Wearable market in its prime – three best gadgets you should own right now
The world of wearable technology is expanding. Despite a shaky start and uncertainty surrounding the practical applications of smart devices small enough to fit on your wrist, the market is now experiencing a boom. According to the latest predictions by CCS Insight, the wearable market will be worth a staggering $25 billion by 2019 with sales increasing from 84 million units to 245 million. Everything from fitness trackers and smartwatches to potential innovations in the virtual reality area are driving the market forward.
In fact, it’s not just the potential sales figures that suggest wearable technology is now the hottest tech ticket in town. Various consumer surveys convey the growing popularity of the market. As outlined by a consumer report compiled by Voucherbox, 18-24-year-olds are the most likely purchasers of wearable devices and cost isn’t always an indicator of popularity.
Indeed, despite the Xiaomi Mi Band 2 costing just £28.62 and the company itself selling more than 10 million units, those surveyed by Voucherbox rated the FitBit as the device that most interested them. 37% of tech fans ranked the fitness tracker – which starts at £79.99 – as the top wearable ahead of the Apple Watch (23.4%) and the Samsung Gear (20.9%).
Although cost is certainly an issue for many consumers, the fact it doesn’t appear to be the primary factor influencing someone’s decision to make a purchase suggests other things are at play. With that in mind, let’s take a look at the top three wearables and what makes them leaders in their field.
FitBit: Best for Accuracy
If you’re looking for a wearable that offers the greatest insight into your personal health, then the FitBit is top of the pops. As well as a small on-device display, the smart band allows you to track everything from your daily activities and steps to your sleep patterns and heart rate via an app.
Although other devices allow you to do this, FitBit is the most accurate and, most importantly, the most powerful. A single charge will give you at least five days of action which is far superior to the 24 hours you’ll get with the average smartphone watch.
Apple Watch: Best for Style
Apple has not only carved out a niche as an innovator in the tech world, but a style icon. The Mac, the iPhone and now the Apple Watch are all highly fashionable and that’s one of the reasons the company has become a major player in the industry.
In fact, as an example of Apple’s pull in the fashion world, it now has a partnership with Hermès. The French brand has created a special line of Apple Watch straps to help make the product even more “iconic”.
Samsung Gear: Best for Features
When it comes to features, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is rated as best both for features and price. Owners need to spend a mere £179.99 to get GPS tracking, heart rate tracking, exercise identification (it knows whether you’re rowing, running or cycling), a large Super AMOLED display and more. Beyond these features, the Samsung Gear Fit 2 is fully customizable and that, beyond all else, is one of the reasons it tops the list when it comes bang for your buck.