When it comes to smartwatches, the market has gotten real crowded, real fast. That isn’t to say that all of them are good however, an even as more affordable options appear from all over the place, the best smartwatches available for your Android phone have mostly stayed the same, save for some important additions this Fall. As the Holiday Season starts to get underway, people will be looking for gifts for their family and friends, as well as themselves, and these are some of the best smartwatches available for today, and beyond.
10. LG G Watch
The first Android Wear device to be announced, the LG G Watch is looking pretty standard and “blah” these days. Having said that, for those that like a digital look and feel, it’s difficult to get more difficult than a black slab on your wrist. With great battery life and the same specs as even the Huawei Watch under the hood, the G Watch represents a cheap way of trying out the same platform and software as something almost three times as much. Besides, nothing says “the future” more than obscure black pieces of gadgetry.
09. Pebble Steel
The Pebble Steel has been on sale for some time now, and while the black and white display isn’t for everyone, the Pebble Steel is a great “watch first” device. It ships with both a steel and leather strap for your preference, and it was recently announced that it’ll be upgraded to the same Timeline UI that features in the Pebble Time line of devices. Great value, and a great gift on the cheap, the Pebble Steel is still very much worth considering.
08. Pebble Time Round
If the Pebble’s idea of simplicity and ease of use is appealing to you, but really want something round on your wrist, then the Pebble Time Round is for you. A little more expensive than the new Pebble Time, this Round version is obviously named after its display and form factor. The battery life isn’t quite as good, but it’s super-light and makes for an excellent watch, and it handles notifications really well, too.
07. ASUS ZenWatch 2
The ZenWatch 2 is a follow-up to last year’s watch of the same name, and while ASUS is not a name we recognize with smartwatches, this is a great offering. The ZenWatch 2 has some of the best battery life where smartwatches are concerned, and it’s good value for money as well. A nice blend of old and new, the ZenWatch 2 is a great way of showing users that people don’t need a round watch to have something that looks nice on their wrist.
06. Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the smartwatch for those looking for something sporty. With built-in GPS and support for Sony’s lifelong application that tracks everything, this does it all. If the silicon bands aren’t to your liking, there’s also a stainless steel version which is a real smart watch. With simple charging from microUSB, Sony’s offering might not have many bells and whistles, but it gets the job done and is definitely a modern-looking piece of hardware.
05. LG G Watch R
The LG G Watch R is a modern, classy affair that might not suit everyone, but has a lot going for it. Despite looking fairly large, it’s nice and light and that fully-circular OLED display is really crisp and bright, great for use in sunlight. A nice alternative to the other, more traditional-looking smartwatch, the G Watch R has the same specs as others, and is still something to consider.
04. LG Watch Urbane
The Watch Urbane has been around for a while now, and it’s a large, attractive watch for those looking for something a little more traditional. Essentially the same watch as the G Watch R, but for a different audience, the Watch Urbane is a classy looking piece of hardware. While it might not be for everyone, it’s certainly got some appeal, even if it is a little on the large side.
03. Moto 360 2nd Generation
The original Moto 360 was already a nice smartwatch, how do you perfect something like this? By making it better, in almost every way. There are now two sizes available, and more options in Moto Maker to build your own perfect smartwatch. It does now, at long last, feature a modern processor for much better battery life than the original, but it still features the same almost-round display of the original. Maybe Motorola is keeping this a design trait, but considering others have managed it for a long time now, we have to wonder why Motorola went this route once again.
02. Samsung Gear S2
Samsung have been a player in the smartwatch game for years now, and the Gear S2 represents their best effort yet. With a classy, yet very modern look and feel the Gear S2 should appeal to pretty much anyone. They’ve also finally cracked UI design on a smartwatch, and this is an absolute joy to use. Our review can be read here, and while the usual Samsung hurdles still remain, the Gear S2 is well worth looking into.
01. Huawei Watch
No doubt about it, the Huawei Watch came out of absolutely nowhere earlier this year, and now that it’s available for all, it represents the best of both old and new. Some of the included watch faces might be trying a little too hard, but as this runs the same software as everything else running Android Wear, you can do what you with it. Hardware here is excellent, it’s a watch in every sense of the word, and many wouldn’t even know you’re wearing a smartwatch at all, which is no mean feat.