Best Products of 2015: Mobile

The Apple Watch transfomed smartwatches from freakish to fashionable

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Apple Watch

Before the Apple Watch, smartwatches were ugly, bulky monstrosities with no style and limited appeal. All that changed the moment Apple CEO Tim Cook announced that he had “one more thing” to show off during the September iPhone event in 2014. It was only a teaser, but it was the defining moment of the wearable category.

From that moment on, Samsung, Huawei, LG, and Motorola got serious about design. They invested in stylish smartwatches with a selection of bands and colors – just like the Apple Watch. Some, like Motorola and Huawei, even offered styles designed to appeal to women. Before the Apple Watch came in with its smaller 38mm casing, rose gold color option, and snazzy feminine watchbands; women didn’t even have the option of wearing a stylish smartwatch that would fit their wrists. Apple was the first to recognize the untapped potential of women as smartwatch buyers.

The Apple Watch is a true breakthrough product — It defined an entire category of devices and set the standard for every other smartwatch.

When it finally arrived in April 2015, the Apple Watch grabbed the world by the wrist. For the first time, I saw smartwatches in the wild on people who were not tech journalists or men, and every single one of them was an Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch brought style, choice, and awareness to the smartwatch market, but it also introduced a better interface and exposed some of the problems in Android Wear. Even at launch it offered a wealth of apps, and developers hustled to pile on more in the following weeks and months. Watch OS 2 brought native apps, which live on the watch instead of your phone and improve the overall experience. The ability to tap to pay with the Watch was another key first, and a feature that has yet to be added to Android Wear, though it will hit Samsung’s Gear S2 soon.

The Apple Watch is our top pick for the best mobile device of 2015 because it is a true breakthrough product that defined an entire category of devices and set the standard for every other smartwatch made over the course of the year.

Runners up

Nexus 6P


Google’s Nexus phones should highlight the best of Android, but that’s never been the case — until the Nexus 6P came along. It’s the best Android phone of 2015, and it costs much less than the competition at $500. Its sleek metal body, fingerprint sensor, high-end specs, and access to updates make it simply irresistible. The Nexus 6P sets the bar for every other Android phone to come in 2016.

Bellabeat Leaf


We’ve seen some dubious smart jewelry, but the Bellabeat Leaf is a winner in our book. Not only is it a gorgeous accessory that can be worn as a necklace, clip, or bracelet; it also tracks fitness, sleep, and yes, your period. The Leaf reminds you to breathe when you’re stressed out and even gives you positive app, making it much more than your average fitness wearable.

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