The processor giant Qualcomm has released their own smartwatch known as the “Qualcomm Toq” (pronounced: tock…as in tick tock) to compete against the others such as the Samsung Galaxy Gear and Pebble. They seem to have touched on features the others kind of lack (sort of) and bring a more feasible quick display for your wrist.
The design of the Toq was very well thought of, as it is comfortable, smaller, thinner and looks very nice on your wrist. It feels durable and maintains a low profile since Qualcomm was able to hide the battery in the clasp of the watch.
The Toq features a Mirasol display with 223ppi which makes it much easier to see in all lighting conditions. It also has a backlight in case you want it to be a little brighter (by double tapping above the screen), It supports touch like the Samsung Galaxy Gear does…and MOST of todays mobile devices (unlike the Pebble Smartwatch). The screen does suffer a small range of colors but this is due to them focusing on readability over “full color” (which you would normally move to your phone for anyway).
Like other smartwatches, it pairs via Bluetooth to your phone and (at the moment) only supports the Android OS (4.0 or higher). It doesn’t have a large list of apps or anything as it’s main focus is to be a quick window into what’s happening on your phone, so that it can stay in your pocket. It supports all of Android’s notifications, and can be customized on a per-app scenario.
It supports vibrations for alerting you of such notifications and will display text messages, emails and calendar events on the screen. It also offers music controls, stocks and weather.
The battery life is amazing, allowing it to last for days without a recharge thanks to the energy efficient Mirasol screen, and it comes with a wireless charger (as most new devices should).
What it doesn’t offer, is a microphone to make calls via and it has no speaker for the same reason.
The biggest drawback of this device is the price. We like to consider ourselves to be educated shoppers when it comes to pricing products out. In this case, it would be what you get for the price, which isn’t much. The watch weighs in at $349 which is quite high. It only supports Android phones, leaving iOS and Windows users dry. It can’t make calls or use Android’s voice command features and lacks bonus qualities like a camera (not that a camera rates high on the must have list for watches).
The screen and battery is really nice. The look and feel is really nice. Its ease of use is really nice. However, this feels more like a $100 watch, not $349. It needs more features and you should be able to interact with voice. If this was treated as an entry level device due to the lack of such features and priced at an even lower amount (like $50), then we would give it pretty high score. It just doesn’t offer much, and the competition costs less, which doesn’t make a lot of sense. So we have to give it a 5 out of 10. Maybe they will do better on the next model (that is, unless someone else beats them to the punch). For now, smartwatches continue to feel more like a prototype device with promise, but no delivery just yet.
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