Looking for a New Smartwatch? IFA Serves Up Several Stylish Options – PCMag

Looking for a New Smartwatch? IFA Serves Up Several Stylish Options – PCMag
13 Sep
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Diesel On Axial Smartwatch

(Diesel On Axial Smartwatch)

BERLIN—While accuracy and features are important factors for any smartwatch, design is key for an everyday digital timepiece. At IFA, several designers released a variety of new options that track crucial health metrics without forcing you to sacrifice style.

From Puma's first wearable to second-generation Michael Kors' devices, here are some of the most stylish Fossil Group smartwatches we saw at IFA in Berlin.

Shared Features

It feels like a long time coming, but the new lineup of smartwatches are all powered by Qualcomm's latest Wear 3100 processor, which promises better performance and longer battery life. Each one also comes equipped with a heart rate monitor, GPS, an NFC chip for Google Pay, and Google Assistant for weather updates, calendar appointments, reminders, and more.

Additionally, each watch comes with a few pre-installed apps, including Google Fit, Spotify, Noonlight, and Cardiogram.

Diesel On Axial Smartwatch

Available in October, the $350 Diesel On Axial smartwatch feels like the most durable of the bunch. The 44mm stainless steel case is 12mm thick and features rivets along the bezel that gives it a rugged look. On top is a 1.28-inch display with 328 pixels per inch and a variety of animated watch face options.

The smartwatch is available in a few different colors, including gunmetal, silver, and a bronze-tone stainless steel that you can match with either a black leather, blue denim, or gunmetal stainless steel strap.

The watch's speaker will facilitate phone calls; Fossil's proprietary app, coming out later this month, will allow both Android and iPhone users to take calls right from their wrists.

Thanks to the Qualcomm 3100 Wear chipset, the Diesel smartwatch has four new battery modes: Extended Battery Mode (lasts multiple days on a single charge with access to only essential features); Daily Mode (enables most features); Custom Mode (allows you to manage battery settings yourself); and Time-Only Mode (only tells time).

Puma Smartwatch

Puma Smartwatch

(Puma Smartwatch)

Puma's first-ever smartwatch is designed mainly with athletes in mind, but has a versatile look that can be worn in and out of the gym. Similar to the Fossil Sport, the 44mm case on the Puma smartwatch has a nylon base and aluminum top ring that feels super lightweight. It comes with silicone straps to match each case, available in black, white, and yellow. On top is a 1.19-inch AMOLED display with 328 pixels per inch.

There's also 4GB of storage and 512MB of memory for content and music. The Puma can last up to 24 hours (or more, depending on usage) and two days on battery saver mode. It arrives in November for $275.

Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3

Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3

(Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3)

Similar to the Puma smartwatch, the Emporio Armani Smartwatch 3 has a lightweight feel and sporty design. Its aluminum case comes in black with bright accents of either blue, green, orange, silver, or yellow, and is paired with a black rubber strap. For something more subtle, there's also the matte all-black version with a stainless mono-link watch strap. A speaker allows the wearer to make and receive calls from the watch via Android and iPhone as well.

Available in October, the EA Smartwatch 3 will retail for $350.

Michael Kors Lexington 2 and Bradshaw 2

Michael Kors Lexington 2

(Michael Kors Lexington 2)

Both the Lexington 2 and Bradshaw 2 come in 44mm stainless steel case sizes. As far as colors go, the Lexington 2 is available in gold-tone, rose gold-tone, silver-tone, and two-tone stainless steel; the Bradshaw 2 comes in gunmetal, rose gold-tone, gold-tone, and silver-tone stainless steel.

While both look similar at a glance, the Lexington 2 has a 20mm lug width while the Bradshaw 2 has a bit of a thicker, 22mm lug width.

Michael Kors Bradshaw 2

(Michael Kors Bradshaw 2)

Both Michael Kors' models have a speaker for phone calls, pack a 310mAh battery, and come with four new battery modes. Additionally, the smartwatches have 8GB of storage for apps and music, double the amount in their predecessors.

The Lexington 2 and Bradshaw 2 arrive in October for $350.

Michael Kors MKGO

Michael Kors MKGO

(Michael Kors MKGO)

Currently on sale for $295, the MKGO is Michael Kors' first athleisure smartwatch and its lightest device yet. The 43mm aluminum case is available in red, pink, black, and white, and they come with 20mm silicone straps to match.

The MKGO packs a 350mAh battery under the hood, which can last up to 36 hours depending on usage, and 4GB of storage. While it comes with a two-day battery saver mode, it doesn't offer the aforementioned extended battery modes.

Source: https://www.pcmag.com/news/370585/looking-for-a-new-smartwatch-ifa-serves-up-several-stylish

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