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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

 
80
Average user Score
 
90
rydad
08.17.15
The best in its category. We highly recommend it. - Engadget
 
70
foolie
08.05.14
A dependable product that doesn't really stand out from the competition. - Engadget