With smartphones getting bigger, why not stay connected by going smaller with a handy smartwatch that boasts a whole load of features other than telling the time? Apple are of course always leading the way with new gadgets and wearables, but don't let this distract you from how good Google’s Android devices can really be, so we’re here to bring you the top picks for Android smartwatches.
- If you are set on an Apple watch check out our round up of the best smartwatches
- Not a fan of the tech? We’ve also chosen some of the best men’s quartz watches you might prefer
- If you’re on a tighter budget then we also picked out the best men’s watches under £500
Android smartwatches are now due to become compatible with iOS, which will see them become a very strong contender against the likes of the Apple Watch, so if you’re considering a smartwatch that boasts all of the features, keep an eye out for brands such as Samsung and LG. And if fitness is your thing, then the Fitbit Ionic is the one of the best Android smartwatch for fitness tracking.
From listening to music to answering calls and messages from your wrist, we’ve rounded up the best Android smartwatches with a range of features to suit your lifestyle. Check them out below.
1. LG Watch Style
A sleek looking smartwatch that doesn’t look too techy
Best for: Sleek design | Storage: 4GB | Battery Life: 24 Hours | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
If you like the idea of a smartwatch but hate the look of them, then this LG smartwatch could be the one for you. It looks just like a regular watch, with a stylish black face and blue accents, and you’ll get interchangeable leather bands so you can customise this watch to your preferred look. But looks can be deceiving because behind this relatively standard looking watch, it can sync with your phone so you can use features such as quick-messaging and calls. It has a battery life of up to 24 hours and a handy wireless charging dock to place it in overnight.
2. Huawei Watch
Looks and works like a quartz, but smarter
Best for: Quartz-style | Storage: 4GB | Battery Life: 24 Hours | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
The Huawei watch is the smartwatch for you if you are after a traditional looking watch with built in smart features. It runs on both Android and iOS, and has all the features of a regular quartz watch including a leather strap. The microphone on this watch for taking calls is rated highly and the battery life is said to be excellent, even when connected to Bluetooth. You can choose to have the digital face always on, or set it to “tap to show”, which is a good way to preserve battery life so it can last you a few days. Interchangeable straps mean you can customise this watch to your desired look and feel.
3. Casio Pro Trek Smart WSD-F20
An outdoorsy watch for those on the go
Best for: Activities | Storage: n/a | Battery Life: 28 days | Connectivity: Wi-Fi
For those always in the great outdoors, the Casio Pro Trek smartwatch is designed predominately for map usage even when it’s offline. So if you often go hiking, running or cycling, then you may find that this Android smartwatch is ideal for tracking your location and documenting your route. It is compatible with both Android and iOS, with voice-text functionality and a high resolution touch screen. Built with activity in mind, the battery on this smart watch can last up to 28 days so you don’t have to worry about getting disconnected in the middle of a trek.
4. Samsung Gear S3
A fast-charging smartwatch that will last for days
Best for: Battery life | Storage: 4GB | Battery Life: 3 days | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, 4G
The Samsung Gear S3 is rather impressive when it comes to features and battery life. Compared to other watches that usually need charging every 24 hours, this watch can run for up to 4 days, and it has a wireless fast charging feature. Users have said it is very intuitive and easy to download apps to this watch, with a clear microphone that makes voice-texts and calls a hassle-free experience. You’ll also get a wrist monitor to keep track of exercise such as walking, running and the gym. Overall, Samsung do not disappoint with their Android Smartwatch.
5. Fitbit Ionic
Enhance your exercise routine with the Fitbit Ionic
Best for: Fitness tracking | Storage: 2.5GB | Battery Life: 2-3 days | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
If you want to start tracking your fitness, then there really is not better way than with a Fitbit, and the Fitbit Ionic has tonnes to offer when improving your current fitness routine. Your Fitbit will track your activity all day and it will also monitor your sleep so you can know exactly what your body is doing. This smartwatch is swim proof and the built-in GPS allows you to track all swims, cycles, runs or walks, with battery life lasting up to 3 days for uninterrupted tracking.
6. Misfit Vapor
A budget fitness tracker that looks pretty swish
Best for: Budget buy | Storage: 4GB | Battery Life: 2 dyas | Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
The Misfit Vapor looks like a mash up between a classic smartwatch and a Fitbit, with a sleek round face and digital display that allows you to monitor your heart rate and enhance your overall workout. The watch has music storage, which means if you leave your phone at home you’ll still be able to connect your watch to your headphones (If they have Bluetooth) in order to listen to music wirelessly whenever you want. It’s swim proof, and the apps are easy to navigate on the display.
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