Display a custom face on this ASUS ZenWatch 3. The 1.39-inch AMOLED display is encased in stainless steel and Gorilla Glass, providing protection against the rigors of everyday use, and more than 50 watch faces are available. The top button of this ASUS ZenWatch 3 is programmable, providing quick access to a favorite app.
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Posted by: Mastdog from: on
Ok, let me state up front. I did NOT buy this watch at Best Buy, but only because I wanted it so bad that I could not wait for it. But I do have the watch (photos below will verify).
After having a first Gen smartwatch, I wanted to move to something with more style and class and one that was not so big that people looked at you funny.
The Zenwatch 3 is an amazing looking watch in person, really!! I have had several people ask if it was a Tag Hauer or Fossil or some other high end watch, but when they see it is a smartwatch they are floored. The idea of Smartwatches is that they are large, clunky and for uber nerds. Not this watch!!
Here is what I like about the watch. It is stylish, the processors are super fast, all of the apps have been running without a hitch or hang up, the speaker on it is really amazing for a watch, now you are not going to fill a concert hall but that is not what it is intended for and lastly I like the ease of use and connectivity to my phone. The watch paired very easily, it has great connection to my phone even when I am far far away and really just impresses me with all it does! Also, the watch charges super fast, really the hyper charge or whatever they call it kicks some serious butt.
Ok so now the not so good things. You will read about people who say the battery is terrible. And for the first two days, mine was a bit suspect running low when I did not think it should have. Well part of that was me constantly playing with it I suspect, but the other part was I think getting the battery tweaked. I know new batteries are not supposed to do that, but this one after two days of running it out and recharging it fully, now can last me easily a day and probably two but I charge it every night. The second very very VERY ANNOYING thing with this watch is the band. While it comes with a beautiful leather band, I am more of a bracelet band kind of person. ASUS in all of it's greedy wisdom made the band very unique to this watch. It has a 14mm connector, but the extended bezel of the watch is actually 25mm and the leather band is about 22mm total. You cannot just go buy a band and replace it yourself like all of the other watches out there, or even the Zenwatch 2 (which I had and loved). So I found a simple solution that I want to make sure I share. I went to the local goldsmith/jeweler and he totally hooked me up. What he did was take a band that has just the normal pipe style pin holder (see my picture) and he cut it down to fit in the proprietary end of the watch. IT LOOKS AMAZEBALLS!!! It was very little work for him and it only cost me like 15 bucks to have this done, and that included the band!!
Overall, after playing with all of the watches available at my local Johnstown Pa Best Buy(Shout out to Joe and the Boys) This is by far the best watch I have tried on or owned.
42 out of 45 found this review helpful.
The best Android Wear watch on the market
Posted by: ThisIsNot from: on
I've gone through a bunch of Android Wear watches over the last 3 years in hopes of finding the right one. I would either return a model or end up selling one for various reasons ranging from a lack of software updates, poor performance, or the use of outdated internal hardware.
Enter the Asus ZenWatch 3. It is the best Android Wear watch I have used and I plan on keeping it. This was supposed to be the first watch running Android Wear 2.0 but Google has delayed that until February so Asus continued with the ZenWatch 3 launch and it will be one of the first watches to receive the update. Asus has equipped the watch with a new Qualcomm chip, the Wear 2100, made specifically for smart watches. Performance has increased a bit over the last generation of processors while battery life has increased by quite a bit.
The ZenWatch 3 is buttery smooth. I have owned it for almost two months now and not once have I experienced stuttering or freezing. Battery life is enough to get me through the day. I leave the display on (it goes into a darker power saving mode) and the watch is usually down to about 32%-45% by the time I plug it in (about 17 hours). It would be at about 68% by the same time with the display turning off, I didn't see any reason to enable this feature unless you're trying to go 2 days without recharging this.
Notifications pop up almost at the same time on the watch as they do my phone, the vibration is strong enough that I always feel it, and the built-in speaker and microphone have surprisingly good quality for their size. There have been times when I've taken a call using my watch because my phone was in another room. I could hear everyone clearly and they could hear me without problems.
My main draw to this watch was the design. It actually looks like a watch instead of coming off like one of those square Casio calculator watches from the 80's. The display is round and it doesn't have the fat tire look like the Fossil, Michael Kors, and Moto 360 watches do. That is a huge plus that puts this watch above most others. The rose gold accents are nice and the brown stainless steel is durable. I'm not a big fan of the brown leather straps that it comes with but Asus is working on coming out with new colors.
The ZenWatch 3 recharges with a cable that magnetically attaches, this is not a QI wireless enabled watch. I'm OK with that though. The charger automatically snaps into place and it features Qualcomm's quick charge technology. The watch will reach 60% power (from 0%) in 15 minutes, it normally takes mine about half an hour before it is fully recharged (starting at 35%).
Asus has included a bunch of watch faces and they can be fully customized using their Android-only app. There are a bunch of different options from Google as well. You can also download new watch faces if you don't like any of the included ones.
There are two features missing from the ZenWatch 3 which are found in others: NFC and a heart rate monitor. I don't care about the heart rate monitor, I'm not going to wear my watch while exercising as the leather will get ruined rather quickly. The lack of NFC means that the ZenWatch 3 cannot be sued for Android Pay. It's something I wish they would have included but it's also something that I won't really miss.
The ZenWatch 3 may not be the most feature-packed smart watch on the market but it is the best looking Android Wear watch because it actually looks like a watch. The price for this is less than the extremely expensive watches from Huawei, the added feature of the Huawei Watch (the heart rate monitor) isn't worth the $350 price tag over the ZenWatch 3.
I highly recommend this watch for anyone on the market for an Android Wear smart watch that actually looks like a watch and won't break the bank.
12 out of 12 found this review helpful.
Beautiful just beautiful
Posted by: Amanchild1 from: on
It's a Google smart watch so everything is the same as far as that goes. However it is fast and fluid with great optimization . The game changer here is the look and the screen it is just beautiful. I get compliments from everyone! For the price it's a must have Only lacking a heart rate monitor.. who cares buy it you will love it. Oh this thing charges so fast and the new charging cable is finally perfectly designed. Great job asus!
10 out of 10 found this review helpful.
Posted by: themto from: on
Like the other review let me start off by saying I did not buy at Best Buy. I wanted it early.
It looks as good or better in person as does the pictures. I will say that this is my first smartwatch and as such have been very happy with the features and use mostly for "work" rather than fitness types of apps.
The battery makes it easily through the day for me, but would not make it through 2 with normal use. The charger is very quick, so in 15 min you can have it ready for another day. However right now you can't find an extra charger, the promised "battery pack" or an extra (or different) watch strap.
The buttons are easy to use. The latest software version now lets you change the top and bottom buttons to be something more of your choice.
The options with Android wear and the ZenWatch Manger apps make the watch give you about as many or as few notifications on the watch as you want. This is great for me as I keep the phone on vibrate/silent most all of the time, but can now easily see some of the important notifications on the watch.
I would absolutely recommend this watch.
6 out of 6 found this review helpful.
Best Android Watch out right now.
Posted by: TheDapperYank from: on
So I was in the market for a good round Android Wear watch, and after a lot of research I decided to bite the bullet and order a Zenwatch 3. I have to say, first and foremost, the primary demographic for a smart watch is someone that likes and wears watches and wants one that has a little extra functionality, they aren't going to change your life.
Anyway, so far I've done absolutely none of the battery saving tricks people recommend and I still easily get 24-36 hours out of a charge, I wear it at night and just charge it in the morning because a complete charge for this thing is like maybe 30 minutes with the included charger.
I don't think I've ever used a non stock watch band, so the proprietary watch band doesn't really impact me all that much. The design is beautiful, people often don't even know it's a smartwatch, and for me that's awesome. The lack of NFC is a little bit of a bummer, especially since it's looking like Android Wear 2.0 will include Android Pay, but oh well, I'm planning on getting a Gear S3 at some point, and I always have my phone on me so that's no big deal.
10/10 would recommend, especially at this price point if you're just looking for a good watch that offers a little extra.
3 out of 4 found this review helpful.
Great smart watch at a good price.
Posted by: Blessed from: on
My first smart watch and I love it! Get compliments all the time.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Very attractive watch, but it has a design flaw
Posted by: RJR1 from: on
I love the functionality of the Asus Zenwatch 3 however there is a design flaw. I already had the watch in for warranty repair once when it would not charge properly. They reset the components and returned it. I started having charging problems again with it again. This time they said I damaged it. ASUS said the watch showed a green and brown substance triggering the contacts to corrode inside the watch causing it to not charge. The contacts on the watch for charging are made of copper. Sweat causes copper to corrode, creating a green substance. It is a design flaw to put copper in contact with the skin. It appears ASUS declared the watch to be damaged so the consumer would have to pay for the repair rather than ASUS eating the cost for their design flaw. Unfortunately I did not get a Best Buy Support Agreement and they are unwilling to assist me with ASUS. ASUS is refusing to listen.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Good smartwatch for the price
Posted by: Ricky1984 from: on
Nice overall design
Brought this watch for my wife and she loves it...fits her small wrist without over powering her hand and she loves the light wieght of the watch.
1 out of 1 found this review helpful.
Came from Pebble, Not Looking Back
Posted by: musicnyc from: on
When Pebble was acquired by FitBit, like many others I grew anxious about the watch losing service, so I read reviews and plunged into Android Wear. After trying the Gear S3, which was too big and had too few apps, I think I've found a home with the Zenwatch 3. I live in a Google ecosystem, so notifications and apps are seamless from my Android Priv. Most of all, the watch is elegant and stylish and is regularly mistaken for a high-end analog chronograph. Hopefully it gets even better with the release of Android Wear 2.0 soon.
1 out of 2 found this review helpful.
Posted by: Godsreapingsoldier from: on
This watch gets 1 star for the speaker alone. It sounds crunchy and it is unbearable. This is my second time ordering this watch because I thought my speaker might have been messed up the first time around. Day 2 with my Zen Watch 3 and I hate it! The watch is eye candy but that is about it. Another thing about the watch...Android Wear crashes and the watch freezes up for about a minute rendering it completely useless until Android
Wear restarts. My experience with Zen 2 made me think that Zen 3 would blow me away with a whole new incredible experience. I was wrong! I am sending this hunk of material back to where it came from. This watch is honestly worth about $100 based on it's poor performance. Perhaps Asus should drop the price on these poorly executed devices or make them better.