The official Geeks Geek, as his weekly column is titled, Avram Piltch has guided the editorial and production of Laptopmag.com since 2007. With his technical knowledge and passion for testing, Avram programmed several of LAPTOP's real-world benchmarks, including the LAPTOP Battery Test. He holds a master’s degree in English from NYU.
The Cookoo watch article is filled with little inaccuracies. There is no Android app (yet) but there is an iPhone app (not a dedicated iPad app). The notifications are also not really lights like the easy to see oil or gas lights in a car. They are more like icons that are either blinking or off, but they’re not lit up. You won’t notice them glowing on your wrist for example, you’d have to actually check your watch face to see what has come in. The advertised battery life of the button cell is 12 months, depending on how often you get notifications and whether you enable the motorized vibration, the audible beep, both or neither. As the makers of the Cookoo watch add functionality to their app and fix the connectivity issues that have been plaguing their customers, I can only imagine the battery life getting progressively worse. More notifications from things that are currently not supported (such as emails and SMS) will only drain the button cell quicker. Yes you don’t have to charge it every week or two, but you’ll have to buy and replace the battery every 6 months or so.
To be honest, I’ve been doing a lot of research on the whole Smartwatch/Watch Phone bit. And from what I’ve seen the spectrum is starting to fill…slowly…but surely. Currently I’m using the Sony Smartwatch, and so far, it hasn’t disappointed. It’s currently, and as far as I know, a Android-only smartwatch, using updates bluetoothed from your smart device to the watch. The Play Store has a large array of apps available for it; RSS Feed, Messaging (sending and receiving), Email (so far GMail is the only one I’m using, haven’t gotten the Yahoo setup to work through IMAP setting), Weather, Battery life of the device connected, Contacts, Facebook, and Twitter to name a few. The battery life on it isn’t like the LG Watch Phone which boasts over 200 hours, but gets a full day in, would love more settings for the actual watch itself (light dimming, timeout, etc.).
I’ve seen the list of watches available and coming out…from the I’m Watch, the Pebble, The LG Watch Phone, The Samsung Watch Phone, Martian, and all of the ones in between. Currently interested in the W/ME Band that tracks neuro to give you a mood ring/health diagnostic, as well as updates from social media and incoming messages. The list doesn’t seem like it’s going to slow down as tech shrinks, and becomes more organic (bendable, and possibly connected to our own tissue and sensory), the question is really what you want out of the watch. Do you really want to spend over $200, if the most you want is just a “Hey, you have a message”, or do you want all the social, news, weather updates and beyond?