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  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent all over

    Posted
    BarryB

    Among the few Android Wear watches currently available the ZenWatch stands out. It has the highest screen resolution at 320x320 pixels along with the Samsung Gear Live but a better charging dock than the Gear Live. No wireless charging as the Moto360 has unfortunately. The charging dock connects to the watch with contact pins and to the charger with a micro-USB connector so you can leave the dock always connected to the charger to save a daily step. The dock has a LED to indicate charging. It's my first smart watch so just a couple of comments on Android Wear. I found the voice commands error prone so generally I don't use it. Alternately, accessing the installed apps by the list method is a pain as it takes too many taps/swipes. On day one I installed an Android app launcher (Wear Mini Launcher) which saves the day. ASUS offers three ZenWatch-companion apps for additional features. The only one I installed is ASUS Remote Camera which uses the watch as a remote phone camera viewfinder and shutter release. There are other apps that do the same, still it's very cool. So, after 3 days of use here's my assessment: The design is very nice, not too nerdy. It looks like the recessed charging pins could accumulate dust over time but I would rather clean them than have a cover to remove every night. The Bluetooth connection with my Galaxy S3 phone range is about 20 feet so I don't have to keep the phone on my belt at home or office to keep the connection live. If I step out of range it reconnects when I'm back within range automatically. The build quality is excellent for the watch case, leather band and charging dock. By the end each the day the battery life has been about 15-20%. The watch has so many features that I want to use it often but need to back off if I want the battery to last until I get home from work. Of course for the battery to last more than one day would require an impracticably large watch so I think ASUS struck a good balance for size vs battery life. For daily wearability, I'm a man with small wrists and I find it comfortable enough. It feels just a little heavier than my normal steel case watch. The OLED display is always on and goes to dimmed mode after 3 seconds. Display visibility in sunlight is poor--no getting around that. There is no photocell to sense day or night to adjust the display brightness so to avoid having to adjust it when outside I keep it set for an indoor level to conserve battery life. Indoors the display is very good. To summarize, the functionality, style and engineering are all excellent. It exudes quality and thoughtful design and is at the same time one of the cheapest smart watches available. Great deal. It is one well-designed product.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Android Wear still in infancy, but a good watch

    Posted
    ProstheticsSF
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great watch with room for improvement

    Posted
    giorf
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I received my Zenwatch yesterday and the setup was very easy and straight forward. The Asus phone apps work seamlessly with the watch without hiccups (so far). I have to get used to the heart rate monitor. At the beginning it worked every 3 or 4 tries (holding 2 fingers - one on each side of the side bezel). I noticed that if my fingers are a little moist (yes, I licked my fingers......lol) it works right away. I compared the heart rate results with my Note 4, which according to some real test against a professional heart rate monitor showed that the Note 4 is pretty accurate. Zenwatch and Note 4 results are pretty close. One of the features I really like is that I don’t have to unlock my phone if watch and phone are close together. Or the one where I can mute my ringing phone by covering the watch face with my hand. Google Now (Ok Google) also works great. There are many more features and all are pretty useful I found. Time will tell…………. Now to the part I don’t particular like. You put the watch in a (rubbery) charging cradle and connect the USB cable on the side of the cradle. Since the leather band of the watch is like a loop (can’t lay it flat), you have to lay the watch on the side while the USB cable is pointing to the ceiling and then looping down to the outlet (see picture). Not very elegant I must say. They could have built a little stand with a build in USB receptacle so you just connect the cradle to it and attach the watch into the cradle. Oh well, nothing is perfect. But the watch looks great on my wrist………

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    WAY more useful than I'd imagined

    Posted
    jazaddict

    I got it with modest expectations...mostly to use at gigs for keeping track of set times and texting myself a setlist. Yep, worked fine for that..... What I DIDN'T expect was how handy it is for several things; I'm a Note3 user, and while I really like the screen size for reading, its quite the behemoth to wrangle in and out of the holder, or worse, my pocket. The ZenWatch relieves me of that hassle by about 80%...seriously. Notifications..... I use the phone a LOT, often the notifications of an email from work get lost in the cacaphony of my day. No more. The watch gives me a little bzzzt on my wrist. So far I ALWAYS notice that tactile reminder....plus, its very discreet. So I can quickly glance to see the subject, and with a tap read the body or just ignore until later. Perfect. So THEN .... its a swipe/tap to voice-respond. Same with texts. I LOVE that it shows me incoming PHONE calls with ID and the ability to answer or reject. Again....if the phone is quiet, the whole process of observing and deciding to answer or not can be done WITHOUT pulling the phone. So then if you choose to answer from the watch there's just enough delay to let you get the phone out of the holder/pocket/purse and proceed with jibber-jabbering. Also....no more sprinting across the room to tend to the ringing phone; just glance at the wrist, answer if you want, and walk to the phone. Very cool. The last thing that I LOVE is that the watch defaults to "Auto-send". Example: Text comes in, you choose to swipe and tap "reply" to speak your response. Poof! it auto-sends with no further action necessary on your part. Yes, you have the option to tap & re-speak in case it didn't capture your reply correctly, but you gotta be quick to tap cancel. This is the only thing that could use some tweaking by the Operating Sys developers. The time you have to "start" speaking is fine, but once you start speaking, you CANNOT pause or it starts to send. Again, if you werent done, or its wrong, you can tap & redo. But you GOTTA be quick. I find that I have to speak without pause, including punctuation. For example "Yes-I'll-get-the-bread-period-Do-we-need-milk-too-question-mark". If I paused after "period"...POOF, its into send-mode during which I can tap-cancel & re-enter....or just let it go & reply again w/ the milk question. I got used to that REALLY quick though, and I've actually come to love it. I thought these reviewers that reported compliments might have been exaggerating, but believe it or not, I too have gotten a handful of compliments on its look. This is no frivolous gadget, it really streamlines and increases phone related productivity & convenience. 3 thumbs up. ;)

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    My experience with the Asus Zenwatch.

    Posted
    PhilliMayne
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    ZenWatch Full Review

    Posted
    TheWatchmaker

    Spent the last few weeks looking and comparing other smart watches from videos,display models and even using some of my friends smart watches. I was looking for a watch that was classy,sleek and well built.With a very nice and bright screen and good life.The price had to be right. First up was the G watch R, Did not like how the screen was enclosed and looked like a “G” watch and the price was a little out of my range. Gear S 2 : loved the color (brown and gold) The screen was very nice. But the price was just a little to much. Moto 360 : Friend let me try it for a day. Little laggy and the watch band gets cracked and warped over time but still a decent price range and nice watch. Pebble and pebble steel : Had the first one but left me feeling empty. ZenWatch : Design : I really like the design of the body, curved and sleek, at first I thought the inner rose gold color was weird but now, really adds to its elegance. It has a big screen which looks beautiful and bright especially with its plethora of faces on the app store. The leather band is simple and beautifully stitched. The clasp adds to the premium feel of the watch. Software : Running Android Wear, which is quick,crisp and I have not experienced any problems so far. Hardware: Lightning fast, lightweight and never gets hot.I can see it getting 2 days of battery life,depending on your brightness setting, but I do charge it every night. Functionality : Love that it makes your phone ring if you can't find it. Unlocks your phone when it is near. I can control my music when I am driving, It displays navigation smoothly. Watch vibrates when your alarm rings (not recommended for all, might throw your watch across the room). Reply to texts and fb messages easily, easy to email. Pros : Price. Design.Build Quality.Battery.Clasp.Screen. Cons : Heart rate monitor is wonky at best. Other thoughts : The color of the band grew on me, the clasp does stick out somewhat, which some people might not like but I do not mind. Hoping Asus releases some accessories like a watch stand for charging, more style of bands. Things that I noticed is re-syncing every time you add a new contact in your phone. Verdict -Get It Now! ----- The Smart Watch market is still new and some people still want to wait,but for 200$ The ZenWatch definitely delivers. I use it daily, and it serves me well. Looking forward to seeing what app developers and Asus does next.----

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Great intro to Google Wear

    Posted
    GreatLookingWatch
    • My Best Buy® Member

    I will start out by first stating that this is my first Google wear device. That said, my 5 star rating is based on what can be expected of Google wear at this time, not necessarily what it should be. What I mean by that is, I would prefer to have a week of battery life, but I knew going in that battery life today is only about a day in these devices so I won't dock any stars for that. Having owned the watch for a few days now, the battery life seems to be about a day. To be clear, I mean a full 24 hours, not work day as we commonly refer to our android phones. I am told that by disabling the "unlock phone" feature, battery life is extended but I have not tried this. I was a little on the fence about getting a Google wear device at first. I wasn't sure if the benefits outweighed the cost. That said, I've found simply being able to see notifications without pulling out your phone can be very handy, especially at times when checking your phone would be inappropriate. Basically, its much easier to see if there is an emergency. I haven't spent much time working with the voice activated features but so far the voice recognition works about as well as it does on your android phone, but is a little more difficult to correct mistakes. I was also a little worried that the watch would be too big or draw negative attention. After wearing the watch for a few days, I have not found it to be too big or a nuisance. Yeah, if there was an option with a smaller bezel and overall device I would opt for that but I am happy with the current size. Lastly, I'll address the lack of a hear rate sensor that is always measuring your heart rate. At first I had thought this would bother me but so far I have never found myself wishing I could see my heart rate right away, rather than the few seconds the Zenwatch takes to detect it via contact with your fingers. All in all, I am happy with this purchase. As some reviews have stated, Google has not allowed device manufacturers to modify the Google Wear software the way they have with phones so that leaves the manufactures to compete with looks and hardware. The Zenwatch's insides are on par with the other high end watches on the market (aside from the active heart rate monitor and IP67 rating) but in my opinion is ahead in style and is $50 to $100 cheaper.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    On Par With The Apple Watch (however more usefull)

    Posted
    D2TechWriter

    I usually don't write reviews however I was truly impressed by the ASUS Zen Watch. After using the ASUS Zen watch for a few days I have been surprised that this smartwatch hasn't received more attention. Using the Google Android Wear software program you can customize your android version 4.1 (confirm version prior to purchase) or later to make the Zen watch a perfect companion with your android device. I would like to say that this watch is not an Apple Watch killer as is touted so often in the bi-polar android vs apple world. First the Zen was released prior to the apple watch (I also love apple products too) and is dedicated to compliment android based phone owners. Now for the Zen watch critiques. The watch is aesthetically well designed and looks good with a suit or casual attire for both a man or woman. The leather ban and clasp are very comfortable and the 22mm band size allow for the purchase of any after market 22mm bands of your choice. There are over 4000 android wear apps that allow you to customize everything from the watch face to have the same bubble based style iOS found on the apple watch. The battery last full day with heavy use and because its a phone companion (which most people charge nightly) charging the zen at night is not that impractical of a requirement. The best thing about the zen is that it syncs and almost morphs with your phone and things like car navigation, messages, reminders and alarms seem to seamlessly blend in the way yarn tied around the finger. One important note that differs from the apple watch and this is that you can not answer your phone directly from the watch and it does not have a built in camera, which if you have your phone on you with 2 cameras do you really need another on your watch that makes it more bulky? Finally the price (on sale) of USD $129 puts the ASUS zen watch over the top as far as design (with gorilla glass 3) and the brilliant screen and wealth of android apps to include Google speak and GPS. The Zen comes with 4GB of on board memory and a quad core processor that is on par with many current tablets. I highly recommend the watch and I am also a verified purchaser of the product. Last note there is an ASUS Zen watch 2 that is scheduled to be released in September of 2015 with a crown control and upgraded battery charger.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Very nice looking Android Wear watch.

    Posted
    RojasTKD
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Member

    All current Android Wear function nearly identical, what sets the Asus ZenWatch apart from the other Android Wear crown is it's looks and lower price. I'm my opinion the ZenWatch is the best looking watch of the bunch. Yes the roundness the the Moto 360 is nice, but it very thick while to ZenWatch is svelte by comparison. The ZenWatch has the more expensive Moto 360 beat in: 1. Processor 2. AMOLED screen (with Gorilla Glass 3) 3. Battery life The batter life of the ZenWatch last me through a day easily, and I could probably make it into the next day if needed. I owned a Samsung Gear Live and the Zenwatch is not only much better looking it battery last longer as well. The Gear Live charging clip broke, apparently a common problem, but worse of all is one of the aluminum arms that hold the spring pins in place broke and now I can't wear it any more. The stainless steal body of the ZenWatch is much superior. Despite the ZenWatch only having an IP rating of 55, I think it the best Smartwatch (Android Wear) for a more elegant dressed up look. I don't plan on going swimming with it or a raging sand storm. It more than rugged enough for day to day wear (and not break as easily as the IP67 rated Gear Live). For fitness enthusiast I recommend the Sony Smartwatch 3. It IP68 rating is the best so far and it's rubber wrist band (stainless steal will soon be an option) is perfect for working out. It is also the only Android Wear watch to include a built in GPS at the time of this review (also has NFC for easy pairing and built in WiFi for future implementation).

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Excellent choice

    Posted
    EdClevelander

    I've been a Pebble user for the last year and I really liked it. It does what I wanted it to do very well - mainly send notifications. But the design of the Pebble is just a bit cheap and geeky. I have been looking forward to getting the Zenwatch ever since it was announced. I received it yesterday and I love it. The design is really beautiful. It's not bulky and is very comfortable on my wrist. The software is very good, but I downloaded some much needed apps - Evernote for Wear, a calendar app, and a good calculator. I also downloaded an app launcher because it takes too many swipes to get to the Start launcher. I was really interested in the Moto 360, but after really looking at it, it's kind of bulky looking and sticks up off your wrist a bit too much for my taste. It seems like it would bang on things. The Zenwatch seems to sit much nicer on the wrist. I also decided to go with a square screen because the majority of apps are going to be optimized for square screens and the Zenwatch is the nicest looking square screen watch in my view. A couple of minor beefs: I'd be a little happier if the vibrate on the watch was a bit stronger. It's a bit too subtle for me and I wonder if I'll miss some messages if I'm in the middle of doing something. The Pebble had a nice strong vibrate. And the voice recognition is good, but it's kind of slow. I'm also waiting for some great chronograph-like watch faces. I'm sure they'll come in time. Overall, I'm very happy with this beautiful smartwatch. Asus has done an excellent job with it. And it's less expensive than the Moto 360, LG G Watch R, and some others. One weird ordering thing: When I ordered it (11/13#, Best Buy kept pushing out the shipping/arrival date - all the way out to the middle of December. Then yesterday #11/17) I got a message that it had shipped. When I got home from work it was already sitting on my front step. Something is a bit buggy with their ordering/shipping system.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Looks good, but already returned it because...

    Posted
    MinnesotaWT
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    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
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    ASUS did a really good job on ZenWatch.

    Posted
    Douglas

    First, I have to say ASUS ZenWatch is the most beautiful watch with premium and fashion that I’ve seen among current Android Wear watches. ASUS ZenWatch has stainless steel body, with a slightly curved screen that adds to the jewelry aesthetic. The rose gold colored stitched leather looks great, and feels good on my wrist. And you can swap the ZenWatch's band with any standard (22 mm) strap. After few days with my ZenWatch, I will recommend it to my friends. The battery life dropped around 2%~3% per hour with very light use, and around 3%~5% per hour with normal use. The always-on display is really convenient for me to know the time and date. In addition, I can know my step counting easier, and if I want to check my pulse, just put my two fingers on either side of the watch’s front. I’m also download the ZenWatch manager app to help me unlock my phone without password and find my watch if I lose it. Two minor feedback to ASUS. ZenWatch has a lower water resistance compared with other Android Wear watches. But IP55 can protect splashes and rain shower, maybe it is good enough for everyone. And ASUS should offer different color leather bands for choice.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    A Woman's Perspective

    Posted
    Psykopup
    • My Best Buy® Member

    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: 5 out of 5 stars

    Nice looking smart watch

    Posted
    Mnstr3d

    First , I really love this watch. It looks great and most android watches have the same basic functions, so you may as well get a classy looking watch. One of the reviews was right. It was difficult to get it to update the watch faces, but just let the watch update the software and that will fix that issue. As a note, load the two programs (android wear and the Zen watch manager) that it mentions in the start up manual first, and you are ready to start adding functions to the smart watch. It is easy to learn to use and so far it has no glitches in the operating system. It only cost $199.99, which I feel is a perfect price for what it is. Actually, for the look and functionality of the watch $250.00 would be fine. You can tell it is well crafted and really looks great. I would definitely purchase this again. Except for a $350 LG Urbane watch , that has everything in terms of options, this would definitely be my first option. But, I did not want to spend that much for a watch I intend to wear daily. The Moto 360 would be my second choice. They both have the same basic specs (processor, ram, and operating system). At $199.00, I do not know what comes close to it in it's price range.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Way more useful than I had imagined...

    Posted
    Nate
    • Verified PurchaserVerified Purchase
    • My Best Buy® Elite Member

    I got this because I'm a nerd... I had no practical reasons other than I like geeky tech stuff, but it's turned out to be way more handy (no pun intended) than I though it would be. It's beautiful... by far the best looking wearable out right now. It functions really well, and I've found I probably have to take my phone out of my pocket 40% less throughout the day. I love the ability to read/write texts without having to pull out my phone. I've found the voice recognition to be pretty stellar. Every update of Android Wear OS brings refinements and new features that I'm loving. The heart rate monitor leaves something be desired, but I never use it. It's a gimmick more than anything. The remote camera feature is really cool... though I'm still trying to find a legit use for it other than showing off to friends. All-in-all, I'm really happy with the purchase. I have a co-worker that has the Moto360 and I'm pretty sure he's a bit jelly of my ZenWatch! This whole wearable craze is still in its infancy, so I'm excited to see what else they bring to the table in the near future. Love it!

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    I love this smartwatch!

    Posted
    mhajii210
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    I was VERY skeptical and I truly expected this watch to have major shortcomings. My biggest concern was battery life. I have read reviews in other sites, but I have no battery problems whatsoever. I usually have 40-50% battery life before I plug it into the charger. I have downloaded a few Android Wear apps that have fixed Wear issues (how to keep an app open on my watch when the phone's display goes to sleep as an example). This watch is amazing and I have received many compliments and iPhone users asking me about it. Their response is usually "I'll wait for an iWatch", but they have no clue that you can customize this watch and download apps that will provide even more functionality! You really cannot beat this watch when it comes to price, looks, and build quality. You will definitely not be disappointed if you decide to purchase this amazing smartwatch. I strongly feel that it looks even better in person.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 5 out of 5 stars

    Best choice for price vs. performance

    Posted
    banjo
    • My Best Buy® Member

    looked at the Moto + Pebble (tried one) + Asus... Moto battery life was a deal-breaker plus Moto appearance too "young" for an old geezer like me. i really wanted to like the Pebble/Steel due to appearance + battery life + full text notifications but kept pulling hairs off my arm trying to work the buttons and just didn't have the "wow" factor i like on a technology purchase - going from touchscreen to pushbutton just didn't feel right after using it for a day. ZenWatch won the day with good battery life + "sizzle" with color screen + price + conservative (very nice) appearance. setting up the android wear takes a learning curve but that's OK considering how new the smartwatch system is at the moment. overall a good purchase and will hold me over for a couple years until the market and hardware has a chance to go through a couple of iterations.

    I would recommend this to a friend

  • Rating: 4 out of 5 stars

    Works Great, Funky Pulse Monitor.

    Posted
    PlaneGuy
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    • My Best Buy® Member

    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