Recently I’ve had the chance to review the MetaWatch Frame. The MetaWatch Frame is $200 Smartwatch that is compatible with both Android and iOS. Sorry Windows Phone and Blackberry users, no luck for you here. It doesn’t exactly do what the Samsung Gear can do, but the battery life is amazing since it’s an e-ink display. On average, I obtained a week of battery life on one charge, pretty good if you ask me.
However, for the extra $100, would you go for the Samsung Galaxy Gear? It all depends on what you are looking for in a smartwatch. The MetaWatch Frame is an e-ink display so you’re not going to get a beautiful colour display like on the Samsung Galaxy Gear. You aren’t going to get any in device functionality like responding to texts or answering calls. What you are going to get is a notification alert watch, that will alert you of your device’s app notifications from Facebook, Twitter, FourSquare, BBM, and basically any app that provides device notifications. It will also tell you the weather, sport scores, stocks, and your upcoming events. Of course, it will also inform you of incoming calls with a vibration in the watch. I personally absolutely love this feature. You can also control the music playing on your device, something I found quite useful.
Regarding water resistance, the Frame has a 3 ATM water resistance which means it’s ok to shower in. It’s just rain proof and splash proof. I repeat, you cannot shower with it. The MetaWatch Frame operates on Bluetooth 4.0 and is also very easy to read in direct sunlight.
UPDATE: I got this information from MetaWatch regarding the water rating: “The “tipping” point if you will for the water rating is if it gets submerged. If you get pushed into a pool and are quick to get out, the frame should be fine. extended exposure to pressured water surrounding the watch will cause issues; the Strata however is rated 5 ATM, you can swim with it!! ” Thanks again Kyle for the info!!!
Now, the MetaWatch Frame has an open development platform with its open SDK. I haven’t looked deep into this but from what I read, it’s quite good.
I don’t want to totally nark MetaWatch as they are a good company and the support I have gotten from them was phenomenal. There is a rep who works for them called Kyle who is so knowledgeable and so quick to respond to emails, something you rarely see from companies. If MetaWatch went head-to-head with Xbox regarding their customer support response times (Which they hold a world record for), I’m sure MetaWatch would come close if not beat their record.
MetaWatch probably understands that with the new Galaxy Gear and other smartwatch competitors, they have to step up their game a bit and offer more to the consumer. I have heard through the grapevine that MetaWatch will be announcing a brand new luxury smartwatch at CES 2014, perhaps we’ll see something that will boot the Samsung Galaxy Gear out of this world. Who knows?
Overall, I do recommend the MetaWatch Frame, but I do suggest that MetaWatch lower the MSRP of it by at least $50 so it would be more pleasing to consumers. Pick up a MetaWatch Frame today from Best Buy or MetaWatch.com.
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