crystal glass - 400 x 400, with a 287ppi; this is the same as the much cheaper Asus ZenWatch 3.

And in terms of connected features, 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 hands on 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

Huawei Watch 2

The best Android Wear smartwatch

With the recent rollout of Android Wear 2.0, Huawei became one of the earlier adopters and used MWC 2017 to announce the Huawei Watch 2.

Similar to LG, the Chinese company dropped not one but two fresh smartwatches – the fitness-focused Watch 2, and its more expensive and traditional sibling, known as the Huawei Watch 2 Classic.

Don't let the suffix and price tag fool you, though – the standard model has the superior credentials. You'll have to sacrifice the Classic's stainless steel finish for ceramic, but what you get in return is the option to upgrade and receive crucial 4G LTE connectivity.

The 1.2-inch 326ppi AMOLED looks crisp and vivid on both models, and there's happily no flat tyre to speak of.

After spending time with both devices we found the sporty Watch 2 to be more comfortable on the wrist than the Classic, which has a slightly flatter watch back. Both feature a 42mm face, so be prepared for this to look a little big on your wrist, and definitely thicker than its predecessor.

We've yet to fully test the new iterations out, but stay tuned for our review.

From €329, huawei.com

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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
$159.99
Huawei Watch
Huawei Watch
$279.99
Polar M600
Polar M600
$329.95
Nixon The Mission
Nixon The Mission
$397

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45 Comments

  • mrDnyc says:

    ASUS is MIA

  • 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

        • UnderPrivlidged says:

          Gamers make up more than 30% of the population, just by common standards of what people consider a "gamer".

          Also, we all know that no multi-national corporation is sending you on meetings abroad, so calm down.

    • 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.

      • Vltheeo says:

        Totally agree with all the commenters on here about the difference between men and women's watches. I am on the lookout for a smartwatch but unfortunately any that I like for functionality are too chunky and masculine. Would look totally odd on my wrist!! As I was doing my research I had the same reoccurring thought... "what do they not design them for female users". So don't blame the author, blame the designers and makers of the watches! 

        I hate this sexist diatribe! It's what has made feminism a laughing stock!

    • 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.

    • 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

  • 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

  • SakshiSharma says:

    As the Internet of Things grows and our devices become more and more connected, Apps for Wearable tech like the Watch and Android Wear will rise in popularity.The trick behind making the perfect app for Android Wear is focusing on what Wearable tech has to offer. Apps that succeeds on Wearable devices are apps that use the platform to increase the usability of their mobile phone app. See more at:http://bit.ly/29EdEaW

  • digger says:

    do they make smart watch that taks youer blood pressure

  • alex0826 says:

    I bought a zgpax s8 full Android Smartwatch from China for $100. It came with a camera that points away from the face, which I think is so stupid, basically a waste. I was able to install Facebook messenger and make video calls but I had to aim the camera at a mirror lol. If I was designing a smartwatch it would have minimum 1 gig of RAM 16 gig storage microSD card slot dual cameras, quad core processor. Basically all the same features as a smartphone. We all know, it can be done... Also, I would make sure there are three versions. One that is similar in size and appearance to the Gear S3 classic. The second one would have a similar screen size to the latest Apple watch. And the third one would be a larger screen size but similar to the Gear S. I think the gear s could have been better with video chat capability and of course including the camera that faces you.

  • Sal92 says:

    Hi, I'm looking for a budget smartwatch and both the pebble and the Sony watch look appealing to me (though I much, much prefer rounded displays like the Gear V2). I wanted to ask if the two smartwatches I just mentioned can link to your phone and allow you to control your google assistant with them? 

    I like to listen to music on soundcloud as I drive and it's annoying to have to pick up my phone and say "Okay Google, next song" (not to mention dangerous!). I'd love to be able to say it to my watch and have that happen.

    Aside from that I'm also looking for the watch to double as a fitness tracker but that's about it as far as my requirements go. If there's a fitness band that does the 'control google assistant' functions that I'll happily go for that.

    Any advice, Smartwatch gurus?

  • Sal92 says:

    I think maybe my comment got eaten up. If someone here can help me, I'm a newb when it comes to smartwatches, but I'm looking for a budget watch that I can use to voice operate Google Assistant on my phone. I like to listen to music as I drive connected via aux, and it's annoying and dangerous to pick up my phone and speak "Okay Google, Next Song" into it.

    Aside from that I'm looking for it to also double as a fitness tracker. In fact if there's a fitness tracker that can do the remote control of google assistant function I'd jump on it!

    Help me Smartwatch gurus, you're my only hope.

  • Sarid says:

    I have a smart watch but I don't know which model is that can anyone help

  • TES says:

    I like to read through comment just to see peoples preference, but this is rediculous! Within the first couple comments, you guys are complaining and whinning about 'his watch' or' for women' watches, GROW UP! Its been like that for YEARS!!! Guys or girls can wear either, just the 'for woman' ones are more likely thinner or Small since females typically have Small wrists/features! Who knew???

    For those that wrote this article, it helped me to choose, for those that are complaining and whatnot, this made me feel sorry for you. Stop being over sensitive, and pick a stupid watch! Its a watch! Its just a watch! Geeze! GROW UP! STOP CRYING OVER TERMS THAT HAVE BEEN AROUND FOR YEARS! You say... "oh its casual sexism...." SHUT UP! Its a description, to help people decide BUT NOT decide for them. Thats all it is. You are all rediculous! STOP being cry babies and maybe grow a pair....oops im being sexist...maybe try this... BE CONFIDENT IN WHO YOU ARE WITHOUT ATTACKING OTHERS

    Sorry, rant over. I get so frustrated. 

    P.S. I picked the Gear S2 :) 

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