While many comparisons are being drawn between Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch and Sony Smartwatch 2, and speculations continue about Apple as well as Google launching smartwatch products soon, the sports giant Nike seems to clinch the attention with its new wearable device, the FuelBand SE.
An upgraded version of the original FuelBand, one of the biggest plus-points of Nike’s new device is its minimal, but clear and easy functionalities. Besides the fact that it comes in varied colors this time (crimson, pink, and volt), the FuelBand also features some marked improvements.
The most conspicuous development has been the inclusion of the new version of Bluetooth (4.0), which syncs in real-time with the iPhone 4S and later models. However, the owners of the Android devices have to wait a little longer in this regard.
It appears like the Nike is all set to make the FuelBand owners run harder, and maintain the fitness better. This latest refreshed edition of the FuelBand has been finely tuned for better tracking of the Fuel. Instead of counting the unclear wrist flicks, the new unit tracks the actual movement much better. The company claims to have modified the NikeFuel algorithm for more accurate results. So now, you can convert your activities into more accurate ‘NikeFuel’ points, and compare your activities with your family and friends. Also, the ‘Win the Hour’ feature shows an indication on your FuelBand or on your iPhone if you aren’t moving enough. You can easily set hourly goals for yourself, tag particular workout activities, and monitor the Fuel Rate in real time. What more, its centralized Group feature allows you to share your points and activities with your friends across social networks.
Improvements are also visible in the battery life and flexibility, and the device will now be weather-resistant as well. In addition, those wearing the FuelBand SE can simply double-tap on its single to check the time, instead of painstakingly scrolling down the menu items in order to use the device as a watch.
So, while some might say that Nike’s FuelBand SE can do only limited stuff, I say that ’s its biggest advantage. Without going haywire with a rather multitasking approach, the product concentrates on a specific target market. And the most sumptuous part is that unlike the other smartwatches available right now, the Samsung Galaxy Gear Smartwatch, Nike FuelBand SE comes at just $149. The product, which is currently available for pre-order, goes on sale from next month, November 6 to be exact.