Review: The Timepiece from Oaxis Combines the Best of Smart & Analog Watches

If you've been on the fence about smartwatches, perhaps because you don't want to strap a geeky miniature iPhone on your wrist, check out the Timepiece (starting at $89). I don't normally recommend Kickstarter projects because they don't always come to fruition; but this one is already funded and Oaxis sent me one to try, so they are indeed able to build them! 

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I liked the Timepiece's elegant traditional look, with analog watch hands. And they sync with the Timepiece app, so you can synchronize the time with your phone. Some other combination analog and smart watches maintain the analog time traditionally, and you have to manually change it whenever you travel across time zones or when daylight savings time changes. 

The watch itself is lightweight and comfortable. Despite including a screen and smartphone guts the Timepiece is not that big, but it is a little thick. About four quarters thick. There's an integrated heart rate sensor, like Apple's watch, and it can be submerged up to 30 meters. Because it uses low-power e-Ink, it offers a whopping 30 days of battery life. This means you can use it for sleep monitoring, something that is difficult to do on the Apple Watch because of the need for frequent charging. The Timepiece offers notifications for calls, texts, email, calendar appointments, and social media; but unlike the Apple Watch, you can't exactly compose a response to a text or answer a call on your watch. 

Timepiece

Pros

  • Elegant traditional look with analog design
  • Lightweight and comfortable
  • Waterproof up to 30 meters
  • 30 days of battery life
  • e-Ink for small smart screen
  • Suitable for fitness, heart rate, and sleep monitoring
  • Notifications for calls, texts, email, calendar appointments, and social media
  • Includes charging dock
  • Assorted colors for strap, watch face

Cons

  • Kickstarter project
  • Does not have the traditional smartwatch features

Final Verdict

The Timepiece from Oaxis meets a need for those of us who want smart notifications—plus fitness, sleep, and heart rate monitoring—while looking stylish and not worrying about battery life.

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Todd Bernhard is a bestselling (6+ million downloads) award-winning (AARP, About.com, BestAppEver.com, Digital Hollywood, and Verizon) developer and founder of NoTie.NET, an app developer specializing in Talking Ringtone apps including AutoRingtone. And his profile photo is of the last known sighting of Mr. Bernhard wearing a tie, circa 2007!

An iPhone is almost always attached to his hip or in his pocket, but over the years, Mr. Bernhard has owned an Apple Newton, a Motorola Marco, an HP 95LX, a Compaq iPaq, a Palm Treo, and a Nokia e62. In addition to writing for iPhone Life, Mr. Bernhard has written for its sister publications, PocketPC Magazine and The HP Palmtop Paper.