Top 5: Best Smartwatches Of 2014

Chart: Looking for a new smartwatch? Here are the best smartwatches available in Australia as of December 22, 2014.

The focus here is on everyday smartwatches — not fitness trackers or sports-centric watches like the Garmin Forerunner 920XT — though there are a couple of watches that blur the lines. The Garmin VivoSmart and Basis Peak both scored just outside this list.

The top-ranking Pebble Steel is also getting in on the fitness tracking action (and adding Android Wear-style notifications). The old, original Pebble is so long-in the-tooth now that we took it out of contention.

Also: Top 5 Fitness Band/Activity Trackers

Our pick/s here at Gizmodo Australia HQ: The LG Watch R for outright style, though the Moto 360 is a looker also, and has persistent heart rate monitoring.

More: The Best Smartwatch For Every Wrist

If you're a Samsung devotee, we'd recommend the beautifully curved Samsung Gear S (which we scored 71//100). Notably, on overall aggregate review scores, Samsung's line of watches have struggled against more recent competition.

However, watches are fashion-statement. A personal choice. And that plays a larger part than usual in selecting a smartwatch. For iPhone users, compatibility with many models can also be an issue. Enter the Apple Watch, due sometime after April 2015 for around US$350: Gizmodo Apple Watch Hands On.

Chart Note: Pricing can change regularly. Use the Dick Smith links for a guide to current costs.

More: Gizmodo Australia Readers Name Their Smartwatch Of The Year


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7.8
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7.5
7.4

Pebble Steel

Motorola Moto 360

ASUS ZenWatch

MetaWatch Meta M1

LG G Watch R

Scoring Panel
  Gizmodo Australia
75/100
Gizmodo Australia
87/100
Gizmodo Australia
76/100
Gizmodo Australia
-
Gizmodo Australia
80/100
  The Verge
8.5/10
The Verge
8.1/10
The Verge
7.9/10
The Verge
8/10
The Verge
7/10
  CNET
8/10
CNET
6.9/10
CNET
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CNET
6.9/10
CNET
7.1/10
  Engadget
85/100
Engadget
76/100
Engadget
75/100
Engadget
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Engadget
76/100
Quick Specs
Display 1.26-inch (144x168) black and white e-paper display 1.56-inch (320x290) circular Gorilla Glass 3 IPS touchscreen 1.63-inch (320x320) slightly curved AMOLED touschreen 1.13-inch (128x128) black and white screen 1.3-inch (320x320) full circle O-OLED touchscreen
Software Pebble (custom) Android Wear Android Wear Meta Watch (custom) Android Wear
Heart Rate Sensor No Yes Yes No Yes
Style Options Brushed stainless or black matte body; leather or steel bands Light chrome (silver) with grey leather; Dark chrome (black) with black leather Stainless steel with swappable leather bands Stainless Silver, black stainless, black rubber, black leather, brown leather, gold, red and white body + band options. Black metal body, swappable black leather band
Stated Battery Life Up to 7 days 1 day ($40 optional wireless charging dock available) 1 day+ 5 to 7 days 2 days+
Weight 56 grams (with standard band) 49 grams 75 grams 303g to 411 grams 62.3g
Price Guideline (Subject To Change) $229 $328 $320 US$249 to US$449 $359

Comments

    I ordered a Galaxy Gear 2 for $170, now the long wait for the post, no doubt a Gear 3 will be released next year, or the S is replacing it outright but for $170 I am happy, it will go well with my Note Edge. What was your review score for the Gear 2?

      We've only conducted a 'hands-on' first look of the Gear 2, but it gets an upper-mid 6.8 on aggregate with the same scoring panel as above. Given the positive reception for rival circular watches, it's not surprising to hear that Samsung is rumoured to be working on a round watch of its own for 2015. Who knows what we'll see come Mobile World Congress time in February.

        Cool, thanks, I will be happy with my sub-$200 watch for now, would be nice if Samsung did release a round smart watch though at some point.

          Of course they will. Anything the competition does (Apple or other) Samsung will duplicate asap as they have the mindset of "Samsung does everything". The world has a bit of Samsung overload.

    So happy with my U8 Pro. $40. It does everything a smartwatch needs to. For such an immature market, it seems way too early to be spending $300 for one.
    edit: spelling.

    Last edited 23/12/14 11:00 am

    For me, they are all way too big.

      Female wrists?

    hmm would have thought G Watch R would have been near the top. 3 day battery life since last update is kinda class leading in term of android wear

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