Today, almost every company has a wearable device – is a smart watch, a bracelet or a physical activity tracker. Now HTC is getting into the game with the Grip: a huge bracelet that is both unique and disconcerting.
Unlike anything that HTC did before, the Grip has a very specific audience in mind: “the real athletes.” The bracelet was developed in partnership with the Under Armour, Nike competitorwho recently bought the myfitnesspal apps and Endomondo.
The Grip has built-in GPS, something rare in the market (the SmartWatch clock 3 Sony and Microsoft Band are the exceptions), and is compatible with Android and iOS. He accompanies your heartbeat. So, this $200 device recommends that you buy a separate heart rate monitor to have the full experience. I’m serious!
When it comes to design, the Grip is not particularly attractive. We have here a black bracelet with a striking colour inside. I did the hands-on in a pre-production model; HTC says it will make some adjustments to get to the final product.
But he is unforgivably bulky: it’s more like a bracelet that a bracelet. It comes in three different sizes-small, medium, large — and has two cufflinks for you to adjust the size.
And yet, if you are a “true athlete” – and you’re running, jumping, cycling, whatever – he’s probably going to be a little loose and swinging on your arm, which is quite annoying for a wearable. The Grip also monitors your sleep, but sleep with him would be very uncomfortable.
The Grip has a capacitive button near your PMOLED display black and white low resolution.This screen allows the battery last up to 2.5 days on a single charge; This decreases to 5 hours with GPS enabled.
To navigate the interface, you can adjust your training, access to the collected data, view the calendar, and get more apps. The selection is limited, since presumably the Grip wheel a proprietary software of HTC, and Android not Wear or something. As with the Fitbit, you can select a specific exercise for the crawler to follow your activity more accurately. You can choose from running, cycling, gymnastics and “other”; more options will come in the future.
On the home screen, a small window shows whether there are new text messages and missed calls, but the Grip is definitely limited in that sense. He is a fitness device in the first place, so it is not as capable as a Pebble or a watch with Android Wear.
As a chunky bracelet $200 directed to athletes, the Grip disappoints a bit. He really only accompanies your steps, distance, pace, calories burned and sleep. It will be released in April;at first glance, the competition- Fitbit, Jawbone Up, Peak – seems more dignified Basis of gracing your wrist.