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.
Sony SmartWatch 2
This is the dream almost realized: a relatively sleek-looking timepiece that blended into our wardrobe and allowed us to easily browse text messages, see what album we were streaming on Spotify, and check our Twitter feed on a bright, color 1.6-inch OLED screen with just a swipe. It's only 4.3 ounces, easy to read in any light, and water-resistant. Plus, the battery lasted five days, which meant we didn't have to scramble to look for the charger all the time. [$200; sony.com]
Rating: 7 (Best in Class)