Feeds
50%
Signature SWaP

SWaP Signature watchphone

Timepiece telephony

  • alert
  • submit to reddit

Gartner critical capabilities for enterprise endpoint backup

Review The Smart Watch and Phone (SWaP) Signature looks enticing. It fits on your wrist, yet packs in a touchscreen, music and video playback, a camera good for video and stills, Bluetooth with stereo audio, a Micro SD card slot, and a suite apps including an e-book reader. Telephony runs to tri-band GSM with GPRS, but not to 3G.

But dear, oh dear, we can think of so many more things to do with £350.

Signature SWaP

Signature's SWaP: wrist, watch out

Like all watchphones we’ve seen, the Signature is a sizeable beast. Your wrist will need to be broad enough to take a watch which has a face that's 43mm x 40mm and is 15mm thick. The buttons on the side make it a little wider, and extensions to the strap a little taller than these measurements. The 24g weight quoted on the Signature website is a hopeful typo. Our scales put it at 124g.

The SwAP has a leather strap with solid, heavy-duty clasp, and comes supplied with a small, tidy Bluetooth headset. You get no information on how to charge this, though in fact it fits into a small cradle which itself plugs into the USB port on the provided mains power charger.

The screen is a 1.5in, 176 x 132 colour LCD. It's bright and sharp, but, as ever with very small touchscreens, it's a real fiddle to use. The screen dims quickly to save battery power, so you have to tap it to see the time. You can set various clock designs but you can’t preview them, so choosing what you prefer is tedious.

Signature SWaP

The screen is bright and sharp but fiddly to control by touch

The menu system relies on tapping icons and making choices from lists, and you’ll probably need to resort to a stylus immediately. You get two: one is a chunky affair which, presumably, you are meant to dangle from the watch. No thanks.

Boost IT visibility and business value

More from The Register

next story
Apple takes blade to 13-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display
Shaves price, not screen on mid-2014 model
iPhone 6 flip tip slips in Aussie's clip: Apple's 'reversible USB' leaks
New plug not compatible with official Type-C, according to fresh rumors
FEAST YOUR EYES: Samsung's Galaxy Alpha has an 'entirely new appearance'
Wow, it looks like nothing else on the market, for sure
YES YES YES! Apple patents mousy, pressure-sensing iVibrator
Fanbois prepare to experience the great Cupertin-O
Steve Jobs had BETTER BALLS than Atari, says Apple mouse designer
Xerox? Pff, not even in the same league as His Jobsiness
TV transport tech, part 1: From server to sofa at the touch of a button
You won't believe how much goes into today's telly tech
Apple analyst: fruity firm set to shift 75 million iPhones
We'll have some of whatever he's having please
Things are looking up in Flappy Bird sequel
'Swing Copters' offers the same gameplay but in a different direction
prev story

Whitepapers

5 things you didn’t know about cloud backup
IT departments are embracing cloud backup, but there’s a lot you need to know before choosing a service provider. Learn all the critical things you need to know.
Implementing global e-invoicing with guaranteed legal certainty
Explaining the role local tax compliance plays in successful supply chain management and e-business and how leading global brands are addressing this.
Build a business case: developing custom apps
Learn how to maximize the value of custom applications by accelerating and simplifying their development.
Rethinking backup and recovery in the modern data center
Combining intelligence, operational analytics, and automation to enable efficient, data-driven IT organizations using the HP ABR approach.
Next gen security for virtualised datacentres
Legacy security solutions are inefficient due to the architectural differences between physical and virtual environments.