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By Jay Bonggolto
Garmin Connect app adds pregnancy tracking capability and more
by Jay Bonggolto
Garmin announced today an update to its Connect app that allows users to keep track of their pregnancy using their smartwatch. The new feature lets users monitor pregnancy-related symptoms such as fatigue.
Users can turn on the capability by heading over to the User Settings on their Connect app and then opening Women’s Health > Cycle Type > Pregnancy. There's also an option to track on the wrist using the Pregnancy Tracking Connect IQ app.
The new feature also lets users monitor their progress on a weekly basis and adjust heart rate notifications in order to monitor that data in keeping with the doctor’s recommendations. Users can also change their hydration goal every day and pause updates on their training status if there's a noticeable decrease in status with increased heart rate and blood volume. The feature will also provide information on gestational age and baby size in comparison with common fruits and vegetables.
In addition, the new feature provides educational content informing users of proper exercise routines and nutritional goals. Users can also view weight recommendations as well as manually monitor their blood glucose levels. This is, of course, in addition to tracking typical health metrics like sleep, which will help assess the user's body changes each week, month, and trimester.
By Ather Fawaz
Google expects to complete Fitbit acquisition this year despite antitrust concerns
by Ather Fawaz
Last year in November, Google announced its plans to acquire Fitbit, one of the most popular wearable manufacturers in the world, for $2.1 billion. Historically, Google's Wear OS has struggled to take off. With the Fitbit-Google merger, the plan was to develop and improve the Wear OS ecosystem, potentially allowing Google to make its own wearable hardware in the future. For Fitbit, the merger feels like a necessity to stay relevant like in its early days, as its devices have been falling behind in terms of market share in recent years.
However, the Alphabet-owned company, and by extension, its acquisition hopes of Fitbit, have faced criticism and regulatory scrutiny in the U.S. and Europe for abusing antitrust laws. Earlier this month, the U.S. Department of Justice sued Google's parent company Alphabet for the same.
Notwithstanding the status quo, Alphabet CFO Ruth Porat said the company anticipates its bid for Fitbit will be completed this year. In an interview with Bloomberg, Porat said, “We do still expect we are going to receive the necessary regulatory approvals to hopefully complete the transaction before the end of this year. But the time frame may extend beyond that.”
Corroborating this, European lawmakers were also given a deadline extension to pass a verdict on the acquisition. While the new deadline is January 8, next year, approval may well be in sight now. How the deal pans out from here, remains to be seen.
By Rich Woods
Huawei Watch Fit review: An excellent watch for 2020
by Rich Woods
It's 2020. Depending on where you live in the world, you might be working from home, you might be stuck at home, and local gyms may be closed. One thing is for sure; you've been affected in some way by the COVID-19 pandemic, and if you're like me, you've gained some weight.
Being a technology journalist, one of the things that interests me is technology that can help people to get proactive about their health, especially now. That's why the Huawei Watch Fit caught my eye. I already appreciate Huawei's LiteOS smartwatches and how good they are with fitness tracking, but this device adds guided workouts.
With guided workouts, the device offers an array of workouts that vary in their degree of difficulty. Most importantly, you don't need for your gym to be open to do it, and you don't need any special equipment.
Body 46x30x10.7mm, 21g (without strap) Display 1.64 inches, 456x280, AMOLED Storage 4GB Sensors 6-axis IMU sensor (Accelerometer sensor, Gyroscope sensor)
Optical heart rate sensor
Ambient light sensor
Connectivity 2.4 GHz, BT 5.0, BLE, GPS
Water resistant 5ATM Battery life Up to 10 days Color Case: Black, Silver, Rose Gold
Strap: Graphite Black, Mint Green, Cantaloupe Orange, Sakura Pink Price £119.99
Design and display
I've actually heard the term 'Apple Watch clone' to describe this product, and it's a term that I hate. Personally, I hate calling any product a clone unless it's exactly that. Apple doesn't own rectangular smartwatches. This is more rectangular than an Apple Watch too, which is almost square.
It's also really light at 21g without the strap, although that's impossible to test since the strap isn't removable. That's one of the key differences between this device and the Honor Watch ES, which has interchangeable bands. It's also pretty thin at under 11mm, and it feels comfortable to wear. It's not bulky at all.
This is pretty significant. Plenty of watches bill themselves as being made for fitness. The only problem is that they're so big and bulky that wrist movement is restricted. That's not an issue here.
Unlike the Huawei Watch GT 2 Pro, there's no wireless charging here. You'll find two pins on the back that the charger will magnetically attach to. There's also a heart rate sensor on the bottom of the device.
You'll notice that there's just one button on the side, making operations nice and simple. It services as a home button or it can launch the app drawer. The rest of the UI can be worked through with swipe gestures.
One thing that you won't find, thankfully, is a speaker. My biggest criticism with the Watch GT 2 Pro is that there's a voice assistant that you simply can't shut off. Seriously, it made me want to try and physically damage the speaker because it's so bad. It's embarrassing when you're trying to start a workout and the watch shouts, "WORKOUT STARTED" to everyone around you (not to you, obviously, since you're wearing headphones). It also goes through a lengthy monolog after you'd walked or ran for a mile, telling you your pace, your heart rate, and so on.
Luckily, there's no speaker on this device, so that's not an issue. I probably shouldn't be so grateful for the lack of a feature which stops a really annoying feature from happening, because Huawei should just allow you to turn off that annoying voice.
The screen is 1.64 inches, and it's 456x280, which gives it a 326ppi pixel density. That is what Apple defines as Retina, meaning that there's no visible pixellation at an average viewing distance. Like most smartwatches, the screen is AMOLED, so you get the kind of true blacks where you can't really tell where the screen ends and the bezels begin.
LiteOS, battery life, and guided workouts
The Huawei Watch Fit runs LiteOS, the same that the company has been using since the first Watch GT. One of the key features has been great battery life, with all devices from the GT series promising around 14 days of juice. With the Watch Fit, Huawei is promising up to 10 days, or seven days with heavy use.
I found this to be spot on, because I got around a week and I think I use it heavily enough. I usually track at least one exercise a day, and it uses GPS. On a side note, there's no GPS in the Honor variant of this device, so that's another difference. But whether it's a week or 10 days, that's a ton of battery life. It's the kind of battery life where you don't have to think about it, and that changes the way you use the device.
Screenshots are from Watch GT 2 Pro testing.
Huawei Health is great for fitness tracking. For example, sleep tracking actually provides insights into what parts of your sleep are lacking and how you can improve it. It also has an automatic stress monitor and stuff like that. Some other companies charge a premium for features like these.
But what I really want to get into are the guided, animated workouts. When Huawei briefed me on this product and the Watch GT 2 Pro, I asked if the features of the Watch Fit were a subset of the Watch GT 2 Pro. They're not, because the Watch Fit is the only one that has these animated workouts.
There are a total of 12 fitness courses, which are color-coded by difficulty. Blue is level one, green is level two, yellow is level three, and red is level four. Level one exercises are mostly stretches like 'Neck & shoulder relaxation'. The level two workouts are pretty easy too, but if you're out of shape like I was, they can still leave you sore for a few days. These include a six-minute workout called 'Exercise at work', a 14-minute workout called 'Burn fat fast', and more. At level three, you can get into 'Ab ribber' and 'Leg workout'. The only level four workout is 'Advanced chest workout', and I didn't make it to that level.
This is something that matters in a meaningful way. We live in a time when many of us have been stuck at home for six months. Personally, gyms nearby have reopened, but the gym at my apartment complex still hasn't. I've been taking walks around the complex, but that's not enough. The Huawei Watch Fit provides a way to stay healthy without having to leave the house, and without needing special equipment.
That thing about special equipment is important too. I don't want to shell out hundreds of dollars for a treadmill or an exercise bike when my apartment complex gym could open any day. I don't want to spend money on a gym membership either. The Watch Fit probably wasn't designed for a pandemic, but it can make a meaningful improvement in my life under the circumstances.
I do have one big complaint about the software. You need to do a factory reset of the device to pair it with another smartphone, something that's not necessary with other LiteOS devices that I've used. This actually threw a bit of a wrench in my review plans, as I was expecting that to work. When I switched from the Huawei device that I was first testing this with to the Google Pixel 5 that I'm reviewing now, I lost my data.
I almost hate to say this because I love so many smartwatches, particularly the Watch GT 2 Pro, but this might actually be my favorite smartwatch, and the fact that it costs £119.99 makes that even more remarkable. As far as functionality goes, there's not much that the Watch GT 2 Pro can do that this can't. It's more about style.
Now the Watch Fit, on the other hand, has a feature that I absolutely do care about and isn't on Huawei's regular smartwatches, and that's the guided workouts. This feature can really help you to stay healthy in a tough time like the one we're in.
Just two cons. One is that you can't swap out the strap, and the other is that you have to reset it in order to pair it with a different phone.
But other than guided workouts, this thing is still awesome. It gets up to 10 days of battery life, something that's unheard of from anything that's not made by Huawei. And Huawei Health is really great for fitness tracking.
If you want to pick one up, you can find it on Amazon UK here. There's a listing on Amazon.com, but it's currently unavailable.
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Honor Watch ES review: An affordable way to get into fitness
by João Carrasqueira
I only recently started getting interested in smartwatches, but Honor left a pretty good impression on me with the Honor Watch GS Pro, which offers a lot of fitness and wellbeing features along with stellar battery life. The Honor Watch ES is a different kind of beast, though, and it's more so aimed at people with less of an adventurous spirit, and those who are just starting to get into fitness.
It's a much more affordable smartwatch, and that means it cuts back on a lot of the capabilities the GS Pro had. But it's meant for a different audience, and it's a much more affordable way to get started with exercising and health tracking.
Body 46×30×10.7mm, 21g (without the strap) Strap Black silicone strap Display 1.65-inch AMOLED, 456x280 Sensors Accelerometer Optical heart rate sensor SpO2 sensor Battery life Up to 10 days Water resistance 5ATM Storage 4GB OS LiteOS Price €99.90/£99.99 Honor doesn't provide a ton of information about the technical specifications of the Honor Watch ES. Neither the chipset, storage, or RAM are mentioned in the product page, and though I asked about RAM, I was told that information wasn't available. That's okay, though, because this really isn't meant to be a smartphone on your wrist. It's a purely fitness-oriented device.
Design and display
The Honor Watch ES is a pretty sleek and stylish-looking smartwatch. It has a vertical display, and that helps it be a little less noticeable when I move my wrist, which is nice. The casing is all black, and while the rear uses pretty cheap-feeling plastic, the frame is quite solid, so it feels premium enough. It's definitely a more subdued design than the GS Pro, and it's much easier to fit into a regular lifestyle compared to that.
It's also very light, weighing just 21 grams, so it really doesn't feel like it's getting in the way. However, the strap on the Honor Watch GS Pro felt fantastic, with an incredibly soft touch rubber and lets of strap holes that helped it feel less constricted. This strap isn't bad, but it doesn't feel quite as nice. However, it is replaceable since it uses a standard 24mm fitting.
The design is very simple and there isn't a ton going on on the outside of this watch. On the right side of the casing, there's a single button, which serves as the home button. There's also what appears to be a microphone hole, though you can't take calls on this watch, because there's no speaker whatsoever. This does seem like a significant feature to cut in my opinion, as taking calls from my watch is one of the features I tend to use fairly often. You'll still feel the watch buzz when you get calls, though, and you can reject them from the watch, just not answer them.
The left side of the casing is completely clean, so there's no extra buttons or anything here.
Naturally, the back has the sensor module, with the heart rate and SpO2 sensors exactly where you'd expect to find them.
Of course, the front is where you'll find the vertical 1.65-inch display, and it's not bad at all. Like most smartwatches, it's AMOLED, so blacks are truly black, and colors look very vivid. It's not the most pixel-dense display out there, but it looks fine, and while a lot of the UI elements are easily recognizable from round watches like the GS Pro, it's all adapted pretty well for this vertical form factor. That includes my favorite watch face, called Clear, which displays a ton of different information at once.
For those interested in that kind of thing, there is an always-on display here, and enabling it gets you the usual warning - it will disable the raise-to-wake gesture, and it will cut battery life in half. I don't really care about this feature, but for those that do, it's here, and it includes watch faces with color, which is nice. It is unfortunate that the raise-to-wake gesture has to be disabled, though.
Software and battery life
Just like other Huawei and Honor watches, the Honor Watch ES runs Huawei's LiteOS, which lets it get away with very small amounts of RAM while giving it amazing battery life. Of course, that means you don't get a lot of the "smarts" from other platforms, especially Wear OS, which is a big downside for me. You can't install any apps or anything here, and this model doesn't include local music storage, despite having 4GB of memory. It can control music playback from your phone, though, which is all I need.
In terms of standard smartwatch features, LiteOS offers the basics. You can get notifications, and you can opt into notifications for individual apps using the Huawei Health app on your phone. I'm not a fan of the way it works, though, because you only get to see notifications, you can't interact with them in any way. Like I said before, you also get a buzz for calls and you can reject, but not take, the call from the watch.
Honor and Huawei watches do include a bunch of fitness and health features, though, and most of them are still here. You get 24/7 heart rate monitoring, which enables even more features like sleep tracking and stress monitoring. There's also an SpO2 monitor to check your blood oxygen, and Honor also touts female cycle tracking, but as you can probably guess, I didn't get to test that.
Because it's such a simple operating system, LiteOS does offer fantastic battery life, as I mentioned on my review of the Honor Watch GS Pro. Now, the Honor Watch ES is much smaller and thinner, so the battery maxes out at just 10 days according to Honor. In my experience, it's lasted me about five days before I need to charge it again, and I think that's still amazing. I've said before that I'm fine with charging smartwatches every day, so anything that goes beyond that is fantastic.
Fitness and health tracking
What it does do is track over 95 types of exercise, including support for automatic detection of six types of it. There's a little less that it can do compared to more expensive smartwatches like the Honor Watch GS Pro, and that's because a lot of sensors aren't here, like GPS, barometer, or altimeter. The lack of GPS doesn't mean you can't track your outdoors workouts; like the OPPO Watch I reviewed earlier, it can obtain GPS data from your phone if you have it with you.
I have a major problem with this, though, because the watch lets you start tracking outdoor walking and running, but it won't actually grab GPS data from your phone if you do that. For it to track your movement, you need to begin the workout using the Huawei Health app on your phone, which will then tell your watch to monitor your activity. What's even weirder is that the watch doesn't give you the option to begin tracking outdoor cycling - only running and walking - even though it does include an option for indoor cycling. But if you use the smartphone app, you can track your cycling outdoors. It just confuses me why some options show up on the watch and some don't, and the ones that do show up still don't track your movement anyway. Why even offer any of the outdoor options on the watch if it can't grab the GPS data from your phone automatically?
Either way, once you get used to starting these workouts with your phone, tracking works as expected. In some ways, it's actually better than my experience with the GS Pro , since my exercise is at least being labeled correctly by the Huawei Health app. On the watch, though, it constantly says the workout intensity is at the max level, no matter what my heart rate is.
The Honor Watch ES does have a very interesting feature, though, and that's the workout routines. Similar to how the Honor Watch GS Pro has different running courses with instructions on what to do, the Honor Watch ES offers courses with various types of workouts, which focus on different parts of your body. There are 12 courses in total, spanning four intensity levels, and each lasting between three and 18 minutes.
These workouts tell you which exercises to do and for how long, along with animated guidance showing you how each exercise should be done. I'm still relatively new to fitness, but in my experience, these workouts can get pretty intense, and they definitely feel like a good place to start if you're looking to get fit. I focused mostly on level 1 and 2 routines, and I tried to string two or three courses together to make a longer session, and I always ended up very tired by the end of it.
For my indoor workouts, I'm mostly used to working with Nintendo's Ring Fit Adventure on the Nintendo Switch, and this is very different. Ring Fit Adventure is better for me in a few ways, because it doesn't just tell me what to do, it strongly encourages me to do it. It won't accept that I've done a rep of a certain exercise until I've actually done it, and I also have to hold that position for a few seconds. I like that better because it lets me do things at my own pace, while also ensuring that I actually do them. On this watch, a lot of the exercises are timed, and for those that aren't, they still count the reps automatically assuming you're following the exact timing of the animated guide. That means it's easy for you to stop moving and just let it keep counting, and that means that, for me, there's a little less incentive to try harder.
Another small problem I have with this feature is that there's not enough feedback on what you're doing. For example, the watch will vibrate when it counts down before you start an exercise, so you know when to begin, but it doesn't vibrate when the timer ends. Usually, this isn't a big problem, because it starts vibrating again when it counts down for the next exercise, but for routines that include breaks, that means you might continue doing an exercise during the break because the only way to know the break has started is to look at the watch.
Another thing to note is that these workouts don't get registered in your Huawei Health app for some reason. Don't let those gripes make you think this is a bad feature, though. It's still a pretty good way to get started with exercise, and with enough motivation, I feel like it can help tremendously with getting in shape.
Aside from these features, the usual health features from Huawei are still here. I'm a big fan of how the Huawei Health app presents data and how much information it gives you. It gives you pretty deep insight into your sleeping habits, for example, so if you want to, you can really make an effort to sleep better. That doesn't mean I do that, though, as you can see in the screenshots below.
Likewise, the watch also tracks your stress levels and presents that data in the app. One thing that's cool about this is that I didn't have to bother setting it up again after I did it with the Honor Watch GS Pro. The app initially asks you a few questions to determine your regular stress levels, but once you do it for one watch, it's all set for future devices, and I'm glad I don't have to go through it again.
Overall, the Honor Watch ES is great at what it sets out to do. It's an affordable smartwatch that gives you all the features you need to get started with fitness, including guided workouts, which is a great feature for people like me who aren't used to exercising. I did have some gripes with the way they work, but they don't make it a bad experience, and it's still a great way to get started if you have the motivation to keep going.
The design of the watch also makes it very suitable for anyone to wear, just because of how small it is. It's designed for the "modern" lifestyle, and I think it does that well. You can wear this to the office or anywhere you go, and it won't stick out. Plus, some of the guided workouts make it easy to get some exercise in throughout the day so you can stay active.
Personally, I'm a bigger fan of smartwatches with more smarts, like those that run Wear OS (and yes, I know I'm likely the exception here), but for its target audience, the Honor Watch ES is great. Plus, it offers battery life that's leagues better than most Wear OS smartwatches.
If you're interested, you can buy the Honor Watch ES in the UK for £99.99, or in select European markets, such as Germany, for €99.90.
By Namerah S
nubia Watch review: One step forward, two steps backward
by Namerah Saud Fatmi
nubia delved into the wearable market with the debut of the nubia Alpha at MWC 2019. It was the first time the concept of a smartwatch featuring a foldable display was brought to reality. But of course, as is the case for every first-gen device, the Alpha was not perfect. While the idea was great, the execution was poor, with lots of space for improvement.
Now, the second generation of the Alpha is here, and it is called - rather unimaginatively so - the nubia Watch. A key difference between the two products is that while the former device was touted as a ‘wearable smartphone’, the latter is actually meant to be a smartwatch. In line with this, the nubia Watch doesn’t have some of the features that its predecessor did, such as a camera.
Initially launched in China towards the end of July, the global version of the nubia Watch was announced last month with the launch of a Kickstarter campaign. nubia has since achieved well over its targeted goal and is on track to start shipping the device internationally next month. This review will look at the global version, which has one major difference as compared to the Chinese release: no eSIM support.
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 Display 4.01 inches, 192x960, AMOLED, Schott glass Body 41.5mm x 14.2mm x 125mm Weight 98g Storage 8GB RAM 1GB Battery 425mAh Water Resistance IP54 Material Aluminium alloy and stainless steel Price $399
Design and Display
Right off the bat, it is very noticeable that the nubia Watch has slimmed down quite a bit compared to its predecessor, the Alpha. Overall, the chunky heaviness has gone down and it has much thinner bezels now. The Watch also looks much more refined thanks to the aluminium alloy which comes in a choice of two matte shades, Midnight Black and Army Green. It comes with plain black silicon straps out the box but leather ones can be bought separately.
Moving on to the main attraction of the wearable device, the nubia Watch sports a foldable 4.01-inch AMOLED display. The plasticky protective layer is no longer there, giving a more premium feel. While the display is beautiful, it isn't bright enough in the sun and reflects a lot of light. Owing to the large screen size, the smartwatch is prone to accidental touches occasionally. On the right side, there is a power button - the one and only physical button on the device. Meanwhile, the back of the Watch features a microphone, the charging pins and a heart rate sensor.
Perhaps the biggest design issue that I encountered was the power button’s functionality. While pressing it can unlock the watch, it cannot lock it. I found this far more annoying than one would expect, as the only other option iss to use a pinch gesture on the screen, which is not always comfortable. What made matters worse was that the display would constantly turn on by itself due to the inaccuracy of the raise to wake gesture. Eventually, I turned off the feature altogether just to avoid having to lock the screen.
Another drawback was the lack of a speaker on the smartwatch. Although the nubia Watch has a music player and can pick up and answer calls, these options are rendered useless without a Bluetooth headset. I could not even hear calls through my phone's speaker or any other compatible Bluetooth device while the Watch was connected to it. This included my wireless earphones and a JBL speaker.
Just like the Alpha, the Watch also uses the custom nubia Wear OS designed for the gorgeous form factor. Overall, the UI is user-friendly and runs smoothly for the most part. Compared to the previous model, the OS has improved and does not have as many glitches. Features of the smartwatch include a calendar, several health and fitness modes, a clock, a music player, a heart rate monitor, a sleep tracking feature, and the ability to make and answer calls.
The Kickstarter page for the nubia Watch claims that the device can view and answer emails and messages from social media apps such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Line. Unfortunately, none of these features worked for me. I could not even view, let alone reply to, a single SMS received on my phone. I did not get push notifications for any of these things either. There were some other problems as well, such as the calendar app would not always view my scheduled plans.
When it comes to customizable themes, the smartwatch has plenty of options to offer. The Watch has many skins to choose from, ranging from professional-looking watch faces to more colourful, fun looks. Users can also opt to create custom watch faces using images. These watch faces can be created on the mobile app which is compatible with Android as well as iOS.
Apart from fitness and health, the other features - or rather, the lack of features - of the smartwatch kept leading me to the same question: Why? Sure, the device looks spectacular, but its actual functionality is pretty limited. After last year's release, I was really hoping that nubia would take advantage of the brilliant new form factor. While the company did make improvements to the product, it cut back on too many features.
The decision to scrap a camera for the second-generation of the flexible device makes sense, as nubia was trying to focus on creating a true-blue smartwatch. But then taking a speaker out of the equation is mind-boggling. The nubia Watch does not even have an image gallery or an alarm that rings out loud. Instead, it is full of gimmicks such as the scrolling marquee feature and pretty dynamic themes. Considering the retail price and potential of the device, I was hoping that I would be able to do a lot more with it.
Battery life and performance
Rather disappointingly, nubia decided to stick with the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 for the second-gen Watch as well. Seeing as how several generations of the Snapdragon Wear SoC line are already out, this move is puzzling. Not only is the Wear 2100 more than 4 years old, but it has also already been succeeded by the Snapdragon Wear 2500, 3100, 4100 and 4100+ chipsets for smartwatches in that order. Factoring in a smaller 425mAh battery and the same RAM and internal storage specifications as last year's model, it just doesn't make sense.
nubia claims that the Watch's battery will last users up to seven days in power saving mode and 36 hours when used normally 'between charges'. I put this to the test by fully charging the wearable device and using it as I would normally, raising my hand frequently to check the time. Additionally, I also left the Bluetooth, WiFi and GPS on. This lasted me a little over 36 hours, which was a pleasant surprise.
Once my test was complete, I realized that one of the hardest parts about using the Watch was charging it once drained. Despite the official 85-minute charge time detailed by nubia, it took me a little over two hours to fully charge up the smartwatch. Considering the smaller 425mAh battery, I was pretty disappointed.
As I mentioned earlier, there were performance issues as well. I did not receive push notifications for anything other than phone calls. Answering calls was a major issue as no compatible device could play the call audio, even though the music player worked perfectly fine. The raise to wake gesture was pretty terrible, triggering the Watch's display to turn on at random moments throughout the day. And lastly, the calendar app seemed to have a mind of its own, displaying my phone's scheduled events one second and appearing completely blank the next.
For the Alpha, nubia released a companion application called Nubia Wear to help users set up and manage their devices. This app was full of bugs and made it incredibly difficult for users to execute the simplest of tasks such as syncing contacts. For the new nubia Watch, the Chinese electronics company developed a second app without fixing the previous one. In fact, the old Nubia Wear companion application has not been updated since April 2019. This stands as a testament to the quality of support provided by nubia in the long run.
Overall, the nubia Watch is a device best described as an innovative and fun piece of technology held back by software limitations. Aside from trimming down the bulky edges and improving the design, I was hoping that nubia would also take advantage of the unique form factor. The large flexible AMOLED display offers an intriguing premise that the OS fails to take advantage of.
Other than the foldable screen, the Watch has very few features that make it any different from other wearables in the market. On the contrary, there are countless other smartwatches out there with smaller screens that clean up much nicer, offer more functionality and cost a whole lot cheaper, like the OPPO Watch.
So the question that I, as the user, kept coming back to was "why?". Why would someone go out of their way to purchase a $399 smartwatch that cannot even view or answer messages? Sure it has a heart rate sensor and a decent number of fitness modes, but it lacks some very basic features like a speaker and proper push notifications. At least the presence of a camera would have helped build a case for the device, but unfortunately, the maker decided against it.
I had a lot of hopes for the nubia Watch, and it could have been all those things I imagined. As a fashion accessory, it serves as the perfect flex. Personally, I love how it looks and the screen is beautiful. But the software and functionality need a lot of improvement. Another problem is the price, at $399 this thing is far too expensive. Improve the usability, add more features and decrease the price and then the smartwatch could actually stand its ground.