Our pre­dic­tion of more Blue­tooth-enabled acces­sories is com­ing true. This is pri­mar­i­ly due to the fact that alter­na­tive mass pro­to­col for data exchange of acces­sories with gad­gets does not yet exist. Blue­tooth mod­ules are so cheap that they prac­ti­cal­ly do not affect the cost of the device, so the mar­ket is devel­op­ing on a blue-toothed wave. In antic­i­pa­tion of rumors about the release of Apple smart­watch­es, smart bracelets and watch­es flood­ed the shelves. I would like to talk about the dif­fer­ence between them and talk about one of the rep­re­sen­ta­tives of the fam­i­ly MyKro­noz.

At the moment, I have test­ed only one smart watch — this is Peb­ble. And two smart bracelets: Nike + Fuel­band and Jaw­bone.

The bound­ary between a smart bracelet and a smart watch is very vague, but for myself I have defined the fol­low­ing cri­te­ria. smart watch is a gad­get that has its own firmware and the abil­i­ty to install third-par­ty appli­ca­tions that extend the fac­to­ry set­tings almost indef­i­nite­ly.


On the left is the MyKro­noz smart bracelet, on the right is the Peb­ble smart watch.

In its turn, smart bracelet is able to orga­nize com­mu­ni­ca­tion with the phone at the lev­el of stan­dard blue­tooth fea­tures: noti­fi­ca­tion of an incom­ing call, noti­fi­ca­tion of a deliv­ered SMS, sig­nal­ing a dis­con­nec­tion with a smart­phone (for­got­ten or stolen), the role of a wire­less head­set dur­ing a call.

And although the man­u­fac­tur­er MyKro­noz calls his cre­ation a watch, I am inclined to believe that in front of me exact­ly bracelet even despite what is writ­ten on the box The Smart­watch from Switzer­land (smart watch from Switzer­land). The fact that the design of the cronos was devel­oped near Gene­va is not enough for the Swiss Made name­plate. Between us, the design is com­plete­ly bor­rowed from Peb­ble. Or did it just hap­pen by chance?


MyKro­noz has an OLED screen, Peb­ble has elec­tron­ic paper.

If you’ve nev­er seen a Peb­ble live, you won’t be able to tell for sure what I’m hold­ing in my hands right now.

Every­thing that the man­u­fac­tur­ers of bracelets and watch­es write should be passed through ten fil­ters of con­scious­ness. For exam­ple, not a sin­gle smart watch has jus­ti­fied 100% of all the declared capa­bil­i­ties. For Peb­ble, after the next firmware update, this indi­ca­tor stopped at 20% of the mar­ket­ing beau­ty that was bred on Kick­starter dur­ing the fundrais­er. The fact that Peb­ble devel­op­ers have col­lect­ed 250,000 pre-orders to date has gone only to the detri­ment of the entire cam­paign. The team swelled, for­got about the site and the promised good­ies. Until now, there is no dis­play of either Cyril­lic or hiero­glyphs, although it would seem that it costs noth­ing to take the deci­sion of our devel­op­er on Habré and imple­ment it in the next update. If you are going to buy smart watch­es in the near future, wait anoth­er six months: many new solu­tions will appear soon.

In con­trast, smart bracelets work 100% as the man­u­fac­tur­er claims. MyKro­noz ZeWatch can real­ly act as a wire­less head­set — you just need to answer an incom­ing call, bring your hand with a bracelet to your mouth and start speak­ing into the micro­phone at the bot­tom of the case.

Thanks to the built-in speak­er, the pseu­do-Swiss­man plays music from the iPhone. And the sound is much bet­ter than the phone.

MyKro­noz ZeWatch takes over the entire audio stream from SMS noti­fi­ca­tions to voice from the nav­i­ga­tor. The lat­ter turned out to be very use­ful, since the iPhone in the car is locat­ed far from me and when the radio is on, it is bare­ly audi­ble. The bracelet helps to make out the com­mands where to go.

With con­stant active syn­chro­niza­tion with the phone, the 150 mAh MyKro­noz bat­tery lasts for 24 hours: blue­tooth 2.0 is ener­gy-con­sum­ing. And my only com­plaint is about charg­ing. If at Peb­ble the cable is attached with mag­nets (a la magsafe), then at the bracelet every­thing is decid­ed by a clip that wraps around the device from below and from above so that the con­tacts on the cov­er fit into the nec­es­sary grooves. The struc­ture is frag­ile.

In addi­tion, due to the speak­er and micro­phone, this bracelet can­not be bathed in water.

With all these short­com­ings, a smart bracelet costs three times less than a smart watch. Who does not need all the bells and whis­tles of Peb­ble (which, in fact, are not yet), then it is worth stop­ping at MyKro­noz.

Fea­tures of MyKro­noz ZeWatch:
– Vibra­tion and play­back of the ring­tone dur­ing an incom­ing call with the simul­ta­ne­ous dis­play of the name of the caller (Cyril­lic is not sup­port­ed);
– Sound noti­fi­ca­tions about SMS and cal­en­dar events, voice nav­i­ga­tion;
— Play­ing the entire audio stream from the phone — from music to sounds in games (this is the first time I see this);
– The role of a wire­less head­set with the abil­i­ty to receive and reject calls;
– Noti­fi­ca­tion when dis­con­nect­ed from the phone.

pros:
— Light­weight, only 45 grams;
– It is con­ve­nient to use while dri­ving a car;
— Music sounds bet­ter through the built-in MyKro­noz speak­er than from an iPhone.

Minus­es:
– OLED screen is hard to see in the sun;
– Weak water resis­tance;
– No Cyril­lic sup­port;
– No stop­watch and date.

We are watch­ing fair pro­mo clip.

Buy a watch
MyKro­noz ZeWatch for 35$.
from the exclu­sive rep­re­sen­ta­tive in EU — the com­pa­ny Cho­do

In the com­ments, I will be hap­py to hear alter­na­tives that could be test­ed as part of our reviews. Reviews from real own­ers are wel­come.