Vector Smartwatch Coming in September
It’s a sure thing that smartwatches and other wearable devices will be hot gift items for the 2015 holiday season and one more contender has just been added to the long list of choices that buyers will be able to consider when they start their shopping this year. The Vector smartwatch, which made its press debut back in March, will hit stores in September and has several features that make it a worthy competitor for the Apple Watch and the devices running Android.
Vector describes the watch as a “watch first” with “smarts” added. It certainly has a more sophisticated look than most of the current smartwatches with a choice of round or rectangular stainless steel cases, e-ink LCD screen, hardened mineral glass, water resistance to 50mm and “always on” displays. The Vector is available in rose gold, champagne gold, stainless steel or black plated with straps of leather, stainless steel or sporty rubber.
Another feature that separates the Vector from rival models is that it’s compatible with iOS, Android or Windows platforms. The watch promises 30 days of battery life, an impressive difference from the Apple Watch, which requires nightly recharging.
One unique function of the Vector is “streams,” pieces of “glanceable” information that can be placed on the face of the watch to deliver notifications from sources such as Nest, Music and Evernote. The Vector also does the standard smartwatch duties like displaying Facebook and SMS messages as well as notification of incoming calls. The Vector has the expected fitness functions like tracking steps, calories and sleep.
With the weight and good looks of a traditional watch, the Vector is likely to appeal to the fancier of fine Swiss watches who would like to add a wearable device to his or her collection. The Vector will hit stores in September with prices ranging from $249 to $399.