Armani Exchange Connected joins the stylish Wear OS smartwatch crowd

Armani Exchange Connected joins the stylish Wear OS smartwatch crowd
Just in case Google-loving fashionistas didn’t have enough mediocre but stylish Apple Watch alternatives, yet another brand associated with “dumb” watches and swanky clothes is joining the (doomed) mission to prove Wear OS deserves to live on.

If it feels like you’ve heard the Armani name before in a similar setting as today’s, that’s probably because of the Emporio Armani Connected collection. The new Armani Exchange Connected comes from the same Italian luxury fashion house, as well as the same Fossil Group licensee.

The main differences between this gadget and other Fossil-made wearables like the Q Gen 4, Skagen Falster 2, and Diesel Full Guard 2.5 are of cosmetic nature, so if you dig the way the Armani Exchange Connected looks, you can buy it without fear of missing out on anything essential.

The feature-packed new smartwatch comes with a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS technology for standalone location tracking, wrist payment-enabling NFC connectivity, and yes, even full-on swim protection.

We’re talking a 3 ATM or 30-meter water resistance rating, which is pretty impressive, but oddly enough, Armani Exchange has yet to announce a comfier, sportier option of its first Connected timepiece with a touchscreen.

In addition to being quite large, thanks to a 46 mm case, this thing can only be purchased in combination with metal bracelets at launch. Those four colors (gold, black, silver, and coal) are definitely handsome, but the material and build look far too elegant and cumbersome for casual exercising.

Unsurprisingly, the Armani Exchange Connected packs an archaic Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor instead of the newly unveiled 3100, making humble promises as far as battery life is concerned, and starting at a largely predictable $295 price point.



1. KingSam

Posts: 1476; Member since: Mar 13, 2016

The best looking is the Fossil Q gen 4 in gunmetal. But I'd take an apple watch at this point.

4. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If you have Android then the Apple watch isn't a choice. Plus Wear OS still allows iPhone users to receive notifications. Apple watch with any Android smartphone doesn't work. Adrian keeps putting down the SD Wear 2100. But it's a great SoC, especially since it's faster than Apples lastest S4 still. The 2100 can use 1 core all the way up to 4 cores if need be. Development with Wear OS isn't restricted like it is on the Apple watch with its WatchOS. Wear OS apps can offer and do more than any 3rd party Apple watch app. These are facts. For crying out loud Apples watch face is off for most of its lifetime.

6. Ninetysix

Posts: 2965; Member since: Oct 08, 2012

Sorry sgodsell, we know better. Nobody believes anything that comes out of you.

2. surethom

Posts: 1719; Member since: Mar 04, 2009

Roll on the new 3100 Wear OS smartwatches with Health app, not google fit which is not very health orientated.

5. Atechguy0

Posts: 918; Member since: Aug 03, 2018

If you don't like Google fit, then there is a lot of 3rd party apps that can do some health tracking or different types of tracking.

3. Feanor

Posts: 1389; Member since: Jun 20, 2012

The sarcastic overtones of this article are infuriating. So, it's better if we all run around like prisoners handcuffed with the same geeky Apple Watch than wearing something a bit more stylish and with some variety? It's not like the ECG capabilities of the Apple Watch make it such a more useful smartwatch in daily life than a Wear OS watch. Last time I checked it was still Wear OS that could open WhatsApp and Facebook Messenger attachmentsin messages, not the Apple Watch. Also it was Wear OS that could tell the time at all times.

7. HumbleJ06

Posts: 98; Member since: Aug 10, 2015

Why do they have to be 'mediocre stylish Apple Watch alternatives'? Almost sounds like the writer has a bias or something.

8. imlegitcusimthasht

Posts: 306; Member since: Jan 30, 2017

Phonearena need to hire new writers. It's no bia tones, it's just pure bias. This is what bias writing looks like

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