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Should I buy an Android Wear smartwatch for my iPhone?

September 1, 2015 | by Josh

There was big news out of Google yesterday announcing that their Android Wear technology will now play nicely with the iOS ecosystem!

Via The Google:

Android Wear for iOS is rolling out today. Just pair your iPhone (iPhone 5, 5c, 5s, 6, or 6 Plus running iOS 8.2+) with an Android Wear watch to bring simple and helpful information right to your wrist

This means that smartwatches like Motorola’s Moto 360, the Asus ZenWatch and the LG Watch Urbane (which is not for those with small wrists) will be able to easily pair with your iPhone.

What does this mean for iPhone users? Well, let me tell you!

1. If you only use an iPhone, an Apple Watch is still your best bet (but there’s a ‘but…’

Especially with Watch OS 2’s release on the horizon, the functionality of an Apple Watch paired with an iPhone is still miles ahead of an Android Wear-based watch. While Android-Wear works great with Android devices, its integration with iOS just doesn’t support the number of features that the Apple Watch does.

BUT: You may not be keen to spend between $400 and $1000 on watch technology that will be deprecated in 3 years. If that’s the case, then the Android Wear market awaits!

Apple Watch

2. If you own only an Android phone, the Pebble Steel is still our favorite pick

You can read more in-depth here, but the Pebble Steel is still at the top of the heap for Android watches (in my opinion) due to the 7+ days of battery life. It may not have a flashy color screen, or the number of features of more recent smartwatch releases. But what you expect a smartwatch to do, the Pebble Steel does really well.

Pebble Steel

3. If you have both an Android phone and an iPhone, the Pebble Time is your best bet

There are those of us carrying multiple phones to try and keep work and real-life separate. Or maybe you work in the mobile industry and you change phones as often as some of us change undies. You will still be limited by your Android Wear watch, sadly, forcing you to factory reset your smartwatch each time you’d like to pair with a new phone. android wear pairing to multiple phones

The Pebble Time, on the other hand, handles multiple devices (albeit one at a time) with ease. While the original Pebble app sucked for iOS, the Pebble Time app has garnered excellent reviews!

4. The future is bright!

There is only one Apple Watch for the time being, and the Android Wear selection is small for the time being(with the Moto 360, the Asus ZenWatch, and the LG Watch Urbane being the standouts). That won’t be the case soon, though. The Moto 360 v2, the Asus ZenWatch 2, and the Huawei Watch (video preview below) are all on the horizon. We don’t have our hands on any of these yet, but we’re excited to let you know how they size up once they’re released!

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