Buying a gift for a tech enthusiast can be a trying endeavour; in between the multitudes of products that saturate a market, it can be difficult to determine what’s a great buy and what one should try to stay away from.
Luckily, we’re here to help, and today we’ll be counting down the Top 5 best wearables to buy this Christmas season. For clarity, we’ll be covering wearables from a wide range of areas, including fitness tracking, virtual reality, and, of course, smartwatches, in no particular order. Without further ado, let’s get to it!
5) Apple Watch
If you’re an Apple fanatic, there really is nowhere else to turn to other than the Apple Watch. Android Wear might now be compatible with both Android and iOS, yet Apple’s premier wearable offers the most succinct entry into the iOS ecosystem yet.
Available in a wide variety of trims, colours and size options, the Apple Watch’s unique operating system, watchOS 2, is the most natural companion to the Cupertino company’s iPhone, and covers a wide gamut of features, including passbook integration, fitness tracking, Homekit, and more. Just be sure to avoid that premium $10,000 USD price tag…
Aimed at those who want a no frills, yet fashionable activity tracker, the Activite Pop offers a gender neutral design, uses a standard battery cell, and is easily extendable via the Withings App. You’d be hard pressed to find a more graceful activity tracker.
3) Huawei Watch
The Huawei Watch has been on our minds since its release earlier this week, and it officially stole our hearts at AfricaCom this year at 2015. While it might compete neck-and-neck with the Moto 360 in the beauty department, only one is set to be made available in South Africa.
While there’s presently no word as to at what exact date the Huawei Watch will see release in South Africa, present indications point to either the end of the year or early January. At either time, it would seem South Africans would be-hard pressed to find a more attractive and open Android Wear smartwatch… unless you’re a Samsung Galaxy S2 fan.
2) Pebble Time Round
While many smartwatches are born out of a particular ecosystem – Android or iOS for example – some buck that trend and work to be as open as possible. Case in point is the newly released Pebble Time Round; Pebble’s latest wearable brings both looks and smarts to the market in equal measure.
While it may yet be the most expensive wearable released from Pebble, the Time Round offerscustomization both on a software and hardware front, and can be tailored to look exactly as you like from Pebble’s official website.
1) Google Cardboard
While the aforementioned wearables on this list might cost a pretty penny, there is one, luckily, that doesn’t – Google Cardboard. As open source as open source gets, Google Cardboard can either be made happily at home or through a pre-packaged kit sold straight from the search giant itself. We reviewed Google Cardboard this year, and found it to be cheap, affordable fun – and this year, it could just be the gift that keeps on giving. What’re your thoughts on our list? Have we missed anything? Do you plan on getting any of the above this Christmas? Let us know in the comments below!