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Best smartwatches for work and play

Want to transfer some of your smartphone's functionality to your wrist? Then you need a smartwatch. Here's a look at some of the best smartwatches for work and play.
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1 of 6 Google

Introduction

If you like to live on the cutting edge of technology, and put some of that functionality that's present in your smartphone onto your wrist, then smartwatches are where you want to be. But choosing the best smartwatch from the raft of devices on the market can be tricky.

Here's a look at the best smartwatches currently available.

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2 of 6 Pebble

Pebble Steel

At the top of the list of best smartwatches is the Pebble Steel. And there's a lot to like about it. It's a well thought-out package that works for both iOS and Android, pulling your texts, emails and notifications, and it comes in at a good price. There are smartwatches that do more on the market, but the Pebble Steel does what it does well.

A great product that was born from humble kickstarter beginnings.

Here's a closer look at the Pebble Steel by Matthew Miller. 

Tech specs and highlights

  • 5–7 day battery life
  • Water resistant to five atmospheres
  • Daylight readable display
  • Customizable look
  • Stainless steel construction
  • iOS and Android

Price: $199

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Motorola Moto 360

Next on the list is a smartwatch from a manufacturer that also makes Android smartphones – the Motorola Moto 360.

While I maintain that the Pebble Steel is the best smartwatch available, the Motorola Moto 360 does more (albeit some features are a bit clumsy). It also looks awesome.

However, because it runs on Android Wear, the Moto 360 is only for Android users, so iOS users are left out in the cold.

Here's a closer look at the Moto 360 by Matthew Miller. 

Tech specs and highlights

  • All-day battery life
  • TI OMAP 3 processor
  • 4GB storage
  • IP67 dust- and water-resistant (not suitable for swimming)
  • Wireless charging capable using Qi wireless chargers
  • Android only

Price: Starting from $249

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LG G Watch R

To put things simply, the LG G Watch R is a chunkier version of the Moto 360. It's another Android Wear device, which means it won't play with iOS devices.

For an in-depth look, check out CNET's review: LG G Watch R wins big on style, falls down on software

Tech specs and highlights

  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 1.2GHz processor
  • 4GB storage
  • 9-Axis (Gyro, Accelerometer, Compass), PPG (Heart rate monitor), Barometer
  • IP67 dust and water-resistant (not suitable for swimming)
  • Android only

Price: $349

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Pebble

While there's little doubt that the Pebble Steel is a nicer, more robust package, the original Pebble – which has been around for almost two years now – does everything its stainless steel counterpart can do for half the price.

For an in-depth look, check out CNET's review: A more polished Pebble, thanks to apps

Tech specs and highlights

  • 5–7 day battery life
  • Water resistant to five atmospheres
  • Daylight readable display
  • Customizable look
  • Plastic construction
  • iOS and Android

Price: $99

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Meta M1

The Meta M1 is more like the Pebble than the offerings from LG and Motorola in that it works with both iOS and Android, and also that it features multi-day battery life.

While from a tech standpoint the Meta M1 is a strong device, the look might not suit everyone, as might the high price tag.

For an in-depth look, check out CNET's review: A sexier-looking smartwatch? Well, sort of

Tech specs and highlights

  • 5–7 day battery life
  • Six buttons
  • Water resistant to three atmospheres
  • Daylight readable display
  • Customizable look
  • Stainless steel and nylon construction
  • iOS and Android

Price: From $249

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