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Wareable Tech Awards 2016

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My two favorite wearables win big!

 

I have been following Wareble’s coverage of all things wearable since the dawn of my wearable craze. They recently held their first Wareable Tech awards in London to honor the best in the wearable market and two of my all-time favorite wearables received top billing, the Apple Watch (Series 2) and the Moov Now.

Wearable of the year: Apple Watch (Series 2)

The new Apple Watch Series 2 smartwatch took two gongs, Smartwatch of the Year and the prized Wearable of the Year at the end of the night.

For answering the critics over what a smartwatch can do and creating a truly desirable wearable with the features to match, the Series 2 won our first major Award.

This is now a refined smartwatch experience thanks to watchOS3, and a truly useful wearable with GPS, fitness and swimming features and a design still knows how to make a statement.

I have owned an Apple Watch (Series 0) since March this year and based on my 7 months with it, I can vouch for it deserving this title. My Apple Watch has become my favorite gadget (taking over from my iPhone 6s Plus) and provides, what I think is, the best smartwatch experience out there. Apple hit it out of the park with watchOS 3 and the Apple Watch Series 2 with a ground-up software revamp and useful additions to the hardware like water-proofing and GPS. I wear mine every day and the feelings of satisfaction (from filling all Activity Rings by the end of the day), convenience (from being able to see and action upon my notifications from my wrist) and pure glee (from watching Mickey tap his feet while telling my the time) make me want to never take it off.

Sport wearable of the year: Moov Now

The Moov Now beat stiff competition from the likes of Garmin and TomTom to take home the Sports Wearable of the Year Award. The Moov Now is an innovative wearable coach that’s affordable, geared towards helping you be better at the sports you love and embodies exactly what wearable tech should be all about.

In a varied shortlist including everything to gym accessories to golf wearables, it was the TomTom Spark 3 sports watch that made the cut for Highly Commended.

I have been moving with the Moov Now since December 2015 and in terms of the value that it has provided in my fitness-life, it ties with (maybe surpasses) my Apple Watch. The star of the show with the Moov Now is the voice-based coaching to help me improve my running which has led to actual improvements to how I run, the distances I cover and the pace at which I cover them. The cardio boxing workout is my favorite way to work up a sweat quickly. Moov Now has taken fitness trackers to the next level with integrated coaching (something that I’ve been saying is the way to go for fitness trackers) and with that, has taken sports training to the next level. With the Moov HR (for heart-rate-based sports coaching) having been announced recently, I feel that Moov is going to take that ‘next level’ even higher. I won’t be surprised to see the Moov HR taking the cake in this category next year.

The whole report on who won what at the awards can be found here. Other winners worth mentioning are Garmin Vivosmart HR+, Bragi Dash, Fossil’s smartwatch collection, etc. All in all, a great time to be alive for wearable (and Wareable) fans.

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