Smartwatches came a long way in 2015, going from niche gadgets to must-have accessories – with the millions of sales to match.
Naturally, this meant that tech manufacturers were rushing to develop and release their own wearable wares, regardless of their usual focus on smartphones, PCs, televisions or whatever else. As a result, there’s already a pretty sprawling selection to choose from.
To help you decide, we’ve compiled this guide to 2015’s best smartwatches, from affordable all-rounders to elegant premium offerings.
10. LG Watch Urbane
We’d have loved to include the new, LTE-capable LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition on this list, but a defective screen component saw it pulled from shelves after just six days on sale, with no word yet on when it might be fixed and return.
Luckily, the original Watch Urbane is still a worthy wearable. This device wraps a circular, 1.3in P-OLED (Plastic OLED) display in a stylish brushed metal case, includes a big 410mAh battery and is IP67 certified, so it’s as dust- and water-resistant as many fitness bands. It’s powered by the Android Wear operating system – in fact, it was the very first smartwatch to launch with said OS’s 5.1.1 update.
On the subject of firsts, some believed that the Watch Urbane would be the first serious rival to the Apple Watch. The market is a little more crowded these days, but LG’s offering still manages to look like a fine choice. It hasn’t been recalled yet, after all.