Wearable Tech:

Best wearable tech of 2015

Updated

Smartwatches. Health monitors. Pedometers. Activity trackers. Virtual reality headsets. They're all part of the emerging landscape of wearable technology, which promises to change the way we exercise and communicate. We've collected the best products in this upstart category below.

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Pebble Steel

The competition is advancing fast, but the geeky-cool, functional, and affordable Pebble Steel's conservative approach still works.

Price: $149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Jawbone Up2

Even with no display, the Jawbone Up2 is an affordable, easy-to-use activity and lifestyle tracker for those who want a little extra coaching in their life.

Price: $99.95 - $148.95 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Apple Watch

The Apple Watch is the most ambitious, well-constructed smartwatch ever seen, but first-gen shortfalls make it feel more like a fashionable toy than a necessary tool. That may change with a big software update later this year, though.

Price: $549.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Pebble Time

The Pebble Time adds a few key improvements and a color screen compared to previous Pebble watches, but owners of previous Pebble watches may not see a need to upgrade yet.

Price: $209.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Withings Activité Pop

With its analog looks and Bluetooth-syncing functions, the Withings Activite Pop is a clever, stylish blend of everyday watch and connected fitness band that lasts months on a single battery.

Price: $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fitbit Charge HR

Fitbit's Charge HR adds heart-rate tracking to an already solid fitness band at a great price, but all the kinks don't feel fully ironed out yet.

Price: $148.99 - $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Garmin Forerunner 15

Its lack of Bluetooth notwithstanding, the affordable Garmin Forerunner 15 is otherwise a great health tracking wristwatch for runners.

Price: $139.50 - $139.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Samsung Gear VR

The Gear VR Innovator Edition is a cool -- and very promising -- entry ticket for early adopters looking for an affordable taste of virtual reality.

Price: $199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG Watch Urbane

The LG Watch Urbane is the best-looking Android Wear smartwatch and adds Wi-Fi-to-phone connectivity, but it doesn't offer all that much more than previous Android Wear watch models.

Price: $296.50 - $349.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Misfit Flash

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.

Price: $27.99 - $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

LG G Watch R

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.

Price: $243.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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