So, 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?
- 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.
- 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.