We got a very exciting delivery late last week: an Asus ZenWatch 3. To say that some of us have been eagerly awaiting the release of this Android Wear device is putting it mildly. Somehow despite the excitement, or perhaps because of it, we managed to capture our first few minutes with the device.
Check out our unboxing below:
We will be bringing you a full review of the ZenWatch 3 in the coming weeks, however, after my first few full days with the device I thought I’d briefly comment on some of the major features of the device. If you need a quick specs refresh check them out below.
|Key Specifications:||Asus ZenWatch 3|
|Resolution||400 x 400|
|Chipset||Snapdragon Wear 2100|
|Core config||1.2 GHz x 4|
|Charging method||Charging Dock (Magnetic)|
|Dimensions||45 x 45 x 9.95 ~ 10.75 mm|
|Build materials||Stainless Steel|
Design and build
From the initial renders, images and videos the ZenWatch 3 looked as if it would be both a beautiful looking device as well as a stunningly crafted one. It is. This isn’t to say that it will appeal to everyone but I have got more comments on the ZenWatch 3 in the past few days than I have gotten for any other watch, smart of otherwise.
The casing, buttons and even the “pods” as I call them that hold the proprietary watch band fittings are precisely made and the use of curves, chamfers and two-tone materials gives the device a deceptively smaller appearance than it may otherwise have. My only issue with the device is I’m terrified of scratching and knocking it, I normally wear a stainless steel finish watch simply because I’m a bit rough and have a track record of slamming into things.
The watch band would be my one area of complaint. Whilst the supplied leather watch band is lovely I’m just not a “leather band guy”. There are apparently after market watch bands coming but not in metal and not to Australia. Because the attachment mechanism is most definitely proprietary you won’t be walking into your local jeweller or watch maker and getting a replacement band.
My hope is that the ZenWatch sells as many devices as it deserve to and a vibrant 1st and 3rd party marketplace pops up around it. Unfortunately, it won’t, despite how great the device is and how much I love Android Wear I just don’t see this device ushering in a new wave of commercial success, even if it is the best Android Wear device ever released.
Goodbye flat tyres, hello fully round adaptive display. The screen is nothing short of fantastic, it’s bright, clear and best of all, thanks to the hidden ambient light sensor, it’s adaptive. This is the display I have always wanted to see (pun intended) on an Android wear device. The slightly smaller 1.39″ AMOLED display with a 400 x 400 resolution giving a 287 dpi resolution provides an excellent viewing experience.
I’m only a few days into the review, so I haven’t had an opportunity to get a good overall impression of battery life in multiple situations. That said I’ve never had it run out of battery after a full charge. To clarify my usage, I’ve been running the Zenwatch from about 0530 until 2130 with the always on display active using a white background when active.
I use my watch for notification triage, media playback control as well as replying to some messages. I’m sure I’m not a “heavy” user but I know I’m not a light one either.
Performance on an Android Wear device is a little different than on a phone or tablet. I measure performance as the time for the screen to switch from ambient mode to fully on, how long an interaction takes to register and similar. It’s simply been too short a time for me to get a good feel for the performance of the ZenWatch 3, as such I’ll reserve all comments on this until my full review.
Would I recommend the ZenWatch 3 after only a few days? The tech geek inside me would, but I have to keep him at bay, It’s just too soon to provide you with an honest opinion of the device, that said it’s looking good!