Are you looking for an Android smart watch but not sure what to get? Android wear continues to evolve and looks nothing like the original versions introduced a few years ago. For starters, there’s a lot more choice because most handset manufacturers are designing branded android wear and stepping up to the power of the google-centric Android software.

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So how do you choose the best smartwatch? With so many of them available it can be like finding a needle in a haystack choosing the perfect smartwatch. How do you get the maximum benefits when there’s many similarities across brands? The list below answers your questions and highlights the best android smartwatches currently available in 2016. Enjoy!


#1. Motorola Moto 360 (2nd Generation)

The first generation Moto 360 remained at the top spot for android smartwatches for a while but with the Motorola’s second generation released its looking like we can enjoy some added improvements to what was already a successful line of wrist tech.

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The second generation sports a Snapdragon 400 processor, longer battery life (up to 2 days) and has a choice of 2 sizes for a more personal fit especially if you have awkwardly small wrists like I do.

Extra customisation can be done through Moto Maker which lets you select different bezels, styles, bands and faces. The faster processor ensures the Moto 360 keeps up with the growing list of demanding apps and interchangeable straps means you can style it to match with your outfits.

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42mm model:Moto_360_2nd

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.37-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 325 resolution, 233ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • Heart rate sensor
  • 4GB of built-in storage
  • 300mAh battery (1.5 days)
  • Dimensions 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

46mm model:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.56-inch IPS LCD display with 360 x 330 resolution, 263ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • Heart rate sensor
  • 4GB of on-board storage
  • 400mAh battery (2 Days)
  • Dimensions 46.0 x 46.0 x 11.4mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistantmotorola_moto_360_gold

Pros

  • Updated premium design
  • I like the interchangeable straps.
  • Choice of two sizes available.
  • Brilliant wireless charging.

Cons

  • Microphone occasionally struggles picking up ‘OK Google’ command.
  • Customisation is expensive. 

The Moto 360 (2nd Gen.) begins at $299.99/ £208 but bear in mind that the price goes up as you start adding customisation. If you want to enjoy low prices then check out the cheapest models below.

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#2. Moto 360 Sport

This is the sport variant of the Moto 360 and is well suited for anybody that wants a watch that can withstand the outdoor elements and take a few knocks. Internally it has the same specs as the Moto 360 but has the added GPS tracking function perfect for runners, although the battery won’t last as long if the GPS is constantly left on.

It also features a hybrid display that reduces screen glare when outside. The 360 Sport is also water and dust resistant rated at IP67  

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Overall, the Moto 360 Sport is a great choice if you’re after a watch to monitor fitness. It has added benefit of navigating rough terrain due to it robust external exterior.

Moto 360 Sport works with popular fitness apps like MapMyRun, Under Armour Record and Strava. It’s capable of tracking your workouts and syncing directly with these fitness apps. 

Features

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.37-inch AnyLight Hybrid Display with 360 x 325 resolution, 263ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB of built-in  storage
  • Heart rate sensor
  • motorola_moto_sport_black300mAh battery (1.5 Days)
  • Dimensions 45 x 45 x 11.5mm, 54g
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

PROS

  • GPS tracking
  • Hybrid display is brilliant at reducing screen glare.
  • Reliable performance
  • Lightweight and slim design
  • Fast wireless charging

CONS

  • Battery life suffers with GPS turned on
  • Watch straps can’t be changed

If you want to enjoy low prices then check out the cheapest models below.

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#3. Huawei Watch

The Huawai watch is the first Android smartwatch with a Sapphire Crystal screen.  It’s styled to look a lot more like a traditional watch, you have to look at it closely before you can distinguish that it is android wear.

This is its stand out feature and certainly puts it above most of the other rival android smartwatches. The Huawai watch looks beautiful but does its other features live up to the fierce competition?

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The watch has interchangeable leather and steel straps and an long battery life. The AMOLED screen is impressive and provides a high definition display that will keep you constantly glancing at it even when you don’t need to!

Don’t be fooled by its classic design which includes fitness tracking and a heart rate sensor under it’s bonnet. If you’re after something a bit different with a premium build then there’s no point looking any further.   

The Huawai watch integrates seamlessly with your regular apps like Viber and WhatsApp. You can even browse and control your Amazon Prime Music library. When driving you will get traffic updates sent straight to your wrist. Impressive!

Features

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  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.4-inch AMOLED display with 400 x 400 resolution, 286ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB of built-in storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • Dimensions 42.0 x 42.0 x 11.3mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

PROS

  • Premium classic design
  • Interchangeable watch straps
  • Groundbreaking watch display
  • Long battery life
  • Lots of custom watch faces

CONS

  • No ambient light sensor
  • Can be awkward to charge

Pricing for the Huawei Watch starts at around $299/ £289. If you want to enjoy low prices then check out the cheapest models below.

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#4. LG Watch Urbane

The LG Watch Urbane is a premium android watch that features a circular 1.3 inch P-OLED screen encased in a stainless steel body. For a 1st generation watch it ticks all the boxes and includes a high definition display, Snapdragon 400 processor and comes with the latest android version of android which is a vast improvement over the previous version.

It uses wifi connectivity to get notifications from your phone when out of Bluetooth range. The battery lasts a FULL 2 days with all its functions turned on. 

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You’ll be able to get the LG Watch Urbane for under $250/ £175 which is a great price for a premium android wear watch. LG have also gone a step further by designing a luxury 23 carat gold version named LG Watch Urbane Luxe.

So if you have deep pockets and want that extra bit of glam you can splash out on this version which will cost you around $1200.

Features
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  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.3-inch P-OLED display with 320 x 320 resolution, 245ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • 410mAh battery
  • Dimensions 45.5 x 52.2 x 10.9mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

PROS

  • Stylish design and reliable performance
  • Impressive OLED screen
  • Strong battery life
  • Feels comfortable throughout the day

CONS

  • Stainless steel body susceptible to scratches over time

If you want to enjoy low prices then check out the cheapest models below.

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#5. ASUS ZenWatch 2

Last year I reviewed the original Zen watch which already contained some awesome features under its hood. This time around Asus has decided to take a different approach with the 2nd generation ZenWatch 2 by pricing it very competitively whilst retaining its premium materials and impressive specs. Job well done Asus!!  

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Asus has gone against the grain and kept the square screen design from the original watch. Its not to everyone’s taste but then again what shape is the apple watch display?

The Asus ZenWatch 2 has an attractively slim profile and comes in 2 sizes i.e. a 1.63-inch model and a 1.45-inch model (my awkwardly small wrists have plenty choice from this list).

The battery lasts around a day and a half but can stretch to nearly three days with little use.  The watch has a handy ‘lost my phone’ feature which will call your phone and find it for you. You can also play music directly from the watch onto a bluetooth speaker.

Features

WI501Q (22mm) version:Asus_Zenwatch_2

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.63-inch AMOLED display with 320 x 320 resolution, 278ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • 400mAh battery
  • Dimensions 49.6 x 40.7 x 10.9mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

WI502Q (18mm) version:

  • 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor
  • 1.45-inch AMOLED display with 280 x 280 resolution, 273ppi
  • 512MB RAM
  • 4GB built-in storage
  • 300mAh battery
  • Dimensions 45.2 x 37.2 x 11.8mm
  • IP67 dust and water resistant

PROS

  • Better positioning of power button
  • Strong battery life
  • Fast charging
  • Choice of sizes
  • Attractive low pricing

CONS

  • large bezels 

You can buy the ASUS ZenWatch 2 for as little as $129.99/ £149.99. If you want to enjoy low prices then check out the cheapest models below.

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That sums up our list of the best 5 Android Wear devices currently available for 2016. A condensed summary of the best technology which makes it a lot easier to find the best smart watch for Android.

Are you considering buying a smartwatch or already own one? Is there a watch you think should be on this list? Let me know in the comments sections below. Thanks.

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