Wearables have become an integral part of the mobile tech industry. You can find wearables of all types: fitness trackers, smartwatches, smart rings, smart glasses, and even smart socks… and those are some of the tamer ideas.
Not only does wearable tech come in all shapes and sizes, but they also come with varying functionality – particularly smartwatches. While some smartwatches can nearly replace your phone if you really wanted it to, others are limited to just telling time, displaying notifications, and if you’re lucky it can pair up with your phone’s music library. And some, like Samsung’s Charm, aim to serve as equal parts fashion statement and activity tracker.
I’ll admit, I think Samsung was spot on making this wearable look fashionable. The Charm is something that I would certainly be interested in purchasing for myself if I were going off of looks alone. However, when it comes down to functionality, I’m not sure that the Samsung Charm is useful enough to justify a purchase.
I haven’t yet been convinced that I need a smartwatch or fitness tracker yet. I’ve eyeballed Pebble’s smartwatches, but that’s about as far as it has gotten. And given that Pebble is one of the more “limited” smartwatches, at least when compared to Android Wear or Apple Watch, I certainly haven’t had the need to get something more complex.
But Samsung’s Charm is about as not complex as it gets. The wearable is very small, and looks more like a cufflink on a strap than anything. There's also a "bar" version of the Charm. There is a single LED notification light that alerts you of incoming or missed notifications. The Charm can sync with Samsung’s S Health to record how many steps you’ve taken, how much distance you’ve covered, and how many calories you’ve burned in a day. The Charm can last up to 14 days on a single charge.
So, it’s an extremely simple wearable, but I think it’s a little too simple. I know it sounds like I’m being petty, but it’s missing a couple of key things that I think most wrist wearables need.
As I already mentioned, I think the look of the device is appealing. It’s sleek, it’s small, and it’s definitely different than everything else on the market. However, the Charm A.) doesn’t tell time, B.) has no vibration sensor, and C.) for an activity tracker of sorts, it should probably have a heart rate monitor on it somewhere. In short, it feels more fashion than function at the end of the day. I think even the people that can appreciate its minimalism would still like to be able to tell time, have vibration feedback, and have a heart rate monitor. Otherwise, I think the Charm is a great idea and definitely has its place.
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