What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

These are the devices strapped to the Wareable team's wrists this week

Our wrists truly are carousels here at Wareable, and we document what's on our arms every week right here in our new weekly feature What I'm Wearing.

We don't just talk watches and fitness trackers here either. No, no, no. The world of wearables is filled with watch faces and accessories that are worth your time and our words.

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So if you think there's an accessory, watch face or wearable that we should check out then drop us a line at [email protected]. You never know, it could show up in a future edition of What I'm Wearing.

Husain is wearing the Amazfit Bip

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

It's not hard to see what Xiaomi sub-brand Huami is doing with the Amazfit Bip. Here you have a smartwatch that looks nearly identical to an Apple Watch. Well, a Fisher Price version of Apple's smartwatch, maybe.

I've been wearing it while I review it (keep an eye on the site this week). There are two things that have struck me immediately: One, it really does feel like a cheaper Apple Watch. I'm not trying to be mean, but it really does feel like a toy on your wrist. It's plastic-y and light and I usually forget I'm even wearing it until it enters my field of view.

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

Two, the battery life is really impressive. Huami promises 30 days (45 with some features turned off) and so far, so good. I got the Bip with 45% battery remaining and I haven't charged it since. That was a week ago, and I've used GPS and have heart rate monitoring and notifications turned on.

Elsewhere, its interface feels more fitness tracker than smartwatch and at times it feels way too static. I'm still working through those feelings – hold tight.

…and the Shaper by Nowa

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

The Nowa Shaper was a Kickstarter darling a little while ago. At the time, it billed itself as the world's thinnest hybrid smartwatch, but you could also make the case that it's one of the most beautiful.

I'm a fan of minimalism when it comes to watch faces, and the Nowa Shaper fully embraces that. It's got a clean, handsome white face lined with metallic blue hour markers. That same blue is used for the hour and minute hands and against the background of stunning silver.

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

Yeah, can you tell I'm in love with the way this thing looks? I'm not alone; this watch turns heads. I've had people ask me about it, particularly what the little blue circle at the bottom is for. That's when you can tell them it's a hybrid watch that, well, doesn't do much.

But boy, this thing is nice to wear. The nylon band isn't too shabby either, though I think I would prefer a brown leather band with this watch face. The nylon works, but it doesn't feel like it brings the Shaper to its full potential.

Hugh is wearing the Garmin Fenix 5S with Winter Olympics watch face

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

What I'm Wearing: The accessories and watch faces on our wrists right now

Garmin is helping me get into the Winter Olympics spirit with its new Go World watch face, featuring a selection of flags from locations where Garmin has offices – 34 in total, and no, North Korea isn't one of them. It's currently free from Garmin's Connect IQ store.

As someone with a dual heritage – UK and Australia – my allegiance is split. Right now in PyeongChang, Australia is ahead in the tables, so I'm rocking a nice defaced blue ensign. Loyalty is for chumps.


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1 Comment

  • Strik says:

    On what is OS the Amazfit bio is running?

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