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Best Android smartwatches of 2018

A number of new Android smartwatches have been launched, catering to everyone's needs and tastes. The big question is: which smartwatch is the right one for you? The options out there are within everyone's reach. Most of the latest wearables are strong performers, which are very well designed and relatively cheap. Now that we've had a chance to complete our full reviews, we've been able to compile our list of the best Android smartwatches available today.

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Best Android Wear: Huawei Watch 2

The Huawei Watch 2 is certainly not the most aesthetically pleasing smartwatch on the market, but it is perhaps the most complete one available to purchase. The strongest entry in the world of Android wearables.

The device boasts a large display, GPS, NFC and support for Android Pay as well as a heart rate monitor. The Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 chip is designed specifically for wearable users and is supported by 4GB of internal memory for apps and music. Don't forget that it will also be among the first smart watches to be upgraded to Android Oreo. 

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The Huawei Watch 2 comes packed with features. / © AndroidPIT

The Huawei Watch 2 also has other advantages. These include the current Android Wear 2.0 operating system, an optional SIM slot for nano SIM cards, and a microphone and loudspeaker for your calls. Not bad for the $259.99 price tag it now has, and it's only going to get cheaper over time.

Huawei Watch 2 technical specifications

Battery size: 420 mAh
Screen size: 1.2 in
Screen: 390 x 390 pixels (326 ppi)
Android version: Android Wear
User interface: Stock Android
RAM: 768 MB
Internal storage: 4 GB
Removable storage: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
Number of cores: 4
Max. clock speed: 1.1 GHz
Connectivity: LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.1

Most stylish Wear OS smartwatch: Emporio Armani Connected

Taste is quite subjective, but the AndroidPIT editorial team agrees on the Emporio Armani Connected: this is the most beautiful smartwatch on the market. The manufacturer, which belongs to the Fossil group, puts the usual hardware including heart rate monitor and the latest version of Wear OS in a slim stainless steel case with a rotating crown - which also functions as a scroll wheel - and two buttons, which can be freely assigned.

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The Emporio Armani Connected is a real beauty. / © AndroidPIT by Ira Efremova

Emporio Armani offers the Smartwatch with bracelets made of plastic, leather and metal. The watch itself is available in silver, grey and black. 

Emporio Armani Connected technical specifications

Screen size: 1.8 in
RAM: 512 MB
Internal storage: 3 GB
Removable storage: Not available
Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100

Best Tizen smartwatch: Samsung Galaxy Watch

Samsung justifies the change from Gear to Galaxy with the fact that Galaxy Watch belongs to the its ecosystem of smart devices and "Galaxy" no longer only stands for Android devices. Be it as it may, the basic components of the smartwatch remain the same as the Gear series: The rotating bezel as a control element next to the touch screen is only available from Samsung, as is the Tizen operating system itself.

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Tizen as operating system and the rotating bezel distinguish the Samsung watches. / © AndroidPIT

The Galaxy Watch is available in two sizes - 42 and 46 millimeters - and optionally with and without LTE connectivity. The Internet connection via LTE is realized with an eSIM. The Samsung Galaxy Watch costs $280.

Samsung Galaxy Watch technical specifications

Dimensions: 13 x 46 x 49 mm
Weight: 63 g
Battery size: 472 mAh
Screen size: 1.3 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 360 x 360 pixels (392 ppi)
RAM: 1.5 GB
Internal storage: 4 GB
Number of cores: 2
Max. clock speed: 1.15 GHz
Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Best smartwatch for sport: Fitbit Ionic

Fitbit's smartwatch has not impressed us with its smart features such as voice commands or innovative methods of interaction. But what convinced us was the excellent battery life combined with the incredible number of fitness programs.

If what you are looking for is a connected watch that survives several days of use and has advanced fitness features, the choice can only be Fitbit's newcomer.

Fitbit Ionic technical specifications

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If you are a real athlete there are no alternatives, Fitbit offers the solution. / © AndroidPIT

Best smartwatch for Swimming: Samsung Gear Sport

The latest offering from the Korean company does not differ much from the previous Gear, indeed it lacks some of its predecessor's sensors. On the other hand, Gear Sport is the most suitable for swimming thanks to its resistance to diving up to 5 ATM and programs dedicated to swimmers.

Gear Sport is also perfect for outdoor enthusiasts thanks to the presence of GPS and step counters. You'll be able to monitor your steps and weather conditions as well as being able to play back your favorite MP3 files without having to rely on your smartphone. Like the Gear S3, the operating system is Tizen OS.

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You can count calories automatically thanks to this smartwatch. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Gear Sport technical specifications

Dimensions: 42.9 x 44.6 x 11.6 mm
Weight: 50 g
Battery size: 300 mAh
Screen size: 1.2 in
Display technology: AMOLED
Screen: 360 x 360 pixels (302 ppi)
RAM: 768 MB
Internal storage: 4 GB
Number of cores: 2
Max. clock speed: 1 GHz
Connectivity: NFC, Bluetooth 4.2

Best battery life: Huawei Watch GT

A smartwatch has to be charged every night? Not the Huawei Watch GT! With this Smartwatch it's enough to dig out the charger every two weeks, even with continuous heart rate monitoring. The key: Watch GT doesn't work with Wear OS from Google, but with its own software called LiteOS. Although it has fewer functions, it does what it can without any problems.

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The Huawei Watch GT has an extremely long battery life. / © AndroidPIT

The Huawei Watch GT is operated via the touch screen and two buttons. The watch is available with two different bracelets - leather or plastic - and in two colors - black and silver. Best of all, the Watch GT isn't even very expensive.

Do you own any Android wearables? Which would you say is the best Android smartwatch? Tell us what you think in the comments.


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  • Hi very useful information which helped me a lot thank you

  • Waiting for Mobvoi to release a new TicWatch Pro updated with the new SD 3100 chipset.

  • To be honest smartwatches are cool but I never really got the idea of the smartwatch,I have lost interest in them because in my country the are bloody expensive because I could buy a Xiaomi MI5 with the amount of a smartwatch I recently thought of buying,I am sure in some countries they are way...way cheaper.

    • If the price continues to come down, I might get one, but for now, I don't see the need to spend 200 or more on "a watch". My phone, when in the car, tells me who' calling, when I'm out of the car, I have a borg implant (BT headset) that tells me who's calling. I've worn a watch since a kid in the early 70's, my huge Casio Illuminator was around 40 bucks, battery lasts for years.

  • if was Micro-SD available in these watches i think it's will be super and amazing watches !!

  • i know that asus have a best laptops and best smartphones .. so it's will be having a best watches

  • VMCD Jan 5, 2017 Link to comment

    Are any of these NOT made in China?

  • I got a Martian Notifier watch and love it. While it has minimal functionality, what it does is what I need it to do. And at 30 bucks, it is an excellent bargain!

  • I had the Moto 360 first generation, but it wasn't a great experience. First of all, the gray bracelet got quickly stained from perspiration and became hard, then started to crack, after just 3 months of use. I replaced it with a steel mesh which solved the bracelet problem, after I had to figure out how to fit a regular bracelet which has no gap on the edge. Well, I simply chopped down those tiny plastic lines and it went into position. 3 months later, the plastic cover from the back of the watch started to crack and finaly flew away. In the end I glued it with silicone and I gave it to somebody for free. I mention that Huawei watch was us used in the same conditions as poor Moto 360 and survived unscathed in my job place; I'm a mechanical engineer working onboard container ships. Long story short, I fully recommend Huawei watch over Motorola's to those who want a good, sturdy watch, letting aside other considerents like style or operating system.

  • I have the Huawei W1, the gold edition and I'm very happy with it. I wear it everywere, only at night It will be out of my hand, charging. The gold plating looks good after 8 months and still no scratches on the display. Battery life could be extended till 2 days, depending on the face which you set on. It's an eye catcher! The only downside is that charging has some difficulties, the pogo pins have some positions where they don't touch the charging dots on the back of the watch. It's kind of annoying to fiddle with the charging plate until it will start charging.

  • They are still way too ugly. Design looks like it's meant for children. No style, no elegance.

  • Huawei is my pick when it comes to smartwatches

    • Once the price comes down a bit more, I might get one. I've been impressed with Huawei. I've had 3 of their phones, never had a problem with any of them.

  • ljhaye Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

    When you're updating your android smart watch list with a Tizen watch then you know that the android wear platform is dead.

    • Bastian Siewers
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      Dec 20, 2016 Link to comment

      Why? All of Samsung's smartwatches are running on Tizen nowadays, and the chance that Samsung makes a good smartwatch is pretty high anyways, isn't it?

      • ljhaye Dec 21, 2016 Link to comment

        I agree that they make the best smartwatch at the moment but it isn't an android watch. If you were to poll Google they would say the same thing. If you are a consumer immersed in the Android platform then an android wear watch would be ideal for you. If you're looking for a Great smartwatch then you go with Tizen and Samsung Pay.

        This speaks to my theory of android's inability to popularize alternative hardware platforms ( smartwatches, tablets, VR, Smart home). When subsidies are not involved Android cannot compete on price. Phones are a necessity but are tablets? Smartwatches? VR?

  • I have a Pebble round, less than 2 years the screen becomes unreadable of and on. Pebble said they can't fix it and my warranty has passed. They offered a link to buy a new Pebble at 25% discount. Great watch for a year or so, but no more Pebble sorry

  • I like Sony SmartWatch 3.

  • Did you REALLY just say adding customization is a copy of Apple? Really? Seeing as Apple was so late to the game I'd have to say the inverse is true, Apple borrowed from Android.

    Aside from that, aren't there any NON budget Androidwear Smartwatches that are square? I love my LG G watch, but no wifi chip and its not going to get the next big update. But round faces are beyond stupid. An androidwatch should be function first, form second. Reading texts and emails on a circle is asinine.

  • is there a watch with bluetooth 4.0+, microSD slot, and music player? i cant seem to find anything for running.

  • Hi, Kris, any update article?

  • I had a classic Pebble which suffered from screen tearing. So i updated to a Pebble Time Steel. And i can't say I'm happy with it. It's big and heavy. And for some reason it doesn't always gets the notifications. Wheres on my other arm there is a Microsoft band. Not so much smartwatch but a lot of sports band. It gets notifications, measures my sleep and my every move. I must say that I actually prefer that. But coming from a classic Pebble I only used notifications on a smartwatch and not apps.

  • I have just put a payment down for a Tag Heuer Connected watch. I have been promised by Harrods that it will arrive before Christmas, but everywhere in the UK has already sold out of their first orders (due to arrive on 9th December).

    I bought a Huawei watch to see if I liked it. I do, but I'm used to much more expensive and higher quality watches, so I think the Tag is the way to go.

  • I owned (and sold) the original Moto and Zen. Battery life was so bad I just stopped using them both. Add in the bulky cases, I just figured smartwatchs were not for me, until I bought the Pebble time. Honestly outstanding. Lasts days, does everything I want (notifications, alarms, ability to send responses to sms via voice, trip info, syncs with Google cal and has a slew of apps) and light enough where I forget about it. Its not perfect, but I've not used anything better yet. Samsung's s-voice eliminates them for me.

  • How come the Moto 360 is the best? I doesn´t even have a proper circular screen. That black band at the bottom is anoying. The LG Urbane is much better.

  • I've owned the original gear and currently the gear live. The latter in terms of functionality and customisation via watchmaker is way better.
    The cradles are truly painful. The live Cradle being the worse design possible. In both cases however price was the deciding factor. $180 AUD for the live.
    Connection drop out is my number 1 gripe. I rely heavily on the notifications. It's annoying Android wear doesn't support sound like the 1st gear. Then again muting the gear after hours was a pain.

    I intend to switch to a round watch next so I'm keen to see what the Moto360 2nd gen brings. As I've just updated to a LG G4, the LG R might end up on my wrist.

  • I have the Gear and its not a bad watch once you root it and can run any android app on it - the downfall of all thee watches is the battery life though - I cant be bothered to take the watch off and insert it in its charging cradle every night!

  • I got a Gear Live and like it because it was dirt cheap. the cradle sucks and I had to replace it once already. luckily they began to be offered on eBay about 3 days after it broke. the 360 is just ugly as sin, and I wouldn't be caught dead wearing the original G Watch. the newer version (round) is cool, but pricey. I like Sony, but the armband on the SW3 is crap...I still can't grasp why they would make that pop out module, and not offer a pocketwatch chain...
    I'm ok with the Gear Live for now, but only because it was the lesser of 8 evils. next year might be time for an upgrade to a 2015 model.

  • I have an LG G Watch, which was given to me by a family member who works at Google. While its kind of cool its also a bit gimmicky. I wouldnt pay money for one of these things. They need to improve the battery lives of these things and also make the watches standalone devices