Kate Spade’s second Wear OS watch gets a serious tech upgrade

Fashion brand Kate Spade has made a second smartwatch and this year’s offering comes with a serious tech upgrade. The Scallop Smartwatch 2 packs GPS, NFC and heart rate sensors onboard — all things its predecessordidn’t have. But it still retains the scalloped edging around the face like before, and further incorporated the pattern to the edges of this generation’s straps. I wasn’t sure I’d like the new design from the press pictures Kate Spade provided, but after seeing the watch in person, I actually think it’s nice.

In addition to the cosmetic tweaks, the Scallop Smartwatch 2 also features a heart rate monitor on its underside, and you can tap the spade icon at the top of the watch face to get a pulse reading whenever you want. When I did that, the spade dropped down and replicated to fill up the screen, before forming a heart shape. It’s cute, but after about 15 or so times I can see this getting a little annoying. The good news is, that isn’t the only way for you to measure your pulse — a watch face complication lets you keep tabs and updates every twenty minutes. You could also go check it via Google Fit.

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