Our Top 3 Android Smartwatch Picks Of The Year
Smartwatches are like a thing from science fiction. A few years ago it would be unimaginable to have a watch that could interface with a phone to provide data on messages, missed calls, heart rate, photos, and even the internet at a glance. Oh, and they also tell the time. Although the first models were unwieldy and chunky looking, the newest models are approaching the same size and comfort as a regular old watch, and are now seriously striking a balance between wearability and functionality.
With any new craze though, there are winning models and losing models. It's easy to get confused with the new flood of models from Motorola, LG, Pebble, and others, as well as the usual imitations that try to cash in with inferior products. While Apple's iWatch is still a ways off, there are quite a few models available for Android that are phenomenal. While the execution of the smartwatch idea still has a bit to go before it becomes a must-have item, these three picks are some of the most polished smartwatches available today.
By far the classiest looking of our three picks, the Pebble Steel offers all the original Pebble did in an elegant package. Pebble is a veteran of the smartwatch world, and the ease of set-up and use definitely show their experience. The dedicated Pebble Appstore far and away offers more apps and clock-faces than any other manufacturers at this time. The Pebble Steel keeps the aesthetics of a watch, while offering the advantages of a smartwatch and as such the display may seem a little plain, but for those who don't want to look like they're wearing a mini-smart phone on their wrists, the Pebble Steel is perfect.
The Moto 360 is an absolutely beautiful device. It offers a color LCD screen that shows up crisp and clear even in sunlight. This watch however is a bit more complex than Pebble's offering, and mostly works via microphone input as opposed to touch, which is somewhat limited in its application. It is powered by the Android Wear Operating System, a fork of the Android OS, by Google and although it is coming along nicely, some will still feel like there's not enough there yet to justify the purchase. In addition the battery life is fairly terrible at around a day per charge with moderate use, which with a watch is quite abhorrent. However, for those who love being on the cutting edge of smartwatch design this is the device to have.
LG G Watch R
This successor to the original LG G Watch is an absolute treat to wear. It's a great pick for fitness buffs, with it's fairly sporty look and built in heart rate sensor. The screen is on par with the Moto 360's and is gorgeous, and the battery lasts a respectable 2 days per charge. The G Watch R is also powered by Android Wear, but given Google's relationship with Motorola, updates may hit it a bit later than the Moto 360. This watch really shows the potential for what smartwatches can be with its lovely design and we hope to see even more from LG's smartwatch line in the future.