It may seem redundant, but there is a difference between smartwatches, or watches with intelligent functions. On the other hand, fear the super powerful Gear S3, with functions to make and receive calls, or even store data. On the other hand, we have a classic watch with a bracelet for fitness. Which one would you be?
As soon as the smartwatches hit the market, the biggest criticism of all was in relation to the design and, of course, the battery capacity. When I used my first smartwatch clock, in 2013, everything was new and the software still needed a lot of investment.
The Galaxy Gear was a big man, trying to emulate a smartphone with an on-board camera and, no doubt, was still far from being considered a watch with your visual boxy. Then, the LG tried to enter the game and released, without success, the G Watch, that looked more like a prototype that smartwatch clock.
However, according to JIBIN123, we had a larger number of smart watches coming to market, with a visual, I remember well one more classic watch, as the Bike 360 and the LG Watch Urbane, G Watch R and others, using the Google software to smartwatches, the Android Wear. Last year, however, Samsung managed to consolidate the series Gear with the Gear S2 and, this year, kept the excellence with the Gear S3. Both running with the South Korean manufacturer’s own software, the Citizen.
But can we say that these gadgets really fell into the graces of the public, to the point of becoming a trend? In Brazil, we can say that the price of these devices is still a great limiter. To give an idea, the Gear S2 Classic, from Samsung, costs 2,299 R$ .00, on official shop of the manufacturer. This causes many opt for a smartband like Xiaomi Mi Band, for example, costing R$95,00.
Watch with smart functions vs. smart Clock
During the classic event Show Stoppers, in IFA16, I had the chance to move in with intelligent functions watches Fossil and consecrated Withings, a company associated with Nokia. What caught my attention in relation to the products of these two companies was using smart bracelets or functions of trace to analog watches.
So, in one model, the Withings and Fossil leave aside two major disadvantages of smartwatches, the dubious and limited battery design. If we take the Steel HR the Withings as an example, we have a clock with an analog display, or classic, and a small screen showing the number of steps that the user gave in one day, as well as your heart rate; In addition, you can still view notifications and alerts.
This hybrid between smartwatch clock and analog clock works in conjunction with an application, with support for both Android as iOS. And of course, your great function is storing data of physical activities of anyone using the watch on his wrist.
Steel HR combines the best of both worlds: a beautiful design and at least 25 days of battery life. This watch has a rechargeable battery and, after 25 days, frequency monitoring is turned off and the watch goes into a power saving mode. With this, we have over 20 days of battery life that, despite that the user stop track heart rate, still allows you to keep a tab on their basic activities.
Fossil Q and the Steel HR come to market as conventional watches, but with smart embedded functions. Fossil Q has a suggested retail price of $195, and a battery able to last up to six months. Already the Steel HR of Withings, costs from $179.95.
In Brazil, the two companies still do not have a release date or availability of these devices; However, I think this product would have a greater acceptance among the people who pay to have a good watch and they don’t want to have to carry another device during the day.
Finally, I believe that the hybrids are the new trend among wearables. And you?