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The Fitbit Flex is just one of the wearables you can try with Lumoid. Photo: Fitbit

The Fitbit Flex is just one of the wearables you can try with Lumoid. Photo: Fitbit

With so many wearables to choose from these days, how do you decide which one is right for you? Are you better off investing in a cross-platform device like the Pebble, or do you want the color display and other benefits that Android Wear brings?

The best way to decide is by trying these devices out before you buy them. Not for five minutes in a store, but for as long as you like as you go about your day. Lumoid’s rent-to-own program lets you do just that; you can sample five wearables for a full 7 days before deciding which one you want to buy, and if you don’t like any of them, you can just send them all back.

Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Smart Unlock is just $0.99 on Google Play. Photo: Hazex

Still waiting for Android 5.0 to come to your device? You don’t need it to enjoy Smart Lock, one of Lollipop’s best new security features, thanks to a new third-party app called Smart Unlock that delivers the same functionality.

Compatible with any device running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and above, the $0.99 download automatically disables your lock screen security when a trusted wearable is nearby. What’s more, Smart Unlock has an advantage over Google’s own Smart Lock feature by allowing you to add trusted Wi-Fi networks, too.

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Pebble is now as smart as other smartwatches out there. Photo: Killian Bell/Cult of Android

Pebble today announced the v2.3 update of its Android app with many new features, including support for actionable Android Wear notifications. This will allow Pebble users to reply to or dismiss a message right from the watch itself. 

Screenshot: Cult of Android

Screenshot: Cult of Android

They may not have heart rate monitors or color screens or built-in cameras, but many still consider the Pebble and the Pebble Steel to be the best smartwatches you can buy. They have incredible battery life, e-ink displays you can actually see outdoors, and an ever-growing catalog of apps and watchfaces.

If you haven’t already gotten yours, you can save up to 25% this Black Friday.

For one day only, the original Pebbleis $79 down from $99, while the Pebble Steel is just $149 down from $199. The same deal on the Pebble Steel can also be had through Amazon for the next few hours.

Geak Watch 2 could be the most intelligent smartwatch yet. Photo: Geak

Geak Watch 2 could be the most intelligent smartwatch yet. Photo: Geak

By far the biggest downside of the modern smartwatch is their lousy battery life. If you’re lucky, you’ll get around two days of use in between charges from an Android Wear device, but the vast majority require top-ups every night. There is one, however, that promises to last a week, thanks to its clever use of not one but two displays.

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