T3's pick of the best watches packing Android capability that are the first generation of tech tricks that fit snugly around your wrist.
Love it or loathe it, wearable tech is here to stay and now more watches are stripping away the buttons. We are lovers of the more traditional timepieces as our list of the best watches shows, but we also like the idea of a watch that looks like it has been yanked straight from a Sci-Fi flick.
You can narrate texts to them, map your way home with them and make calls, just like James Bond. If you yearn for a timepiece sans the dials and buttons that comes with smartphone-like features, here's the Android watches to have on your radar..
With the Apple Watch finally out in the wild, do you go with Cupertino's creation or an Android Wear toting timepiece? We've rounded up all the wearables running Google's operating system that you can buy right now so you can see what suits you most.
LG Watch Urbane
The latest Android Wear timepiece also happens to be the most watch-like yet. It's basically an LG G Watch R, spruced up a bit with a new brushed metal casing - either in silver or the rather flashy gold one above - and a brown leather strap. The display is a 1.3-inch P-OLED, same of the G Watch R, and all the internals are copied over as well. That means you get a Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 410mAh battery which should be good for around two days of usage. It also happens to be the priciest Android Wear release so far, but it'll still cost you less than picking up an Apple Watch Sport.
£259 | Google
Motorola Moto 360
The Moto 360 sticks to the traditionally round watch design, hiding its smart capabilities up it sleeve. What it's got up there is pretty impressive - a clean Android Wear interface, offering syncing with Android devices' contacts, maps, calls and notifications, and a subtle vibration notification system. It responds quickly to swipes and taps, and the face can be attached to a range of straps, so you can switch it up as often as you fancy. Despite it being a tad larger than some, since it feels and looks like an actual watch, your wrist easily adapts to the slightly larger size.
£199 | Motorola
LG G Watch R
The second circular display toting Android Wear smartwatch comes from LG, who has quickly released a follow-up to its G Watch. The original G Watch was a little bland for our tastes, but the G Watch R is anything but. It’s slick looking, with a style similar to a men’s sports watch and it translates well to a smartwatch. The internals are the same, so expect 4GB of storage and 512 of RAM, but the battery has been upgraded and you should almost get two days use from this baby.
£199 | LG
Our favourite looking square Android Wear watch, the Asus Zenwatch boasts a slightly curved display and a genuine tan leather strap that enhances that premium finish. Asus has kitted the watch out with a few nifty software tweaks too, including an app for buzzing your phone and one for taking shots with the camera. The charging cradle is on the frustrating side though, but the battery should easily get you through a day.
£200 | Asus
Sony Smartwatch 3
The third iteration of Sony’s Smartwatch is the first to come rocking Android Wear, but that’s not the only first here. For one, it boasts GPS, so you can accurately tracks runs without being tethered to your phone. It also uses a microUSB port for charging, ditching the need for a special cradle or stand. The band can be swapped out and there are both plastic and metal options, with the former coming in a range of hues.
£150 | Sony
LG G Watch
The fashion-conscious will love this, as you can exchange the strap with any 22mm watch strap - not to say that LG's default black isn't incredibly sharp. It's also powered with Android Wear, responds instantly to "ok Google", and can perform tasks like sending messages, making calls and taking notes by voice. Thought it's slightly heavier than the Samsung Gear Live, it's also a bit shorter, so won't hang over your wrist. Wtih 4GB internal storage, 512RAM and water and dust resistance, it's perfect for everyday use.
£169 | Google Play Store
Samsung Gear Live
The Gear Live is one of the first smartwatches to run Android Wear, the first OS by Google specifically designed for smartwatches, streamlining the interface so everything's quicker and easier. It's compatible with devices running Android 4.3 Jellybean or higher, syncing your contacts, notifications and news to your wrist and responding to the command "ok Google" incredibly well even in crowded rooms. Responsive, slick and smart, it's definitely a winner, even if it is a little big on the wrist.
£169 | Google Play Store