With its functionality still in diapers or even to define correctly as we have seen in our recent comparison of the best advanced clocks in the market, design and price are the two arguments that can now wield smartwatches to convince the user.
In both pillars is maintained mainly the ASUS Zenwatch that we have already tried in Xataka. The Taiwanese watch has chosen its particular path in the segment looking above all appearance and price adjusted. But will it live up to it? What can differentiator offer ? He then touches Zenatatch on Xataka.
ASUS Zenwatch, Technical Characteristics
The ASUS Advanced Watch is almost in line with other models on the market at phonejust.com. We could even say that on paper it is not able to stand out in any of them, choosing to convince based on other factors, which we already advance that are the price and the design.
At the level of specifications we can already check some of the absences to which we will refer in the complete analysis, such as the GPS or the ambient light sensor. Let’s go with it then.
Square Does Not Mean Sporty Or Poor Design
Of the advanced clocks that currently exist in the market, those that we consider as better designed have been those that have come very close to the classic round design. The Moto 360 was on the more futuristic side while the LG G Watch used even more classicism. The square variants, such as the Gear S or Sony’s Smartwatch 3 , focused on the curvature to make it comfortable and sporty touch respectively.
Until ASUS has arrived and has achieved a really attractive watch visually and square format. It is also a watch that as you use it and you have close it is taking more value in aspects such as comfort or exclusivity.
For me, the key to the appeal of this ZenWatch is both in the box, metallic and rather thin, as in the brown leather strap that comes standard. But you do not have to settle for that design because the system is compatible with any 22 mm strap on the market, the standard in classic watchmaking.
Something that helps this Zenwatch maintain the type after a first glance is its size.It has very good dimensions even for small dolls, so here ASUS will not have problems in positioning the advanced clock for both male and female.
On the wrist, its weight of 75 grams makes it comfortable, and we have not been in the two weeks that we have been using daily nothing heavy or uncomfortable. You forget that you carry it and that can not be said by all smartwatches in the market.
To close, ASUS has chosen a system customary in classic watches, and that leaves us with the feeling that its durability will be greater. In addition, it is faster and agile to remove and put than other systems.
The soft design is not interrupted by any visible connections. Even the power button on the watch is at the back, something quite strange. But do not worry because we have not found in two weeks of use any situation in which we have had to use. Also there we find the connectors of the charging system which, of course, is proprietaryand requires an accessory in addition to the microUSB cable.
Finally it is important to indicate that the protection against water and dirt that has this ASUS Zenwatch is IP55, so you will not be able to submerge it but you can take a shower or wash your hands with it. Although the case is that protection is of little use if you keep the leather strap, because you will not want to wet it.
A Good Screen That Has Forgotten The Brightness Sensor
ASUS has not been separated from the measurement of other market square watches for its display: 1.63 inches and 320×320 resolution (density of almost 300 dpi). The technology behind the panel is AMOLED and without reaching the end of the Gear S, it does include a slight curvature to make the watch more comfortable in hand and facilitate management with the fingers. The protection is Gorilla Glass 3.
That panel leaves us deep blacks, great contrast and a sufficient brightness to be able to see the screen correctly in exteriors. The bad news is that no automatic brightness control has been included. Visibility level is not a major problem, because once it has been adjusted to level 3-4, in most situations it can be displayed without problem, but if the light is intense we will have to activate the maximum brightness mode, which is Accessible within the less rapid to which it is carried by sliding from the top of the screen. After a few seconds, the brightness automatically returns to the preset mode.
The bad news is that without automatic brightness, the battery is insufficient and the autonomy is uncontrolled as we will see later. We can make the screen not all the time turned on, but certainly Android Wear and the manufacturers do not just adjust the experience of use well in this aspect and it is difficult to assimilate and to have clear the pattern that follows the screen usually to activate or not.
Another problem not so much of the screen as of the design is that although the deep black of the AMOLED panel does not look like it in many of the use cases, this element does not occupy the entire front of the watch, and the frames of this smartwatch are considerable . With some spheres the result is clear.
No GPS Or Battery More Than One Day
With the combination of Android Wear and the Snapdragon 400 plus 512 MB of RAM, there is nothing to fear for the performance of this ASUS Zenwatch; Fulfills as expected of it and as have the rest of clocks that use the same configuration. The internal memory also remains in the usual: 4 GB.
At the sensor level, the Zenwatch carries the logical pedometer, accelerometers andeven a heart rate sensor. But it is almost as if it did not take it because it is not integrated in the back by means of a system of LEDs, but to use it you have to pose two fingers on the front frames and be lucky.
It is really difficult to see that we begin to take the pulse and when it does, the measurements are very erratic. We have compared it with a wrist heart rate monitor and although it has been successful, it has not been the usual. Here we believe that the back option would have been the correct implementation in case that from ASUS would have wanted this functionality to have meaning in his watch.
By design we understand that ASUS has focused more on its clock to be attractive and that at sport level we are left with a quantification of steps basically. Because it has not included a GPS. And less bad, because he would have had more problems with the battery.
The capacity of the same is of 360 mAh, and that has given us a result that does not reach the autonomy day of loose form. On the only occasions that we were able to start the second day with some battery (and it did not arrive until mid-morning) we had to take very close attention to the brightness and the notifications.And that’s what a smartwach user should think less about.
For the charging of the watch ASUS opts, like most manufacturers, for a proprietary accessory that we must almost always carry with us and to which we connect a microUSB cable. Here everything is mechanical and there are no frills that sometimescome in handy as the wireless charge or magnetic connection. Nevertheless, it is easy to place and remove.
Great Ideas That Help Manage The Smartwatch
From using Android Wear we will not tell you anything new that you have not seen in other analyzes or in our complete video about the operating system . The use focuses exclusively on receiving notifications, some application that already dares to get into the clock like UP or IF, and little interaction with Google by voice.
What we liked about the ASUS proposal is its application to configure the clock. Not necessary, because we have the Android Wear, but yours is very well designed and it is useful to know the status of the battery at a glance and customize the spheres that we want Zenwatch to show.
We also use the Zenwatch Manager application to configure the Taiwanese applications that give the watch. We have the option to use the watch to unlock the phone, set an emergency message with predefined text to send it directly from the Zenwatch as well as a mode that silences the calls by simply covering the clock display.
But my favorite has undoubtedly been the ability to use the watch not only as a remote camera trigger on the smartphone but as a fully functional external viewfinder.
ASUS Zenwatch, Note And Opinion Of Xataka
Design and competitive price. We placed them at the beginning of this review as the clear buying arguments for this ASUS watch and after all the review we have to keep the same opinion. In the current market of advanced watches with Android Wear are the details or singularities that will lead us to one or another model.
And this Zenwatch, unable to compete for a GPS or a battery that marks differences, plays its tricks in that its price is 229 euros, lower than the direct competition in its market (not now eye), and in the Design. It is really the first square watch that we can say is attractive, helped by a metallic finish, the leather strap as standard and its comfort of use.