Coin - Launched in November of 2013, Coin was ahead of their time – and themselves, apparently, because they're now a full year behind their original projected date. The good news is, just yesterday Brian got word that his Coin shipped! We can't wait to give it a try like these guys did with a beta version. While some pre-orders are currently shipping, new orders are pre-orders only for $100.
Plastc - While waiting patiently for Coin last year, Plastc came onto the scene in 2014. This digital card is Lindsay's favorite, with the touch e-ink display. We shook hands with these guys at CES in Las Vegas, and noticed the CEO Marc was carrying his business cards in a Wally Sleeve. We had a moment. Claiming to ship in "Summer 2015" (which in Charleston it feels summer is already upon us), you can pre-order one for $155 or take $20 off here.
"I will utilize Apple Pay because it’s simple and easy, but there are so many use cases in our world where I’m still going to need a physical card. There are so many things that point-of-sale machines just aren’t ready for yet." – Ryan Marquis, Plastc COO
Stratos - In the meantime, in March 2015 newcomer Stratos appeared on the scene AND started shipping the next month. Its included annual upgrades and the unique tap-to-interact are what differentiate this card from the rest. It's first come first served, with a "membership" cost of $95. We loved reading this hands-on with Stratos, and writer David sums up his experience well:
"There are a thousand upsides to a card like Stratos, even beyond finally ditching your gigantic George Costanza wallet. The story’s much bigger than slimming your wallet: It’s about making paying for things easier, more efficient, and more customer-friendly. Even if it does confuse a few bartenders in the process." –David Pierce, Wired