Which Android Watch is Right for You?
Android Wear is certainly making a bit of a splash, and you might be wondering which watch is right for you. With so many cool looking devices that can connect to your smart phone choosing the right watch can be a bit of a nightmare. One of the greatest things about Android Watches is that they’re cross platform, which means that you don’t need to wear the watch made by the manufacturer of your phone. Got a Samsung phone? Doesn’t matter, you can still wear any Android Watch that you please. So we’re taking a look at some of the best watches on the market now, letting you see what you get for your cash…
If You Want Customisation: The Moto 360
If you’re looking for the most customisable of Android watches (and really, it’s Android, you’re getting a bunch of customisation options already), then you’re looking for the Moto 360. Retailing at around £160, the Moto 360 comes in a bunch of different colours and designs, and has tons of different strap options as well. The downside of the Moto 360 is that you’ll almost certainly need to buy online (though you can use the Moto Maker software to design the watch face that you want, which is pretty cool). Regardless, if you want a watch that looks the way you want it to look, then check out the Moto 360.
If You’re a Sports Freak: The Sony SmartWatch 3
There are plenty of sports based apps for smart watches, including things like running routes and apps for biking, and if these are the reason that you want a smart watch, then the Sony SmartWatch 3 is for you. Why? Because currently this is the only smart watch that had built in GPS, meaning you can track those runs and bike rides right from your wrist. The waterproof rubber band helps too, since it’s sweat proof, though there’s also a stainless steel option. The SW3 retails for around £189, so it’s not too pricey either.
If You’re on a Budget: The LG G Watch
Want to check out the potential of Android Wear but don’t want to spend a fortune? Then take a look at the LG G Watch, LG’s budget device. It’s no nonsense, and there’s no heart rate monitor on board. But the display is nice, large and clear, which is what really matters. This is a slightly older model, but it’s still getting all the new Android updates, so you don’t need to worry about that. And the best part is that you can get your hands on one for around £130, making it a bit of a bargain.
If You Want Style: The LG Watch Urbane
At the opposite end of the spectrum, we have LG’s luxury model, the LG Watch Urbane, and if you’re looking for something that looks and feels like a real watch, then this is the one for you. With a leather strap and a silver or gold round bezel, the Urbane looks like an expensive watch. And it just happens to be a smart watch too. Handy if you want to wear your phone on your wrist but don’t want to advertise the fact… The bad news here is the price tag, since the Urbane will run you a hefty £260 or so…
If You Want the Latest in Cool Tech: The Huawei Watch
We’ve got to be honest and say that we know very little about the mysterious Huawei Watch, other than that it was announced a few months ago and isn’t quite on sale yet (though it will be soon). We do know that it looks awesome, that the leaked specs sound incredible, and that it has a stunning circular sapphire crystal face. We also know that this is currently the most sought after smart watch, and the one that experts are most eager to get their hands on, so chances are that it’s going to be high on the best seller lists when it releases. No pricing info yet, but you can expect it to cost you at least a couple of hundred…
If You Want Rectangular (rather than circular): The Asus ZenWatch
There are plenty of circular face smart watches around, but if you’re looking for something rectangular and a little different, then the Asus ZenWatch is a good bet. It’s simple, minimalistic and has a couple of nice Asus features thrown in on top of the typical Android Watch functionalities (like the ability to double tap to launch Android). There’s also a ton of different watch faces to choose from, thanks to Asus’s customisation options. The ZenWatch could be a little bulky for smaller wrists (especially for women), but all in all it’s a good option if you want a watch that does the job but doesn’t look like all the others. You can get a ZenWatch for around £200.
If You Want Something Indestructible: The Samsung Gear Live
Work outdoors? Like climbing mountains? If you know that you’re going to be putting your watch through its paces and therefore will need something a little more rugged than the normal smart watch, then check out the Samsung Gear Live. It’s got a square face and a rubber band, but few bells and whistles other than what Android already gives you. The Gear Live makes up for lack of features by being IP67 certified though, so it’s both dustproof and waterproof. That’s not going to save the display, which like most screens is pretty fragile, but at least you don’t need to worry about getting it wet or wearing it in the shower… The Samsung Gear Live will run you around £169.