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Pebble Technology Pebble Watch
Pebble Technology Pebble Watch

Who needs a smartwatch? You might have asked the same thing about smartphones before those got smart enough to be truly useful. This growing tech trend has got our attention, but these smartwatches are still for the earliest of early adopters; we wouldn't recommend any of them to our friends. Yet

Pebble Technology Pebble Watch

The good: The Pebble Watch is notable for its lean design, multiple watch faces, standalone timekeeping and downloadable apps. The bad: The feature set is currently limited; battery indicators are unclear; the plastic look and smaller screen feel a little dated; and getting notifications set up in iOS and Android can be confusing.

Martian Watches Passport Watch

The good: The Passport has a slick throwback design with an analog flair. It's easy to pair with a smartphone for basic speakerphone calls or Siri requests, and it's useful for screening incoming calls and texts. The bad: The Passport is way too expensive compared with its competition; and background noise makes the Bluetooth speakerphone feature tough to use in noisy outdoor environments.

Sony SmartWatch

The good: The Sony SmartWatch draws the eye with its sleek, stylish looks. It also offers a wide range of wireless functions such as message notifications, call handling and music control, made possible by a Bluetooth smartphone connection. The bad: The SmartWatch needs an Android smartphone connection to function or even keep the time, and it's currently compatible with only a handful of Android phones.