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I like my watch but it does have its problems!
3 October 2018
There are good and bad things to say about this watch but on the balance, after an uncertain start, I have decided to keep it. I do hope that further development will improve some of the niggles over time.
So, I'll start with the good. I have the Rose Gold version with a grey silicone strap. I find the watch attractive, it is bigger than my previous watches but does not look out of place on my small wrist (circumference 14.5cm). The strap has ample holes for wrist size adjustment. Although I bought the watch thinking I'd like calendar notifications to my wrist but was not that interested in the activity monitoring, I find myself hooked! Seeing sleep pattern, heart rate, steps etc is interesting and according to my little tests I think fairly accurate.
However, the niggles ... Well, the watch obviously connects and disconnects from bluetooth according to whether you are in range of your mobile phone. This seems to go ok for several days at a time and then one day they do not connect no matter how patiently I wait. I have found that usually turning my phone off and on again resolves this, if not I have to go through the process of getting bluetooth to "forget" the watch and then re-pair the two. I've got used to it!
If your main wish is for notifications when you get a call, text or from other apps, then I would not recommend this phone yet. It does work most of the time .... but not all of the time. Also, when it is working, the vibration of the watch is not very strong so I sometimes do not feel it. I have found that if I want a reminder of an event it is better to set the alarm on the watch, however even this vibrates only 8 times and can be missed if you are concentrating on something else.
Notifications do work from third party apps like Google calendar and Google Hangouts but strangely not at all from the Gmail app. This problem is still with the support people awaiting a response from the developers.
I have found that the support by email is fairly prompt to reply but they just mete out standard advice and links to support online that you could find yourself. They pass the problem from one to another for a long time asking you the same questions repeatedly. Finally though they have referred my question on and I am hopeful of a meaningful reply or bug fix.
Despite the above I do like my watch.