9 Best Android Watches | December 2016

9 Best Android Watches
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We spent 39 hours on research, videography, and editing, to review the top choices for this wiki. Unleash your inner Dick Tracy with one of these Android watches. You can have the convenience of all your music, pictures, apps, the internet, fitness trackers, oh, and even the time, too, conveniently on your wrist. Just don't let Flattop or No-Face catch you out and about with one of them. When users buy our independently chosen editorial picks, we may earn commissions to support our work. Skip to the best android watch on Amazon.
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The Qiufeng DZ09 can be used as an independent mobile phone thanks to its SIM card capabilities. It looks great and charges quickly, but the overall quality is not very high, plus the app is neither consistent nor particularly reliable.
  • lightweight design for everyday wear
  • can change the sound of your voice
  • instructions are hard to read
Brand Qiu Feng
Model DM09
Weight 7.2 ounces
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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The LYCOS Life Advanced sports a sleek design that fits comfortably on any wrist. It can track your daily activities, like steps and heart rate, to promote a healthier lifestyle, but the band gets dirty easily and is hard to clean.
  • advanced options for phone security
  • great value for its features
  • can become unresponsive
Brand LYCOS Life
Model Taken
Weight 0.3 ounces
Rating 3.8 / 5.0
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With its built-in GPS connectivity, the Sony SWR50 makes an excellent choice for active individuals. It separates itself from the pack with the slight curve on its unique square face design that adds a touch of comfort to its style.
  • has an accelerometer and compass
  • strap is easy to adjust
  • lackluster battery performance
Brand Sony
Model 1289-3697
Weight 10.6 ounces
Rating 4.1 / 5.0
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Powered by Android Wear, the Fossil Q Founder works with its companion app to offer seamless connection with your smartphone. It features an ambient sensor that automatically adjusts the screen brightness depending on your environment.
  • leather and steel band options
  • operates quickly and smoothly
  • not water resistant
Brand Fossil
Model FTW20001
Weight 1.4 pounds
Rating 4.0 / 5.0
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With its circular interface and rotating navigation bezel, the Samsung Gear S2 gives you access to all your important information in a unique, user-friendly way. It's easy to power up while on the go thanks to its built-in wireless charging.
  • compatible with android and ios
  • sweat resistant build
  • does not have sleep tracking
Brand Samsung
Model SM-R7200ZKAXAR
Weight 10.4 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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The revolutionary Motorola Moto 360 2nd Gen. resembles a classic analog watch while keeping you connected and up to date. There are specific collections for men and women to suit your taste, and, depending on use, a single charge can last up to 18 hours.
  • tracks your steps and heart rate
  • stylish edge-to-edge glass design
  • can not make or take calls
Brand Motorola
Model 00816NARTL
Weight 11.2 ounces
Rating 4.3 / 5.0
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For a relatively low price, the Garmin Vivoactive HR has combined an incredible set of fitness features to view your stats without your phone on hand. Its battery will often last through all your activities for up to eight days.
  • very responsive touchscreen
  • gently vibrates and displays alerts
  • screen is dim and smudges easily
Brand Garmin
Model 010-01605-00
Weight 9.9 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The ASUS ZenWatch 2 is a stylish and functional watch for the modern age. It can act as a helpful workout coach, as well as a personal assistant that organizes your information and gives you straight answers to any questions.
  • controls your cell phone camera
  • corning gorilla glass 3 display
  • built-in microphone
Brand Asus
Model WI502Q-RL-OG-Q
Weight 2.4 ounces
Rating 4.8 / 5.0
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The Huaewei 55020544 makes a statement on your wrist with its elegant craftsmanship and cutting-edge technology. It exudes high-quality, with a 1.4" full-circle AMOLED display, as well as a sapphire crystal and stainless steel body.
  • interchangeable bands
  • very accurate fitness tracking
  • can personalize more than 4000 apps
Brand Huawei
Model 55020544
Weight 1.2 pounds
Rating 4.8 / 5.0

Buyer's Guide

Tell Me More, Tell Me More

I've been a watch guy for most of my life, so when smartwatches hit the scene I had nothing but doubts. The watches I revered were analogue, stuffed to their edges with gears and springs for every complication imaginable. The more little faces you could pack onto the facade of a watch, each with its own set of hands and secret method for deducing its information, the better.

The part of me that knew a smartwatch could tell you so much more than the things an analogue watch could was excited, but the look of the watches left me miserable. I was more than content with my diver's watches, aviator's watches, and simple chronographs; I figured I didn't need my watch to tell me anything else.

Then, the second and third waves of these watches started to hit the market, and I found myself doing the same double-takes over smartwatches I'd see worn on the street that I'd previously only done in the presence of an analogue piece. To compound things further, I went on a brief, ten-hour road trip to Maine with a buddy of mine who had one of the watches on this list. I was sick with envy as he used it to easily sync with his maps program and navigate to our destination without ever so much as taking his hands off the wheel.

When these Android smartwatches hook into your cell phone via Bluetooth, the level of customization and notification is astounding. You can control just about everything your phone can do from the convenience of your wrist and not look like a tool while doing so.

With this latest generation of Android smartwatches, the companies have doubled-down on their design styles, as well. Even if the momentum they've gained toward looking as good as the finest watches out there were to stop in its tracks, they've still achieved enough in the upgrades to their appearance to warrant serious consideration from even the snootiest watch guys.

Looking Good All The Time

We spent a lot of time above talking about the evolution of the look of these smartwatches, and that really is the first thing you ought to consider when comparing the models you'll find on our list. Your watch and your shoes are the first two things most people notice about your wardrobe; even if you're wearing a particularly loud shirt or ridiculous golden parachute pants, it's the watch and the shoes that make the first deep and lasting impression.

So, you want to have a watch that says a little something about you. Fortunately, the faces of all the watches on our list are interchangeable, just like the background on your phone or the desktop on your computer. Even the bands are sometimes interchangeable, so that if you grow tired of one or if it wears down, you can replace it with ease.

What's harder to replace or to mask is the actual body of the watch, the shape and color of which you're stuck with once you strap it on. The trend in analogue watches leading up to the introduction of the smartwatch leaned toward larger and larger designs, allowing men in particular yet another avenue for overcompensation. At the present moment, it seems that manufacturers are content to keep all of their smartwatches in a similar range of sizes, just big enough for easy manipulation without becoming nothing more than a phone awkwardly strapped to your wrist.

Look for a watch the body of which compliments the shape of your body. I'm a lanky guy, so I like narrow pieces, rectangular faces, or complicated layouts to match what I believe to be my own internal complexity. Rectangular watches don't quite look as becoming on shorter, rounder people.

Finally, since all of these pieces are electronic in nature, keep an eye out for the expected battery life of each watch, as a dead smartwatch is about as useful as an ugly bracelet.

The Wrist Is The Place

Wearable tech reaches way back before Google Glass and the Apple Watch. Before wristwatches were a thing, for example, they were pocket watches. Members of the British military in the trenches during the Second Boer War in South Africa and in Europe during World War I began wearing their pocket watches strapped to their wrists to more quickly ascertain the time in moments of extreme duress and necessity.

Nearly a century later, inspired by this innovation, and presumably by the Dick Tracy comics that eventually led to the cult classic film adaptation of 1990, Seiko produced a digital watch that could interface with a computer in 1984. A few other companies created similar devices that were capable of scheduling, memo delivery, and more throughout the 1990s.

Samsung released a watch phone in 1999 that nobody seems to remember. Perhaps they should have thought of a catchier name than the Samsung SPH-WP10. They tried again in 2010 with a little more success, more because of the color screen and the fact that it didn't look like a children's toy than for the name. This time around they called it the S9110.

Samsung, LG, and Sony all had big smartwatch announcements at the 2014 Consumer Electronics Show, but that's mainly because they all knew what was coming in September of that year, when Apple would unveil their first smartwatch and cause the world to scramble after its quality.

The Android smartwatches on our list have met the Apple watch on most every point throughout the spec sheets, and they integrate within a system that's more open and more streamlined than Apple's mashup of platforms.



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Last updated on December 20, 2016 by Daniel Imperiale

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