Nixon The Mission Android Wear guide

Everything you need to know about the rugged new Android Wear smartwatch
Nixon The Mission essential guide

Nixon's first ever Android Wear Watch, The Mission (yes, that's what it's called) was officially unveiled at Baselworld. The US watch brand joined the Google party with a super-water resistant and GPS rocking smartwatch and you can pre-order now from $400.

It's an adventurers' best friend that's instantly going to get compared to Casio's rugged Android Wear watch.

Essential reading: Nixon The Mission review

Here are all the nitty gritty details you need to know about the newest member of the Android Wear family.

Nixon The Mission: Design

Nixon Android Wear

If you were hoping for something slim to wear around the wrist, then much like Casio's Android Wear number, that's not what you're going to get with The Mission. There's a 48mm polycarbonate watch case with Gorilla Glass adding an extra layer of durability.

On a more positive note, the full colour AMOLED screen, is in fact a full circle. No flat black tyre at the bottom of the screen to see here folks. There's also a raised stainless steel bezel in tow to protect the touchscreen from damage.

To add to its rugged prowess, Nixon's Wear watch is military grade dust and shock resistant. It's also slapped with a 10 ATM water resistance rating so it can be submerged up to 100m. That's 50 more metres than the Casio Android Wear watch can manage in the watery depths in case you were wondering.

While it's a serious piece of smartwatch, buyers will also be able to customise Nixon's The Mission look with a selection of clip on coloured casings, and a selection of watch faces mirror the company's line up of analogue watches is available on the digital display, which is a nice touch. There's also over 20 silicon watch straps and over 15 different bezels to choose from including gunmetal and gold options.

In fact, Nixon claims there are 44,000 possible combinations when it comes to your chosen style.

Nixon The Mission: The sensors

Nixon The Mission guide

One thing The Mission is not short of is sensors. For starters, it capitalises on the Casio's lack of GPS, which can be used for surfing, skiing and will work with any Android Wear app, meaning you can hook it up with your favourite running or cycling tracker.

But there's more. You also get a altimeter, barometer, thermometer, compass, gyrometer, accelerometer and humidity sensors. It's well equipped for monitoring your terrain and are all accessible by Android Wear apps.

Nixon The Mission: Android Wear

Speaking of Android Wear, The Mission will support Google smartwatch optimised platform including giving you access to download and install apps from the Google Play Store.

Nixon is also bundling a couple of its own bespoke apps to take full advantage of the onboard sensors. The Nixon Mission app will deliver real time surf and snow conditions while the Trace app will let you attach a puck to surf or snowboard to track speed, distance and time spent.

Powering Android Wear will be Qualcomm's brand new Snapdragon Wear 2100 processor. We've already covered in a bit more detail the benefits of the new Wear chipset. Ultimately, it should improve battery performance and sensor performance.

Nixon The Mission: The extras

Another nifty feature is the voice mic, which sits behind a plastic clip on the left of the case to maintain that 10 ATM rating. The company told us that the mic is designed so you don't have to take your phone out when you're skiing, risking dropping it, or having the battery annihilated by the cold temperatures.

Nixon has also teamed up with GoreTex to create a water resistant membrane to keep the mic splashproof when you're using the built-in mic.

"All of our watches have to meet a high standard of durability and water resistance and for many of these participants, a fragile smartwatch is useless," said Tyson White, vice president of product at Nixon.

Nixon The Mission: Battery life

Battery life is where the Nixon really falls down, as we found in our review. Conservatively, you're looking at a day and a half, and maybe two days if you're using it less intensively.

We found that GPS had a big bearing on the battery too. Unfortunately this thing won't last a day of hiking in the hills.

Nixon The Mission: Price and release date

The Mission is available right now on Amazon and Nixon's site, costing from $400, which undercuts the Casio by a solid $100.


  • yogibimbi says:

    Missed opportunity indeed. No GPS, no outdoor cred.

    • yogibimbi says:

      But good to see the competition is heating up. Casio being the only game in town would have been detrimental to tough watches, as Casio and Suunto seem to have had the market to themselves for the last 200 years or so, with innovation coming mostly in baby steps or, in the case of Casio, homeopathic doses.

      • mkdotam says:

        What about Garmin? 

        • yogibimbi says:

          I was talking about the last 20 years. Garmin's outdoor watches have been around for, what?, 2 years?

    • Pablo says:

      it does have standalone GPS

    • yogibimbi says:

      also, in all fairness, this watch focuses on surf and downhill, and when was the last time you needed GPS while surfing or downhill? The kind of disorientation you may suffer while partaking in those two activities can most probably not be remedied by GPS...

      • SurfingSamurai says:

        True, although I've been using the Garmin Fenix 3 for tracking my surfing and snowboarding and having the ability to map my tracks (both in the water and on the mountain) is a really great feature. Enables me to analyse the drift I experience from currents or pinpoint locations of rips that can either be useful (to take me out back) or dangerous (sweep me out to sea). 

  • Pw1 says:

    Nice is this the first smartwatch to use the new Qualcomm Snapdragon 2100, let's hope Non rugged androidwear Smartwatches from motorola,  Sony & Huawei uses the new chip & a few mm thinner.

    • Dlon says:

      The new Fossil smartwatches utilise the Snapdragon 2100 and are more geared towards fashion than sports

  • Gadgety says:

    Not particularly attrative looks but 10ATM and temperature sensor are attractive. Since it'll be used in water I'd much prefer wireless charging.

    • Gadgety says:

      And yes no GPS seems very odd.

      • Pablo says:

        it does have GPS - I checked the Nixon official press release.  The Wareable article is wrong....

        • s.charara says:

          hi, we have seen the phrase "GPS maps and navigation" in the video but no confirmation in a release yet. We're seeing Nixon today at Baselworld so we'll check and update this story. 

        • j.stables says:

          Spoken to Nixon out at Baselworld, and it does have fully fledged GPS, which is great news. The fact it wasn't mentioned in any of our materials made us suspicious it wasn't there. They really should be shouting about this great addition more. Anyway, story has been updated and thanks for pointing out the error.

  • Pablo says:


    • j.stables says:

      Yep, replied to your comment above...

  • yogibimbi says:

    Now, with the GPS update and the microphone, I can feel a nerdgasm coming on. Where do I have to camp out to get one? And 400 USD? That's my girl!

  • GDawg says:

    Unless I'm missing some holy grail watch somewhere, I'm still waiting for the smartwatch with the following:

    1. Decent Battery Life
    2. GPS
    3. Music
    4. Water Resistant

    The only thing that's come remotely close is the Moto 360 sport, or Sony SW3 and they still aren't perfect. WTF?

    • yogibimbi says:

      You should re-read the article then. It's been updated and all your wishes have been heard. Plus, there is -meters. Lots of them.

    • surfbum1983 says:

      I have the gear s2 classic and put a metal band on it. At end of a day battery is at 50% or better it has a GPS but I leave turned off, It has a speaker and standalone music or music from phone. It is IP68 water and dust resistant. I do like this Nixon but mine with metal band is hard to beat.

  • josess says:

    por la imagen parece no traer pulsometro HR incorporado,¿ alguien que nos diga que tiene el reloj?

    the image appears to not bring HR heart rate monitor built, someone has to tell us that the clock?

    i can´t believa that nixo forgot put a HEART RATE HR in the watch, PAINFUL, 

    Many people will buy other watch that have HR, it is priority today , and int the future, other watch have also UV SOLAR AND DREAM REMINDER

    • stellar-jay says:

      Optical HR monitors on all smart watches are gimmicky at best and completely useless at worst. They do no provide an accurate resting HR and rarely work very well during activities, better to get a bluetooth connected HR sensor that you can wirelessly connect to the watch, use in an app, and strap in a better location to get better readings.

  • Valkat says:

    Looks nice but also thick. 

    • harlizzle says:

      that's what she said

      • Tsunos says:

        OMg troll

  • Chris316 says:

    cool thing but since i want a smartwatch for fishing i guess i have to wait until casio releases the f10 in europe -.-

  • joose says:

    A slight correction: 10 ATM or 100m water resistance does NOT mean the watch can stand being submerged to 100 meters in normal conditions. Because movement in water increases its pressure, 10 ATM basically means it should be fine to do non-competitive swimming (or surfing) with it. 20+ ATM is recommended for actual diving.

  • peagreen says:

    Nice. Sign up for the newsletter and receive 10% discount code.

    Unfortunately the code expires 30 days after it's issued.

    This doesn't change the fact that this is the best smartwatch news I've read for years. Built-in GPS and suitable for swimming make this just what I've been looking for and it doesn't have that ridiculous "flat tyre" effect. LG proved this isn't necessary so why any company still produces watches that have it goes beyond my comprehension.

    Roll on October and I shall be wearing a new watch.

  • manny_calavera says:

    It's slowly getting interesting.  The battery life is still too short though.  Come back when it's 2 weeks plus - this is something a Suunto or a Garmin watch can do without breaking a sweat (always on, full phone notifications, gps off).

  • Mrarmyant says:

    does anyone know about pressure sensors for this? Would be awesome to have an app where this could double as a dive computer. 

    • stellar-jay says:

      ATM10 is not suitable for diving, you could potentially reach 10ATM pressure just falling from a jetski. 20+ATM is recomended for scuba 

      • specialKay says:

        my suunto d4i dive computer is ATM10 - and it is clearly intended for diving

      • mjposner says:

        10 atm is 330 feet, way below the depth permitted for rec divers of about 140 feet or 4.5 atm.

        "A diving watch, also commonly referred to as a diver's or dive watch, is a watch designed for underwater diving that features, as a minimum, a water resistance greater than 1.0 MPa (10 atm), the equivalent of 100 m (330 ft)."

  • Voolar says:

    I was hoping to buy this for my wife... but she won't get on with the Silicon Band.  Does this watch take standard straps...?

  • AaHhff says:

    Can I use alle kind of watchfaces or only the few predefined watchfaces?

  • Georgegarus says:

    Ordered today .  I'm a big fan of rough watches ,  gshock,  luminox. I never jump to smart watch ,  because all looks girly (no water resistant? !  Just dust and some drops ? !  WTF) 

    I use bike for daily use to work and Enduro MTB,  some times very difficult to use smart phone to change music or see maps directions while biking or driving.  Let's see how this little toy works . 

    . . .this days  will be a long days. 

  • Chaseum says:

    what do you lose with iPhone 7?

    • CLStech says:

      surf & snow forecasts are not on the iPhone7 but Updates are in the works.

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