I’ve been on the look out for a decent watch / smart-watch for a while now. Whilst I’m not opposed to having a watch that has notifications, heart rate tracking, step counter, sleep tracking etc, the main problem is I cant abide having what looks like a bit of black plastic strapped to my wrist.
I’m after something with a bit more pizazz…. something with good “old fashioned” analogue hands. That’s where Fossil’s new Hybrid Smartwatch comes in. Not only does it have an analogue display, it also has a battery that can last around two weeks between charges thanks to it’s e-ink smart display.
E-ink? Yep, the same stuff used in the Amazon Kindle Paperwhite. So yes, that’s how it manages to make it two weeks between battery charges; the screen only uses power when it changes.
“But Chris…” I hear you say, “What happens when the analogue hands get in the way of the display?”
Aha, that’s where the the Hybrid HR’s party trick kicks in:
Over and above the defaults that come with the Fossil Android or iOS apps, the app also allows you to fully customise the e ink display.
Because of it’s easy customisation, a community has sprung up to come together and publish Hybrid watch face designs over on the Fossil Hybrids subreddit.
Quickly grabbing some custom face designs from the subreddit:
All of the above created by Kuro Time Design. Nice!
As for the smart watch app, grab it here:
Want to find out more?
Until next ‘time’