When you get your hands on the Skagen Falster, it is literally love at first sight.
The watch looks smart and fashionable and is the perfect companion to an office meeting and even a dinner date. It has also has the basic smarts: to help you with notifications and tracking your fitness regime.
Design and OS: As smooth as butter
Right from the first glance, the watch is a treat for sore eyes. The review model was the one with a ‘Falster 1 Rose Gold-Tone Steel-Mesh’,’ and as soon as I wore it, I got admiring looks from colleagues at work and random people on the street. The strap is available in 4 colors: Black Leather, Brown Leather, Steel Mesh, and Rose Gold Tone Steel Mesh.
It looks simple, chic and elegant and it has raised lugs. The watch is offered with a 42mm stainless steel dial with 20mm straps. The Skagen display is a 1.19-inch LCD screen and it is a crisp one. Text notifications, email updates are clearly visible regardless of you being indoors or out and about, under the sun. You will also appreciate the color reproduction as you flick through image previews. What makes the experience wholesome is the excellent touch response.
The display never felt lagging, so to speak. And you don’t have to worry about the Mumbai rains if you are wearing this watch because it is equipped with an IP67 rating, but don’t think of dunking your watch underwater for fun though. To save your music / images and other digital bits, the watch offers a roomy 4GB of storage.
Battery life and performance
One thing that the Falster misses out on is that battery life. It takes more than 3 hours to charge the watch from 0% to 100% and sadly the battery drains within 4-5 hours maximum if you want to switch on your Bluetooth, read and respond to notifications from the watch. If you just want it to sit pretty and glance at the dial, your Falster will last all day long.
The Falster runs on Google’s Wear OS, which is pretty easy to use. You can access your messages easily and reply to them with preset options, or you can draw emojis or use the Google Assistant to type your messages for you. However, the Google Assistant voice activation is a bit tricky to use but once you get a hang of it, it makes your life very easy.
There is a fitness tracker built-in to track your workout regime but the absence of a heart-rate monitor is a bit disappointing. There is no GPS sensor either.
Is the Falster worth ₹20,000?
Skagen gets full marks for styling: it’s minimalistic, and the Wear OS is also very easy to use. It’s simplicity makes a first time smart watch user like me wonder what I was missing out on all this while.
So if you are looking for a stylish smartwatch and you’re going to be near a charging point the whole day, then yes, it is.