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Top 8 Best Adult Wearables

From fitness to personal safety, the convenience of wearables is hard to beat. While we may not be relying on wearables to cure disease or avoid large scale disasters just yet, innovation and research in the field of wearables continue to multiply. Today’s wearables focus on fitness, health monitoring and family security.

 Best Overall Smartwatch

Apple Watch Series 5 GPS

Apple Watch Series 5 GPS

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  • The Always-On Retina display never sleeps
  • ECG app monitors your heartbeat strength and irregularities
  • Fall detection allows you to contact emergency services for help
  • 18-hour battery life

 Best Smart Shoe

TRAQ shoes by Alegria

TRAQ shoes by Alegria

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  • Built-in pedometer
  • Track your fitness goals without wearing a smartwatch
  • 3-year battery life

 Best Value Hybrid

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth)

Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth)

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  • Military-grade performance, resisting water, dust and extreme temperature
  • Classic analog appearance
  • Lasts several days without a charge
The Best Features to Look for When Buying a Wearable

The Best Features to Look for When Buying a Wearable

  • Swimproof

    When wearables first hit the market, it was impressive that some of them were splashproof. Most of them can handle a quick dunk in water, but very few are swim-proof. If you do a lot of water-based activities,  you’ll want to pay attention to specs that suggest meters of water resistance. For example – 3ATM or 5ATM.

  • Personal Safety

    Developers of wearables have been testing out personal safety a lot lately. In the past, GPS location was the only built-in safety feature for wearables. Panic buttons for women (or men) in threatening situations have come about as well as additional safety features added to traditional wearables, such as the Emergency SOS capability on the Apple Gen 5 Smart Watch.

  • Fashion Versatility

    Not all wearables are attractive, but they’re improving with bands that swap out and customizable watch faces. Still, many wearables maintain an athletic or military look that might not be as trendy. If you’re the kind of person who prefers to keep their device on at all times, you may want a device with a variety of bands that are simple to switch and a clock face that can easily change from sporty to fashionable.

Factors to Consider Before Buying Wearables

Factors to Consider Before Buying Wearables

  • Standalone Connectivity – Stand-alone connectivity gives users the ability to send messages and make calls without your mobile device nearby. You’ll have the choice to leave your phone behind while you exercise or run errands while still being able to respond to calls and messages.

  • Built-in GPS – Similar to stand-alone connectivity, built-in GPS gives you the ability to monitor and share your location while driving or walking. Built-in GPS helps you find your way on a map, review your running route, or let a loved one know where you are.

  • Battery Life –  If you find it frustrating when a device you rely on crashes because of short battery life and constantly needs recharging, factor battery-life into your wearable specifications. Battery life is improving and many now include features such as Low-Power Saving mode to preserve the battery life by disabling high-power features.
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  1. Best Overall Smartwatch
    Apple Watch Series 5 GPS

    1. Apple Watch Series 5 GPS

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    With the always-on retina display, emergency SOS capability and ECG heart monitoring are sleek, safe and sporty. The Series 5 GPS screen is 30 percent larger than Series 3, and its 18-hour battery life for your on-the-go lifestyle.

    Stand-out features include

    • Water-resistant up to 50 meters
    • The convenience of your phone without your phone
    • Over 100 watch faces
  2. Best Smart Shoe
    TRAQ shoes by Alegria

    2. TRAQ shoes by Alegria

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    TRAQ by Alegria® was made for walking and health monitoring.  Designed with Q-Chip™ Technology, a pedometer is embedded in the shoe and syncs with your smartphone for an accurate step count.  The shoe’s chip lasts up to three years based on an average 8-hour walk day.

    Stand-out features include

    • Removable footbed
    • 23 different prints, styles and colors available
    • Access to activity dashboard in Smartphone app
  3. Best Value Hybrid
    Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth)

    3. Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth)

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    Samsung Gear S3 Frontier Smartwatch (Bluetooth) is built to go days without needing a charge. This watch offers customization with 15 preload designs and the option to design your own watch face. With the turn of a bezel, the always-on, gear-based display transforms into a smartwatch with access to your favorite apps and messaging.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in GPS to track activities and share location
    • Instantly check texts, notifications and apps with a quick bezel rotation
    • Charges wirelessly
  4. Ripple Safety Alert

    4. Ripple Safety Alert

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    Ripple Safety is a 2-in-1 personal security and medical alert device. The dime-sized button calls friends and has the ability to alert emergency response teams. Your personal data is sent to your profile, identifies you and only tracks your location when activated.

    Stand-out features include

    • Built-in GPS tracks activities and shares location
    • 24/7 personal safety monitoring
    • 6-month battery life
  5. Polar Vantage Advanced MultiSport Watch

    5. Polar Vantage Advanced MultiSport Watch

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    Polar Vantage Advanced Multisport is for athletes in training. It has a long-lasting battery life and award-winning durability. It’s perfect for marathon and triathlon training.  Its accurate data and running power measurements maximize performance. It has the ability to track the performance of more than 130 sports.

    Stand-out features include

    • More than 130 sport profiles
    • Battery life up to 40 hours
    • Built-in activity tracking and heart monitoring
  6. Under Armor HOVR Infinite

    6. Under Armor HOVR Infinite

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    This shoe is the winner of the 2019 Runner’s World “Recommended” Award. The Under Armor HOVR Infinite running shoes provide the perfect mix of flexibility, cushioning and versatility. With UA’s Record Sensor™, you’ll know every data point of your run along with how you can improve the second you finish.

    Stand-out features include

    • Tracks and analyzes running metrics
    • Zero-gravity feel offers lower impact strides
    • Gender-specific fit considers support for anatomical differences
  7. Garmin HR Hybrid Smartwatch

    7. Garmin HR Hybrid Smartwatch

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    The Garmin HR Hybrid Smartwatch has a traditional watch style with a hidden touchscreen display. It includes wellness tools including all-day stress tracking, advanced sleep technology and 24/7 heart rate monitoring. Garmin’s Bluetooth hybrid watch puts your health and day-to-day activities together with this stylish wearable.

    Stand-out features include

    • Sleek appearance with a leather band
    • Wellness monitoring features including all-day stress tracking
    • 5-day battery life
  8. Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch

    8. Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch

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    The Fossil Gen 5 Smart Watch is compatible with both Android and iOS devices. It has a rapid charging battery, from 0 to 80 percent in just an hour. Fossil’s Gen 5 Smart Watch has all of today’s popular smart features including heart monitoring, notifications and GPS monitoring. It also includes a Google Assistant, LED flashlight and Google Pay.

    Stand-out features include

    • Health monitoring including calories burned, heart monitoring and steps
    • Built-in Google Assistant
    • Swimproof wearable design
  9. Motiv Ring

    9. Motiv Ring

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    The Motiv Ring is the smallest fitness tracker on the market. It tracks your physical activity, sleep and heart rate. Motiv sends you a sizing before shipping the ring has the perfect fit and comfort. Motiv comes in three finishes and automatically syncs your data with the Motiv app – available both iOS and Android.

    Stand-out features include

    • Waterproof design for up to 165-feet
    • 3-day battery life and quick charging
    • 2-step authentication and biometric data to security verify your identity

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Adult Wearable FAQs

Adult Wearable FAQs

What type of warranty should I expect from my wearable?

Warranties will vary based on the wearable and manufacturer. However, some retailers, such as Target, Amazon and Best Buy offer extended warranties with electronics they sell for an extra fee. These warranties come at an additional cost and most last up to three years are usually fairly thorough. Remember to always read the fine print before purchasing a warranty for your wearable.

How do I keep my battery life high on my wearable?

The easiest way to keep your battery life high without charging your device is to change your settings so that all unnecessary features aren’t running the battery, much like a smartphone. You can also adjust your brightness and use low-power functions of available.

Are there any wearables I can test before buying?

Most wearables will not allow you to try the product without buying. Some have 30-day money-back guarantees, but you’d be expected to purchase the product upfront. The guarantees also may depend on functionality and system issues. Always check the merchants return policy before buying.

Wrap-up: What to know before you buy a wearable

Wrap-up: What to know before you buy a wearable

Wearables continue to bring new, exciting features to the market. Fitness wearables can monitor your heart and use sensors to track your activity. Medical wearables are even exploring ways for pregnant mothers to view information about third-trimester babies without going to the doctor. If you aren’t sure which wearable you want, think about the features and factors for each. Remember to consider warranties, guarantees and reviews to help you make the right choice.


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