Abardeen works with the Abba Cho Brand in China to bring a number of useful smartwatches to the market.
Abba Cho is an established technological company based in China that has developed smartwatch technology that is interchangeable to suit a number of markets. Abardeen is their grown-up subsidiary, taking that technology and turning it into a smartwatch that an adult would be proud to wear.
Abba Cho has a number of child-like smartwatches and other wearables in their line of products that have specific programming for specific purposes. For example, some will help control obesity by tracking a child’s physical activities, while others are equipped with software to help find them if they get lost. Visually appealing, using bright colours and fun designs, it is easy to see why children love to wear them.
Known as the children’s guardian benchmark watch series, this line of child specific smartwatches is seen as some of China’s most innovative equipment.
Other wearables from Abba Cho include necklaces that emit music when connected to another mobile device with a playlist. There is a set of wireless speakers that can also be used for those who want to amplify the sound. Their focus is on practical wearables that have elements useful in child care, elderly health solutions, and sports data visualisation.
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The Abardeen F80
Abardeen is a subsidiary of Abba Cho, developing smartwatch products for the fashion conscious adult. Bright colors and kid-friendly features are stripped away, to add elements that adults crave. The Abardeen F80 is a stand-alone wrist phone like many of the Abba Cho smartwatches. With a SIM card inserted, there is no need for connectivity to your mobile phone. Loaded with many of the features that your mobile phone has, this smartwatch could be a viable replacement.
Look-wise, the Abardeen smartphone resembles the now discontinued Motorola Motoactv, but looks is where the similarity ends. It is not at all discreet with an oversized square face and thick rubber band. The phone – watch does pop easily off of the band if you just want to use it as a handheld device, or attach it to something else. This feature makes it more practical to use as a phone than other similar wearable gear, where you have to place your wrist to your face in order to talk.Back to top
What are the features of the Abardeen F80 smartwatch?
- Android 4.2.2. Don’t confuse this with the Android system currently running Android Wear. This is a custom system that has been slightly modified for the Chinese market. You will find that some of the same Google apps are present.
- Touch screen. The watch face uses 240x240 pixel on a 1.54 inch display, and the images have a good contrast. A color glitch of white on white will occur occasionally, but that is a software issue and unrelated to the quality of the screen. Scratch resistant corning glass is used to cover the face and protect it from dust and water.
- Built in microphone. Record your own voice memos on your Abardeen watch.
- Built in speaker. The sound quality is fair for such a small device. Removing the wrist phone from the band and holding it to talk will improve the sound quality slightly.
- FM receiver. You will need to use the wired headset as an antennae to listen to music from the receiver.
- 5MP camera. The camera comes with autofocus and macro up to 5 cm, but will eat up the battery capacity quickly. It also works as a video camera, recording 20 frames per second.
- 1GB RAM.
- 8GB NAND.
- Rechargeable 550mAh built in battery.
- MT6572 1.2GHz Cortex A7 dual – core.
- Micro USB port.
- Micro SIM card slot.
- 3.5 mm headset jack.
- Light sensor.
For anyone outside of China, the major flaw is the Android operating system, which has been modified. This is definitely not Android Wear, and there are no pre-installed apps. Apps can be installed, and these will then be grouped into pre-programmed categories that you are not able to modify. Some of the apps will crash, or even cause the entire device to crash, necessitating you removing them from the system and starting from the beginning.
Reception for the mobile phone is troublesome, as the antennae is in the phone screen and can be blocked by your head as you try and talk on the device. You will also need to be wary of touching the screen while talking, as you can inadvertently end the call. There is also no vibrating sensation to alert you to an incoming call. If you are not looking at the watch when a call comes in, chances are you will miss it.
While Abba Cho and their subsidiary Abardeen are producing high tech wearables, it is important to remember that many of these are region specific. Compatibility will not always be the same with the smartphones and mobile devices that we are used to syncing with. Even as stand-alone smartwatches, you are likely going to notice differences in the way the smartwatch works in comparison to what it claims to be capable of. They are on the right path, and if can continue in this way should be able to make it in our mainstream smartwatch market.