Most of the smartwatch models available in the market are companion devices. Take for instance the Samsung Galaxy Gear or the Sony SmartWatch 2, these models work at their full potential when they are linked to a smartphone. The Exetech XS-3 on the other hand is a different breed of smartwatch as it does not need a smartphone to function properly as it has been designed to be a standalone deivce.
Exetech is an Italian based company and its XS-3 smartwatch crams most of the functions of a smartphone into a device that weighs 90 grams and can be worn on the wrist.
- Connectivity: 3G WCDMA , HSDPA,2G GPRS , EDGE (GSM 850/900/1800/1900/2100 Mhz)
- Operating system: Android 4.0
- Display: Touch screen capacitive 1.54 inches, Resolution: 240×240
- Processor: MTK 6577 dual-core
- Internal Memory: 2 GB Est Memory, expandable with Micro SD up to 32 GB
- Size (cm ) : Height 6.46 x Width 4.40 x Thickness 1.76 (case)
- Battery: 420 mAh
The device also comes with GPS, Wi-fi, Bluetooth, and a g-sensor. It also comes pre-installed with social networking apps Facebook and Twitter. A fitness app is also included.
In terms of build quality the XS-3 is made entirely of plastic that’s attached to a rubber strap. While it may look fragile it really is tougher than it looks. At the back is the battery cover which you can open. The battery is user removable so you can carry a spare with you just in case you run out of power. Standby time is rated at 18 hours but constant use will drop this to around 6 to 7 hours.
The inside of this device is pretty amazing since it comes with almost all of the features that can be found on a smartphone. You can make calls with it, connect to the Internet, and send messages. It has access to the Google Play store so you will be able to install apps on it.
I this were released a decade ago this would have made a good spy watch as it comes with a 2M camera on its right side. You can take photos of your friends with it or take snapshots of confidential documents.
The XS-3 is available in black color at the company website with a white version soon to be released. The device costs €350 which is around $485.