Smartwatches used to be gadgets only James Bond would have access to, but that's no longer the case. These wrist-worn phone companions that can receive calls, texts, emails and social network notifications have been whipping the wearables sector into a storm over the past couple of years, with more and more companies after a slice of the pie.

Many attempts have been made, some more successful than others, some much better looking than others and some smarter than others. But for those looking to take the smartwatch plunge, you've come to the right place. We have rounded up the best out there that we have had the pleasure of reviewing in full.

Options remain limited for Windows Phone users, while things have improved significantly for iOS users since smartwatches first appeared. Apple offers its own closed-platform Apple Watch, now available in two editions, and Google's Android Wear platform is also compatible with iOS devices, though the experience isn't as seamless as it is for Android users.

If you want to know how well Android Wear works with iPhone before picking the smartwatch right for you, you can read our separate feature and if you are only interested in Android Wear smartwatches, we have a separate feature for that too.

As usual, we will continue to update this feature as we get our hands and wrists on more but for now, here are the best smartwatches available to buy today.

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