Best smartwatches (October 2017)

Smartwatches are still a very new thing to a lot of people, and for good reason. You don’t absolutely need one to get through the day, and some of the best smartwatches are much too expensive for many folks out there. With that said, they are good for a lot of things. They can provide you with an easy way to get information, allow you to dismiss or reply to new messages without having to pull out your phone, and much more.

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Now, we’ve already rounded up some of the best Android Wear watches and fitness trackers you can buy, but what about the other wearables that are worth considering? With so many smartwatches on the market, we understand choosing the right one can be a bit daunting. We’re here to help!

Here are the best smartwatches you can buy right now.

Editor’s note: We’ll be updating this list regularly as new devices launch.

LG Watch Sport

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Alongside the launch of Android Wear 2.0, Google and LG took the wraps off two new smartwatches to showcase the big update. The higher-end of the two is the LG Watch Sport, and it’s the best smartwatch you can buy right now.

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The Watch Sport has basically every feature you’d want in a smartwatch – a big AMOLED display, built-in GPS, an optical heart rate monitor, LTE connectivity, an IP68 water resistance rating, as well as support for Android Pay. The main button on the right side of the device also acts as a way to scroll through menus in Android Wear, which allows for a much faster and more robust navigation experience.

It’s a bit pricey at $349, but it’s still one of the best smartwatches you can buy. If you’re interested in learning more, be sure to check out our LG Watch Sport review attached below.

Specs

  • 1.38-inch POLED with 480 x 480 resolution, 348 ppi
  • Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage
  • 420 mAh battery
  • 45.4 x 51.21 x 14.2 mm, 89.4 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

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LG Watch Style

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As previously mentioned, the LG Watch Style was also unveiled alongside Android Wear 2.0. It’s not as feature packed as the Watch Sport, but it’s still a great option if you’re looking for a cheaper, less bulky smartwatch running Android Wear 2.0.

Unlike the Sport model, the Watch Style does not feature NFC for mobile payments, nor does it come with a built-in GPS, LTE connectivity or a heart rate sensor. While those omissions might seem like a big deal for some people, it’s worth noting that not everyone wants a big, bulky watch with a ton of features. The LG Watch Style is just that – a stylish, well-performing showcase for Android Wear 2.0 that doesn’t try to do too much.

It’s one of the best smartwatches, and one you should definitely consider if the current crop of Android Wear devices are just too big for your wrists.

Specs

  • 1.2-inch POLED with 360 x 360 resolution, 299 ppi
  • Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 512 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage
  • 240 mAh battery
  • 42.3 x 45.7 x 10.79 mm, 46 g
  • IP67 dust and water resistance

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Samsung Gear S3

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Samsung’s Gear S2 smartwatch from 2015 was a very impressive offering, and now the company is back with yet another pair of Tizen-powered smartwatches, the Gear S3 Classic and Gear S3 Frontier. Featuring the same great rotating bezel, an all-new design and many more enhancements, these new wearables are definitely a step in the right direction.

Whether you’re looking for a more classy or sporty look, the Gear S3 line probably has something for you and is one of the best smartwatches you can buy. The Classic model is geared towards folks who want to wear their watch to work or out on the town. It should be noted that the Classic version does not come with LTE connectivity, though, so you’ll need to be paired with a smartphone if you want to receive notifications on your wrist.

If you’re looking for something a bit more rugged that features LTE connectivity, the Frontier version is the watch for you. Both models also come with an IP68 rating for dust and water resistance, as well as big 380 mAh batteries and 1.3-inch Super AMOLED displays.

Specs

Samsung Gear S3 Classic

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278 ppi
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage
  • 380 mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm, 59 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier (LTE)

  • 1.3-inch Super AMOLED display with 360 x 360 resolution, 278 ppi
  • 1.0 GHz dual-core Samsung Exynos 7270
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage
  • 380 mAh battery
  • Tizen
  • 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm, 63 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance rating

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Huawei Watch 2

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Overall, the Huawei Watch 2 is another good showcase of the capabilities of Android Wear 2.0, though there are some things you should know before buying one.

Android Wear 2.0 comes with a focus on fitness features, but unfortunately Huawei managed to simultaneously move too far in this direction and also fall short of it. It doesn’t come with a rotating side button for navigation, which is a shame as we really love the button on the LG Watch Sport. It does, however, come with great battery life and a stellar feature set otherwise.

The other thing you should know is that it’s not nearly as classy as the original Huawei Watch. Sure, there’s a Huawei Watch 2 Classic model that doesn’t look as outdoorsy, but it’s hard to compare to the elegant Watch.

At $349, the Huawei Watch 2 is an interesting device and a worthy member of our best smartwatches list. In a world where the LG Watch Sport exists, it’s a bit harder to recommend this new Huawei device. However, if you love the look and aren’t turned away from the lack of rotating side button, this may be a good option for you.

Specs

  • 1.2-inch AMOLED display with 390 x 390 resolution, 326 ppi
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor
  • 768 MB of RAM
  • 4 GB of on-board storage
  • 420 mAh battery
  • 48.9 x 45 x 12.6 mm, 57 g
  • IP68 dust and water resistance

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Apple Watch Series 2

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I know, I know. This is an Apple product. And we only like Android products here, right?

Wrong-o.

The Apple Watch Series 2 is a really nice smartwatch that does exactly what it should and is easily one of the best smartwatches on the market, even if it is made by Apple. It’ll give you quick access to notifications, allow you to pay with your wrist, give you turn-by-turn directions, and it’s a decent fitness tracker. And in terms of design, it doesn’t feel like Apple cut too many corners with the overall look and feel of the device. Even the Sport model (the cheapest one of the bunch) feels like a well-built piece of hardware.

There are a few downsides to the Watch, though. Battery life isn’t stellar, and watchOS can take a long time to get used to. It’s a solid second attempt at a smartwatch, sure, but Apple still has a lot of work to do.

Specs

42mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.5-inch OLED Retina display with 390 x 312 resolution, 390 ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 42.5 x 36.4 x 11.4 mm, 34.2 g (case only)
  • 50 m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

38mm variant (aluminum):

  • 1.3-inch OLED Retina display with 340 x 272 resolution, 340 ppi
  • Apple S2 processor
  • watchOS
  • 38.6 x 33.3 x 11.4 mm, 28.2 g (case only)
  • 50 m water resistance, ISO22810 rating

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So there you have it, our list of the best smartwatches on the market! Do you have any suggestions for us? What do you think is the best smartwatch out there? Be sure to sound off in the comments!

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Google able to release new Android Wear features through the Play Store

Heads up, Android Wear fans, because you recently received some new features and will be getting more through the Play Store.

Google employee Hoi Lam recently revealed that Android Wear 2.0 watches can get new features through the Play Store. This can happen when the Android Wear app on your watch is updated.

An update was released this way last week, bringing with it new features like:

  • 3rd party chat app support in Contacts
  • Reduce accidental entry into the watch face picker
  • Improve Play Store discoverability for new users
  • Other features and bug fixes

We regularly see companies push apps to the Play Store to offer more frequent updates as opposed to waiting for a large OTA release, and that seems to be the strategy that Google is taking here. It’s exciting news for folks wearing an Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch, and it ought to make seeing the Android Wear app in your update list even more exciting.

Android Wear 2.0 Allows New Features to be Added via Play Store Updates

Android Wear was an ambitious project by Google and its level of success seems to vary depending on who you ask. The company just held its annual hardware launch event last week where they announced a plethora of new products for consumers. One glaring omission though was anything new about Android Wear and this was expounded upon when the company removed the smartwatch section from the Google Store entirely.

There is an Android Wear section on Amazon, for anyone looking for new smartwatches, but the whole series of events has had people worrying about the future of the wearable platform. Days before the hardware launch event, Google announced a new Android Wear beta program for Oreo that would start with the LG Watch Sport. The new update brings the device up to API level 26 and introduces features such as the new background restrictions and notification channels.

The company has been known to take their time with new Android Wear updates so it may take a while before the new update reaches all supported devices. This shouldn’t really be a big deal thanks to a feature that was introduced in the Android Wear 2.0 update. Explained in more detail by Google Employee Hoi Lam, new features can be added to devices running Android Wear 2.0 thanks to a quick update from the companion application via the Play Store.

This can be likened to how Google pushes out new features to over a billion smartphones and tablets with updates to Google Play Services. So for Android Wear 2.0 users, a recent update just like this was rolled out just last week that added a number of changes to the platform. Mr. Lam says the following was added in that recent update and confirms that more will be arriving “in the coming months.”

  • 3rd party chat app support in Contacts
  • Reduce accidental entry into the watch face picker
  • Improve Play Store discoverability for new users
  • Other features and bug fixes

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Android Wear features can now arrive via Google Play for more timely improvements

You’d be forgiven for thinking that Google was over and done with Android Wear, given the dearth of smartwatch news at its recent product launch event — not to mention the Android Wear section’s subsequent removal from the Google Store. However, Google has still been working on the platform lately and, in a message on the Android Wear developers page on Google+ (via Android Police), Google’s Hoi Lam detailed a significant change to the way the team is now handling its updates.

Lam says that, in a bid to roll out more improvements between smartwatch OTAs, some new features will arrive through the Google Play Store. This is part of a trend we have been seeing more of in the past couple of years with Android smartphone manufacturers creating individual Play Store versions of apps usually baked into their own UIs. This is usually done for the same reason: so that OEMs can roll out individual updates rather than waiting to bundle a number of upgrades together in one over-the-air update.

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In fact, Lam said that one of these Play Store rollouts had already occurred last week and included:

  • 3rd party chat app support in Contacts
  • Reduced accidental entry into the watch face picker
  • Improved Play Store discoverability for new users
  • Other features and bug fixes

This seems like another positive step for Android Wear, though it seems like the platform isn’t growing at a particularly impressive rate. Earlier this year, it was suggested that the Android Wear platform might have even been overtaken by Samsung’s Tizen smartwatch OS. But neither offer much in the way of must-have features that you can’t get with a smartphone. Until they do, smartphones are likely to remain relatively niche.