HTC is coming strong at MWC 2015. Their portfolio of new devices is amazing, but there is one little gadget not everyone is so sure about. This would be the HTC Grip, the Taiwanese manufacturer’s first attempt at making a wearable.
The first question will be whether it is good or not, but I think the most important question is whether it’s worth that $199 price point or not. That is not a low price for a fitness tracker, so the HTC Grip better be worth it, right?
HTC Grip specs
- RTOS software
- 1.8-inch 32x160p P-MOLED display
- 32 MHz low-power CPU
- 8 MB of RAM
- 16 MB of flash storage
- Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS
- 100 mAh battery
- Small/medium/large options
These specs are really nothing to write home about. In fact, this happens to be a very under-powered wearable, and that is because it’s not really meant to offer a smart watch experience. The HTC Grip is made from the ground up to be a fitness tracker. It does offer some smart watch functionality, like allowing you to respond to messages, giving you call notifications and controlling your music, but those are secondary features.
Of course, it can track multiple types of exercises, such as cycling, weight training and gym sessions. In addition, the watch can use its built-in GPS to track your location and workout routes. Do keep in mind using GPS will take a toll on battery life, though. The device is advertised to work for 5 hours on GPS, while keeping location services off will keep the device on for 2.5 days.
The HTC Grip is focused on health enthusiasts, and that is something its design really resonates. It is light and made mostly of plastic and rubberized materials. It also happens to have an IP57 rating, which means it can handle liquids and dust pretty well (for more details on IP certifications refer to our guide on the subject).
Now, a $199 price point is not easy to swallow. Is the device really worth that much? Those looking for true smart watch functionality won’t think so, but if you are an active user looking for a good activity tracker, this could be a good investment. Under Armour and HTC really went all out with this one, and its aesthetics are just as impressive as its functionality.
Will you be signing up for one?