- Pros: GPS, 3G and Wi-Fi compatibility, two megapixel camera
- Cons: Customised Android system, keep an eye out for build quality issues
- Why should I buy it? It looks great and offers something a little different in this quite crowded section of the market.
Founded in Italy, Exetech has been producing smartwatches since 2012. Following on from the XS3, Exetech’s first model, comes the highly anticipated XS3+. You’d expect a company with Italian roots to produce a good-looking phone, and the smooth lines and interesting shape of the XS3+ certainly don’t disappoint on that front. It almost has a futuristic look to it - like something you might see in a Bond film - which is very cool indeed.
While Exetech products are generally well built, some users have reported a few problems with build quality over the years.
- Android Exceed. The Exetech XS3+ runs its own modified version of Android called Android Exceed. Matched with a new PCB board and designed to optimise the user interface and make navigation easier, and it’s a step up from the XS3. However, as always with customised operating systems, keep an eye out for bugs.
- Two megapixel camera. While this may not be as powerful as some other smartwatch cameras out there, for example the Neptune Pine’s five megapixel unit, its still a handy inclusion in a device that’s quite petite.
- GPS. In-built GPS capability allows you to use the Exetech XS3+ for navigation and to track exercise routines and routes.
- All the features of a smartphone. The XS3+ offers Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi and 3G connectivity and its own SIM card. This allows you to make and receive calls and texts all from your watch.
Ease of use
There’s very little information to be found online about the usability and day-to-day functionality of the Exetech XS3+. A micro SD card slot offers a wealth of expandable storage, which is great, and the XS3+ is comfortable to wear all day long.
However, a customised operating system is a cause for wariness among some smartwatch consumers, so make sure to test out a model before you buy.
The final Word
The Exetech XS3+ looks great and offers a host of useful features to effectively transport your smartphone from your pocket to your wrist. Exetech may not be the best-known brand in the smartwatch world, but the XS3+ is worth a look if you’re in the market for something just a little bit different.