The Android Wear Mission smartwatch by Nixon is designed for action sports, in particular, surf and snow.
It boasts a water-resistant rating of 10 ATM (100 meters) which is more than any other Android Wear smartwatch. In collaboration with forecasts and reports specialists Surfline and SnoCountry, the watch comes with an exclusive app which delivers live ocean and mountain forecasts and conditions.
The Mission is designed to work seamlessly with the premiere ski and snowboard tracking app, Trace. which monitors your speed, jumps, vertical, calories, and more while you’re on the slopes.
The Android Wear app ecosystem is the second largest after Apple’s WatchOS, so there’s no shortage of apps for notifications, fitness, navigation and plenty more in addition to the custom surf and snow apps on board the Mission.
Android Wear equips your smartwatch with plenty of Google’s goods, such as Translate, Maps, Fit, Hangouts; and the Mission has a built-in mic so you can use your voice to search with Google Now. Also, a ton of supported gestures allows you to control the watch using one hand.
The Mission has a 1.39-inch 400 x 400-pixel AMOLED touchscreen protected by Gorilla Glass 3. It’s quite chunky beast, with a 48mm stainless steel case with a raised bezel for extra protection for the touchscreen.
Under the Mission’s rugged hood is a Snapdragon Wear 2100 quad-core processor which outperforms the Snapdragon 400 used by most of yesteryear’s Android Wear watches, plus it consumes 25-percent less power.
The action sports smartwatch is powered by a 400mAh battery that offers a not so impressive 24 hours between charges. If you are using the Mission for GPS tracking, expect it to weigh heavy on the battery life. At least it offers a GPS, a feature lacking with its main rival, the Casio WSD-F10.
The Mission’s default colors are black, silver and grey, and orange and grey with a Cerakote ceramic coating. However, you can customize the look of the watch with over 44K color combos with a variety of interchangeable straps, bezels, cases and even inscriptions and custom engravings.
You’ll need a smartphone running Android 4.3 + or iOS 8.2 + for Android Wear compatibility. The Mission App, Mission Pro watch face and surf and snow data are not yet compatible with iOS.
The Mission will be available from October 10th starting at $400 USD and £339 in the UK.