You quite often hear the names of really popular products becoming synonymous with their type of product. So a band-aid is the name for a plaster, or sellotape is the name for… whatever you call unbranded sellotape. However rarely do you hear of companies going the other way around and naming their product for its type, but that’s exactly what Taiwanese firm Hannspree has done with its newly released Sports Watch smartwatch.
Other than being named after the type of product that it is, the Sports Watch does come with a surprisingly lengthy feature set for its price tag. As you might expect from its name, the Sports Watch does come with some fitness tracking features, like calorie counting, distance tracking, location based information and a stepometre. It can also act as a sleep monitor, giving you basic details about your habits after you nod off.
All of that information is sent straight to the iOS and Android compatible smartphone application, which allows for real time and long term tracking, letting you watch yourself improve over time and tailor your workouts to a particular goal.
Some of the data is shown on the smartwatch itself though, displayed on a tiny 0.68 inch OLED display. It can also give you a heads up when a test or call comes through to your phone too and has a battery indicator to make sure you know when it’s running a bit low. However, the battery should last up to 10 days depending on usage and if you happen to misplace your phone, don’t worry as the watch can store up to 20 days of data without issue.
At the time of writing, the Hannspree Sports Watch is just £30, making it by far the cheapest wearable fitness tracker available at the moment. It can be purchased from various retailers or from the official store. International pricing information should be coming soon.
While we’ll need to wait to get our hands on it our selves before we know for sure what problems the Sports Watch has, chances are it’s tracking isn’t quite on par with more expensive smart watches. Similarly so, it isn’t the most attractive of devices, but for £30 nobody will be complaining about the wrist strap looking cheap.
Ultimately, the Sports Watch is likely to give people on a budget a chance to experience wearable technology’s benefits, and it also gives those wanting to dip their toes into the water without spending big, a chance to do so. This is unlikely to be the last smart watch anyone buys, but it could well be their first.