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Google Android Wear

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75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Engadget Review

Android Wear is the strongest smartwatch platform we've seen so far, and it has enough support from manufacturers and developers to thrive. But it's a first-generation product, and limited battery life, notification anxiety and other issues make it tough to recommend Wear quite just yet.

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Pros
  • Strong manufacturer and developer support
  • Hands-free voice control and Google Voice Search
  • Clean design
  • Google Now cards and Knowledge Graph integration
Cons
  • Short battery life on current hardware
  • Excessive notifications
  • Still requires plenty of screen touching
  • Gestures and UI come with learning curves
  • Only compatible with newer Android devices
75 Engadget Score
A good product that falls short of greatness.
75

A good product that falls short of greatness.

How we score

The Engadget Score is a unique ranking of products based on extensive independent research and analysis by our expert editorial and research teams. The Global Score is arrived at only after curating hundreds, sometimes thousands of weighted data points (such as critic and user reviews).

Scores

Engadget

75
 

User Reviews

90
rydad
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
70
foolie
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget
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Score Breakdown

 
71
Average Critic Score
 
70
Engadget
Android Wear is the strongest smartwatch platform we've seen so far, and it has enough support from manufacturers and developers to thrive. But it's a first-generation product, and limited battery life, notification anxiety and other issues make it tough to recommend Wear quite just yet.
 
70
The Verge
Wear won’t save you from the Everything Inbox, it just makes it a little easier to keep tabs on your notifications. Beyond that, there’s no substitute for pulling your phone out and getting down to business.
 
70
SlashGear
It's the first smartwatch platform I've wanted to keep on my wrist for more than just a honeymoon period, and assuming developers embrace it in the same way that they have Android on smartphones, this is to my mind the strongest play for the wearable space so far.
 
70
Business Insider
Android Wear is an impressive system that pushes us closer to what a smartwatch should be, but we're not there yet.
 
70
The Wall Street Journal
The first smartwatches from Google's platform are the smartest yet but buying one right now would be stupid. Not only are there more stylish Android Wear watches and improved software coming soon, but Apple is expected to release its own watch before the year's end.
 
80
Ars Technica
Google has turned the smartwatch OS from a clunky half-baked gadget to a useful tool. The core stuff works extremely well, but Google clearly has some work to do around apps, both third party and its own.
 
70
Time
What we have now is a classic Google work-in-progress. The software needs more ways to surpass the abilities of users’ smartphones, and the hardware needs to get thinner, lighter and less clunky.
 
70
Fortune
There’s a lot of work yet to be done on the smart watch, and though the companies that make them aren’t quite facing the same stakes as their analog counterparts in the 16th century, there is no question that they will change the way we live our lives.
 
70
Gizmag
Whether it's a few weeks, months or years from now, I think, at some point, smartwatches will blow up. And when that happens, Android Wear will be ready and waiting – if not leading the charge.
 
70
Computerworld
For an initial release, though, Wear gets a lot of things right -- and gives us plenty of reason to be excited for the future. So all considered, is an Android Wear smartwatch something most of us need? Not at all. It's very much an accessory -- and a luxury one, at that.