Wednesday, July 17, 2013

Cookoo Watch Review


Not really going Coo-coo for the Cookoo watch

There has been a big buzz around smart watches lately, and for that reason I decided to review the COOKOO Bluetooth watch. The name says it all, it’s a watch that has the capacity to connect to Bluetooth enabled devices (in my case an iPhone) and alert you in certain situations. I've used it for about a week, while at work, and it felt like this watch could have been so much more than it is. Being a watch and technology fanatic I was looking forward to using it, but all it did was leave me disappointed. Here’s why:


First of all, the COOKOO watch has a lot of features, just not the right ones. It has the ability to:  show that you have a reminder, an alarm, a text, an email, a phone call or that it’s time to charge your phone. What it can’t do is show you what the reminder, the text or the email actually is. As a person who works in an environment where I can’t always be near my phone, I find it extremely frustrating knowing that I have received a text but can’t see it.

Also, I should add that setting up your watch isn't easy. Even though it has an app and a pamphlet to guide you while you set it up and customize the buttons, it took a lot of time to understand how to make it work. Once you get the hang of it and are able to customize each buttons, some functions can be very useful. For example, the find your phone function probably saved me a couple of minutes of looking for my phone. The “take a picture function” made it easier for group photos and the music control is not too bad.

Style and performance

Like I said earlier I am a watch fanatic. That being said, I would not buy the COOKOO watch based on its looks; it is too minimalist for me. But tastes being something different for everyone, I won’t get into the aesthetics. The materials they used to make the strap and watch both feel and look durable. The strap is comfortable and very adjustable. For obvious, reasons the watch is not waterproof.

As for performance, it had its connectivity issues. Half of the time I spent using the watch it wasn't connected to my device. The beautiful thing about smart watches is that when you lose connectivity with your device, you can still use it as a watch. As for the battery life, it is claimed to last up to a full year and also comes with a replacement battery.

The bottom line

At 129$ USD, I would not recommend buying a COOKOO smartwatch , at least not before they fix connectivity issues and add full text display.

But if you still want to try it out, it can be found here


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