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Ringly review: The smart ring that could be sexier

Sarah Jacobsson Purewal | Jan. 7, 2016
This smart notification ring is cool, but it’s not something you’d buy for style alone.

Because of its size, the Ringly doesn’t have amazing battery life—the ring will last 24 to 48 hours on a single charge, depending on how often you use it (how many notifications you get). But the Ringly does come with a cool charging ring box that acts as a dock. The charging box is charged via microUSB cable, and will last about one week (and be able to charge your Ringly during that time) before it needs to be plugged in. The charging box is inductive, so all you have to do is place your Ringly in the slot and it will start charging. The box appears to have magnets in it as well—if you put your ring in backwards, it will pop out. The Ringly takes about four hours to fully charge.

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Drop the Ringly back in its box to charge. Credit: Sarah Jacobsson Purewal

Bottom line

The Ringly has the potential to be awesome. Tech-wise, it’s great—it offers just enough functionality with its customizable notifications that it’s worth putting on your finger, but not so much functionality that you’ll need a manual to figure it out. It also moves smart jewelry off of your wrist and onto your finger, which is awesome for those of us who like to wear regular jewelry on our wrists. The Ringly doesn’t force you to choose between tech and style like smartwatches do. If you wear an Apple Watch, you can’t exactly wear another watch—but if you wear a Ringly, you can easily wear other rings.

If the Ringly looked as cool as its price tag, I would own six. But it looks more like a $10 ring I picked up a Nordstrom Rack than a $50 ring—let alone a $200 ring. It’s not bad-looking, it’s just basic and boring. The only attention I got while wearing it was when it flashed a notification light.

 

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