There seems to be a huge issue in the wearable industry – it caters to men (mostly). This is a topic our very own Nicole Scott has touched on before; and she happens to be very passionate about this issue. Most wearables are simply not meant for women.
And the issue here is not exactly aesthetics; at least not entirely. We are not asking for “girly” designs and colors, though that would be welcomed too. Ultimately, any company could claim a smart watch is unisex but when women try them on they find these to completely uncomfortable. Let’s face it, most of these devices are huge and women tend to have smaller wrists.
With that in mind, we see it as our geeky civic duty to bring the ladies a neat list of the best wearable options they have. By the way, we did make a list for the guys, too. Without further ado, let’s check out some wearables!
Pebble and Pebble Steel
Ok, so sadly women don’t have many options in terms of smart watches yet (ask Nicole how upset she is about this). They are all so big they fit very uncomfortably on ladies, but there is one small smart watch you may love – the Pebble.
You can either get the Pebble or Pebble Steel. The former is made of plastic and cost $99, while the latter is made of premium materials and costs $199. If size does matter, though, you will find the Pebble Steel to have a slightly smaller body. Not to mention it actually looks much better.
By the way, we happen to love the Pebble at Mobile Geeks. It’s may not have all those bells, whistles and flashy LCD screens, but the watch takes care of the job very well. Because of its simplicity and E-ink screen, battery life in insane. This thing can last over 4 or 5 days!
You gotta love Microsoft for making a difference in the wearable market. The Redmond giant made multiple sizes available for its wearable, something you very rarely see. This means the device is suitable for most users, whether they have small wrists or not. It’s the wearable for everyone.
In terms of functionality, the device is pretty much a fitness tracker with some smart features. By the way, it’s one hell of a fitness tracker. It can monitor your sleep, steps, distances traveled and heart rate. It even has a UV sensor that measures the sun’s radiation levels.
On the productivity side, the Microsoft band offers you notifications and previews on emails, calls, text messages and even some social networks. And at $199 is a bit pricey, but it’s a good deal considering all it offers. Also, you won’t find this wearable very pricey after you see some of the accessories below.
Alright, so we normally wouldn’t really praise Apple that much, but they got this one right. The Apple Watch does come in two sizes, with the smallest being 38x38mm. It also happens to look pretty well.
Sadly, it won’t come until next year, so you can’t get it just yet.
And if we want to talk about devices that will be coming up, we can’t forget about the MICA. This device is made in partnership with Intel. It looks like a cuff, but turn your wrist around and you will find it’s much more than that.
It holds a screen, so it will definitely be more than a watch, but we don’t know much about the software or operating system. It’s quite huge, to be honest, but women wear big jewelry all the time. It won’t look weird at all.
It will be sold exclusively by Barneys, so we can assume this will be quite expensive. Not only is it a good smartwatch, but it also carries some great materials and fancy stones. It does come out before the end of 2014, so you can get this one very soon.
Carrying a portable battery around can be easily done, but nothing is as seamless as a bag that already has one integrated. Everpurse was among the first (and very few) to manufacture a purse that can charge your smartphone.
The bag has a smartphone pocket where you can put your phone while it charges. They currently have versions for the Samsung Galaxy S4, iPhone 5, iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C. What makes the bag most convenient is that you can charge it wirelessly, via a charging pad they offer.
The fact that it won’t become “yet another device to charge” is very helpful. And your phone will be able to stay alive for much longer! Now, it does cost $249, which is very expensive, but it’s a good looking purse made out of good materials.
Tory Burch for Fitbit
This is not exactly a smart wearable. It’s actually an accessory made for a wearable. Tory Burch for Fitbit are designer bracelets and pendants that hold your Fitbit Flex, which is a very popular activity tracker.
It turns a rubber and plastic tracker into a fashionable piece of jewelry, which we know many of you would rather carry around. Prices range from $175 to $195, but do keep in mind you also have to purchase the Fitbit Flex, which is priced at almost $100. Not really cheap.
Wearables are not limited to smart watches and fitness bands. This new family of gadgets is meant to change the way we do everything, taking on multiple form factors. One of my favorite wearables out there is the MOTA SmartRing.
The MOTA SmartRing offers quick notifications and let’s you know who is trying to reach out to you. This one is not exactly available yet, but you can pre-order it right now through MOTA’s ongoing Indiegogo campaign. It’s a very simple and discrete experience, but sometimes that is all you need.
The thing about Google Glass is that it’s one of the very few products that are actually unisex. They look just as good on women as they do on men, so if you have $1500 laying around and you want the best smart eyewear around, Google Glass is your best bet.
It’s fun and helpful, but it definitely needs more developer support and third-party apps. Otherwise, you can have lots of fun using it, and you can even use the frames Gogole sells and use these as reading glasses.