Android Wear smartwatches are essentially all the same on the inside. They all utilize a low-powered processor, a tiny battery pack, and run some version of Android Wear. It's kind of like having a dozen different Nexus phones to choose from.
But the amount of choice is daunting, so we don’t blame you if you’re having trouble choosing the right one. We can help, by whittling it down to the three best smartwatches you can buy right now.
The best all-around Android Wear watch
The modern-looking Motorola Moto 360 is still the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy—and now it only costs $150.
Our initial review of the Moto 360 wasn’t favorable. At launch, the watch suffered from performance issues and crummy battery life. But after a firmware update or two, the release of Android Wear 5.1, and the launch of a few new fancy compatible watchbands, the Moto 360 is now more than a worthy wearable.
We like the Moto 360 because it offers a nice balance of form and function. It features an almost edge-to-edge 1.56-inch display and a 320mAh battery pack that can last you through most of the day. It’s also easy to swap out its watchbands as often as you please. Motorola even bundled in the helpful Moto Connect app suite to make it easier to customize your own watch faces.
The most stylish Android Wear watch
The LG Watch Urbane is one of the most stylish Android Wear watches I’ve laid eyes on. It comes in gold and silver, and with a little watchband swapping you can get either one to look as good as something Michael Kors designed.
The Urbane also runs Android 5.1.1 right out of the box, so it comes ready with features like an ambient mode function for supported apps, Wi-Fi support, a lock screen, the ability to draw out emoji in message replies, and improved menus.
The sportiest Android Wear watch
Sony’s always been a pioneer in the wearables space, but its SmartWatch 3 is its first device to run Android Wear. Its sporty-looking polymer band, IP68 rating, and 420mAh battery pack make it a great companion for athletic types. It’s also one of the few Android Wear watches to offer standalone GPS, so you can take it out for a jog and track your workout without your phone in tow. The only drawback of the Sony SmartWatch 3 is that you’ll need a special holster to swap out watch bands.