As smartwatches are starting to become more and more mainstream, we understand if it's hard to decide which one is the right device for you. There is currently a huge variety of devices on the market — and plenty more are on the way — making it hard to know just what is really the best smartwatch. Some have been around for a while now, and others are the new kids on the block — but don't worry — we're here to help you sort out which device is the right one for you.
Since IFA 2014 in Berlin, we've already seen a handful of new additions in the smartwatch space. The Samsung Gear S, Asus Zenwatch and LG G Watch R are just a few of the bigger names. Android Wear is taking off, and with the release of devices like the Moto 360, many people are finally getting their first taste of Google's wearable platform.
Of course we can't leave out the newly announced Apple Watch — a device that we've been hearing about for months and will finally hit the streets early next year. As you'd expect, the Apple Watch is a gorgeous device that features all kinds of new technology like a Digital Crown for navigation and a retina display. The Apple Watch will be available in three different styles (assumingly across three different price points) early next year, and we can't wait to get our hands on one.
We've tried our best to include all the latest relevant watches here in this list, meaning the ones we think are actually worth your consideration. Of course there may be a few rogue devices that we missed (if so be sure to let us know) and also some that we intentionally left off — like the Kreyos Meteor. Most of the devices here work with either Android or iOS (or both) but we've tried to include some that work with BlackBerry and Windows Phone as well, mostly via unofficial third-party apps. Many Android Wear devices should start to play nice with BlackBerry OS 10.3 too.
We started off by listing out some of the criteria of what goes into a good smartwatch. Keep in mind here that we're not really picking an overall winner (we'll get to that down the road) but rather listing out the options so you can make a better, more informed decision when choosing the best smartwatch for you. The list here runs by pricing, so if you're favorite device is later in the list that's why. We've listed out the price, release date, and most important specs for each watch, along with some of the highlights of each device. So go ahead and dive in to see what the current options are for your new favorite smartwatch!