It’s me, Tech Life Guru and I’m back to talk about my brief experience with the Asus ZenWatch. 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 damn 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!
Here’s a few screenshots of the Asus ZenWatch.
Thanks for reading fellow Gadgeteers! Until next time…..