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There's finally a smartwatch with decent battery life

There's finally a smartwatch with decent battery life

There's finally a smartwatch with decent battery life
10 August 2015

"It can show you maps on your wrist! And reply to messages with transcription!"

That's cool. How long does the battery last?

"Oh, did I show you the compass function?"

Yeah, but... the battery. Does it last a full day?

"You can draw smilies on it! Ha - smilies!"

Ever since Apple got people interested in smartwatches, the long-standing quibble with the gadget has always concerned its battery life - or a distinct lack of it. While charging phones on a daily basis has become the begrudged norm, topping up a wrist watch on a daily basis remains laughable. Which is why Vector is very pleased with itself.

The British-based tech group's smartwatch has a 30-day battery life - thanks largely to eschewing a touch display for a black-and-white LCD screen and buttons. Remember them? You press them and stuff happens.

Compatible with Android, Apple and Windows phones, the Vector watch will display messages and notifications via a connected app, as well as record your movement and sleep patterns - all the stuff you'd actually use a smartwatch for.

There's also a great deal more choice than the standard smart offering, with a bewildering 12 models set to go on sale on 1 September: the Performance and Contemporary styles fetch £219, while Classic timepieces start at £349.

To get more information, you can register your interest on the Vector website here. Otherwise, you can stick to relying on the long-lasting battery of your good old dumb watch.