Top Android Wear watches of the year
Choosing an Android Wear watch can be as difficult as picking out a phone. Android Advisor is here to sort it all out
There’s an interesting theory that smartwatches are to the smartphone what wristwatches were to the pocket watch. Picture the way the average gentlemen used to have to rummage through his pocket for his watch prior to the 20th century. Now skip forward 100 years and the average smartphone user still has to dive into his/her pocket to
check their phone. The kicker now is that your phone holds far more information than a pocket watch ever did, yet all of which is still locked into your pocket.
Smartwatches aren’t for making phone calls, although some can do this, but instead they provide a quick and easy way to check what notifications are on your smartphone, so you can decide whether it’s worth delving into your pocket or searching around your bag to fetch your smartphone or not.
There are two type of smartwatch: those with a colourful touchscreen like would find on your phone, and those which combine a regular analogue watch with smart features.
We call them ‘semi-smartwatches’ but they’re also known as hybrids. It hasn’t quite made the chart here but the Fossil Q Grant is a great example.
The latter we class as a semi-smart device and normally gives you information via a small LCD screen, LEDs or even smaller hands on the watch face.
While a fully-fledged smartwatch can do a lot more, the juice guzzling screen results in a short battery life. Semi-smart watches benefit from longer battery life with some even having separate cells for the watch and smart features.
If you’re an Android user, then an Android Wear smartwatch is the obvious choice but it’s not necessarily the best for everyone. Google’s OS tweaked for wearables also plays nicely with iOS but with cut down functionality, so iPhone owners will get more from the Apple Watch.
When testing for what is the best smartwatch, the important factors to consider are how much of your