Ten Things You Can Buy For $350 Instead of an Apple Watch

Why spend money on a small piece of tech when you can get these awesome things instead? And we do mean truly awesome things.

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So, the Apple Watch was announced today, and while it does bring an impressive amount of tech to the world of wristwatches, Apple did leave a few details out. For instance, battery life. And, for that matter, how much the deluxe models would cost, as it appears the general Apple Watch model will go for $350.

$350?! That's money you can easily spend elsewhere on other cool things. In fact, we came up with a list of other cool stuff that you could easily buy for $350 or less. Without further ado…

ThinkGeek's Classic Arcade Wristwatch ($49.99)

For $50, you can get a device that tells you the time and looks pretty awesome in the process with the Classic Arcade Wristwatch. Shaped like a mini arcade cabinet, the watch is the ideal tool for those looking to get their classic geek on. And, no, it doesn't come in solid gold. You can get yours here.

Wii U Mario Kart System Bundle ($329.99)

Want to play games without looking like an idiot going "beep boop beep" on a wristwatch? Snag yourself this spectacular Wii U bundle, which includes the system, a Wii Plus remote, a steering wheel and a copy of Mario Kart 8. Sure, it's not so convenient on the go, but you'll have fun anyway.

Destiny and four other cool next-gen games ($300)

Why put your money towards tech that is fussy to use, when easy-to-play games are within your reach? There's no question that Destiny is a must-buy, considering the millions of gamers that already picked it up, and there are so many other games you can snag and pre-order, including Call of Duty: Advanced Warfare, Madden NFL 15 and Sunset Overdrive. It's just logic.

The iPhone 6 Plus or the iPad Mini ($300)

If you must have Apple tech, consider something with a much larger screen, better accessibility, and no question when it comes to battery life. Both the iPhone 6 Plus (when it releases next week) and the iPad Mini have models that clock in at $300 a pop. Not bad, and you can still take them on the go.

That Titanfall: Collector's Edition you never picked up ($250, or maybe cheaper)

When it came out this past March, the Titanfall: Collector's Edition was a ludicrously cool collectible, especially with the large statue that it came with. Of course, your concern at the time was probably just getting the game, but you can now rectify that by finding a Collector's Edition for a decent price. It's no watch, but, hey, it's a FRICKIN' ROBOT ON YOUR DESK.

A 39 - 40 inch TV (Varies)

The Apple watch is all about shrinking the screen down to fit your wrist, but for around $300, you can get a very reasonably sized television to watch shows, movies, and play games. You might not be able to carry this around wherever you go, but you won't have to squint to see anything. Plus, it's far less rude to stare at a large screen TV at a party than playing with your watch. A list, filtered by price, can be found at retailers like Amazon.

A Subscription To Lootcrate ($19.99)

If you don't know already, Lootcrate is awesome. It's a monthly package that features a variety of geek-related goodies that you'll throughout enjoy, from exclusive Funko figures to special collectible posters to t-shirts. Better still, it'll only run you $20, leaving you plenty of money to buy some food or games (or both!). Sign up here, and tell 'em Shacknews sent ya.

X-Men: Days of Future Past 3D Blu-Ray Collector's Set ($129.99)

We love a good X-Men movie, and Days of Future Past is easily one of the best ones yet (well, better than Wolverine: Origins any day). The collectible set for this forthcoming release features a fancy metal case, along with a collector's Magneto helmet. Despite the fact you can't wear it, sadly. It's still quite the collectible for comic book fans, and you can snag it October 14th.

Mediabridge Sport Armband for iPhone 5 ($9.99)

Let's say you just can't escape the feeling of having some sort of Apple tech on your wrist…but why spend $350 to do it? Mediabridge has this handly little wrist device that secures your iPhone 5 like a watch. Sure, it looks dorky, but it's convenient and helpful, and the screen is so much larger. You can get yours here, then spend the remaining $340 on stuff that matters. Like lunch for us.

A dog (varies)

You don't really need a watch, do you? The phone in your pocket already provides the information you need. So do the world some good and adopt a dog. You'll get an unmatchable feeling of companionship, which is something the Apple Watch could never get you. Plus, think of all the hilarious memes you can make, like the one above.

To learn more about pet adoption, pay a visit to our friends at SoundPet.org!

*Sound Pet Animal Rescue is run by Shacknews contributing writer, John Gaudiosi, but is not directly affiliated with Shacknews.

BONUS: An Xbox One or PlayStation 4 ($400)

What would you rather tell your friends? "Hey, look at this cool little watch that I can tap the screen with?" or (for fifty extra bucks) "Hey, I finally got an Xbox One and/or PlayStation 4? I CAN PLAY DESTINY!" Yeah, we thought so. Aside from the $50 increase in price, you get a heck of a piece of current-gen hardware. Plus, if you go the route of the Xbox One this week, you get a free game, so you won't need to factor in the cost of Destiny.

From The Chatty
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    September 9, 2014 1:35 PM

    Robert Workman posted a new article, Ten Things You Can Buy For $350 Instead of an Apple Watch.

    Why spend money on a small piece of tech when you can get these awesome things instead? And we do mean truly awesome things.

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      September 9, 2014 2:41 PM

      What the....

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      September 9, 2014 2:46 PM

      Missing le creuset and Kitchenaid. List invalid

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      September 9, 2014 2:46 PM

      Brought to you by Buzzfeed?

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        September 9, 2014 4:04 PM

        Fuck, if I wanted to read a buzzfeed article I'd set my oven to 400F and climb right in.

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      September 9, 2014 2:46 PM

      This is kind of an odd article.

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      September 9, 2014 2:47 PM

      For $350 dollars, I would buy some better content than this cheesy fluff.

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        September 9, 2014 4:31 PM

        What made you think this was a good post?

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      September 9, 2014 2:48 PM

      Approximately 700 Jack in the Box tacos.

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      September 9, 2014 2:54 PM

      Needs more PC love: http://www.amazon.com/dp/B00CZ58WUI/?tag=pcpapi-20

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      September 9, 2014 2:54 PM

      I couldn't read it in LC but I didn't see the Rift.

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      September 9, 2014 2:56 PM

      Uhhhhhh

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        September 9, 2014 3:03 PM

        I don't play DOTA anymore but courier is f'ing awesome!

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      September 9, 2014 2:59 PM

      Shaking my head. I guess I could buy a lot of toilet paper for $350. http://youtu.be/9cn7xfBpZ3M

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      September 9, 2014 3:05 PM

      what the fuck is this shit

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      September 9, 2014 3:08 PM

      interdasting

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      September 9, 2014 3:09 PM

      Blowjob is not on this list.

      Invalid.

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      September 9, 2014 3:15 PM

      Does the Apple Watch have internal memory? Can it function standalone? I'm only buying a smart watch once it can store music and I can go to the gym with just that and some bluetooth headphones.

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      September 9, 2014 3:18 PM

      what in the world

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      September 9, 2014 3:22 PM

      [deleted]

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      September 9, 2014 3:36 PM

      Wow so you can buy an iPhone instead of an Apple Watch. That's quality info. This is kind of embarrassing.

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      September 9, 2014 3:49 PM

      I have always supported the Shack experimenting with features, but this is awful and embarrassing for several reasons.

      1) Please don't start professional writing with "So." I made a similar mistake when I wrote for this site. Remo called me out on it, and he was right. By all means, write in a casual voice. But draw the line behind starting sentences with "so."

      2) The premise seems to suggest that Shack is against buying an Apple Watch in favor of other things. What other things?

      3) Anything $350 or less, presumably. You need a tighter thesis; this one is as wide as the Grand Canyon. The obvious answer is tech toys, not...

      4) A dog. Spare us the plug for another employee's second gig and please, please take yourself seriously.

      5) Why is a video-game site putting out articles on a new watch? I can see covering smartphones; lots of people play games on those. But a phone?

      I hope this is taken in the way I intend it: constructive criticism. I love this site, but you guys have GOT to come up with better ideas than this.

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        September 9, 2014 4:33 PM

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        September 9, 2014 4:33 PM

        Look at all the Eberts up in this thread giving unsolicited writing critiques!

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          September 9, 2014 4:40 PM

          I like to think I know a little bit about writing. I'm only trying to help.

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          September 9, 2014 5:00 PM

          Well Mr. Craddock here is a published author so he's got that going for him. . .

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            September 9, 2014 5:24 PM

            You know who else is a published author???

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        September 9, 2014 4:47 PM

        Hey, I want to let you guys know that your criticism is noted and being taken seriously. The reasoning behind this article is how we were joking about how expensive the starting price of the Apple Watch is, even given the fact that it's an Apple product. So, we started listing a few things that you can get right now for around the same price, and might even get you some more entertainment value than a smart watch. Things like a large screen TV, a Wii U, and for fifty bucks more, a current generation console.

        Our of that conversation, we figured it might be fun to turn our conversation into an article. We apologize that this article did not live up to the level of quality you normally expect on Shacknews.

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          September 9, 2014 4:49 PM

          Oh, so it was the equivalent of posting a chat log. Got it.

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            September 9, 2014 4:58 PM

            The cool thing is this is their site and they can do whatever the fuck they want with it. Just ignore the article and move on?

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              September 9, 2014 5:01 PM

              Sure. I almost never bitch about the content of articles here. If the trend continues I'll just block the Shacknews user and move on with my life. So much for integrating the chatty with the front page, etc.

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                September 9, 2014 5:12 PM

                Seems excessive to block the user.

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          September 9, 2014 4:54 PM

          When I thought it was satire and you just went full retard with it, it was still awful. You were fucking serious?

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          September 9, 2014 4:56 PM

          But that's what the Chatty is for. We joke about shit like this all the time

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          September 9, 2014 5:12 PM

          It's a piece that doesn't really fit in with the rest of the front page content. It feels like it'd fit better as a chatty thread.

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          September 9, 2014 5:29 PM

          I don't mean to imply that everything on Shack should be Serious Business. I just feel this article was out of place. There had to be better ways to spin that conversation.

          Regardless, I appreciate you considering all criticism. You're all doing a fantastic job overall, which is probably why this article stuck out like a sore thumb.

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          September 9, 2014 6:55 PM

          I think something like this is fine for editorial/opinion pieces, but not with other real news.

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          September 9, 2014 10:32 PM

          Don't apologize.

          Us dumbs were already talking about it in chatty. It really is not an invalid article. I got the tongue in cheek vibe.

          I do agree with Craddock's critique of the article structure, but there isn't a damn thing wrong with the content. We're freaking nerds, so, even on a video game website, the topic is worth talking about.

          Forget the butthurts, but, please, don't buzzfeed it up. This article really needed an Alice O'Connor touch to not rabble the retard rowsers.

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          September 9, 2014 11:08 PM

          So now you're saying a Wii U isn't a current gen console? RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE RABBLE!!!

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        September 9, 2014 8:06 PM

        I read all of these comments on this thread.

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        September 9, 2014 10:21 PM

        1) I agree

        2) Anything, because it's a waste of money.

        3) & 4) Have a fucking sense of humour. I realise your smile solidified in to a frown when someone was potentially criticising an apple product, but still.

        5) the site is changing. We here in the chatty certainly have a wide variety of interests. This used to be a quake only site, right?

        I'm not saying it should start covering broader tech news, but stomping your feet and pouting when the site tries out an article that is only tangentially related to videogames does not help them grow and evolve.

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        September 10, 2014 5:18 AM

        Great points but I disagree regarding the plugging of another employee's second gig because in this instance it's an NPO.

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      September 9, 2014 3:55 PM

      Never mind the fact this is possibly one of the dumbest articles ever, but what the fuck is it doing here? Jesus Christ guys, I knew you were getting desperate to find content that sticks, but this is... Fucking Wow.

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      September 9, 2014 3:59 PM

      This article really spoke to me as an avid gaming enthusiast. Thank you for writing it.

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      September 9, 2014 4:01 PM

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      September 9, 2014 4:08 PM

      Just noticed the amazon referral link. Lol

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        September 10, 2014 5:31 AM

        My opinion of this article just went from 0 to Fuck Yeah.

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      September 9, 2014 4:10 PM

      Look at the mad nerds in this thread. Good job Robert Workman.

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        September 9, 2014 4:16 PM

        I gotta admit, almost nothing pleases me more these days than nerds gettin' mad at dumbass nerd shit. It's like, shut up nerd, no one gives a fuck what you think in the real world, now I gotta go through the extra effort of reading your impotent bullshit?

        MY FAVORITE VERSIONS OF DOOM AND SYNDICATE WERE ON THE ATARI JAGUAR.

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          September 9, 2014 4:16 PM

          You're a monster

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          September 9, 2014 4:18 PM

          I only reply to posts on a 15 inch CRT monitor

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            September 9, 2014 4:19 PM

            I'm holding out for the CRT Apple Watch.

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            September 9, 2014 4:20 PM

            UHMMMMMMMMMM. WHAT KIND OF SHITLORD DOESN'T USE A TRINITRON SO THE BLACKS ARE BLACKER ASSFACE?

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              September 9, 2014 6:38 PM

              I use a vt-220. The blacks are black as fuck and the greens are amazing but there are no other colors because it only has green phosphors.

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          September 9, 2014 5:38 PM

          And this is why you should have been demoted from mod years ago.

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          September 10, 2014 4:43 AM

          Haha this is exactly how I feel every day reading the shack lately. I think a large reason I come here is to witness nerd rage

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        September 9, 2014 4:22 PM

        Hahaha so much this.

        Way to be huge picky dorks. Ugh.

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          September 9, 2014 4:29 PM

          So you're cool with shacknews running an article when the next Justin Bieber album comes out?

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            September 9, 2014 4:30 PM

            Yes because this is the same thing!!!!111

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        September 9, 2014 4:24 PM

        I gave solid reasons for this being a dumb article.

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        September 9, 2014 6:53 PM

        Start digging some nerd holes.

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        September 9, 2014 8:11 PM

        srsly. i liked it.

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        September 9, 2014 8:37 PM

        Dudes are acting like this place is The Economist. It's a fluff piece on a video game website. Chillax bros.

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      September 9, 2014 4:12 PM

      uh... you're 0 for 2, buddy. you may want to reconsider working for a GAMING website

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      September 9, 2014 4:14 PM

      I am trying to come up with how this article could possibly fit on the Shack, and no amount of alteration would work.

      Biggest oversight: Not including the Oculus Rift on the list.

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      September 9, 2014 4:26 PM

      Top 4 commented articles on ~/news, right now

      72 Opinion: Why Destiny matters
      54 Shacknews Live: Destiny
      40 Apple Watch officially confirmed
      38 Ten Things You Can Buy For $350 Instead of an Apple Watch

      I love the nerd rage.

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      September 9, 2014 4:28 PM

      You really put the iPhone on a list of things you could buy instead of a device that needs the iPhone to function?

      Really?

      Never mind that this shit doesn't belong on this site.

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      September 9, 2014 4:31 PM

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      September 9, 2014 4:44 PM

      [deleted]

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      September 9, 2014 4:44 PM

      Trollolol.jpg

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      September 9, 2014 4:46 PM

      Ten websites you should go to for gaming journalism that aren't Shacknews by Robert Lookingforworkman

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      September 9, 2014 4:59 PM

      I live in an upside hell spider-infested hellhole and I still rate this article below that. What in the name of Thomas Mapother Cruise is this trash? *monocle pop*

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      September 9, 2014 5:43 PM

      350 cap guns at the dollar store!

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      September 9, 2014 6:53 PM

      For the minute it took me to scroll through I got a few laughs, thanks!

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      September 9, 2014 10:23 PM

      Excellent reporting as usual.

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      September 9, 2014 10:33 PM

      Last post in thread. This article could have only been pulled off by Alice.

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      September 9, 2014 11:39 PM

      man, i just spent an hour reading the success stories from past dogs at that shelter linked towards the end. i love rescues!
      http://www.soundpet.org/animals/stories

      also holy shit belgian shepherd + sheepdog mix. ffffffuuuuuuu

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        September 9, 2014 11:53 PM

        I can't read that kind of stuff or I'll be up all night planning the murders of all the people they needed to be rescued from

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      September 10, 2014 3:37 AM

      What an absolutely shitty premise for an article

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        September 10, 2014 5:29 AM

        how about 10 things you can't buy with 350$?

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      September 10, 2014 5:30 AM

      I chuckled. Way too much rage in this thread.

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      September 10, 2014 12:05 PM

      For what it's worth, I enjoyed this article. It's not serious and light in tone, and I liked that.

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