I’m a true gadget lover at heart and due to my slight issue with purchasing anything that remotely resembles a computer, tablet, smartphone, or any other newly announced technical device, I have come to know (and understand) my shortcomings. I’ve had the IPod, IPad, Kindle, and they all just end up dusty under 20 or so magazines and papers to be filed. Today, my “wants” are also aligned with my needs and I am better suited to make better decisions – well, at least that is the story I’m going with for today! Now on to my latest interest…

Smartwatches allow you to stay connected to your phone at all times with text, calls, email, and calendar alerts, and they allow you to control your music and camera directly from your watch. And although this is a relatively new market, it has already fallen into the same pattern as mobile phones with frequent upgrades, versions, and new designs. All of them deliver important information without the need to get your phone out and most also offer fitness tracking, and apps that open up a wide range of additional functions. When it comes to style combined with feature and function, I am all over it.

For Function: Pebble Time

Developed on the Pebble platform, but iPhone and Android compatible, Pebble Time offers two versions of their snazzy wearable tech – the Pebble Time Round and the Pebble Time Steel. Although the Pebble Time Round is right up my alley due to its lightweight design, the Pebble Time Steel has a crazy battery life of 150 hours. These watches are comfortable to wear, provide all the necessary functions of a smartwatch like notifications and music control, and they’re also waterproof. However, for watches with a few more features, I would also check out the popular Apple Watch, the LG G Watch R, the Samsung Galaxy Gear, or the LG Watch Urbane. All have gained top ranking in this class.

For Fitness: Garmin Vivofit 2

Choosing the right fitness tracker really comes down to your personal fitness needs. Maybe you want to count your steps, monitor your heart rate, or track specific activity goals. Well, the Garmin Vivofit 2 is a great value for the price. It’s compatible with the popular MyFitnessPal, its “Move Bar” will remind you to get up and get going, it will measure steps taken throughout the day, distance traveled, calories burned and won’t stop even while you are sleep at night. It also comes equipped with a stopwatch that can be used to time and track individual workouts. Also check out the Garmin Forerunner 225, Microsoft Band, and the Fitbit Charge HR.

For Fashion: Alcatel One Touch Watch

When style is your major deciding factor and price comes in at a close second, the Alcatel OneTouch Watch may be the way to go. It is an affordable and attractive basic smartwatch, and although there are honestly better alternatives functionally, I just dig the look on this one. The watch has three interchangeable watch faces, and you can change the background wallpapers to different colors and patterns. The features are minimal but present including notifications, access to Facebook and Twitter, emails, incoming calls, music, a stopwatch, weather, etc. Also check out the Withings Activité Pop or the new Kenneth Cole Connect.

Shanna Jones

Shanna is the co-founder and editor of Urban Swank. She focuses on food and travel.


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