Hot Watch promises to revolutionise wearable gear with its Hot Watch smart phone companion.
Using money donated from a Kickstarter campaign, PHTL was able to send the Hot Watch to its first backer in December of 2013. This wearable tech boasted that it could act as a phone, be worn in the shower, and communicate with Siri. While it was not nearly as perfect as the developers had promised, as a smartwatch it does have some good points.
How the Hot Watch looks
Hot Watch is available in four different styles, Basic, Edge, Classic, and the Curve. The Basic has very little in terms of aesthetics, but the other three are all stylish in their own subtle way. Each is black, with metal accents and black rubber band with faces that can be customised to suit your taste.
Only 8 mm thick, the 1.26 inch screen is designed with 144 x 168 pixels for sharp clarity, but only in black and white. It is covered with Gorilla Glass 3 which does not reflect the sun as promised, but the black display and LED illumination makes the text bold enough to be seen in practically any light. The only button on the smartwatch is well hidden and used to power the device on and off or activate the LED display.
On the band near the clasp you’ll find the microphone and speaker, which protrude out slightly from the watch for better sound quality when in use. The idea is to cup your hand over your ear to make a call or use the voice command, which puts the microphone close to your mouth while your hand bounces sound waves into your ear.
How Hot Watch works as a smartwatch
To activate the Hot Watch you first need to download its app from the app store and sync it to your mobile device with Bluetooth. It can be connected with Android, iOS and Windows 8.1 devices, but if you are running iOS 8 on your Apple device the app will not be compatible. This is problematic as almost three quarter of Apple products are using iOS 8.
You will need to practice with the wearable tech for some time before getting used to the way it works. Many of its functions are controlled by pre-programmed hand and arm gestures that you will have to memorise, even to make a call. Others rely on you tracing letters onto the touch screen, such as an ‘A’ if you want to be taken to the apps page. At times this may feel like more work than just pulling your smart phone out of your pocket.
Hot Watch battery life
Using the smartwatch moderately, you can expect a full day from the battery and uses a magnetic USB charger. You will need only an hour to get it fully charged, but be advised that the charger has a tendency to come undone if bumped.
Other features of the Hot Watch
You will get your notifications and alerts on the watch including those from your social media accounts when the Hot Watch is synced with your cell phone. You are also able to respond to emails, text messages and phone calls. Using voice command you can direct your phone to dial any of your contacts or compose text messages.
The Hot Watch does not work as smoothly as they promise, but this could improve over time. Not being compatible with the majority of Apple devices is also a serious flaw to consider.
You can order a Hot Watch through the hot smartwatch website which promises to have all pre-orders delivered in May of 2015. The Basic retails for $179.55 USD, the Edge and Classic at $208.55 and the Curve for $236.55, but beware that there have been reports of delays from other consumers in the shipment of their wearable gear from Hot Watch. Before investing in this one, research other smartwatches that are readily available to see if they will meet your needs without the worry of when it will arrive.
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