The Cookoo smart watch has a long lasting battery and is water resistant but it offers limited functionality. This is a product that feels half baked so we really can't recommend it in its current state.
Smart watches are set to become very popular this year and rumours suggest that Apple is working on an "iWatch" device that will connect to your smartphone. Little known company ConnecteDevice already has such a product available called the Cookoo watch. Unfortunately, the Cookoo has limited functionality and the overall product feels half baked.
Looks and feels like an ordinary watch
The Cookoo looks much like any ordinary quartz watch.
The Cookoo smart watch actually doesn't look like a smart watch at all. It has a round, analogue face with standard hour, minute and seconds handles, so it looks much like any ordinary quartz watch. It's constructed using a plastic casing, an aluminium bezel, and a mineral glass front and uses a standard Japanese analog movement for keeping the time.
The Cookoo watch itself is a little thick but the case diameter of 44mm is a good size and the rubber band is light and comfortable to wear. We reviewed the black variant and it contrasts nicely with the light blue wristband.
The battery in the Cookoo watch should last about a year before needing replacing.
There are a couple of real benefits to the design of the Cookoo watch. Firstly, unlike many other smart watches on the market, it doesn't need to be recharged. It runs on a standard CR2032 Lithium battery, the same used in most typical, battery operated watches. ConnecteDevice says the battery in the Cookoo watch should last about a year before needing replacing.
Secondly, the Cookoo watch is water resistant and the company claims you can even take it swimming with you. We tested it in a number of water situations including swimming and watersports and it worked each time without any issues.
ConnecteDevice says it is working on Android compatibility, but hasn't provided a time frame as to when the watch will work with multiple smartphone platforms. Given the popularity of Android, this is critical to bring to market as soon as possible.
Once connected to your iPhone or iPad via Bluetooth, the Cookoo watch works by using a combination of icons displayed on the watch face along with a beep and/or a vibration for alerts. The icons are fairly straightforward — there's a phone icon for incoming call and missed call alerts and a calendar icon for calendar reminder alerts. The Cookoo logo signifies an active Bluetooth connection, three dots indicates that vibration mode is activated and a musical note denotes that an audible beep for alerts is switched on.
The vibration alert is weak and its intensity can't be adjusted.
The watch can be set to display notifications for any incoming calls, missed calls, Facebook messages and wall posts, calendar reminders and low battery. It will also alert you when you wander too far from your iPhone or iPad, which is handy if you have a tendency to lose or misplace your phone. There are Twitter notification alerts too, but our review unit wrongly displayed the SMS icon for these, instead of the correct Twitter icon.
While all of these basic notifications work, they could use plenty of improvement. The audible beep isn't loud enough and can be easily missed, while the vibration alert is weak and its intensity can't be adjusted.
The Cookoo watch is very limited compared to some more advanced smart watches. There's currently no alerts for incoming text messages or emails, for example, and the alerts themselves are very basic. The watch doesn't have the ability to display any text, either, so there's no way to see any caller ID information on an incoming call. It's all very basic stuff.
There's no way to see any caller ID information on an incoming call.
ConnecteDevice says SMS and email alerts will be released once they are supported by Apple's iOS platform. It also says that the ability to control music (play/pause/skip), set an alarm clock and use a countdown timer are other currently unavailable features that will be coming to the Cookoo watch via a future firmware update.
There are a couple of advanced features, though they don't add too much to the appeal of the product. A 'command' button on the right side of the watch can be programmed to check into locations on Facebook and users can also program the same button to act as a shutter for the iPhone's camera or drop a location pin on a map in the Cookoo iOS app. You'll never use these features as there is no practical need for them.
These functions and more can be configured using the dedicated Cookoo iOS app. The app works well enough, but it feels very much like a first effort and the interface is bland and uninspiring. ConnecteDevice were keen to point out to us that the upcoming availability of an API for third party developers should see more features and capabilities added to the Cookoo watch over time, but as of right now, the watch is extremely limited.
I was using I'm watch, have to change as I do not want to charge the watch every 2 days.....I have enough devices need to be charged.... Trying the cookoo, so far feel good. I love the music control feature. Very good for me as I run every sunday. Remote photo capture is fun and my son love to press the button on the watch. :D
Honestly I do not need a lot of features on the smart watch as we still using the phone. I don't want to read once on watch and read again on my phone.
Jusy got my third watch . . . all three have not worked . .. wont even turn on . .. I have yet to see a lighted icon . . they tell you to take off the back and tinker . . did that and found loose parts . . . paid extra for the "key chain" has never been sent . . . . my luck with Kickstarter has not been good . .
So far it's been a decent smartwatch, I would've given it the 5 stars as I love the design and use it everyday, but I am still waiting for the SMS/e-mail update... The alert when you are forgetting your phone has been pretty useful as well as the camer and music controls.
The screen was particularly good. It is bright and visible from most angles, however heat is an issue, particularly around the Windows button on the front, and on the back where the battery housing is located.
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