September 16, 2013
- Easy to use
- Stylish design
- Hands-free talking
- Anti-lost phone feature
- No on-screen display of text message content
- No customizable watchfaces or 12-hour format
- Speaker quality is mediocre
- No developer SDK
Smartwatches have become extremely popular as rumors of an Apple iWatch are out there and Samsung recently released their smartwatch. This ZeBracelet smartwatch from MyKronoz looks to get in on the game with this Bluetooth model, but does it have enough features to compete?
First the design of the MyKronoz ZeBracelet is pretty simple. It's just a plastic black bracelet with a shiny finish. The inside surface of the bracelet has a rubberized coating. You can slip it on either wrist by expanding it ends of sliding it over your hand. It's not too large either, so it's comfortable to wear. Although to some of our male testers, they thought it looked slightly feminine.
It syncs to any Bluetooth smartphone and we had it paired with our Nokia Lumia 1020 and our Apple iPhone 5 without any issues. Once connected, you can answer or reject incoming calls with the touch of a button and perform hands-free dialing. When a call comes in, the display on the front of the watch shows the caller ID information. There's a built-in microphone and speaker, so you can essentially have an entire phone conversation without even using your actual phone.
Because it's primary function is a watch, it also tells the time. It doesn't have customizable watchfaces like other smartwatches, but it does the job. We were unable to use a 12-hour clock format, so U.S. viewers may not like that.
You can also play music from your connected Bluetooth device through the built-in speaker right on the watch. The speaker had average loudness but the overall audio quality was lacking in our opinion.
One feature is the anti-lost alert, which vibrates to let you know when your phone is out of Bluetooth operating range (about 10 meters). It's a handy feature, especially if you work somewhere out in public.
We do wish there was a developer SDK, which would allow software developers to create their owns applications for the ZeBracelet, but there isn't one. This differs from many other smartwatches, including the upcoming Kreyos Meteor.
MyKronoz says the battery life lasts for 72 hours in standby mode and has 2-3 hours of talk time.
The MyKronoz ZeBracelet is available from MobileFun.co.uk for $93.99.