The Qualcomm Toq, as mentioned in the introductory article, is one of those products that I have been obsessed with since well before its release. When I first saw it, I thought it looked like the future. That magical Mirasol display, its relatively svelte design, the fact that important phone features such as text, email, calendar, music and more can reside on the wrist instead of just in the pocket is simply great, especially for something considered a living proof of concept by its Qualcomm creators. Did the Toq live up to all my obsessive hopes and dreams? Read on to find out.
The Qualcomm Toq, whether proof of concept device or full scale production device is an amazing device. It clearly points the way to future technologies, both wearable and not, with the incorporation of a Mirasol display, Nuance voice recognition, and Alljoyn application (as well as a handful of others available at Google Play). In fact, at this point, the Qualcomm Toq only seems limited by the lack of applicable applications. Perhaps no one feels like developing technology for something that may not be around in a year’s time.
Other than the overall lack of cool and useful plug and play applications, the Toq has been nothing short of an amazing companion to my HTC One (M7). As a music control device, the Toq is top-notch. Calendar reminders, whether as part of the 19 available watch faces or calendar applet, are so very convenient. The step counter, though lacking any coaching, pats on the back, or social features is very good at what it does. Being able to send and receive text messages without ever taking my phone out of my pocket is the best thing ever even if it does make me look a bit crazy when I talk to my watch. Overall, having the features I use most on my phone being strapped to my wrist, is a very good thing.
As far as the basics go, the battery life is amazing. I try to remember to drop it onto its wireless charging station every day while I am in the shower, but if I don’t it doesn’t matter. The battery will last a good three or four days before the Toq sends out a low battery alert. The display, though not nearly as sharp or as much of a battery hog as an OLED screen, is simply amazing. Not only can it be seen clearly in direct sunlight, it is also perfectly clear when viewed through polarized sunglasses. So far, the Toq has been functionally flawless.
Could I live without the Qualcomm Toq? Sure. Just like I could live without the super-awesome HTC One (M7) in my pocket, or the Bose Acoustimass 10 (two other bits of high techno-gadgetry that I really love) in my living room, but since I don’t have to, I’d really rather not. For more information about the Toq, click here. You can also follow along on Facebook and Twitter.
**Full disclosure: This smartwatch was provided at no cost for editorial consideration, to think otherwise would be silly.