Need more time? The Geak Smartwatch has up to 60 hours battery life.
GEAK, a subsidiary of the China based web company Shanda, entered the smartwatch arena in 2013 with mixed reviews. To date it has sold over 100,000 units and its upgrade, the GEAK 2, is expected to be released any day now. There were 40 companies that released some type of wearable gear in 2013, and with its watch, GEAK was able to corner 4.2% of it.
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How does the GEAK smartwatch look?
From a distance, the GEAK watch appears to be a metal finished watch face on a rubber band, but in the hand you see that the entire unit is made up of plastic. Its square faced design is not overly large on the wrist, but it does scream wearable tech gear once you get a look at it.
There are no color choices for the GEAK smartwatch. It is black on black and that is your only option. The screen could use some improvement, as the LCD images appear washed out on the small monitor. Had they upgraded to the AMOLED screen like what you see on Samsung wearable tech, the result would have been significantly better.
The touch screen on the watch face does not work well, especially when trying to use the tiny keyboard that pops up. This is an essential part of syncing the smartwatch to a WiFi network, but could easily become more of a hassle than it’s worth.
The GEAK watch as a smartwatch
Android 4.1 based, the GEAK watch connects to a smartphone using Bluetooth allowing SMS and call notifications. You can reply to messages with the voice dictation or try using the tiny keyboard again. Keep in mind that this first generation smartwatch from GEAK was geared only for the Chinese market, so its pre-loaded apps reflect that. Yet even there it failed at bringing basic message apps like WeChat on to the watch.
GEAK Watch battery life
Although GEAK claims at least 60 hours of battery life, users report more like 10 to 15 when you are using all of its functions. Using Bluetooth takes the most energy, but with just the WiFi turned on you will still get weather and pollution information as well as important news reports. In this mode you can get up to three days before needing to charge it using a USB connection plugged into the headphone port.
Special features of the GEAK watch
The first smartwatch issued by GEAK allows the user to remotely take pictures with their cell phone. The watch does not have a camera, but you can get a selfie by setting up the phone and then pressing a button on your watch. This is a feature unique to this wearable tech device.
There is also a pedometer on the watch that measures your steps for the day, but it also will measure steps when you are sitting down. A promised sleep tracker never made it to the watch, and instead was replaced on the face with a “coming soon” notice.
Where to buy the GEAK smartwatch
GEAK was never offered for sale outside of China, although you may come across one on ebay or other similar site. The trouble is, it may not be designed to connect with devices outside China. Buyers had to spend approximately $325 USD for a GEAK Watch, which is high considering the plastic casing and limited functions.
The company will be releasing the GEAK 2 shortly and continues to strive on making it available worldwide. For now they have partnered with Saibo Electronics to make the next generation available for consumers in Southeast Asia, but have not implemented a plan for sales in Australia or anywhere else in the world yet.