7 Stylish Gadgets You’ll Feel Chic Wearing or Carrying
As wearable technology becomes increasingly popular, your smartphone may not be the only high-tech accessory you reach for when you get dressed in the morning. And fortunately for you, many new gadgets are combining useful technology with a sense of style. From wearable devices to the gear that you pack up in your bag on the way to work or to the airport for a weekend away, the seven stylish gadgets ahead are both smart and beautiful.
1. Ringly smart ring
Not every woman likes wearing statement rings. But you might change your mind when you learn what a ring from RINGLY can do. Each of the startup’s rings, like the tourmalated quartz style pictured here, connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth and enables you to receive customized notifications via vibrations and a subtle light on the side of the ring. The Ringly app for Android or iOS enables you to select which notifications you want to receive on your ring, and you can choose from four vibration patterns and five light colors so you know when you’re getting a call, a message, or an app notification. Each gemstone is handcut, so these stylish gadgets are not only a convenient way to know when you should pull your phone out of your bag, but also attractive accessories, too.
2. Withings Activité Sapphire
There’s practically an endless array of activity-tracking devices that you can wear throughout the day to keep tabs on how much you’re really moving. But one of the most stylish gadgets is the Withings Activité Sapphire, a Swiss-made activity and sleep-tracking watch. The device looks just like a standard watch (which means that you can check the time at a glance, unlike many other activity trackers and smartwatches), but records your steps, distance, and calories burned. It’s also water-resistant up to 165 feet and recognizes when you’re running or swimming, and it can both track your sleep at night and wake you with a subtle vibration that won’t jar your partner awake. The watch syncs with a companion app for iOS or Android, and gets up to 8 months of battery life.
3. Motorola Moto 360
If you’d prefer a smartwatch to an activity tracker, there are plenty of stylish gadgets for you, too. A fan favorite is Motorola’s second-generation Moto 360, a sleek smartwatch powered by Google’s Android Wear operating system. You can get messages, news, updates on the weather, and more without having to check your phone constantly, and the device can also track your steps, calories, and heart rate right from your wrist. Additionally, the device has a classic look, with models built specifically for women’s wrists.
4. Acer Chromebook 14
Wearable gadgets aren’t the only kinds of devices that are bringing some serious style to the table. Just about everyone knows that a MacBook is a sleek and attractive machine. But it isn’t the only laptop with a metal build. The Acer Chromebook 14 has a 100% aluminum chassis and runs Google’s Chrome OS. It may be the perfect machine for you if you want a stylish gadget that’s both lightweight and perfect for all of the internet-centric you complete at work and on the go. And thanks to Google’s effort to more closely align Android and Chrome OS, the device will soon gain the ability to run Android apps, too.
5. iPad Mini 4
Another stylish device that keeps you connected while you’re on the go is the iPad Mini. Whether you’re checking in with your boss or running the show yourself, the iPad Mini 4’s A8 chip and 10 hours of battery life are enough to keep you going all day. You can also choose between a model with Wi-Fi connectivity only or Wi-Fi and a cellular data plan. The device is small and sleek, and is easy to take with you on your commute or when you’re traveling.
6. Marshall Kilburn speaker
You probably don’t need to pack a Bluetooth speaker every time you leave home for the weekend (especially not if you’re flying and trying to fit all of the essentials into a carryon). But if you’re heading to the beach with friends or hanging out at a cabin with family, the Marshall Kilburn speaker is one of the few stylish gadgets that you should take along. Don’t let its classic looks fool you: You can use your smartphone, tablet, or computer to play music on the Kilburn wirelessly. The speaker gets up to 20 hours of battery life, and the handle makes it easy to take with you.
7. Marshall Major II headphones
A Bluetooth speaker isn’t the only essential we’d turn to Marshall to handle. For a great pair of headphones to block out the sound of the subway on your commute or the drone of the air conditioning in the office, try Marshall’s Major II headphones. Sure, a pair of headphones or a speaker may play second fiddle to the smartphone or tablet that’s really the star of the show, and you could argue that they’re less stylish gadgets and more stylish accessories. But they still make the list because we think that if you’re going to be listening to music all day, you might as well do it in style.