The Fitbit Charge is a fine replacement for the discontinued Fitbit Force, but you're better off waiting for Fitbit's heart-rate-tracking upgrade next year.
Although its stark design and beautiful face makes this the first smartwatch you might actually be happy to be seen wearing, its Android Wear software has a long way to go before it's anything more than a passing novelty.
The Gear Fit fitness band and the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches are refreshed with more-accurate sleep mode, heart rate monitor, and pedometer settings.
This free app in the Pebble app store uses the smartwatch to count your steps.
The Misfit Flash is a versatile, easy-to-use and extremely affordable fitness tracker that can be worn swimming, too, and it even kind of works as a watch.
If having a screen isn't a priority, the Jawbone Up24's superb app, clever advice, and comfy fit are hard to resist.
Despite some smart features, the Basis Peak is a fitness watch that's impressively automatic but too limited and unfinished to feel like a truly great product.
A new wristband and new firmware improve the Pulse and make it a true fitness band, but it's not a big leap forward over last year.
Withings goes heads-up with Fitbit, adding a pulse reader to its new, tiny $99 pedometer.
The Gear 2 Neo offers the best balance of features and price among Samsung's three 2014 smartwatches, but it falls short of must-have status.