Apple’s long-rumored “iWatch” is likely to only work when paired with an iOS device. Android Wear devices such as the LG G, Samsung Gear Live, and upcoming Motorola Moto 360 all rely on a phone or tablet to perform.
Can a watch still be smart without first being attached to another device? Timex believes that it can and has introduced the Ironman One GPS+ smart watch, which offers standalone wireless connectivity without a phone.
The wearable device was developed through a partnership with AT&T and Qualcomm.
According to Anette S. Olsen, chairman of Timex Group:
Our collaboration with industry stalwarts Qualcomm and AT&T has enabled us to introduce the first smartwatch that offers stand-alone wireless connectivity without a phone and has great appeal to a broad range of fitness enthusiasts as well as tech-savvy individuals and those who simply wish to make a statement.
- Email-based messaging capabilities
- Tracking capabilities that communicate the user’s location to friends and family anytime, anywhere
- Custom-built “Find Me Mode” safety solution, which allows users to send an alert with exact location in case of an emergency
- Ability to track speed, distance and pace in real-time and instantaneously share performance metrics through your favorite social media and online fitness platforms
- Water resistance up to 50 meters, an essential feature for water exposure, training in the rain or swimming
- Built-in MP3 component with 4 GB of memory to play music via a Bluetooth headset
- Always-on, sunlight-readable, high-resolution touch display
- One year of data connectivity by AT&T included for U.S. and Canadian subscribers
You can also preorder the Timex Ironman One GPS+ through Timex. Prices begin at $399.95.