Disputes about the «smartness» of watches have been going on for a long time. Some believe that if it is impossible to install third-party applications on a watch, then this is not a smart watch, but a so-called fitness watch or even fitness bracelets. Others believe that if the device has the form factor of a watch and has various useful features, then this is already a smart watch. But at the same time, no one will deny that the most advanced are based on Android Wear, a system from Google that allows you to install hundreds of applications and in fact does not limit your use cases in any way. Want maps on your watch? Easily. Like a third-party sports companion and not the one installed by the manufacturer? Not a question — put any that is available in the market. In general, there is a sea of opportunities, and the development of Android Wear has essentially just begun. At the moment there are not so many hours on this system and for you I have selected some of the most interesting models.
TicWatch Pro 2020
One of the most inexpensive watches on Android Wear, although such watches, in principle, cannot be cheap. The main feature of TicWatch watches is the dual screen. The main AMOLED screen has a resolution of 400×400 pixels, and an additional monochrome FSTN graphic screen was installed on top of it, on which you can display basic indicators, for example: time, steps taken, pulse, etc. Thanks to this know-how, the watch can work up to 30 days. But this is of course in ultra saving mode. When using only the main screen, the operating time is reduced to 2 days, and in mixed mode, the watch lasts about a week. The watch is based on the Snapdragon Wear 2100 chip, equipped with 512 MB of RAM and 4 GB of storage for installing applications. There are GPS, WiFi and Bluetooth. An NFC module is provided for contactless payment. The watch is distinguished by a durable case with protection against water and dust according to the IP68 standard.
TicWatch Pro 3 GPS
Mobvoi’s most popular watch is the TicWatch Pro 3 GPS. It also uses a dual-layer screen, the lower part of which is a Retina AMOLED with a resolution of 454 x 454, and the upper layer is a backlit monochrome FSTN. Using screens in hybrid mode allows you to charge the watch on average 1 time in 3 days. And in the basic mode, they can work up to 45 days. The watch is based on the new powerful Snapdragon Wear 4100, which provides good performance and smooth operation. The RAM is 1 GB, and the storage for installing applications is 8 GB. To track health and sports, TicMotion proprietary technology is used with support for more than 10 sports modes. Built-in speaker and microphone allows you to make and receive calls directly from the watch, NFC is useful for contactless payments. Among other things, there is protection according to the IP68 standard, a barometer and a built-in GPS module.
Another cool watch from Mobvoi. Like the previous model, this one is based on Snapdragon Wear 4100 and is equipped with 1GB + 8GB memory. The watch will be a great companion for health conscious users with 24/7 heart rate monitoring, sleep tracking, stress measurement, blood oxygen saturation detection and more. The clock can be used in the pool, because it is protected according to the IP68 standard. The watch can be used for outdoor running or cycling as it has GPS. In total, more than 20 sports programs, including: elliptical trainer, running, swimming and cycling. Built-in speaker and microphone allows you to use them for conversations. And of course you can install apps like Google Pay, Google Maps or Spotify on them.
Fossil Gen 5
Fossil has been releasing their smartwatches for years, and sometimes they even make watches for other brands like Michael Kors or Armani Exchange. The Fossil watch is not only a smart gadget, but also a beautiful one. Now a pretty good price for the 5th generation of watches, which received a rather simple, but at the same time stylish design. Stainless steel case, screen diameter 44 mm, as well as separate female and male versions. Technically, we have a Snapdragon Wear 3100, 1GB/8GB memory and a 1.28″ AMOLED screen. Wireless interfaces have WiFi, NFC and GPS. As in other smart watches, you can find call and SMS notifications, a voice assistant, a built-in microphone and a speaker for conversations here.
Fossil Gen 6
More recently, sales of the new Fossil Gen 6 watch have started, which are based on the fresh Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset. The chipset provides 30% more performance and at the same time is much more economical in charge than its predecessor. The watch supports automatic tracking of heart rate, blood oxygen saturation and other physical indicators, it will help you keep fit and exercise more efficiently. AMOLED screen with a resolution of 416 x 416 supports Always On Display and has become brighter and more colorful. A big plus of the watch is that it can work not only with Android smartphones, but also with Iphone on IOS. As a companion, the device will help you stay connected with call, text message and app notifications. Answer and make calls right on your watch if it’s inconvenient to reach your phone. This smartwatch comes with a speaker, microphone and customizable buttons. Fossil Gen 6 also supports fast charging and can charge up to 80% in just 30 minutes. The model is suitable for swimming, because it has a water resistance of 3 ATM.
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic
The most sophisticated watch in the collection, which went on sale just a couple of months ago. They are based on the latest Exynos W920 dual-core chip, have 1.5 GB of RAM and are equipped with 16 GB of storage that can be used to install applications or for a small audio collection to listen to later during runs, leaving the smartphone at home. By the way, there is also an LTE version with e-sim, that is, the watch can work completely independently from a smartphone: make calls, communicate in a messenger, listen to music just online. The watch is very durable and protected according to IP68 and MIL-STD-810G standards and has a water resistance of 5ATM. The large Super AMOLED display with a diagonal of up to 1.4″ and a resolution of 450×450 is protected by durable Corning Gorilla Glass DX and has a swivel bezel that is convenient to use for menu navigation. There is WiFi 5GHz, GPS, NFC for contactless payments. The watch can measure blood pressure, take an ECG, measure blood oxygen saturation and support more than 90 sports programs. The battery lasts for 2 days of work, and the watch is charged using wireless Qi charging. I have been using this model (46 mm version) since the release and wrote a review on it (for those who are interested, you can read it here).
Samsung Galaxy Watch 4
Unlike the Classic version, this model does not have a rotating bezel and the screen is located directly on the surface, making the watch look more elegant and less massive. The screen is also smaller here: in the 40 mm version it is 1.2 ″ Super AMOLED with a resolution of 396 x 396, and in the 44 mm version it is 1.4 ″ Super AMOLED with a resolution of 450 × 450. The battery has also been slightly reduced, as a result of which the watch is under active load can last no more than 2 days. But on the other hand, they are much cheaper, and there are absolutely no differences in functions. There is also a top-end Exynos w920, 1.5 GB of RAM and a 16 GB drive. In terms of functions, the watch is able to analyze the composition of the body, that is, it literally allows you to find out how much fat, skeletal muscle and water is contained in your body. And the novelty is able to measure the ECG and blood pressure in real time. And of course, like all the watches in the collection, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 runs Android Wear.