Smartwatches are a technology that no one is entirely sold on just yet, as though the likes of Pebble are doing well, Samsung and others are struggling. Perhaps then it’s being a little different that is the key to success, which is what MyKronox is trying to do with its colourful and powerful ZeNano bluetooth smartwatch.
The ZeNano is quite a typical smartwatch in many ways, taking the fight to the big boys as much as the indies. Supporting both Android 2.3+ and iOS 4.0+ means that it can work with both iPhones and Google powered devices. It links up wirelessly with either type of handset over bluetooth, and lets you perform most of your standard smartphone functions on your wrist instead. For example, you can take calls, send text messages or listen to music right through your wrist, by leveraging the power of your smartphone to make it happen.
However, there are some slightly more out there features of the ZeNano, such as its “anti-lost alert,” system, which sets the device vibrating when you move more than 10 metres away from your smartphone. This stops you mislaying the device, but also gives you a warning if someone is attempting to steal it too.
There’s also a few built in fitness tracker functions, like distance moved and a pedometer for tracking your steps.
In terms of raw specifications, the battery should last for four hours of talk time and up to 120 in standby, has a 1.54 inch, 240*240 pixel touch screen display and can connect via USB 1.1 to your PC or laptop also.
The ZeNano can be picked up from the official store for 130 euros (£103), though there are some alternative retailers with slightly more favourable pricing out there.
One of the biggest problems with the ZeNano is that it doesn’t do much to differentiate itself. While it was quite fresh and new when released just over six months ago, today it’s quite generic. The industry of wearables moves very fast and it seems like before long it will simply feel too old to be a worthwhile purchase.
I don’t think I’ll be picking up a ZeNano any time soon, but it’s good to see more competition in the smartwatch scene, especially when it comes to cost. This will help make the bigger companies take into consideration more innovative features, as well as price their products more competitively.