Since its introduction in 2014, Android Wear has witnessed so much evolution. During the early days, there were only a few options mainly delivered by the LG and Motorola manufacturers. Nowadays, a lot of copanies are investing their efforts into Android Wear, which is also seemingly being embraced by traditional watchmakers.
As the number of Google-powered smartwatches continue to see a rapid increase, its difficult to say which Android smartwatch stands out as the best. This is especially due to the fact that many of the watches are significantly similar in both software and hardware, which leaves the design language as a determining factor. To make it easier for you to make the right choice of smartwatch for you, here are some of the best of Android powered smartwatches you can gift yourself today.
Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation)
While the original Moto 360 may have for some time held strong as one of the top Android Wear watches around, its successor proved to be a great improvement.
Featuring a larger battery capacity compared to its predecessor, Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation) comes with a processing power of Snapdragon 420 and is available in two different sizes to suit varying wrist sizes. Customizationof the watch is made possible, thanks to the Moto Maker. Some of the new Moto 360’s overall outstanding features is a revamped processing package, a design with customization capabilities, and the added lugs which allow users to swap out the watch bands.
The starting price of the Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) is $299.99, which may dramatically increases with customizations.
Moto 360 Sport
The Moto 360 Sport is a more rugged version of the second-generation Moto 360. It basically features similar internal specs with added GPS tracking functionalities. Though the enabling of GPS has negative effects on the smartwatch’s battery life, Moto 360 Sport makes up for this with its other awesome features. It delivers a stunning AnyLight Hybrid display, which aside from making outdoor viewing much easier, also features an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.
Overall, this is the best choice Android smartwatch for keeping track of your exercises. Currently it only offers support for run tracking, though Motorola promises to include more exercises onto the watch in the coming future. You will part with $299.99 for a purchase of the Moto 360 Sport from Motorola’s website, but for a cheaper option try out Amazon.
The Huawei Watch design looks more of like a ‘typical watch’ compared to many of its competitors. What is certain however, is that Huawei Watch is one of the better looking Android Wear watches on the market right now. Among the advantages that the smartwatch brings to the table include watch straps that can be easily replaced, plus a longer lasting battery.
If you are not a fan of the flat-tire design usually found on Motorola’s circular watches, then the Huawei Watch will definitely be your cup of tea. Its other specs are pretty standard, as many of the latest Android watches bundle almost similar internals. With that in mind, Huawei Watch’s AMOLED display has one of the best displays on an Android Wear available on the market.
In terms of its pricing, Huawei Watch starts at $350.
LG Watch Urbane
With almost a year in existence, the LG Watch Urbane remains one of the best smartwatches out there. It is complemented with an P-OLED display at 1.3 inches with a premium build quality, which is quite excellent for an Android Wear in the first generation. It has roughly the same specs found on the other newer watches available on the market, offering a high resolution display, powerful processing package, adequate internal storage as well as an IP67 rating for water and dust resistance.
The Watch Urbane can be found on platforms such as eBay or Amazon for just under $250, which if you ask me, its a pretty great price for one of the best Android Wear watches.
ASUS ZenWatch 2
For a while the ASUS ZenWatch was among the top Android Wear devices on the market, and now ASUS ZenWatch 2, the company has taken a slightly different approach. ASUS is embracing an entry-level price market with its ZenWatch 2, while offering pretty decent specs that don’t disappoint.
In contrast to many of the current Android Wear devices, the ZenWatch 2 sports a square display, which may no doubt at first turn away some people, but with a second look at what it has to offer you’ll discover its quite impressive. To save on battery life, ZenWatch 2 boasts an AMOLED display, a processing power of Snapdragon 400, more than adequate internal storage for apps and music, along with a 400 mAh battery. It also comes in two model sizes, one with 1.63 inches and the other with 1.45 inches for smaller wrists. It is worth mentioning that the smaller version also offers a smaller battery.
The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is available at a starting price of only $129.99 from Amazon.
Tell us what you think about the Android Wear watches on the list. Which other awesome smartwatch missed the list? Lest us know in the comments.
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