10 Best Wear OS Watches of 2021 You Must Buy

Published on 5th July 2021

What was once, science fiction is now a reality. Watches aren’t just an article sitting on your wrist with a pointer moving around the numbers to indicate the time. With advancements in technology, starting from the late 20th century, all the way to the present moment, it has become easy for watches to do more than just tell the time. A lot more.

For the most part, smartphones have become more ubiquitous than standard phones throughout the world. Why? They are quite frankly as functional as a desktop or a laptop computer, but in a size that’s portable and convenient. But what happens when we want even more portability and convenience? Of course, the smartwatch is the smartest solution among them all.

What is a ‘Wear OS Watch’?

Google’s Android OS is the most popular operating software for smartphones throughout the world, with a market share of over 70 percent in May 2021.

Wear OS, first introduced in 2014, is a version of Android that is used for smartwatches. The integration with Android phones is seamless as a result, allowing the smartwatches to be more practical, while also allowing for features such as Bluetooth, WiFi, as well as 3G and LTE connectivity. Wear OS is compatible with round, square as well as rectangular-faced smartwatches.

Brands that produce Wear OS Watches include Fossil, Michael Kors, Skagen, Suunto, Moto, TicWatch, etc and we’ll go through some of their watches in this article.

 

Why do we love ‘Wear OS Watches’?

  • The convenience of seeing what notifications we have received in our smartphone, on the watch.
  • The ability to make and take calls with the watch.
  • A large number of apps that can be downloaded from the Google Play Store and used on the watch.
  • The presence of Google Assistant, which has a plethora of uses on its own, of which, every single one of them is possible to be used just on the watch.
  • Water resistance in some models allows us to take the watch to the shower or the pool, along with all the functionalities.
  • A very convenient companion for fitness-related activity as it sits on the wrist and can monitor heart rate, steps, and can also be used to time workouts

The Apple Watch has the largest market share in terms of its operating system, the watchOS. But Apple watches aren’t compatible with Android phones which lead the market as we saw earlier, making the Wear OS more important. Even though the Wear OS currently doesn’t score as well as the operating systems of Amazfit, Fitbit, Huawei, Garmin, as well as Samsung’s Tizen, the fact that it’s owned by Google who also own Android make it a very safe bet in a market that’s subject to quick changes and innovations.

And breaking news; Google announced in May 2021 that Tizen would go on to be merged with Wear OS. This makes it even more sensible as a choice.

 

10 Best Wear OS Watches

Something to keep in mind is that this list is in no particular order, with each watch being unique and having its own advantages and disadvantages.

Moto 360 Gen 3 Watch

Moto Wear OS Watch
Moto 360 Gen 3 Watch (Image: Amazon)

A great piece for a more niche side of the market. It’s versatile and elegant. A high-quality smartwatch that gets the job done. This is a great watch for those who want the classic design of a traditional timepiece with the functionality of a modern smartwatch. The current price has been reduced a lot from the price it sold for initially, making it attainable to many. 

Key Features: –

  • SUS316 Stainless Steel with PVD coating (Steel Grey & Rose Gold) or DLC coating (Phantom Black).
  • Sensors : Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Barometer, HRM, Ambient Light.
  • Water resistance : 3 ATM.
  • Strap size (width) : 20mm.
  • Case diameter : 42.8mm.

Moto 360 Gen 3 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.2 inch, 390 X 390 pixels, 460 PPI, AMOLED touchscreen.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Memory 1GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory.
Battery 355 mAh, quick charge.
Compatibility Android 6.0 or higher, IOS 12.0 or higher.

Pros
  • The stainless steel case is of premium quality with a good balance of surface finishes and choices.
  • Versatile design which allows it to be used in a large variety of situations, including formal ones.

  • Smooth performance due to 1 GB of RAM.

  • Can be used in the shower as well as the pool.

Cons
  • Battery life isn’t up to the mark.

Rating : 4.7/5

Fossil Sport Watch

Fossil Wear OS Watch
Fossil Sport Watch (Image: Amazon)

Not all occasions demand formal attire and accessories. Here’s a watch that’s more targeted towards the fun crowd. A light-hearted and colorful collection from the fashion brand, Fossil. This is a great smartwatch for the active person. One whose identity lies in the outdoors. It’s great for those who like to express themselves through a colorful watch. A smartwatch. 

Key Features: – 

  • Lightweight Aluminium and Nylon hybrid case.
  • Accelerometer, Altimeter, ambient light, Heart rate, NFC, Bluetooth, gyroscope and GPS.
  • Magnetic rapid charge.
  • 50m water resistance.
  • 18 or 22mm watch strap sizes.
  • Case diameter : 41 and 43 mm.

Fossil Sport Watch : Specifications

Display 1.20 inch, 390 X 390 AMOLED touchscreen.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Memory 4 GB internal memory.
Battery 350 mAh.
Compatibility Android 6.0 or higher, IOS 12.0 or higher.

Pros
  • Wide variety of case and straps colours for customisation. (6 colors)
  • Great water resistance, suitable for swimming.

  • Lightweight and comfortable.

Cons
  • Casual design isn’t versatile enough for multiple occasions.
  • Little expensive in terms of value offered.

  • Battery life could have been better.

 

Rating : 4.2/5

 

Michael Kors Gen 5 Access Lexington 2 Watch

Michael Kors Wear OS Watch
Michael Kors Gen 5 Access Lexington 2 Watch (Image: Amazon)

A beautiful, artistic, and unique design. Something very different in the sea of simple and basic smartwatches. One of the closest, a smartwatch has gotten to, in terms of looking nearly timeless! Heavily inspired by the design of the Rolex Datejust with its Fluted Bezel and Jubilee Bracelet, this is a very unique smartwatch in the sense that it combines a very traditional element of horology and luxury watchmaking with the technology of modern times. It is built by Fossil themselves and the tech hardware is basically from the Fossil Gen 5 series.

Key Features: –

  • Stainless steel case with fluted bezel.
  • Unisex design.
  • 44mm case diameter.
  • 30m water resistance.
  • Speaker, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, heart rate monitor, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, microphone, speaker.

Michael Kors Gen 5 Access Lexington 2 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.28 inch, AMOLED Touchscreen, 328 pixels per inch.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Memory 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage.
Battery 310 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • High quality construction.
  • Beautiful design, inspired from traditional timepieces.

  • Well suited for multiple types of occasions, as it’s an artistic design.

  • Has hardware of the Fossil Gen 5, making future support better.

Cons
  • Expensive.
  • Little too flashy for some.

  • Not fit for sporting activities in terms of appearance and construction (Can easily attract scratches).

Rating : 4.4/5

 

TicWatch Pro 3 Watch

TicWatch Wear OS Watch
TicWatch Pro 3 Watch (Image: Amazon)

Great value for money, fantastic battery performance, and with all the functionalities one can expect of a smartwatch in this range. A fantastic proposition for those who want value for money, and of course, for those who have large wrists. 47mm is considered large by all means. But this also means a larger and clearer display for improved functionality and ergonomics. 

Key Features: –

  • Stainless Steel and plastic case.
  • 47mm case size.
  • 22mm watch strap size (Comes standard with a silicone strap).
  • IP68 water resistance (Suitable for swimming).
  • Accelerometer, gyroscope, barometer, SPO2, heart rate monitor, ambient light sensor, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, microphone, loudspeaker.

TicWatch Pro 3 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.4 inch retina AMOLED, 454 X 454 resolution.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100.
Memory 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal storage.
Battery 577 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • Large screen for easy reading.
  • Good build quality.

  • Advanced hardware for its class.

  • Excellent battery life.

Cons
  • The large size can look undesirable for smaller wrists.

Rating : 4.9/5

Skagen Connected Falster 2 Watch

Skagen Wear OS Watch
Skagen Connected Falster 2 Watch (Image: Amazon)

Beautiful, simple, clean, and minimalistic. A slightly different choice. Skagen is a well-known and even respected Danish fashion watch brand with a very unique style of its own that seems to be favored a lot. For those reasons, this smartwatch is one to buy with the heart, rather than with the head.

Key Features: –

  • 40mm case size.
  • Minimalistic design.
  • Magnetic mesh straps as well as silicone & leather options.
  • 30m water-resistant (Swimming possible).
  • NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi, Heart Rate, ambient light, accelerometer, microphone.

Skagen Connected Falster 2 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.19 inch AMOLED Touchscreen, 320 X 320 resolution.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.
Memory 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Internal Storage.
Battery 300 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • Straps are very simple and easy to change.
  • Attractive, trademark minimalistic design.

Cons
  • Battery life isn’t great.
  • Processor is an older version.

  • Price is a bit high considering the specifications.

 

Rating : 4.1/5

 

Fossil Gen 5 Watch

Best Fossil Wear OS Watch
Fossil Gen 5 Watch (Image: Amazon)

A no-brainer choice. Modern, well designed, and gets the job done. A great choice overall. Slightly more expensive than required, but good enough for what it provides. Fossil has a great reputation in the Smartwatch industry anyways.

Key Features: –

  • Stainless steel case.
  • 44mm case diameter.
  • 22mm strap size.
  • 30m water resistance.
  • Speaker, NFC, Bluetooth, GPS, WiFi, heart rate monitor, altimeter, ambient light, gyroscope, microphone, speaker.

Fossil Gen 5 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.19 inch AMOLED Touchscreen, 320 X 320 resolution.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.
Memory 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Internal Storage.
Battery 300 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • High quality construction.
  • Better than average battery life.

  • Choice of both silicone and leather bands.

Cons
  • Not as functional with iOS as it is with Android.
  • More affordable alternatives available.

 

Rating : 4.3/5

 

TicWatch C2 Watch

TicWatch Wear OS Watch
TicWatch C2 Watch (Image: Amazon)

A lovely watch that seems to be in its own zone, rather than in the playing field. This is a decision to really make with the heart. It’s a very alluring design with a dished-in bezel. 

Key Features: –

  • 42.8 mm case size.
  • A choice of 20mm or 18mm straps.
  • Genuine leather straps.
  • Accelerometer, Gyroscope, Heart-rate sensor, NFC, GPS, Bluetooth, WiFi.
  • IP68 Water resistance.

TicWatch C2 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.3 inch AMOLED Touchscreen, 360 X 360 pixels.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.
Memory 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Internal Storage.
Battery 400 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • Stylish design.
  • Great build quality.

  • 2 Lug width choices as per personal tastes.

Cons
  • Slightly outdated hardware.
  • Not the best for swimming.

  • Better options available from other brands at this price range.

 

Rating : 4.4/5

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Watch

Best Michael Kors Wear OS Watch
Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Watch (Image: Amazon)

Back to the classics. But in a different way. This is more of a standard and subtle classic, rather than the artistic, blingy type of classic. A watch that is more cleanly designed than the Michael Kors Lexington, making it more appealing for a wider range of people. It is still a classic and well-rounded design.

Key Features: –

  • Stainless steel case.
  • 44.5 mm or 46 mm case diameter.
  • GPS, NFC, Bluetooth, WiFi, and all of the standard feature.
  • Stainless steel bracelet.
  • ‘Flat Tyre’ design display.
  • IP67 water resistance.

Michael Kors Access Bradshaw Watch : Specifications

Display 1.4 inch AMOLED Touchscreen, 320 X 290 pixels.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.
Memory 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Internal Storage.
Battery 360 mAh.
Compatibility Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition), iOS 10+.

Pros
  • A very handsome watch, suitable for formal occasions.
  • Stainless steel case and bracelet, with the option of yellow or rose gold plating, including 2 tone schemes.

  • Premium build quality.

  • More subtle design than the Michael Kors Lexington.

Cons
  • Not the best for swimming or sporting activities.
  • ‘Flat Tyre’ display shape may not be up to everyone’s tastes.

  • Not the best for swimming or sporting activities.

 

Rating : 4.5/5

 

TicWatch S2 Watch

TicWatch Wear OS Watch
TicWatch S2 Watch (Image: Amazon)

An affordable treat. Not just affordable, but very distinctive. Very sporty design, born for the outdoors. But overall, I had to include this watch in the list because of the way it reminds me of the Casio G-Shock. Sure, it may not even come close to that in terms of actual real-world durability, but in terms of design, in terms of the 810G certification, in terms of the polycarbonate construction, it’s very much like that. A great outdoors watch, this certainly is.

Key Features: –

  • Polycarbonate case.
  • 46.6 mm case diameter.
  • 22mm strap width (Comes with a silicone strap).
  • 50 m water resistance.
  • Meets US Military Grade 810G durability standards.

TicWatch S2 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.39 inch, AMOLED Touchscreen, 400 X 400 pixels.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100.
Memory 512 MB RAM, 4 GB Internal Storage.
Battery 415 mAh.
Compatibility Android 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+.

Pros
  • Lightness in construction, making it more comfortable to wear.
  • Excellent water resistance for swimming.

  • Great fitness watch.

  • Excellent battery life.

Cons
  • May be a little too large for smaller wrists.
  • Lack of NFC support for Google Pay.

  • No LTE.

 

Rating : 4.6/5

 

Suunto 7 Watch

Suunto Wear OS Watch
Suunto 7 Watch (Image: Amazon)

A fantastic proposition, if you’re willing to pay the price. This is a fantastic smartwatch. The usage of extremely durable materials like polyamide along with stainless steel gives it ruggedness, while also allowing it to look presentable in calmer situations. Of course, it’s expensive. But with such a powerful battery and excellent functionality, this is worth it.

Key Features: –

  • Glass fibre reinforced polyamide casing with stainless steel used for the bezel.
  • 50 mm case size.
  • 24 mm strap width, comes with a high-quality silicone band.
  • 50 m water resistance and dust resistance.
  • Barometric altimeter, GPS, WiFi, Bluetooth, heart rate sensor.

Suunto 7 Watch : Specifications

Display 1.39 inch, AMOLED Touchscreen, 454 X 454 pixels.
Processor Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100.
Memory 1 GB RAM, 4.5 GB Internal Storage.
Battery Lithium Ion.
Compatibility Android 4.4+ (excluding Go edition) and iOS 9.3+.

Pros
  • Beautifully designed.
  • Fantastic 2 day battery life.

  • Lightweight construction balances out the large case size.

  • Excellent sports, workout and outdoors watch.

Cons
  • 50 mm case size is quite massive.
  • Quite expensive.

 

Rating : 4.7/5

Conclusion

Now that we’ve talked about 10 great Smartwatches featuring Google’s Wear OS, there’s one more thing left to say. Choose the watch you love. Not only that, but choose the watch that fits your lifestyle and tastes. This article is nothing more than a brief summary of the different choices available today. But whichever one you choose, make sure to enjoy it fully, for that is the point of it all! Hope you found our article helpful.

Read our latest article on ‘Seiko VS Citizen‘, the top two trusted watch brands in the world, and know among both who has an edge over the other. Once again thanks for reading!

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