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Discussion in 'Wear Os' started by Castiel Novak, Mar 17, 2016.

  1. Castiel Novak

    Castiel Novak Lurker
    Thread Starter

    I'm in the market for a Smartwatch, but there are tons of them and I don't know which one I should get. Here are my prerequisites:
    •Decent battery life
    •Can control Google Play Music on it
    •Can be used for fitness (heart sensor, Google Fit)
    •$300 or under
    •Released in 2015 or later

    I don't really mind the strap material or shape of the screen. Any help is much appreciated!


  2. Best Answer:
    Post #3 by NightAngel79, Mar 17, 2016 (1 points)
  3. Unforgiven

    Unforgiven ...eschew obfuscation...

    I'm partial to the Huawei watch, and it fits almost all your criteria (lowest price is $313 on sale right now).

    As far as Huawei, the watch's are all the same internals, just the finish and band are different. There are many bands available to customize.

    I could detail all the reasons why I prefer it over others, but they are my preferences. I just wanted to check in and let you know that it will do what you want.:)
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  4. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    I'm an ASUS fan big time, and you can't go wrong with the ZenWatch 2. $129 bucks and a few really good band choices. Only thing it doesn't have that the $100-200 more expensive watches have is a heart rate monitor. Best money I've spent.
    #3 NightAngel79, Mar 17, 2016
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  5. JerrySong1

    JerrySong1 Newbie

    Just don't get the cheapo U8 watch. I read an article that the app you install with it sends phone data to some I address in China...
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  6. Castiel Novak

    Castiel Novak Lurker
    Thread Starter

    Will this still allow me to control Google Play Music and be used with Google Fit? Because if it can, then I'd go for that.
  7. electricpete

    electricpete Android Expert

    I'm liking the look and functionality of my 2014 moto 360 that I got for $108 delivered, but the one true downside I see is that it requires ambient screen off for a reasonable battery life. I hear some complain about flat tire and cpu sluggishness, but I use watch face that looks fine with flat tire, and I don't notice any sluggishness.

    Zenwatch 2 sounds like a pretty darned good deal if you like the square look. Has speaker. I don't think it has heart rate monitor, but that's not a big feature for most.

    I just saw lg watch urbane dropped to 170. Nice round watch with amoled display (unlike m360). Not sure if it has heart rate monitor.

    #6 electricpete, Mar 20, 2016
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  8. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    It does. Fully compatible with all google services. Best Android Wear device, especially for the price (in my opinion)
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  9. Bodycount

    Bodycount Android Enthusiast

    Samsung Gear S2 is a pretty good watch except for the fact app support just isn't there yet.

    It has very very few apps. Hopefully more app makers get on board and write to Samsung's operating system which happens to be Tizen
  10. electricpete

    electricpete Android Expert

    Zenwatch 2 does not have heart-rate sensor, so it may not meet your personal expectations.

    I don't consider it a problem myself. While most of the other watches do have a heart rate sensor, they are sometimes inaccurate and they only monitor intermittently (not continuously). When I exercize I use a Zephyr HxM chest-strap continuous heart rate monitor instead of the hrm on my watch. That cheststrap hrm feeds into SportsTracker Pro app on my phone, which also senses my speed/distance/stride by phone sensors. Real-time results / progress are displayed on phone or watch (I bring both on my runs). The phone also shows in-progress and historical graphs of a workout session.
    #9 electricpete, Mar 21, 2016
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  11. xyourxhighnessx

    xyourxhighnessx Android Enthusiast

    I agree with Electric pete.

    An Asus zenwatch 2 and a real good htm would probably be a better/cheaper combo.

    Asus zenwatch 2 goes for 129 or 150 mattering on what size you get.

    Its supported by android wear so it does pretty much everything any other android wear watch can do. Texts calls (this is a big one. It has a built in speaker and a recent android wear update has code to support it's function) I believe only the moto360 (2nd gen) And the zenwatch2 have built in speakers so you can take advantage of that.

    I assume you could also play music on the watch's speaker if that's what you prefer to do instead of using headphones while you workout (I personally hate headphones/earbuds. I always end up with sweat in my ears)

    I been strongly considering the Sen watch. Minus the hrm it has and does pretty much anything any other android wear watch does but for half the price.
  12. NightAngel79

    NightAngel79 Bounty Hunter

    It's not the size that dictates that, its the band choices. Both small and large Zen 2 can be purchased for 129. With good bands btw. I did spend 25 bucks to get the genuine leather band (separately). So I paid a combined 155 for mine. But now I have the included band, my Zen 1 band, and my new Leather Blue band I can switch out whenever I feel like it.
    Huawei watch has a speaker as well, and is supported for use.

    Also, not to nitpick, but the Zen Watch does *not* do pretty much everything any other android wear watch does. It does everything they can do. Minus heart rate monitor (of course). You could argue it does more since there are not many with speakers, but that is semantics. Zenwatch 1 had a heart rate monitor, which I NEVER used, but that was more about having to place fingers on bezel to use it. Wife had a FitBit HR Charge and didn't get any value from HR monitor, but everyone is different (obviously).
  13. Regarding the ZW2's lack of a HR sensor: Last I checked not a single wrist HR sensor worked well, except when you were at rest. Being a bit of a fitness buff: A HR sensor that isn't spot on when I'm aiming for max heart rate is worthless to me. So the HR sensor being removed in v2 was no loss, to my way of thinking.

  14. xmr405o

    xmr405o Android Expert

    I know this question has been answered already but just in case someone else wants another opinion.

    For fitness, I would suggest 3 Android wear smartwatches or maybe 4. =)

    Sony Smartwatch 3- This one is under $200. It has GPS built-in and it works pretty good with Ghost Racer. No heart rate monitor but you can attach a bluetooth heart rate monitor and no external speaker but bluetooth headsets work fine. It has everything else though.

    Moto 360 sport- My friend has this one. He got it for under $300. I like the Moto Body app. It also has GPS that's fairly accurate. It has a heart rate monitor but like all heart rate monitors on Android wear devices accuracy varies.

    LG urbane 2nd edition- This one is $360. I just posted something on the LG urbane device forum. I haven't used it yet but I did buy it. See my post for my reason as to why I haven't even turned it on. On paper, this is the beast of all beasts for Android Wear for now. For fitness it should cover all basic needs but will have the same caveats in regards to heart rate monitoring. GPS, external speaker for music without bluetooth headsets, a big round screen to see your stats better and its a watch you can wear anywhere if you like big watches! If you don't then it might be a turn off for some.

    And just to add for super basic needs like tracking steps and stuff, then Asus Zenwatch 2 is an easy choice. I bought that for my mom. She walks with it while listening to music without her phone. She uses the UP app to track steps and workouts.
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