Korean accessory maker Spigen is known for making well-designed, affordable phone cases and now it's bringing that formula to the Apple Watch with a line of sub-$20 cases for the 38mm and 42mm Watch models.
I like the Rugged Armor, which goes for about $14 on Amazon. It doesn't make the Watch waterproof but it will keep the bezel from getting scratched and dinged up.
The case also comes with a couple of screen protectors that work fine as long as they remain stuck to your screen (some people have complained of peeling).
Don't feel like spending $50 on an official Apple Sport Band? Well,
there are some affordable knockoffs, including the Moko Apple Watch
Band, which costs $12 on Amazon. It's available in black, white, blue,
yellow and pink.
In 2012, Nomad started out making the ChargeCard
and other innovative mobile charging products for the iPhone. Now it's
jumping headlong into the Apple Watch accessories market with two new
products, a mobile charging solution, the Pod, and a swanky stand and charging station, the Stand,
both of which cost $70.
(The San Francisco-based company ships internationally, with the US
price converting to around £45 or AU$95.)
The Nomad Pod for Apple Watch is the more interesting product. It's a
portable power station and cable manager with an integrated lithium
polymer rechargeable battery that packs enough power for four complete
charges of the Apple Watch. We only wish it also had a USB out for plugging a Lightning cable in to charge an iPhone in a pinch.
We're not huge fans of stands for the Apple Watch, but hey, here's one that doesn't cost much ($12) and does the job: the Aerb Bamboo Apple Watch Stand (it's also sold under some other generic Chinese brand names).
Like all Apple Stands, you bring your own charger to the party (the puck sits nestled in the stand).
Aerb also sells a few other stands, include a metal version that retails for only $9.
Speck's CandyShell line comes to the Apple Watch with the CandyShell Fit, which is available in a few different color options (black, white, pink and blue).
It's designed for "bezel protection" and is easy to slip on and off and doesn't add too much bulk to the Watch. It's a little expensive at $30, but it is one of the best protective covers for the Watch.
If you're looking for a little bezel protection and don't want to spend much on a case, the Poetic Clarity Series is worth checking out. It's made of translucent TPU rubber and covers the Watch's casing. I'm not sure how it will hold up over time, but it's only $6.
As its name implies, X-Doria's Defense Edge is all about edge protection.
Available in a few color options for both the 38mm and 42mm models, it's a decent looking Watch case that combines a machined aluminum exterior and a
soft rubber lining to keep your bezel from getting scratched up.
If you're looking for a little screen protection, there are other Watch cases, such as Speck's CandyShell Fit, that offer a little more protection with a raised edge around the screen.
You can play music directly from the Apple Watch (without using your iPhone as a conduit), but you'll need a pair of Bluetooth headphones to hear that music.
We're showing the Jaybird X2, the company's new in-ear sports model, which sounds very good for Bluetooth headphone and features improved battery life (8 hours) and a secure fit. However, it is a little pricey at $180.
This one isn't out quite yet, so consider this a sneak peek.
Catalyst makes waterproof cases for the iPhone, but this fall it will release what's billed as the "first waterproof case for the Apple Watch."
The case, which comes in a few different color options and is available for preorder now, is designed to "meet or exceed IP68 standards for waterproof
protection and MIL SPEC standards for drop protection."
Will Lifeproof do a waterproof Watch case? So far, no.