The Fallout 4 Pip Boy edition: My smartwatch is better than yours

Having been announced earlier in the year, the Pip Boy edition of Fallout 4 gives you your very own replica of the games infamous wearable to enhance your own in-game experience. Coupled with the cross-platform mobile app for Windows Phone, Android and iPhone, you're about as close as you'll ever get to the real deal.

And it just looks bad ass.

Here's what you get inside the elaborate box.

  • Pip Boy 3000 wearable with display stand
  • Fallout 4 collectors edition steel case game
  • Download code for Fallout 3
  • A bunch of foam inserts for different phones
  • Pip Boy instruction manual
  • Fallout 4 perks chart poster

So what does all that look like? The gallery below has you covered on that front.

There have been some that have passed off the Pip Boy as nothing more than a smartphone case. I'm not honestly sure what else it was ever really going to be, but yes, it does house your smartphone. So long as it's around the 5-inch mark. That in itself is pretty limiting to, well, Android phone owners, perhaps less so on Windows Phone.

There are pre-cut foam inserts for the various iPhones (not the 6 Plus) and the recent Galaxy phones from Samsung. That makes sense, since if you're doing something like this you'd target the mass majority. There is also one you can "cut to fit" but it's not giving you much foam to work with. I haven't tried yet, but I'll figure out some way of jamming a phone in there.

But yes, it's a very large, very wearable smartphone case. And with a phone inside becomes the biggest, baddest smartwatch around. Though I probably wouldn't recommend going outside with it on. It's a lot bigger than I imagined. But it's very comfortable. It opens up down the middle to strap your arm in, though you will need to put the phone in first since both it and your arm are linked by the main clasp.

I'm not going to 'review' it, because that would honestly be besides the point. It's a bit of fun. It's a great add-on to have in a collectors edition of such a high profile game. The version I picked up also came with a Vault 111 T-shirt and a Vault Boy bobblehead, so I'm pretty comfortable with how much I got for the outlay.

Now, it's time to strap in and go forth into the wasteland.

Richard Devine
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