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 year, 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 are limited for Windows Phone users despite Microsoft launching its Microsoft Band as this device fits more into our best activity tracker feature than this smartwatch one. Things have improved for iOS users though after Apple made the Apple Watch available earlier this year and Google announced Android Wear compatibility and Android users have the pick of the bunch, except the Apple Watch of course.

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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