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Can’t wait to get a wearable? Here are the best smartwatches you can buy

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Smartwatches to look out for in the near future

All the previous watches can be purchased right now, and are the one’s we’d recommend checking out first. However, there are a few that have been launched very recently, plus others that are coming soon, that you should also know about. Here are a few that may rate highly in the future.

Casio WSD F10 ($500)


Casio is one of the latest traditional timepiece makers to get involved with Google and produce an Android Wear smartwatch. It’s called the WSD-F10, and it’s a rugged outdoors watch that’s specifically designed for hikers, cyclists, fishing fans, and anyone who loves really tough watches. It’s a giant, and comes in some striking colors. Plus, it features a handy mode that turns off the smart features and extends the battery life to a month. It’s not cheap given the $500 price tag, but we were impressed when we tried it out earlier this year. Read our hands-on impressions here.

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Nixon Mission ($TBA)

Nixon The Mission Lifestyle Snow 4

Rugged Android Wear watches are all the rage at the moment, and like Casio’s WSD-F10, the Nixon Mission is happy to take some punishment. It’s actually even tougher than the aforementioned Casio model given its steel-and-plastic build, and it’s waterproof to depths of 100 meters. This makes it the best choice for surfers, swimmers, snowboarders, and mountaineers. It also features a wealth of fitness tracking capabilities, and real-time data to help you better plan your sporting activities. We’re still waiting for price and availability on the Nixon Mission, however. Read more here.

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Blocks Modular Watch ($295)


The Blocks watch won’t be out until mid-2016, but from what we’ve seen so far, it’s going to be very exciting. It’s a modular watch, meaning the strap links all perform different functions and can be swapped around to suit the wearers needs. Want more standby time? Add some battery links. Going for a hike? Add a GPS link. The Blocks smartwatch completed its successful Kickstarter campaign at the end of November, raising more than $1.6 million, and is on track for a May 2016 launch. Read our hands-on impressions here.

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