Why get a smartwatch? They deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist, allowing you to leave your phone in your pocket, without missing important alerts.
After testing dozens of smartwatches for Android and iOS and evaluating them based on design, features and ease of use, our top pick is the Apple Watch Series 2. It includes built-in GPS, a brighter screen, swimproof water-resistance and other health features, and starts at $369.
The original Apple Watch Series 1 Series 1 is another great option. It now features the same faster processor as the Series 2, and costs a cheaper $269.
If you're looking for a smartwatch on the cheap and don’t mind a monochrome display, check out the original Pebble, which offers notifications, apps and more for less than $100; it works with both Android phones and the iPhone. Just keep in mind that the Pebble 2 with built-in heart rate monitoring is on the way for $129.
Coming before the end of the year, the Samsung Gear S3 is definitely a smartwatch to keep an eye out for. In addition to a very sleek design, the Gear S3 offers built-in GPS, water-resistance, a speaker, Samsung Pay support, plus a nifty rotating dial for navigating the interface. You’ll also be able to get a 4G version.
Among wearables running Android Wear, the 2nd Gen Moto 360 is our top pick for its stylish design, which you can customize before you buy, and a unique live dials feature that adds functionality to the watch faces. A new version of Asus’s smartwatch — the ZenWatch 3 — could shake up the Android Wear market when it debuts later this year.
Those are just a few of the more than two dozen smartwatches we've tested. Looking at everything from design to software to performance, we've reviewed all of the major smartwatches to help you find the one that suits you best. Here are our top picks.