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Need to know: Toq by Qualcomm

Every once in a while, a product makes its way to market that triggers a particularly obsessive response in some people (me, especially). These products are usually game-changers, pioneers within a particular field, or the best of the best. Things like the Qualcomm 860 Thin Phone, iPod, Dyson bladeless fan, and HTC One (M7) come to mind. Another of these products, one released in limited numbers back in December of 2013, is the Qualcomm Toq (pronounced “talk”).

The unveiling of the Qualcomm Toq. $249.99
The unveiling of the Qualcomm Toq. $249.99
Kenneth Fish
Then and now. Qualcomm QCP-860 and the Qualcomm Toq.
Then and now. Qualcomm QCP-860 and the Qualcomm Toq.
Kenneth Fish

Here we are five months later, and the price of the Toq has dropped from $350 to $250 and, thanks to the latest software update, which includes the Nuance speech recognition engine, as well as a beta version of its activity tracker software, it’s even more user-friendly and desirable than it was at the time of its time of release. Regarded by Gizmodo as “tonnes better than the Galaxy Gear,” the Toq packs a heap of technology into a surprisingly thin, attractive device. This, of course, shouldn’t come as a surprise to anyone familiar with Qualcomm. Back in 1999, they released the beautiful, lightweight, and fantastically functional QCP-860 Thin Phone, which is still my favorite phone of all times despite the fact that compared to today’s phone technology it is a complete dinosaur.

Feature-richness

  • ● Weight: 3.2oz
  • ● Adjustable wristband: 6 inches to 8.7 inches
  • ● Display: 1.55 inches
  • ● Display DPI/PPI: 222ppi
  • ● Qualcomm Mirasol: I.M.O.D.
  • ● Capacitive touch screen
  • ● Battery Life: Multiple days between charges
  • ● Charging technology: Qualcomm® WiPower™ LE - Magnetic Resonance Charging
  • ● Battery Capacity: 240mAh
  • ● Bluetooth 3.0
  • ● AllJoyn™ Enabled
  • ● Vibration: Yes
  • ● Airplane Mode: Yes

The Toq will support up to eight different watch faces, out of a possible 19 and, in addition to the home screen, with its applet launcher, there’s four other screens that can be loaded via the free Toq smartphone app. One particularly handy applet is the music player controller. Right from the wrist, play/pause, track skip, and volume can be managed with the touch of a finger. To keep the overall design of the smartwatch nice and clean, Qualcomm has hidden touch-sensitive “buttons” for the screen lock/unlock/home and backlight controls in its proprietary cloth-look wristband, and to keep it thin, they incorporated the battery into the clasp mechanism. One last thing to note is that the Toq is only compatible with Android phones running Jelly Bean (4.0.3) or above. Sorry, iPeople.

Stay tuned for the in-depth review of the Qualcomm Toq coming up in a few weeks. For more information about the Toq, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.