If you asked Apple, making a smartwatch is as simple as bundling together some hardware that just about does what the competitors do, give it a tiny battery and a big display and surround it with pretty metals and a big price tag. That strategy might not work for every one, but Vector has taken the best parts of it with its Luna, a smartwatch that lasts for almost a month without charging, despite offering an impressive set of features and coming with a pretty face and frame to boot.
Vector’s new Luna wearable comes with a circular watch face (the Meridian will be a slightly cheaper, squared face version) made of rose gold (a copper and gold mix) and stainless steel. It comes with a silicon strap – which may be upgraded at launch – but that can be replaced with any standard watch strap and isn’t designed to be anything special.
The watch itself is waterproof to 50 metres, making it a solid choice for divers and swimmers. The extended 30 day battery life is thanks to the display being black and white, but it is LCD rather than E-Ink, so does have some versatility compared to the likes of the Pebble Watch. Brightness is automatically adjusted depending on the amount of light hitting it, making it constantly readable and it contains enough sensors to track important information like calories burned and distance travelled – though not heart rate.
What’s shown on the watch can be entirely customised in the back-end application and you can access a number of compatible applications there as well. Current options include faces with built in fitness tracking, sleep tracking and date/time functions, including international options for those that travel often.
As most smartwatches do too, the Vector Luna also offers up notifications, like calls, texts and emails, to let you know that someone is trying to get in touch.
When it launches this summer, the Vector Luna will set users back £300.
Although far from cheap, the Luna is a lot cheaper than many alternatives. However, it is missing the ability to control music – which may be added in a software update – and lacks advanced features like GPS and heart rate monitoring which are often included in wearables at this sort of price range.
The Vector seems like an interesting addition to the smartwatch line up of wearables. It isn’t the be all and end all, but that battery life is very impressive. If it can deliver on consumer versions, it could cut out a nice niche for itself.