The possibility for smartwatches are endless. With the ability to track your movements and keep you on track, to replacing your phone, the ever evolving technology of the Android watch seems unlimited. Competitors like Apple, Fitbit and Samsung have lead the pack in leading watches, but a recent re-branding of the Wear OS could be a game-changer in fast-tracking new technology.
More fashion brands and labels have come to embrace the Wear OS tech, and the new update has made the technology significantly more attractive to Apple users. As the Google-powered technology has been adopted by a number of brands, we have rounded up the best watches on the market.
Samsung Gear 3
The South-Korean technology company is making competitors nervous with strong sales, and along with strong competition from Apple and Fitbit, Samsung has looked to its own technology. Coined the Tizen OS, the platform is compatible with most Android phones on an up-to-date OS. Equally functional and attractive, the classic style is more simple with less apps then other models, but is great for music lovers. You can control music playing on your phone from the watch as well as sound music from the watch speakers.
Samsung Gear S3 Classic / $499 AUD SHOP NOW
Casio Pro Trek Smart
While Casio is considered to be on the lower spectrum of technology and design, you’d be surprised at its expansive offerings. If you’re one for the outdoors, Casio’s Pro Trek Smart is perfect for hardwearing adventure. Featuring a GPS, sensors for measuring altitude and air pressure, an accelerometer, gyrometer, and compass, this watch will take you to all ends of the planet.
Casio ProTrek Smart Watch WSD-F20 / $680 AUD SHOP NOW
Mobvoi Ticwatch E
Not a well-known brand in the smart watch game, Mobovi has quietly produced a capsule of high-quality watches for a relatively small price. The fast-growing company are producing minimalistic watches – perfect for the android rookie – and includes all features you would want including a GPS, heart rate monitor, water resistance and also boasts a day’s worth of battery.
Mobvoi Ticwatch Express / $220 AUD SHOP NOW
Misfit launched in 2011, and after a good seven years on the market, the company has produced innovative watches and premium design, for everyday stylish wear. From fitness to fully smart watches, the Vapor includes standard features such as GPS, heart rate monitor, calls, texts, and music as well as being water resistant, for swimmers.
Misfit Vapor Smartwatch / $300 AUD SHOP NOW
Huawei Watch 2
The Chinese tech firm Huawei is best known for its phones, but has now moved into the smartwatch market, and while it is not the most stylish watch to choose from the company does promise high-tech capabilities. Staying to true to its word, the simple-looking model packs in a lot. The Watch 2 includes a GPS, NFC, a rotating bezel and crown for scrolling, 4GB of storage, a pre-installed workout app, and compatibility to all the standard apps.
Huawei Watch 2 / $549 AUD SHOP NOW
From denim to technology, Italy’s Diesel has been expanding its range to include stylish smart watches. The hybrid On DZT1006 is encased in a steel frame and leather strap, providing a full touch-screen that’s true to the Diesel aesthetic. The features are simple for those who are out for the overall look, but with does include some helpful capabilities like steps and weather.
Diesel On Full Guard Touchscreen Smart Watch / $549 AUD SHOP NOW
Louis Vuitton Tambor Horizon
Probably the most luxurious smart watch on the market, Louis Vuitton have also expanded its offering to include smartwatches. Forming its design elements with technology, the Tambor Horizon has thrown out the GPS and heart-rate monitor for more ‘on-brand’ apps like the LV Guide, a travel assistant for tourists. It doesn’t come cheap though, for a cool four figures.
Louis Vuitton Connected Tambour Horizon Monogram 42 / $3,870 AUD SHOP NOW
Hugo Boss Touch
Hugo Boss has always been synonymous with its timeless and masculine aesthetic, and as the fashion house moves into technology-based fashion they are keeping true to form. The Touch Smartwatch is classic with a minimal design, for ultimate timelessness. It doesn’t include any sports features, but does have step tracking.
Hugo Boss Touch Smartwatch / BUY IN STORE
Emporio Armani Connected
Armani is one of the most recognisable fashion houses in the world, and its Emporio arm – made more for the younger generations – has combined technology and design for the Connected line. Similar to other fashion brands, design and style is at the forefront for Emporio, meaning that the tech is pretty simple, but includes Google Play store and a speaker.
Emporio Armani Touchscreen Smartwatch 5005 / $649 AUD SHOP NOW
Fossil Q Venture
Fossil combines Swiss craftsmanship with vintage American design, to produce a timeless design. Thinking of overall quality, the Q Venture includes Google Assistant, Google Fit, notifications from your phone, and some unique games.
Fossil Q Venture Silver Display Smartwatch / $429 AUD SHOP NOW