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.

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: $149.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

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: $99.99 - $149.99 Check prices

4 stars Excellent

Garmin Forerunner 15

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

Price: $132.70 - $140.00 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Pebble Watch

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

Price: $99.99 Check prices

3 stars 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: $299.99 - $320.00 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: $45.00 - $49.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Fitbit Charge

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.

Price: $129.00 - $129.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very 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: $199.99 Check prices

3.5 stars Very good

Basis Peak

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.

Price: $424.95 Check prices

3 stars Good
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