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After years of neglect, Wear OS is finally worth getting excited about again. Samsung is leading the charge on the new wave of Android wearables with its Galaxy Watch series, and Google's Pixel Watch is finally here, too. That's not to mention scores of options from the likes of Fossil and Mobvoi.

There are tons of great smartwatches and excellent fitness trackers to choose from that will work with your Android phone. To help narrow it down, here are our top eight Wear OS picks today.

Editors choice

8.00 / 10

Surprise, surprise: Samsung's Galaxy Watch 5 has replaced the outgoing Galaxy Watch 4 as our Editors Choice Wear OS smartwatch. Year-over-year changes from the last model are minor, and if you already have a Watch 4 in good condition, you probably shouldn't throw down your cash here. At $280, the 40mm Watch 5 goes for $30 more than the last model — and that extra money will get you more scratch-resistant sapphire crystal over the display, plus a larger battery. (The larger 44mm model comes with the same upgrades and a similar price increase: it costs $300, $20 more expensive than the equivalent Watch 4 model.)

Otherwise, this watch is very similar to the model it's replacing. They both have Samsung's custom W920 chipset paired with a gigabyte and a half of RAM, they measure all the same health metrics, and aside from slightly different color options, the two generations are almost identical visually. If you don't already have a Watch 4, that's not bad news — the Watch 5 offers solid day-to-day performance and a killer display, and Samsung watches enjoy access to Wear OS 3 — still a rarity in the market. It's not a sensible upgrade if you own the previous version, but if you're shopping for your first smartwatch or replacing one that's a couple of years old, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 is the most straightforward Wear OS device to recommend to most people right now.

Specifications
  • Display Size : 1.19"
  • Display: 1.19" Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 396 x 396px (40mm) or 1.36" Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOED 450 x 450px (44mm)
  • CPU: Samsung Exynos W920
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 284mAh (40mm) or 410 mAh (44mm)
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (2.4Gz & 5Ghz), LTE (optional)
  • Durability: IP68, Waterproof to 50m (5ATM), MIL-STD-810H
  • Software: One UI Watch 4.5 atop Wear 3.5
  • Health sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA), Continuous SpO, Skin Temperature Sensor
  • Price: From $280
  • Strap: 20mm
  • Dimensions: 40.4 x 39.3 x 9.8 mm (40mm) or 44.4 x 43.3 x 9.8 mm
  • Weight: 29 (40mm) or 32.8g (44mm)
  • Mobile payments: Samsung Pay, Google Wallet
  • Workout detection: Yes
  • Exercise modes: 90+
  • Color options: Silver, Graphite, Pink Gold (40mm only), Sapphire (44mm only)
Pros
  • New sensor cluster makes for a more comfortable fit
  • Sapphire crystal glass is super tough
  • Better Google Assistant experience
Cons
  • Very mild upgrade from the Watch 4
  • Battery doesn't last as long as Samsung says
  • ECG measurements only available when paired with a Samsung phone
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5
Premium pick

7.25 / 10

With a 1.36" AMOLED display covered by sapphire crystal nestled into a conventionally shaped titanium watch body, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is large, and unlike the Watch 4 Classic, there's only one size available. As a result, people with smaller wrists might have a hard time with the Watch 5 Pro. But the watch's size allows for a comparatively beefy battery, which, in our review, we found could power up to three consecutive days of mixed use on a single charge.

Performance-wise, the Watch 5 Pro is the same as the regular Watch 5, which means it's the same as last year's Watch 4 series, too. So if you've already got a larger Watch 4, your day-to-day experience won't be much different with the Watch 5 Pro. The Watch 5 Pro offers a precious few new fitness features, like GPS mapping for cycling and hiking — though, curiously, not for running. That's a major disadvantage compared to offerings from Garmin, but if you're just here for a big, fancy Wear OS watch you won't have to charge very often, the 5 Pro fits that bill perfectly. With a 60Hz AMOLED display, great general performance, a battery that won't quit, and super-tough, high-end materials, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro does its best to earn its very premium $450 MSRP.

Specifications
  • Case Material: Titanium
  • Display: 1.36" Sapphire Crystal Glass AMOLED 450 x 450px
  • CPU: Samsung Exynos W920
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 590mAh
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.2, Wi-Fi (2.4Gz & 5Ghz), LTE (optional)
  • Durability: IP68, Waterproof to 50m (5ATM), MIL-STD-810H
  • Software: One UI Watch 4.5, Wear OS 3.5
  • Health sensors: Optical Heart Rate, Electrical Heart Sensor (ECG), Bioelectrical Impedance (BIA), Continuous SpO, Skin Temperature Sensor
  • Price: $450 (GPS), $500 (LTE)
  • Strap: 20mm
  • Dimensions: 45.4 x 45.4 x 10.5 mm
  • Weight: 46.5g
  • Mobile payments: Samsung Pay, Google Wallet
  • Workout detection: Yes
  • Exercise modes: 90+
  • Color options: Black, gray
Pros
  • Made of durable materials
  • Great battery
  • Thoroughly premium look and feel
Cons
  • GPS maps only support hiking and biking
  • No rotating bezel
  • Chunky size and shape may not appeal to the small-wristed
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro
Best value

7.25 / 10

With Qualcomm's Wear 4100 chip, a whole gig of RAM, and a promised update to the new-and-improved Wear OS 3 sometime this year, Mobvoi's TicWatch E3 offers a lot of value for a relatively modest $200. Mobvoi went with a lower-cost LCD display to hit that low price, which means lower contrast and no perfect OLED blacks. Still, even with that less-efficient display type, battery life stretches well into a second day. An Essential Mode also limits the watch's functionality but boosts battery life significantly. The TicWatch E3 has an MSRP of $200, but it's regularly available for less. Once it gets Wear OS 3, it'll be a great way to experience modern Wear OS on the cheap—and for the price, it's a good pick in the meantime, too.

Specifications
  • Display Size : 1.3"
  • Display: 360x360 LCD
  • CPU: Snapdragon Wear 4100
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 380mAh
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi:802.11b/g/n
  • Durability: IP68
  • Software: Wear 2.3 (3.0 compatible with future update)
  • Health sensors: HD PPG Heart Rate Sensor, SpO2 Sensor
  • Dimensions: 44 x 47 x 12.6mm
  • Weight: 32g
Pros
  • Wear 4100 chipset is snappy
  • Two full days on a charge, even with the always-on display on
  • In line to get Wear OS 3
Cons
  • Thicker than we'd like
  • Setup is a pain
  • LCD display where many smartwatches have OLED
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Mobvoi TicWatch E3

8.25 / 10

It may be officially replaced by the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5 Pro, but the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic is still a fantastic smartwatch. The Classic's case is made of stainless steel instead of the aluminum of the base-model Watch 4 and Watch 5, and it has a rotating bezel that simplifies menu selections, scrolling through notifications, and more. That last bit is especially valuable now that the Watch 5 and 5 Pro only offer digital bezels, not physically rotating ones.

At an MSRP of $350, it might not be an easy sell over the $280 base-model Watch 5, but because the Watch 4 and Watch 5 series are so similar, you're missing out on very little by going with the older generation. It's also discounted with increasing frequency lately. So if you crave a more traditional-looking smartwatch or just can't live without that clicky bezel (who could blame you?), the Classic's premium should be worth it for you.

Specifications
  • Display: 60Hz OLED, 1.2" 396x396 (42mm) or 1.4"450x450 (46mm)
  • CPU: Exynos W920
  • RAM: 1.5GB
  • Storage: 16GB
  • Battery: 247mAh (42mm) or 361mAh (46mm)
  • Connectivity: NFC, GPS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, LTE (optional)
  • Durability: IP68 certified, MIL-STD-810G compliant
  • Software: One UI Watch 3 over "Wear OS Powered by Samsung"
  • Health sensors: Heart rate, EKG, bioelectrical impedance
  • Price: From $350
  • Weight: 46.5g (42mm), 52g (46mm)
Pros
  • Identical performance to the newer Watch 5
  • Crisp, vibrant display
  • Rotating bezel is a treat
Cons
  • Battery life isn't all it could be
  • Requires some Samsung phone apps
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Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 Classic

7.00 / 10

Years into Wear OS, the is Google's late smartwatch debut. For a first attempt, it gets a lot right. The Pixel Watch's hardware is beautifully designed with a unique look not quite like anything else on the market today, and its case is made from stainless steel — a tougher, more premium option than the aluminum many smartwatches use. Performance is surprisingly solid, given Google's choice to use an older chipset to power the Pixel Watch. Wear OS 3.5 is great, too, and Google's custom watch faces are positively killer.

But Google's really pushing Fitbit integration in the Pixel Watch, and using the wearable the way Google intends — wearing it all day to track your activity and all night to track your sleep — requires charging once a day, if not twice. The watch is also missing some health features you can get in other Fitbit trackers, like skin temperature sensing, EDA measurements, and SpO2 sensing (though that last one should be coming eventually in a software update).

At $350 to start, the Pixel Watch isn't necessarily easy to recommend over something like the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. But if you're really taken with the styling and don't mind charging at least once a day, the Pixel Watch could be a good fit for you.

Specifications
  • Display: 1.6" 384x384 AMOLED, up to 1000 nits brightness boost, Ambient light sensor, Always-on display
  • CPU: Exynos 9110 SoC, Cortex M33 co-processor
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Storage: 32GB
  • Battery: 294mAh, "up to 24 hours"
  • Connectivity: 4G LTE, UMTS, Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n 2.4GHz, NFC, GPS, GLONASS, BeiDou, Galileo
  • Durability: 5ATM
  • Software: Wear OS 3.5
  • Health sensors: Optical heart rate sensor, Multipurpose electrical sensor, Blood oxygen sensor, Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Altimeter, Compass
  • Price: $350 (BT/Wi-Fi), $400 (LTE)
  • Strap: Active band included: Small (130 - 175 mm) and Large (165 - 210 mm)
  • Dimensions: 41 x 41 x 12.3 mm
  • Weight: 36g (without band)
  • Audio: Built-in speaker
  • Mobile payments: Google Wallet
  • Workout detection: Yes
  • Color options: Matte Black with Obsidian Active band, Polished Silver with Charcoal Active band, Polished Silver with Chalk Active band, Champagne Gold with Hazel Active band
Pros
  • Striking design
  • Premium hardware
  • Google's watch faces are excellent
Cons
  • Average-at-best battery life
  • Fitbit integration is lacking
  • Pricey
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Google Pixel Watch

7.50 / 10

The TicWatch Pro 3 was king of the Wear OS hill for a spell, so it's not much surprise that the updated TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS is also quite good. There aren't actually many differences between the two watches: the new Ultra GPS has a refined design, slightly beefier Wear 4100+ chipset (to the Pro 3's Wear 4100), and, according to Mobvoi, meets the MIL-STD-810G durability standard. It's got outstanding battery life that'll easily last you more than a total of 24 hours, partially thanks to a unique dual-layer display that can enter a super-low-power mode when you're not actively using the watch. Wear OS 3 is scheduled to land on the Pro 3 Ultra GPS sometime this year, too, which will make the watch all the better. The Pro 3 Ultra GPS has an MSRP of $300, but you can pick one up for less if you keep an eye out for sales.

Specifications
  • Display: 1.4" 454x454 OLED + FSTN
  • CPU: Snapdragon Wear 4100+
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 577mAh
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0, Wi-Fi:802.11b/g/n
  • Durability: IP68, MIL-STD-810G compliant
  • Software: Wear OS
  • Health sensors: Heart Rate Sensor, SpO2 Sensor
  • Price: From $300
  • Weight: 41g
Pros
  • Solid performance thanks to the 4100+
  • Interesting and useful dual display to conserve battery in a pinch
  • All the sensors anyone will ever need
Cons
  • Not yet on Wear OS 3
  • Bulky — may not appeal to those with small wrists
  • Haptics feel weak
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Mobvoi TicWatch Pro 3 Ultra GPS

6.75 / 10

We weren't initially too enthusiastic about the Fossil Gen 6. While it's got Qualcomm's Snapdragon 4100+ chipset, it's also saddled with an out-of-date version of Wear OS. That means that, right now, it's not a fantastic buy compared to something like the Galaxy Watch 5, or even the Mobvoi TicWatch Pro Ultra 3 GPS—which weighs in at the same $300 MSRP but has the added benefits of both an added low-power display to extend battery life and compliance with the MIL-STD-810G durability standard. But with robust build quality, a vibrant, crisp display, and an update to Wear OS 3 in the works, the Gen 6 is worth your consideration—just be aware there are likely more appealing options available right now. That could change with the aforementioned update, however.

Specifications
  • Display Size : 1.28"
  • Display: 1.28" OLED, 416x416
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100+
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 300mAh
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 5.0 LE, GPS, NFC SE, WiFi
  • Durability: Waterproof 3ATM
  • Software: Wear OS 2 (at launch), optional update to Wear OS 3 (planned)
  • Health sensors: PPG Heart Rate, SPO2
  • Price: From $299
Pros
  • Sturdy build quality with good buttons and rotating crown
  • OLED display is bright and really sharp
  • Fast(er) charging is better than previous generations
Cons
  • Battery life is mediocre, even if you sacrifice almost all of the features
  • Performance occasionally stutters a little too much
  • MSRP is too high
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Fossil Gen 6

7.00 / 10

The Skagen Falster Gen 6 is a stylish alternative to the Fossil Gen 6. Aside from aesthetics, the two smartwatches are more or less identical: each has the same 1.28" 416x416 AMOLED display, the same 300mAh battery, and the same Snapdragon Wear 4100+ chipset paired with a single gig of RAM. Like the Fossil Gen 6, the Skagen Flaster Gen 6 is still stuck on the old Wear OS 2, though both should see updates to Wear OS 3 around the same time.

While the experience of using either watch will be the same either way, the Falster offers a look that might appeal to people who don't care for the Fossil Gen 6's styling. One niche benefit to the Skagen watch over the Fossil is that the Falster Gen 6 has a water resistance rating of 5 ATM, which beats the Fossil's 3 ATM. You'll often find this watch available well under its $295 MSRP lately, so keep an eye out for good sales.

Specifications
  • Display Size : 1.28"
  • Display: Color AMOLED / 416 x 416 / 326ppi
  • CPU: Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ Wear 4100+
  • RAM: 1GB
  • Storage: 8GB
  • Battery: 300mAh, 24 Hr + multi-day Extended Mode
  • Software: Wear OS by Google
  • Price: $295
  • Strap: 21mm
  • Dimensions: 41mm Face
Pros
  • Attractive design
  • Lots of case and band options
  • Bright, sharp AMOLED screen
Cons
  • Mediocre battery life
  • Performance stutters a little too often
  • Pricey at MSRP
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Skagen Falster Gen 6

What's the best Android wearable you can buy?

Right now, we're big fans of the Samsung Galaxy Watch 5. Samsung's Wear OS watches come with Wear OS 3, and to this day, there still aren't any other watches that have the newest version of Google's wearable software. The Watch 5 is also a fast performer with a bright, smooth display and battery life that can stretch nearly two full days (depending on the size you buy). Most of what's good about the Watch 5 was also featured in the Watch 4, though, so don't rush out to upgrade from last year's model. In fact, if you can get your hands on a Watch 4 Classic, we still recommend it — its performance is identical to the Watch 5, and the 4 Classic is the only Wear OS watch with a rotating bezel for navigating menus.

The Galaxy Watch 5 Pro is an upgraded version of the Watch 5. It's bigger, its case is made of titanium, and it has exclusive tracking features for hiking and cycling. It's an absolute battery champ, too, lasting up to three days between charges with less demanding use. But at $450, it's premium in the extreme.

There's also Google's Pixel Watch. It's an interesting option for style-conscious Android fans who want the latest version of Wear OS in a pretty package, but it's ultimately not a great pick for anyone looking for a good value. But watches from big-name manufacturers that aren't Samsung or Google won't be lagging on the software front for too long. Mobvoi's latest TicWatches and the Fossil Gen 6 and Skagen Falster Gen 6 are set to get Wear OS 3 sometime this year. When they do, it'll look and feel more like the Pixel Watch's UI than Samsung's take on the software, which draws inspiration from the Tizen interface its older smartwatches used.

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