The New Generation of Android Wear 2.0 Watches Strap on a Techy Timepiece

Casio WSD-F20

Many Android wear smartwatches want to look like normal watches. The Casio WSD-F20 doesn’t, with a giant frame like a Garmin Forerunner sports watch. Prep your wrist in advance. This watch crams in military-spec ruggedisation and 50-metre water resistance, though it’s meant for a casual swim instead of diving. It would rather be up a mountain, or on the slopes. There’s an app for hikers, cyclists, skiers, fisher-folk and even paddle boarders, and the tracker software is some of the best pre-installed in a watch. GPS tracking and offline maps are also big wins. The battery still only lasts a day and change, but a clever dual-layer screen lets it last a full month when used in a neat watch-only mode.

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Techhapp says

One of the best smartwatches on the market for extreme sport fans, though the chunky build doesn’t fix the smartwatch battery

Huawei Watch 2

Huawei’s first Watch was one of the most stylish of the year. This one, well, isn’t. Despite a high-quality ceramic bezel, some of the other watches here make the Huawei Watch 2 seem toy-like. If being proud of the watch you wear is priority number one, keep on looking. What it does do is fit a lot of tech into a normal-sized watch. There’s GPS, a heart-rate sensor, NFC and Bluetooth. Anything an Android Wear watch can do, the Huawei Watch 2 can do too. What we really want is last year’s beautiful design with this year’s features.

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TECHHAPP SAYS

It has the entire tech a modern smartwatch needs, but an uninspiring look will put off the more fashion-forward.

Michael Kors Access

Handbag king Michael Kors is putting his name on smartwatches. As you’d hope, the design doesn’t disappoint. We’ve been given more compliments wearing this than any Wear watch to date. It’s a stunner, and is available with a stainless steel strap. Don’t look too deep, though, because the Michael Kors Access has the worst screen on test, with a cut-out at the bottom that takes the edge of. With no GPS and no heart-rate sensor, its roll-call of features is also disappointingly short.

TECHHAPP SAYS

This is a smartwatch with looks to drool over, but its screen and lack of higher- end features won’t please a lot of tech heads.

Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45

Is the weight of your wallet getting to you? The Tag Heuer Connected Modular 45 can help. However, like other Tag Heuer watches it’s made to last more-or- less forever, with titanium frame that won’t rust or discolour. The design is great, as long as you don’t mind unashamedly masculine wrist wear. And it can be fully customised thanks to its modular make-up. There are even diamond- encrusted versions costing over 410,000. Inside, Tag Heuer has come up with some of the most convincing digital watch faces we’ve seen, although Android Wear has mostly been left as-is. GPS is the star tech extra, adding fitness cred, but Tag Heuer left out the heart-rate sensor, sadly.

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TECHHAPP SAYS

No smartwatch is going to age well over five years, but this classy number has a better chance of fighting time than any other.

Samasung Gear S3 Classic

How about something completely different? The Samsung Gear S3 Classic actually isn’t a Wear watch. It runs Tizen OS. Its star feature Tizen is built around the circular watch face controlled using the Gear S3’s addictively clicky rotating bezel. It’s a stress toy by itself and super-intuitive. Battery life is much better than the Wear average too, at two to three days between charges Add a classy look of simple stainless steel given an edge with teeth that ring around the bezel, and you wonder, what’s not to like? The big issue is apps. Samsung pre-installs a bunch of goodies, but there’s not much extra gold on Samsung’s Gear App Store.

TECHHAPP SAYS

It’s a great take on how a smartwatch should operate, but Samsung’s Tizen system is gagging for more useful third-party apps.