Who would've thought that our watches would one day evolve to become extensions of our smartphones? We've created a sort of personal technological ecosystem that has proven to not only be useful in daily situations, but also has tweaked lifestyles for the better. We're more conscious (and in some cases, obsessed) about our fitness levels and body functions, and that has allowed for better personal accountability.
With all things tech, upgrades come fast and furious. Skagen's Falster series of smartwatches—the brand's first touchscreen version—was launched in the beginning of 2018, offering smartwatch enthusiasts a sleek and streamlined design that the Danish watch brand is known for. And in just two years, the Falster series has been enhanced twice, culminating in the recently released Falster 3 smartwatch—its most power-packed version yet.
The biggest draw of the Skagen Falster 3 is in its newly included speaker; a first in the series. It's a nifty feature that allows the Falster 3 smartwatch to function as a portable mini speaker, take voice commands for and sound off responses from Google Assistant, as well as speak out translations processed via Google Translate. Typically, only Android smartphone users would be able to take calls on Wear OS by Google-run smartwatches (Skagen's line of smartwatches all make use of the operating system). But with a proprietary app developed by Fossil Group, the Falster 3 smartwatch is one of the first in the market that has made the function fully iPhone-compatible.
Choose your (battery) life
The Skagen Falster 3 provides up to 24 hours of use based on a single charge. It's more than sufficient, considering we're not usually awake for 24 hours at a time anyways. But for those instances where charging is not immediately available, the smartwatch is programmed with four different battery modes designed to extend its battery life. 'Daily Mode' provides the least interruptions with almost all features enabled. The 'Extended Battery Mode' focuses the use of essential features like notifications and heart rate-tracking so that the Falster 3 can be used over multiple days on a single charge. Users can customise what functions to restrict or enable with the 'Custom Mode'. And lastly, the 'Time-Only Mode' gives additional hours when the battery runs low by only displaying the time like a standard watch.
More space, more apps
With a total storage space of 8GB and 1GB of RAM, the Falster 3 is packed with twice the capacity for apps and media as compared to previous incarnations, as well as providing a more seamless user experience. Pre-installed apps include widely popular ones such as Spotify and Noonlight. Also included is Cardiogram, a rather extensive heart health monitor app that's able to visualise heart rate data into easy-to-read charts to better determine how certain activities affect your heart, with the option of comparing information with millions of Cardiogram users worldwide.
The Falster 3 smartwatch is now available at TANGS Tang Plaza, OG People’s Park, Takashimaya, as well as online at Skagen's Shopee official store. An exclusive X by KYGO edition in collaboration with Norwegian artist Kygo, will be available from May 2020.