The spotlight is all over big Android Wear manufacturers. Samsung, Motorola, Sony and even ASUS have just announced their very own Android-powered smartwatches. These are all great, but the best part of Google’s wearable OS is that any manufacturer can pick it up. Where are the small-time smartwatch makers?
The first Android Wear device coming from a non-major manufacturer is the Com 1. This smartwatch has just been posted on Indiegogo and is currently being crowdfunded. Due to their current status, they are asking that interested customers make a pledge and help them get the resources to launch the device into production.
Is this little guy worth a pledge? We must say we are quite surprised with the Com 1. It is powerful, good looking, well built and boy is it affordable. The minimum pledge (early bird) is set at $125. Those who don’t manage to get in on the early bird specials can get it for at least $150. This makes the Com 1 the most affordable Android Wear smartwatch to date.
It also touts enough power, sporting a 1 GHz XBurst-based Ingenic JZ4775 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, WiFi, Bluetooth, FM, NFC and a 400 mAh battery. Sensors are plentiful, including a gyroscope, accelerometer and magnetometer, as well as pressure, humidity and temperature sensors.
The Com 1 has a metal housing that will keep it both stylish and protected. You can choose between aluminum and stainless steel, and IP67 certification will keep your device healthy and living. Fashion fans can also go nuts with the plethora of straps to choose from.
In terms of software, the Com 1 comes with the same UI and features as any other Android Wear device. You can access notifications on the go and use voice controls to trigger certain actions.
This is looking like a great option. The only downside is they won’t ship until December, assuming the $75,000 funding goal is met. We know it’s always easier to go with the big name brands, but we wanted to show you an alternative that is at least worth checking out.