I received my Rephone smart strap yesterday. It works and 'does what it says on the tin'.
As the first on the scene it is commendable but the designers have had to compromise in order to make it a kit.
The experience with this strap is valuable:
- there are 4 modules and these effectively fill the length of the stap. Each module is 8mm deep which has the (obvious) effect of making the strap very bulky and not really useful for every day use.
- the back plate and strap attach separately to the watch necessitating that the smart strap is assembled on the watch.
For me, this means that I am convinced that each smart strap should be single role, to reduce bulk, and simply replaceable as a single entity, to improve durability.
That is, the strap and backplate should be a single interchangeable unit which replaces the standard strap.
Overall then, a fantastic first strap for hacking but not the final consumer product. I'm now looking forward to the Aria.