PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best smartwatches

PhoneArena Awards 2014: Best smartwatches
Wearable gadgets – the ones meant to go on your wrist, in particular – have been around for a pretty long time. In 2009, LG brought us the GD910 watch phone, Seiko's TV watch was introduced in 1983, and it was 1977 when HP made a wrist-worn calculator. 

The race for the consumer's wrist, however, has never been as intense as it is today. Smartwatches are at the peak of their popularity, and chances are they'll be making more and more headlines over the coming years.

This brings us to today's category in our PhoneArena Awards series, where we highlight the best smartwatches of 2014. Yes, we did review some pretty decent smartwatches over the year's course – smartphones that were both good-looking and actually useful. And we think the world should be aware of their existence. So without further ado, we give you the Asus ZenWatch, the LG G Watch R, and the Motorola Moto 360.

Asus ZenWatch


Still thinking that smartwatches are olny for geeks and people who would put tech specs over appearance? Well, then take a good look at the Asus ZenWatch and tell us if you wouldn't wear this baby on a daily basis. Simply put, this is one of the most beautiful smartwatches yet. It has elegant curves, it is built well and of solid materials, and it holds on to your wrist with a sturdy, premium strap. But it gets even better. The Asus ZenWatch can be had for around $200 bucks, which is a bargain. Long story short, if you're in the market for an Android Wear smartwatch, this should be one of the first options to consider.


LG G Watch R


While the LG G Watch R is one of the most expensive smartwatches around, it has a lot to justify its cost with. First and foremost, it has a crisp, circular display and a solid, stylish design. It has the appeal of a classical timepiece without that hindering its smart abilities in any way. Better yet, it is a sturdy, waterproof device that won't let you down when facing the elements. And if that's not enough, it has great battery life for an Android Wear-powered smartwatch. 


Motorola Moto 360


This post would be incomplete if we omit putting the Motorola Moto 360 on the list. Without a doubt, it is one of the best-looking smartwatches yet, especially when we take into account its circular design and metallic construction. Plus, you get resistance to water damage and built-in wireless charging along with Motorola's beauty. We do hope, however, that the Moto 360's successor will lack a stripe at the bottom of its screen.

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41 Comments

1. alaw.14

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

Gear s and gear 2?

6. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

Both epicly bad when compared to moto 360

23. alaw.14

Posts: 411; Member since: Sep 10, 2013

The gear s is a stand alone watch which is in another league from the moto 360.

40. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

I had the original Gear and I still have a Gear Neo and a Gear Live. I also have the LG G Watch, Moto 360, and the latest is the Sony Smartwatch 3 to my collection. Before any of those I was using the original Sony Smartwatch, and a Pebble. The Gear 2 is exactly like the Gear Neo except no camera. I really like the Gear Neo and it works well with any Samsung smartphone ONLY. The Gear S is in a class of its own since its the largest smart bracelet. I was going to say watch, but let's get real, its a bracelet. Its nice that it its standalone and uses Tizen as well. But if you want to enhance your smartphone experience then I would highly recommend an Android Wear device since they support a lot more smart phones and they offer something that no one else has even offered yet. The ability to inject android wear code from existing Android phone and tablet apps without actually installing any app on an Android Wear device. Look at the Camera app on the phone can act as a remote shutter. Or your Android Wear watch can control your YouTube viewing on your phone, tablet or TV with no app installed on the watch. There is many more examples of this. Existing Android Wear developers can take existing phone apps and inject a few lines of Android Wear code into them. No other smart watch offers anything like this. That's not to say that you can't make standalone apps as well. You can take existing Android phone and tablet apps and make them run on Android Wear. With the latest update to Android Wear you will be getting lollipop on your watch.

27. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

In your dreams.

24. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Both are somewhat ugly by comparison to the three watches listed in the article.

28. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

I've seen the lg, and it truly feels super cheap. about the motorolla, well this site keeps spamming us with it and I've never seen one, let alone I never cared about asud adus (what was it again?) having a smartwatch

36. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

Well, I haven't seen a single smartwatch in person. I'm going by online images alone and the ones above look much better than what Samsung has produced. Though I cannot say anything about the feel of the watches so maybe the LG model does feel cheap by comparison...

39. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

well I've seen many gear smartwatches as I live in a country where everything is either samsung or apple .. I've seen an lg watch with a friend who has had a g2 now a g3, and I felt it was cheap .. but yeah really nothing seems too convincing about smartwatches as I wouldn't buy any ...

2. XperiaFanZone

Posts: 2277; Member since: Sep 21, 2012

LG will make the best smartwatch in 2015. If not, then maybe Moto or Samsung. Or Sony. Or pebble.

3. Neo_Huang

Posts: 1067; Member since: Dec 06, 2013

No matter whose is better, most tech websites will rank the Apple iWatch as first.

7. wafflemuncherr

Posts: 23; Member since: May 29, 2013

Sadly true, which I don't understand. I enjoy my Apple devices but the Apple Watch just looks plain ugly. Certainly not impressed when compared to something like the Moto360

4. zachki17

Posts: 294; Member since: Sep 14, 2014

Lg is the king

25. Scott93274

Posts: 6025; Member since: Aug 06, 2013

The LG G Watch R is nice.... but I haven't forgotten that their watch before the one on this list was burning people's wrists. Because of that, I will have to disagree with the "King" comment.

29. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol. yeah. king of copying it's neighbor. we all know that.

5. Busyboy unregistered

Gear S? Smartwatch 3? C'mon PA

11. pavsidhu

Posts: 214; Member since: May 20, 2014

Yeah I agree, the Gear S is truly innovative.

8. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Loos definitely goes for the moto 360 best screen: LG G R The most useful: Gear S. the most overrated: Apple Watch.

9. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

Loos definitely goes for the moto 360 best screen: LG G R The most useful: Gear S. the most overrated: Apple Watch.

32. Martin_Cooper

Posts: 1774; Member since: Jul 30, 2013

As much as you hate it the 2015 will be dominated by the iWatch overshadowing any android watch. Simply cause its been 2 years that sammy and others have been trying and they still cant make a smartwatch that NORMAL people actually want to buy beside the usual tech geeks.

10. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

Bring on 2015 baby! The Jed will be rocking a stainless sport, with a white band. iPhone, iPad, iWatch, can we say iHeaven.

12. maherk

Posts: 6640; Member since: Feb 10, 2012

We can also say: Oh look, there is an iSheep.

15. sgodsell

Posts: 6654; Member since: Mar 16, 2013

The Apple Watch sport is made of Aluminum. The stainless steel Apple Watch starts at $500. People could buy 2 stainless steel Moto 360's for the price of one stainless steel Apple Watch. People forget that aluminum is fine for a phone, but the majority of people buy cases. You cannot buy a case for a watch. So aluminum on a permanently exposed wrist will see much more wear and tear.

17. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

The stainless steal starts at 350

18. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

Steel*

19. EC112987

Posts: 1211; Member since: Nov 10, 2014

My bad the regular one is 350 lol I'll probably pick that one up

21. darkkjedii

Posts: 30678; Member since: Feb 05, 2011

My bad, you're right aluminum is correct. I just can't wait to get one.

30. GalaxyS5

Posts: 430; Member since: Aug 05, 2014

lol, so they made you think it's heaven? think about your iphone again. it's a good looking device with a super limited operating system. where's heaven in that? oh yes, the overpriced watch and the simplistic tablet. now we're talking heaven baby!

13. Venkatramanan

Posts: 327; Member since: Aug 15, 2014

Nice to see Asus at the first place.

14. 0xFFFF

Posts: 3806; Member since: Apr 16, 2014

2014 was pretty dull for smartwatches. Android Wear remains a crippled spyware platform with little to no hope of turning into anything as nice as Android itself. Samsung Tizen is not so bad but Samsung's watches have been pretty bad and their developer support anemic. Maybe 2015 will offer some standalone smartwatches that have wifi and are not health data collectors and spy monitors.

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