There’s something for everyone in the world of wearables, from fitness trackers to smart watches and all the compatible accessories in between. These three devices, praised by the experts and available at Verizon, make great gifts for those who consider tech a family affair.
For the little ones: LG GizmoPal 2
Kids have fun, while parents have peace of mind with the GizmoPal 2, a checking-in wearable designed for children aged 4 to 7. Capable of sending and receiving calls from four preset numbers, the device also includes GPS tracking and an auto-answer function if calls aren’t picked up within 10 seconds.
PCMag.com likes that children can “decorate the front with stickers,” and that the wearable is durable and waterproof, while Easy Mom Life praises the app-controlled silence function, for school days and other times when tones aren’t ideal. “You set it once, and you don’t have to do anything else,” the editors note.
Mommy Convos also appreciates the GizmoPal 2’s robust battery life: “I charge it once a week. It’s awesome.” There’s also the affordable, $5-a-month fee, what the editors consider a small price to pay for “sending our kid out into the ... world with a little more protection.”
For Mom and Dad: Fitbit Ionic
The crowded fitness tracker market can be overwhelming, but the Fitbit Ionic is a highly functional, easily programmable option that will suit almost all a parent’s workout needs. According to CNET, the Ionic offers “features galore,” including a personalized coach, automatic distance, location and heart-rate logging, and—one of the editors’ favorite features—a “better-than-most-smartwatches four-day battery life.”
Engadget likes the Ionic’s “brilliant” display, calling it “sharp, colorful and bright enough to read in direct sunlight,” concluding that the wearable feels “at once familiar and refreshing, thanks to its beautiful screen and premium quality build.” And the Ionic’s utility extends to those with specific health concerns. Tech Radar suggests it could become “a must-have device for those with diabetes,” thanks to a sold-separately mobile sensor for monitoring glucose levels.
Also for Mom and Dad: Apple Watch Series 3
Series 3 of Apple’s game-changing wearable ticks more boxes than ever. Apple now offers cellular connectivity, which CNET says “works well for calls, email, Siri and messages.” Editors also praise the watch’s easier music syncing, added swimproofing and improvements in its fitness tracking, concluding that it’s “the best overall smartwatch you can buy.”
Tom’s Guide is equally impressed with what Apple left alone—namely the watch’s slim, stylish profile. “Apple’s ability to put a cellular modem and bigger battery into the Series 3 without dramatically adding to is size is impressive,” the editors write.
The Verge likes the Series 3’s improved speed, integration with third-party apps and reliable battery—all of which makes it “hands-down the best option if you want a smartwatch to go with your iPhone.”