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Best Android smartwatches 2016 – AndroidPIT

Best Android smartwatches 2016 – A number of new Android smartwatches have been launched recently, including the Samsung Gear S3, Huawei Watch and the second generation Asus ZenWatch 3. Now that we’ve had a chance to complete our full reviews, we’ve been able to compile our current list of the best Android smartwatches of 2016, including a convenient buying guide.

Best smartwatch overall: Asus ZenWatch 3

The best comes last, with Asus’ latest smartwatch. The display, quick recharge time, long-lasting battery, etc make it the best watch on the market. Asus has targeted millenials with the design of the ZenWatch 3. This smartwatch with its three buttons looks much sportier than other watches that the company has so far released, for a more personal and unique twist. The new design also comes with IP67 certification, meaning it is resistant to water and dust.

So far, almost all Android Wear smartwatches have come equipped with the Snapdragon 400. The ZenWatch 3 comes with Qualcomm’s new replacement for this: the Snapdragon 2100. In our review, the performance was solid.

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The best all-around smartwatch. / © AndroidPIT

There is no built-in pulsometer, GPS or SIM capability. For sports, navigation or connecting to the internet without being tethered to a cell phone, you should look elsewhere. The ZenWatch 3 offers the basics you expect from a smartwatch: notifications, fitness tracking, playing music via Bluetooth, hands-free operation features and more.

Display 1.4-inch, round, AMOLED Resolution 400 x 400 pixels, 287 ppi
Size 45.2 x 10.65 mm Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100, Quad-Core, 1.2 GHz
Internal Storage / RAM 4 GB / 512 MB RAM IP IP67 Dust and water resistant
Price $229.99 Battery 340 mAh

Asus ZenWatch 3

$229.99

Best Buy

Best value smartwatch: Asus ZenWatch 2

If you want a good Android Wear experience on a budget, the under $150 ZenWatch 2 is the way to go. Asus didn’t change much between its first ZenWatch and this version, preferring instead to focus on customization options (I wonder where it got that idea from… *cough* Apple *cough*), but it has added quick-charging and a Wi-Fi chip to enable the ZenWatch 2 to take advantage of the latest Android Wear features.

It delivers much the same experience as the Moto 360 (2015) at half the price, and we have to recommend the ZenWatch 2 as the best entry point to the Android Wear world.

Screen: 1.45-inch, square(ish), AMOLED

1.63-inch, square(ish), AMOLED

Resolution: 280 x 280 pixels, 273 ppi

320 x 320 pixels, 278 ppi

Size: 45.2 x 37.2 x 10.5 mm

49.6 x 40.7 x 9.5 mm

Processor: Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
Internal storage / RAM: 4 GB / 512 MB RAM IP: IP67 dust and water resistant
Price: Approx. $129.99 Battery: 400 mAh

 androidpit zenwatch 2 asus 1The very reasonably priced Asus ZenWatch 2 shouldn’t be overlooked. / © ANDROIDPIT

Asus – ZenWatch 2 WI501Q Smartwatch Silver

$129.99

Best Buy

Best smartwatch design: Huawei Watch

Huawei has succeeded where many manufacturers have gone wrong: it made a watch that looks good first, and performs well second. That’s not to say the Huawei Watch’s performance is substandard, but with relatively weak battery life, no ambient light sensor and a couple of interface problems, Huawei’s wearable is a little behind the likes of the Moto 360 (2015).

That being said, if you want the best-looking watch on Android, this is it.

Screen: 1.4-inch, circular, AMOLED Resolution: 400 x 400 pixels, 286 ppi
Size: 42 mm diameter x 11.3 mm depth Processor: Snapdragon 400, 1.2 GHz
Internal storage / RAM: 4 GB / 512 MB RAM Weight / IP: 60.5 g / IP67
Price: Approx. $349 Battery: 300 mAh

 androidpit Huawei Watch 19The Huawei Watch wins our award for most stylish Android Wear device. / © ANDROIDPIT

Amazon price for Huawei Watch

$1,187.00

Amazon

Best smartwatch for making calls: LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition 3G

The LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition (3G) gets top marks with a full round display, a large battery and a great mobile interface. And the design is also a success, though the watch face is a bit too tall.

Screen: 1.38-inch, round Resolution: 480 x 480 pixels, 348 ppi
Size: 47 x 47 x 14 mm Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
Internal storage / RAM: 4 GB / 768 MB RAM IP: IP67 Dust and water resistant
Price: approx. $199.99 with contract Battery: 570 mAh
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LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition 3G / © AndroidPIT

LG Watch Urbane 2nd EDITION 3G

$199.99

AT&T

Best sports smartwatch: Samsung Gear S3

Hands down the best smartwatch for sports and hiking is the Samsung Gear S3. It comes in two versions: Classic with a leather strap and Frontier with a silicone strap. Both are water and dust resistant. Samsung uses its own operating system called Tizen, but it is still compatible with all smartphones.

The smartwatch comes with GPS, a speedometer, barometer and an altimeter, so it is the ultimate hiker’s companion. Athletes can use the smartwatch to measure their pulse and count their steps. You can store MP3 files on the watch itself and listen without having your phone paired if you’re out for a run.

Screen: 1.3-inch, circular AMOLED Resolution: 360 x 360 pixels, 278 ppi
Size: 49 x 46 x 12.9 mm Processor: Exynos 3250
Internal storage / RAM: 4 GB / 768 MB RAM Weight / IP: 57g / IP68
Price: approx. $299.99 Battery: 380 mAh

 gears3 hero principalThe best for hiking and sports. / © AndroidPIT

Samsung Gear S3

$299.99

Amazon

Android Wear smartwatch buying guide

If you’ve decided to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch, you’ve got a few decisions in front of you, the first of which is whether you want an Android Wear device or something else?

There are other smartwatch options available running on Samsung’s Tizen platform as well as interesting devices by Pebble and Omate. Assuming you’re focused on Android Wear though, we’ll continue.

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With so many Android Wear choices on offer, how do you choose? / © Google

What to consider when buying a smartwatch

There are a few things to think about: size and weight, style, display type (some displays are easier to read outdoors than others), battery size and so on. Consider what you want from your watch and how you plan to use it. All of them offer a degree of water-resistance and all are reasonably light.

If you plan to never take your smartwatch off except to charge it, then a large battery is critical. If you’re outdoors a lot then you might want to opt for a smartwatch with an LCD display. OLED displays are better for battery life but they are not always so visible in the sunshine.

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Picking the right style and display type for your lifestyle are important. / © AndroidPIT

Internally, most Android Wear watches are about the same, so there’s no real technical advantage of one over the other. Battery size and life, screen resolution and type are the main considerations. If you have a very slim wrist you might want to avoid the particularly large designs, so size is a consideration too. Arguably the biggest factor will be style – you want the watch you wear to look good, after all.

Do you own any Android wearables? Which would you say is the best Android smartwatch?

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