Most smartwatches act as a secondarydisplay for your phone, but there"s a select few, like the Neptune Pine, thatjust want to replace it altogether. It"s in this latter category that you"llfind the chunky Exetech XS-3: a watch that stands almost two centimeters tallfrom your wrist. Wrapped in plastic and attached to a heavy-duty rubber strap,the hardware looks tougher than it really is. There"s no back cover other thanthe battery itself, which is exposed to the elements and leaves us concerned asto how sweat-resistant (let alone rain-resistant) this device will be. In anycase, it"s with the internals and software that things start to getinteresting, because the XS-3 comes pretty close to replicating every majorfunction of a smartphone.
The XS-3 runs Android 4.0 on a dual-coreMediaTek processor with 2GB of on-board storage, while a 3G radio lets youemulate Penny / Dick Tracy / John Sheridan (delete as appropriate). The 420mAhmay be vulnerable, but it"s at least user replaceable, and beneath it you"llfind micro-SIM and microSD slots. On standby, the XS-3 will last around 18hours, but that falls to 6-7 hours if you use it a lot throughout the day, andto just 2.5 hours if you put it to work as a GPS tracker.
Since the device is able to access GooglePlay, users are able to get some benefit from Google"s apps, although we doubtthat too many of them will run as efficiently as you"re used to, given that thereal estate is a 1.54-inch 240 x 240 capacitive LCD touchscreen.
There are two navigation buttons on eachside of the bezel, and in the center on the right hand side is a dainty2-megapixel camera for taking cheeky snaps of your friends or, you know,corporate documents you"re planning to steal. The left middle button swingsaway to reveal the microUSB port, which you"ll use to charge the unit, as wellas connecting headphones (via an adapter). The XS-3 is currently available inblack, with a white version appearing on the Italian company"s website in thevery near future, priced at