Best Android Wear watches (February 2018)

Android Wear has evolved a lot since it was first announced back in 2014. In the early days, there were only a few options, mainly from Motorola and LG. These days, many handset makers have thrown their weight into Android Wear, and even traditional watchmakers have begun to embrace the Google-powered Android watch platform. With the number of watches available increasing dramatically, it’s hard to keep track of which watches stand out as the best. For one thing, most of the watches are all quite similar in software and hardware, leaving design preferences as the biggest factor. In order to help you make the most informed decision on which watch is right for you, we’ve rounded up what we feel to be the best Android Wear smartwatches you can buy right now. Related: Best smartwatches | Best fitness trackers Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch. Best overall LG Watch Sport See more LG Watch Sport photos Alongside the launch of Android Wear 2.0, Google and LG took the wraps off two new smartwatches to showcase the big update. The higher-end of the two is the LG Watch Sport, and it’s currently the best Android Wear watch you can buy right now. Editor's PickLG Watch Sport and Watch Style reviewAndroid Wear 2.0 has finally come, and it brings with it a lot of enhancements that were sorely needed in Google’s wearable platform. But before we even get to the new bits in the software, … The Watch Sport has basically every feature you’d want in a smartwatch – a big AMOLED display, built-in GPS, an optical heart rate monitor, LTE connectivity, an IP68 water resistance rating, as well as support for Android Pay. The main button on the right side of the device also acts as a way to scroll through menus in Android Wear, which allows for a much faster and more robust navigation experience. It’s a bit pricey, but we think it’s worth the money. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out our LG Watch Sport review attached below. Buy from Amazon Runner up LG Watch Style See more LG Watch Style photos As previously mentioned, the LG Watch Style was also unveiled alongside Android Wear 2.0. It’s not as feature packed as the Watch Sport, but it’s still a great option if you’re looking for a cheaper, less bulky smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0. More: LG Watch Sport and Watch Style review | Where to buy the Watch Sport and Style Unlike the Sport model, the Watch Style does not feature NFC for mobile payments, nor does it come with a built-in GPS, LTE connectivity or a heart rate sensor. While those omissions might seem like a big deal for some people, it’s worth noting that not everyone wants a big, bulky watch with a ton of features. The LG Watch Style is just that – a stylish, well-performing showcase for Android Wear 2.0 that doesn’t try to do too much. It’s a great smartwatch, and one you should definitely consider if the current crop of Android Wear devices are just too big for your wrists. Buy at Amazon Honorable mention Huawei Watch 2 See more Huawei Watch 2 photos Overall, the Huawei Watch 2 is another good showcase of the capabilities of Android Wear 2.0, though there are some things you should know before buying one. Editor's PickHuawei Watch 2 review The original Huawei Watch is one of the most popular Android Wear devices to date, and for good reason. While it may be a tad on the chunky side, users flocked to the Huawei Watch because of … Android Wear 2.0 comes with a focus on fitness features, but unfortunately Huawei managed to simultaneously move too far in this direction and also fall short of it. It doesn’t come with a rotating side button for navigation, which is a shame as we really love the button on the LG Watch Sport. It does, however, come with great battery life and a stellar feature set otherwise. The other thing you should know is that it’s not nearly as classy as the original Huawei Watch. Sure, there’s a Huawei Watch 2 Classic model that doesn’t look as outdoorsy, but it’s hard to compare to the elegant Watch. In a world where the LG Watch Sport exists, it’s a bit harder to recommend this new Huawei device. However, if you love the look and aren’t turned away from the lack of rotating side button, this may be a good option for you. Buy at Amazon Best Android Wear watch for fitness Polar M600 See more Polar M600 photos Polar’s new M600 sport watch is by far the best Android Wear-powered fitness tracker on the market. With a built-in GPS, IPX8 water resistance rating, optical heart rate monitor and 4 GB of on-board storage, the M600 is quite the feature-packed device. It also comes with support for Polar’s wonderful Flow app, allowing you to track just about any activity you can think of – rowing, skiing, hiking and much more. You’ll also be able to squeeze about two days of battery life out of this thing, which is impressive for an Android Wear watch. You might also like: Fitbit Ionic review | Polar M600 review It’s a bit pricey, starting at $299. You can certainly find Android Wear devices for less than that, but the M600 provides much more than other devices. If you’re in the market for a smartwatch/fitness tracker hybrid and don’t mind spending upwards of $300, look no further. Buy at Amazon Related: Apple Watch vs Fitbit Blaze Best affordable Android Wear watch Ticwatch E See more Ticwatch E photos Aren’t keen on spending a few hundred bucks on an Android Wear watch? You should consider the Ticwatch E. Editor's PickTicwatch E review update: back in black A little while back, we reviewed the Ticwatch E and S, two of the most affordable Android Wear devices around. For $159, the more affordable Ticwatch E suffered a rather unfortunate setback though — for … For just $159 (or $127 if you buy from Amazon), you’re getting a solid, feature-packed smartwatch with plenty of extras — a built-in GPS, heart rate sensor, and IP67 water and dust resistance. It’s also one of the prettier Android Wear devices out there, too. It’s not the most elegant, though its understated, minimalistic design is what keeps us coming back to this device. Even though our first review unit was a little buggy, we’d still recommend this device to anyone looking for Android Wear without breaking the bank. Buy now from Amazon There you have it, our list of the best Android Wear devices on the market. Did we miss something? Be sure to tell us what you think in the comments below! Disclosure: E-Commerce Content is independent of editorial content and we may receive compensation in connection with your purchase of products via links on this page. 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date: Sun, 11 Feb 2018 17:32:19 +0000