Want a smartwatch that's also a fashion statement? Meta's new smartwatch boasts high-end materials and designer looks. Whether you find this flashy smartwatch attractive comes down to personal taste, but it's hard to deny that it looks and feels relatively expensive, especially compared with the plastic designs of some competing devices such as LG's G Watch. That makes it worth a look for business users who want a smartwatch with more premium appeal. And the device gets the job done by pairing with most smartphones to push alerts and notifications straight to your wrist.
The Meta M1 is available for preorder now, and is expected to ship in October. If you're on the fence, here are three features that might make the Meta M1 good for business.
Meta says the M1 is a "premium watch that just happens to be smart." The device comes in a variety of colors and configurations, but all of them feature stainless-steel faces, with a variety of strap options including leather, steel and rubber. Large metal hinges on either side of the watch face give the watch a more comfortable fit on the wrist.
What makes the Meta M1 different from a regular old wristwatch is its ability to push alerts and notifications to your wrist. That way you can view them at a glance without needing to pull your smartphone out of your pocket. The M1 syncs with your phone via Bluetooth to alert you to new emails and text messages, incoming phone calls, calendar events, weather and more.
Like the Pebble, Meta's watch promises long battery life: up to five to seven days between charges. That's a big step up from Android Wear devices, which offer sharp full-color displays, but need to be recharged each night. The M1's low-power, grayscale screen won't drain your battery, making it more reliable for daily use.