Android Wear

Should I buy an Apple Watch?

Apple Watch

Episode 1241

Robert from California

Robert is wondering if he should buy an Apple Watch or if there's a better option out there. Leo says that the first thing is to be sure he has an iPhone to support it, which must be an iPhone 5 or newer. Once he's passed that hurdle, he'll have to realize that the Apple Watch is really not all that necessary to every day life unless he has a specific need for it, like fitness or medical applications. It's kind of cool that you can answer your phone through your watch, though, and Apple Pay works great with it. But Leo says if he's asking if he should get it, then Leo says no.

Is the 320x320 display on Android smartwatches enough?

Episode 1181

Seth from Irvine, CA

Seth is looking at Android smartwatches, and is debating between the Sony Smartwatch 3 or the Asus Zen Watch. But he is wondering if the 320x320 display is going to be adequate. Leo says the watch face is small, so that resolution is pretty standard. The functionality is going to be the same as well. The only difference comes with features like a heart rate sensor.

Android Wear devices are all pretty alike. Android Wear is about 80% of the function compared to an Apple Watch, and Leo likes Android Wear a lot.

How can I get my ASUS ZenWatch to wake up?

ASUS ZenWatch

Episode 1154

Steve from San Antonio, TX

Steve got an Asus Zenwatch and he wants to know if it's a good smart watch. Leo says that it's a nice watch that has some good software. But it's ambient mode is a bit tedious because you have to violently shake it to wake it up, and sometimes it just doesn't know you're looking at it. Leo suggests updating the watch to the Lollipop version of Android Wear. They've worked on that. He can set the 'time out' for longer if he needs to as well.

Should I buy a Pebble watch?

Pebble Watch

Episode 1145

Tom from Warren, OH

Dan is thinking about buying the Pebble smart watch. Leo says that while the Pebble watch is a cool device, it's a first generation watch that isn't cheap at $349. Leo prefers the Android Wear watches. It's exactly what a smartwatch should be. Breaking news, time, adjustable watch face, and tells him who's calling. Leo advises waiting on the Pebble or go with an Android Wear watch.

Motorola to Announce New Moto X and Android Wear Watch Next Week

Motorola Moto X

Episode 1111

We're expecting an announcement of the new Moto X Android phone and Android Wear watch from Motorola on September 4. The new Motorola X will probably have a bigger screen, at 5 inches, and should have a better camera and higher resolution display. Like the first Moto X, it will likely run mostly stock Android with a few useful additions, like the ability to just talk to the phone to wake it up at any time. It knows when you're awake, sleeping, in a meeting, or driving automatically and will adjust its settings accordingly.

More on Android Wear and the LG G Watch

LG G Watch

Episode 1100

While Leo remains skeptical on the idea of the smart watch, he has begun to like the LG G Watch more. He finds it convenient to send and receive text messages and get notifications passed from his phone. He can talk to it, query it, and tap the screen. It's not as much of a health tracking watch, as other fitness bands and smart watches have been, but it does measure steps taken. Leo says the jury is still out on this, and probably not worth buying yet. He suggests waiting to see if Apple does something magical to make watches good.