Did Santa finally put a Rolex in your stocking this year? If he did, you might not want to wear it on that early morning jog through the park. Whether you’re starting a new fitness regime for the New Year or just don’t want to wear your expensive Swiss timepiece everywhere, it’s time to treat yourself to a smartwatch or fitness band. Here are a few good choices at post-Christmas prices.
Motorola Moto 360
This is the classiest looking smartwatch on the market today and the Moto 360 could cruise on its looks alone, but this sophisticated wearable gets high ratings for its performance from current owners. The Moto 360 features a 1.56” LCD touch screen with 320×290 resolution, stainless steel case and stone leather band. This voice-activated smartwatch is compatible with Android devices 4.3 or later. The Moto 360 is selling for $299.99 elsewhere but you can find it for $249.99 at Best Buy.
Samsung Galaxy 2 Neo
This is one of the most highly rated of the current smartwatches as well as one of the most attractive. The Galaxy 2 Neo has a bright, easy to read 1.63” Super AMOLED display framed by a stylishly contoured face of brushed metal-finish. If you have a Samsung smartphone, the Galaxy 2 Neo will connect effortlessly to let you make hands-free calls, check emails, receive notifications and get text updates—all without touching your mobile device. You can get a Samsung Galaxy 2 Neo for $199.99 from B&H Photo-Video-Audio.
LG G Watch
The LG G Watch is both rugged and good-looking, plus adding any 22mm strap can customize it. This smartwatch is super slim but resistant to dust and water. Via Bluetooth 4.0 the LG G connects wirelessly to any smartphone running Android 4.3 or higher. This smartwatch is especially intuitive since it runs Android Wear, which can organize your information to show you what you need, sometimes before you even know you need it. The LG G is compatible with voice demands, and it you want one of your own to talk to, it’s selling for $149.99 at B&H Photo-Video-Audio.
Fitbit Flex Wireless Activity & Sleep Tracker
If you want a device that keeps things simple, the Fitbit works 24/7 to provide you with an overview of your health and fitness levels. The slim, streamlined Fitbit can analyze many aspects of your daily activity like distance walked, calories burned, hour slept, quality of sleep and more. Unlike some of the more expensive wearable devices, the Fitbit Flex is compatible with most computers and mobile devices. It’s also comfortable to wear all the time and not flashy enough to attract muggers. The Fitbit has a list price of $119 but you can one now for $94.00 at Walmart.
If none of these models ring your bell, you can always wait for the entrance of the long-awaited Apple Watch in the spring of 2015 or whenever the company gets around to making them.