Review: SpeedUp SmartWatch, first KitKat-powered watch works with iPhone too
Smartwatches that interact with smartphones and other mobile devices will become a rage in the “Internet of things” lifestyle of the coming era. This is proven true with the abundance of smartwatches that hit the market day in and day out. Launched at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, in February this year, the SpeedUp SmartWatch is one of the latest and the world’s first smartwatch running Android 4.4 KitKat. Featuring a 1.54-inch tempered glass multi-touch display, the SpeedUp draws power from a low-power MIPS-based 1GHz processor and is water resistant up to 1 meter.
The smartwatch available in 3 different colors is designed to keep you connected to the world around you. It’s 240 x 240p display lets you receive push notifications. You can receive call, chat, social media and calendar notifications right on watch itself. Digital + analog SpeedUp SmartWatch features 4GB internal memory, 512 MB of RAM and 300 mAh battery. The touchscreen on the watch can be swiped to the right (from the main screen) to reveal the app drawer and to the left to reveal the Widgets. The Widgets let users turn on Bluetooth, adjust brightness, and activate vibration instantly. A Widget also tells about the battery level on the smartwatch.
In addition to keeping you connected through its push notifications, the SpeedUp SmartWatch also keeps an automatic track of your fitness. The watch tracks your calories burned, steps taken and distance travelled and lets you analyze your performance on daily, weekly or monthly basis. The 42.5g smartwatch has a 3.5 jack on the left side. The slot can be used as audio jack, for charging and data transfer. On the same side there is another small hole, which is the microphone. On the right side are the power and return button.
Equipped with a gyrometer, the SpeedUp SmartWatch can turn on automatically when the hand is angled at about 45 degrees (like you would turn the hand to see time). The smartwatch comes with free apps for both Android smartphones and iPhones, making it compatible with both operating systems (there is no news if it works with BlackBerry). Priced at Rp 1,499 (Indonesian rupiah), the SpeedUp SmartWatch with Android 4.4 is basically one of the finest smartwatches you can currently own.