The Pebble Steel, released half a year ago, still has its big advantages: it has 5 ATM waterproof, works with iPhones and Android phones alike, and it can get notifications plus run a lot of apps. You can also save $100 by getting a plastic Pebble that does nearly the same thing.
If you don't want a watch but still would like some fitness and lifestyle coaching, Jawbone Up24 is the perfect solution. It communicates wirelessly with iOS or Android phones and has a great app for recording sleep, fitness, and even some insight-based daily habits, plus it can connect socially with friends.
One of the few fitness trackers that can be worn as jewelry, the Misfit Shine can be popped into an attractive neck pendant (sold separately), as well as worn as a band or a clip-on pedometer. It has LED lights that glow to show daily progress as well as the time. It's waterproof, and its battery lasts for months.
Martian Notifier: Classic watch with an added buzz
It looks just like an everyday analog watch, but the Martian gets notifications from your phone, and even buzzes in different patterns for each type of message you get. It works with iOS and Android, looks sleek, and costs less than most other smartwatches, too.
Withings Pulse O2: Watch or clip-on fitness tracker
Withings makes digital scales, blood pressure monitors and fitness trackers. The company's Pulse O2 comes with a wristband and belt clip, and the pedometer has a small heart rate monitor for quick on-the-spot measurements. Its battery lasts up to two weeks.
Google's Android Wear for smartwatches might be the most forward-looking wearable tech, but the apps are still in their early days. So is the hardware. The Moto 360's beautiful, big round design is the one to wait for if you're an Android phone owner who wants a show-off smartwatch.