The best Wear smartwatches: LG, Fossil, Huawei, Polar and more

Our faves from an ever growing group of Google-powered watches

Android Wear is no more – at least in name. Google has decided to rename its operating system Wear OS by Google – but luckily there are even more top smartwatches to choose from than ever before.

Along with a new name, Google is aiming to improve support for pairing its smartwatches with iPhones, bringing it closer to the experience you currently get with Android smartphones.

The full lowdown: The top smartwatches across all platforms

Still, choosing the right Wear smartwatch is no easy task. There's an ever-expanding range of Wear wearables on sale, from a whole host of different brands. It's not just tech companies that are making them these days.

Smartwatches from the likes of Tag Heuer, Montblanc, ZTE, Asus, Huawei and Fossil brands like Michael Kors and Skagen are rocking the latest version of the operating system, with plenty more in the stable or running older versions. That also means that finally there are now better options for both men and women in the Wear collection.

The good news for iPhone owners, too, is that Wear does play nicely with iOS, so you don't have to go for an Apple Watch if you want a smartwatch companion in your life.

If you're looking to get a Google-powered smartwatch on your wrist sooner rather than later, here are all the key details on the top Wear smartwatches available now.

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Kate Spade New York Scallop

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Kate Spade was one of the last of the Fossil brands to get the Wear treatment, and it's without doubt one of the standout additions to the Google smartwatch clan.

First and foremost, the New York Scallop looks the part, with a 1.19-inch, 390 x 390 resolution touchscreen display and no flat tyre in sight. It features a polished stainless steel case that comes in both a gold and rose gold finish, with both 16mm metal and black/cream leather straps available. It's built for daintier wrists, although we'd still see Fossil go a little slimmer in the future.

In terms of features, you can expect it to run like most other Wear OS-packing smartwatches. That means you'll be able to customise watch faces, download apps, receive smartphone notifications and access Google Assistant when you press down on the crown. It also works as a fitness tracker, which is powered by Google Fit, but it doesn't have the ability to make contactless payments. Battery life should be enough for a day, so you can expect to be charging it every night.

But the good definitely outweighs the bad on this stylish Wear smartwatch built for women.

Wareable verdict: Kate Spade New York Scallop review

From $295, katespade.com | Amazon


LG Watch Sport

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If you want the most complete Wear smartwatch experience out there, then the LG Watch Sport is still the one.

It's packing a 1.38-inch, 480 x 480 P-OLED display giving it the best Wear display out there. 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 sets it apart. Thanks to that holy trinity, it's the first Wear smartwatch that really could consider itself a genuine smartphone replacement.

Yes, you'll have to contend with the bigger than average body, and it's not the prettiest, but if you want the most feature-packed Wear watch, this is it.

Have a look at our comprehensive LG Watch Sport review.

$349, lg.com | Amazon

Michael Kors Access Sofie

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The first generation Michael Kors Access series consisted of two models: the Bradshaw Access and Dylan Access, based on bestselling women's and men's Michael Kors watches. Now there are two newer additions, the Access Grayson and the Access Sofie, with the latter being the more female-friendly version of the pair.

It's available in a number of different styles, including gold, rose gold, silver and sable-tone. Crucially, it still delivers that fairly blingy, pretty smartwatch look that we're fans of. The 42mm watch is still a little on the chunky side, but it's definitely slimmed down from last year's devices, so dimensions are heading in the right direction.

As far as unique features are concerned, it's added a new My Social 'micro app' for watch faces to offer greater customisation, letting you use Facebook and Instagram pictures as faces. Again, you have to make do without features like NFC for Google Pay and LTE to leave your phone behind, but if you want a Wear watch that looks the part and delivers of all those core Wear features, it's one to consider.

Have a read of our Michael Kors Access Sofie review.

From $350, michaelkors.com | Amazon

Ticwatch E

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If you don't want to spend big on a smartwatch, the Ticwatch E is in our opinion the best budget option available right now.

Joined by the Ticwatch S on Kickstarter earlier this year, maker Mobvoi decided to ditch its own operating system for Google's on the 45mm watch – one that packs in a 1.4-inch OLED display, plus a heart rate sensor, and has a GPS sensor built into the strap.

That means you can track your runs and rides without your phone by your side, offering compatibility with Movboi's fitness suite and third-party fitness apps. With Wear running things, you can expect all the standard features, including the ones introduced in Wear 2.0, so you'll have more customisable watch faces and access to Google Assistant. You won't however have access to Google Pay, which is disappointing.

You can expect a battery life of 1-2 days, so it's nothing groundbreaking on that front. But if you're looking for an affordable, well-balanced watch with decent sports tracking skills, we think you're going to like it.

Read our Ticwatch E review to find out more about the money-saving smartwatch.

$159.99, mobvoi.com | Amazon

Skagen Falster

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The Danish watch brand is renowned for making gorgeous, minimalist watches, and, after impressing us with its hybrid smartwatches, it's now hit us with its very first Wear smartwatch.

The Falster channels the same 'less is more' design values with a 42mm watch case that measures in at 12mm thick, making it just small enough to be considered unisex. You also have your pick of leather or steel bracelet bands that should appeal to a range of tastes.

There's no heart rate sensor or GPS here, but being around a sporty person's wrist is clearly not the ambition for Skagen. Instead, it opts for more watch faces to choose from and streamlining information so Falster owners are not constantly overloaded with data. We should mention that there's no NFC on board, either, which does mean that Google Pay support is missing in action – that's a little disappointing.

If you can live with a more streamlined smartwatch experience packaged into a watch design that'll appeal to both men and women, we think you're going to have a lot of time for the Falster.

Wareable verdict: Skagen Falster review

$275, skagen.com | Amazon

Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon

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If you have more money to spend and you like the idea of your Wear smartwatch having a more luxury feel, Louis Vuitton's debut smartwatch certainly fits the bill.

The travel-centric Tambour Horizon models its design on LV's existing Tambour Moon watches, helping make it one of the most attractive watches on our list. Even the charging setup screams luxury.

It doesn't bother with sporty features like GPS or a heart rate monitor, which is to be expected, but disappointingly doesn't include Google Pay support, either. As far as putting its own spin on Wear OS goes, Louis Vuitton makes more effort than others, including LV Guide and My Flight apps that are built for travellers, and that will help pinpoint places to visit when you're away and even make it easier to board your flight.

You can expect battery life to be around the day mark, but be warned it's a bit of a slow charger in comparison to other Wear watches.

Overall though, the 2017 Wareable Tech Awards nominee is a beaut of a smartwatch and definitely one we've loved living with.

Wareable verdict: Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon review

$2,450, louisvuitton.com

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

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The leading luxury smartwatch, this 'Swiss Made' 45mm beauty is available with titanium, ceramic and 18K rose gold finishes and will provide you with a modular design, which essentially means you're 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 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. And seeing as this device is on the bigger side, those with smaller wrists may want to check out the newly announced Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41, which we have now cast our verdict on.

From $1,550, tagheuer.com | Amazon

Polar M600

best Android Wear smartwatch

Google Fit on Wear is still very much a work in progress, so if you want a Wear smartwatch that takes sports tracking up a notch, the M600 is the one for you.

It syncs directly to the excellent Polar Flow, and not only will your smartphone be able to display all your stats, but all that data is also synced to 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.

It gives you the kind of sports tracking you'd expect to find on Polar's GPS sports watches and by combining that with the best that Wear OS has to offer, it's our pick of the sporty Wear smartwatches.

Read our full Polar M600 review for more info.

$329.95, polar.com | Amazon

Huawei Watch

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It's an oldie, but it's still very much a great Wear watch in our eyes. When we first reviewed the original Huawei Watch, we called it the slickest looking Wear smartwatch but lamented that those good looks came at a premium.

Fast forward a couple of years and, with the Huawei Watch 2 now on sale, there are bargains to be had when buying the original model, which we think still beats out its successor in the style-stakes – we really wish the Huawei Watch 2 had stuck to this simple design. In terms of actually looking like a watch, nothing comes close to the Huawei Watch.

The AMOLED display is a 1.4-inch, 400 x 400 screen with a 286ppi count. That was (before the LG Watch Sport came along) the highest on any Wear device, and Huawei's effort is made all the more impressive thanks to a 10,000:1 contrast ratio.

Huawei is still selling it and if you're willing to shop around you should be able to get it at a good price as well. Have a look at our Huawei Watch review to see why you shouldn't write off this old timer just yet.

From $259, consumer.huawei.com | Amazon

Wear: New watches incoming

The best Wear smartwatches: LG, Tag Heuer, Huawei, Asus, Polar and more

As well as our picks above, there will be several more Wear smartwatches landing over the next few months. We're talking official, announced, devices here, not rumour mill fodder.

The biggest name (literally) is the Hublot Big Bang Referee 2018 FIFA World Cup Russia 2018. This is the Swiss watch brand's first ever smartwatch and is a tie-in with the major football tournament, which takes place in the summer. Along with the usual Wear features, it will also offer football-centric software tricks, like the ability to follow games in real-time, while referees at the World Cup will be able to access goal line technology and the video assistant referee.

Casio is launching a cheaper version of its Pro Trek Wear smartwatch, which also lands in May. Puma has announced a partnership with Fossil to make Wear smartwatches, but we won't see those until 2019.

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 to see what's yet to come before making your choice and handing over your cash. We also expect even more Wear-toting watches to be teased throughout the rest of the year.




51 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.

        • Naznys says:

          I sincerely hope you don't work for anybody important. Lol.

    • 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.

    • Jamnoggin says:

      I did pick up on that patronising heading too. It's not the listing of the category, they are entitled to review whatever product they wish, but the choice of words is somewhat insensitive to forward thinking human beings. "Best fashion watch" would be preferable, especially as the article lists both the Sophie and the Greyson anyway..

  • 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 :) 

  • Ritz says:

    sony smart watch 3 for $79??? Where? Send me a link please.

  • JavierTejeda says:

    Women wouldn't likely wear a bulkier watch and there are women and men sections in store you don't see any of us running at them for "gender classifying" don't take something so personal and just read it for what it is. information.

  • mjtedrow says:

    What watch is pictured on the left at the top of this article?

    • m.sawh says:

      That's the ZTE Quartz

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