Top 5 wearables you can buy right now

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If you're in the market for a new wearable device look no further than our guide to the top five wearables available right now.

2014 has been a huge year for wearable technology. We've seen existing market leaders expand and improve already great devices, and we've seen some of the world's biggest tech manufacturers enter the market with their offerings for the first time.

Currently tech firms are only scraping the surface with what can be done with a wearable, but needless to say there are still some pretty great devices out there right now. If you're looking for a new flash gadget, or want to buy someone a great gift for Christmas, here are the five best wearables available now.

5) Jawbone UP24

The Jawbone UP24 is a great wearable wristband for that person who wants to start tracking their fitness and lifestyle. When wearing, it will track your movement and sleeping patterns; download the accompanying app and it will also allow you to monitor what you are eating.

Jawbone's app, Insight Engine, will provide you with all your fitness and lifestyle information in a single area. The app will celebrate milestones that you share and provide goals and motivational messages. Its connectivity to other apps also makes it pretty neat; if you're a keen cyclist Insight Engine can connect with Strava, or if you love running then it will connect with RunKeeper.

The UP24 has seven days battery life, and integrates Bluetooth technology so you no longer have to plug it into your smartphone to sync your daily data. It's available in three sizes: small, medium and large, and four colours: navy, black, orange and pink.

Price - £99.95 

4) Fitbit Flex

Like the UP24, the Fitbit Flex is also a fitness tracking wristband. It will keep track of your activity, distance covered, calories burned, food intake and weight all available to view and log inside the accompanying Fitbit app. The Flex does everything the UP24 does, but we think it does it better.

It has some pretty cool features like Bluetooth syncing, the silent wake alarm, the onboard LEDs that show you show you how well you're meeting your daily goals and it's also waterproof, so you can wear it everywhere you go. Also if you get bored of your Fitbit's colour then you can change things up with different coloured accessory bands.

Despite offering 2 days less battery life than the UP24, it has slightly better functionality and is fully customisable, and for its cheaper price tag you can't really go wrong.

Price - £67.93 

3) Motorola Moto 360

The Moto 360 makes our top five because in our opinion it's the best looking smartwatch your money can buy at present. Its beautiful housing is crafted from stainless steel and the glass display is made from super scratch resistant Gorilla Glass 3. The watch ships with a genuine leather wrist strap but you can customise it later by purchasing alternatives like the stainless steel version, which should look great next to the watch face.

Functionality-wise, the 360 is disappointingly under-powered because hidden under the watch face is four-year-old technology, meaning you might get a slight bit of lag when scrolling through Android Wear. The battery life also leaves a lot to be desired, at best you might get a day out of it, but it does come with wireless charging which is a nice feature.

As mentioned it runs Android Wear, which with further development looks like it could be a very nice operating system for watches; it also has some nice fitness tracking abilities too. It won't work with an iPhone, but if you're an Android smartphone user then this watch will make a nice companion to it.

Price - £249

2) LG G Watch R

At a glance the LG G Watch R looks like your regular watch, but it is much much more than that. The device's overall design is nice, but that's about as far as we'd go. It's the closest thing you can currently get to looking like a normal watch, but doesn't have the style or flashiness as the 360. It's available in black and features a classic watch dial around the circular display.

Like the 360 it runs Android Wear, which is only in its infancy at present, but it runs it much better than the 360. Under the hood it's powered by a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, and has 512mb of RAM, so you shouldn't experience much in the way of lag with this device. You should get around two days with the battery, but it doesn't charge wirelessly so you'll have to dock it when it needs more juice.

If you prefer function over design then this is definitely the best Android smartwatch currently on the market.

Price - £225

1) Pebble Steel 

The Pebble Smartwatch was the first device that was adopted as the next generation of watch, it was great device and was massively popular with the techies out there. It lacked a little in design, but the Pebble Steel goes to great lengths to solve those designs niggles.

As you can guess from the name the Pebble Steel is made from stainless steel and you can get it in two colours: matte black or brushed stainless. The straps have also received a redesign; now you can buy the device with a leather strap, or with a steel strap, both of which compliment the solid steel housing quite nicely. Overall it looks more premium while retaining the very lightweight feel that was present in its predecessor. 

The user interface has hardly changed from the old Pebble, but it does have a lot more great apps to try out. You can connect your Android handset or iPhone through Bluetooth LE, and the Steel will relay messages, notifications and more from your smartphone onto its e-ink screen. The watch's is signifcant better than others out there, it should last you between five and seven days depending on usage.

One of the biggest plusses of the Pebble and the Steel is the fact that it has a huge developer community, so new professional apps are coming out all the time. It also has a great competitive price when compared to its smartwatch rivals.

Price - £168.40