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Лучшие умные часы на Android Wear

Выбор лучших умных часов на операционной системе Android Wear – задача непростая, особенно учитывая, что количество устройств на этой ОС стремительно растет, впрочем, как и ассортимент используемых технологий. Последние умные часы могут предложить такие возможности, как GPS, Wi-Fi и воспроизведение музыки в offline-режиме.

Для того, чтобы получить максимум от устройства на Android Wear, которое вы намереваетесь купить, просто необходимо ознакомиться с лучшими моделями умных часов на Android Wear.

Лучшие умные часы на Android Wear

Sony SmartWatch 3

Третья попытка компании Samsung предстала в обличье спортивной модели с резиновым ремешком в нескольких цветовых вариациях либо в корпусе из гладкой нержавеющей стали. Жидкокристаллический экран является не самым впечатляющим, что для Samsung даже несколько странно, однако такие параметры, как диагональ 1,6 дюймов вместе с разрешением 320×320 пикселей – вполне приемлемый уровень на сегодня. Срок службы батареи – однозначно сильная черта гаджета – устройство без проблем работает до двух дней без подзарядки.

Самая главная особенность этого гаджета, благодаря которому он одерживает победу над другими – наличие GPS-модуля, который значительно расширяет функциональность устройства.

Цена: от $249

Лучшие умные часы на Android Wear для стильных

LG Watch Urbane

Эта модель больше понравится прекрасной половине человечества. По сути, LG Watch Urbane является люксовой вариацией умных часов LG G Watch R. Дизайн в этом гаджете действительно на высоте, и LG Watch Urbane смогут оценить по достоинству искушенные любители роскоши, неравнодушные к техническим новинкам.

В устройстве превосходный внешний вид удачно сочетается с высоким уровнем исполнения, и каждая деталь выполнена качественно, будь то корпус, начинка или кожаный ремешок (который, к слову, можно заменить на любой другой стандартный ремешок).

Цена: от $349

Лучшее для любителей классики

LG G Watch R

Первые умные часы от LG с круглым экраном на Android Wear получили улучшенную батарею, способную прослужить без дополнительной подзарядки до двух суток. Также добавлен датчик сердечного ритма, используются более качественные материалы – кожа и нержавеющая сталь.

Умные часы LG G Watch R идеально оптимизированы под более зрелую версию Android Wear, и пользователь уже не будет ощущать сырость системы. Особый ободок делает дизайн этого устройства самым приближенным к классическому виду обычных часов.

P-OLED экран с диаметром 1,3 – это несколько меньше, чем стандартные экраны умных часов, и поэтому при плотности пикселей 320×320 изображение выглядит четче. LG G Watch R можно со спокойной душой использовать в душе, а вот погружаться в бассейн уже не рекомендуется.

Цена: от $249

Самые лучшие унисекс-часы на Android Wear

Asus ZenWatch

Эти смарт часы получили изогнутый, закругленный дисплей, что дало возможность выделить это устройство среди других моделей. Asus ZenWatch прекрасно впишутся как в женский, так и в мужской образ, что, несомненно, является плюсом. Экран с параметрами 1,63 дюйма в диагонали и разрешением 320×320 пикселей не является самым лучшим в своем классе, однако уверенно выполняет возложенные на него обязанности.

Еще одно важное преимущество Asus ZenWatch – небольшая цена. К этому списку можно также добавить новые умные часы Asus ZenWatch 2.

Цена: от $149,99

Самые ожидаемые смарт часы на Android Wear

Huawei Watch

Очень стильные умные часы от китайского производителя, куда менее габаритные, чем продукты конкурентов. Всего имеется три варианта этого гаджета – черные с текстурированной металлической планкой, серебряные с кожаным ремешком и золотые с ремешком коричневого цвета. AMOLED-дисплей покрыт сапфировым стеклом и имеет диагональ в 1,4 дюйма, и в целом работает просто потрясающе благодаря разрешению 400×400.

Цена: от $1099

Самые настраиваемые умные часы на Android Wear

Moto 360

В этих умных часах хорошо практически все – и круглый экран, и стильный дизайн, и возможность беспроводной зарядки. Также очень радуют широкие возможности персонализации устройства – как при помощи смены экранов, так и посредством замены ремешка.

Диаметр экрана составляет 1,5 дюймов при разрешении 320×290 – здесь Moto 360 несколько отстают от конкурентов, однако это простительно, если учитывать, что Motorola первыми сделали умные часы с круглым экраном.

Цена: от $149

Самые таинственные умные часы на Android Wear

Asus ZenWatch 2

Новый гаджет от Asus, впервые официально представленный на выставке Computex 2015, остался настолько же загадочным, как и дата его выпуска, о которой пока ничего не известно.

ZenWatch 2 будут представлены в двух размерах – первые с габаритами 49×41 мм и шириной ремешка в 22 мм, а вторые с размером 45×37 мм и шириной ремешка 18 мм. Также есть информация, что будет доступно несколько цветов на выбор – серебристый, темно-серый, а также из розового золота, а также несколько вариантов ремешков, в том числе кожаные, резиновые и стальные и даже покрытые кристаллами Сваровски.

Более подробная информация об этих часах появится в сентябре, после выставки IFA 2015.

Цена: неизвестна

Аутсайдеры среди умных часов на Android Wear

Samsung Gear Live

Умные часы Samsung Gear Live выпущены одновременно с LG G Watch, которые гораздо дешевле, а вот различий практически нет, если не принимать во внимание чуть более изысканный экстерьер изделия от Samsung. Gear Live оснащен аккумулятором меньшей мощности, которого хватает лишь на сутки.

Цена: от $199

LG G Watch

Эта модель – одна из самых ранних вариаций умных часов этого года, однако LG не спешат снижать цену на устройство, поэтому желающих приобрести «новинку» находится крайне мало. За стоимость, равнозначную цене неплохих устройств, вам предлагается весьма скромная функциональность, да и дизайн, по правде говоря, без излишеств. Не впечатляет ни разрешение экрана, ни качество оптимизации, и даже встроенный модуль GPS не спасает ситуацию.

Цена: от $159

 

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Android Wear - Wikipedia

Android Wear is a version of Google's Android operating system designed for smartwatches and other wearables.[8][9] By pairing with mobile phones running Android version 4.3 or newer, or iOS version 8.2 or newer with limited support from Google's pairing application,[10] Android Wear integrates Google Assistant[11] technology and mobile notifications into a smartwatch form factor. It also adds the ability to download applications from the Google Play Store.

Android Wear supports Bluetooth, Wi-Fi,[12]3G and LTE connectivity, as well as a range of features and applications. Watch face styles include round, square and rectangular. Released devices include Motorola Moto 360,[13] the LG G Watch,[14] and the Samsung Gear Live.[15] Hardware manufacturing partners include Asus, Broadcom, Fossil, HTC, Intel, LG, MediaTek, Imagination Technologies, Motorola, New Balance, Qualcomm, Samsung, Huawei, Polar and TAG Heuer.[16]

In the first six months of availability, Canalys estimates that over 720,000 Android Wear smartwatches were shipped.[17] As of 15 January 2016[update], Android Wear had between one and five million application installations.[18] Android Wear was estimated to account for 10% of the smart watch market in 2015.[19]

History and Compatibility[edit]

The platform was announced on March 18, 2014, along with the release of a developer preview. At the same time, companies such as Motorola, Samsung, LG, HTC and Asus were announced as partners.[20] On June 25, 2014, at Google I/O, the Samsung Gear Live and LG G Watch were launched, along with further details about Android Wear. The LG G Watch is the first Android Wear smartwatch to be released and shipped. Motorola's Moto 360 was released on September 5, 2014.

On December 10, 2014, an update started to roll out, adding new features including a watch face API and changed the software to be based on Android 5.0 "Lollipop".[21]

The LG G Watch and Gear Live started shipping in July 2014, while the Moto 360 began shipping in September 2014. The next batch of Android Wear devices, which arrived at the end of 2014, included the Asus ZenWatch,[22] the Sony SmartWatch 3,[23] and the LG G Watch R.[24] As of March 2015[update], the latest Android Wear devices are the LG Watch Urbane,[25] and the Huawei Watch.[26]

On August 31, 2015, Google launched pairing application for iOS version 8.2 or newer, allowing limited support for receiving iOS notifications on smartwatches running Android Wear.[27] As of September 2015[update], only the LG Watch Urbane and Huawei Watch are supported, but Google announced support for more smartwatch models.[10][28]

Features[edit]

Options include a screen always on feature and a "tilt to wake screen" setting,[29] to light the screen automatically.[30]

Users can find directions by voice from the phone, choose transport mode, including bike, and start a journey. While traveling, the watch shows directions, and vibrates to indicate turns by feel.[31]

Via Google Fit and similar applications, Android Wear supports ride and run tracking ("OK Google, start a run"). On devices sporting the needed sensor, heart activity can be sampled automatically through the day or on demand ("OK Google, what's my heart rate"). Step-counting, calorie expenditure etc. are also monitored. These features work within the Fit ecosystem, allowing integration with companion devices and applications. The watch reinforces achievements with cards noting goal attainment, when a goal is near, summaries of heart, and body activity.[32]

Users can use their Android Wear Watch to control their phone. Music can be requested (for instance, "OK Google, play Deep Purple"). The screen then shows a card for play-control, volume, skip, media images, allowing music to be controlled from the wrist with the user free to move.[31]

Notifications[edit]

The vibration engine alerts users about important notifications originating from a user-selectable set of applications. Wear provides multiple options for replying, including Google Voice Typing for dictating responses to messages, and spoken or drawn emoticons.

Intelligent notifications from Google Now are supported including traffic, flights, hotel check-in, meeting alerts, location- and time-based reminders, weather and sport, stocks, flight status, boarding passes, restaurant bookings, etc.[31]

Users can receive messages sent to them via Google Hangouts, and respond with a voice message.[33] Users can also set the alarm by using 'Okay Google' on Android Wear. Currently new SMS can be initiated from the watch. Wear 5.1.1 supports drawing to reply, which uses AI to interpret the user's sketch as an emoji character. Search by voice is fully supported. Google Now searches such as "How tall is Nicole Kidman" result in Knowledge Graph cards appearing on screen, with options to open the search result on another device.[21]

If the phone's camera app is activated, the screen is relayed to the watch, and the user can control the shutter, and view photos on the watch. Third-party applications support using the phone camera as a streaming device, or more varied camera control.

Events appear as cards on screen. "OK Google, show my agenda" will display the user's agenda. Watch faces also support marking out appointments (for instance with contrasting color to show periods with an appointment, and/or illuminating a lighted "count-down" line for upcoming appointments.[31]

Note taking is fully supported via Google Keep and other note-apps, as is marking-off check lists etc. Via voice commands such as "OK Google, remind me to call Roy at work", or "Remind me to baste the chicken in 25 minutes" the user can create location and time-based reminders, set alarms, timers etc. which appear on the watch at the appropriate time or place.[9]

Many applications have been released, with developers such as Evernote etc. creating new functionality on the watch: for instance, handing off notes to the watch screen when the user turns off their phone screen. Location-based applications like Foursquare show suitable nearby venues, allow check-in etc.

Version History[edit]

Version Android base version Release date New features Notes
4.4W1 4.4 June 2014 Announced on Google I/O 2014
4.4W2 4.4 October 2014
  • Offline music playback over bluetooth [34]
  • Watch GPS support (for watches with built-in GPS)[35]
  • New music control UI [36]
1.0[37] 5.0.1 December 2014
  • Official watch face API
  • Sunlight mode (brightness boost)
  • Theater mode
  • Settings shade from top
  • Battery stats in Android Wear app
  • Recently used actions added to the top in drawer
  • Ability to undo dismissed notificaiton
This version changed the numbering scheme to be independent from the base Android version
1.1[38] 5.1.1 May 2015
  • Wi-Fi support (for watches with built-in Wi-Fi)
  • Drawable Emojis (as response to messages)
  • Heads up notifications
  • Pattern lock screen
  • Ability to change font size
  • Add swipe left from watch face to access app drawer
  • Always on apps
  • More wrist gestures
1.3[39] 5.1.1 August 2015
  • Interactive watch faces
  • Google Translate for Wear
1.4[40] 6.0.1 February 2016
  • More wrist gestures
  • Speaker support (for watches with built-in speaker)
  • Send voice messages directly from the watch
1.5[41] 6.0.1 June 2016
  • Brought back restart watch option
  • Added Android security patch level to About screen
2.0.[42] 7.1.1 Feb 2017[43]
  • Revamped UI with Material Design, darker colors, and a more circular user interface for round watches.
  • Standalone apps with Google Play Store on watch
  • Complications for watch faces
  • Built-in keyboard
  • Handwriting recognition
  • Stackable notifications
  • Smarter notifications
  • Cellular Support

[44]

Announced on Google I/O 2016

List of Android Wear devices[edit]

Brand Name Date Released RRP Notes
Asus ZenWatch November 9, 2014
Asus ZenWatch 2 September, 2015
Asus ZenWatch 3 December, 2016
Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F10 [45]
Casio Smart Outdoor Watch WSD-F20 [46]
Elephone Ele
Fossil Q Explorist August 28, 2017 $255-$275 [47][48]
Fossil Q Founder
Fossil Q Marshal
Fossil Q Venture August 28, 2017 $255-$275 [49]
Fossil Q Wander
Huawei Watch September 2, 2015
Huawei Watch 2
Huawei Watch 2 Classic
LG G Watch June 25, 2014
LG G Watch R October 24, 2014
LG Watch Urbane April 27, 2015
LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition
LG Watch Sport Feb 9, 2017
LG Watch Style Feb 9, 2017
Michael Kors Access [50]
Montblanc Summit
Motorola Moto 360 (1st generation) September 5, 2014
Motorola Moto 360 (2nd generation) September 14, 2015
Motorola Moto Sport
Nixon Mission
New Balance RunIQ Watch [51]
Polar M600
Samsung Gear Live June 25, 2014
Sony SmartWatch 3 November 2014
Tag Heuer Connected
Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45
Verizon Wear24
ZTE Quartz

Coming Soon[edit]

  • Movado Connect[52]
  • Misfit Vapor[53]
  • Hugo Boss with the Touch
  • Tommy Hilfiger T24/7You
  • Diesel On
  • Guess Connect
  • Ticwatch S & E

See also[edit]

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Лучшие умные часы на Android Wear — Умные часы

Выбор лучших умных часов с установленной на них операционной системой Android Wear может быть трудной задачей. Ведь в общей сложности сейчас существуют 19 вариаций таких устройств! Или даже 21 вариант, если модели разного размера посчитать отдельно. Словом, всё это серьезно сбивает с толку.

Если вы уже приобрели недавно новенькие смарт-часы, то вам стоит ознакомиться с нашими статьями на тему Android Wear, чтобы извлечь максимальную пользу из своего гаджета.

Разработанная Google операционка регулярно совершенствуется. Можно не сомневаться, что только в наделенных ею часах можно встретить множество инноваций, в том числе уже спустя много дней после покупки, когда ОС обновится, принеся вслед за этим большое количество свежих функций. А ещё подобные устройства могут обладать GPS-чипом и модулем Wi-Fi. Поэтому в многообразии таких часов легко запутаться. Мы постараемся облегчить вашу задачу. Если вы уже определились с платформой (Android), то далее задумайтесь о том, для чего именно вам нужны умные часы. Затем ознакомьтесь с нашей статьей — в этой подборке вы обязательно приметите наилучший вариант.

Не забывайте, что в мае состоится традиционное мероприятие Google I/O 2016. На нём могут показать несколько новых моделей. Обязательно следите за новостями! Пока же давайте познакомимся с лучшими часами на базе Android Wear, которые можно приобрести уже сейчас…

Лучшие умные часы на Android Wear

Sony SmartWatch 3

Японская компания Sony успела создать уже три версии своих флагманских умных часов. Самая последняя модель поставляется с резиновым ремешком (спортивный вариант) или же с ремнём из нержавеющей стали. На лицевой панели этого устройства располагается 1,6-дюймовый дисплей с разрешением 320 x 320 точек. Экран не впечатляющий, но зато имеющейся здесь батарейки хватает на два дня автономной работы.

Японцы неоднократно хвастались тем, что Sony SmartWatch 3 стали первым устройством на базе Android Wear, получившим в своё распоряжение GPS. В результате часы идеально подходят для велосипедистов и прочих спортсменов, желающих сохранять маршрут совершенной прогулки. Конечно, сейчас уже существуют и другие модели часов со встроенным GPS-чипом. Например, сразу приходят на ум Moto 360 Sport.

Читайте также: Обзор Sony SmartWatch 3

Цена от 16000 р. за стальной вариант, предыдущие версии, с разноцветными ремешками — дешевле.

Самые стильные умные часы

LG Watch Urbane

Многие умные часы на базе Android Wear выглядят приятно, но не более того. А LG Watch Urbane хотелось бы назвать стильным устройством, более женственным, чем все остальные. Фактически это роскошный вариант более доступных часов LG G Watch R.

Корпус гаджета окрашен в серебристый или золотистый цвет. Круглый ободок выполнен из легкосплавных материалов. В комплекте с устройством поставляется качественный кожаный ремешок, который в любой момент можно заменить. Южнокорейцы постарались угодить даже богатым людям — для них предлагается модель под названием LG Watch Urbane Luxe, отличающаяся 23-каратным золотым напылением, ремешком из крокодиловой кожи и стоимостью, составляющей $1200.

Сейчас существует уже второе издание LG Watch Urbane, поддерживающее функцию обработки вызовов. Но доступно оно лишь в США — всего у двух сотовых операторов.

Читайте также: Обзор LG Watch Urbane

Цена от 18000 р.

Лучшие для традиционалистов

LG G Watch R

Пришло время упомянуть и о более дешевом продукте южнокорейской компании LG. Эти умные часы не наделены ни одним лишним элементом, это идеальный вариант для повседневного использования. К слову говоря, имеющегося здесь аккумулятора хватает примерно на двое суток автономной работы.

Гаджет располагает датчиком сердечного ритма и корпусом, выполненным из нержавеющей стали. Поставляется он с кожаным ремешком. Картинка здесь выводится на 1,3-дюймовый дисплей, созданный по технологии P-OLED. Его разрешение составляет 320 x 320 точек. Устройство сертифицировано по стандарту IP67. Это позволяет не снимать его во время принятия душа. Однако купаться с данными часами не рекомендуется.

Читайте также: Обзор LG G Watch R

Цена от 18000 р.

Лучший унисекс

Asus ZenWatch 2

Стоит признать, что дизайн многих умных часов понравится лишь мужчинам. Но этого нельзя сказать об ASUS ZenWatch 2. Этот девайс продается в двух размерах — 49 x 41 мм и 45 x 37 мм. Поддерживаемые ремешки у этих версий тоже разные — к одной подходят 22-миллиметровые аксессуары, а к другой — 18-миллиметровые. Фактически это мужская и женская версии часов соответственно.

Что касается ремешка, то тайваньская компания предлагает большое их многообразие. Одни созданы из нержавеющей стали, другие из резины, третьи из кожи, существует даже вариант с кристаллами Сваровски! С помощью ZenWatch 2 можно обмениваться с собеседниками смайликами. А новое приложение Smart Assistant позволяет просматривать различный контент из электронных писем, а также получать уведомления календаря.

Читайте полный обзор: Asus ZenWatch 2

Цена от 14000 р.

Самые бюджетные умные часы

LG G Watch

Итак, самые дешевые Android Wear часы перед вами. И вряд ли есть смысл платить за них магазинную цену, т.к. они уже достаточно широко распространены и вы возможно с легкостью найдете подержанный вариант в отличном состоянии.

Будучи представленными собственным CEO LG, как «часы без излишеств», LG Watch позволяют вам познакомиться с миром Android Wear без особого напряга для кошелька. В плане функций и внешнего вида, данные умные часы можно назвать неплохими, но не выдающимися. Они имеют 1.65-дюймовый IPS LCD экран с разрешением 280×280 пикселей, и совсем не имеют кардиомонитора или GPS модуля. Однако, они тем не менее поддерживают все последние обновления от Google и являются разумным и практичным выбором для тех, кто хотел бы хорошо сэкономить.

Цена от 7000 р.

Часы с самым лучшим дисплеем

Huawei Watch

Этот гаджет наделён 1,4-дюймовым AMOLED-дисплеем, разрешение которого составляет 400 x 400 точек. Плотность пикселей достигает великолепных 286 ppi. Это самое высокое значение среди всех умных часов, оснащенных Android Wear.

Ещё нельзя не отметить высокий уровень контрастности, равняющийся 10000:1. С точки зрения эстетики ближайшим конкурентом данной модели являются новые Moto 360. Но дисплей у Huawei Watch гораздо лучше. Здесь любая пиктограмма выглядит гораздо более четкой. А ещё здесь имеется большое количество визуальных эффектов, идеально выглядящих на круглом дисплее.

Максимальный выбор стиля

Новые Moto 360 2

Часы Moto 360 2015-го года обладают привычным круглым ЖК-дисплеем. Главным достоинством устройства является тот факт, что покупателю на выбор предоставляются два размера (42 и 46 мм), а также множество ремешков, обрамлений, видов отделки и цветов. Конечно же, наибольший выбор имеется у жителей стран Северной Америки, где функционирует специальный интернет-магазин, представляющий собой своеобразный конструктор.

Дисплей часов имеет диагональ 1,36 или 1,56 дюйма, а его разрешение составляет 360 x 360 точек. Плотность пикселей достигает 233 ppi.

Новые Moto 360 достаточно сильно отличаются от часов Motorola первого поколения. В частности, именно новую модель не хочется снимать со своей руки практически никогда — настолько она стильная и похожая на традиционные часы.

Читайте также: Обзор умных часов Moto 360 второго поколения

Цена от 11000 р.

Самая качественная сборка

Tag Heuer Connected

Пожалуй, Tag Heuer Connected — это лучший пример часового мастерства в мире Android Wear. Сборка невероятно высокого качества, придраться невозможно ни к ушкам, ни к прочим мелким деталям корпуса — все они выполнены из титана. Данное устройство практически ничем не уступает дорогим механическим собратьям — на руке оно смотрится весьма внушительно. Диаметр установленного здесь дисплея составляет 46 мм, имеется покрытие в виде сапфирового стекла.

А ещё покупка Tag Heuer Connected позволяет не беспокоиться о том, что гаджет станет бесполезным в течение ближайших нескольких лет. Производитель предоставляет двухлетний гарантийный срок, по истечении которого вы можете обменять устройство на механические часы Tag Heuer.

Лучшие смарт-часы для бега

Moto 360 Sport

Согласитесь, предыдущий рассмотренный нами вариант меньше всего подходит для бега. Спортсменам нужны легкие часы. И будет совсем идеально, если в распоряжении устройства окажется GPS-чип, сохраняющий маршрут пробежек и информацию о скорости. Такой чип имеется у Moto 360 Sport. По больше части, именно в его наличии заключается отличие этих часов от традиционного варианта Moto 360.

Девайс можно сравнить с Sony Smartwatch 3, но всяческие фитнес-функции здесь работают гораздо лучше, за что следует поблагодарить приложение Moto Body. Ремешок и задняя сторона устройства имеют специальное покрытие, которое защищает их от пота. Ещё в составе умных часов присутствует дисплей AnyLight, умеющий адаптироваться под окружающее освещение. В результате экран хорошо читаем даже в условиях пробежки в яркий солнечный день. Ну а в помещении яркость подсветки снижается, что положительно сказывается на продолжительности автономной работы.

Лучшие часы для активного отдыха

Casio WSD-F10

Ещё один вариант, идеально подходящий для любителей активного отдыха. Устройство было анонсировано совсем недавно, в рамках выставки CES 2016. Назвать его лучшим выбором для повседневного использования невозможно. Надевать устройство лучше в тот момент, когда вы собираетесь поплавать в море или взобраться на какую-нибудь гору. Дело в том, что здесь имеется водонепроницаемый корпус, позволяющий погружаться на глубину до 50 метров. А ещё часы выдерживают любые удары и вибрации, о чём свидетельствует сертификация по военному стандарту MIL-STD0810.

Установленный здесь сенсорный дисплей обладает 1,32-дюймовым диаметром. Интересно, что вместо основного экрана можно использовать дополнительный, являющийся монохромным и потребляющий меньшее количество энергии. Теоретически если совсем отказаться от цветной ЖК-панели, то продолжительность автономной работы составит один месяц!

В рабочей одежде использовать Casio WSD-F10 невозможно. Часы попросту не помещаются под рукавом рубашки или пиджака! Такие размеры вызывают некоторые неудобства, но только не в походных условиях. Интересно, что весят часы относительно немного. Снижению массы поспособствовал каучуковый ремешок, также обеспечивающий надежную фиксацию.

Для ностальгирующих

Fossil Q Founder

Пожалуй, данный продукт больше всего похож на механические часы, которые многие из нас носили в прошлом и позапрошлом десятилетиях. В этом устройстве нет ничего лишнего. Есть только приятный бонус в виде процессора Intel (остальные рассмотренные нами девайсы базируются на чипсете от Qualcomm) и поддержки беспроводной зарядки Qi.

К сожалению, имеется здесь и один недостаток. У создателей не получился круглый дисплей. По каким-то неведомым причинам в нижней части экрана осталась черная область. Честно говоря, она сильно раздражает — особенно при взгляде на виртуальный циферблат.

То, что пока не поступило в продажу (на момент обновления статьи)

Об этих умных часах мы уже вскользь упомянули. Их главным отличием является поддержка сотовой связи. Хотя без других изменений здесь не обошлось.

Экран устройства получился круглым. Он выполнен по технологии P-OLED и обладает разрешением 480 x 480 точек. При 1,38-дюймовом диаметре это дает плотность пикселей на уровне 348 ppi. Встроенный аккумулятор имеет емкость 570 мАч.

Изначально часы планировалось пустить в массовую продажу уже в начале 2016 года. Но из-за неназванной проблемы широкомасштабный выпуск был отменён. Но уже скоро продажи всё же начнутся. Жаль лишь, что данный продукт можно будет найти лишь в торговых точках сотовых операторов AT&T и Verizon.

Цена не объявлена, lg.com

Скоро: New Balance, Nixon, Fossil и Michael Kors

Скоро на прилавках магазинов появятся и другие часы. Например, многие ждут старта продаж пока ещё безымянной модели от New Balance. Она должна получить GPS и значительный объем постоянной памяти, куда можно сохранить любимую музыку. Продукт готовится в сотрудничестве с Intel и Google, это было объявлено во время выставки CES 2016.

А на Baselworld 2016 были представлены несколько других устройств. Но ждать старта их продаж придется долго — как минимум до конца этого года.

 

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Best Android smartwatches of 2017

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Best smartwatch overall: Asus ZenWatch 3

You'll often hear people say "third time's a charm," and this is certainly the case with Asus' latest smartwatch. The display, quick recharge time, long-lasting battery, etc make it the best watch on the market. Asus has targeted millenials with the design of the ZenWatch 3. This smartwatch with its three buttons looks much sportier than other watches that the company has so far released, for a more personal and unique twist. The new design also comes with IP67 certification, meaning it is resistant to water and dust. 

To date almost all Android Wear smartwatches have come equipped with the Snapdragon 400. Asus has set the margin a little higher now, as the ZenWatch 3 comes with Qualcomm's Snapdragon 2100. When we put it to the test, we found the performance was solid.

The best all-around smartwatch. / © ANDROIDPIT

There is no built-in pulsometer, GPS or SIM capability. For sports, navigation or connecting to the internet without being tethered to a cell phone, you should look elsewhere. The ZenWatch 3 offers the basics you expect from a smartwatch: notifications, fitness tracking, playing music via Bluetooth, hands-free operation features and more. 

Asus ZenWatch 3: Technical specifications

Display:

1.4-inch, circular, AMOLED

Resolution:

400 x 400 pixels, 287 ppi

Size:

45,2 x 10,65 mm

Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100,Quad-Core, 1,2 GHz
Internal Storage / RAM: 4 GB / 512 MB RAM IP: IP67 Dust and water resistant
Price: $209.00 Battery: 340 mAh

Best smartwatch design: Huawei Watch

Huawei has succeeded where many manufacturers have gone wrong: it made a watch that looks good and performs well. That's not to say that the Huawei Watch's performance is substandard, but with its relatively weak battery life, no ambient light sensor and a couple of interface problems, Huawei's wearable is a little behind the likes of the Moto 360 (2015). That said, if you want the best looking watch on Android - this is it.

The Huawei Watch wins our award for most stylish Android Wear device. / © ANDROIDPIT

The larger of the two watches available is the ladies' variant. The watch face can come encrusted with Swarovski crystals, but only with leather bracelets. Whilst the popularity of the Huawei smartwatch has endured the price has dropped, so it is now one of the cheapest high quality Android wearables around today.  

Huawei Watch: Technical specifications

Display: 1.4-inch, circular, AMOLED Resolution: 400 x 400 pixels, 286 ppi
Size:

42 mm x 11,3 mm

44 mm x 12,5 mm

Processor: Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage / RAM: 4 GB / 512 MB RAM IP: IP67
Price: $199.99 Battery: 300 mAh

Best smartwatch for making calls: LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition 3G

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition (3G) gets top marks with a full round display, a large battery and a great mobile interface. Its design is also a big success, though some people have mentioned that the watch face is a bit too tall.

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition 3G. / © ANDROIDPIT

One special feature which is unique for an Android Wear watch: You can insert a nano SIM card, which allows you to make calls or send SMS. That said, this isn't a "must have" feature as you can easily sync the smartwatch to your smartphone thanks to its Bluetooth connectivity. All in all, its a well rounded device and is it expected to become cheaper over time, making it an attracted Android Wear option. 

LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition (3G): Technical specifications

Display:

1.38-inch, circular, AMOLED

Resolution:

480 x 480 pixels, 348 ppi

Size: 47 x 47 x 14 mm Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Internal Storage / RAM: 4 GB / 768 MB RAM IP: IP67 Dust and water resistant
Price:

$219.99

Battery:

570 mAh

Best smartwatch for hiking: Samsung Gear S3

Hands down the best smartwatch for sports and hiking is the Samsung Gear S3. It comes in two versions: Classic with a leather strap and Frontier with a silicone strap. Both are water and dust resistant. Samsung uses its own operating system called Tizen, but it is still compatible with all smartphones. The Gear S3 also comes with Bluetooth, so once you've set it up you will be able to receive SMS, notifications and calls from your smartphone. 

The best for hiking and sports. / © ANDROIDPIT

The smartwatch comes with GPS, a speedometer, barometer and an altimeter, so it is the ultimate hiker's companion. Athletes can use the smartwatch to measure their pulse and count their steps. You can store MP3 files on the watch itself and listen without having your phone paired if you're out for a run. The price of the Gear S3 is higher than most other Android Wear devices today, with prices starting at $299. That said, from what we've seen, it's worth the cost. 

Samsung Gear S3: Technical specifications

Display: 1.4-inch, circular, AMOLED Resolution: 360 x 360 pixels, 278 ppi
Size: 49 x 46 x 12,9 mm Processor: Exynos 3250
Internal Storage / RAM: 4 GB / 768 MB RAM IP: 57g / IP68
Price: $299.00 Battery: 380 mAh

Best smartwatch for sport: Huawei Watch 2

In terms of elegance the Huawei Watch 2 can't really keep up with the first generation, but why would it want to? With the plastic casing and the sporty look, this smartwatch is clearly aimed at active people looking specifically for a sports watch. Huawei Watch 2 comes equipped with a number of training modes, sensors and monitors for all your sporting needs: GPS, Bluetooth, heart rate monitors, WiFi, even NFC, are all present and accounted for here.

The Huawei Watch 2 comes packed with features. / © ANDROIDPIT

The Huawei Watch 2 also has other advantages. These include the current Android Wear 2.0 operating system, an optional SIM slot for nano SIM cards, and a microphone and loudspeaker for your calls. Not bad for the $259.99 price tag it now has, and it's only going to get cheaper over time.

Huawei Watch 2: Technical specifications

Display: 1.2-inch, circular, AMOLED Resolution: 390 x 390 pixels, 326 ppi
Size: 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Internal Storage / RAM: 4 GB / 768 MB RAM IP: IP68
Price: $259.99 Battery: 420 mAh

Android Wear smartwatch buying guide

If you've decided to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch, you've got a few decisions in front of you, the first of which is whether you want an Android Wear device or something else?

There are other smartwatch options available running on Samsung's Tizen platform as well as interesting devices by Pebble and Omate. Assuming you're focused on Android Wear though, we'll continue.

With so many Android Wear choices on offer, how do you choose? / © Google

What to consider when buying a smartwatch

There are a few things to think about: size and weight, style, display type (some displays are easier to read outdoors than others), battery size and so on. Consider what you want from your watch and how you plan to use it. Some may like to use it for health and fitness, others may choose to wear it for work so they can keep in contact with the office. All of them offer a degree of water-resistance, are reasonably light and not overly expensive - you could even consider them cheap compared to conventional watches!

If you plan to never take your smartwatch off except to charge it, then a large battery is critical. If you're outdoors a lot then you might want to opt for a smartwatch with an LCD display. OLED displays are better for battery life but they are not always so visible in the sunshine.

Picking the right style and display type for your lifestyle are important. / © ANDROIDPIT

Internally, most Android Wear watches are about the same, so there's no real technical advantage of one over the other. Battery size and life, screen resolution and type are the main considerations. If you have a very slim wrist you might want to avoid the particularly large designs, so size is a consideration too. Arguably the biggest factor will be style – you want the watch you wear to look good, after all.

Do you own any Android wearables? Which would you say is the best Android smartwatch? Tell us what you think in the comments.

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LG, Tag Heuer, Huawei, Asus, Polar and more

Choosing the best Android Wear smartwatch is no easy task. There's an ever-expanding range of Android Wear wearables on sale, from a whole host of different brands.

Android Wear 2.0 is now running at full speed, with smartwatches from the likes of Tag Heuer, Montblanc, ZTE, Asus, Huawei and Fossil rocking the updated OS, and most older watches now running the new platform too. Plus, there are also new watches from fashion-focused brands such as Tommy Hilfiger, Louis Vuitton, Hugo Boss and Emporio Armani set to drop soon.

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

Best Wear watch 2017: LG Watch Sport

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 sets 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. The Huawei Watch 2 and the latest Tag smartwatch (below) also boast this level of connectivity, but the LG Watch Sport remains our top pick.

Have a look at our comprehensive LG Watch Sport review.

$349, lg.com | Amazon

Best Wear watch if money's no object: Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

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. Also coming in October, Tag's CEO confirmed a smaller 39mm Connected Modular so women/anyone with smaller wrists should look out for this.

And if that's not for you, there's also the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon, which doesn't include a lot of the bells and whistles. You won't find GPS or NFC payment support here, but you will find an expertly crafted luxury watch that perfectly matches your Louis Vuitton luggage. If you do want Android Pay, and something a bit less expensive than Louis Vuitton's, there's also the Movado Connect to

From $1,550, tagheuer.com | Amazon

Best Wear watch for running: Polar M600

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, despite competition from the likes of the New Balance RunIQ.

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 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.

Read our full Polar M600 review for more info.

$329.95, polar.com | Amazon

Best value Wear watch: ZTE Quartz

The ZTE Quartz, the Chinese company's first bash at Wear, is all about affordability. And although that means some compromises, it still offers the Android Wear 2.0 experience along with a data connection (3G not 4G), all for less than $200.

With a 46mm diameter and 14.5mm thickness it's a bit of a chunky-monkey, but the 1.4-inch AMOLED display, with a 400 x 400 resolution, certainly doesn't lack vibrancy.

ZTE has compromised to get the Quartz to its price point. It doesn't come with a heart rate monitor but GPS does make it in. There's no NFC though, so no Android Pay fun, unfortunately.

Get fully up to speed by taking a look at our ZTE Quartz review.

$192, zteusa.com | Amazon

Best Wear watch for women: Michael Kors Access

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, so it more than holds its own on the performance side.

There are two new Access models coming – the Sofie and the Grayson – later this year.

Have a read of our Michael Kors Access review.

From $350, michaelkors.com | Amazon

Top Android Wear watch for basics: Asus ZenWatch 3

The Asus ZenWatch 3 is a well-rounded smartwatch that's all about style, and it will be a much better device once it gets the Android Wear 2.0 update. Until then, you're still looking at a classy watch with some nice custom twists from Asus.

Battery life on the ZenWatch 3 also isn't bad by smartwatch standards. We managed to squeeze a little over two days on average, but that's with moderate, mostly passive use; mainly just checking notifications from time to time.

Check out our Asus ZenWatch 3 review for a deeper-dive into what might be the last ZenWatch we'll see.

$209, asus.com | Amazon

Top Wear watch for outdoor adventures: Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20

The iconic Japanese watchmaker has been quick to give us a successor to the WSD-F10 and this time around it has included GPS – the big omission from the original.

What hasn't changed though is that rugged outdoor look, nor its rugged, outdoor adventure credentials. It's water resistant to 50 metres, and it's been built to military standards (MIL-STD-810). The onboard GPS also unlocks more outdoor-focused features, including GPS-based watch faces (think altitude and compass widgets).

Casio has a bunch of its own apps designed for adventurers, as well as third-party apps such as ViewRanger, MyRadar and Yamap, and a monochrome mode is available for when you're running low on battery, giving you a month's life if you're just using it in normal watch mode.

Find out more by reading our in-depth Casio Pro Trek Smart review.

$500, shopcasio.com | Amazon

Most discreet Wear watch: Huawei Watch

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 18 months or so and, with its successor 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 kept 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 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 to see why you shouldn't write off this old timer just yet.

From $259, consumer.huawei.com | Amazon

Android Wear: New watches coming soon

As well as our picks above, it's worth noting that there a lot of new smartwatches coming later this year. We're talking official, announced, devices here – not rumour mill fodder.

There's the new Fossil line-up, which includes the Fossil Q Venture and Q Explorist, the Diesel On, the Michael Kors Access Sofie & Grayson, the re-imagined Misfit Vapor and the Emporio Armani Connected. There are also two more from the Movado Group - the Hugo Boss Touch and Tommy Hilfiger Th34/7You – and new devices from Guess (pictured above) and Gc.

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 still to come before making your choice and handing over your cash.

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Best Android Wear smartwatches 2017

After a shaky start, Google's Android Wear is now an increasingly mature platform thanks to the recent update to Android Wear 2.0.

New features for the smartwatch operating system include a much easier way to reply to messages, handwriting recognition, Google Assistant on your wrist and apps can now run without your phone in reach.

There's no better time than now to grab yourself an Android Wear wielding watch, so below we've put together the definitive list of the best available on the market right now.

The first wave of new Android Wear watches have hit the market and unsurprisingly, they have ended up at the top of our list. But with many more to come this year, keep a look out for this page to receive an even more frequent shake-up than usual.

1. LG Watch Style

The thinnest and best Android Wear smartwatch yet

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS8.2+ | Display: 1.2" 360 x 360 P-OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB charger | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Devilishly good-looking

Reasonably priced

Disappointing battery life

Lacks NFC and broader connectivity

The LG Watch Style (built in collaboration with Google) offers everything that's to love from the best Android Wear smartwatches, ditches the dreaded flat tire, then fills in the gap with cool, useful features and a whole lot of… style.

Roll that all up and you're left with an extremely alluring presentation that makes a mighty strong argument for Google's wearable platform. But there are some familiar wrinkles here.

Battery life is still a low point, and, as independent as Android Wear 2.0 claims to be, Google is still in the early days of filling the new Play Store with compatible apps that are enticing enough to bother with aside from its own. The Style's appeal lies more in what it will be soon, rather than what it is at launch.

That said, it’s easy to express why the Style is the only smartwatch we want to put on our wrists. For $249 (£249 / AU$325, but not confirmed for AU), it offers just as much utility as prior smartwatch attempts, but ups the ante with a slim, dashing design and several welcome features, like the voice-activated Google Assistant and a refreshed user interface that's full of clever tweaks.

Read the LG Watch Style review

2. LG Watch Sport

Google's Android smartphone for your wrist

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8.2+ | Display: 1.38" 480 x 480 P-OLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 48h | Charging method: Conductive USB-C charger | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G + 4G LTE

Breaks totally free from the smartphone

Best-in-class connectivity and performance

Battery falls short

Full functionality requires SIM card

The LG Watch Sport comes ready to play, offering more bells, whistles and watch faces than any other smartwatch or fitness tracker to date.

Headlined by Android Wear 2.0, this feature-packed watch debuts the long-overdue upgrade to Google’s nearly three-year old wearables software.

What you get is a cleaner, yet more robust interface, one that powers what’s likely be your first LTE-connected smartwatch – if you're in the US it can function just fine without a phone nearby, for a small fee.

It’s a brawny-looking watch, built for fitness tracking thanks to a heart rate monitor, GPS chip, barometer and waterproof casing. You can even track strength training. Google to Apple: “Do you even lift?” Apple’s answer is “No.”

If you're looking for an always-connected smartwatch made all the more intelligent by Google Assistant, this is your best option now by a long shot. Be warned if you're in the UK, it's still hard to find a place to buy an LG Watch Sport.

Read the LG Watch Sport review

3. Asus ZenWatch 3

A vast improvement over its predecessors

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS8.2+ | Display: 1.39" 400 x 400 AMOLED | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 48h | Charging method: Magnetic pogo pin | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Gorgeous display

Excellent build quality

Lacks heart rate monitor, GPS, NFC

Proprietary straps limit customization options

Asus isn't an obvious name to associate with Android Wear watches, though with the ZenWatch 3 it has more than earned in place. 

Available at $229 (around £190, AU$340), Asus' latest is one of your best bets, especially since it is Android Wer 2.0-compatible.

Let's run through the list of good qualities. It has a great display, useful hardware buttons and good battery life. It’s styling might not be for everyone but Asus did a commendable job designing a watch that looks more like a premium watch than a piece of lifeless technology.

Read the Asus ZenWatch 3 review

4. Huawei Watch 2

A well-equipped smartwatch with too many features

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8.2+ | Display: 1.2" 390 x 390 | Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100 | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 48h | Charging method: Conductive USB-C charger | IP rating: IP68 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 3G + 4G LTE

Built-in GPS and NFC

Optional 4G model

Screen too small

Performance can be sluggish

The Huawei Watch 2 is an attempt by the Chinese company to widen the use of Android Wear watches. Huawei has tried to include a variety of new features in its latest smartwatch and it's not entirely clear if it has succeeded with the Watch 2.

We like the built-in GPS and NFC on the watch as well as the option to have a 4G model, but the Watch 2 can be sluggish and the screen is a little too small for some. 

This may suit you though with an attractive design and a plethora of features, so it's placed in fourth position in our best Android Wear watches roundup.

Read the full Huawei Watch 2 review

5. Moto 360 (2015)

Compatibility: Android (Full), iPhone (Limited) | Display: 1.56" 360 x 330 IPS LCD | Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz | Band sizes: 20mm-22mm | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 48h | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Beautiful design

Improved performance

Battery life remains subpar

Flat tire bezel is back

The original Moto 360, released in 2014 quickly earned the praises of users, for packaging up Google's fledgling OS in some super attractive packaging. And the 2015 edition of the watch builds on this - providing arguably the best Android Wear experience to date.

The watch comes in two different sizes: 42mm and 46mm, and is runs slightly more slickly than its predecessor thanks to the improved processor. The round-screen makes it feel slightly more natural than bolting a square display on to your wrist. The only thing that really feels lacking is GPS support - meaning that it is unable to natively track your journeys.

And one other criticism that has been leveled at the 360 is the battery life - that tends to only go for 48 hours at best. But at least this still means your watch will still be keeping you informed long after your Apple Watch-wearing colleagues have run away to look for a plug socket.

Read the Moto 360 (2015) review

6. ZTE Quartz

Compatibility: Android and iPhone | Display: 1.4" 400 x 400 AMOLED | Processor: Quad-core 1.1 GHz | Band sizes: 20mm-22mm | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 48h | Charging method: Wireless | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Bluetooth

Excellent value

All day battery life

Only out in the US

Dim display

The ZTE Quartz is a US exclusive device, so you won't be able to buy this option if you live in the UK or anywhere else around the world. It's a shame as the ZTE Quartz is one of the more affordable Android Wear smartwatches on the market right now.

It comes packing Android Wear 2.0 and has all day battery life alongside an attractive design. We criticized it for having a dim display and lacking NFC, but if neither of those things matter to you it may be a good option as your next Android Wear watch.

The Chinese company's first attempt at an Android Wear watch is certainly flawed, but we like the Quartz a lot and hopefully ZTE work on releasing a Quartz 2 very soon.

Read our ZTE Quartz review

7. Huawei Watch

One of the best all-around watches

Compatibility: Android (Full), iPhone (Limited) | Display: 1.4" 400 x 400 AMOLED | Processor: Quad-core 1.2 GHz | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Premium build and materials

Android Wear 2.0 compatible

Rather expensive

So-so battery life

With the Huawei Watch, the Chinese behemoth is very definitely aiming at the top end of the market, as it is priced around £299 (US$349.99, around AU$549). But it does actually go some distance towards earning that price.

The main strength is the screen - which is a 1.4" AMOLED display, running at 400x400 - one of the highest resolution watches available, ensuring PPI on par with the Apple Watch. Helpfully too, the screen is always on - it will dim after a few seconds of inactivity, but the time will still remain visible.

Spec-wise, the watch is slightly less remarkable - with 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 300mAh battery it is rougly on a par with its top-end rivals.

Sadly, despite the premium price the watch doesn't include GPS, but it does include a heart rate sensor. So if you want a polished, top of the line Android Wear watch - this is probably the one to go for.

Read the Huawei Watch review

8. Fossil Q Founder

A slick debut from Fossil

Compatibility: Android (Full), iPhone (Limited) | Display: 1.63" 360 x 360 LTPS LCD | Processor: Intel Atom | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Handsome design

Additional RAM

Quite large and heavy

Flat tire display

Fossil is another traditional watchmaker that has trying to solve the problem of becoming a tech company, before tech companies can fully become watchmakers. So it has come up with the Fossil Q Founder Android Wear watch.

Vaguely reminiscent of other high-end round watches like the Moto 360 and Huawei Watch, the Q features a combination brushed and polished metal face - and a plastic back, so that can it can charge wirelessly.

While the screen is lower resolution that some competitors, it is barely noticeable. Perhaps the only annoyance on-screen is the so-called "flat tire" at the bottom, which means the screen isn't a perfect circle. This is to leave room for the ambient light sensor. Unlike most other rivals too, it has 1GB of RAM instead of 512MB, which should boost performance.

So it certainly has the looks - and the innards look promising too. But at the end of the day, this watch isn't anything too special.

Read the Fossil Q Founder review

9. Tag Heuer Connected

Compatibility: Android (Full), iPhone (Limited) | Display: 1.63" 360 x 360 LTPS LCD | Processor: Dual-core 1.6 GHz | Onboard storage: 4GB | Battery duration: Up to 24h | Charging method: Conductive USB | IP rating: IP67 | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Top-end internal specs

Well-designed watch faces

Expensive

Doesn't quite justify price

Now that smartwatches are a fact of everyday life, luxury watchmakers are worried that they're on a path to destruction. You only have to look at how the iPhone killed any interest in diamond-covered "luxury" phones - even amongst the filthy rich. So perhaps wisely, Tag Heuer has come out with its own take on the smartwatch - by taking Android Wear and giving up touch of Tag's class.

Priced from £1,100 (US$1,500, around AU$2,100 - about 5 times as expensive as a normal Android Wear watch), the Tag Heuer Connected won't be cheap, but will make you look pretty slick at the golf club. The body is made from grade II titanium - the same material with which the company makes it's traditional watches. It is also fairly chunky at 12.8mm thick (so at least it looks expensive).

The trade-off though appears to be on the inside, where spec-wise the price doesn't match the performance. Faster, higher resolution devices are available at lower prices. But of course, if you do go for a Moto 360 instead, it won't have the classic Tag Heuer watchface.

Read the Tag Heuer Connected review

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Best Android Wear Smartwatch | Android Central

Best overall

LG Watch Sport

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LG's Watch Sport has everything: a big, beautiful P-OLED display, a high-speed processor, NFC for Android Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It's also the first smartwatch to ship with Android Wear 2.0 (though certainly not the last) which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features, including a refreshed interface and improved notifications.

It may be big, but the stainless steel chassis wears it well, and it hides a very accurate heart rate sensor on the back. At $349, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Bottom line: The LG Watch Sport is a big watch, but it's also big on features.

One more thing: If the Sport is too big, and too pricey, LG has another option, the sleeker LG Watch Style, for $249.

Why the LG Watch Sport is the best

The LG Watch Sport is a beast. It's big, heavy and expensive. And yet it's the best Android Wear watch out there right now, mainly because it packs so many features into one device. Want to pay with your watch? Go ahead. Want to use it independently to track a run using GPS? Sure, it can do that, too.

Android Central's Andrew Martonik summed it up nicely in his review:

Many technology enthusiasts will still be wooed into considering the LG Watch Sport, even at $349. The allure of a fresh smartwatch that fixes many pain points of previous Android Wear watches will be strong. It has a great display without a dreaded flat tire, a nice case that is, unfortunately, a bit too thick but has great build quality, and every feature you could want crammed inside.

The LG Watch Sport is for the wearable fan who wants to experience Android Wear 2.0 to the fullest right from the start, and see the latest Google has to offer on some great hardware from LG.

LG has a hit on its hands, despite the watch's size, and there is something encouraging about how much more capable it is than previous generations of watches.

Best for watch lovers

LG Watch Style

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As much as we love our former pick in this category, the Huawei Watch, LG's newest slim smartwatch, the Watch Style, gets our pick for a timepiece that best imitates a real watch. While it lacks the features of its more expensive and much larger kin, the Watch Sport, it makes up for it in sheer usability. The 1.2-inch POLED display is delightful, and Android Wear works really well on the spinning crown, which enables smooth scrolling without having to touch the display.

Bottom line: The Watch Style may be the best all-round Android Wear watch for the mainstream.

One more thing: It comes in three colors, including the always coveted rose gold.

Best mid-sized alternative

Huawei Watch 2 Classic

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It may not look much like the original Huawei Watch, but the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is the nicer, metal version of the company's new Android Wear series, and we like it a lot. A gorgeous, sharp 1.2-inch OLED panel and a comfortable leather wrist band make for plenty of enjoyment, plus the heart rate monitor and GPS let the Watch 2 Classic live on its own, sans phone, when you want to go on a run. We just wish that chronometer bezel could spin.

Bottom line: If you're looking for something like the LG Watch Sport in a much smaller package, this is the one for you.

One more thing: Wait until it's on sale on Amazon, where it gets discounted regularly.

Best value

ASUS ZenWatch 3

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Android Wear is, first a foremost, a way to interact with your phone remotely. ASUS has positioned the ZenWatch 3 as a way to enjoy the best Android Wear features without emptying your wallet. The round display, metal and leather help it stand out a bit, but it's at a very price-conscious $199.

Bottom line: If you really want Android Wear but don't need the super-high-end feel of a more expensive watch, the ZenWatch 3 does the trick.

One more thing: ZenWatch 3 is available in two distinctly different color options — a bright silver with a grey band, or stealthier black with a dark brown band.

Conclusion

The LG Watch Sport is not just a good watch, it's the best Android Wear watch you can currently buy. While that may change in the coming months with new wearables from big names like Huawei, Sony and others, no other Android Wear device right now does as much, and so well, as the LG Watch Sport.

Best overall

LG Watch Sport

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LG's Watch Sport has everything: a big, beautiful P-OLED display, a high-speed processor, NFC for Android Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It's also the first smartwatch to ship with Android Wear 2.0 (though certainly not the last) which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features, including a refreshed interface and improved notifications.

It may be big, but the stainless steel chassis wears it well, and it hides a very accurate heart rate sensor on the back. At $349, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Bottom line: The LG Watch Sport is a big watch, but it's also big on features.

One more thing: If the Sport is too big, and too pricey, LG has another option, the sleeker LG Watch Style, for $249.

Update, October 2017: The LG Watch Sport is the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now, while the Huawei Watch 2 Classic replaces the OG Huawatch.

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