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Puma Smartwatch review

Puma Smartwatch review
Written by Pro Windroid

OUR VERDICT

The Puma Smartwatch is a typically sporty first entry into the smartwatch market for the sports fashion brand. Under the hood, it lacks the RAM you’d expect for the price, and there are definitely cheaper ways of getting the same features, but that’s not to say it’s entirely without benefit.

The main joint smartwatch adventure among Puma and Fossil has a typically dull name: the Puma Smartwatch. In any case, does that bluntness proceed in the tone of the watch? Indeed and no.

At last, the Puma Smartwatch plays it exceptionally sheltered. It’s as yet an engaging enough watch, as it offers every one of the highlights that the individuals who practice routinely will cherish, yet it doesn’t offer a lot of extra what’s more.

However it’s still more costly than a portion of its closest adversaries, while pressing lower specs than others. All things considered, in case you’re an enthusiast of the Puma name, this could be for you.

Puma Smartwatch release date and price

  • Out now in the US and UK
  • Usually costs $275/£249 but can be found cheaper

The Puma Smartwatch came out in November 2019. It’s currently widely available with a recommended retail price of $275/£249 (around AU$405). Look around and you can find it a little cheaper, with Amazon UK selling it for £240 for the black variant for example.

The Puma Smartwatch is available in three color schemes – Rose Gold/White, Black/Grey, and Yellow/Black. Expect prices to change slightly depending on your preferred color choice.

Design and display

  • Slim but feels durable
  • 1.19-inch AMOLED screen is sharp and bright

The Puma Smartwatch is a watch that is both slim at only 11mm thick, yet also has a bezel that makes it feel bulky and capable of shrugging off some scrapes and damage.

Depending on your choice of color scheme, the bezel can be very noticeable, with the Yellow/Black variant being particularly bright. Combined with the silicone strap, it’s almost a Fisher Price ‘my first watch’ style.

Fortunately, you can change out the tie effectively – that is all the better, as we found the lash that accompanies it somewhat awkward.

The 44mm watch face is an OK size for looking at to check, with its 1.19-inch AMOLED show looking sharp and engaging, regardless of what the lighting conditions might be.

There’s a Puma logo on the tie and a significantly more minor Puma logo on the turning crown (which can be utilized to explore the interface), yet that is it as far as marking. It’s somewhat of a botched chance for fans who like to publicize their image alliance.

Specs and features

  • Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset and 512MB of RAM
  • GPS, a heart rate monitor and water resistance
  • No speaker

Like other Fossil watches generally, for example, the Michael Kors Access MKGO, the Puma Smartwatch utilizes the Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 3100 chipset, which is the most as of late discharged smartwatch chipset from Qualcomm and the best you’re probably going to discover with Wear operating system.

It additionally has 4GB of capacity and an insignificant 512MB of Smash, not exactly the Fossil Gen 5 which is accessible at a comparative cost.

Highlights savvy, there’s worked in GPS, pulse checking, waterproofing up to 5ATM, Google Colleague backing, and backing for Google Pay, just as synchronizing with your telephone to show notices. Standard stuff at this point with any Wear operating system based smartwatch.

Like other Fossil-made watches, Spotify comes naturally introduced, however don’t depend on a physical speaker here. The Puma Smartwatch has a mouthpiece for Google Colleague control yet can’t communicate sound, so you can just utilize it to control Spotify as opposed to knock tunes legitimately from the gadget.

Not excessively you’d presumably need to tune in to music through a watch speaker at any rate.

Fitness

  • GPS is slow to lock on
  • Heart rate monitor seems accurate

Don’t count on good GPS support here when separated from your phone. The Puma Smartwatch’s location-finding is pretty awful, and takes a few minutes for the watch to acquire a signal unless it’s connected to your phone.

That’s the biggest irritant for a sports-focused smartwatch that otherwise covers all the usual bases courtesy of a sweat-proof silicone band and the usual bevy of Google Fit abilities. At least the heart rate monitoring is pretty accurate compared to other watches.

Battery life

  • Roughly 24 hours of life
  • Average by smartwatch standards

The Puma Smartwatch is pretty standard with battery life. Expect about 24 hours but not much more, unless you switch it to basic watch mode, which somewhat ruins the point of a smartwatch but will get you out of a low-power jam.

Buy it if…

You love the Puma brand

Like a lot of smartwatches, it’s partially the name you’re paying for here. Love wearing Puma stuff? This will fit in nicely.

You want an eye-catching timepiece

If you’re keen to have a watch that looks different than the rest, this one looks miles apart from anything Fossil has produced under its own name.

You want a lightweight watch

The Puma Smartwatch is light enough that you’ll barely notice it. At least until the strap feels a little uncomfortable. It definitely doesn’t hang off your wrist like a heavy weight though.

Don’t buy it if…

You want the best Wear OS smartwatch

While the Puma Smartwatch offers most of what you need, it’s not the best Wear OS smartwatch out there. Something like the Fossil Gen 5 is a better bet thanks to its built-in speaker and superior battery life.

You want to run without your phone

The slow built-in GPS will irritate you if you plan on running regularly without your phone. It will get there in the end, but who really wants to wait around for their watch to catch up?

You don’t want to buy another watch strap

We’re not fans of any of the Puma Smartwatch color schemes. The straps just feel a bit too flimsy and cheap for the price tag. Expect to buy another watch strap to be happier with how it looks.

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Pro Windroid

A young Tunisian born in 1986 loves the world of technology and technology news and keep up with all the new giants.

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