REVIEW !!! Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch

REVIEW !!! Kate Spade Scallop smartwatch
24 Jul

with its existing fitness tracking hybrid smartwatches Kate Spade New York has already shown its appeal for wearable tech in the past but this is the first time it has launched a proper touchscreen SmartWatch we've spent some time with it and here's what we think there are three versions – with leather straps which cost 299 pounds each and one with a stainless steel strap reviewed here and retailing at 329 pounds all versions run on where OS by Google it is slightly on the expensive side for its specs but that is not uncommon for a fashion brand accessory the scallop has a quality build it's weighty but we actually got used to it quickly it feels sturdy and we like it the watch has a lovely rose gold stainless steel strap and it's dial has the brand's famous scallops design on it it's more on the flashy side than the subtle but that's not necessarily a bad thing with Kate Spade being a fashion brand particular attention was paid to the watch faces there are several of them already loaded on the watch from neutral to more dainty also an app called choose your look allows you to generate personalized face watches depending on your outfit of the day to do so you just have to select the color of your clothing your accessories and specify if it's day or night it works rather well if you like to coordinate the colors you're wearing we actually preferred the preloaded face watch Kate Spade's SmartWatch has a circular 119 inches AMOLED touchscreen display that hosts an ambient light sensor without a flat tire it adapts the brightness of the screen according to light in the room on the right side of the dial there is a crown that allows you to access your apps note that you can only push it and not twist so to navigate between apps you have to use the touchscreen like most smartwatches this Kate Spade timepiece runs on Android wear 2

0 which means that accept choose your look and saved faces the apps pre-installed on it are all googles the large display of the watch makes it easy to navigate between apps but it's worth mentioning that there is a black circle around the screen so it's not as big as you can first think but it's not a reason to not buy the watch the Kate Spade SmartWatch has 4 gigabytes of storage which allows you to download quite a few apps and it has an accelerometer and a gyroscope that record your activity thanks to the google fit app you can track your steps the calories burned and set goals the watch also works with Google assistant to activate it you can press the crown or just say ok Google it acts like the assistant might do on a phone and indeed for some inquiries you have to unlock your phone to finish them after using it for a while we regret that some key feature are missing from this SmartWatch like NFC for payments or GPS for activity tracking without a phone connected the fact that there is no risk based heart rate sensor is not that bad since the watch was clearly not designed for sports though there are similarly sized and priced watches that have one note that the watch is splash-resistant ip67 but not waterproof the quoted battery life is 12 to 14 hours which seems accurate in our testing it comes with a wireless magnetic charger but as it is quite light you have to make sure to position it properly behind the dial otherwise the watch won't charge the Kate Spade scallop SmartWatch is a nice tech accessory that will definitely appeal to the fashion lovers out there its specs are rather average for its cost but if you are a fan of the brand then you might not mind that too much

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