I totally get itI had stopped using my Swatch after the Android wear was announced. I wanted to know what is it to not use a watch before jumping on the smart-watch bandwagon. I wanted to know if my watch was just an ornament?
I did miss it at times especially when I was out. I had to pull my phone out to see the time and missed knowing the time just by glance. So the reason I pulled my phone out other than making a call or messaging someone was to look at the time and go through the notifications. This was exactly the pain point that was solved when I started using the LG G Watch. I could check the time and also the notifications and use my phone far less than before.
- I’m glad that it doesn’t do too many things. It shows notifications from all the apps on my phone and I can also act on them. Then there are Watch specific apps that can also write into my notification feed based on context. That’s it! I can't or wouldn't want to compose a new email on my watch nor do I want to play games on it.
- The voice actions are good but I'm not sure if I will end up using any. But the way it’s designed is so ‘right’!
- As I now check my phone fewer times, the battery lasts longer. Earlier the battery on my phone would usually drain out by 7 p.m, but now at the same time it’s at 50% battery.
- I have this habit of leaving my phone at the desk and going around discussing things at work. Now when I get a call, I can reject the call on the watch and run back to the phone only if it is absolutely necessary.
- I also like the way it tells me that ‘it’s time to go home’. I used to miss this Google Now notification on the phone previously, but now it’s magical.
- My LG G Watch is given by my office as a reference device. Even LG calls it a Developer’s reference device. It looks like a toy watch. But I’m not sure if it’s worth paying 17k for a better looking Moto 360 for what it can do. I bought my Swatch for 6k and used it for around 7 years and it’s still working. I agree the Moto can do way more than the Swatch, but if I switch to the smart-watch bandwagon; I will have to buy a new watch along with a phone every 2 years. That’s kind of ridiculous, isn't it?
- The “OK Google” hotword has never worked for me. It may help me in making a call when I’m driving as my phone is locked. But I expect Android L to fix some of these pain points.
Yeah, I couldn't think of any more.
What I missed
- A hardware button to get to the home screen / watch-face quicker is what I missed the most! I’m not sure if the buttons on the Moto 360 and LG R Watch can do this.
- There should be a way to put my phone on silent from the watch.