Lily is Garmin’s first smartwatch solely dedicated to women
A Garmin watch solely dedicated for women? Why not? It’s called Lily and you can pick it up in one of two iterations.
Gone are the days when sports watches were blocky unatractive things sitting like bricks on our wrists. Technology is becoming smaller, it is getting easier to design wearables that are both attractive, functional and sensor-packed.
Lily is Garmin’s first watch purely designed for women. Interestingly, this is not the only time we see the company associated with the moniker Lily. Garmin has registered a trademark for the name with the USPTO. The application was filed in September last year but it went largely unnoticed.
The new lineup consists of a couple of smartwatches. They are called Lily Classic and Lily Sport.
The watches come with the same sensor technology and smarts – the difference is in design. The duo has nuances in looks which makes them stand out. They also differ in the use of metal or fiber-reinforced plastic as housing material.
In terms of actual technical specs, Lily has a 34.5 millimeter diameter watch face. The 1 inch (25.4mm) TFT LCD panel can only display shades of white (16 level grayscale) but the multicolored background makes this stand out beautifully. The watch offers a resolution of 240 x 201 pixels which is not that great, but it comes across as legible on the images. All of this is protected from scratches and shocks by a Gorilla Glass cover.
There are no buttons so you are meant to navigate your way around the menus via the touch-screen. The Fiber-reinforced plymer body and anodyzed aluminium bezel come attached to a silicone strap with a width of 14 millimeters. There are also leather band options.
Water-resistance is nothing to worry about. You can wear Lily 24/7 as it is waterproof down to depths of 50 meters.
Under the hood are Garmin usuals which include an accelerometer, heart rate sensor, SpO2, but no built-in GPS. You’ll instead need to piggy-back on the satellite signal from your smartphone for more precise location and activity tracking. There’s also no altimeter for counting floors climbed.
Other fitness and health tracking goodies include stress tracking, Body Battery, abormal heart rate alerts, respiration rate, menstrual cycle and more. The watch can monitor a multitude of sports including yoga, pilates, aerobics and breathing exercises.
A nice touch is the emergency help function. It works by transmitting the location of the wearer on-demand to pre-defined contacts. This does need your phone to function, though. Messages and notifications are also displayed on the watch-face, along with calendar, weather information, music control, find my phone and find my watch.
Battery life is only about five days. Presumably Garmin did not manage to fit a larger capacity battery into such a small device. It weights only 24 grams.
Where to buy? Availability.
All things considered, this is a nice addition to Garmin’s range of watches. It doesn’t bring anything revolutionary to the table. Instead, it packages existing technology into a design that will appeal to women.
Lily retails starting at $200 for the Sport version and $250 for Classic on Garmin’s website. Both are also available on Amazon (check price).
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