Samsung Gear IconX
Various startups have been peddling wireless earbuds on Kickstarter over the last couple of years. Samsung’s Gear IconX is the first by the electronics giant, and amongst the only by any major player in the market. Push one into each of your ears and you’re set, with a fit that’s customizable thanks to three sizes of eartips and three sizes of wingtips (the protruding arch) that can be mixed and matched. Even without your phone it’ll function as a fitness tracker, monitoring duration, speed, heart rate, and distance covered while feeding you this information by way of a dedicated voice guide. In a way it’s also the smallest music player thanks to 4GB of internal memory that’ll hold 1,000 songs, playing them while (optionally) keeping you aware of your surroundings with a nifty Ambient Sound mode. Controls are managed thanks to capacitive touch sensors on the side, responding to taps and swipes, and of course it works perfectly with smartphones running Android KitKat or newer. The real trick will be not losing just one.
Available by the end of summer. Learn more at Samsung – $200