11 "Girl Tech" Products That Are Awesome

Photo: Courtesy Ringly.
Designing tech for women is a slippery slope: If you do it right, you’ve got a product that stylishly and effectively suits the needs of its target audience. If it’s done wrong, it comes across as offensive, sexist, or just plain lazy.

Luckily, companies have realized the purchasing power of women — and that we care about staying modern and connected just as much as the next guy. We’re seeing products that meld form and function while catering to the feminine spirit. And some of these products are so cool they may actually make your guy friends jealous.

Whether you’re looking to end the struggle of making your phone battery last the day or you want an activity tracker you can wear even when you’re not working up a sweat, check out these 10 “girly” gadgets that we actually dig.
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Photo: Courtesy Belkin.
Belkin MIXIT Lightning to USB Leather Tassel
$34.99
Clip this onto a purse or tote and you’ll be able to charge your iPhone at a moment’s notice. The leather tassels hide the the USB and lightning cables and it comes in four colors: black, gold (brown), gray, and a reddish pink.
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Photo: Courtesy Ringly.
Ringly
$195
You don’t need a big honking smartwatch on your wrist, but it would be nice to know if you’ve gotten an email or text without having to pull your smartphone out. Ringly to the rescue! Ringly is a customizable, connected ring that vibrates to alert you something’s up, whether it’s a meeting in 10 minutes or an email from your boss.
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Photo: Courtesy Michael Kors.
Michael Kors Jet Set Large Smartphone Wristlet
$98
Sometimes you don’t want to carry a full purse...But your iPhone 6 Plus isn’t going to fit into your wallet by a long shot. With a smartphone-sized wristlet, like this one from Michael Kors, you can carry your phone and a few other essentials without the bulk of a bag. It comes in a variety of different styles.
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Photo: Courtesy Nordstrom.
Fownes Brothers Basic Tech Leather Gloves
$96
Summer is slipping away all too quickly. Before you know it, snow’s going to be on the ground again and you’ll have to rip your gloves on and off in order to tap on your smartphone screen. But not if you use a pair of gloves designed specifically for touchscreen use, like this cashmere-lined pair available from Nordstrom.
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Photo: Courtesy Misfit.
Misfit Swarovski Shine
$169
Most wearables are basically a piece of plastic molded to fit your wrist — not very attractive and not very practical if you normally adorn yourself with real jewelry. So, for $100 more than the regular Misfit Shine, you can get a model with a Slake bracelet and a handsome Swarovski jewel on top of the Shine's sensor. You can still swap the band for plastic version when you hit the gym.
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Photo: Courtesy Stelle Audio.
Stellé Audio Mini-Clutch Speaker
$149
There are tons of great portable Bluetooth speakers, but usually, you need a bag or tote to carry them around. This option from Stelle Audio acts as a clutch, USB charger, and Bluetooth speaker — all at once. Just because you’re wearing sequins doesn’t mean you don’t want to get the party started.
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Photo: Courtesy Melely.
I’mUp Power Bank
$93, not yet available
The idea behind I’mUp is certainly useful: It’s a mobile charger that doubles as a compact, housing a mirror (normal and 2x magnification) and replaceable powder blush insert. Currently raising funds on Kickstarter, you can grab it for cheaper if you want to support the pre-order campaign.
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Photo: Courtesy Amazon.
Amazon Dash Button
$5
Now available to all Amazon Prime members, the Dash is a $5 button that lets you reorder more of a product (from Amazon) with the touch of a button. You can grab a Dash for 29 brands — more than 500 different products ranging from Orbit Gum and Greenies pet treats to Larabars, Olay products, and paper towels. While it’s not specifically designed for women, it certainly seems like something developed with the busy mom in mind.
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Photo: Courtesy Everpurse.
Kate Spade x Everpurse
$200 to $700
If your phone is constantly running out of juice, starting this fall, you can grab one of Kate Spade’s new totes, clutches, wristlets, or backpacks that include Everpurse wireless charging technology. The purse can keep your phone charged for two full days — perfect for an unplanned, ahem, sleepover.
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Photo: Courtesy Guard Dog Security.
Guard Dog Security ProShield Bulletproof Backpack
$169.99
Maybe you’re a badass or maybe you just don’t want people messing with your stuff. Regardless, this lightweight backpack, available in black or pink, protects against 9-mm and .44 Magnum bullets. That's some pretty impressive impact resistance, whether you plan to take it on a hunting excursion or brave the subway.
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Photo: Courtesy Jewelbots.
Jewelbots
$65, not yet available
Designed for the tween set, Jewelbots is a friendship bracelet and app that teaches girls the basics of coding. The bracelet is slim, with an LED-laden flower charm on the top. Wearers can use the app to send coded messages to their friends or sync this jewel to light up in certain scenarios, like when they’re in a particular location. While it won’t be available for purchase until March 2016, it just finished a successful Kickstarter run.
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