So it’s official. The second generation of Android Wear devices is here. While we’ve still got options from LG and Fossil coming later in the year, we now know everything we need to know about the Moto 360 (2nd gen), ASUS ZenWatch 2, and the Huawei Watch. However after seeing all three of these, I’m not impressed. Here’s why.
So let’s start off by saying this, there was a lot expected for the second generation of Android Wear. New features, better prices, refined hardware, better battery life, and so much more. Here’s the thing though, I haven’t been seeing that across the board. It’s as if OEMs looked at the list and just picked and choose what they wanted to implement. Take the new Moto 360 for example. It has better battery life (allegedly), better specs, and a refined design. But the price has increased significantly. To get a watch equal in size to the first generation costs $100 extra! Then look at the Huawei Watch. There’s a very premium design, but that’s about all that’s impressive about this watch. The battery life looks fairly poor, there’s nothing new in terms of specs, and the prices start at $349. As far as I’m concerned the ASUS Zenwatch 2 is the most impressive watch announced so far, and it doesn’t really bring anything all that new to the table.
When Android Wear was first announced, I was more excited than I care to admit, and that excitement continued with every watch that came out. Each watch offered something the other didn’t and I loved that, but this time that’s not the case. Every Android Wear device on the market today feels essentially the same. Sure, I know, it’s harder to get the same excitement from the second generation of products, but here’s the thing, you can still do it.
With a year of experience and feedback, Motorola and ASUS (I’ll give Huawei a pass because this is their first one) could have delivered much more. Motorola could have brought us an option that wasn’t more expensive than the previous generation and ASUS could have offered something different in terms of design (#datbezel). I don’t know, maybe I’m just being a nitpicker, but I truly feel unimpressed with the second generation of Android Wear devices so far. I hope that changes, but unless someone can offer something truly new this year, it’s looking like I’ll stick with my first generation Android Wear smartwatch.
What are your thoughts on Android Wear devices so far this year? Let me know in the comments! I’d love to hear what you think of these new devices.