Do you guys still wear android watches?

Posted by PHLASH January 11, 2024 in NewsWatchface archive
I'd be super interested to know if this is still a thing 🙂

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26 thoughts on “Do you guys still wear android watches?”

  • Pierre Durand

    Still? How about never did. I still think smartwatches are stupid (for the price). I wear a Fitbit HR and don't love it. Many, many shortcomings for a $150 item.

  • Tha PHLASH

    +Pierre Durand Fitbit… the ones that just bought Pebbles? … hummm .. have you ever tried a AndroidWear Watch? i believe it could provide a better experience than Fitbit honestly.

  • Kody Barks

    I still wear my pebble

  • ,john andrade

    Wear mine everyday, didn't realize how much I needed it until that one day you forget it at home. Super useful for me.

  • Tha PHLASH

    +,john andrade no problem making a full day with it? How;s your battery holding on?

  • Kody Barks

    +Tha PHLASH my pebble goes weeks off its charger.

  • Tha PHLASH

    +Kody Barks yeah.. i been thinking of getting one before they end, just because of that… must be a dream come true 😀

  • Kody Barks

    +Tha PHLASH even when their official support ends, they are open source and custom OSs do exist for it.

  • Ezekiel Lancaster

    My Moto 360 (first gen) just died recently. Took it off the charger and Android Wear kept restarting, even after a full reset.

    Never knew how much I really used it until now.

  • Tha PHLASH

    +Ezekiel Lancaster yea i used a 360 before my Huawei… but after a year i've experienced very bad burn in's coming from the side of the screen… was too bad too because since i was a early adopter i paid an outrageous price for it…

  • Andrew Mikolajczyk

    Moto 360 (2nd gen)..wear it every day, but not in love with it..has some shortcomings and actually find most of the faces out there to be pretty much trash…
    Looking forward to Android wear 2 and the next wave to dramatically improve things

  • Tha PHLASH

    +Andrew Mikolajczyk interesting… Although for the defense of any watch face designer out there… making a watch face is quite a feat. I found it to be way harder than any other themeing endeavors personally 🙂

  • Pierre Durand

    +Tha PHLASH I have not had my HR even a year yet so in the interest of getting my money's worth out of it, I'm going to stick with it until at least the summer. As for my "needs" from a "smart" wearable. It only needs to:
    1. Tell the time
    2. Temperature (current location)
    3. HR monitor
    4. Feed HR data to Google Fit and Strava
    5. Rainproof
    6. Tell me who is calling me (I don't care about email or texts)
    7. Bulletproof (well I mean very durable and tough
    8. Multi day battery life (one good thing about the HR)

    They can keep everything else they try to pack into smartwatches these days. I want a wearable that does the above REALLY REALLY well. Oh and it would be nice if it were not the size of a hockey puck.

    If the ability to manufacture such a device is not there yet, then I will just wait. Made it 47 years without a smartwatch, I can certainly make it a few more.

  • Tha PHLASH

    +Pierre Durand .. Its great to know what ppl think… i love it, thx for your input sir, it's appreciated.

  • Andrew Mikolajczyk

    +Pierre Durand wife has the charge HR…not even a year old and it is falling apart…and the band not being replaceable is a huge drawback..
    If had to replace it with anything similar it would likely be the Huawei Fit …

  • Martin Guay

    I'm still a wear user. Moto 360, Moto 360 2nd Gen, just got the ZenWatch 3 from Asus. Waiting to see what big step is coming from Wear.

  • Stormy Beach

    Moto 360 2nd Gen here. Everyday all day. My days are 6:30 a.m. to about 10-11 pm and it usually still sits at 40% ish battery. Being in retail sales I find it a must. I can look at it to see my text or email or call and immediately decide if it's important or not without being rude to a customer. For instance, the school calling, my district manager or the wife. With snow and ice right now it's great to have a quick glance to make sure there isn't an emergency.

    Step counter is nice, but not something I really care about nor is the heart rate sensor. I use the calendar on it often and interact with it to change music while I'm opening the store, pause shows in the living room if the kids aren't listening and quick glances for navigation too. Rarely reaping to messages on it though.

  • Andrew Mikolajczyk

    +Tha PHLASH as far as face design goes ..personally I look for something clean and simple that marries an analog and digital watch..where I can see time, weather, steps, and heart rate on the actual main face…and pressing on weather will actually launch the android wear weather app rather than crashing it… It's surprising how little there actually is out there…

    Next gen inclusion of NFC and Android Pay as well as LTE connection of its own (rather than being tethered to the phone via BT) would be ideal…

    Oh and a magnetic sensor (surprisingly missing on most smartwatch) and GPS

  • Martin Guay

    I've noticed that many consumers go for the Minimalist approach to wear watchfaces. (I'm not most users, couldnt care for the time, sensors and fit stuff). Notification, voice use, texting and payment is what I go for. Usually disable most of the sensors. 🙂

  • David Barcena (DaringDomino3s)

    +Tha PHLASH​ I love my watch (Moto 360 1st gen), but it's dying. There seems to be a battery defect in them. I'm hoping to make it last until Wear 2.0 drops so I can get a watch that supports it, but it's looking like it's not gonna happen. So I'll probably be buying the ZenWatch 3 as soon as I get save up the scratch for it or trying to replace the battery.

    I love the watch faces you make, and until recently was using them regularly, but my watch turns off randomly and won't turn on unless it's put back on the dock.

  • Pierre Durand

    +Andrew Mikolajczyk yah I really think the FitBit line is highly overrated. Not at all impressed.

  • Tha PHLASH

    im amazed at how much everyone's needs differs… and also at how much ppl demand of these small things on our wrist 🙂

    Im a bit worried tho because the wear2 update requires watch makers to move away from a phone connectivity and expect the small cpu in the watch to do most of the work the phone companion app used to do.

    I dunno where this is going but we're about to need some seriously powerful watches. Considering our phone measure 7 inches… and watches only 1 ….

    This is about to get interesting.

  • ,john andrade

    With the Huawei watch I easily get a full day from morning to night with about 20% remaining +Tha PHLASH

  • Andrew Mikolajczyk

    +Martin Guay honestly I work in construction so I didn't realize the want for a magnetometer until I had to get out a compass…something that should be easy to incorporate into a watch (as long as it has a magnetometer, which most don't)…
    It's a watch…primary function is time and date, timer and stopwatch, alarms…

    After having some health concerns, the fit info and sleep tracking is definitely a higher priority to me than perhaps even 2 years ago…having steps and HR front and center (and the rest of the family having activity trackers), is a reminder to get out more and be more active and spend actual quality time together…

    While I want notifications, I don't need to call (I can accept or reject calls, and that's enough) and text from the watch, I'll pull out the phone for that…

  • Andrew Mikolajczyk

    +Tha PHLASH I think it's not so much demanding a lot as demanding the functions of an actual watch, and given the prices asked, a higher end fitness tracker…

    Many of the faces out there just don't work correctly with the stock AW apps (weather is a major one that crashes)…or just look cheap and cartoonish…

    Replacing a Timex or Casio and a Fitbit with something that costs 2-3 times as much it shouldn't be unreasonable for it to do as much and more… With that more being functions that are convenient and allow the user to leave the phone put away and interact with their immediate surroundings and the people in it..

    The nixon mission watch is getting closer, but has a lot of unnecessary function if you aren't a skier & surfer

  • David Barcena (DaringDomino3s)

    +Tha PHLASH​ I'm not positive I fully understand what you're saying, but I have a feeling that wear 2 will require higher specs, judging only by the direction Google's been going (cardboard to VR, for example) and these 2.0-ready watches will probably suffer. I've no experience with the inner workings or the 2.0 dev stuff, so I could be off base. I don't, personally, want a second phone on my wrist, if I did, if but a second phone and put it on my wrist. I do, however like being able to check and respond to notifications at a glance while working or doing other stuff.

    If they get more powerful, I won't complain, but I won't be shelling out $700+ for one anytime soon. I felt that $200 was too much already, especially since this isn't something I'll be handing down to my kid or anything.

    But we'll see, I was relatively hesitant to jump on the smartphone bandwagon, and now I can't stand going without it for more than a few hours. Technology tends to create its own need for consumers.

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