Smartwatches are growing in popularity and they have come along way since the original models launched. The smartphone platform you have used to limit the smartwatch models available to you but since Android Wear added iOS compatibility, the limitations have decreased, although not in the case of Windows Phone sadly. The Apple Watch is iOS only, but there are plenty of other smartwatch options to choose from on various platforms, such as Guess Connect and Vector. It's Android Wear that has the biggest model selection though.
There are smart models that will go with that swish suit or dress, but there are also sporty models to go with more everyday clothing so it's all about what suits you and your lifestyle. Choosing the smartwatch platform is just the beginning of the decision making.
This feature is all about the different Android Wear smartwatches available and the differences between them. We have rounded up the choices you have from the Tag Heuer Connected and the Huawei Watch to the Asus ZenWatch 2 and the new Motorola Moto 360. You'll find the pros and cons explained for each in order to help you decide which Android Wear watch is best for you. We will be updating this feature as more become available to buy so if you can't make a decision yet, keep checking back for the latest.
Tag Heuer Connected
The Tag Heuer Connected is the first luxury Android Wear smartwatch to come from an actual watch manufacturer. The company wanted its first smartwatch to stay true to the traditional stylings of its standard watches, which it appears to have achieved.
The Connected smartwatch features a brushed titanium build and a large circular display surrounded by a black, sandblasted, carbide-coated titanium bezel with anti-fingerprint coating and raised three dimensional numbers. There is a brushed titanium button on the side, while the vulcanised rubber strap comes in seven colours.
There is a 1.6GHz dual-core processor under the Tag Heuer Connected's hood, coupled with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which means it should be a little quicker than its competition. The 1.5-inch display has a 360 x 360 resolution for a pixel density of 240ppi and there is a 410mAh battery capacity on board too.
The watch comes with what Tag calls microapplications pre-installed. These mean you can quickly access functions, locally, without needing a connected smartphone and they include an alarm, stopwatch and timer. It weighs just 52g, but it is relatively thick at 12.8mm and it is the most expensive Android Wear smartwatch to date.
The Tag Heuer Connected is all about quality. It features premium materials that you won't find on other Android Wear smartwatches, with a finish that screams luxury. The Connected is made by people who make watches, so you can expect a better fit than competing devices too, but you will pay the price.
READ MORE Tag Heuer Connected hands on (review coming soon)
The Huawei Watch is one of the more higher quality Android Wear smartwatches. It isn't quite up there with Tag Heuer but it does use more premium materials than its competition. It is made from 316L Stainless Steel and it comes in three case options including a standard Stainless Steel model, a black-plated Stainless Steel opted and a rose gold-plated Stainless Steel model.
There is only one size available - 42mm - so you don't get the same level of options as the Motorola Moto 360 or the Asus ZenWatch 2, but there are three 18mm straps to choose from comprising a Stainless Steel mesh strap, link bracelet and a genuine leather strap.
The battery capacity sits at 300mAh, which is the same as the smaller ZenWatch 2 and Moto 360, and there is 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage on board, like many of the other Android Wear watches. The 1.4-inch AMOLED display is circular and has a 400 x 400 resolution for a pixel density of 286ppi, making it one of the sharpest Android Wear displays.
The display is protected by sapphire crystal like the Tag Heuer Connected and there is a ergonomic button at two o'clock for ease of use and to make it look more watch than smartwatch. It is also 11.3mm thick, so slimmer than many of the alternatives.
The Huawei Watch is the most watch-like Android Wear smartwatch available. It is made from premium materials and offers a superior design, which the others can't quite match, excluding Tag. If you don't have the budget for the Tag, or you want a smarter looking device, the Huawei Watch is a great option.
PRICE: From £289
READ MORE Huawei Watch review
Asus ZenWatch 2
The Asus ZenWatch 2 succeeds the ZenWatch, which was one of the smartest of the Android Wear crew in its day. Unlike the original and many other Android Wear smartwatches, the ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes - one with a 1.63-inch display and the other with a 1.45-inch display. There are nine standard straps to choose from and three casing options, but Asus has also teamed up with Swarovski to offer a watch strap with crystals too.
The larger model measures 49.6 x 40.7mm and has a depth ranging between 9.4 and 10.9mm, while the smaller model measures 45.2 x 37.2 with a depth between 10.4mm and 11.8mm. The 1.63-inch display has a resolution of 320 x 320 for a pixel density of 278ppi, while the 1.45-inch model has a 280 x 280 resolution for a pixel density of 273ppi.
Under the hood you'll find a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage in both models, along with a built-in microphone so conversations with your wrist are possible. There is a 400mAh battery in the larger models to keep things ticking along and a 300mAh capacity in the smaller model. Both are IP67 water resistant.
There is no GPS on board but Asus does provide a few of its own features on top of standard Android Wear, including Smart Assistant that allows you to see timely information at a glance and get things done with a simple touch or voice command. There is also a Wellness Manager that uses the built-in pedometer to help you accomplish fitness goals.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 is one of the most elegant of the Android Wear watches out there and it is also one of the only ones that comes in two size options. It is reasonably priced, sports a well-executed design and Asus brings a few software extras to add a bit of punch to the party. If you are after a smartwatch that keeps you in the picture but in a smarter style, the Asus ZenWatch 2 is a good option.
READ MORE Asus ZenWatch 2 review
Motorola Moto 360 (2015)
The original Motorola Moto 360 was one of the first three hero smartwatches of Android Wear when the platform initially launched, but the second generation improves things a great deal. The new Moto 360 might not get rid of the black bar at the bottom of the display, but it does add three sizes to the mix.
There is a men's 46mm option that comes with a 22mm band, a men's 42mm option that needs a 20mm band and a women's 42mm option that requires the 16mm band. Each model has a round display, offering a more traditional design. Both 42mm models have a 1.37-inch screen with a 360 x 325 resolution for a pixel density of 263ppi, while the 46mm model has a 1.56-inch display with a 360 x 330 resolution for a pixel density if 233ppi.
All three of the Moto 360 models come with a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage, which is pretty much the standard across the board of Android Wear devices. There are dual digital mics on board, all three models measure 11.4mm deep and the 46mm comes with a 400mAh battery, while the 42mm models have a 300mAh capacity.
Like the Asus ZenWatch 2, there is no GPS on board, but the Moto 360 does have an optical heart rate sensor. The Motorola Moto 360 also has some of the best customisation options at is is available through Moto Maker, like its predecessor, meaning you can change things like the casing colour, bezel colour and strap to suit.
The main reason to opt for the Motorola Moto 360 is for its customisation options via Moto Maker. There are three bezel and case colour options that can be mixed and matched, which you can then pair with leather or metal straps. If you want an Android Wear device with a more traditional approach that can be customised to suit your tastes, then the Moto 360 is one of your only options.
PRICE: From £229
READ MORE Motorola Moto 360 (2015) review
LG Watch Urbane
The LG Watch Urbane is another of the smarter Android Wear smartwatches and it's one to consider if you're after a round, sophisticated wrist companion. Opting for the higher end of the spectrum, the Watch Urbane is available in silver or rose gold bodies, with respective black or brown leather straps.
There is a 1.3-inch display with a 320 x 320 resolution to offer a pixel density of 348ppi, making it one of the sharpest displays within the Android Wear models so the information presented should be lovely and crisp.
In terms of other specs, the Watch Urbane has the same standard 4GB of memory and 512MB of RAM. It is powered by a 1.2GHz processor like the ZenWatch 2 and Moto 360 (2015) but the battery capacity sees a jump to 420mAh putting it just above the Tag Heuer Connected. Once again though, this smartwatch isn't small at 45.5 x 52.3 x 10.9mm.
As the Watch Urbane has a 22mm strap, it does mean you can change things around a little to make it work towards your design tastes better but you are more limited in terms of the casing itself compared to the likes of the Moto 360 (2015) for example.
The LG Watch Urbane is the one to look at if you want to go down the round-shaped route rather than rectangular and if you are looking for a smart, sophisticated look. It's not a smartwatch that will work as well with your gym kit as it does with your suit and it is one of the more expensive Android Wear watches out there so it rests on how much you're willing to splash.
READ MORE LG Watch Urbane review
Sony SmartWatch 3
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the sportiest of the Android Wear smartwatches if you opt for the rubber model and it's the one to buy if you're looking for a smartwatch that not only keeps you connected, but allows you to track your exercise too. You can go smart too though as there is a stainless steel option, as well as a leather strap so that's worth bearing in mind.
Sony has been in the smartwatch game for a lot longer than others and although it isn't as sexy in terms of overall design as its competitors with a simple, squarish appeal, it does have its own advantages including a slim and 45g light build.
It is the only Android Wear smartwatch to include GPS tracking and it has the same RAM, memory and processor as the rest available. The SmartWatch 3 has a 420mAh battery capacity which is the same as the Watch Urbane and G Watch R and there is a 1.6-inch 320 x 320 pixel resolution display on board too.
Charging is done via Micro-USB so no extra cradles or leads are necessary and the SmartWatch 3 is also waterproof with an IP68 rating.
The Sony SmartWatch 3 is the Android Wear smartwatch worth considering if you want a cross between a sportswatch and smartphone notifications. It gives the best of both worlds, and while it won't look as good with smarter clothing as some of the others available, if you have smaller wrists, the SmartWatch 3 will be more suitable than others.
READ MORE Sony SmartWatch 3 review