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The Arrow Smartwatch Contains an HD Camera That Takes Pics At Any Angle

The Arrow has an HD camera in the bezel, allowing you to rotate it and take a picture at any angle.
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UPDATE: seems the Arrow Smartwatch is yet another crowdfunding scam. Many people are complaining on Indiegogo that they never received their watches.

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…

The camera.

It’s terrible.

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 art house film director who’s lost his senses.

But…

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.

Read on…

The screen

The Arrow’s face is an OLED color interface with a diameter of 1.39 inches (35.3mm). 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.

Apps

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.

Mobile Phone Notifications Are A Lift Of Your Arm Away
Mobile Phone Notifications Are A Lift Of Your Arm Away

Communication

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.

Battery

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.

Charger

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.

Charging time

They claim the Arrow charges in 1.5 hours.

Hardware

Let’s take a look at the Arrow’s hardware…

The camera

The camera gives you 5MP resolution and 1080p video recording.

The Arrow has built-in image stabilization, 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.

See What Youre Shooting On The Arrows Face
See What You’re Shooting On The Arrows Face.

Processor

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.

Internal storage

The Arrow comes with 8GB of on-board 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 WiFi.

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.

Connectivity

How does the Arrow stack up in the connectivity department?

Bluetooth

The Arrow comes with Bluetooth 4.2.

The LG Watch Sport also comes with Bluetooth 4.2.

WiFi

The Arrow comes with a 802.11 b/g/n WiFi connection, similar to the LG Watch Sport.

Cellular

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.

NFC

The Arrow does not come with NFC support. The LG Watch Sport does.

Is this important to you? Might be. It’s not a deal-breaker for me.

Sensors

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 Weight Watchers.

Smartphone app

Arrow will launch smartphone apps for Android and iPhone.

I’ve checked Google Play and iTunes. The apps have not been launched yet.

Water resistance

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 meters water resistance.

Will Arrow release a waterproof or water resistant model in future?

Style

You can choose from three materials for your Arrow smartwatch:

  • Silicon
  • Leather
  • Metal

The silicon strap comes in the following colors:

  • Black
  • Red
  • White

The leather strap comes in two styles:

  • Black
  • Black with red stitching

The metal strap is made from stainless steel and is available in black.

Will it fit me?

You can choose from three straps: silicon, leather and steel. All straps are 0.94 inches (24mm) wide.

Here are the lengths of the straps:

  • Steel – 8.19 inches (208mm)
  • Silicon – 9.76 inches (248mm)
  • Leather – 10.16 inches (258mm)

Arrow designed the strap to be interchangeable with standard watch straps. If you own a watch, your watch strap might fit the Arrow.

Final thoughts

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.

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travica kazimir flat 18/242 great north road henderson auckland 0612

camera watch arrow cam with ather big phone, or not. if i buy, i like pey with bank. kam chiper this watch. how mach is price, and is free siping.

travica kazimir flat 18/242 great north road henderson auckland 0612

hi, i like buy arrow rotating watch metal. i like pey with bank. big reason is ply station use me 2000 dolars [haker] a’m not rich.

Bruce

Hmm is the photo/video quality and angling really that bad? Zeblaze thor 3/4 has similar specs but it’s a 5mp camera as well.
If either was waterproof, would be a great product, would be fairly annoyed if light rain or snow killed the watch.

Grimsu

So cam you browse on this watch and go on facebook dirctly from it pls?

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