Although the smartwatch category is still nascent, there is already a wide variety of options on the market that can deliver smartphone notifications, fitness features, apps and more to your wrist. All of these devices promise to let you leave your phone in your pocket more often.
Currently, the Apple Watch is our favorite smartwatch so far. It offers a range of customization options, support for Siri and Apple Pay, and a heart-rate monitor. It's also compatible with more than 3,500 apps and counting, including everything from Uber and The New York Times to Yelp and Mint. There's a learning curve with the device, but it's the most well-rounded wearable thus far.
The original Pebble is our favorite budget 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. Plus, you get five or more days of battery life. Those who'd prefer a color display should wait for the Pebble Time, which will be available beginning in May.
Although Android Wear still feels fairly limited — it's like Google Now on your wrist — a recent update adds new features like gesture, emoji and Wi-Fi support, as well as always-on apps. The stylish LG G Watch Urbane is the first device with this new software.
Those are just some of the watches we've tested. Looking at everything from design to software to performance, we've tested the hottest smartwatches on the market to help you find the one that suits you best. Here are our top picks.