Business Insider recently got their hands on a Ringly and have just posted a review. Originally announced in 2013, Ringly was one of the first wearable devices to specifically target women. The device features your choice of one of 5 precious and semi-precious stones set in an 18K matte gold setting. Depending on what type of notification you receive and whom it is from, you can set the ring to vibrate in one of 4 patterns and a small LED on the side to illuminate in one of 5 colors.
Browsing the Business Insider review, the first thing that jumps out at you is that the device does not look like a $260 ring. The matte gold makes the setting look like cheap plastic and the thing is huge. According to the site, Ringly is around 3/4″ tall – a far cry from the discreet device that was originally spoken about by the company. In practice, the notifications are reported as being useful but since most of them came from users that you haven’t assigned specific notifications for, you are constantly pulling your phone out to see who was trying to communicate with you. To that end, when out to dinner, the reviewer found the ring more distracting than setting your phone out. Business Insider ultimately concluded that dollar for dollar, they would rather pay more and purchase an Apple Watch. Please check out their full review!