GLIGO E-Ink Smartwatch: a stylish hybrid with incredible battery life

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Hybrid watches are known for marrying functionality with style. They cater to the demographic that prefers the classic look, but with modern smarts.

There is no shortage of hybrids to choose from today. But it seems its only going to get better from here. A recent report estimates that in 4 years time, such devices will make up more than a half of smartwatch shipments.

In an increasingly crowded market, its becoming difficult to stand out from the competition. The Gligo E-Ink Smartwatch is hoping to make a name for itself by providing a few unique features.

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As its name implies, the timepiece comes with an E-ink screen. This makes it easier to read than a traditional liquid crystal display. E-ink looks like printed text, making it easier on the eyes and there is no reflection under the sun. Plus its incredibly energy efficient.

And this brings us to the second unique feature. The watch runs an incredible 2-years on a single charge with 180-day e-ink display time. That’s probably the best battery life we’ve seen on any smartwatch or hybrid so far.

The gizmo has a two-pin design and is equipped with quartz movement. The e-ink screen displays time, date and notification icons. There is a also little bit of health monitoring and fitness tracking thrown in, including heart rate tracking.

GLIGO’s stylish, minimalist design is fit for any occasion. It comes with a 316L fine steel case that can withstand depths down to 30 metres. This means no more worrying about taking off your watch when you’re taking a bath, in the pool or sweating it out.

On top of all of this, the device comes with a $99 price tag. Its no wonder GLIGO has generated so much interest on Indiegogo. With 4 days left, the campaign has smashed through its goal 15 times over.

Price: $99 and up

Funding open:

$152,198 raised out of $10,000 goal
4 days left

Estimated delivery: September 2018

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Ivan Jovin

Ivan has been a tech journalist for over 7 years now, covering all kinds of technology issues. He is the guy who gets to dive deep into the latest wearable tech news.

2 thoughts on “GLIGO E-Ink Smartwatch: a stylish hybrid with incredible battery life

  • Mediorce app and the USELESS watch. Don’t think of buying it.

    Facing following issues:
    1. on clicking Up button, a pop up shows up with some chinese text.

    2. watch vibration is very LOUD, other people can notice hear the vibration

    3. even after setting notification off for messages, watch keeps on vibrating for messages

    4. no way to customize watch vibration, by default it vibrates almost 10 times for each notification which is very annoying

    5. Connectivity is a BIG issue, watch keeps loosing connection with the phone.

  • After owning several smartwatches and finally receiving my Gligo here is my review of the watch and this company. The customer service of Gligo is terrible. They do not return emails in a timely manner. By that I mean it can take days to even get a response. I tried connecting with them on FB and after talking to a rep for a little bit they broke off chatting with me. I was never rude or swore I just explained my disappointment with the watch and the app and was asking for a refund. Since it was FB IM it lets you know when the message was read. So I was ignored on purpose because they did not want to answer my question or did not know the answer. The person I talked to even said: “But you only view the negative comments.” Which is untrue, I had the watch and made up my own mind of the quality. Now on to the watch itself. The build quality feels cheap, My first Pebble, which was all plastic, fell higher quality. The glass seems cheap and at certain angles seems warped. The steel mesh band is inflexible and uncomfortable. The watch band I bought for my Amazfit Bip for 10 US dollars is of better quality. The notifications on the watch face disappear so quickly that you can not tell what the notification was for. It does not take a periodic heart rate and you have to go to the app to get a heart rate. Now on to the app itself. The app is lackluster and hard to navigate. I could not get my calendar events to appear no matter which mode I put the phone into. The options in the setting menu are confusing as is the documentation. The watch seems barely connected as you can not even use it to have your phone’s smart lock feature and does not show up in the Bluetooth settings. Overall I am incredibly disappointed with this watch and would only recommend it to someone I dislike. All I was looking for was a refund as I could have spent 20 US dollars on Timex if all I wanted was a quartz watch. After tonight if someone does not reach out to me I will be making it my mission to post this review on every social media outlet I can find.
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