The best wearables are those you can wear anywhere — from the gym to the office to a gala opening to even your own wedding. More than a few designer brands have come up with their own smart items to address this need (check out this Apple Watch Hermés that goes for US$ 1,149.00), and consumer electronics brands focused on wearables are following suit in their own ways.
Check out the list below for our picks on some fashionable, and practical, wearables for every occasion, setting and outfit.
Jabra Elite 65t
The Jabra Elite series is one of the more well-reviewed hearables (or wearables for the ear), with a relatively good battery life plus sweat-proof and water-proof guarantee. These cordless earbuds connect via Bluetooth, so swatting your cords while you jog or snagging them anywhere when you walk won’t be a problem, especially if you’re the more active type.
The Jabra Elite 65t is the company’s latest iteration for the Jabra Elite series. Coming out this March 20, 2018 on Amazon (available now for pre-order), the Elite 65t is positioned to be the urban dweller variant of its originally sports-oriented hearable line. It boasts a 5-hour battery life, with 15 more hours when used with the charging case. The titanium look isn’t too shabby either.
One of its cooler features, besides the usual wearable tracking features, is the ability to filter out ambient sound and noise, a unique feature of the Jabra Elite series. With a touch of a button on the app, you can toggle the earphones to let surrounding noise through or keep it out. Choose to be aware of your surroundings as you go about the city, or have these earbuds help you focus while you work.
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Making the most out of fitness trackers requires you to wear them all the time, which means the ideal wearable should be lowkey and style-agnostic. While the Fitbit fits into almost any casual and workout outfit, it isn’t as seamless when in more formal clothing.
If you’re looking for lowkey, the Motiv ring is as lowkey as they come. That it’s a ring that comes in unobtrusive colors makes it easy to fit into any outfit you have. Showering, swimming, and even diving shouldn’t be a bother with this wearable as it’s water-resistant for up to 165 feet. And because it’s a ring, going to sleep with Motiv on your finger isn’t as bothersome as, say, a wristwatch-type model. (It markets itself as a “fitness tracker that’s good in bed.”)
Reviews mention that it scratches easily among other complaints, and it’s currently only available for the iPhone. It’s a bit pricey, too. But all in all, it’s discreetness and its portability makes up for its other small flaws.
Where to get it:
On the Motiv website for US$ 199.00 + Free shipping (~ S$ 288.00).
If rings aren’t your type of accessories, then you can consider the Misfit Ray. Just as its name suggests, the Misfit Ray comes in the form of a short straight cylinder, that comes in the same discreet colors as the Motiv does. The design is very minimalist, with a single and small LED light bar for all alerts and notifications.
While it can’t track your heart rate nor does it have a GPS to track your route, it has an extensive set of metrics it can track: steps taken, distance walked, estimated calories burned, sleep, among others. It’s also water-proof, so you can swim at ease with the Misfit Ray on.
It’s alerts are limited to calls and SMS, so this may be a drawback for those who rely on their wearables to keep track of incoming messages or calls from other apps. It does, however, boast a 4-month battery life, which is exponentially more than many wearables today can provide. It’s also by far the cheapest option in this list, especially with Amazon selling it a steal at the time of this writing.
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Nokia Steel HR
When all else fails, classic is the way to go. And while there are a number of hybrid smart watches out there, the Nokia Steel HR has strikes a good design balance between classic and futuristic. It comes in two stylish designs: a sharp silver casing housing an immaculately white dial, or a deep black face bordered by sleek chrome. If the design looks familiar to you, it’s because the Nokia Steel HR used to be the Whitings Steel before it was acquired by the Finnish multinational.
Like most fitness trackers worth their salt, the Nokia Steel HR tracks most of the important metrics, from heart rate to distance traveled to sleep patterns. It’s also waterproof for up to 165 feet, so you can keep this sidekick on when you make your laps in the pool. Add to that the SMS, messaging, email, and call notifications, it’s not too far apart from its contemporaries, or even predecessors.
What does set it apart, however, is a classic Nokia trait: the battery life can last up to 25 days on a full charge. At a similar price point with other designer watches, the Nokia Steel HR is looking to be a good bargain for those looking for a good balance between style and practicality.
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