Welcome to our Wearable Wednesdays series, a weekly look at the world of wearables.

Some of the best things in life are free – such as hug from a loved one or meeting with a new friend. But when it comes to technology, that’s not always the case.

People talk a lot about having to fork out the big bucks to keep up with latest gadgets, but you can stay tech-trendy without having to spend a lot.

My favourite of those trends is, of course, wearables. Think wearable tech is too expensive for you to don? Think again! Because no matter what your budget, there’s a wearable out there to keep you fit and fashionable – without breaking the bank.

Here’s five we love.

Misfit Flash

The Misfit Flash is an easy-to-use tracker that’s perfect for those taking their first step into wearables. It’s adaptable, waterproof and the battery lasts for months. How’s that for value for money?

Fitbit Zip

Looking for a Fitbit, but don’t have the cash? Hello Fitbit Zip! As Fitbit’s entry offering, the Zip doesn’t track sleeping or stairs climbed, but it’s got you covered on the basics: steps, distance and calories.

A photo posted by fitbit (@fitbit) on

Jawbone UP

If you need the basics covered and want your sleep tracked, then there’s an option for you to. The Jawbone UP is a super-cute wearable that comes in a range of colours – I’m particularly fond of the red and black wrist straps.

New year, new you. Get it going with UP MOVE! #GetUP A photo posted by Jawbone (@jawbone) on

Razer Nabu X smartband

The Nabu X has many of the same features as similar smartbands on the market, with one notable difference: price. Simple and easy to use, this wearable won’t break the bank.


We’ve featured Cuff a couple of times in this series for one simple reason: it’s beautiful. So if you’re one of the fashionably connected, you can pre-order Cuff from about $50.

Lumo Lift

From this list the Lumo Lift is the wearable I want the most. Why? Because Lift is not only a fitness tracker, it’s a little patch that helps you with your posture. Attach it and as soon as it detects you’re slouching, it’ll buzz to tell you. I need that!

So what’s your favourite inexpensive wearable? What others should be on this list?

Note – The above is a personal blog entry based on the manufacturers’ product descriptions; any commentary on third party products therein is not intended to be an endorsement by Telstra, which has no association with the mentioned products unless expressly stated otherwise.