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:
Fossil Gen 5
Wear OS is 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 has 1GB of RAM and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 3100 SoC, which means performance is great.
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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.
The Fossil Gen 5 isn’t cheap, but that’s the price to pay if you want the best Wear OS smartwatch.
Mobvoi’s new TicWatch Pro 3 is the first smartwatch with Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset. This, coupled with 1GB of RAM, makes for overall good performance, at least in our short time with the device. Battery life also seems to have been improved, with our own Oliver Cragg showing two-day battery life could be a possibility with normal smartwatch usage.
- Display: 1.4-inch AMOLED + FSTN LCD display
- SoC: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100
- Storage: 8GB
- RAM: 1GB
- Battery: 395mAh
- IP rating: IP68
- Sensors: Accelerometer, barometer, ambient light, gyroscope, heart rate, microphone, NFC, GPS
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