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  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Android Wear still in infancy, but a good watch

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    ProstheticsSF
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    Let me start off with some assumptions about why I bought this watch: I wanted a watch that coupled with some features that make smartphones convenient, i.e. voice commands to set timers, notifications, read emails, etc. I considered the Pebble Steel as well, but ultimately decided to buy this one due to the touch screen and the visual appeal. Now for the review: This watch out of the box looks very nice. It looks very slick and goes very well with my typical apparel (Polos, button-down shirts, etc). The leather band is very high quality. At first i was not a fan of the golden brown color, but it grew on me, because it looks more formal. I also like how it is a touch screen, like any other android wear watch. I can easily give voice commands to set timers if I am working at home and know I need to leave for somewhere, check on food, laundry, etc. I can also manage my tasks, read texts/email, etc much like I am accustomed to do on a smartphone. The size of watch is slightly large in my opinion, which is something to definitely consider, because while I don't have the biggest wrist circumference, I consider myself to have a larger than average wrist size. The fact that this watch is a touch screen is also a con when it comes to watch face appearance. Most of the watch faces have a very basic appearance when not actively being viewed, which is because the display can burn in. I am a big fan of the "Modern" watch face of the Pebble, which has 12, 3, 6, and 9 listed with ticks for the other hours. Pebble can get away with this, because of its basic black and white screen, so it is largely a trade off between screen quality and overall resting screen display. While active, many of the watch faces look very nice, but this is not the view that is visible most of the time. To prevent display burn in, the ZenWatch shifts the watch face slightly every once in awhile. At first this caught me off guard, but its roughly a 5-10 pixel shift. I only noticed it, because the "silent notifications" bell icon in the top center of my watch face was cut off. The screen returns to its proper center orientation when you look at the watch. I also dislike how the screen automatically brightens and shows more information if it detects certain positions of your wrist. Many times when I am sitting at a table, I notice my screen brighten up, the second hand appear, and the month/day display appear. This was probably because I was always looking at the watch as I sat in meetings and at lunch. Still, I wish there was an option to disable the orientation detection and only show more info if you tap it. The fact that most have the recharge the watch every night is also something to get used to, but I figure most are used to recharging their phones anyway. If this is a bad thing, but still want something to interface with your phone, I have found that muting notifications extends the battery life. I have had my watch on for 24 hours (minus ~6 hours of sleep) and am at 42% battery. If you want a smart watch that can interface with your phone that you don't need to recharge daily of bi-daily, consider a pebble steel, but note that there is a trade off between battery life and screen usability.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Fashionable Android SmartWatch

    Posted
    Bibbosapo
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    I have had this Smartwatch for a few months now and feel comfortable giving it a solid review I had been searching for a SmartWatch ever since I saw the first Sony one (being a lifelong fan of Sony) I stopped myself from making a rash purchase and waited... Seeing 1st and 2nd Gen watches come out, and even seeing the separation between the traditional Android Smartwatches and the new "Fitness Trackers" When the Moto 360 flashed in a commercial I realized I just couldn't wait anymore, but I was VERY disappointed once I "test-drove" one at BestBuy, it felt, clunky, big and even though it had all the Android functionality (with the limited software limitations currently put in place by AndroidWear) It just wasn't what I wanted. I realized that if I wanted a SmartWatch now, I would have to sacrifice looks... but then... 2 new contenders appeared. The LG R and the Asus ZenWatch. I tried both, both and in fact found them both Amazing in their own rights, there had clearly not been any "copying" from either company and they each had the one thing I was looking for. STYLE. In the end it came down to price and the fact I tend to wear more dress shirts and ties than jeans, so I ended up going with the Asus. It is fashionable, functional and the perfect size. The curved glass is unique and gives it a flair that draws attention. The OS is the same as the others, the square screen does tend to make it easier to display and read the messages and notifications. The ONLY complaint I have, (and why it lost 1 star) and I know many others have the same; is the charging "dock"... honestly I really dont know what they where thinking. I've made do with it, and have kept it in a place where it can't possibly be knocked down (I have mischievous cats) Apart from that the only thing I would recommend is getting a screen protector, since it is a curved glass you'd be surprised how often you rub it or just glance it off clothes or objects, my screen protectors have saved me from several scratches already!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My experience with the Asus Zenwatch.

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    PhilliMayne
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    It’s my first Android Wear device. Actually, it’s my first smart watch. It’s been around for a little while and I’m sure I probably read reviews about it. But, you haven’t read a review from Tech Life Guru about the ZenWatch. Let’s get into it! It’s not the best wearable out there and it’s not the worst. It’s in-between the high class and low class margin. The watch features a nice AMOLED screen sized at 1.63″ with a screen resolution of 320 x 320 all packed under Corning Gorilla Glass 3. Not bad at all for a screen this size. It’s viewable in all lighting conditions and can be adjusted to your liking. The storage is pretty good for my needs with 4 GB of internal memory and  512 mb of RAM. So far the battery life has been good to me. As with any electronic device, the more used, the faster the drain. Some apps will suck the life out of the wearable like a episode of True Blood! That’s where blocking certain notifications and linked apps comes in handy. Google Maps is one of the first apps you’ll wanna block if you use Google Maps on your Android phone. Using the ZenWatch as a typical watch while receiving notifications, controlling music, and snapping shots with the remote viewfinder will give you a full days usage at around 15 hours. But that also depends on the user’s settings. The main connecting point is Bluetooth 4.0. and it stays connected to my Galaxy S6 only disconnecting if I walk away from the phone. Another neat feature it the alert given when disconnected from the watch.  What’s powering this sleek piece of shiny wrist wear? The battery obviously! Lol, just kidding. Under the metal housing Asus stuck a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz inside, given life with the 369 mAh battery. It has froze on me twice during customizing and I realized that it takes a few seconds for downloaded apps to appear on the ZenWatch. While pressing this and swiping that all over the place during an installation, it’ll get a bit confused and freeze up. It’s expected for a device with these specs. Moves pretty fast to be a such little piece of tech nonetheless. In the box you’ll find the Asus ZenWatch, a charging cradle and micro USB cable along with some reading materials. I think they were instructions, but who reads those things? I bought it from Best Buy for $149 and I’m not disappointed at all. Setting it up was simple enough and if you’re like me, you wish these things come completely charged out if the box. It was at 37% when I took it out of the box and of course I played with it until it died instead of charging it first. It gave me 2 updates right away. I didn’t even get a chance to check the version of Android before the updates. When all was said and done I ended up with Android OS 5.1.1!  For the first day I tinkered around, messed with some settings, installed a few apps and customized to my liking. Watch faces!!! So many faces! It’s such a convenient companion for my Galaxy S6. Just being able to look at my wrist and see who’s calling or messaging me is pretty cool. With “Ok Google” integrated it makes it even easier to give commands to the ZenWatch. You might look like James Bond asking your watch where the closest spot for some grub is located, but you’ll get your results! There’s a plethora of apps and watch faces available for the ZenWatch thanks to the Android Wear platform. While it may not be a standalone mobile device, there’s a few apps that almost gives it that feeling. There’s some phone and messaging apps out there for everyone’s individual needs and style. There’s even a few games available. Invaders is pretty fun. If you’re into fitness, then they’ve got you covered on that too. The built in Wellness app does its job. It’s not super accurate, but it works. I don’t think any of the mobile fitness apps and devices are completely accurate anyway. There’s also Google Fit that can be utilized with the ZenWatch. There’s tons of places online to make your Android Wear device the watch that truly describes you. I can’t really tell you the difference between this wearable and others, but I can tell you that it’s worth it for the price tag.  If you ever wanted to see what all the fuss about smart watches is about and you don’t want to pay an arm and leg….. I recommend giving it a try. You get what you pay for!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but already returned it because...

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    MinnesotaWT
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    This was my 2nd smart watch with the first being the Samsung Galaxy (version 1). First it is the nicest of the current crop of smart watches on the market with a great looking screen. I chose the option to keep the watch screen off unless I make the motion to look at the screen or tap it, and I easily would get 3 days of use on 1 charge, which is great! Why did I return it? I really disliked how Google implemented what shows up on the watch. You must use Google Now, and true to the Google form, now wants you to tell it your interests and it will decide what to show you, and it decides when. Example I put my work and home address into now, and in the morning it would push a navigation 'card' to the watch so you can see how long it will take to get to work. Sounds good right? Well, since now decides what you see and when (from sports scores to stock quotes to navigation, etc), one time it may be 3 swipes to see the stock quotes, next time 1 swipe, it depends on what now decided to push to the watch, and you cannot choose the order. Also because I use an app for my calendar (not default Google calendar), even though I have notification turned off on default calendar tool on my phone, the watch would notify me twice on each calendar event. My phone only ever shows 1, but the watch always did it twice. So the Zenwatch is nice, the implementation of Google wear still has a way to go for me to stick with it, and by then a new device will be out and I will try it on that one.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Android Watch

    Posted
    Rich
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    When I first purchased this watch I had such difficulty setting it up that I was ready to return it. No matter what I did it would not sync up with my Note 4. I finally gave up on it and an hour or two later it prompted to sync up on its own and then it worked fine. It then installed an update, which helped tremendously. I was really disappointed by the battery life for the first couple of days. One day it didn't even make it through the day before shutting down. After some research I found that battery life improved when uninstalling the Zen software from your phone. Viola! Now I get through a day and still have about 50% left even using the Always On ambient light mode. I'm glad I stuck with this watch because I really like it. It's very stylish, way nicer than the plastic Gear 2 Neo. The Android Wear software is always surprising me. Yesterday I was using Google Maps on my phone and the watch would vibrate and display directions whenever I needed to turn. I was also surprised to see MMS worked well. Voice recognition works nicely and I've sent several texts using the watch. It's not perfect; there's no speaker on it, so alarms (unless you're wearing it) and "find my watch" are useless. Battery life, while decent, could be better. Forget about seeing your watch in strong sunlight. Android Wear navigation is sometimes tedious, but the nice thing about having a watch that uses it vs the Tizen OS is that you can be sure Google is always working on ways to improve the OS and that it's reasonable to assume you'll get updates. Overall, I'd highly recommend this watch, especially given the price.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Woman's Perspective

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    Psykopup
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    This is my first Android SmartWatch, but I have been wearing a Pebble for over a year now. That being said, I am use to and love the convenience of having phone notifications on my wrist... especially when I have my phone in my purse. After much research, I chose the ZenWatch mostly because I'm a 5'8"/130lb woman and the LG G R just looked too big and manly. The ZenWatch is larger than my Pebble, but I am getting use to the size. I actually put my white Pebble band on my ZenWatch... I didn't like the stiff, poopy-colored band it came with. Having all my notifications in color is sweet and much easier to read. One big complaint... I wish this watch had an ambient light sensor. This would be extremely useful. I have the display set to the lowest setting, to help battery life and because it's sufficient indoors. Outside, this setting makes it very hard to read. In a dark room, this setting is VERY bright. Overall, a good watch... though I would still be wearing my Pebble if I didn't get this as a gift. I think in the next year, Android watches will greatly advance in features.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Funky Pulse Monitor.

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    PlaneGuy
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    I bought the ZenWatch after trying a Moto360 and discovering that the battery of the latter was down to 32% after being removed from the charger. The ZenWatch on the other hand would still have 28% after 24 hours... Add the fact that the Moto360 screen was only on when you turned your list, where the ZenWatch was on full time (but dimmed when your wrist isn't positioned to view the watch) that is quite impressive There are a couple of downsides: 1. The pulse monitor requires you to be touching the sides of the watch... Not exactly convenient when exercising 2. Asus has yet to respond when asked if and when this watch will have WiFi enabled. 3. Requires a proprietary cradle for charging. Additionally it is possible to put the watch in the cradle backwards, and it won't charge 4. A recent software update seems to have drastically cut the battery life (I've got to confirm what is actually causing the issue).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My first smart watch experience

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    Note4Me
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    To be honest, I wasn't sure how much I would find a smart watch to be useful. After a few weeks of using it, I have found that it comes in handy. I've changed the band to a metal one, and I like being able to customize and swap watch faces to my heart's content. I only wish that I could initiate a new hangouts conversation from the watch. I use hangouts for my messaging, and I can reply to someone that has just texted me, but initiating a text from the watch through hangouts can't be done. Also, the connectivity of the watch can be spotty, phone can be in my pocket, and watch on my wrist, and the vibrate pattern I have programmed for disconnecting and reconnecting will go off several times in a short period of time. Not sure if that's normal or not. But overall, it has proven to be a useful tool! Especially for the price point the zenwatch is at compared to other smart watches.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Good but.......

    Posted
    KingChaos80
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    I got the watch as a Christmas gift and I love the design. It doesn't feel overdone or flimsy. It has the perfect weight and feel to it. My one complaint is I have an 8 inch wrist and the watch kinda hurts to wear. The part where the strap attaches to the watch is angled awkwardly so the band has a boxed fit on my wrist (just picture putting a rectangle on your wrist and its moving around) and hurts when the watch moves around. I'm trying to stretch out the band make it rounder to see it helps. As far as features go android wear is new, so the features we can use are limited but should suffice for basic use. The asus apps are nice but also limited, especially when compared to the android wear options. If you have a wrist smaller than 8 inches I would recommend for sure or I advise you go to Best Buy and try it on first.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Nice watch, but not revolutionary

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    ImpossibleJuggler
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    I purchased the Zenwatch after a few days of research. Initially I was sold on the Moto 360, but couldn't bring myself to purchase with the less than ideal battery life. I came across the Asus Zenwatch toward the end of my research and found it had really nice features, premium leather band, slightly curved screen, 340mah batter, and most importantly OLED screen. The screen is crucial to extending the battery life of the watch. The battery is only 20mah larger than the Moto 360 but in my experience can run for about 18hrs longer than the Moto, I am very happy with the watch The only thing preventing me from giving 5 stars is the watch face moves when the screen is touched, like it is misaligned and realigns itself when woken. Other than that small complaint it is a great watch for the price!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Solid 4/5. Good product, does what it says it does

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    sdclams
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    Smartwatches are not going to change the world, but for many of us they are a useful communication tool. I have been using the ZenWatch for about three weeks with a Google Nexus 6. It was easy to setup, just had to install a few apps on my phone. With those apps I can easily control what notifications I receive and things like watch face and security. As a watch collector I chose the ZenWatch over the competitors primarily for looks, as all of the android wear devices pretty much do the same thing. I like the style, looks like my tonneau watches that I enjoy wearing. Battery life is fine. I have never run out of juice, although after a full day and evening of use it gets down to the 15-20% area. The charger is a little clunky, hopefully that is re-engineered in future releases.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Love this watch

    Posted
    ZB93
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    Easy to set up. It's very comfortable on my wrist. The battery life is great. Charges really fast. My only 2 gripes with the zenwatch are the bluetooth connectivity, it's touch sensitivity and OK google. I love the fact that with BT 4.0 LE, i can connect my phone to both the watch and another device such as my LG Tone Infinim or UE Boom. But sometimes, my watch will disconnect from my phone, even though my phone is in my pocket or in my hand. and about the touch sensitivity and OK google, sometimes ok google will come up when i didn't activate it, and when i try to dismiss OK google or any other display cards, i may have to swipe multiple times to dismiss it. it's in consistent. Overall, i love my zenwatch, and would absolutely recommend it

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    almost perfect

    Posted
    wrxdsa
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    I love this watch. Great battery life, I can usually get more than a day out of it. It's very intuitive to use. I receive complements all the time. The only things I would like to see improved is the accuracy of the heart monitor. Although the watch tracks your activity it can't compete with a Fitbit. I don't like that the watch face selection is activated so easily, every time I cross my arms it activates the selection mode because my other arm makes contact with the watch face. Finally while the charging cradle works great it would be nice if it would hold the watch on a stand more like the Motorola charging base. But over all I would still choose this over the other alternatives.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great for a first Smartwatch

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    Nick
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    I was looking at smartwatches because I was an avid user of fitness trackers (Fitbit, LG Lifeband) and I wanted something with a little more functionality. I'm not an Apple guy, so I looked at this Asus or the Motorola option. I chose this because of the reviews, the look and there was a sale. The Zenwatch sits well on my wrist and I think it looks great. I love that you can do many function handsfree. You can choose from a number of watch faces or download new ones. There are a decent number of apps that function with this watch, but I wish there were more options. I know this will come with time or the next model. As my first smartwatch, I think it was a good first step. I will probably upgrade in a year when newer android models come out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Best of the Breed

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    SmartWatchOwner
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    This smartwatch can only be described as the best of the current offerings based on function, appearance, and price. It is a little on the large side, but if you are an average sized man it should not look unappropriate on your wrist. The attention to design detail is impressive. There are no crowns to snag on clothing or the world around you. The Snapdragon processor is amply powerful for the tasks this device can perform. The easy change band makes wearing this watch every a real possibility. It looks just as nice with a suit as with jeans and a t-shirt. It has quickly become and indispensable everyday wear item for me.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    great smartwatch with a few limits

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    IlliniKarl
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    I was looking for a smartwatch that ran Android wear and had good graphic size and density, and this one ticked those boxes well. It's stylish, holds a charge for about a day (on par with its competition), and is significantly less expensive that competing models from LG. The heart rate monitor function on this watch is clunky to use, and the step counter function seems to have accuracy issues, so if those features are important to you, you might want to look elsewhere (they were not important to me). A smartwatch might not be something everyone needs, but if you are looking for a stylish, economical option, the Asus Zenwatch deserves a good look.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Does exactly what it says it would do.

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    GearheadME
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    ... and little more. But that's not a bad thing. This has changed how I deal with notifications during the day and has allowed easier access to Google Now voice features. Android Wear is an immature platform, though, and iterations on the OS could add benefit to the product. Battery life is excellent. I routinely get nearly two full days on a single charge. The biometric tracking is limited and useless on this devices. This is not a device one should purchase to count steps or track heart rate (done actively, not passively). Looks like a watch rather than a hockey puck on your wrist.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    so far so good

    Posted
    johnj
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    Ive been using this watch for a few months and it was been a great experience. My first concern was about battery life and i have to say that for thismwatch it lasts a whole day with normal use. Battery life is a limitation for all smart watches, but this one does a good job. The design is beautiful and the strap is very comfortable. I got a steel strap and use it some times. It looks good with that one as well, and changing it is pretty easy. Summarizing i love this watch. If you want one i recommend you to get a screen protector, i didnt and some scratches started to appear.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Great Smartwatch overall

    Posted
    Phil2298
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    For the money spent and what is out there it is the best watch. Simplistic, gets the job done and then some. I've had some technical issues but can be easily fixed by reseting the watch. In the first week I have gotten multiple compliments. For those with big wrists the included wristband might not work well with you which is a bummer because it is a nice band. 4 star rating because it has been a bit more confusing than I expected to operate but been able to figure it out.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Pretty Great with 1 flaw

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    jorgeh
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    Design is much much better than any other android wear device, even better than the moto 360, but only because of the screen, yes a round screen is awesome, but the 360 screen could use a lot of improvement. The only flaw on the asus zenwatch is the heart rate monitor, 95% of the time will not work, and its awkward to use, but it can be dismissed if you have something else to monitor it. (like an app on your phone) Other than that, this device is pretty great.

    I would recommend this to a friend