Track your heart rate 24/7, get the weather on your watch, or listen to music with amazing sound quality – these are just a few capabilities of the wearables listed below. Check them out and see if wearable-tech is in your (very near) future.
Vector Luna Smartwatch
What Is It? If you’re looking for a little style with your smartwatch, Vector is the way to go. With its stainless steel case and natural leather strap, you get all the class of a luxury watch, but with the ability to customize watch faces, set alarms, track activity and more. Oh yeah, and did I mention that the battery lasts up to 30 days on a single charge?
Pros: By selecting a custom watch face, you can have the hands, weather and your meetings for the day available with just a glance at your wrist. Its battery charged from zero to 100 percent in about an hour (a meter in the app shows how much power remains). The build quality is tremendous, and the watch is water resistant enough that you can wear it in the shower.
Cons: It’s not touch screen, but, hey, not everybody is looking for that in a watch. One gripe I had was that you cannot scroll through text notifications, so occasionally something I was trying to read got cut off.
Fitbit Charge HR
What Is It? Perfect for newbies to the fitness tracker world, the Charge HR distinguishes itself from other wrist-based health tech with its all-day heart rate tracker and vibrant colors, such as plum, tangerine and teal. Using its exercise mode, you can get real-time stats on activities such as cycling and the elliptical. And, of course, Fitbit’s app is one of the best, allowing for easy customization, calorie counting, social networking and more.
Pros: The watch-style band is made of rubber that is super comfortable. At less than 1 inch in width and a half-pound in weight, you’ll only really notice it’s there when you want to check your progress. The tracker works with Android, Apple and Windows phones, plus a variety of third-party apps.
Cons: The Charge HR is sweatproof, but not waterproof (no scuba diving with this thing). And while the 0.7-inch OLED screen is really all you need to see your step count, I do wish it was a tad bigger.
Skullcandy Grind Wireless Headphones
What Is It? Skullcandy has coined my new favorite phrase: ear pillows. This is what the company calls the ultra-plush cushions that come in contact with your ears on its new Grind wireless headphones; a product that combines fantastic sound quality with comfort, an affordable price and—for Skullcandy—a more toned-down design. Battery life is excellent, with the headphones lasting me more than 10 hours on a single charge.
Pros: Weighing in at less than 1 pound, these headphones are virtually weightless. The left ear cup has a microphone and volume controls built in, and there is an auxiliary port to plug in a cable if you forget to charge your headset.
Cons: I would not recommend using these headphones while running. The aforementioned ear pillows get sweaty, and you can hear your feet thump against the ground as you run. That said, these headphones were awesome on a bike trail (just remember to take them off when there are cars around).
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