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Best Wear OS watch 2022: our list of the top ex-Android Wear smartwatches

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The best Wear OS watches, including Samsung Galaxy Watch 4, Fossil Sport and TicWatch Pro 3
Fossil Sport, Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 and TicWatch Pro 3 (Image credit: Fossil, Samsung, Mobvoi)

With no shortage of options when it comes to picking out the best Wear OS watch. It can be intimidating to know where to begin, which is why we're here. 

We've tested pretty much every smartwatch running Wear OS out there, so we know what's good and what isn't so great. We keep this list up to date regularly so you always know what's worth your time.

Of course, before you dive in, it's useful to know which features you need the most, as well as the style you're looking for to match your aesthetic. Knowing how much you can afford is important too.

This list includes major brand names like Huawei, Fossil, TicWatch, and MisFit. They all offer the best Wear OS experience, although it's likely we'll see things change later this year when the Google Pixel Watch arrives. For now though, these are the best of the bunch. 

You won't see any watches from Fitbit here as it uses a different operating system. Also, there's only one Samsung smartwatch featured as most of its devices use Samsung's operating system - Tizen.

Find a design that suits your style as for the most part, Wear OS remains the same to use whichever watch you pick - though that won't always be true going forward, with Wear OS 3 offering more customization.

But for the most part, expect the software to offer a clean interface that focuses on providing you with phone notifications, while also tracking your health and fitness throughout the day too. 

Only the most recent Wear OS watches are included here, so you're sure to enjoy the latest software with no risk of outdated hardware. Once you've looked through the pros and cons, check out each watch's individual review to learn more.

Not sure if you solely need a Wear OS wearable? Check out our best smartwatch guide for other options.

Best Wear OS watch 2022

Samsung Galaxy Watch 4

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Our favorite Wear OS watch out there

Specifications

Compatibility: Android
Display: 1.4-inch 450 x 450 Super AMOLED
Processor: Dual-core 1.18GHz Cortex-A55
Onboard storage: 16GB
Battery duration: Two days
Charging method: Qi wireless charging
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Fantastic performance
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Lightweight design

Reasons to avoid

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No rotating bezel
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Limited compatibility

Returning to Wear OS means the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 is now the best Wear OS watch out there. It doesn't use a typical Wear OS UI, embracing One UI Watch 3 instead, but it's still a top-end smartwatch that can track workouts along with mostly everything else you can think of.

That comes at a price for iOS owners (don't count on it working with your iPhone) and you'll need a Samsung smartphone to gain features such as blood pressure or ECG measurements, but it's the right combination, the Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 offers great looks, decent battery life, and speedy performance. 

Fitness enthusiasts will particularly appreciate the new 3-in-1 BioActive Sensor that means the watch can track your heart rate, blood oxygen levels, and body composition, right down to skeletal muscle mass and body fat percentage. 

Read the full Samsung Galaxy Watch 4 review

Fossil Gen 6

(Image credit: Fossil)
The best in Wear OS

Specifications

Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 1.28-inch 416 x 416 AMOLED
Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz
Band sizes: 22mm straps
Onboard storage: 8GB
Battery duration: Two days
Charging method: Proprietary
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Sleek design
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Great display

Reasons to avoid

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Short battery life
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Little changes

The Fossil Gen 6 is the company's latest smartwatch, and it features a powerful chipset, a good display and a sleek design. If you're looking for a top-end Wear OS watch, the Fossil Gen 6 may be a suitable choice for you.

We particularly liked the 1.28-inch display with its 416 x 416 resolution that looked bright and crisp in all lighting conditions.

The design is where this watch sings though, and if you like the look of the Fossil Gen 6 you'll likely be happy with your smartwatch purchase.

Read the full Fossil Gen 6 review

TicWatch Pro 3

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The watch with two screens

Specifications

Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 1.4" 454 x 454 OLED paired with LCD screen
Processor: Snapdragon Wear 4100
Onboard storage: 8GB
Battery duration: Up to 72h, 45 extra days in Essential mode
Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1, NFC

Reasons to buy

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Big battery lasts 3 days
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Fast chipset

Reasons to avoid

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Sometimes poor interface
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Sleep tracking isn't the best

Smartwatch manufacturer Mobvoi have a variety of TicWatch products in this list, but the very best is the TicWatch Pro 3. It comes with some top-end specs, a phenomenal battery life and it won't cost as much as some other smart wristwear either.

This uses the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 4100 chipset with 1GB of RAM, and we found this smartwatch to be one of the most powerful devices of this list. Apps load quickly, and we didn't find any time where you'll be left waiting for something to boot up.

Where does this smartwatch come into its own? Battery life, as the smartwatch can last for up to 45 days in something called 'Essential Mode' that allows you to extend its battery life if you're away from your charger for extended periods. It'll even last for a full three days without that turned on though.

Read the full TicWatch Pro 3 review

Fossil Sport

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Previously the best

Specifications

Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 1.2-inch 390 x 390 AMOLED
Processor: Quad-core 1.2GHz
Band sizes: 22mm straps
Onboard storage: 4GB
Battery duration: Two days
Charging method: Proprietary
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Lightweight design
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Powerful watch

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks high-end features
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GPS can be slow

The Fossil Sport is a great combination of value and features in a lightweight body that you're able to wear comfortably day-to-day or when you're working out. There's GPS and the battery life often lasts around two days.

It was one of the first smartwatches to sport the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset. That means this watch offers a smoother experience than a lot of the others in this list.

Overall, if you're looking for a smooth experience or an easy to use smartwatch. you're almost certain to enjoy the Fossil Sport. Plus, the price has dropped a lot in recent years so that makes it much more attractive.

Read the full Fossil Sport review

TicWatch E2

(Image credit: Mobvoi)
One of the cheapest Wear OS watches

Specifications

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8+
Display: 1.39" 400 x 400 OLED
Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage: 4GB
Battery duration: Around 48h
Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin
IP rating: IP67
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

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One of the cheapest options
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Easily two day battery life

Reasons to avoid

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No NFC for payments
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Bland design

The reason the TicWatch E2 sits so highly in this list is largely down to its price. It's one of the best cheap smartwatches money can buy, and it sports the latest in Wear OS software.

Compared to the last-gen TicWatch E, you'll get 30% better battery life here with our reviewer saying it lasted for over two days with average usage. You'll get less if you're using lots of fitness features though.

It's waterproof so you can take this watch into the swimming pool, there's GPS to track your location and there are lots of other features here too. It lacks NFC, so you can't use this for Google Pay, but considering the price you'll likely love what the TicWatch E2 can do.

Read the full TicWatch E2 review

Fossil Gen 5

(Image credit: Fossil)
Classic watch aesthetic

Specifications

Compatibility: Android 6.0+, iOS 10+
Display: 1.28" 416 x 416 AMOLED
Processor: Snapdragon Wear 3100
Onboard storage: 8GB
Battery duration: 24h+
Charging method: Conductive USB charger
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth

Reasons to buy

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Battery saving modes 
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Fast processor 

Reasons to avoid

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More expensive than rivals 
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Weak speaker

The Gen 5 is a decent Fossil smartwatch but not a patch on the Fossil Sport sitting at number one in this ranking. The Gen 5 cost is more expensive without bringing too much else, but you might prefer its classic watch looks to the Sport’s more active design.

The Gen 5 comes in a larger Carlyle version or a smaller Julianna, but both have the same premium features like bright vibrant displays, GPS, a heart rate sensor, 1GB RAM and the latest Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, meaning it’s very fast and responsive. 

Its battery saver modes are genuinely useful and it has water resistance up to 30m, but it’s more expensive than other Wear OS watches and the speaker is poor.

Read the full Fossil Gen 5 review 

TicWatch S2

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7. TicWatch S2

Remarkably similar to the E2

Specifications

Compatibility: Android 4.3+, iOS 8+
Display: 1.39" 400 x 400 OLED
Processor: Snapdragon Wear 2100
Onboard storage: 4GB
Battery duration: Around 48h
Charging method: Magnetic connecting pin
IP rating: IP67
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.1

Reasons to buy

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Another cheap option
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Waterproof design

Reasons to avoid

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Lacks NFC
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No LTE variant

This watch is very similar to the TicWatch E2 on paper, and that's largely because it is. In fact, all of the spec is exactly the same here and the company has released two versions with different names because they have differing designs, but S2 has a more durable design than the E2 that is listed above.

The S2 has military grade durability so it should be able to take a bit more of a beating than any other watch on this list making it suitable for adventurers as well as runners.

Other than that, you'll have two-day battery life, GPS, a waterproof design and all the other benefits of the latest Wear OS software. If you're trying to save money look at the TicWatch E2, but if you prefer this design the S2 isn't much more expensive.

Read the full TicWatch S2 review

TicWatch C2

(Image credit: Amazon)
Yet another TicWatch on this list

Specifications

Compatibility: Android, iOS
Display: 1.3-inch 360 x 360 AMOLED
Processor: Dual-core 1.0GHz
Band sizes: 20mm or 18mm straps
Onboard storage: 4GB
Battery duration: A day
Charging method: Proprietary
IP rating: IP68
Connectivity: Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS

Reasons to buy

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Low price
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Google Pay and GPS

Reasons to avoid

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Limited straps
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Outdated internals

This isn't our favorite device in the TicWatch range - which takes up a lot of places near the top of this list - and that's because it isn't as innovative as the TicWatch Pro. That said, it's still a good option if you're looking for an affordable smartwatch.

In fact, this is one of the most affordable smartwatches if you want GPS and Google Pay support in the same package. 

This isn't as built for fitness fans as a lot of other options on this list, but it does feature some elements for you to use to workout. With some impressive tech built-in considering the price, you should take a look at the TicWatch C2 before buying any other watch on this list.

Read the full TicWatch C2 review

James Peckham
James Peckham

James is Managing Editor for Android Police. Previously, he was Senior Phones Editor for TechRadar, and he has covered smartphones and the mobile space for the best part of a decade bringing you news on all the big announcements from top manufacturers making mobile phones and other portable gadgets. James is often testing out and reviewing the latest and greatest mobile phones, smartwatches, tablets, virtual reality headsets, fitness trackers and more. He once fell over.