From affordable picks with LTE connectivity, all the way to bona fide luxury offerings from storied Swiss watch manufacturers, we’ve rounded up our favorite Android Wear devices worth your attention.
1) Huawei Watch 2 Classic
With sleek looks, an excellent OLED display with high resolution, a two-day battery life, and snappy performance, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is handily the best Android Wear device in its price range. Other important bits about the smartwatch include a built-in heart-rate sensor and GPS, an IP68 rating for water resistance, and standard 22-millimeter lugs for easy strap changes.
2) Fossil Gen 3 Sport Smartwatch
Designed with active personalities in mind, the Fossil Gen 3 Sport smartwatch is an exciting new entry on the Android Wear scene that’s waterproof up to 50 meters. Other key features of the watch include a built-in heart-rate sensor and a fully circular OLED display.
3) Michael Kors Access Sofie Smartwatch
The Michael Kors Access Sofie smartwatch is a fashion-forward offering designed for women. Available in a multitude of styles, the gadget has an oversized, water-resistant case made from stainless steel, a fully circular AMOLED display, user-replaceable straps, and a two-year warranty.
4) Casio WSD-F20 Protrek Smartwatch
Made by the company that’s been synonymous with tough watches since the early ’80s, the Casio WSD-F20 Protrek is the most rugged Android Wear smartwatch available today. Designed for outdoorsy personalities, the watch has built-in GPS, a sophisticated dual-screen setup (it has one monochrome and one color display panel), a 50-meter water-resistant body, and up to a month of battery life in watch-only mode (up to two days when connected to a smartphone).
We only wish that Casio had opted to use fully circular display panels with higher resolution on the WSD-F20, especially considering the device’s price tag. In this regard, the watch lags behind the rest of the high-end Android Wear crowd.
5) Fossil Q Explorist Gen 3 Smartwatch
Available in a plethora of styles, the Fossil Q Marshal Gen 2 is an Android Wear smartwatch with the latest-generation Qualcomm processor for wearable devices, as well as a beautiful, fully circular AMOLED display. Like its regular Fossil siblings, the device combines casual looks and good build quality.
6) Diesel ON Full Guard Smartwatch
Like Diesel’s regular watches, the ON Full Guard smartwatch offers a brash design that’s simply impossible to miss. Key features of the wearable device include a high-quality AMOLED display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chipset, and up to two days of battery life. The ON Full Guard also comes with cool-looking watch faces designed by Diesel. There are multiple styles to choose from.
7) Emporio Armani Connected Smartwatch
The Emporio Armani Connected smartwatch has casually cool, stealthy looks, a gorgeous AMOLED display, and Qualcomm’s latest Snapdragon 2100 chipset for wearable devices. The Android Wear smartwatch also has up to two days of battery life and easily interchangeable bands.
8) TAG Heuer Connected Modular 45 Smartwatch
The TAG Heuer Connected 2 is an ultra luxurious Android Wear device with modular design and superb craftsmanship. You can choose between bodies made from titanium, rose gold, or ceramic. One of the titanium options includes diamonds as well. Sapphire crystal comes standard on all options, while the band choices include leather, silicone, and titanium.
The luxury watchmaker’s second smartwatch is also a nice gateway to the company’s mechanical timepieces, as the Swiss manufacturer will allow you to swap the smartwatch module for a mechanical one.
9) LG Watch Style Smartwatch
Launched alongside the LG Watch Sport, the LG Watch Style has a much slimmer profile, thanks to the lack of a heart-rate sensor and LTE connectivity. Designed to appeal to a wider audience of potential users, the Watch Style has swappable bands, a beautiful, fully circular touchscreen, and a rotating crown button for navigating the Android Wear interface. There are three colors to pick from – silver, rose gold, and titanium.
10) Montblanc Summit Smartwatch
Montblanc is the second luxury watchmaker after TAG Heuer to release an Android Wear smartwatch. Available in a plethora of styles with various case finishes and strap options, the Montblanc Summit has a Qualcomm-made chipset, a high-quality circular AMOLED display, a heart-rate sensor, and a battery that easily lasts through a full day of use.