Kreyos smartwatch review

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When you enter a market like the smartwatch one, you better have a decent selling point, as you’re competing with the likes of Pebble, Samsung and potentially Apple before long. That’s why the Kreyos offers such colourful wristbands and fancy voice and gesture controls.

Features

On the surface the Kreyos looks pretty similar to many other smartwatches, offering the usual fitness tracking, social networking integration, hands free phone calls and the ability to hook up with your smartphone for better functionality. However unlike many of the others, the Kreyos can connect to any operating system, be it Android, Windows or iOS and it has a much more detailed control system.

Featuring a waterproof microphone and speaker, the Kreyos can be talked to just like Siri or Cortana on your smartphone. Commands such as “read incoming message,” or “email

” add the functionality that’s often missing on smartwatches due to their diminutive size. The rest of the phone is waterproof too, up to five metres, so feel free to take the watch with you on a swim, as it can track information on your fitness there, just as well as it can on an athletics track.

If you are running or performing another task which generally means you can’t stop and look down at the screen, or perhaps you’re out of breath and would find it a little difficult to get out a voice command, gesture controls can come in to play. Waving your hand in one direction will skip a track in your playlist, pumping your fist will up the volume. There’s a variety of other controls too, giving the Kreyos a surprising amount of functionality.

Depending on your usage, the Kreyos can last up to seven days without charging and can charge quickly from nothing to full within the hour.

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Cost

The Kreyos can be bought right now for $170 (£100) and comes in a variety of colours and mounting options, including on a lanyard, watchband or beltclip.

Drawbacks

There is one big drawback with smartwatches and that’s that only tend to do the same sort of things that your smartphone can do, but just not to the same standard. The Kreyos does innovate in a few areas, but it may be difficult to get people to spend £100 just to add new ways to control their phone.

Bottom Line

While £100 isn’t cheap, it’s far from extortionate, and with all the colour and mounting options, along with its impressive feature set, I can see the Kreyos doing pretty damn well. It’ll need to cross the hurdle of usefulness that every smartwatch must, but if it can, it could very well rival big names like Pebble before long.

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