Watches, Wearables, Worth it?

Posted by: Mo
Category: Technology, Wearable

Here’s a quick post from mpro5 founder Barrie Whipp. The original post is here. To read more from Barrie you can find his own blog on mobile, cloud and tech here. Image: Samsung.

Watches, Wearables, Worth it?

I am a big fan of my Galaxy S3 Frontier Watch. I can replicate expensive watch faces, change straps and get notifications from a number of key apps……what’s the temperature?, email, SMS. I can also tell (roughly) my heart rate, and be told that I have reached a step target. One really cool thing is that I can get my mpro5 job notifications on my watch (nice).

All useful – BUT there’s a BUT.

As a watch, I want to wear the watch all day. I have a very nice charging dock (Thanks Samsung) but if I forget to put the watch on charge, or if I don’t put it exactly on the dock then, well the next day I am not going to have much charge in the afternoon and have to go into power saving mode. That’s the end of notifications for me. A significant factor is that the watch doesn’t charge directly from a cable (so a clunky power pack with proprietary charger is my only option).

It has to be noted that one presumes that a Samsung watch runs on Android. It doesn’t. Tizen is Samsung’s hybrid watch OS. I don’t have a massive problem with that but it does mean that not all apps are compatible and writing Tizen code is (according to our Head of Development) not “straightforward”

If we look at a wearable as a notification device, my S3 is probably overkill. A lighter device (Fitbit?) could do the “there’s a job that needs doing” notification and, let’s face it the Galaxy watch is not particularly cheap. I am told that the new Galaxy Watch 2 has a better battery life.

Finally, my dream watch is a Longines Moon Phase. I actually have this face on an app on my Galaxy Watch – it cost £4.99 on the app store…..

Barrie Whipp

Founder, mpro5