Meta M1 Smartwatch
While it's not the perfect replacement for an everyday wristwatch, the iOS and Android-friendly Meta M1 is a simplified smartwatch that gets a lot of things right.
Lumo Lift ( silver chrome)
The Lumo Lift offers a fresh alternative to other fitness trackers, but its limited features will disappoint anyone who wants to track multiple metrics.
Garmin Forerunner 15
Its lack of Bluetooth notwithstanding, the affordable Garmin Forerunner 15 is otherwise a great health tracking wristwatch for runners.
LG G Watch ( black titan)
The LG G Watch attempts to bring you the future on your wrist, but with its generic design, unimpressive battery life, and unpolished early software, you're better off waiting to see what else is around the bend.
Samsung Gear Live ( black)
Samsung's new smartwatch feels like its other Gears, but injected with Google's new Android Wear software. The makeover means better Google phone connectedness, but it's not a killer smartwatch.
LifeTrak Zone C410 ( white)
The LifeTrak Zone C410 may not be the most stylish activity tracker around, but it's priced cheaper, and offers more features, than many of its competitors. It gets the job done with accurate tracking, long battery life, and a waterproof design.
LG Lifeband Touch
The Lifeband Touch, LG's crack at a smart fitness band, has moments of promise, but just doesn't add up to an experience that's useful or fun compared with the competition.
Garmin Vivofit ( black)
Garmin's simple and functional activity band is easy and low-maintenance, which makes it one of the best alternatives to a Fuelband or Fitbit.
Samsung Gear 2 Neo ( Black)
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.
Samsung Gear 2 ( Silver/Black)
Samsung has made strides with the Gear 2, but this smartwatch is on its own island with few apps and Samsung-only device compatibility. At this point, you're better off waiting for Android Wear.
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.
Withings Pulse O2 ( blue)
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.
Samsung Gear Fit
The Samsung Gear Fit is a great-looking wearable, but doesn't successfully reconcile its dual roles as activity tracker and smartwatch.
Sony SmartBand SWR10
The SmartBand is an ambitious recipe that needs a little more time in the oven. There are better trackers on the market.
Huawei TalkBand B1
While the TalkBand B1 is a valiant first try for Huawei, it could actually use a little more focus. While it might find a niche with some users, most people are likely to prefer dedicated individual devices instead.
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.
Nike+ FuelBand SE ( medium/large)
The Nike+ FuelBand SE is a minor upgrade to last year's FuelBand, adding Bluetooth 4.0 and a few new motivational wrinkles to its software, but the band's design is more successful than its package of features.
If having a screen or Android support isn't a priority, the Jawbone Up24's superb app, clever advice, and comfy fit are hard to resist.
It’s hard to beat the Fitug Orb’s low price, but for $10 more, the Fitbit Zip has more features, is easier to use, and is ultimately a better buy.
The Fitbit Force leaps to the top of the fitness tracker heap, with a bright screen, comfortable fit, and a bevy of slick features.
Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch
Samsung's take on the smartwatch has some potential, and it does get some things right, but its inability to perform truly "smart" functions means it falls far short of expectations.
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.
Despite a few design quibbles, the Withings Pulse is one of the best wireless pedometers to date.
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.
Fitbit Flex ( black)
A long list of features and a comfortable fit make Fitbit’s new Flex the best fitness tracker you can buy.
The Fitbit One is a feature-rich pedometer, but the wristband-style Jawbone Up and Fitbit’s own Flex are more convenient and much better deals.
The Fitbit Zip is the best fitness tracker you can buy for under $60.
The Pebble Watch has solid basic smartwatch functions, but until promised apps and features arrive, it’s more a tinkerer’s tech toy than a must-have timepiece.
The I’m Watch smartwatch runs Android and custom apps, but weak software and quirky performance mean you should pass on this pricey gadget.
Martian Passport Watch
The Martian Passport Watch has style galore and a clever two-way wristwatch aesthetic, but it's ultimately more of a cool novelty than a must-have accessory.