Smart watches are becoming the “must” item to wear and the technology is sweeping forward despite the severe battery limitations, which have sadly not yet been resolved.
However a different approach has been championed by the Vector smart watch brand as in the case of the Luna model shown here. Sticking with limited functions and a monochrome display, no touch screen and conventional “watch” pushers, this model manages 30 days easily.
It also displays the Time permanently, so is a proper watch, a discreet Smart watch if you will and that’s a concept that appeals to me. I also love the fact it looks like a watch, behaves like a watch and doesn’t need charged every few days. The fact that within the top (the CEO no less) management of the company is ex Timex, explains much of the “this is a watch” concept and means a watch at 42 mm diameter by 11 mm depth should fit most wrists. A hardened mineral crystal and 50 metres Water Resistance also adds confidence on the model’s longevity.
Smart applications include Notifications from your Smart Phone, be it iPhone, Android or indeed Windows and such a choice is highly commendable in comparison to others. A few different alternative watch faces, calendar reminders, basic activity tracking and basic alarms and so on are available and can be customized to a certain extend by the Vector App which resides on your phone. In short it manages to provide you with features that you might actually use and not a silly mass of images and functionality that you a) don’t really need and b) drain your battery.
A refreshing change I’d say and shows us a Company with a clear vision of what they want from their product, unlike some, who throw in the kitchen sink regardless of practicality or battery usage concerns.
It’s also early days with Vector and I’m sure that subsequent versions will refine the functionality, features and display capability, hopefully without endangering the usability of the watch.
I like it.
Prices range from around £200 to £340, which seems to me to be pretty competitive – and there’s nothing to touch it out there for battery life – so Hey! it’s not a bad deal!
Note – As you will no doubt have figured out, I’ve not been a great advocate of the so called “Smart” watches and in particular at the stage these seems to be at. I’ve always been of the opinion that we the buyer are financing development costs for products that are still at the “work in progress” stage. However with the Vector some sense has prevailed and this is a watch which manages to give the wearer firstly a watch, then some sensible connectivity to most cell Phone systems with functions that we might actually use.
But as ever technology marches on and in the case of Smart technology the march has turned into a rush – so what next? Tomorrow, next week . . . . . Time will tell.