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Nixon Mission review: A hardcore Android Wear watch for surf and snow

Jon Phillips | Sept. 23, 2016
Ruggedized for action sports, the Nixon Mission is water resistant down to 10 ATM thanks to a trick "MicLock" feature.

The Mission comes with a 400 mAh battery, but the watch also benefits from the Qualcomm Wear 2100 processor, a chip expressly designed to consume less power. I also really liked the watch’s charging adapter. It snaps to the Mission with a strong magnet, and its braided cable feels like it’s ready to suffer some abuse.

512MB of RAM? Check. 4GB of storage for apps and music? Check. The Mission also has a built-in GPS, an essential sensor for various workout apps.

Bottom line: The Mission is a perfectly fine Android Wear device. It even has some really nice features. But I doubt any “mainstream” Android enthusiasts—and, yes, that’s probably an oxymoron—will be buying the Mission unless they really, really like the Nixon aesthetic. But surfers and snowboarders who’ve already joined Team Android? I can totally see them digging the Mission and getting real value from it.

 

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