Posted By Simon Montford on Nov 27, 2014
It appears that adding an e-acute to the name of a smartwatch and designing it to look like a conventional watch is becoming all the rage. If you are in the market for a new smartwatch that has a little je ne sais quoi we recommend, in addition to checking out the Withings Activité, you also take a peek at the Névo.
Like the Activité it looks similar to a conventional watch. In also contains an activity tracker, and can also be configured to vibrate whenever calls or texts are received, which is similar to the Altruis Stone (Kovert only offer smart jewellery for now, but we bet there's an elegant smartwatch for women in the pipeline).
Nevo comes with an app that allows the wearer to set a daily goal. When all the lights on the dial are illuminated, the user knows it's been met. This is a feature already found on most fitness trackers but, to our knowledge, this is the first smartwatch to offer this functionality.
The Nevo comes with two batteries. The first powers the Swiss timekeeping movement and has a life of around 5 years. The second powers everything else and lasts 6 months or more.
Regardless of how good the app or how many features the Nevo offers, consumers will only buy it if they find the watch visually appealing. Of course looks are very subjective so perhaps the approach taken by Kairos is a better alternative. Instead of buying a fitness tracker that is a watch, it is possible to buy a 'smart strap' that can be attached to any conventional watch, but if Nevo is the one for you, you can pre-order one now for delivery in early 2015.
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