OK, time to be honest: you don't need a smartwatch. You probably don't need a fitness tracker, either. But if you're considering one -- or have just been curious -- there are some good deals out there on some pretty well-reviewed gadgets.
Here are some of the better deals I've found on products I'd actually recommend -- with the caveat that while this landscape is changing rapidly, you'll get what you pay for.
It's hard to hate a $24 fitness tracker, especially when it's a good one. Walmart's price is a dollar below the $25 you can get it for at Best Buy. It's waterproof, it comes with clip and wrist accessories, and it tracks steps and sleep automatically. A no-brainer.
The plastic version of the Pebble is already one of the better and more affordable smartwatches out there, but some retailers and Web sites are shaving an extra $20 off this week. That's a pretty sweet deal.
Our favorite smartwatch of 2014, the Pebble Steel, started the year at $250 and dropped to $200, but some places are selling it at another $50 off. You only get a leather band in the box: the steel band costs $20 extra.
The step-down Flex is a solid Fitbit band for counting steps and exercise but lacks a full watch display. Then again, thanks to this deal, it's also about $30 less than the Fitbit Charge (which is also on sale -- see the next slide).
Fitbit's latest tracker is a refined version of last year's discontinued Fitbit Force. It has a display, vibrates for silent alarms, tracks sleep automatically, syncs wirelessly, and gets call notifications. At $30 off, it's not a bad deal -- but keep in mind that a heart-rate-tracking version is coming early next year for $150.
If you're curious about Android Wear, Google's promising but embryonic OS for smartwatches, you can get a cheap entry ticket with the discounted G Watch, now more than half off what it used to cost. Good news: most Android Wear watches function the same way, so you'll be able to run all apps and services on this watch, even if it's not very attractive.
If you own a Samsung phone, Gear watches have some unique advantages: they can be wrist-worn speakerphones, unlike Android Wear. This was our favorite Gear watch this year, and sale prices are half what it used to go for.
A simple but stylish watch with built-in customizable vibrations and notifications, it works with Android and iOS. This promotional deal shaves a little off the normal price.
Do you actually have a smartphone that works with these wearables? Never fear! Here are some Black Friday phone deals to keep you occupied.
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