Intex iRist Smart – Watch
Intex has revealed its smartphone on a wrist aka iRist. Distinct from most smart watches we have seen recently, the iRist is not tied to your smartphone and does not run Android Wear. Instead, the iRist is an individual device that comes with Android 4.4 KitKat, a Micro-SIM slot as well as Wi-Fi and GPS.
Of course Intex is not the sole Indian manufacturer to tryout with such a device. Spice had launched something similar, though it ran a custom OS with restricted applications and was rather uncertain in terms of specifications as compared to Intex’s offering. The market is also engulfed with several no-name offerings that boast to offer a ‘complete’ device at a reasonable price. But do people really want to get do away with of their smartphone and depend exclusively on a watch to stay connected, all reasonableness be damned?
Intex thinks otherwise. Though the iRist is fully proficient of functioning as an individual device, the company does not think people will or should give up their smartphone and use only the iRist to stay connected. Intex hopes the watch will help you function better, say check incoming emails even when your smartphone is not with you, and quickly respond to an email if required; or use maps on your wrist to navigate without the watch having to be secured to your smartphone.
In terms of design and build quality, the Intex iRist meets your expectations. The shiny case is a bit of a fingerprint magnet. The camera on the right edge is encircled at the top and bottom by two buttons that correspondingly function as Power and Back buttons you will find on an Android phone. You can also double tap the screen to wake up the display. To get to the microSD slot, you will have to open the back of the watch, which is fortified by four screws. Intex plans to package a screwdriver in the retail box, but getting to the card will still be unwelcomed.
The iRist smartwatch is aimed to be worn on the left hand, and there’s no option to flip the UI around if you wish to wear it on your right hand and have the camera on the outside edge, the way it is meant to be.
The Intex iRist ‘launcher’ positions out the app icons in a 2×2 grid and you can swipe left or right to circle through added screens just like you would on a smartphone or a tablet. Intex has pushed a few apps on the smart watch and you can of course download more from Google Play, though your usefulness with each app may differ due to the limited space. While typing using the on-screen keyboard, you might expect to be a nightmare; but you will be able to type with astonishing accuracy. Also Intex’s voice assistant and Google’s voice input comes handy, if you are too lazy to type.
Picture courtesy- cloudfront.net
by techtalks @TechTalks August 31, 2015 5:27 AM UTC