The new must-have accessory, smartwatches are wearable devices that deliver notifications — from texts and emails to Facebook and Twitter updates — right to your wrist. The goal: save users time by letting them decide when it’s worth pulling out that smartphone. But that’s not all smartwatches can do. There’s already a wide range of apps available, and some models can make and receive calls. Here are five of the best smartwatch choices for this holiday season.
At $149, the Pebble is significantly cheaper than some smartphones, many of which cost upwards of $299. And you get a lot for your money: The Pebble's charm is in its simplistic, sleek design and customizable E Ink display, which is easy to read in direct sunlight. The watch delivers notifications — including SMS messages, Gmail alerts and call notifications — from an Android or iOS device, all of which your tech-savvy friend can read on his wrist and answer at his convenience. One of our favorite things about the Pebble is its eclectic selection of watch faces and apps, which amounts to more than 800 options. The Pebble is also a good choice for getting or staying in shape, thanks to its waterproof design and wide array of fitness apps.