Verizon’s very own Android Wear 2.0 smartwatch just launched this week. The Wear24 can be fetched for $299.99 with a 2-year contract or $349.99 at full price. This year has already seen several new Android Wear 2.0 smartwatches, so it’s going to be interesting to see where Verizon’s offering stands in comparison.

We managed to get our first Verizon Wear24 hands-on look, so read on to find out what this smartwatch is all about exactly.


Before we dive into it, you can quickly glance its specs below!

Verizon Wear24 specs

  • Usage time: up to 18 hrs;
  • Height: 1.65 in;
  • Width: 1.65 in;
  • Weight:2.99 oz;
  • Depth: 0.53 in;
  • Battery: 450 mAh non-removable;
  • Colors: Stainless Steel, Gun Metal or Rose Gold;
  • Display: 1.39-inch AMOLED, 400 x 400, 290 ppi;
  • Operating System: Android Wear 2.0
  • RAM: 768MB;
  • Storage: 4 GB;
  • Connectivity: LTE B13Cat.3;
  • SAR: 1.6 W/kg;
  • Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Processor.

Looking at the Wear24 for the first time, it shows a stark resemblance to the original Huawei Watch, as it favors a more neutral and premium look, with its metal chassis and round face style. It’s really tough to deny the similarities is has with the Huawei Watch!

Unlike Huawei’s original offering, though, the Wear24 doesn’t offer swappable bands, since the antennas for the cellular radio are incorporated into the band itself. Yes, the Wear24 does provide LTE-connectivity for a truly untethered experience, but in terms of personalization, there are only three colors to choose from – stainless steel, gunmetal, and rose gold.

Even with the premium construction, the Wear24 manages to offer an IP67 rating for water resistance, so you won’t have to worry about water damage if you happen to shower with it on accidentally. One important item that’s not present here is a heart rate sensor, something that you’ll have to bear in mind if your focus is on workouts and exercising. Despite that, we’re largely happy with the design, even with its thickness and all, since it’s the kind of design that strikes a balance between casual and formal attire.

The 1.39-inch 400 x 400 AMOLED display looks nice and sharp, but even more impressive are its clarity and outdoors visibility. That’s a crucial thing because readability plays into a smartwatch’s utility. Our only concern with the display is that it sits nearly flush with the bezel, so it’s more prone to scratching compared to other smartwatches that have recessed displays.

In terms of the experience, the Verizon Wear24 really doesn’t differ a whole lot from other Android Wear 2.0 watches out there – like the Huawei Watch 2 and the LG Watch Sport. In our quick time checking it out, its performance seemed responsive, thanks in part to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100 processor that’s powering it.

The only thing added to the software are some preloaded watch faces that feature location-based functionality. Therefore, when you’re home, a few of the quick access shortcuts on the watch face will be for things like social networking and text messaging. Conversely, if you’re at work, you’ll get shortcuts for things like email.

Considering that it’s going to be competing against the LG Watch Sport, which Verizon is currently selling for a little bit more in price, the decision to pick up the Wear24 will largely hinge on the person’s design preferences. The 4G LTE connectivity, of course, means that the Wear24 has the added convenience of working independently from a smartphone.

John Velasco
Storyteller, ongoing health nut, persistent complainer of running, & religious flosser.
  • Jason Tom

    Considering that it’s going to be competing against the LG Watch Sport, which Verizon is currently selling
    Verizon hasn’t “sold” one Sport to a customer as of yet. I’d love to see some investigative reporting into that.

    • tu3218

      +1 this. Verizon hasn’t actually begun to sell the watch sport. And as of me typing this, the watch sport has actually been removed from the Verizon site.

  • Jeff Hurst

    You forgot to mention that battery sucks. The only way you’ll get a full day’s use is to turn the watch OFF.

    • Dave Eccleston

      Before we returned ours you could practically just sure and watch the battery drain. Couldn’t make it until 1:00 in the afternoon before it was dead.Wasn’t even using it much during that time

  • Jake Hyman

    Does it have an ambient light sensor / auto brightness??

    • bābā ghanūj

      No.

  • As a moto 360 owner, I doubt I would spend that sort of money for a smart watch. For me, the sweet spot of features and price will have to be less than $200. I just don’t see the minor conveniences worth that sort of money.

    • Joe Carroll

      Agreed. I have a 360 Sport, and it’s great (and I only paid $175, before the first wave of big discounts on it). I don’t see any justification for the VZW watch to cost more than the ZTE Quartz…sure, it has LTE, but unless you need to call 911 or your spouse when your phone is dead or lost, I don’t really see that as a very useful feature – and because of the LTE, your watch is more likely to be dead than your phone.

  • Amy Bourcier

    I’m on my second Wear24 watch. They can’t getting either one to work. I can hear people talking but they can’t hear me. Any ideas to fix it? There are no settings for my call volume.

    • Jenny Eccleston

      I just posted a review above. I think the watches are all defective. Between my husband and I we’ve been set up with 4 watches, none of them worked. The problem we were having was disconnecting, and also HORRIBLE battery life.

  • Jenny Eccleston

    My husband and I each got one of these watches. The phone/texting doesn’t work. We have yet to have a phone call for more than 18 seconds without getting disconnected. Spent hours with Verizon customer support, hours more at the Verizon store.We returned the first two watches, and got two more that do the same thing: 18 seconds of phone then disconnect. Very disappointing, we were really looking forward to it.