The Nowa Superbe is a distinct segment product for a distinct segment viewers. It’s not a hybrid smartwatch, because it doesn’t ship notifications. It’s a fundamental health tracker sporting its greatest occasion outfit, for individuals who hate the thought of sporting a health tracker that appears prefer it actually solely belongs within the health club. A health tracker for somebody who doesn’t desire a health tracker. Robust crowd.
What does it do? Let’s get this out of the best way first — it doesn’t try this a lot. It tracks your steps and sleep, retains a file of your day by day exercise time and energy burned, plus it could work as a distant shutter in your cellphone’s digital camera, and be used to sound an alert should you lose your cellphone. The closest the Superbe involves smartwatch performance is to get an alert when your cellphone rings, and the prospect to reject calls.
The health monitoring might be synced to Google Match or Apple Well being, which is welcome, however the different “options” are a disappointment. First is the distant shutter. Considering it’ll be nice for fast selfies? It isn’t. Not solely is it sluggish to react while you push the crown button on the watch, however it solely operates via the Nowa app, and never the usual cellphone digital camera app, or an app like Instagram. Disgrace.
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Then there’s the decision alert. The Nowa Superbe doesn’t have a vibration motor, so the alert is visible. On the watch face is a small round LED mild which flashes when your cellphone rings. Nice should you’re continuously gazing your watch, however not a lot when it’s below a shirt sleeve. Nowa makes an enormous deal in regards to the watch adjusting itself to the present timezone robotically. This works more often than not, and is managed when your cellphone switches time zones, rapidly updating itself with none motion from you. Nevertheless, getting it to vary constantly was extra of a problem. It typically remained within the improper time zone after switching again, forcing me to make use of the app’s Set Time choice to get it again to regular.
The closest the Superbe involves smartwatch performance is to get an alert when your cellphone rings, and the prospect to reject calls.
Nowa’s app is fundamental. It breaks down your exercise and sleep knowledge, and has a straightforward to know menu to activate or deactivate the watch’s sensible options. It’s additionally used to pair the watch along with your cellphone — now we have used it with the Asus Zenfone 6 on Android with no downside, and it’s additionally suitable with iOS — or to set the time manually. In my brief time with the app, I didn’t expertise any stability issues, however Android regularly jogged my memory it was working within the background and draining the cellphone’s battery.
This will likely be the place the Nowa Superbe might win followers. It ignores the standard health band type, and embraces a fragile, minimalist watch type as an alternative. It’s comprised of chrome steel, and it’s mineral glass over the face. Nevertheless, it doesn’t have a spherical face however it has a sq. one, and there’s a crown on the facet. This can be a button and doesn’t rotate. The sq. look makes it very completely different from its rivals just like the Withings Transfer, or the numerous hybrid Fossil watches accessible. It’s a courageous selection, when the Apple Watch splits opinion with its design.
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It’s a dainty little factor. The face is small at simply 36mm, and the strap is sized accordingly so on the smallest notch it’ll fortunately wrap round slender wrists. The metallic case is tapered on the sides, which successfully hides the actual fact the watch is sort of thick at 9.75mm, and the brushed metallic look is stylish. The white watch face is minimalist, with no numbers and easy fingers. The strap on our evaluation mannequin is a size of skinny 18mm leather-based which is supple and cozy from the second you get it out of the field, and is connected to the case utilizing fast launch pins.
The Superbe doesn’t want charging, and the battery inside ought to final for about eight months.
It drives a quartz motion from consultants Ronda, and a Bluetooth low vitality connection to your cellphone. The Superbe doesn’t want charging, and the usual CR2025 battery inside ought to final for about eight months earlier than it wants changing. There’s a easy battery capability indicator within the app.
The Nowa Superbe’s type has grown on me, however it nonetheless seems to be small to my eye. It’s light-weight and isn’t massive or thick sufficient to get caught on a shirt sleeve. You’ll be able to simply put on it every day, and it received’t be annoying to put on in a single day if you wish to monitor your sleep too. There are a number of completely different types, with the blue fingers on our Traditional Black evaluation mannequin actually catching the attention.
Value and availability
You should purchase the Nowa Superbe via Indiegogo now, with delivery in August. On the time of writing there are nonetheless fashions accessible for $121, however after this restricted quantity has been bought, the watch will value $144. The Nowa Superbe does include the two-year guarantee, and is water-resistant to 30 meters too, so it ought to be long-lasting.
Nowa’s greatest enemy is the huge quantity of health bands accessible — from Xiaomi’s $32 Mi Band three to the $100 Fitbit Encourage HR, Fossil’s vary of hybrid smartwatches, which provide extra performance typically for the same value, and the Fitbit Versa Lite. For $121, should you actually just like the type, it’s an honest health watch supplied you perceive the function limitations, however have a very good go searching on the competitors, as you will get extra in your cash.