Update, 15 February 2017: The LG Watch Sport is the best Android Wear smartwatch you can buy right now, even though it may not be for long.

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 Android Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It's also the first smartwatch to ship with Android Wear 2.0 (though certainly not the last) which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features, including a refreshed interface and improved notifications.

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.

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 Android Wear 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 Android Wear 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 Android Wear 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 Android Wear 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 Android Wear watch for the mainstream.

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

Best mid-sized alternative

Huawei Watch

Huawei Watch

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Huawei's Watch is a unique successful attempt at making Android Wear watches look more like and actual watch and less like a gadget. It's packing a fully circular always-on display, microphone and speaker for handling calls, and a heart-rate sensor for connecting with your favorite fitness apps. The battery will last the average user multiple days, but promises to last through a whole day no matter who you are.

Bottom line: If you want all of Android Wear with some style, you want a Huawei Watch.

One more thing: It comes in Stainless Steel, Black Stainless Steel, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Best value

ASUS ZenWatch 2

ASUS ZenWatch 2

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Android Wear is, first a foremost, a way to interact with your phone remotely. ASUS has positioned the ZenWatch 2 as a way to enjoy the best Android Wear features without emptying your wallet. The square design helps the watch stand out as a gadget to be enjoyed, and removing the heartrate sensor helped ASUS to drop the price well below the competition.

Bottom line: If you really want Android Wear but don't need something pretending to be a piece of jewelry on your wrist, this is the watch for you.

One more thing: ZenWatch 2 is available in 1.45-inch and 1.63-inch models, and can be purchased in Silver, Gunmetal, Gold, and Rose Gold.

Conclusion

The LG Watch Sport is not just a good watch, it's the best Android Wear 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 Android Wear device right now does as much, and so well, as the LG Watch Sport.

Best overall

LG Watch Sport

See at Google Store

LG's Watch Sport has everything: a big, beautiful P-OLED display, a high-speed processor, NFC for Android Pay, LTE for independent connectivity, and a massive 430mAh battery. It's also the first smartwatch to ship with Android Wear 2.0 (though certainly not the last) which means that early adopters can benefit from all the platform's new features, including a refreshed interface and improved notifications.

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.