Wearables are all the talk this year. Every major manufacturer is bringing its own products to the table and they are competing for your cash. These devices don’t come cheap, though, so you must choose the right one before you take the plunge.
There are many factors to consider when picking the right wearables. It’s definitely a subjective topic, but we have put together a list of the best devices for every type of wearable. It will help you narrow down your options to the very best.
We also know men and women have different preferences and needs, so we have also created a separate version for our fellow female geeks. Without further ado, let’s take a look at the best wearables around! By the way, we are only taking into account available wearables.
Those who follow Mobile Geeks probably know about our obsession with the ASUS ZenWatch. The general consensus in the team is that this is the best Android Wear smart watch we have seen.
The device doesn’t look as relatively thin, is solidly built and has a sophisticated look very few smart watches can accomplish. In terms of software… it’s just Android Wear! You won’t find many differences in software and performance between Android Wear devices, to be honest. For now, it’s all about hardware.
The ASUS ZenWatch also happens to be among the cheapest around, so it’s a win-win situation. It only costs $199.99.
However, if you are not a huge fan of the ASUS ZenWatch and would prefer something a little less square, the Moto 360 is among the most popular. I can’t say I love this one, as I find it bulkier than I would prefer, but it’s built with premium materials and a lot of people love it.
It was among the first Android Wear devices to be released and not many complaints have emerged, so it’s a good one.
We are huge fans of the Pebble here at Mobile Geeks. A few of us use one on a daily basis (including me). No other wearable has really convinced us to move away from Pebble’s experience. The best versions of the Pebble line-up happen to be the Pebble Steel series, though.
These devices feature premium materials and a solid design. It’s e-ink display and simplicity allow it to easily compete even against the flashiest, LCD-bearing smart watches out there. Its characteristics allow it to stay alive for days! Literally, battery life is good. A bit too good, at times, as you often forget that you have to charge it every week or so.
Of course, if you don’t need a fashionable smart watch and want to save some bucks, you could also go for the regular Pebble. It goes for only $99, which is quite a steal, as well as a great gift for the holidays.
The Pebble works the same as the Pebble Steel. It just has a chunkier build quality and is made of cheaper materials.
While we were a bit uneasy about the Microsoft Band at first, we ended up liking it when we got the chance to test it. Think of it as a fitness tracker that also has some great 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.
It will be great for the health and fitness geeks who also want some functionality out of their wearables. It’s a bit pricey at $200, but it does offer good tracking features and communication tools.
When it comes to just having an activity tracker, you don’t want to be dealing with a large device that gets in the way of things. You just want it to track your activities without you even noticing it’s there.
I happen to like the Fitbit Zip. It’s a bit more limited and only tracks steps, calories and distance, but it’s also much smaller and very affordable at about $50. You may want to check this one out.
OK – now let’s jump into devices that don’t go on your wrist. 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.
This one is not exactly available yet, so I cheated a little, but you can pre-order it right now through MOTA’s ongoing Indiegogo campaign. The MOTA SmartRing offers quick notifications and let’s you know who is trying to reach out to you. It’s a very simple experience, but sometimes that is all you need.
If you have $1500 laying around and you want the best piece of smart eyewear around, there is really no better option than Google Glass so far. Its future is still a bit uncertain, though, and this happens to be considered a “developer kit”.
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.