Meanwhile its own i'market claims to host hundreds of apps (including a compass, radio tuner and, err, a metronome), with i'music offering six million songs via the built-in headphones slot but only if you preselect and download them.It also includes Facebook and calendar alerts, cloud storage and fitness functions, with full-text Twitter and Facebook messages guaranteed.

Sadly, there's no text message integration and the touchscreen is an unresponsive as the operating system is cumbersome, but feature-wise it could be a sign of things to come.

8. LG Lifeband Touch

Price: £110, US$179, AUS$202 | Compatible with: Android and iOS

LG Lifeband Touch

LG has blended the fitness band and smartwatch to create the gesture-activated Lifeband Touch. Compatible with Apple products as well as Android, Lifeband Touch's three-axis accelerometer and altimeter record data on steps taken, distance travelled and calories burned, then send it all to LG's Fitness smartphone app (as well as MyFitnessPal, Runkeeper or MapMyFitness).

But it's not just for fitness. Designed for day-to-day use, it also deals in call and text alerts from your Bluetooth-connected smartphone. Complete with OLED display, a five-day battery and a splash-proof design, LG's Lifeband Touch should hit Europe in late 2014 after an initial US-only distribution.

9. ZTE BlueWatch

Price: TBA | Compatible with: Android

Best smartwatch 2014

We've known about it for a few months, but Chinese manufacturer ZTE waited until CES 2014 to unveil details of its forthcoming - and first-ever - smartwatch, the BlueWatch.

Running on Android, the BlueWatch has a 1.26-inch display sporting a 144 x 168 resolution display and as its name suggests, uses Bluetooth to connect to a smartphone. That link enables hands-free calling through BlueWatch as well as on-watch viewing of Twitter and Facebook accounts. BlueWatch can also funnel photos from phone to wrist.

In a LG-like move to meld the smartwatch genre with the rather larger market for fitness wearables, the BlueWatch has a built-in pedometer and even gives a (how accurate?) calculation for the wearer's body fat percentage.

However, unless you're the owner of one of its increasingly impressive smartphones (such as the Blade V, ZTE Open or Grand S) the BlueWatch will be useless to you.

10. Razer Nabu

Price: £61, US$100, AUS$113 | Compatible with: Android and iOS

Best smartwatch 2014

Is it a fitness band or a smartwatch? Another is-it-or-isn't-it device is due shortly from Razer, whose Nabu device wowed the CES 2014 with its "smartband" (see what Razer did there?), though its on-sale date isn't yet confirmed.

It counts steps, distance and calories, and even picks-out altitude and monitors sleep quality, but where Nabu crosses the fence is with notifications.

When linked to a smartphone via Bluetooth, Nabu can fetch text messages and emails, and display them on one of its two OLED screens. Text messages and emails can be read on a 128 x 32 pixel OLED screen while a 32 x 32 pixel grid is reserved exclusively for notification icons.

Despite all this, an early standout feature is its battery life, which is said to stretch to 10 days. Razer also promised that Nabu will be compatible with some augmented reality games of the future.