September 20, 2014
by Kenny Yeo
Whether you like it or not, smartwatches are not going away – especially with debut of the Apple Watch. Sooner or later there is going to be a smartwatch that you will want to own and wear. You might even find them indispensable. Right now, smart watches, along with fitness activity trackers and other forms of wearable technology, are the hottest items in the world of technology.
Unfortunately, smartwatches have thus far proved to be limited in their uses. The Pebble is arguably the most popular smartwatch right now, but without a phone, it has little standalone functions. Plus, it has a decidedly basic and primitive E Ink display. Still, there are other alternatives such as Samsung’s Galaxy Gear 2, Galaxy Fit, and other Gear smartwatches. These have built-in pedometer and heart rate monitoring functions, but they are only compatible with select Samsung devices.
Enter the SpeedUp SmartWatch. Now, while it may not be the first iOS and Android compatible smart watch, SpeedUp claims that it is in fact the first iOS and Android compatible smart watch to boast a full color multi-touch LCD display. It was first seen earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain.
The multi-touch LCD is protected by tempered glass, measures 1.54-inches across, and has a display resolution of 240 x 240 pixels. Underneath, it is powered by a 1GHz single-core low-power CPU by Imagination Technologies. It features 4GB of internal storage, 512MB of RAM, and offers Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. It also runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, because of its full-color display and the fact that it runs Android OS, battery life does suffer somewhat and the SpeedUp SmartWatch has a claimed battery life of just under a day at 20 hours. Depending on your usage, the watch might or might not make it through a day.
In terms of functionality, the SpeedUp SmartWatch connects via Bluetooth 4.0 to your iOS or Android smartphone and can receive call, text, reminder, and email notifications. You can also access your contacts, check your calendar, control your music, and for those who are absent-minded, the SpeedUp SmartWatch even has a nifty “Find My Phone” function. Users can also customize the watch face to suit their moods.
Fortunately, unlike most other smart watches in the market right now, the SpeedUp SmartWatch does have a couple of useful standalone functions. It has an integrated pedometer, so it can keep track of the number of steps you have taken, distance covered, and calories burned. Furthermore, it can analyze the quality of your sleep too and show users how long they have slept and how much of it was “deep sleep”, for instance.
The SpeedUp SmartWatch also has a IP57 rating, which means it it dust resistant and slightly water resistant. IP57 specifically means being water resistant to a depth of just one meter, so we would advise against taking this swimming.
The watch is available now from SpeedUp and the best thing about it is that it only costs about $130, which, when you consider its features, makes it more bang for buck than just about any other smartwatch out there. speedup.co.id