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Here is what it is to have ChatGPT on your wrist | Technology News

Budget smartwatches are getting a lot smarter than ever before, and they are no longer limited to just tracking your workout or mirroring notifications from your phone. Crossbeats is now taking this to the next level with the launch of Ignite Nexus, India’s first smartwatch with integrated ChatGPT.

Priced at just Rs 4,999, the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus is now offering the world’s most popular generative AI model on your wrist, which opens up a world of possibilities. Here is our review of the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus smartwatch with built-in ChatGPT after using it as my primary smartwatch for over two weeks.

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus The watch has a metal body with a curved display (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

Design: Imitation is the sincerest form of flattery

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus looks identical to the world’s most popular smartwatch — the Apple Watch. That is not exactly a bad thing. When there is already something that has been widely accepted by people, why not just offer the same, at a much much lower price? Although morally it might not be the best move. Surprisingly, it even supports wireless charging, where, I was able to charge this smartwatch using my Galaxy Watch 4 Classic LTE charger.

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus The digital crown looks just like the one on the Apple Watch (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

From the aluminum body to the easy-to-replace straps, everything has been borrowed from an Apple Watch. In fact, if you have a spare strap from an Apple Watch, you can use it with the Ignite Nexus. When I say Ignite Nexus looks like an Apple Watch, I just don’t mean the design, but the UI as well. However, as one can expect, it definitely lacks the smoothness and optimisation that Cupertino offers.

Unlike most budget smartwatches, which feature huge bezels, the Ignite Nexus offers slim bezels with curved glass on top, which gives this smartwatch a premium look. On top of that, there is also a digital crown with a red accent, just like one would find on a recent Apple Watch. If you are looking for an Apple Watch lookalike on a budget, this is definitely the one to consider, in fact, unlike an Apple Watch, the Ignite Nexus can be used with both Android and iOS devices.

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Crossbeats Ignite Nexus App drawer on Ignite Nexus smartwatch (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

A feature-rich budget smartwatch

If you can overlook the fact that this is an Apple Watch clone, there are a lot of things to like about the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus, this includes an integrated e-book reader, although I really wonder who prefers reading a book on a tiny 2.1-inch screen, Dynamic Island, Bluetooth calling, and the watch also doubles as a Bluetooth speaker, where, you can stream music from your phone.

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus There is even a dedicated mode that ejects water (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

I did take quite a few calls on this watch, where both the speaker and microphone offered a satisfactory performance. It also has a built-in compass and GPS support. Similarly, the watch is also IP67 rated, which makes it water resistant. In fact, I did wash the watch with water a few times, and I did not notice any issue with the device. However, it is not advisable to wear it while swimming or deep water immersion.
While I am not a fitness enthusiast, I still keep track of my daily steps and the Ignite Nexus did a good job of automatically tracking my steps. However, it is not very accurate, where, I could see around a 10 per cent difference (higher on Ignite Nexus) when compared to the Galaxy Watch 4 Classic.

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus A response from ChatGPT (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

My experience with ChatGPT on Crossbeats Ignite Nexus

The one fact that convinced me to test this smartwatch is the fact that it has integrated ChatGPT. The Crossbeats Ignite Nexus comes with a ChatGPT app based on the GPT3 model, and it can answer most of your questions. Unlike using ChatGPT on a PC or smartphone, where you can type in questions, to use ChatGPT on the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus, you need to use the voice search feature.

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In my testing, the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus is good at recognising the voice with around 80 per cent efficacy. Again, due to the limitation of the model (it cannot surf the internet) it is not good at answering current affairs, and it does fairly well on general knowledge-type questions.
However, unlike using ChatGPT on a smartwatch or a computer, you won’t be able to copy responses on the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus. This made me wonder, how useful is ChatGPT on a smartwatch, as it definitely cannot keep me up-to-date on the ongoing men’s cricket World Cup. However, it did accurately say Australia, when I asked about the country that has won the Cricket World Cup the highest number of times.

While it is true that the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus has ChatGPT, I feel, for most users, it won’t add much value. On top of that, it only works when it is connected to a smartphone with an active internet connection. And, if you have a phone on you, I wonder, why do you want to use ChatGPT on a smartwatch?

Crossbeats Ignite Nexus A well-made entry-level smartwatch (Image credit: Vivek Umashankar/The Indian Express)

Verdict: A well-built budget smartwatch with a trick up its sleeve

The addition of ChatGPT gives the Crossbeats Ignite Nexus an edge over other budget offerings, making it an easy pick for those, who are looking for a smartwatch for around Rs 5,000. However, if you already own a smartwatch, I don’t really see a point in getting the Ignite Nexus just for the sake of ChatGPT. Even without the ChatGPT aspect, the Ignite Nexus is a good budget smartwatch, but for only those, who are yet to own a smartwatch, and it is nowhere as capable as a smartwatch running on wearOS or watchOS.

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