The Arrow comes with all the smartwatch functions you can handle, plus a 1080p HD camera on the bezel, which allows you to take pictures at any angle.
You own a smartwatch. It’s a nice tool. It covers the bases well. You’ve got your calendar set up to talk to your watch. You appreciate the notifications.
You also like that it collects health data. You’ve been on a mission to live healthier and the smartwatch is proving to be a boon.
There’s one frightful thing about it though…
Not only do you need to bend your arm this way and buckle your body that to take a picture, quality is so poor that your photos look like something out of a B-grade horror movie of 70 years ago.
You try your utmost to take good pics, but nothing good comes from this gadget. And no amount of filters make your pictures acceptable.
You can’t post these horrors to social media. People will either think you’re a moron or a German arthouse film director who’s lost his senses.
The next evolution of the smartwatch has arrived, in prototype phase, and promises to give you HD quality images.
Even better, the camera sits on a rotating bezel, allowing you to take photos at any angle.
For this post I compare some of the specs of the Arrow to a similar watch, the LG Watch Sport.
Let’s take a look…
What is the Arrow?
The Arrow is a smartwatch with all the bells and whistles you’d expect from a modern smartwatch, with the addition of a rotatable HD camera.
The Arrow’s face is an OLED colour interface with a diameter of 35.3mm (1.39 inches). That’s similar to the LG Watch Sport.
The Arrow’s interface turns into a display monitor when you take a picture or record a video, allowing you to view what you’re shooting.
The Arrow comes with Android 5.1 (Lollipop), on top of which is loaded their in-house operating system, Arrow Wear.
Sync email, your calendar, SMSes, social media and other apps and receive notifications on your wrist.
Apps speak to your phone (Android or Apple) via Bluetooth.
The LG Watch Sport offers the same functionality and also connects via Bluetooth.
The Arrow comes with a speaker and microphone.
The microphone allows you to record sound when you’re shooting epic wrist movies or taking majestic wrist-powered Instagram shots.
The LG Watch Sport also comes with built-in speakers and a microphone.
The Arrow comes with a 400mAh battery.
They claim it gives you up to 20 hours from normal use.
The LG Watch Sport comes with a 430mAh battery.
Taking a look at reviews for the LG Watch Sport reveals that battery life for this sort of watch is an issue.
There are plenty of factors that determine whether this sort of smartwatch makes it through a day. For instance, the LG comes with an “always on” feature, which most people say needs to be deactivated.
Some users claim that battery life for the LG Watch Sport is awful, no matter what you do.
It remains to be seen how the Arrow stacks up in this department.
Each Arrow ships with a wireless magnetic charger dock and a USB charging cable. (You might want to check out my article about the Magible cable.)
The LG Watch Sport works in a similar fashion.
They claim the Arrow charges in 1.5 hours.
Let’s take a look at the Arrow’s hardware…
The camera gives you 5MP resolution and 1080p video recording.
The Arrow has built-in image stabilisation, ensuring that your images come out crisp at any angle.
The screen turns into a monitor, much like a digital camera’s screen. This lets you see what you’re shooting.
The Arrow comes with a MTK6580 Quad Core, 1.39 GHz processor.
The LG Watch Sport comes with a 1.1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Quad-Core MSM8909w.
The Arrow comes with 8GB of onboard storage.
Considering what you get with an entry level mobile phone, that’s a decent amount of storage.
Store photos and videos on your Arrow and upload later when you have Wi-Fi.
Or store music on your smartwatch for those daily Rocky workouts.
The LG Watch Sport comes with 4GB internal storage, of which 2GB is usable.
How does the Arrow stack up in the connectivity department?
The Arrow comes with Bluetooth 4.2.
The LG Watch Sport also comes with Bluetooth 4.2.
The Arrow comes with a 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi connection, similar to the LG Watch Sport.
The Arrow does not offer cellular connection. They’re working on finding a partner to make stand-alone 3G/4G a reality.
LG Watch Sport handles a SIM card, so it has 3G/4G capabilities.
The Arrow does not come with NFC support. The LG Watch Sport does.
Is this important to you? Might be. It’s not a dealbreaker for me.
Fitness junkies will be glad to know that the Arrow comes with a GPS, pedometer and accelerometer.
Go forth and conquer the outdoors. Your Arrow takes care of telling you where you’ve been and where you’re going.
It also tracks your calories. It’s like real-time WeightWatchers.
Arrow will launch smartphone apps for Android and iPhone.
I’ve checked Google Play and iTunes. The apps have not been launched yet.
The Arrow is NOT waterproof.
It has an IP65 rating, which means it’s dust proof and capable of handling a wash-down. Do not take it for a swim.
The LG Watch Sport comes with an IP68 rating.
Apple claims that their Watch 2 gives you up to 50 metres water resistance.
Will Arrow release a waterproof or water resistant model in future?
You can choose from three materials for your Arrow smartwatch:
The silicon strap comes in the following colours:
The leather strap comes in two styles:
- Black with red stitching
The metal strap is made from stainless steel and is available in black.
Tech specsTech specs for the Arrow smartwatch.
|Case diameter||50mm||1.96 inches|
|Case thickness||15mm||0.59 inches|
|Screen size (Round OLED)||35.3mm||1.39 inches|
|Strap width||24mm||0.94 inches|
|Battery life||One to two days mixed use.|
|Battery charge time||1.5 hours|
|Processor||MTK6580 Quad Core, 1.39 GHz|
|Sensors||GPS, gyroscope, accelerometer|
|Operating system||Arrow Wear (Android 5.1 base)|
|Communication||Built-in Microphone and speakers.|
|App||Android and iOS|
Will it fit me?
You can choose from three straps: silicon, leather and steel. All straps are 24mm (0.94 inches) wide.
Here are the lengths of the straps:
- Steel – 208mm (8.19 inches)
- Silicon – 248mm (9.76 inches)
- Leather – 258mm (10.16 inches)
Arrow designed the strap to be interchangeable with standard watch straps. If you own a watch, your watch strap might fit the Arrow.
Price & availability
The Arrow ships for free to US addresses only. They’re offering discounted shipping to non-US destinations.Crowdfunding pricing for the Arrow smartwatch.
|Arrow smartwatch - Silicone||$149||1 x Arrow smartwatch with a single silicon strap in black, red or white.|
|Arrow smartwatch-leather||$169||1 x Arrow smartwatch with a single leather strap in black or black with red stitching.|
|Arrow smartwatch -|
|$189||1 x Arrow smartwatch with a single stainless steel
|Silicone band kit||$15||Add a single silicon strap in black, red or white.|
|Leather band kit||$20||Add a single Italian leather strap; black or black with red stitching.|
|Metal band kit||$40||Add a single stainless steel PVD strap.|
Smartwatches have never impressed me. I’m not a fitness freak and I don’t mind taking my phone from my pocket to check the time.
But the Arrow looks like a great step forward for smartwatches.
Battery life might be a concern. It remains to be seen whether it’ll perform well in this region.
The fact that it’s not water resistant or waterproof is also a letdown.
But the rotating camera looks like a great tool. And it’s HD too. Bonus.
Take a look at the Arrow. It’s impressive.