Best smartwatch 2015: what's the best wearable tech for you?

Top iOS and Android watches for 2015

5. Pebble Steel

The best non-Android Wear smartwatch you can strap to your wrist right now is the Pebble Steel. It just pips its plastic clad predecessor to the post with a better, more compact, premium design.

The 2014 edition sports a smaller, less boxy face and a stainless steel frame for the 1.26-inch LCD.

Pebble Steel's silver or matte black casing comes with a leather band in the box. If you want to complete the sophisticated look you can purchase a matching steel band separately.

You get all of the same texts, emails and notifications at a glance for $199 (£179, about AU$228). That's the same price as most of the Android Wear watches, which offer a lot more for your money.

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Watch first, smartwatch second

Missing, however, is the brilliant color display that makes Android watches shine, a number of features found on rival wearables and a way to get around Pebble's annoying eight installed apps limit. Of course, Pebble Steel doesn't have the same battery life issues of the Moto 360.

It can last at least four days between charges and is compatible with both iOS and Android phones. It's for everyone and, with swappable bands, for every stylistic situation.

It's also for pretty much everywhere you go considering its 5ATM water resistant rating. This means it's waterproof enough for swimming in shallow water and even has real-time swim tracking software among its list of 4,000 apps.

4. Asus ZenWatch

If you're after a stylish smartwatch that does your basic range of Android Wear things, the ZenWatch is worth a look. Beyond that, there's little difference from the other similarly priced Android Wear watches.

The design is stronger than the early Android Wear offerings from LG and Samsung, but it doesn't quite hit the heights of the Moto 360.

Asus ZenWatch

It doesn't quite stand up to the Smartwatch 3 or G Watch R in terms of battery life or general ruggedness. Regardless, this timepiece is certainly in the top tier of rectangular Android Wear watches on the design front.

There are better Android Wear watches out there for a similar price, but if you are personally fond of the ZenWatch's stylings then it won't let you down.

3. Moto 360

Hands and wrists down, Motorola makes one of the best Android Wear smartwatches. Its Moto 360 is defined by a 1.65-inch circular display, stainless steel frame and premium leather band.

This was the first Google watch that could pass itself off as a stylish designer timepiece. Everything else before it was square and plastic.

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Moto 360 is beautiful, unless you own an iPhone

Moto 360, like the slightly newer LG G Watch R, doesn't come off as an overt computer strapped to your wrist. It analog watch faces really blend in.

Its Google Now integration seamlessly beams SMS, email alerts and every other smartphone notification to your wrist. Sure, Moto 360 has an inefficient processor that sometimes stunts swiping through these Android Wear menus, and battery life is a day at best.

That's why the LG G Watch R jumps a few posts ahead. But on its face - it's beautiful, beautiful face - Moto 360 is one of the best-looking smartwatches to date and comes with a nifty Qi wireless charger to make up for those all-too-frequent charges.

2. Sony Smartwatch 3

It seems like Sony learned a thing or two making the Smartwatch 2. The latest Sony Smartwatch 3 actually has Android Wear, despite the fact that the company has its own ecosystem.

Sony Smartwatch 3

Its 1.2GHz quad-core processor and 512MB of RAM leave it packed with power and with GPS built in it's a more fully-functional fitness accessory than most other smartwatches. Of course all that power doesn't come cheap, as the Sony Smartwatch 3 retails for $250 (£189.99, AU$299.99).

If you're not fond of the strap design, Sony unveiled a Pebble Steel-esque band called the Sony Smartwatch 3 Stainless Steel edition during CES 2015. It looks pretty nice compared to its rubbery counterpart, but the guts remain the same.

Ultimately, the Smartwatch 3 has proved that third time's a charm (at least in Sony's Smartwatch series). It puts function ahead of form, delivering one of the best user experiences yet but with minimalistic style.

1. LG G Watch R

The LG G Watch R has got one thing right, it's one of the few Android Wear smartwatches that actually looks like a watch. It may not appear as fancy as the Moto 360, but it still has a sporty look that many might actually prefer.

In terms of specs the G Watch R is relatively well equipped with a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and a 410mAh battery.

Compared to the Moto 360 that's a better processor and larger battery, plus you also get a barometer, heart rate monitor and 9-Axis (which includes a gyro, accelerometer and compass).

LG G Watch R
Sporty, yes?

The display is also worth shouting about. While the Moto 360 had a larger screen which made text a little larger and easier to read, the higher resolution display of the G Watch R is easier on the eye, while the P-OLED screen delivers strong colors.

It's still a bit pricey at $300 (£200, about AU$280) but remains the top smartwatch out there, narrowly squeezing the Smartwatch 3 into second with a more accomplished overall package.