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Smartwatch

This newest gadget category is likely to get me to put on a watch again. I used to wear my Fossil wrist watch all the time. It was useful and great looking fashionable accessory. However, it was heavy, the crown stick out too much and was cutting into my skin, and ones I had a smartphone, not as necessary. The newest smartphone watches hitting the market look much better and more sophisticated than previous version. They look less like the calculator watches of the nineties and more like the dress watches with steel faces and bracelets.
I am yet to take the leap to owning one. The Apple Watch is way to expensive. I like Pebble Time and the fact that it is waterproof, compatible with iOS, and has great battery life. Though the look and features are not at the same level as pricier options. Google or Samsung are out, since I have an iPhone.
I'll be honest, as much as I love gadgets, I am not a first-adopter type. I like to consider and weigh options and see what develops. And with tech moving as fast as it is, that high priced Apple Watch would be devalued in a few months with Apple Watch 2 coming out. And if I shell out for a nice time piece, I would like for it to keep its value for a bit.

goTenna or similar communication device
While we always take our smartphones with us, they do not work in every part of our travels and are too expensive on most international travel. We have considered walkie talkies, which are the older but still useful gadgets. The two we got from in-laws work well, though are quite heavy. Will be looking to see if can find a lighter version at relatively low price.
GoTenna is also something I have looked at for our communication needs. It lets you use your phone to message and locate a person with another goTenna. Allowing for 2-way communications in areas where there is no Wi-Fi nor cellular service. However, there are quite a few limitations in terms of where you can use and the range that the service will be accessible. Hence it is still in consideration stage.

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