The competition is advancing fast, but the fashionable, functional, and more affordable Pebble Steel's conservative approach puts it at the top of the 2014 smartwatch heap.
Google's first wearable platform has lost its edge with users and developers. You won't have a Cartier Android watch anytime soon, and Lollipop keeps rolling out.
The wildly ambitious Samsung Gear S smartwatch doubles as a full standalone smartphone, but the software and apps available don't let it do as much as you'd expect.
Smartwatches? Fitness bands? If you're curious about getting one, there are quite a few you can get at a discount this holiday.
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.
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.
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.
If having a screen isn't a priority, the Jawbone Up24's superb app, clever advice, and comfy fit are hard to resist.
Microsoft Band is an ambitious first crack at a smart health wearable that throws in a ton of features and cross-platform support, but it's just not as easy to use or as functional as it should be.
At $13, it's really easy to forgive the few flaws the Mi Band has, though getting one will be challenging unless you're in China.