You can synch a number of Android Wear watches with your iPhone. In 2015, Android Wear started creating watches that are compatible with the iPhone.
Starting at around $300, Apple Watches come in a variety of styles, colors and price points, but that doesn’t mean everyone is a fan. Perhaps you love your iPhone but prefer the wider selection and affordability offered by Android Wear. You can pick up an Android Wear watch for well under $300, Apple’s starting point. And Android isn’t your only option; other smartwatches, like FitBit, are also compatible with Apple devices.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 starts at a rather affordable $129.00. That’s much cheaper than the Apple Watch, which starts at nearly double the cost. This watch is compatible with iOS but some functions are limited, an unavoidable drawback to using just about any Android Wear with your iPhone.
If you have iOS 9 or newer the watch can send notifications from you iPhone’s messages. Older versions of Android Wear do not offer this capability. The ZenWatch 2 originally excited consumers with ample battery life, but let’s just say it hasn’t exactly lived up to expectations. Don’t expect to use your ZenWatch for more than 2 days without needing a charge. Most people only get one full day of use. It’s not the end of the world, especially considering it only takes 30 to 40 minutes to fully charge this smartwatch.
The Fossil Q Founder was built for style and functionality. It starts off in the low $200s, depending on the features and styles you select. The display automatically filters notifications so that it only shows certain things. This leaves some wanting more, while others appreciate clean and to the point notifications.
The Fossil Q Founder has a sleek and stylish stainless steel face. While this looks very luxurious it makes the watch heavier than other models.
Popular features, like voice command, tend to be comparable to most other smartwatches in its class. Similar to the Asus ZenWatch 2, the battery life does not live up to all of the hype, but it should at least get you through your busy day.
Industry experts predict that The Fossil Q Founder will only continue to increase compatibility with iOS. For now, iOS users are limited to the core functionalities.
If are a professional seeking an Android smartwatch that is iOS compatible, the LG Watch Urbane is an excellent option. It does not scream smartwatch, instead it screams fancy and oh-so-professional watch. Its circular face is framed by stainless steel, making it on the larger side.
The LG Watch Urbane is water resistant, but the band is not. This smartwatch has built in Wi-Fi, a heart rate monitor and the display is always on. Plus, it has a long-lasting battery to keep you going all day and maybe even through the night. This smartwatch is at the top of its class, but it’s also the priciest on the list, starting in the mid $300 range.
FitBit is soaring with popularity and is an iOS compatible smartwatch. The FitBit Blaze is ideal for fitness lovers, as it highlights more sophisticated health tracking features such as your resting heart rate.
Starting around $199, the FitBit Blaze:
- Tracks your steps, calories burned, active time, stairs climbed, quality of sleep, and more.
- It has a lightweight and customizable design. Plus, the band is interchangeable so you can take it from casual daytime wear to more sophisticated.
- The touchscreen is very easy to use.
- The sleek black square display face framed by stainless steel is on point.
Android Wear offers access to roughly 4,500 applications, but you won’t get to use anywhere near all of these awesome applications and features if you pair it with an iPhone. Plus, most Android Wear watches do not allow you to reply to messages received through your iPhone when paired with iOS. If you primarily want a smartwatch to show notifications and monitor your health, Android Wear and iOS should work just fine for you.
It gives us hope that Google and Apple are creating compatible products, but it’s the earliest stages of collaboration and there are still a lot of things that need to get worked out. As time goes on iOS and Android wear smartwatches should become more compatible. For now though, there are more limitations than a lot of people are willing to contend with.