Smartwatches have been the stars of the tech world in 2014, at least in terms of buzz, and their popularity is only expected to grow. As the holidays approach, tech fans are wondering which smart watch to put on their wish lists. This selection of five smartwatches under $300 is a good place to start.
LG G Watch R
Introduced at IFA, the new G Watch R has a circular 1.3-inch screen and runs on Android Wear. Waterproof for up to 30 minutes, the smartwatch can be configured to deliver notifications of incoming calls, texts, and upcoming appointments and to offer useful reports on the weather and other up-to-date info.
The LG G Watch R is priced at $299.
Launched last spring, the Moto 360 is one of the more elegant wearables on the market today. Or rather, one that most resembles a more traditional watch, with its steel case and leather strap. Its touch screen can handle multiple alerts at once, with vertical scrolling allowing users to switch from one to the next. An Android Wear device, the Moto 360 also responds to voice commands ("OK Google") to launch certain apps or answer questions.
The Moto 360 is available for $249.
Sony Smartwatch 3
Something of a pioneer in the field, Sony has already released its third-generation smartwatch. The device has a 1.6-inch square screen with a resolution of 320x320 pixels, along with a microphone, an accelerometer, an internal compass, a gyroscope and GPS sensors for the most accurate activity tracking possible. There is also a dedicated music app for listening to playlists through a Bluetooth headset.
The Sony Smartwatch 3 costs $249.99.
The latest watch from Pebble, the Steel features a sleek steel design and is sold with a range of classic leather straps. Like the original Pebble, this more refined model has an ePaper display and is compatible with Android and iOS. The device can be ordered directly through the manufacturer's website.
The Pebble Steel is available for $249.
Samsung Gear Live
With the Gear Live, Samsung offers a smartwatch with a 1.63-inch AMOLED screen (320x320 pixels), a gyroscope, an accelerometer, a heart-rate monitor and the Android Wear platform, which allows it to respond to voice commands. This is a device with a particularly good feature set for the price.
The Samsung Gear Live sells for $199.