Finding the right smartwatch can be very difficult on Android, especially with so many options out there. If you’ve been trying to find the right smartwatch for your wrist, these are the best Android smartwatches you can buy today.
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BEST ANDROID SMARTWATCHES – MARCH 2019
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The latest chipset in an affordable, complete package
For a long time now, pretty much every Wear OS release has stumbled somewhere, and lately, that’s been with a lack of the latest chipset. With the new Fossil Sport, though, it seems there’s finally a Wear OS watch that can be recommended without any obvious caveats.
The Fossil Sport comes in two sizes, 41mm and 43mm with 18mm and 20mm bands, respectively. You’ll find a Snapdragon Wear 3100 at the heart of this watch which promises better performance and much better endurance from the embedded battery. Under normal use, Fossil claims “24 hours” out of the Sport with battery saver modes letting you get every bit of power out of a charge with up to 2 days use with basic functionality.
Alongside that new chipset, the Fossil Sport offers an OLED display, 5ATM water resistance, a lightweight design, NFC, GPS, and a heart rate monitor. Wear OS is on board, of course, pre-loaded with Spotify out of the box. There’s no speaker, though.
Why it’s the best Android smartwatch you can buy today:
Put simply, the Fossil Sport is the best of the best when it comes to Android smartwatches because of its overall package. You might not get every feature you want or the battery life you’re looking for, but the Sport is good at pretty much everything.
It syncs well with basically any Android phone with only one app, has access to a huge ecosystem of apps and watchfaces, and is affordable to boot. It’s the best Android smartwatch for most people, hands down.
Where to buy the Fossil Sport:
If you’re interested in buying the Fossil Sport, pricing lands at $255 for all variants. That includes both sizes, as well as all color variants. However, there are only two places to buy it at the moment – directly from Fossil’s store and Watch Station.
Samsung Galaxy Watch
The best you can get, just lacking Google’s services
While it’s not running Android per se, the Samsung Galaxy Watch is probably the best smartwatch you can buy for an Android device. Samsung has been building Tizen-based smartwatches for a few years now, and with the Galaxy Watch, the company has pretty much perfected its craft.
The Galaxy Watch comes in two sizes, 42mm and 46mm. On both of these you get an OLED display which is bright and beautiful, a Samsung-made processor, Tizen, optional LTE, and more.
These watches also feature 5ATM water resistance, NFC for Samsung Pay, GPS, and Corning DX+ Glass for better durability. There’s also a rotating bezel for navigation which, personally, is my favorite way to interface with a smartwatch.
Tizen is also full of health applications for tracking workouts, swims, and more. Notifications are also excellent and Samsung has partnerships with some big app developers including Spotify. There’s also a speaker and this is one of the few smartwatches which can play audio.
Why it’s the best smartwatch for most Android users:
Why is the Galaxy Watch one of our top recommendations? It doesn’t come down to software, as Tizen lacks support for all Google services and its paring process is a nightmare. What it does come down to is the overall experience. The Galaxy Watch’s user interface is clean, easy to navigate, and handles notifications well.
Better yet, you won’t have to charge it on a daily basis seeing as you can get between 4 and 6 days of use from a single charge depending on usage and model. An important note is that it does work better with Samsung devices, but it’ll work on most Android phones without a hitch.
Where to buy the Samsung Galaxy Watch:
Being one of the more advanced smartwatch options out there for Android users, the Galaxy Watch isn’t particularly cheap. Pricing for the base 42mm model lands at $329, going up to $349 for the 46mm model. You’ll add another $50 if you want LTE as well.
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm (Bluetooth): Amazon – Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm (Bluetooth): Amazon – Best Buy
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 42mm (LTE): Best Buy – T-Mobile
- Samsung Galaxy Watch 46mm (LTE): Best Buy – T-Mobile
Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro
Best Wear OS battery life, but on an older chip
The biggest downside to most Wear OS smartwatches is the battery life. It’s simply disappointing most of the time. However, Mobvoi figured out the key with its Ticwatch Pro, and it’s got the best battery life you’ll find on a Wear OS smartwatch.
Under the hood, the Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro is a pretty typical device. It uses Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, Wear OS, and has a standard 46mm case size. That case is primarily made from plastic with bits of metal up top and a leather/silicone band.
What sets it apart, though, is the dual-display technology. With that, you’ll get a standard OLED display for typical Wear OS tasks, notifications, and watchfaces. When you have the watch idling, though, a low-power display kicks in to show the time/date and your steps. This saves tremendous amounts of power, giving the Ticwatch Pro 2-day battery life with ease.
Why it’s one of the best Android smartwatches:
Put simply, you should buy the Mobvoi Ticwatch Pro for its battery life. The design is nice, the performance is solid, and it all comes in an affordable package, but it really just comes down to the battery life. Thanks to Mobvoi’s clever display tech, you can easily pull two days of normal usage on a charge from this watch, and with “Essential Mode,” even more. If you need Google apps on your wrist and can’t have it last less than two days, the Ticwatch Pro is really your only option – for now.
Where to buy the Ticwatch Pro:
If you’re interested in buying the Ticwatch Pro, your best bet is through Amazon. You can get the black or black/silver variants there, but Mobvoi’s own online store also stocks the watch. At $249, it’s still a great buy.
OTHER EXCELLENT ANDROID SMARTWATCHES
While all of the Samsung attention for early 2019 is on the Galaxy S10 family and the crazy (and expensive) Galaxy Fold, one of the subtle but exciting additions to the company’s lineup is the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active. The new wearable takes a lot of the best bits from Samsung’s older wearables, adds some features, and also makes two massive changes.
To address the elephant in the room, yes, the Galaxy Watch Active is the first Samsung smartwatch in years to ditch the rotating bezel for an experience that relies solely on touch. The watch has a 1.1-inch display in a 40mm casing. It works only on Bluetooth and comes in four different colors as well. There’s also a 20mm band which you can swap out, workout and sleep tracking, and even blood pressure monitoring. NFC is also built-in for Samsung Pay.
We’ll mourn the loss of the rotating bezel that has been so welcome on other Samsung smartwatches, but the $199 price tag is a great distraction. For the price, this watch looks like it’ll be a hard one to beat when it hits the market on March 8th.
After debuting overseas, Huawei has brought its latest wearable to the United States in recent weeks. The Huawei Watch GT is a smartwatch/fitness tracker combo that runs $199 and promises two weeks of battery life.
You’ll find better app ecosystems and alternate designs from Samsung and on Wear OS, but if you’re looking for killer battery life, Huawei’s new watch is compelling. You’ll get notifications, limited apps, and a full-color display in a package that doubles for sporty and classy occasions. Swappable bands and a heart rate sensor round out the package. The base model costs $199, but you’ll spend a bit more for the leather band upgrade.
Mobvoi Ticwatch E2 and Ticwatch S2
CES 2019 was the home of tons of new technology and this year, it also delivered some new Wear OS smartwatches. Succeeding the Ticwatch E and S that debuted back in the Android Wear days, the new Ticwatch S2 and Ticwatch E2 take on new chipsets, new designs, and more.
Like their predecessors, the Ticwatch S2 and Ticwatch E2 are both pretty bare bones smartwatches. Both are made entirely from plastic and are chunky. They also both pack 5ATM water resistance, the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, a 1.39-inch OLED display, 22mm band connection, and 400mAh batteries. There’s also a heart rate sensor on both, but no NFC for mobile payments.
On paper, it’s a solid package and in practice, it’s still pretty great. Of course, that’s influenced heavily by the price point which is by far the least expensive on this list. Starting at $159 for the Ticwatch E2 and $179 for the MIL-STD810G-rated Ticwatch S2, there’s great value to be had here.
New for February – Kate Spade Scallop 2
There aren’t many Wear OS watches designed for women, but Kate Spade’s Scallop impressed when it debuted last year. Now, a successor is available in the Kate Spade Scallop 2, a refreshed version of the original with some highly requested additions.
Like many other of Fossil Group’s mid-cycle refreshes, the Kate Spade Scallop 2 improves on the original by adding on 3ATM water resistance, a rotating power button for better navigation, as well as a heart-rate sensor and built-in GPS. For $295 it might not be the best deal in Wear OS, but if you or your significant other happen to be into the Kate Spade brand, the Scallop 2 is a no-brainer. It’s available now for $295 in multiple colors.
- Kate Spade Scallop 2 w/ black silicone strap
- Kate Spade Scallop 2 w/ blush leather strap
- Kate Spade Scallop 2 w/ rose gold-tone steel strap
Skagen Falster 2
Part of the reason that Wear OS hardware is stellar is that several major watch brands have partnered with Google’s platform. This includes the Danish brand Skagen (a part of the Fossil Group). While its first watch, the Skagen Falster, fell flat in a couple of areas, the Skagen Falster 2 is a pretty solid all-around smartwatch.
The biggest reasons to get a Skagen Falster 2 include the design and the size of this watch. Where most Wear OS watches on this list are big and bulky, the Falster 2 is small and elegantly designed. It has Fossil’s 4th gen design which includes a plastic undercarriage and magnetic charging pins, but the watch’s chassis is made from stainless steel at 40mm in diameter and 11mm thick. It’d probably still be a bit big for some users, but even my girlfriend’s wrist can handle this watch no problem.
Skagen Falster 2 also has an OLED display, 3ATM water/dust resistance, NFC, GPS, a rotating button, heart rate sensor, 20mm bands, and comes in several variants. Colors include black, silver, and rose gold, and you can select from leather, silicone, or metal mesh bands. Battery life is typically a day. Pricing starts at $275 and goes up depending on model.
Mobvoi Ticwatch C2
Mobvoi has some of the best options for Wear OS users, and the Ticwatch C2 might just be its most refined.
With a classic design that inspires its name, this 42mm watch offers up a look that other Ticwatches just can’t match. It’s made from mostly stainless steel and has two buttons along the side, one of which is fully customizable. You’ll find a magnetic charging dock with pins to juice up the 400mAh battery, and each charge is rated for 1-2 days. In my own usage, I found that, outside of the Ticwatch Pro, this device has the best battery life of any Wear OS watch available today at just shy of a full two days.
Rounding out the package on the Ticwatch C2 there’s a Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset, 3ATM water/dust resistance, NFC, GPS, a heart rate sensor, 20mm bands, and three colors. The black and silver versions of the watch are identical, but the rose gold variant is slightly smaller and has 18mm bands. At just $199, it’s one of the best values available today.
Fossil Q 4th Gen
Fossil is probably the biggest name in Wear OS, and its fourth generation of products is pretty excellent. The designs of the Q Explorist and Q Venture look great and come with solid bands. They also feature OLED displays, magnetic charging, heart rate sensors, GPS, NFC, rotating buttons for navigation, “swimproof” 3ATM water/dust resistance, and more.
Unfortunately, the majority of these products are also powered by the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset. That doesn’t necessarily mean you should totally avoid them, but it’s a worth a moment of caution. You’ll get about a day of battery life from these watches.
Personally, I particularly enjoyed using the Fossil Q Explorist HR. It’s got a 45mm stainless steel case, 1.4-inch OLED display, rotating button, and a design that fits my style quite well.
It’s a bigger watch, small wrists need not apply, but for $255 I think it’s a solid option despite the older chip inside. For those with a smaller wrist, the Q Venture HR is probably a better bet, though.
Misfit Vapor 2
While its original touchscreen smartwatch wasn’t going to use Wear OS originally, the Misfit Vapor 2 is easily one of the best Android smartwatches out there today. It combines a focus on fitness with solid hardware, multiple size options, and a clean and versatile design.
The Misfit Vapor 2 is a fitness-first Wear OS watch. To that end, it has 5ATM water and dust resistance making it safe in the pool, built-in GPS for tracking runs, and a heart rate monitor as well. Aside from that, there’s also NFC, a magnetic charger, a day of battery life, and Wear OS. You’ll also get a rotating power button for improved navigation.
Misfit is also offering two sizes this time around. The Vapor 2 comes in 41mm and 46mm sizes with the smaller offering a 1.19-inch OLED display and the larger a 1.39-inch OLED display. Black, silver, and rose gold colorways are also available with a plethora of bands to choose from. Under the hood there’s the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chipset and pricing starts at $249.
Samsung Gear Sport
It may be nearly a year old, but Samsung’s Gear Sport is still one of the best smartwatches you can buy for an Android device. Like its bigger brother the Galaxy Watch, the Gear Sport runs on top of Samsung’s in-house Tizen operating system with all of the features that come with that.
The Samsung Gear Sport has a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, rotating bezel, buttons along the side, NFC for Samsung Pay, built-in GPS, and 5ATM water/dust resistance. Samsung promises all-day battery life from the 43mm watch with wireless charging onboard as well.
The Gear Sport also comes in black and blue colors with matching silicone bands. Retail pricing is a hefty $279, but more often than not you’ll find pricing as low as $200.
Fitbit may not be the first name that comes to mind for a proper smartwatch, but over the past year the wearable company has really stepped up its game. Most recently, that’s resulted in the Fitbit Versa. This compact smartwatch works with Android or iOS and brings a lot to the table for its $199 price tag.
The device has a 1.34-inch rectangular display with a lightweight frame made from metal. Instead of using Google’s Wear OS, though, the Versa runs on top of Fitbit’s latest wearable OS which carries improvements since the launch of the Ionic, including better notification handling, new apps, and improved workout tracking.
The Versa might not be the most feature-packed smartwatch out there, but it’s going to be one of the better options for many, especially when workouts are a point of consideration. Pricing starts at $199 for the base model, a $229 option is also available with NFC for mobile payments.
Mobvoi Ticwatch E
The majority of the Wear OS ecosystem right now is made up of watches that cost $250 and up. That’s where Mobvoi steps in with its Ticwatch E. While the successor is a better wearable in several ways, the original still has a place in the market if you ask me.
The Ticwatch E is built entirely from plastic, but it’s certainly not a bad-looking wearable in any of its 3 colors — black, white, or yellow. On your wrist, the E has a 44mm diameter, but it still looks pretty good on smaller wrists. As for specs, you’ve got a 1.4-inch 400×400 OLED display, MTK MT2601 dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, and IP67 water/dust resistance. That runs Wear OS and with a 300 mAh battery, you’re getting a day of battery life no problem.
That all arrives for a retail price of $159. For that money, I’d recommend you get the newer model, but more often than not, this older hardware is on sale for $129. Not only does that lower the barrier of entry, but it provides a watch that arguably has a better, at the very least more unique look as well as being less bulky. Plus, it’s worth noting that, at the moment, this is the only Wear OS watch with a button on the left side of the body.
Huawei Watch 2
Huawei built the most beloved Wear watches back in the day with the original Huawei Watch. While its successor doesn’t quite live up to that, it’s still a solid Wear OS watch nonetheless.
The Huawei Watch 2 and the Huawei Watch 2 Classic both offer familiar specs with a 1.2-inch AMOLED display, Snapdragon 2100 processor and a 420mAh battery. There’s also 768MB of RAM and 4GB of storage in each device.
Both smartwatches feature 45mm casings with compatibility with 20mm bands on the standard model and 22mm on the Classic. Both also feature two buttons for navigation and accessing app functions such as Android Pay, as Huawei has included NFC.
Pricing for the Huawei Watch 2 varies by retailer and when you buy, but generally floats between $225 and $259. The Huawei Watch 2 Classic, on the other hand, costs around $299 with a classier design and leather band.
Montblanc Summit 2
You might have noticed that, despite the Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset having been announced, most of the watches on this list still run a 2100. The first Wear OS watch running the Snapdragon Wear 3100 was actually the Montblanc Summit 2. Overall it’s one of the best, most premium watches you can buy today, but it comes at a hefty cost.
Montblanc is a premium watch brand, and its Wear OS watches cost a pretty penny just like its analog options. The Summit 2 costs a whopping $995 and for that you get a 42mm case, 1.2-inch AMOLED display covered in sapphire crystal, 22mm interchangeable bands, and a rotating crown button along the side.
The Snapdragon Wear 3100 isn’t the only hefty spec on this watch either, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage onboard which is twice that of most others.
There’s also NFC for Google Pay, GPS, a heart rate monitor, magnetic charging, and special modes that can squeeze 4-5 days out of a charge. On normal use, though, you’re still looking at one-day battery life.