Will.i.am Puls reviews hit the web...and it's not pretty

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The first reviews for the Will.i.am Puls "computer on your wrist" have hit the web and they're not exactly positive.

Under the headline, "Will.i.am's Puls: This is what a wearable nightmare looks like", Mashable's reviewer describes the device as: "the most uncomfortable and most frustrating wearable" and claims the user interface is a "nightmare".

"The Puls is a lesson in how not to design a wearable," the review concludes. "In no way is it worth $400. If Will.i.am's intent was to make a house arrest anklet for your wrist, then congrats because the Puls looks and feels like one."

Ouch.

The verdict from Tom's Guide isn't much better. "Compared to all other smartwatches, the Puls feels like a monstrosity," reads its review, although it does state the Puls has potential.

That potential may be realised in the second generation Puls, which Wareable exclusively revealed back in November would be launching in early 2015.

Will.i.am unveiled the original Puls in October 2014 but we learned that a Puls sequel, one that is 40% smaller, is scheduled to launch in February or March and will actually come in two versions; one similar to the prototype unit and one more like a Nike+ Fuelband-style device. We were told this version will be offered by AT&T in the States and O2 in the UK.

Let's just hope that Will.i.am and his team have ironed out the issues the current model seems to be throwing up.

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Wareable Media Group co-CEO Paul launched Wareable with James Stables in 2014, after working for a variety of the UK's biggest and best consumer tech publications including Pocket-lint, Forbes, Electric Pig, Tech Digest, What Laptop, T3 and has been a judge for the TechRadar Awards. 

Prior to founding Wareable, and subsequently The Ambient, he was the senior editor of MSN Tech and has written for a range of publications.


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