Android Wear: LG G Watch – Day 1

gwatchSo, I have an Android Wear device. More specifically the LG G Watch – the reason we went with this over the others is purely fiscal – it was £100.

So, what have I found on the first day of use? Is it as amazing as I’d hoped? Is it a gadget to bring Sci-Fi comms units one step closer to reality? Or is it something Dick Tracy would have discarded in favour of his wrist radio?

Pros

  • Notifications for SMS, Hangouts, Mail and Calendar are amazing.
  • The screen is nice and easy to read in all light conditions.
  • It’s more comfortable on a bigger wrist (such as mine) than I thought it would be.
  • The vibration notifications are apparent, but not as overly strong as I feared. Discreet!
  • The set up was unbelievably simple.
  • It charges fast on the supplied unit
  • Voice recognition and dictation is surprisingly good. It even gave me a delightful Wikipedia article on ‘Bollocks’ when I poured coffee on my hand mid demonstration.

Cons

  • To be effective, you have to fully enable all features on your phone. Location services being a big one.
  • This enabling of features caused my battery to go from 100% to 22% in under two hours of light use. This could well be a bug or a fault with my phone, but it only started when Android Wear was installed.
  • The battery life of the watch itself isn’t two days, as I’ve heard thrown around. At 18 hours of use, we’re at 33%. That’s not going to last 48 hours.
  • You’ll really need two charging cradles if you plan to use this at home and the office.
  • The home screen could do with some tweaks – it’s just not effective enough to allow changes to the settings or apps.
  • More watch faces that haven’t been designed in what looks like MS paint please.
  • A few more ‘disconnections’ than I’d like, given that my phone never left my pocket.

So, all in all, I’m enjoying it and I hope that the battery issue (both my Nexus 5 and the LG G Watch) is one I can solve with some fiddling and investigation. As with most technologies, I have to adapt to it to a certain degree, although talking into a watch will always make me feel like budget Dick Tracy, only fatter and without a yellow flasher’s mac.

 

We’ll see how we faired after  a week then.

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