- Display: 1.28-inch High-Reflective TFT Memory LCD
- Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0
- Sensors: 3-axis Accelerometer, Optical Heartrate, UV Light Level
- Port: External charging dock
- Touch Screen: Yes
- Weight: 50g
- Battery life
- Overall look and feel
- Occassional slow notifications
Get Fit With The VivoWatch
Smartwatches are starting to gain more traction in the market due to the convenience and features that come with them that syncs well with smartphones. A large majority of phone owners are probably using a smartphone, and smartwatches are made to pair together with smartphones to bring forth a whole new level of immersion into technology.
The ASUS VivoWatch finds itself in the middle as both a fitness band and a smartwatch, blending in a fine mix of both but also lacking in certain areas. Out of the box, the watch shows a nice mix of modern and classy, a square LCD screen with a silver bezel that catches the eye. The strap is plastic and although some may find it cheap, the plastic strap is still comfortable to wear and looks great together with the watch.
The LCD works great in many lighting conditions thanks to its HR-TFT display which uses a micro-reflective structure and high-contrast reflection technology, and because of this technology which sports low energy consumption together with Memory LCD that requires very little current for each pixel, which allows the VivoWatch to have “always-on” display without any sweeping images or ghosting.
To fully utilise its functions, the VivoWatch requires you to connect your smartphone to it via Bluetooth and sync both devices together. From there you can receive notifications ranging from calls, messages to emails and set fitness goals and alarms. Navigating through the different menus is as simple as swiping left and right to reach the desired screen and feature. The Heartrate sensor works fine and displayed values are pretty close with other heartrate sensors we tested with.
Notifications come in a tad slower than we hoped for and on certain occasions they don’t appear at all. It’s nothing too drastic that’d make us dislike it, but probably something that could be worked on. Another thing would be how notifications are handled, if there is a single message it would be displayed in full but if there are multiple messages it would just show a notification, would have preferred an option to scroll through the messages instead.
CHIP CONCLUDE: There are so many things jammed into this small device, it does everything it set out to do and possibly more. Although some things could be worked on, the ASUS VivoWatch is still a great smart wearable that’s worth diving into.
(previously published in issue December 2015)