Kreyos has put up comparison charts between the Kreyos Meteor and other similar smart watches like the Pebble, Sony SW2 and Agent. However, I am attracted to the Kreyos Meteor because of its very impressive activity tracker functions. The watch comes with 6-axis accelerometer, gyrometer and vibration motor that turns it into an awesome activity tracker that rivals the likes of the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up.
I was actually looking to one of these two activity trackers and had done my research on both. However, when I came across the Kreyos Meteor, I found that it doubles up as a fairly good activity tracker based on the hardware specifications and the info that is available on their Indiegogo campaign page.
If you are mainly looking for an activity tracker, you may even want to consider the Kreyos Meteor as an activity tracker that doubles up as a smart watch. Most of the activity tracker functions work independently from the smart phone.
You do not need to be connected to a smart phone in order for these features to work. In this article, I am going to make a head-to-head comparison between the Kreyos Meteor and the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up.
I have chosen these two trackers as they are popular and are worn on the wrist.
As mentioned above, the Kreyos Meteor has a 6-axis accelerometer, gyrometer and vibration motor. These sensors are used to measure and track activities such as number of steps, running speed, calories burned, etc. On top of that, the Kreyos Meteor can also connect via Bluetooth to the GPS tracker on your smart phone or an ANT+/Bluetooth Heart rate sensor to track additional data such as cycling speed and heart rate during your activity.
Both the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up have similar built-in sensors although the Flex only has a 3-axis accelerometer. The Jawbone Up uses actigraphy motion sensor but I could not find additional information about it so I am unable to make a direct comparison. Both these devices can keep track of activities that can be tracked using the built-in motion sensors but there is no option to combine with other sensors for more accurate tracking or additional data tracking like the Kreyos Meteor.
Both the Flex and Up has sleep monitoring and silent alarm using vibration motors. As for the Kreyos Meteor, silent alarm is available and the developers added sleep monitoring as a stretch goal at the $1 million mark. The project has just surpassed the $1 million mark just today so the Meteor will have sleep monitoring at some point but probably not at launch.
The Fitbit Flex uses Bluetooth 4.0 for syncing so compatibility is limited to devices with Bluetooth 4.0 like the iPhone 4S/5 and Samsung Galaxy S3/S4.
The Jawbone Up has no wireless capability. It transfers data by plugging into the smart phone’s audio jack. This also means that you cannot keep track of the data live like the Fitbit Fkex can. However it is compatible with iOS 5.1 or later and Android 4.0 or later.
The Kreyos Meteor has support for Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR and 4.0 as well as ANT/ANT+ for wireless communication. It works with any iOS, Android and even Windows Phone 8 device. Since the Kreyos Meteor has a proper LCD screen, the activity data collected can be displayed on the watch itself without the need for it to be paired to a phone. All the Flex has is a set of LED lights that indicates how close you are to meeting your daily goal while the Up has no indicator to keep track of your progress. Having an indicator helps in constantly motivating the user to reach his or her goals.
While the hardware portion plays a major role in the usefulness of an activity tracker, a big part of it depends on the software implementation as well. The hardware can only record the data but the software turns the raw data into useful charts and graphs that are used in monitoring the user’s progress. Both the Flexbit Flex and Jawbone Up have full featured apps that do a great job of presenting the data.
The Kreyos Meteor is still unproven at this stage as there is little information on how the phone and desktop apps will look like. All we have at this moment are screenshots of the activity tracker app on the watch itself. While the Kreyos Meteor has a customizable Grid that shows all kinds of captured data, it cannot compare to the full powered apps for the Flex and Up. Krayeos has some catching up to do in this aspect so for now, the Flex and Up have the upper hand.
The retail price for the Kreyos Meteor is expected to be $169. It is the most expensive of the 3 as the Flex retails for $99 and the Up is selling for $129. Considering that the Kreyos Meteor is much more than just a activity tracker, it is well worth the premium. Furthermore, if you contribute towards the Kreyos Meteor crowd sourcing project before it ends on Aug 11th, you can grab one for only $139. It is expected to ship by end of November just in time for Christmas.
Conclusion: Kreyos Meteor vs Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up
Both the Fitbit Flex and Jawbone Up are well established products with a wide following. They do what they are supposed to do and they are well supported software wise. The Kreyos Meteor is an unknown entity that is able to match both these products and can offer much more at a slight premium. If you have no interest in a smart watch then it probably makes sense to go with either of the activity trackers. The Kreyos Meteor on the other hand offers an all-in-one wonder that has big potential. Only time will tell if it can meet its full potential.