These Aren’t Your Typical Smartwatches


– [Narrator] Apple and
Samsung don’t just dominate the smartphone market in the U.S. In my home city of Boston, these two companies also rent real estate on most of the wrists
I see, which is fine. They’re good products. But for this video I
wanted to introduce you to three less common smartwatches you might not have seen before, all of which shine
brightest in the summertime. (upbeat music) Okay, if I start with the
most expensive one of these, you’re gonna click right
away and unsubscribe. That’s the opposite of what I want. So, let’s kick off with
the cheapest instead, the latest from Beijing-based Mobvoi. I reviewed this company’s
TicWatch Pro last year, and the new watch bears the same name along with a suffix that tells you all you need to know
about what’s different. Yeah, Mobvoi is betting that
an always-on 4G connection is what people are missing
in their smartwatches. And to that end, it’s got a
speaker and mic for phone calls, and a built-in LTE radio
to carry those calls and everything else. Unfortunately, Mobvoi’s
launch partner, Verizon, won’t activate this thing until August. So we’re essentially stuck with
a warmed-over TicWatch Pro. While it has lost some weight, I still find it chunky and uninspired. The only hint of flair
coming from the knurled texture on the steel bezel and pushers. That’s still not a rotating
side button by the way, which has a big effect on
how easy it is or isn’t to use Google’s Wear OS. Still, doubling the RAM
over last year’s model was a good call because the software here glides along nicely, once you
get past the initial setup. There’s also additional durability alongside the IP68 dust
and water resistance, and this display should
be on every smartwatch, not just the circular AMOLED,
though that is beautiful, but the FSTN fitted invisibly above that. Where most smartwatch
displays have to ramp up the battery-killing brightness to overcome direct sunlight, this
LCD gets more intense the more sun you shine on it, kinda like the bad guy from Superman IV. Better still, in the words of
Android Central’s Ara Wagoner, it sips battery like a fine cognac. I was able to get about
two days per charge, but that’s on pre-release software. I won’t be able to confirm until the 4G issue gets sorted out. And for the same reason, I can’t yet give this
watch a proper review. If you already know you want one of these, Mobvoi is taking $20 off
the eventual retail price of $299 until August 10th. And if you want to see a full review, stay tuned to the end. I’ll tell you how to vote for this one. Number two on the countdown is a blast from the
much more distant past. See when I was a kid I
used to think my dad’s Casio sailing wrist watch
was the beefiest watch I would ever see. But it turns out, 1989 and
2019 have very different ideas of big when it comes to watches. This is the Casio PRO TREK F30, and if it’s ringing a vague bell, that’s because I’ve
been covering this line since it launched in 2016. Casio was actually the first to bring that dual-layer
display to wearables, so the F30 benefits from
the same battery-saving and visibility boon that
the TicWatch Pro does. With this generation, Casio
also took the opportunity to sport up the primary
watch face with a sharper OLED display. And, well it’s still a bit
of tea saucer on your wrist, but the F30 is actually smaller than either of its forerunners. It’s also more stylish, if you ask me, and if you don’t agree, well this is the first
of the Pro Trek F-series that let you do something about that by changing the watch band. At its core, this is a
watch made for adventurers, and it packs a lot of
custom software from Casio and third parties to help with that. What’s wrong with it? Well, it’s just kind of an
iterative sequel to the last two and for all the excellent
features it brings over, like dust and water resistance
and 810G durability, it also brings old frustrations like lack of NFC, lack
of a rotating crown, lack of a heart rate sensor and a magnetic charging cable that’s easier to accidentally jostle free than something like MobVoi’s cradle. Fortunately, battery life
is a solid three days, you just have to do what I did and disable raise to wake. Price, $549, higher
than the TicWatch, yes, but way lower than this next one. Garmin is still known
mainly for it’s GPS devices, but over the past few years, it’s become a bigger name in watches with it’s fitness-focused fore-runner, Vivoactive and Fenix lines. And with this one, the company is moving into a category known as tool watches. Yeah, I had to look that one up. It just means a watch designed to serve a particular,
specialized purpose. Accordingly, there are
five variants of MARQ. One each for pilots,
drivers, athletes, hikers, and one for sailors. Because I’ve spent almost as much time on the water as I have on land and because I occasionally
like people to call me captain, it’s the latter I decided
to buy for this video. This is the MARQ Captain, and it kind of feels like an artifact from a parallel universe where the modern smartphone
was never invented. There’s no Wear OS,
nor even a touch screen under that sapphire crystal. Instead, you control the Garmin software with the five pushers
studding the titanium casing. For a tool watch, this makes sense. On a boat with wet fingers, the last thing you want is to be fiddling with a tiny touch screen. Instead, these clicky buttons and the old-styled digital beeps, leave no doubt when you’ve
executed a function. In fact, it all reminds me
of another nautically-focused watch I wore back in high
school, the Citizen Navisail. Showing off all the
features of the MARQ Captain would take a full video. In short, you’ve got everything you expect from a typical smartwatch. From notifications delivered
over wifi or Bluetooth to mobile payments to locally stored music. But where a typical watch
maxes out at four gigs, the Captain turns it up to 32. Extra space to store
the things that matter to Garmin buyers on the whole. So, you know, GPS running
maps and fitness apps. And sailors in particular,
nautical charts and tide tables. It also has apps for interfacing with your boat’s Garmin
navigation equipment. The transflective memory and pixel display is visible in all lighting conditions and the battery life is
the best in this video. On my first charge, I got week of use even though I used it to
track my sleep every night. And the charger is clever too. It’s a clamp, not likely
to be shaken loose by anything short of a rogue wave. If it’s not obvious, I like this thing. I like how weighty it is on my wrist, and I love the look of
its jacquard weave strap. It’s obvious that Garmin is
going for a status symbol here. If I had the money for a boat that I could fill with Garmin gear, I’d probably celebrate its
launch by dropping the $1850 that this watch costs. But even if I had yacht money, folks, I would have reservations
about paying a bill that high for a screen resolution
and saturation this low. A handy Captain becomes hilarious when you plunk it down next to a watch that costs over $1500 less, and its screen gets spanked. I do think a watch
could be worth this much if it were a mechanical masterpiece suitable for uses in a
heirloom or something, but in the digital world, where things become so obsolete so quickly, I’m just not convinced luxury watches over $1000 are justified. Judging from the comments from actual wrist watch enthusiasts on this video from the
excellent “A Blog to Watch,” I’m not alone in that. My friends, I wanna review all of these, but my schedule is tight, so let’s bring you into
the decision process. Hit up the poll on my YouTube channel page to vote on which of these watches you’d most like to see me review, if you had to pick just one. Then, be sure you’re
subscribed to the MrMobile on YouTube, so you don’t miss that review when it goes live. This video made possible by review samples from Casio and Mobvoi and a
retail Garmin MARQ Captain purchased by Mobile Nations. No manufacturer was given copy approval and no compensation was
requested or provided for being featured in this video. Until next time, thanks for watching, happy sailing, and stay
mobile, my friends.

100 Comments

Add a Comment

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *