In the early days of Android Wear, there were only a few decent smartwatch options — mainly from Motorola and LG. Since then, the platform has been rebranded to Wear OS, and many other companies have joined the Wear OS party. We’re now seeing Wear OS watches come from fashion brands and watchmakers instead of smartphone OEMs. There are plenty of options out there, so we’ve rounded up our list of the best Wear OS watches you can buy.
Best Wear OS watches:
This month we removed the Skagen Falster 2 and Mobvoi TicWatch S2 to make room for the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch and Misfit Vapor X.
Wear OS is arguably in need of a revamp, but the Fossil Gen 5 Smartwatch makes the best of a strange software situation with excellent hardware and performance. It’s one of a few smartwatches to feature 1GB of RAM instead of 512MB. Coupled with the Snapdragon 3100, the Gen 5 doesn’t lack in the performance section.
Even the software is a positive. Google hasn’t prioritized Wear OS as it should, but it’s nice to have quick access to Google Assistant, Calendar, and other Google apps. The new Tiles feature also impresses and makes navigation a bit easier.
Costing $295, the Fossil Gen 5 isn’t cheap. However, that’s the price to pay if you want the best Wear OS smartwatch.
Mobvoi TicWatch Pro and TicWatch Pro LTE specs:
- Display: 1.39-inch touchscreen FSTN LCD and OLED
- 400 x 400 resolution
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100
- Storage: 4GB
- Battery: 415mAh
- IP rating: IP68
- Sensors: Accelerometer, gyroscope, e-compass, PPG heart rate sensor, ambient light sensor, low-latency off-body sensor, GPS, NFC
Misfit Vapor X
The Misfit Vapor X is one of the best Wear OS watches you can buy, but it’s so far down on our list because it’s so expensive. With only minor upgrades over the Fossil Sport, the Vapor X costs nearly $300 — quite a bit more than Fossil’s sporty watch.
However, the Misfit Vapor X is a capable smartwatch. It has the latest processor, Google Pay support, and GPS and heart rate sensors. Performance and battery life suffer a bit, though, so we’d only recommend you buy the Misfit Vapor X if you’re really interested in the design.
Misfit Vapor X specs:
- Display: 1.2-inch AMOLED
- 328 x 328 resolution
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100
- Storage: 4GB
- RAM: 512MB
- Battery: 330mAh
- IP rating: 3ATM
- Sensors: Accelerometer, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS
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