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Best Smartwatches 2015

Best Smartwatches 2015

Even as the smartwatch market continues to grow, the original Pebble remains our favorite option, thanks to its low $99 price, large selection of apps and watch faces, and compatibility with both iOS and Android phones. It's an easy way to get phone notifications, track your fitness, control your music and more.

However, the upcoming Pebble Time watch ($199) will offer a color ePaper display when it launches in May, along with a more intuitive interface. Launching on April 24, the Apple Watch is another device to watch because of its more premium design, fitness features, and support for Siri and Apple Pay.

Although Android Wear still feels fairly limited — it's like Google Now on your wrist — the app selection continues to grow, and there are some solid options. The LG G Watch R has a bright display and comfortable design, while the Moto 360 is the sleekest smartwatch available (albeit one with a short battery life).

Those are just some of the watches we've tried. Looking at everything from design to software to performance, we've tested the hottest smartwatches on the market in order to help you find what suits you best. Here are our top picks.

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    Dave Dev , November 27, 2014 12:43 AM
    i can buy a heart rate meter with 15 other health extras from argos at $20. Its not a smart watch but it works!

    I think a lot of this watches are over priced.
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    fulleke , December 16, 2014 6:50 AM
    i find it really unbelievable that you don't mention the Sony Smartwatch. For years, Sony has been able to have a wonderful smartwatch for android, that works like a charm!
    No bugs, beautyfull design, all other watches are yet on fase 1, while the Sony is already on fase 3 !!
    shame on you...

    Fulco, the Netherlands
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    LARGECRITIC , January 7, 2015 3:10 PM
    PEBBLE is a pretty watch that tells time. My watch was DOA. The bad news: there is no live tech support. And the support I received was worthless. I received numerous e-mails directing me to watch videos and read instructions-- which I did before contacting tech support. After exchanging many emails, I finally asked for a refund. PEBBLE refused until I file a dispute with my credit card company.

    A general recommendation to online buyers: Never buy anything from a company that lacks live technical support.
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    alextheo , January 12, 2015 2:52 PM
    I remember seeing this article earlier although it says published Jan 9th. One comment is that you can no longer get the Pebble Steel for $149 at Best Buy. That was for a limited time in December of last year. It's currently going for the full $199 price. I'm waiting for it to go on sale again.
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    NickDH , January 20, 2015 10:34 AM
    Would be good if you could indicate if these watches are waterproof, and to what extent.

    The fitbit Surge (available in the US, but still pending in Europe) is waterproof to 50m ... Sony's Smartwatch 3 (billed as waterproof) is water resistant to 5meters ... The others: I have no idea about.

    As a watch, I want to wear it no matter what I'm doing ... and as a Smartwatch logging my activity that is especially true when I am exercising.
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    Anonymous , January 27, 2015 9:13 PM
    2015 will be a great year for wearables...!
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    Anatoliy1 , January 29, 2015 12:59 PM

    "...A general recommendation to online buyers: Never buy anything from a company that lacks live technical support. "
    My first generation Pebble had the backlight flash intermittantly. I contacted Pebble tech., they sent me a replacement and DIDN'T require the defective watch back.
    It was still within the one year warranty period though.
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    Dmanny , February 4, 2015 12:54 AM
    No one has mentioned the original MetaWatches. I bought a 2nd hand one that later became faulty and Meta swapped it for a new one, no questions asked - that's amazing customer service. I've since moved on to a Pebble, primarily due to the higher resolution display, but a new metawatch is out soon, so I for one would be interested to hear what's it like.
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    TonyNSW , February 5, 2015 6:54 PM
    The Sony Smartwatch 3 should surely rate highly on this list! It is a great Android Wear watch, so it runs all the apps you could ever want, plus it has a built in GPS, compass, and accelerometer, which means it can track and record your outdoor activities without the need to carry your phone! Plus it has a square display, which is actually a big advantage when you want to run any sort of apps. Round displays look pretty but just don't work that well for showing content. The Sony Smartwatch 3 is my recommendation for the best Android Wear watch you can buy!
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    Vembutech , February 9, 2015 10:06 AM
    Waiting for Best Smartwatches 2015
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    tomsguideUS , February 26, 2015 2:08 PM
    Waiting for Best Smartwatches 2015

    We've updated the post for 2015!
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    vacm , March 11, 2015 7:58 PM
    I'm not sure why all the hype because the smart watch is being released by Apple, top price i might add, when smart watches have been around for a while, not called Apple though, i bought mine at bamsmart. com a while ago and that can do what the Apple watch can at half the price....
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    LeeChatII , March 16, 2015 4:01 PM
    There should be one more category here: "Smartest Smart Watch" and the winner in this category should be the Samsung Gear S. Not really sure why very little is given to this device. If everyone is being honest ( I own this device) the Gear S is the only device that allows me to go for a run, a swim or a quick trip to the grocery store without have to take my phone. Isn't this what make a watch truly smart, the ability to function "alone?" Also, the design is very nice, I don't care what anyone says... I get compliments and people asking what it is all the time. I used my Gear S at a local AMC movie theater when I needed to use my AMC Stubs card. I left my phone in the car, but had the Stubs card loaded into my Samsung Wallet & gave the member ID number from my Gear S, which displayed the entire card! Lastly, no one EVER mentions the Gear S comes with this GREAT little portable battery pack that doubles as its primary charger. So, if my Gear S get low on juice, I just add the battery to the back of the watch and viola! I am back in business. Is there another phone that has this feature, if so let me know.
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