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My search for the perfect smart watch

After the sad disappearance of my wonderful Casio Baby-G I decided to upgrade to a smart watch. No, not a iWatch or Apple Watch (not a fan of buying new to market products, especially when the entry price point is North of $300 US).

I have been longing for a device that could notify me when my many alarms would go off. I have a busy schedule, and just having a little reminder on my wrist way my ideal device.

The lovely LG Watch caught my eye immediately.

LG G Watch

LG G Watch

Just look at it. Nice lines, a band that doesn’t look cheep (and can be switched out for something a little fancier if you’d like), and a subtle gold base. The price isn’t bad either, coming in at around the same price as a new Baby-G. There was nothing that was going to stop me from getting this watch — nothing except of the operating system.

When I found this watch my excitement turned quickly to disapointment when I realized that this cutey  couldn’t connect to my new android phone running jelly bean 4.2 — the watch requires 4.3.

Now, any reasonable person would just accept that the watch and phone couldn’t pair up — but I’m not always a reasonable person. I spent nearly 12 hours researching rooting my phone, custom roms, etc. Afterward, my brain was mush. So I just gave up on android wear altogether and moved on to fitness bands.

The first fitness band that seemed promising was the Griffin Vivosmart.

Garmin VivoSmart

Garmin VivoSmart

Everything I wanted in a device was packed into this guy. The only problem was that it’s hardly professional looking. Unfortunately, my classes require a professional appearance and although the VivoSmart is pretty slick, it’s simply not refined enough.

At this point the Pebble caught my eye. The Pebble is largely regarded as the smart watch. The style isn’t grotesque, but it is overbearing for smaller wrists. I tried looking into different band styles to create a unique look for the Pebble, but that was just wasted time.

Pebble Smartwatch

Pebble Smartwatch

Next up was the FitBit. Chocked full of wonderful features, this was the puppy that wound up in my shopping basket until I realized one thing– it’s ugly. Sure, it’s got a style, but it’s far too masculine for my taste. I could not imagine wearing this during rounds or interacting with patients. It completely clashes with everything that I would wear, so I swiftly deleted it from my cart.

Fitbit

Fitbit

Once I realized my limitations, I finally settled with the new Misfit Swarski. It’s a beautiful stone that sits on your wrist incognito. It monitors you steps and sleep without looking like a smart-device. Does it lack many of the key features I wanted? Yes! But I had no other option considering that the competition were are ugly or too expensive.

Misfit Shine by Swarovski

Misfit Shine by Swarovski

Overall I’m happy with my choice, but I wish there were more options for women who want to wear smart devices. Some interesting devices are hitting the the market soon. So if you can wait then that may be the best option at this point.

And as for the alarms that I wanted to be notified about? This little baby is now on my wish list.

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