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The best Wear OS watches for 2020

The best WearOS watch is the Skagen Falster 3. It’s a wonderfully slick watch that looks luxurious and solid but maintains a reasonable price. And, thanks to excellent internals, it’s among the smoothest WearOS watches we’ve reviewed. The Falster 3 looks good on a variety of wrists and outperforms it direct competitors.

We’ve tested dozens of smartwatches, including many luxury models that specifically target watch enthusiasts. Our rigorous real-world testing gives us unmatched insight into the smartwatch market. While we think the Falster 3 is the best WearOS watch overall, we’ve selected a few other options in case it doesn’t have the features you want.

The best: Skagen Falster 3

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The Skagen Falster 3 ($295) perfectly balances understated design with the best technology in WearOS at the moment, and is our pick of the models available today.

The 42mm body has a 1.2-inch OLED screen and three buttons on the side for a sleek look that will suit most wrists. The stainless steel Falster 3 comes in gunmetal grey with a choice of colorful straps, or in a stealthy all-black design if you choose the Falster 3 X By Kygo special edition.

It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 platform with 1GB of RAM, plus it has NFC for Google Pay, GPS, a heart rate monitor, the ability to make and receive calls from your phone, and the latest version of Google’s WearOS software. Performance is good too, and the battery will last a day even with a workout session, plus it charges to full in about one hour. Only WearOS’s frustrations disappoint, but they’re minimized on the otherwise excellent Skagen Falster 3.

If the design is too minimalist for you, then do take a look at the Fossil Gen 5, which shares the same technology but in a slightly larger 44mm body.

Read our in-depth Skagen Falster 3 X Kygo review.

Moto 360

Moto 360 watch face
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Following a much needed price cut to $299, the Moto 360 has become a more tempting prospect. Made from thick stainless steel and available in gold, steel, or black finishes with a choice of straps too, it’s a great looking smartwatch. The top button on the side of the case rotates to navigate WearOS more easily, and there is a heart rate monitor on the back. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Wear 3100 platform with 1GB of RAM powers the Moto 360.

We’ve added this to the list because of the classy design and manageable size, making it suitable for many people, plus the simple software which sticks rigidly to standard WearOS for relatively smooth performance. The battery life is good too, though you won’t get more than a full day.

Read our in-depth Moto 360 review.

Misfit Vapor X

 

Not too big, not too flashy, and with the right balance between style and sportiness, the Misfit Vapor X ($279) is for those who find the minimalist Skagen Falster 3 doesn’t fit in with their lifestyle. The 1.2-inch screen, 42mm body, and simple design means it’s suitable for most wrists, while the watch faces and easy-to-swap strap allows plenty of customization to give it some flash if you feel the need.

It uses the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 platform with 512MB of RAM, making it slightly less powerful than the Falster 3, but it still provides a good ownership experience and never feels frustrating. The watch has GPS and NFC, plus a heart rate monitor, and a battery that easily lasts for a day. It has water resistance to 50 meters too, so it’s suitable for swimming, and has Google Fit for fitness tracking, plus the chance to install more fitness apps through Google Play too.

Read our in-depth Misfit Vapor X review.

Kate Spade Scallop 2 

Kate Spade Scallop 2 Smartwatch review
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Kate Spade is known as a fashion-forward, tech-friendly company, and the Kate Spade Scallop 2 proves it. The Scallop 2 features a similarly understated and classic design to the original, but then pulls in more design aspects associated with the Kate Spade brand for a fresher look. It’s slim — which is helpful in ensuring that the watch looks stylish — and has all-new tech including GPS and a heart rate sensor, new watch faces, and NFC for Google Pay.

We really like the clever watch face that can be set up to complement the color scheme of your outfit. Don’t be put off by the large-sounding 42mm body. The screen is just 1.2 inches, so the watch is very compact and wearable. There are various Wear OS smartwatches designed specifically for women, but this is by far our favorite. Don’t dismiss the original Scallop if you happen to see a great deal on it, either, because it has most the advantages of its sequel.

Read our in-depth Kate Spade Scallop review.

Suunto 7

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Suunto is best known for its hardcore fitness watches, but earlier this year launched its first smartwatch using Google’s WearOS. The Suunto 7 embraces the brand’s sporty design and superb fitness tracking ability, while pairing it with the more everyday usable software, and excellent battery life. Yes, really, excellent battery life. It regularly lasted two days on a single charge in our review with regular use.

Fans of the brand will want more than that, and happily Suunto’s own comprehensive training app is included, along with a clever “heat” map showing local walking and running routes. There’s a heart rate monitor on the back and GPS too, plus the usual features including NFC. The battery improvements come from a close partnership with Qualcomm, and tweaks made to the Snapdragon 3100 chipset inside the watch.

It’s expensive for a WearOS watch at $500, but about what you’d expect to pay for a top-flight GPS-based fitness tracking smartwatch without Google’s software.

Read our in-depth Suunto 7 review.

Mobvoi TicWatch E2

Mobvoi Ticwatch E2
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If you want the chicest watch on the market, Ticwatch E2 probably isn’t the one for you. However, folks working with a smaller budget who still want to purchase a decent smartwatch may want to give this one a chance. 

It may not be the best-looking, but this watch certainly lets you show your style with hundreds of watch faces to choose from. The Ticwatch E2 is also a basic black watch, which means it goes with everything.

As far as fitness features, you could do worse than the Ticwatch E2. This watch features a heart rate sensor and a built-in GPS, so you can workout without carrying your phone. You can also use TicMotion or Google Fit to track your workouts, and even wear the watch while swimming thanks to the waterproof design. 

The Ticwatch E2 can download apps from the Google Play store and is compatible with Google Assistant. You can even use the watch display to see your notifications, text messages, and see who is calling you. The case measures 46mm and contains a 1.4-inch screen with a 400 x 400-pixel resolution.

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