Skagen Gen 6
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Skagen Falster Men's Gen 6 Stainless Steel Smartwatch Powered with Wear OS by Google with Speaker, Heart Rate, GPS, NFC, and Smartphone Notifications, Color: Smoke (Model: SKT5302V)
The Skagen Gen 6 impresses with a whole lot of features, from its stylish display to its built-in GPS, faster charging time, and updated health sensors including the addition of SpO2 monitoring. The watch also uses the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ processor, 1GB of RAM, and has 8GB of storage.
Like the Falster 3, the Skagen Gen 6 smartwatch retains the sleek and minimal-looking Danish design, and the watch case only comes in a 42mm size with interchangeable 20mm straps. Its 416-by-416-pixel AMOLED screen measures 1.28 inches in diameter, and doesn’t have any bezels. The right side of the watch also includes a rotating crown and two buttons.
Skagen Gen 6 display
The display is a 1.28-inch AMOLED panel with 326ppi and enables an Always-On display. It also has a round resolution of 416×416 pixels. The screen is really bright, and the animations are fluid. There are three adjustment settings for automatic brightness, or you can choose from five levels for manual brightness adjustment. The display can be adjusted between automatic and manual brightness modes, and it can even get bright enough to be viewed in full sunshine.
Here, the panel’s quality is excellent, and the colors look just as good as those on high-end smartphone AMOLED displays. There is no problem with viewing angles either. The entire panel is touch-enabled, allowing you to use gestures to browse Wear OS while selecting items and entering text with a few touches.
Several watch faces available
Many analog and digital Skagen watch faces are included with the Skagen Falster Gen 6, although most are either simple or whimsical. For instance, many stack the hour and minute hands on top of one another rather than aligning them side by side as is customary.
You can alter the color of each component on some watch faces. It will be fantastic to be able to match your watch face to the colors you’re wearing since the watch gives you access to the entire color wheel.
The Skagen Gen 6 Wear OS is compatible with both Android and iPhone devices, however it works best with Android-based smartphones and tablets. The Wear OS app allows iOS users to receive message notifications and manage media playing, but it doesn’t provide them access to the Google Play store.
Additionally, the watch has Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 5.0, and NFC for Google Pay transactions. Thanks to the watch’s 8GB internal storage, you may also download songs that you can listen to. Its absence of LTE connectivity is one downside.
Skagen Gen 6 Health and Fitness tracking
The Skagen Falster Gen 6 incorporates an accelerometer, an altimeter, a compass, a gyroscope, a blood oxygen sensor, an IR presence sensor, and a light sensor.
Installing Adidas, Calm, Nike Run Club, Strava, and a few dozen other fitness-related apps is an option; Google Fit doesn’t automatically support tracking menstruation or ovulation.
The watch uses Google Fit to track your heart rate, blood oxygen level, and sleep in addition to providing the usual step-counting options and workout plans.
Additionally, the Skagen Gen 6 automatically tracks your sleep, which is accurate and provides you with detailed statistics. All of this data is synced with Google Fit, which can give you more details about your sleep patterns, including your heart rate and sleep quality.
However, compared to wearables more suited for outdoor activities, fitness enthusiasts might find the health tracking capabilities a touch underwhelming.
Runs on Google’s Wear OS
On Google’s Wear OS, the Skagen Gen 6 operates. The operating system is strong because it employs the Snapdragon Wear 4100+ CPU, but the UI is frequently difficult to use and there aren’t many watch faces and apps available.
You only get classic Wear OS gestures and other elements here, along with a few Skagen additions. Plus, there is no Wear OS 3 just yet.
The Skagen Gen 6 is rated for use at up to 5ATMs. It should be safe to swim with unless you wear it with the leather strap.
Battery life is good
The Skagen Gen 6 watch can comfortably last all day if the always-on screen is turned off, despite Skagen’s claims that it should last up to 24 hours between charges.
There are many battery modes as well, and the extended mode keeps many of the tracking and communication features operational for over two days. Battery life isn’t exceptional in any way, even with the low-powered co-processor running things in the background. Of course, your usage also has an impact, although not much.
Although the Skagen Gen 6 still has the single-day battery life most Wear OS watches are known for, the battery life is not particularly poor here. Thankfully, charging is fast, but the lack of wireless charging may also be a deal-breaker for some.
Several apps available
Despite the absence of several major first-party apps, the Wear OS app collection is respectable. As a result, there aren’t any built-in programs for basic tasks like making computations or taking voice notes. There isn’t official Wear OS software for Google Authenticator, but the OS includes Google Assistant, Google Calendar, and Google Fit, and you can install Google Keep and Google Translate on the watch.