As technology advances, wearable devices and apps are becoming more and more mainstream. In this article, we’ll go over the best portable devices and apps for 2021.
The article is based on both personal experience and the highest rating. We will look at the following gadgets: Samsung Galaxy Watch 3, KoreTrak Smartwatch and McLEAR Smart Ring. But before we start the review, let’s take a look at what wearable technology is all about.
What are portable devices?
Wearable technology is a category of hands-free electronic devices. They can be worn as accessories, put on clothing, implanted in the human body or even tattooed on the skin. The gadgets are powered by microprocessors and enhanced with the ability to transfer and receive data via the Internet. Fitness activity trackers, smart watches, Bluetooth headsets, and even web-enabled glasses – all are portable devices that allow people to receive data from Wi-Fi networks. The apps that power these gadgets are Portable applications.
What are portable applications?
Unlike traditional mobile applications, Portable applications perform much more unique and creative functions. Wearable applications have access to device hardware, such as sensors, receivers, and more. They collect data from the hardware and with the help of the network they are connected and use it more to provide the desired output. Portable apps typically have almost no interaction with users. They work automatically by collecting the data and viewing the results on the screen. The most common are physical activity trackers that display things like physical activity and vital signs. But some more complex apps can do things like monitor local air quality, measure pollutants, detect early signs of breast cancer, display heart and brain activity, sleep disturbances, and muscle function.
Now that we’ve covered what wearable devices and apps are, let’s take a look at some of the best gadgets out there.
Samsung galaxy watch 3
Samsung galaxy watch 3 is known to be the best Android smartwatch for 2021. Starting at around $ 310, the watch has a lot to offer. It is compatible with Android and iOS. It has a beautiful and innovative rotating bezel, which allows you to quickly browse through apps, songs, notifications and more. Of course, you can also access these features by tapping the screen, but the bezel brings convenience to the Galaxy Watch that you don’t get with other smartwatches. The Galaxy Watch 3 uses the Tizen operating system. It also has many health and fitness features such as automatic exercise identification. Here is a full list of specs for this beautiful watch:
- Display: 1.2 inch / 1.4 inch
- Colors: Mystic Bronze, Mystic Black, Mystic White
- Cut: 41 x 42.5 x 11.3 mm or 45 x 46.2 x 11.1 mm
- RAM: 1 GB
- Storage: 8 GB
- Battery: 247 mAh / 340 mAh
- Durability: 5ATM + IP68
- YOU: Tizen 5.5
- Characteristics: HRM, SpO2, VO2 Max, ECG, blood pressure monitoring, etc.
Starting at $ 50, the KoreTrak smartwatch comes with great looks and a variety of fitness options that will satisfy even the biggest gym junkies. The watch is very light and looks great whether you are at the gym or at a corporate event. The amazing tracking technology measures a range of biometric data, giving you precise information while keeping you connected to your calls, songs and messages. The KoreTrak is made with high grade quality and this durable device is rated IP67. Here is a full list of all the specs of this trendy gadget:
- Compatible with iOS and Android
- Track steps, calories and oxygen levels in the blood
- Monitor heart / sleep activity
- Long battery life 96h
- IP67 splash-proof product
- Retina HD and touchscreen
- Multisport monitoring and advanced exercise measurements
- 4.1 Bluetooth connectivity
The only downside to this budget smartwatch is that it is in limited stock and you might have to wait a few days to order it.
McLEAR Smart ring
Ceramics McLEAR smart ring is both a convenience and a conversation starter. You can use it to pay contactless in shops and on public transport, thanks to the NFC chip installed. Once you pair the ring with the companion app, it assigns a secure isolated bank account that sits between one of your cards (Visa, Mastercard, and Amex). The bank account requires taking a photo of an ID such as a passport or your driver’s license. Once your account is complete, McLear says the information is deleted and not stored anywhere. Once you are ready, you will need to perform a closed fist gesture (like knocking on a door, not knocking). You can get this beautiful and practical ring for $ 120.
Best apps to have on your portable device
One of the best apps to have on your wrist is Google Pay. You can put your watch near the terminal and pay for your ticket, food or whatever, without looking for your wallet.
Another useful app that you surely need on your wrist, and it is reassuring that you can check your location in the blink of an eye, especially if you are in an unfamiliar place and don’t want to constantly look at your phone.
You can send text or voice messages, browse your chat history or create group chats with this handy messaging app. You also have access to over 20,000 stickers that you can send to your friends.