Skagen Hagen Connected Review
So, you probably noticed this second, smaller dial inside the main one. This is what handles most of the Skagen Hagen Connected's smart features. I mentioned in the intro that hybrid watches are mostly fitness trackers, but that's not entirely true. Manufacturers like Skagen are finding ways to add some useful extra features which easily drive the watch's value even higher.
You'll notice how one side of the small dial has numbers 0 to 100. As you go about your day and (preferrably) enjoy some physical activity, the small hand will move through that right section of the dial to show you where you stand when it comes to your daily steps goal. It's very convenient to be able to always take a quick look at how much you've moved thus far. The Skagen's equally minimalist smartphone application gives you the full fitness data, including the standard set of steps, calories, and distance passed. It's also the window to your sleep tracking data, since the Hagen Connected supports that as well. In my tests, I found all fitness tracking features of the Hagen to be painfully accurate, showing me that I'm about as active as a sloth.
One big omission that I experience with the Hagen Connected is exercise tracking. The watch doesn't recognize between different types of sport activities, plus it can't even recognize when you're doing one. Instead, you have the option to set a generic goal to exercise a number of times through the week. Each time you get on with your exercise, you can push the lower button on the Hagen to tell it that you've exercised one time. That's it. If your goal is to exercise 5 times a week, and you push the button 5 times, the app will say that you've reached your number of exercises goal. That's really as far as it gets. You can also set a different type of goal: water intake, or "custom" (you type in whatever you want), which works in exactly the same way. What's worse is that you can have only one of these goals active at the same time. To switch between goals, you have to open the app, navigate to the menues, etc., etc.
Truth be told, most premium fitness trackers out there do a much better job than the Hagen Connected, and in terms of hybrid watches, the Misfit Phase easily comes to mind as being a spectacular fitness tracker, complete with a smart scoring system, automatic workout detection, and a good choice of activity types to tag your workouts with.
Aside from that, the Hagen connected can also notify you of certain events like calls or messages, and this happens using the left side of the inner dial – the one with the four slightly varying color shades. For example, if you associate the dark blue piece with your wife, whenever she's calling you, the small hand will move to point at the blue section of the sub-dial. Neat, eh? You can also assing a certain color to all calls, and another to all messages, so you can easily distinguish between both. Of course, these notifications are accompanied by a vibration, otherwise how would you notice when the small sub-eye hand has quietly moved?
Date, Second time zone, and Alarm
Thankfully, there are some other features on the Skagen Hagen Connected to distract ourselves with. First is Date, which is activated by pushing the upper side button. When you do that, the hour and minute hands both go and point at the current date (the outher ring of numbers on the dial). The hands seem a bit slow to travel, which may prove slightly annoying if you happen to be a fast-paced individual.
With Second time zone, you can set any location around the world you wish, and then, with the push of the middle side button, the hour and minute hands will shift to show you the current time at that time zone. This is a fine feature.
There is also a vibration alarm, which is just that – it vibrates at the time you choose. Unfortunately, you can't have more than one alarm enabled, which feels like an unnecessary limitation.
The most flexible feature of the Skagen Connected is called Link. Previously, I told you that by pushing the lower side button, you get to "tick" a workout session off the list. However, you can choose to change the effect of this button to the following options: 1) ring your phone, 2) play/pause music, or 3) act as a remote camera shutter. These can all be very useful features, arguably more useful than 'adding a workout instance' towards your goal.