Nixon “Mission“ Test: The Smartwatch For Extreme Athletes
The range of smartwatches is increasing constantly. However, there still is a lack of smartwatches for extreme athletes, who exercise in water or snow. The watchmaker Nixon provides a robust smartwatch with its model “Mission” and we tested it for you.
The first impression
The first impression of the Mission is very good. The materials seem to be high-quality and the assembly is excellent. The design is like a normal watch at the first glance, but it is packed with smart technology. The Mission is equipped with Android Wear and works together with the companies Surfline and Snowcountry. This way you can track surf and snow conditions on your wrist in real time.
The watch has a water resistance of up to 10 ATM (300ft water column) and is extremely shockproof thanks to the 48mm thick polycarbonate housing. Nixon chose sturdy Corning Gorilla glass for the watch, which will brave the elements. The raised bezel of stainless steel protects the touchscreen and increases the durability. The bulky design is just a matter of taste and up to you.
The smartwatch is available in the colors black, orange and gray/blue. If you don’t want to get one of the standard models, you can create your individual watch on their website.
As mentioned before, the Mission comes with Android Wear 2.0. The Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC Processor ensures a smooth functionality because it was made for smart accessories. Besides the pre-installed apps such as Google Fit, Google Maps, and Google Play Music, this smartwatch has a remote for photos, weather app, and flight information. The Surfline app is one of the integrated applications as well. It displays the surf weather on your wrist in real time. As soon as there are perfect surf conditions, the Mission will notify you. Ski lovers will get snow reports provided by the Snowcountry app.
Other features include a thermometer, altimeter, barometer, compass, and gyroscope. The smartwatch has no heart rate monitor, though.
The watch is controlled intuitively via the 1.39 inches AMOLED display. You can change the design of the screen. In normal light conditions, the screen is readable. In bright light conditions, you cannot read anything on the screen, even with the brightest settings. In addition, the display responds to water so that the bezel changes and programs open when there is water on the display.
Besides the range of features and a high durability, the battery life is an important actor as well. Nixon is not making any statement about it. In a test, the watch could make it through one day with normal usage, which isn’t very long. The 400mAh Lithium-Ion battery lasts for only 14 hours with max brightness. Nixon definitely has to fix the battery life.
Nixon Mission iOS app
As an iPhone user, you will have to sacrifice some features. This isn’t a surprise because the Mission is equipped with Android Wear. Nixon released the iOS app in mid-2017. It only contains information about weather conditions such as waves, snow, wind, and temperatures. An export of the statistics is impossible. Therefore, you would need an Android smartphone to use all features of the Nixon Mission.
The Nixon Mission is made for rough outdoor sports and withstands every adventure. If you like to exercise in the water or snow, you will have fun with the smartwatch. Without the high durability, this watch offers nothing more than other smartwatches.