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Puma Smartwatch review

Puma’s first smartwatch is right here because of the oldsters at Fossil however the fashionable design hides {hardware} flaws.

As you may know Fossil works with various trend manufacturers to create an enormous vary of smartwatches. They embody Diesel and Armani however now the agency has teamed up with Puma for a sporty smartwatch. It is definitely light-weight and enticing however has some points holding it again.

Worth and launch date

The Puma Smartwatch is accessible for £249 (lower than the £269 worth we got at first). If you happen to’re within the US then it is $275 and the European value is 279 Euro. You should buy it from Puma, Amazon and Currys.

That is cheaper than the Fossil Gen 5 which sounds good however you are getting a lot better specs with Fossil’s own-brand mannequin. 

It is also extra inexpensive than the Samsung Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch but it surely’s value taking into consideration that the Fossil Sport, though its from final 12 months, has comparable specs and is simply £219.

Take a look at our chart of the finest smartwatches.

Puma Smartwatch apps

Design & Construct

The Puma Smartwatch has the same design to the Fossil Sport. It is available in three colors – black, white/rose gold and neon (you possibly can determine whether or not it is yellow or inexperienced).

We just like the retro model of the watch, but it surely’s maybe a bit too plain for some and there is not even a Puma emblem on the entrance so folks can see the model. There is a refined one on the strap, the top of the crown and the customized watch faces although.

Puma Smartwatch design

The Puma has a 44mm case which is created from a mixture of nylon and aluminium and is extraordinarily mild. At 28g it virtually looks like a dummy or a children toy. Nevertheless, if you need one thing to really feel prefer it’s hardly there, particularly when working, then it is a nice selection and makes a pleasant change from the numerous chunky designs on the market.

There’s little else to talk of actually with a 5ATM ranking – so it might probably survive as much as 50m of water – and a single crown on the facet. We’re joyful to report this is not only a button, however rotates so you possibly can scroll by way of the interface.

Efficiency

Contemplating the Puma Smartwatch is far newer than the Fossil Sport and is costlier, we had been hoping it will have higher specs.

Just like the Gen 5 would make sense and whereas the Puma is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon Put on 3100 processor, it is restricted to 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. That is fairly regular for a Put on OS smartwatch however we wish extra.

As we have discovered with the Gen 5, the reminiscence specifically makes an enormous distinction in how easily all the things runs.

Puma Smartwatch heart rate monitor

Nevertheless, the watch was virtually unusable at first – to be honest it was nonetheless putting in apps and many others following the setup course of however that’s not expertise for somebody new to Put on OS. Issues do calm down after this and the interface is essentially fairly responsive, however apps don’t precisely load shortly usually taking few seconds.

One distinction in comparison with another Fossil gadgets is that it would not have a speaker. There’s nonetheless a microphone so it might probably hear your voice however you received’t get a response from the watch or be capable to obtain calls on it or hearken to music. This isn’t a giant deal for us, however we merely level it out in case you’re bothered.

Display screen

You may use the Puma through its 1.19in display which makes use of AMOLED know-how and gives a good 328ppi pixel density. That is similar to most smartwatches and issues look very nice on the show; utilizing it outdoors wasn’t a difficulty because of a daylight increase function.

Puma Smartwatch screen

We do assume the display might be larger at potential 1.3in since there’s an affordable black border round it earlier than you get to the metallic bezel.

Monitoring

You get some first rate specs elsewhere akin to NFC for Google Pay, GPS for correct monitoring and a coronary heart price monitor. There are additionally sensors like an accelerometer and altimeter.

That’s first rate, particularly for the light-weight and compact design. Nevertheless, there’s a few points which cease the Puma being a slick wearable.

Puma Smartwatch GPS

For the reason that machine is geared toward sporty varieties, it’s a disgrace (to place it evenly) that the GPS takes far too lengthy to lock onto a sign – usually needing a couple of minutes earlier than you possibly can set off in your run. This isn’t the case while you evaluate it to the likes of the Apple Watch and Fitbit fashions with GPS.

Being Put on OS, Google Match is the primary health app being pushed but it surely received’t fairly work for everybody. It’s Transfer Minutes and Coronary heart Factors could be a bit simplistic for these wanting extra detailed info so look to different apps.

Battery life

Battery life is quoted at 24 hours and we’ve discovered that to be usually the case. After all, it relies upon what you’re doing with it every day and whether or not you may have options like background coronary heart monitoring switched on. A day of common exercise monitoring (no exercises/runs and many others), notifications and the like meant we had round 50% battery left on the finish of day.

Puma Smartwatch battery modes

Nevertheless, take the Puma out on a run or two and also you’ll virtually definitely be charging it each evening. The charger, though a reasonably weedy design, connects effectively and fast cost means you may get to 80% in 50 minutes – ie in your lunch break.

The opposite excellent news is you can select from completely different battery modes akin to Every day, Prolonged and and Time Solely. They do as you’d count on, plus you possibly can set a customized one which has a wide range of settings so you possibly can select what options you want essentially the most.

Verdict

We just like the Puma Smartwatch from Fossil because of its light-weight and compact design. And in idea, it has first rate specs and options inside that small chassis.

Nevertheless, when it comes right down to it, the Puma would not execute effectively on the vital stuff. Particularly that efficiency could be laggy and the GPS has actual hassle discovering a sign.

Battery life could be affordable relying in your utilization however these wanting a sport centered smartwatch ought to in all probability have a look at the Apple Watch or a Fitbit. You are largely paying for the Puma identify right here.

Specs

Puma Smartwatch (by Fossil): Specs

  • WearOS by Google
  • 1.19in AMOLED display, 328ppi
  • Snapdragon Put on 3100 processor
  • 4GB storage
  • 512MB RAM
  • Google Pay
  • Google Assistant
  • GPS
  • Coronary heart price monitor
  • Waterproof to 5ATM (50m)
  • 44m case
  • 11m thick
  • 28g

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