Due to the obvious popularity of Apple, it is understandable when some of us hear the buzzphrase “Wearable Tech”, we automatically think of the Apple Watch. Then after a few seconds pass, we think of other companies and their versions of the Apple Watch. Then some of us may think about glasses and earpods. This is how it works for most people but there is a lot more wearable tech out there than that which is punted by the guys in Cupertino.
In this article we’re going to run through some of the best wearable tech on the market today. But don’t worry Apple lovers, I will kick things off with the Apple Watch just for you as in all honesty no run through of top wearable tech is complete without at least a quick mention of Apples flagship wearable device.
Apple Watch 2
It wouldn’t be fair to do a post about wearable tech without mentioning the Apple Watch 2. The original seemed to pave the way (as often is the case with Apple releases) and this latest version is nothing shy of perfect. It’s faster, it has a much better OS, the onboard GPS features are much improved and it has a simply stunning display. It also has better depth capabilities should you want to take it swimming and the choice of bands and colors have been improved also. In short there isn’t much else they could improve without coming out with an entirely new device. The only real downside is that the battery life has not been significantly improved. You can pick up the Apple watch for $369 at the time of writing.
Fitbit Charge 2
Labelled as the best Fitbit yet, it doesn’t take much to imagine why this device is enjoying a surge in popularity. Priced at just $149.95 it is much MUCH cheaper than the offerings by Apple but the same can be said from all Apple devices from phones through to laptops and wearable. But let’s not get side tracked.
The multi-line OLED display is a flagship feature of this device and the suite of fitness apps rival that of Apple. The always on heart rate monitor and fitness data in general via its companion application are second to none. This is fast becoming the go-to wearable tech device if fitness is at the forefront of your needs.
My only gripe is that it isn’t water resistant which for a fitness watch seems a bit odd. But I guess you get what you pay for like with most things in life.
Samsung Gear S3
This is Samsung’s third attempt at an Apple Watch killer and whilst it is still top of the tree in terms of android voices as an out and out smartwatch I don’t feel that it competes with Apple – on any front.
The design is nice enough, it’s well constructed and the spinning bezel interface is a nice tough. It has some nice built in apps such as Spotify and in terms of Android apps you’re not going to find anything better. But it’s no Apple Watch.
Given the price point of $339 you’re going to be paying only slightly less than Apples offering for a device which doesn’t compete on any levels other than the fact it doesn’t use WatchOS which I know a few of you out there will see as a huge plus.
I guess what I am saying is that it is what it is. If you’re an avid android user then it’s probably right up your street. If you have no preference in brand or OS – buy the Apple Watch.
Oakley Radar Pace
Smart sunglasses are fast becoming the top trend in wearable tech. The Radar Pace offering from Oakley sums up everything you want in smart glasses and more.
Priced at a more than reasonable $402, these comfortable and lightweight specs enable you to receive real time data whilst running, walking, out cycling and more. They also double as a pair of bluetooth headphones which is quite a fun feature.
Obviously you need to couple the glasses with a phone which when you total up all of the outlay, it can be $1,000+ just to learn your heartrate – so I guess it’s not for everyone. But if you’re a tech enthusiast like me and have to have the latest and greatest hardware, you won’t go far wrong with the Radar Pace.
Is it enough?
So is that enough to get you to jump on the wearable tech bandwagon? Is it enough to make you pawn your Rolex and accessorize with a Fitbit in your next business meeting? Perhaps not. But if you are considering arming yourself with some wearable tech, you’ll no doubt find the list above appealing.
If there is something that you think has been missed then please get in touch. I’m forever expanding my old articles so if there is something the list just MUST HAVE then get in touch with me via the form. Enjoy.