Update: Asus’ original ZenWatch, like the majority of others, has been updated to Android Wear 6.0, which includes additional gesture controls and other improvements. Additionally, it made our list of the top Android Wear watches.
However, shouldn’t your focus be on the newer Asus ZenWatch 2? Despite some significant upgrades, such as different sizes, a faster charging time, and a new crown, it’s not significantly more expensive than the original.
A sharp-edged, rectangular screen contained within a round-edged rectangular face is unlikely to get praise from the world of high-end design, but it is useful.
The issue is that, at 1.63 inches and 320 x 320 pixels (278 ppi), the Corning Gorilla Glass 3 OLED screen can appear pixelated after a brief gaze. It retains a slight advantage over the LG G Watch R, the Sony Smartwatch 3, and even the Moto 360 in terms of density.
When it comes to smartwatches, design is paramount, and Asus did not disappoint. Without a doubt, the ZenWatch is an attractive smartwatch. With the Moto 360 garnering attention for its iconic circular design and the Samsung Gear S garnering attention for its curving and rectangular shape, Asus took a somewhat different route. Rather of deciding between round and square, Asus combined the two by rounding the square’s edges.
For people with tiny wrists, the Asus smartwatch is perhaps the most comfortable option available right now. It snags on some coat sleeves, but otherwise remains unnoticeable and quite light throughout the day.
UI and performance
To begin, the Asus ZenWatch runs Android Wear, which has its own set of issues. We’ve discussed the advantages and disadvantages of Android Wear in detail in previous smartwatch reviews, but the basic premise is that if you’ve worn one Android Wear smartwatch, you’ve worn them all.
The Moto 360 and LG G Watch R do not offer a particularly unique UI experience – though they do differ from the Gear S’s Tizen OS.
The ZenWatch features a 369mAh battery, which is larger than the 320mAh battery found in the Moto 360 but smaller than the 410mAh battery found in the LG G Watch R. Its battery life is comparable to that of other smartwatches, which is not always a positive thing.
In general, you’ll want to charge your ZenWatch each night. It may last more than a day, but it will most emphatically not last two days, even if you are extremely frugal with your usage.
As is customary with smartwatches, the alerts you desire are really useful, allowing you to stay more discreetly connected to your mobile life.
Having greater control over what Google Now tells you about would be quite beneficial, and the fitness elements appear to be a little underdeveloped. However, I cannot assert that the classy appearance and feel shout “exercise time!” Thus, perhaps this is unsurprising.