The ASUS ZenWatch has arrived and it has to be the most beautiful smartwatches on the market. First we’re going to take it out of the box, then we’re going to put it up against the LG Watch R.
I got to play around with the Zenwatch at IFA when it first debuted and I thought the same thing I do now, it’s stunning. For $199 it has everything it takes to make it the standout wearable, looks, design and a great price. I have always been a advocate of smart jewelry and do believe that watches are of course jewelry. I have my personal collection of watches both traditional analogue versions and pretty much the whose who in smart watches. There are some good options out there and the round versions dawn my traditional as well as smart watch collection. Round is classic but the curved display ASUS has come out with provides an elegance that can compete with the classics.
ASUS has built a premium product, the materials chosen are top notch, the leather strap and clasp have created a new standard. The materials chosen the electronic exchange, the leather strap and the closure set in comparison to the competition have set a new benchmark,but it’s not with out its drawbacks. Whether or not you get you used to a square display isn’t really the story, this is a very personal and subjective thing for which there is no right or wrong answer. But when you’re dealing with a smartwatch there are some specific benefits to a square display, you get more screen real estate and that means the information you’re getting will be less cramped and if you choose to, you could display more information than your competitor. Having more information or the ability to have a sleeker less cluttered interface are two ticks in the box for the square display.
Somehow the Zenwatch seems like a hybrid of Android Wear and the best features of the Pebble. Visually, it has a noble, timeless design, which reminds me, at least very fundamentally, of the Pebble Steel with the software environment of Android, but the Zenwatch has a few additional tricks up its sleeve.
ASUS ZenWatch Features and ZenWatch Manager
The ZenWatch Manager get your Android Wear device a few special features that you can only find on the ZenWatch. Unlock my Phone, Cover to Mute, Find My Watch, Forgot Phone Warning, SOS, Flashlight and Compass are extra functionality that has been provided by the custom ZenUI. When we do a complete review I’ll really dive into the Manager until then I’ll tease you with the Remote Camera and Presentation Controller, but before you get too excited it only works with ASUS smartphones.
ASUS Watch Face Customizations
ASUS has some pretty nice watch faces to choose from on the ZenWatch, we were able to get them all here for you to check out.
ASUS Wellness App
No SmartWatch is complete without a proper Fitness Tracker, and ASUS is taking your fitness seriously and they have teamed up with Jawbone to get it done. The ZenWatch has all of the glorious versatility and intelligence that is found with in the Jawbone Up’s algorithms. ASUS Wellness has its own flair for presenting the visualization of your data and it should motivate the most adamant couch potato.
First Impressions Conclusion on the ASUS ZenWatch
How much can you say about a SmartWatch that you actually tested for only 36h? I can tell you that a proper wearable review can’t happen in just a few days. But I want to give you my observations after really playing around with the ZenWatch for the time that I’ve had it. So be patient, I’ll be back in a week with a full review. Until then …
Very good first impression. 1.63-inches and it’s square which gives you more surface area than the 1.3 inch LG G Watch R. The larger display presents me with more information or I can make text bigger so it’s easier to read. The AMOLED displaycomes with 300 nits of brightness which is on the high side with a resolution of 320 × 320 and a 278ppi. With these specs you won’t be complaining.
In the 30h I’ve had it I’ve been trying out everything, even things that I’m sure you’ll never do in the real world on a smartwatch. I’ve got 12h of hardcore use but I’m confident that it will go a day and a half with out having to reach for the charger…but more on that in the full review.
Processing and Design:
Here I can only refer to my detailed video. The best version of an Android Wear Smartwatch out there? They’ve done a great job with materials and design, but the whole thing has a specific ASUS favor that we haven’t seen in any other Smartwatch on the market. It goes beyond just the material used. Check out the video to see what we’re talking about.
And that means …
If something is about to happen in the upcoming week of ZenWatch testing, we have a contender that has the potential to push the G Watch R off my wrist.