Wearable Tech:

Best wearable tech of 2014

Updated

Smartwatches. Health monitors. Pedometers. Activity trackers. 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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Jawbone Up24

If having a screen isn't a priority, the Jawbone Up24's superb app, clever advice, and comfy fit are hard to resist.

Price: $104.95 - $149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Withings Pulse O2

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.

Price: $119.99 - $119.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Pebble Steel

Equal parts fashionable and functional, the Pebble Steel leaps to the top of the smartwatch heap, but does so by improving existing tech rather than adding something totally new.

Price: $229.99 - $229.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Martian Notifier

If you’re looking for a way to get subtle phone alerts on your wrist without busting the budget, it’s hard to top the Martian Notifier.

Price: $129.00 - $129.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Misfit Shine

The Shine is one of the most stylish and futuristic-looking wireless fitness trackers out there, but you're trading in extra versatility for minimalist style.

Price: $99.99 - $99.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Basis Band

The $199 Basis Band offers a powerful mix of sensors and motivational tools, but pass if you'd rather spend less on a fitness tracker or aren't partial to big, watch-style designs.

Price: $148.69 - $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Pebble Watch

New apps and software give the original Pebble a welcome boost.

Price: $174.95 - $174.95 Check prices

3 stars Good

Samsung Gear 2 Neo

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.

Price: $199.00 - $294.89 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good
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