The Best Wearables for Grads and Dads

The Best Wearables for Grads and Dads

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With Father’s Day, graduation and the summer months around the corner, this is the perfect time to pick up a new wearable device for your dad to gift or grad. Here are some that you can consider.

Apple Watch

For Apple Watch compatibility, the user must be an iPhone user. The Apple Watch is the best constructed smartwatch ever seen. It comes in two different sizes, three different models, and six different finishes.

Pros

  • Excellent hardware
  • Robust notifications
  • Thousands of apps
  • Solid battery life

Cons

  • No integrated GPS receiver
  • Expensive

Price Range

$350 to $10,000

Garmin Vivoactive

Garmin Vivoactive

This device works with Android and iOS so the users are not limited by their Smartphone platform. It is a great choice for those who are involved in sporting activities.

Pros

  • Comfortable,
  • Daily activity tracking support
  • Optimized for fitness tracking
  • Long battery life

Cons

  • Small display
  • Limited apps

Price

$249.99

Sony SmartWatch 3

Sony SmartWatch 3 has an advanced connectivity of Android Wear in a waterproof design. If you are a runner, you will enjoy its ability to track via GPS listen to music as you work out.

Pros

  • Waterproof, integrated Wi-Fi and GPS
  • Standard microUSB to charge
  • Two day battery life

Cons

  • Limited to Android smartphone connectivity

Price

$249.99

Fitbit Surge

This device is excellent for daily activity tracking. It adds in a GPS receiver to support fitness fully. And there’s an active community of Fitbit Surge users so you can get motivated by friends and family.

Pros

  • Android, iOS, and Windows Phone connectivity
  • Comfortable design
  • Integrated heart rate monitor
  • Week long battery life

Cons

  • Limited smartwatch functionality

Price

$249.95

Microsoft Band

This device is excellent for those who want one device that provides basic GPS running capability, daily activity tracking, and smartwatch functionality. Microsoft Band is not meant for the avid marathoner.

Pros

  • User customizable
  • Integrated GPS receiver
  • Continuous heart rate monitor
  • Works with Android, iOS, and Windows Phone
  • Two day battery life

Cons

  • Not waterproof
  • Bit large and rigid

Price

$199.99

Fitbit Charge HR

This device sets the bar for activity tracking. Fitbit Charge HR is great for those who want more extensive life tracking experience.

Pros

  • Tracks sleep, stairs, steps, and more
  • Caller ID functionality
  • One week battery life
  • Integrated heart rate monitor

Cons

  • No real smartwatch functionality

Price

$149.95

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