Best Smartwatches

The top ten smartwatches, as reviewed by Digital Trends’ experts.

Given the popularity and sheer convenience of smartphones and wristwatches, it was only a matter of time before the two intersected. The Kickstarter-fueled Pebble was one of the first to land on the scene among so-so reviews in 2013, with the likes of Google and Samsung following in suit. However, not all smartwatches are created equal. Some excel in exterior design and internal hardware, while others base their appeal on integrated software and robust app capabilities. Thankfully, the selection below highlights the best of them based on our expert reviews.

Withings Activite Pop

If you want an attractive fitness tracker that doubles as a gorgeous wristwatch, look no further than the Withings Activité Pop.

  • Release price $150
  • Width 1.3 in
  • Depth 7.7 in
  • Pros: Same great activity tracking , Silent alarm , Sleep tracking , Fun, colorful designs , Long battery…
  • Cons: No sapphire glass or leather band , Only one strap included
Our Score 9
User Score 0

Withings Activite

Withings Activite is an amazing fitness tracker and the most beautiful smart watch we’ve ever worn.

  • Release price $450
  • Width 1.3 in
  • Depth 7.7 in
  • Pros: Gorgeous design , Silent Alarm , Accurate step count , Waterproof , No charging required ,
  • Cons: Limited functionality , Watch batteries required , Slow syncing , Pricey
Our Score 9
User Score 0

LG Watch Urbane

The LG Watch Urbane’s bold style and rose gold finish look just right peeking out from beneath the cuff of a neatly pressed shirt, but its flashy, masculine look won’t appeal to everyone.

  • Release date 5/2015
  • Release price $350
  • Width 1.7 in
  • Height 2 in
  • Depth 0.4 in
  • Pros: Best circular Android Wear watch display , Strong two-day battery life , It makes a fashion…
  • Cons: Divisive design , New software features aren’t very inspiring , Leather strap needs a lot of…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Basis B1

The B1 distinguishes itself from its competitors with the variety and depth of the data it collects. Whether it helps you get fit, though, is up to you.

  • Release Date 2/2013
  • Release Price $199
  • Weight 1.55 oz
  • Width 1.42"
  • Height 1.06"
  • Pros: Onboard heart monitor , Vast and varied data sets , Impressive online profiles , Accurate step and…
  • Cons: No iPhone app , App syncing issues , May not work for fitness enthusiasts , Bulky, can get stuck on…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Garmin VivoActive

There may be other smart watches that do more than the Vívoactive, but none of them do fitness and activity tracking as well, nor do they wrap it up in as cool a package as the Garmin Vívoactive.

  • Release price $249.99
  • Height 1.72 in
  • Width 1.52 in
  • Depth 0.32 in
  • Pros: On-board GPS and step tracking , ANT+ sensor connectivity , Waterproof to 5 ATM , Smart…
  • Cons: Only one programmable alarm , Sleep tracking lacks detail , Menus can be complex
Our Score 8
User Score 8

Garmin fenix 2

While its complex interface occasionally tried our patience, Garmin’s versatile fenix 2 kept us coming back to explore everything it can do.

  • Release price $400
  • Width 1.9 in
  • Height 1.9 in
  • Depth 0.7 in
  • Pros: Handsome, ruggedly clean design , Smart Notifications (email, texts, and caller ID) , Swim track…
  • Cons: Steep learning curve , No smartphone control over watch functionality , Bluetooth turns off when…
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Martian Notifier Watch

The Notifier is a good bridge between traditional watches and wearable technology. It may not do much beyond alerts, but it handles them amazingly well.

  • Release price $129
  • Width 1.7 in
  • Height 0.5 in
  • Depth 1.7 in
  • Pros: Very affordable at $130 , Works with Android and iOS , Separate battery for clock , Smart…
  • Cons: Limited functionality , Not waterproof , Requires proprietary cable , Screen is tiny
Our Score 8
User Score 0

LG G Watch R

With a bright circular screen, a strong battery, and genuinely useful voice controls, the G Watch R is the best Android Wear watch yet. Sadly, it’s probably too large and sporty for some.

  • Release date 4Q 2014
  • Pros: Strong, water resistant, metal construction , Very comfortable to wear , Bright, fully circular…
  • Cons: Big for small wrists , Android Wear is still a work in progress , Limited offline use
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Garmin Fenix 3

While there’s no hiding its size and ruggedly handsome design, the fenix 3 sneaks in a long list of features -- many never seen together in one Garmin watch before.

  • Release price $499.99
  • Height 2 in
  • Width 2 in
  • Depth 0.6 in
  • Pros: Smart notifications , ANT+ and Wi-Fi compatible , Waterproof to 100 meters , IQ Store has apps
  • Cons: Only one alarm , Poor sleep tracking , Nearly all settings must be made on the watch
Our Score 8
User Score 0

Nike+ SportWatch GPS

The Nike+ SportWatch is a single-minded device that does what it does very well, but won’t get much use when it’s not collecting sweat.

  • Language English interface only
  • Weight 2.33 ounces
  • What's Included Nike+ Sensor, quick-start guide and USB cable (for hard-to-access USB ports) included
  • Warranty One-year limited warranty
  • Use Sports & Exercise
  • Pros: Comfortable, smart design , Built-in USB connector , Powerful, intuitive Web-based interface , Long…
  • Cons: Not practical for everyday wear , Using Nike+ sensor requires Nike shoes , Little flexibility and…
Our Score 8
User Score 0