CNET First Look
Meta M1 smartwatch goes for sleek metal and leather styleThe Meta M1 looks a little like a Pebble Steel smartwatch and works like one, too, but with a more aggressive outer design. It works with both Android and iOS.
[MUSIC] Hi, I'm Scott Stein and, how stylish can a SmartWatch possibly be? Well, what I'm wearing on my wrist, might be at the top of the heap. This is the Meta M1. And its aim, is to look good. Now, it works with Android and Ios and this SmartWatch is not running Android Wear. But it does have a very basic set of notifications. That soured a little bit like a pebble. And the design may kinda look like a Diesel watch. It may kinda look like a Fossil watch. But Meta's partners and founding founding partners actually spun off from the Fossil group, so that's no accident. This design is the main front-and-center reason to buy one of these. It's stainless steel. There are a number of leather and rubber strap accessories that you can put on this. And you can pick va, various colors. The price ranges from $250 to $450, so this is not inexpensive. But much like the Pebble, it's got a battery life that's on the higher end, more like a four day, five day type of battery life. Its screen is pretty primitive. That's the one weak point. You're talking about an LCD screen that's high reflective, but it doesn't have any touch. And it has six buttons here that access a bunch of specialized apps. You can get the weather. You can get sports scores in the future. You will be able to potentially do fitness tracking. Doing step counting. Right now it's also got notifications and also calendar connectivity. So you can see your calendar info. You can see notifications like on a pebble watch. And it works pretty easily. The app also allows you to filter things with a metafilter to pick which ones you do and do not want to expand onto your watch. Pretty similar to a pebble so why do you get one of these? Kinda sounds like a pebble, and that's the problem. The Meta M1 is gonna have its own competition late out there, and products not only with Android wear but future stuff down the road from Apple and others to compete with as well. But if this ends up in stores, with a good enough battery life and designs that are like these, maybe they would catch on. I'm Scott Stine with a look at the Meta M1, here on my wrist. [MUSIC]