Here’s the Moto 360 v2 that Howard reviewed a few weeks back. I got a chance to play with it too; here it is at its best in its inductive charging stand, the perfect travel clock.
Wait, I was supposed to put it on my wrist…?
In the year and a half that I’ve been testing smartwatches I’ve come to an important realization: I don’t particularly care for them.
Maybe it’s not them, maybe it’s me. I stopped wearing a watch fifteen years ago, the moment I got my first cell phone with network-connected time. So strapping something around my wrist is unfamiliar, antiquated even.
Of course I did buy those two Pebbles. Coming from the original LG G Watch—which, to be honest, was an impulse purchase based on curiosity—Pebbles were an easy sell, as both the original model and subsequent Pebble Time were extremely light. There was a definite geeky appeal in the original monochrome Pebble, and though Android Wear has made great strides in usability I maintain that Pebble’s Timeline makes the most sense of any smartwatch UI I’ve seen thus far.
Android Wear hardware is, of course, more substantial, more cumbersome on my wrist and more of a strain on my wallet. The Huawei Watch, the prettiest one so far (in my opinion) retails in Canada for the price I’d expect to pay for a phone. And what do you get for that, really? More than a year after Android Wear’s début it seems like its “killer app” is still notifications on your wrist.
Someone on a podcast I heard somewhere had a damning and fairly accurate assessment of the entire smartwatch category: Smartwatches exist only to offload notifications onto your wrist because phones are getting too big to take out of your pocket.
Nuts to that, I say. I’m not your wearables guy, buddy… I’m not your wearables buddy, guy… Nope, phones for seniors, that’s clearly my niche. 🙄