As the world’s third-largest sportswear manufacturer, Puma is a large brand, but the simply named Puma Smartwatch is the company’s first foray into the world of smartwatches. The Puma Smartwatch is manufactured by the Fossil Group, which has a set of distinctive features and runs Ware OS from Google.
Puma Oversoft offers sports design and its own app with some specific fitness features that you can find on specific Wear OS watches, but it is one of the slowest and fastest apps we’ve tested – and This is a steep price tag to pay for fitness.
The Puma smartwatch definitely looks the part. It is sleek and super lightweight with an eye catching paint job that contrasts with shiny black and yellow. It is a smartwatch that is difficult to ignore. They are reminiscent of the Fossil game, but have only one crown and the side buttons you usually find on Fossil smartwatches are absent.
A smooth, perfectly round, aluminum disc is encased in black plastic fastening that extends from the lugs and cuts sections for a pleasingly attractive appearance. The crown is also yellow with the Puma logo mounted on it.
The Puma Smartwatch features a silicone strap with black latch and you will find the Puma logo engraved at the end. Because the Puma Smartwatch is lightweight and stylish, it slides easily under your tip and rarely breaks – something that could be an issue with an oversize watch like the Diesel On Axle.
However, the yellow color of the day prevents it from being mixed. The Puma smartwatch looks out-of-the-box with a button-down shirt in an office or even casual wear to the bar; This is a smartwatch you want to go to the gym or run.
I hoped that the silicon strap and lightweight would result in a smartwatch, which is comfortable and easy if you’re wearing it, but I actually found the Puma smartwatch a bit uncomfortable. The textured silicone strap is slightly tighter than the other silicone straps I’ve worn.
On the plus side, it grabs your wrist and the inflated end of the strap ensures that it will never vibrate, even during frantic workouts. Although you can easily switch the bracelet, it can be difficult to find a replacement that fits the body. There are four Puma designed watch faces on display and all of them are kinda boring. It doesn’t really match the rest of the design in terms of color or appearance, except for the ubiquitous Puma logo.
The 1.19-inch AMOLED screen looks good in the case of 44 mm and is sharp, bright and digestible in most lighting conditions.
The Puma Smartwatch has a premium look that matches the brand, but it feels and looks a bit cheaper and stands out poorly in non-sporty settings. There are less striking options than white and rose gold or black and gray available in some markets that may offer more variety.
While the wear OS feels good, it does not perform very well. This is a complaint I have with the Michael Course Access Lexington 2, and it is a complaint that my colleague is made with the Fossil Gen 5, but things are worse with the Puma smartwatch. I experienced a lot of random freezing while using this smartwatch, it was too late when I scrolled the screen, and apps loading was consistently slow.
The difference is seen in daily use, compared to recently tested Wear OS smartwatches that have 1GB of RAM. It is frustrating to use a Puma smartwatch; It is slow and often needs to be reset.
The rotating crown works well and is the best method for precise control when trying to swipe up or down the list. You can also install a variety of apps from Play Store to shopping list to music control to all types of fitness options. While there are more options than ever, the overall level of polishing and functionality is not very impressive, and it is still low compared to the dedicated App Store of the Apple Watch.
The Puma smartwatch has a microphone, allowing you to use Google Assistant from your wrist, but the speakerphone does not, so responses come in text form. There is also support for Google Pay, so you can pay with your wrist, which is sometimes easier.
As an unexpected sports device, the Puma smartwatch should shine in the fitness department and I think it does. It has a Google Fit built-in for basic tracking, and also has a heart rate monitor, built-in GPS and 5 ATM water resistance, so you can swim with it.
While Google Fit is enough for regular exercisers to chart their progress every day, more serious athletes want to try installing the PUMATRAC app on their Puma smartwatch.
I found the Puma Smartwatch to work well for overall fitness tracking, but on two occasions it struggled to make a GPS fix and at times also failed to sync with the Google Fit app on my phone. There was no clear reason for this. Heart rate, steps and distance data appear to be very accurate.
Puma optimistically suggested that you get 24-hour battery life from its smartwatch, but I never came close. You made it through a normal day, but only by switching to battery saver mode in the evening. If you are a very light user, it may take you to sleep. If you want to track your heart rate and get lots of notifications or use other applications, you can expect it to run lightning early in the evening.