Are you ready for a computer strapped to your wrist? Tech companies certainly think so. There are now several smartwatches on the market – and news that Google, Apple, and Nike are also getting in on the game. Not fully functional on their own, these devices communicate with your phone via Bluetooth. Once the connection is made, you'll have a new way to read a text discreetly during a meeting, dismiss a call you'd rather not take, or check your calendar without removing your phone from your pocket. Doing all this with a gadget on your wrist is very cool in a sci-fi way, although only the Samsung Galaxy Gear lets you talk to it like Dick Tracy, and mostly the devices feel like an extra screen for your phone. But the trend is definitely a glimpse at what the future might bring.
Samsung Galaxy Gear
The most feature-packed watch available – which currently works with only Samsung's Note 2/3 and Galaxy S3/S4 – has a customizable 1.63-inch LED touchscreen that shows time, date, and weather. But the real fun starts when you answer a call and speak to your wrist. You can also dictate texts and snap photos with a 1.9-megapixel camera. It works with roughly 70 apps, including RunKeeper, but the Gear is crippled by slow speed and a two-day battery life. [$300; samsung.com]