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Best for: Those who want everything
The Apple Watch (starting at $350), which will be released on April 24, does just about everything. It runs apps, receives calls and texts, takes pictures, tracks fitness and heart rate, and it syncs to iTunes and Apple TV and Maps. It’s also compatible with Apple Pay, so you can leave your wallet at home. The downfall? A questionable battery life and hefty price tag.
Best for: Those who favor fashion over tech
Motorola’s Moto 360 ($250) is arguably the nicest-looking smartwatch. It features a round steel frame in silver, black and gold with leather and steel swappable bands. It syncs to any Android device via Bluetooth to provide Gmail, calendar and Facebook alerts. Despite its attractive display, the Moto 360 is not as app-friendly as competing products.
Best for: Those who want to replace their smartphone
The Samsung Gear S ($350), which comes with its own SIM card slot, doubles as a stand-alone smartphone (most other watches have to sync with your phone to make and receive calls). The Gear also has a virtual keyboard, which allows wearers to quickly send texts and emails. A heads-up: Software and apps are only compatible with the most recent Samsung phones.
Best for: Those who are all about fitness
The SmartWatch was one of the first wearable tech options to hit the market. Like the Moto 360, the SmartWatch 3 ($250) is part of the Android Wear collection. Unlike the Moto 360, the design is pretty plain and can be cumbersome. But this watch is totally waterproof, has built-in GPS to track a user's workouts and can keep track of vitals.
Best for: Those who shun Apple products
The Pebble Time Steel ($299), born out of an ongoing Kickstarter project, will start shipping in July. This watch is waterproof, works with both Android and iOS systems and supports tons of apps. It also features a battery life of up to ten days. However, the Pebble does not have a touch screen.
Best for: Those who just want the basics
The Lenovo Vibe Band ($89) was featured at this year’s Consumer Electronics Show. It will be released overseas in April and hopefully will make its way to the U.S. soon (though no release date has been scheduled yet). The Lenovo can show notifications and missed calls or texts. But be warned: The most affordable smart watch on the market does not take calls or support third-party apps.
All eyes might be on the new Apple Watch, but this wearable piece of technology has some competition.
We take a look at six smartwatches on the market to help you find the best device for your lifestyle.
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