The Smartwatch market is waiting with bated breath to see if Apple’s new number can help jump-start an industry that has been idling along rather more slowly than many manufacturers would like. There could be any number of reasons why people haven’t put this down as the next must-have gadget – conflicting style, bulky designs, the fact that nobody’s sure whether respect or revulsion will be afforded to them if they’re caught out in public with a miniature Smartphone on their arm. Or it could be the expense – for what a Smartwatch gives you is it really worth splashing the cash?
Hannspree wants to find out the answer to that question and has released its Smart Sports Watch for the low, low price of just £29.99. It’s inspired in no small part by the Misfit Flash, with a minimalist look that’s predictably devoid of bells and whistles but also comes across as quite unassuming, which should help you test the water. Inside the little disc that fits into the rubberised strap is a range of technology that’s actually pretty impressive considering the current “budget” market for this sort of accessory. There’s exercise tracking with a Pedometer and distance calculator of course, which also tells you roughly how many calories you’ve burned, sleep monitoring, plus call and message notification, an alarm clock and a decent battery that’ll last 5-8 days.
The 0.68” OLED display, while basic and monochrome, seems to offer just enough clarity to tell the time and work out what notifications you have pending, and reminders set on your phone can also be transferred to the watch via Bluetooth to give you an audible or vibrate alert. It can store 20 days worth of data before it needs to be synced, which should be plenty, and it’s also quoted as splashproof, which usually means you’re fine for rain and washing your hands, are taking your chances in a shower and probably shouldn’t use it in the bath or while swimming.
If you were to be totally accurate about this device it’s more of a cross between a smartwatch and a fitness tracker, but with notifications and alerts from a phone at least provides some of the more basic advantages that are supposed to form the appeal of the more fully featured models, and as such should be a nice compromise between the two.
Available in either black or blue and supplied with an optional necklace band if for some reason you don’t want it on the wrist, “soon” is the most accurate release date we can find for the Sports Watch touching down in the UK.
Visit Hannspree to find out more.