Android Wear 2.0 is now running at full speed, with smartwatches from the likes of Tag Heuer, Montblanc, ZTE, Asus, Huawei and Fossil rocking the updated operating system, and most older watches now running the new platform too.
The full lowdown: The top smartwatches across all platforms
The good news for iPhone owners as well is that Android Wear does play nicely with iOS, so you don't have to go for an Apple Watch if you want a smartwatch companion in your life.
If you're looking to get a Google-powered smartwatch on your wrist sooner rather than later, here are all the key details on the top Android Wear smartwatches available now.
The flag-carrier for Android Wear 2.0, the LG Watch Sport is the undisputed king of the Wear world right now. It taps into the rich feature set of Google's updated smartwatch platform and doesn't disappoint.
The 1.38-inch, 480 x 480 P-OLED display is, pixel for pixel (348ppi), the best Wear display so far. It's also got the most oomph in the engine room, with a 1.1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor and 768MB of RAM. What that means in the real world is a super snappy Wear experience with the new standalone apps loading without a stutter.
But it's the inclusion of the GPS / NFC / LTE connectivity trio that really sets it apart. Thanks to that holy trinity, it's the first Android Wear smartwatch that really could consider itself a genuine smartphone replacement. It's the best all-rounder from the Google stable so far, and the most likely to worry the bods over in Cupertino. The Huawei Watch 2 and the latest Tag smartwatch (below) also boast this level of connectivity, but the LG Watch Sport remains our top pick.
Have a look at our comprehensive LG Watch Sport review.
The leading luxury smartwatch, this 'Swiss Made' 45mm beauty is available with titanium, ceramic and 18K rose gold finishes and will provide you with a modular design, which essentially means you're free to switch out the electronic watch with a traditional mechanical Tag module such as the Calibre 5 or the chronograph Tourbillon Heuer 02-T. Mixing up the lugs, straps and buckle is also an option, with 56 different versions available at launch.
There's an Intel Atom Z34XX processor powering performance, 4GB of storage memory and a battery life of around 24 hours. There's also built-in Wi-Fi and GPS to give it standalone smarts, NFC to let you make payments from the wrist and water resistance up to 50 metres.
For more on the watch, check out our Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 review. And seeing as this device is on the bigger side, those with smaller wrists may want to check out the newly announced, smaller Tag Heuer Connected Modular 41 (more on that below).
If Tag isn't for you, there's also the Louis Vuitton Tambour Horizon, which doesn't include as many bells and whistles. You won't find GPS or NFC payment support here, but you will find an expertly crafted luxury watch that perfectly matches your Louis Vuitton luggage. If you do want Android Pay, and something a bit less expensive than Louis Vuitton, there's the Movado Connect and Emporio Armani Connected to consider, too.
With the Moto 360 Sport, we finally had an Android Wear smartwatch to rival the Sony SmartWatch 3's GPS skills, but it's Polar's M600 that is now easily the best Wear option for runners.
Your M600 syncs directly to Polar Flow, and not only will your smartphone be able to display all your stats, but all that data is synced to the cloud so you can dig deeper using the Flow desktop client or the browser based version. What's more, if you don't trust the optical heart rate monitor on the M600 (you really should though), you can pair it with a dedicated chest strap – and it doesn't even have to be a Polar one.
Read our full Polar M600 review for more info.
If you don't want to spend big on a smartwatch, the Ticwatch E is in our opinion the best budget option available right now.
Joined by the Ticwatch S on Kickstarter earlier this year, maker Mobvoi decided to ditch its own operating system for Google's on the 45mm watch which packs in a 1.4-inch OLED display plus a heart rate sensor and has a GPS sensor built into the strap.
That means you can track your runs and rides without your phone by your side, offering compatibility with Movboi's fitness suite and third party fitness apps. With Wear running things, you can expect all the standard features including the ones introduced in Wear 2.0. So you'll have more customisable watch faces and access to Google Assistant. You won't however have access to Android Pay, which is disappointing.
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