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Best Wear OS Smartwatch in 2018

Best overall

LG Watch Sport

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LG's Watch Sport has everything: a big, beautiful P-OLED display, a high-speed processor, NFC for Google Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It has been among the first devices to receive Wear OS updates, which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features.

It may be big, but the stainless steel chassis wears it well, and it hides a very accurate heart rate sensor on the back. At $259, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Bottom line: The LG Watch Sport is a big watch, but it's also big on features.

One more thing: If the Sport is too big, and too pricey, LG has another option, the sleeker LG Watch Style, for $120.

Why the LG Watch Sport is the best

The LG Watch Sport is a beast. It's big, heavy and expensive. And yet it's the best Wear OS watch out there right now, mainly because it packs so many features into one device. Want to pay with your watch? Go ahead. Want to use it independently to track a run using GPS? Sure, it can do that, too.

Android Central's Andrew Martonik summed it up nicely in his review:

Many technology enthusiasts will still be wooed into considering the LG Watch Sport, even at $349. The allure of a fresh smartwatch that fixes many pain points of previous Wear OS watches will be strong. It has a great display without a dreaded flat tire, a nice case that is, unfortunately, a bit too thick but has great build quality, and every feature you could want crammed inside.

The LG Watch Sport is for the wearable fan who wants to experience Wear OS 2.0 to the fullest right from the start, and see the latest Google has to offer on some great hardware from LG.

LG has a hit on its hands, despite the watch's size, and there is something encouraging about how much more capable it is than previous generations of watches.

Best for watch lovers

LG Watch Style

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As much as we love our former pick in this category, the Huawei Watch, LG's newest slim smartwatch, the Watch Style, gets our pick for a timepiece that best imitates a real watch. While it lacks the features of its more expensive and much larger kin, the Watch Sport, it makes up for it in sheer usability. The 1.2-inch POLED display is delightful, and Wear OS works really well on the spinning crown, which enables smooth scrolling without having to touch the display.

Bottom line: The Watch Style may be the best all-round Wear OS watch for the mainstream.

One more thing: It comes in three colors, including the always coveted rose gold.

Best mid-sized alternative

Huawei Watch 2 Classic

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It may not look much like the original Huawei Watch, but the Huawei Watch 2 Classic is the nicer, metal version of the company's new Wear OS series, and we like it a lot. A gorgeous, sharp 1.2-inch OLED panel and a comfortable leather wrist band make for plenty of enjoyment, plus the heart rate monitor and GPS let the Watch 2 Classic live on its own, sans phone, when you want to go on a run. We just wish that chronometer bezel could spin.

Bottom line: If you're looking for something like the LG Watch Sport in a much smaller package, this is the one for you.

One more thing: Wait until it's on sale on Amazon, where it gets discounted regularly.

Best value

ASUS ZenWatch 3

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Wear OS is, first and foremost, a way to interact with your phone remotely. ASUS has positioned the ZenWatch 3 as a way to enjoy the best Wear OS features without emptying your wallet. The round display, metal and leather help it stand out a bit, but it's at a very price-conscious $199.

Bottom line: If you really want Wear OS but don't need the super-high-end feel of a more expensive watch, the ZenWatch 3 does the trick.

One more thing: ZenWatch 3 is available in two distinctly different color options — a bright silver with a grey band, or stealthier black with a dark brown band.

Conclusion

The LG Watch Sport is not just a good watch, it's the best Wear OS watch you can currently buy. While that may change in the coming months with new wearables from big names like Huawei, Sony and others, no other Wear OS device right now does as much, and so well, as the LG Watch Sport.

Best overall

LG Watch Sport

See at Newegg

LG's Watch Sport has everything: a big, beautiful P-OLED display, a high-speed processor, NFC for Google Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It has been among the first devices to receive Wear OS updates, which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features.

It may be big, but the stainless steel chassis wears it well, and it hides a very accurate heart rate sensor on the back. At $349, it's not cheap, but it's worth it.

Bottom line: The LG Watch Sport is a big watch, but it's also big on features.

One more thing: If the Sport is too big, and too pricey, LG has another option, the sleeker LG Watch Style, for $249.

Update, March 2018: The LG Watch Sport is still the best Wear OS smartwatch you can buy right now.

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