Picking a wearable to buy can be a daunting task. While the choice was quite limited a few years ago, with mostly just Fitbit, Jawbone, and Nike on the scene, the field has widened considerably since then. Withings, Misfit, Pebble, and various other companies have entered the market and offer strikingly similar albeit slightly different approaches to wearable gear. That's not to mention the various choices offered by each company alone — Fitbit for example has the One, Charge, Charge HR, and Surge to pick from. So how would you decide which one suits you best, especially if you still haven't plunged into the wearable segment yet? Lumoid has a solution.
The company, which has a rent-to-own program for various gear including Google Glass and drones, offers to send you (sadly, only if you live in the United States) a box of 5 wearables of your choosing to try out for 7 days. It's a short period of time, but it should be enough to help you narrow down your choices and it's definitely better than dipping into your pocket based on a spec sheet, a render photo, and other people's reviews without some first-hand experience. While Lumoid doesn't have any Android Wear devices in its collection at this point, it does have a wide range of wearables to try from, including the Jawbone UP24, Withings Pulse O2, Fitbit Charge, Garmin Vivofit, Misfit Shine, Striiv Fusion, Pebble Smartwatch, Nike+ Fuelband SE, Basis Peak, Lifetrak Move C300, Samsung Gear Fit, and more.
At the end of the trial, you use the included prepaid postage slip to send the wearables back. If you decide to purchase one or more of the 5 items you picked, your entire trial will be free. However, if you find out that none of them suit your need, you will have to pay $20. Given that you might be saving yourself a lot of time and perhaps money picking the wearable that works best for you, it's not a bad investment.