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Qualcomm Toq: A Better Smartwatch for Business?

Qualcomm Toq: A Better Smartwatch for Business?
The Toq’s staying power comes from its unique Mirasol display. / Credit: Qualcomm.

Qualcomm’s first smartwatch boasts unique hardware that could make it a good pick for business users.

The watch became available to preorder Monday (Nov. 25) with a $349.99 price tag. It ships Dec. 2.

Like competing smartwatches the Toq functions as a companion device for your smartphone, pushing notifications straight to your wrist as they arrive.

It can scan your existing accounts to notify you of incoming email or calendar events. That means business users are less likely to miss an important email, phone call or meeting.

But Qualcomm’s offering sets itself apart with the unique combination of a colorful, always-on display and extremely long battery life. Early reports suggest it can last four days or more on a single charge, making it a good companion for business users whose business plans depend on reliable mobile tech.

The Toq’s staying power comes from its unique Mirasol display, which functions much like the e-ink screens found in e-readers. Like e-ink screens, the Toq’s display is easily viewed even in direct sunlight.

It also means the screen is always on, so your notifications are always just a glance away with no extra button presses required. The Toq also features wireless charging, so refreshing the battery is as easy as setting it down.

By comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Gear tops the charts in terms of power and performance, but its battery struggles to last more than 24 hours on a charge.

Sony’s SmartWatch 2 promises several days of longevity, but lacks an always-on display.

The Pebble smartwatch, meanwhile, packs an e-ink screen that might outlast even the Toq, but it can only display grayscale images.

Qualcomm’s Toq is currently only compatible with Android handsets, though Qualcomm has said iOS support is coming sometime in the future. For now, iPhone users should look to Pebble to get their smartwatch fix.

And although the Toq competently tells time and relays notifications, it lacks the app storefront of some of its competitors – at least at launch.

Originally published on BusinessNewsDaily.

Brett Nuckles

Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since 2009. He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in 2013. He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English. Follow him on Twitter @BrettNuckles.