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Not The Apple Watch: 9 Other iPhone-Friendly Wearables

Dann Albright 24-11-2014

The announcement of the Apple Watch was big news iTime For An iWatch: Funny Reactions To The New Apple Watch [Weird & Wonderful Web] The Apple Watch. It's a watch, a smartwatch, a watch that is smart. Sort of. And it's ripe for mocking. Read More , but it’s far from the only wearable device designed to be used with an iPhone. A lot of other companies are making wearables, which provide additional information about


Here are nine options that will work well with your iPhone, whether you’re looking for a watch, a fitness tracker, or just something to stand out from the crowd.

Pebble Smart Watch


If you’re looking for a smart watch, but don’t want to spend $350 or more on the Apple Watch, the Pebble is a fantastic way to go. It’s gotten as much or more positive feedback than just about any other smart watch out there, and it offers a wealth of options when it comes to apps and functionality.

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Buy: Pebble Smart Watch ($99) / Pebble Steel ($199)


Jawbone UP

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If you want to keep track of your steps, distance travelled, overall activity, and sleep quality in startling detail from a device that lives on your wrist, the Jawbone UP is one such solution. The accompanying iPhone app helps you get all of the information from the tracker, and you can log your dietary intake from your phone to give you a better idea of your overall calorie deficit or surplus throughout the day.

You can also use the Jawbone UP with a number of other apps. There are three different models of the UP — two wrist-mounted and one that clips to your waistband. The Jawbone UP3 also provides automatic activity classification, advanced sleep monitoring, and heart health monitoring.

Buy: Jawbone UP ($65) / Move ($50) / UP 24 ($109) / UP3 ($180)


LG Lifeband Touch


The Lifeband Touch is one of the sleekest fitness devices out there, with its simple, claspless construction and svelte touchscreen. Although it doesn’t provide nearly as much information as the Jawbone, it’s still a good way to keep yourself motivated to exercise, and gives you periodic reminders to move and stretch 3 Tools to Remind Yourself to Take a Break & Relax While Working at the Computer Working on the computer may not be very physical, nevertheless it's tough on your body. If you are damned to spend your working hours behind a desk, you had better find ways to do something... Read More .

You can easily set activity goals from the iPhone app and keep track of your progress day-by-day to see if you’ve been active enough. You can also use the Lifeband to control the music on your iPhone, which is great when you’re out for a run or a walk.

Buy: LG Lifeband Touch ($125)


Nike+ Fuelband SE


The Nike+ Fuelband was one of the earliest fitness trackers, and although work on it has been discontinued, it’s still a great device. By measuring “fuel,” or units of activity, the Fuelband gives you an idea of how much activity you’ve had in a day and lets you compare it to other days online or on your phone.

It also works well with the Nike+ footpod, an accelerometer that fits into the soles of many Nike shoes and syncs distance, step, and time data with your iPhone.

Buy: Nike+ FuelBand SE ($90)


Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor


One of the biggest names in heart rate monitoring, Polar has a few different models that will work with a variety of apps on your iPhone. The H7 is a high-end model that not only syncs heart rate data with your iPhone, but will also work with other Polar products, so if you decide to upgrade to a sports watch with GPS or the Polar activity tracker, you’ll still be able to use the band.

Buy: Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor ($53)

Zepp Golf Swing Analyzer


Fitness trackers and heart rate monitors are yesterday’s news. What’s tomorrow’s news? A golf swing monitor that you can sync with your phone of course. Attach the Zepp sensor to your golf glove, and the app will give you data on your club speed, swing plane, hip rotation, backswing position, and tempo. It’ll even create a 3D model of your swing to help you hit the ball further and more accurately 3 Great Websites for Beginners to Learn How to Hit a Golf Ball Read More .

Zepp also makes a tennis swing analyzer, for if you spend more time on the court than on the course, and a baseball swing monitor as well.

Buy: Zepp Golf Swing Monitor ($150)

Lechal Haptic Shoes


Want a really unique wearable device to use with your iPhone? Check out the Lechal (ley-chull) shoes, which communicate walking directions via vibrations in the insole. No more pulling your phone out of your pocket or purse to see if you’ve missed a turn on Google Maps Get There Faster - 10 Google Maps & Navigation Tips Google Maps is still the most powerful mapping service ever, despite what Apple might say. Whether you’re using Google Maps in a browser on your desktop or an app on your mobile phone, Google Maps... Read More —your shoes will tell you!

You can also control the Lechal app with foot gestures, and it’ll track steps, distance and other fitness information for you. The tech is actually contained in the insole, so you can buy the insole by itself or move it between different shoes. But why would you want to, when the shoes look this awesome?

Buy: Sign up for the Lechal shoe preorder list

Monbaby Baby Monitor


Want a wearable for someone else that syncs with your phone? The Monbaby baby monitor clips onto any onesie or pajamas and sends information directly to your phone, including breathing rate, sleep position, and movement level. It’ll also set off an alarm if it detects a fall or if your baby is moved from his or her current position.

The app analyzes your baby’s sleep pattern and displays a graph over time, letting you adjust your sleep schedule to match. You could build your own baby monitor How To Build Your Own Baby Monitor If you're a recent parent, you've probably considered getting some sort of baby monitor. You possibly considered the utility of a video monitor and then you may or may not have balked at the exorbitant... Read More , but probably nothing quite this cool.

Buy: Preorder the Monbaby baby monitor ($149)

Tagg Smart Dog and Cat Collar

So as to not leave our furry friends out, the final item in the list is for them. The Tagg is a dual-purpose device that attaches to your dog’s or cat’s collar: it works as a fitness tracker, helping you get an idea of how much time your pet is moving around and how much time he’s resting, and it also functions as a GPS receiver.

After you set a safe zone in the iPhone app, you’ll get an alert if your pet moves outside of that zone, and it will help you track any missing pets down too. Looking for a lost dog or cat So You Lost Your Best Friend? These Websites Can Help Locate Your Lost Pet Having a pet, specifically a dog or a cat, can bring so much joy in your life. Something soft that you can cuddle with. Something you can share your thoughts with. Something that will love... Read More is incredibly stressful — make it easier with a GPS tracker!

Buy: Tagg Smart Dog and Cat Collar ($100)

Wearables for Everyone

Whether you’re a fitness fanatic, a new parent, a new resident of a city, or a tech-loving pet owner, there are wearables out there that fit your lifestyle. The Apple Watch is cool, and it can do a lot of things, but there are plenty of things it can’t do. Fortunately, there are lots of wearable options out there to meet your needs.

What’s your favorite iPhone-compatible wearable device?

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  1. rob
    November 26, 2014 at 11:16 pm

    I have just ordered a Martian. Cant wait to check it out

  2. Jeroen Heijster
    November 25, 2014 at 10:01 am

    Microsoft Band?

    • Dann Albright
      November 25, 2014 at 11:54 am

      Yes, that's definitely another option. As with the Martian watches mentioned above, I just don't know all that much about the band. It looks like a pretty sweet wearable, though. Do you have one?

  3. Techsticles
    November 25, 2014 at 6:26 am

    What about the Martian SmartWatch?

    Most under rated under exposed SmartWatch.

    • Dann Albright
      November 25, 2014 at 11:53 am

      I actually wasn't aware of the Martians. I think I had heard the name, but hadn't really looked into them—I just went to their site to scope the watches, though, and they look really cool! I like the Notifier and its interchangeable band. Thanks for pointing these out!

      Do you have one? Which model? What do you think of it?