@NoTroop The battery life is definitely a deal killer. If I have to worry about my watch not making it through a full day then it's too much bother. I could see this ending up in a drawer very quickly.
@sinless Showing the baby arm with the watch would imply that it's baby-arm compatible, but the size difference between the baby arm and the watch would show that it's obviously baby-arm incompatible. Meh wisely avoided the paradox.
I just read all of that description, thinking there may be something hidden in there. Like some sort of super secret squirrel type of message that would require a super spiffy decoder ring retrieved after cashing in hundreds of cereal box UPC codes... Now my brain hurts and I can't bring myself to buy the refurbished METAwatch. Even if I only bought it for target practice. Wait that sounds like a good idea... Nahhhhh.
@snapster thanks - figured as much and bought one last nite, after @JonT confirmed the 5-7 "hour" battery life is really "days". 1,500+ sold as of this morning and not sold out - wow, you folks must have a shipping container full of these!
I think it's unfair and cruel of Meh to take advantage of an old lady. I already confessed my gadget habit, and you put this up just when my resistance is lowest, at midnight. Lousy battery life is not a problem, I have a short attention span. I only bought one, though.
@deadlybunny And ever since then, mine freezes up every week or so - and I have to wait for the battery to die to un-freeze it. Fortunately, it kills the battery in a day. Normal battery life is 5-7 days. Until the last firmware update it was pretty reliable.
@iggy71 But of course, then you have to avoid updating the companion app on the iPhone, because it only works with that version of firmware...which means turning off the very nice auto update for all apps. And if you are a new buyer, only the current version of the app is available. So no way out, really.
Don't you guys get it? The 5-7 hours was no typo because we know the battery lasts that many days. Meh knows that, too. So 5-7 feigns a reference to hours when it is actually tipping you off to a DAY. The next FUKU date will be on May 7th.
A quick Google search reveals that these are hackable. You can display custom stuff on them (via Bluetooth and custom apps) or even write your own firmware (they have msp430 microcontrollers inside and the charging clip is also a programming adapter).
@iamaustin Pretty sure you're charged per order. However, if you already bought one, I think you could cancel the order from your order history page and reorder really quick. Seems to be the simplest way.
@iamaustin a couple thoughts: 1) Even if you don't want to get on the VMP wagon train, if you want to order even a single item it makes sense to sign up for one month since the cost is the same as one-time shipping. Then you're good for free shipping if you find something else in that month. If you don't trust yourself to cancel VMP in a month, do it anytime in that month.
2) There is a "cancel" order link on your order page for up to an hour after you order, so if you want more than one and don't want multiple boxes, you can cancel and reorder more in a single order.
@stoopkid Yeah I kinda want one too, but never wear watches. I was thinking maybe get the frame one and take the strap off and put it on a lanyard or string hung from my desk or something, but, meh... It'll probably sell out or I'll forget about it before I make up my mind.
It was a dark and stormy night, and the Captain said to the Lieutenant, "Tell me a ghost story". And the Lieutenant said to the Captain, "It was a dark and stormy night, and the Captain said to the lieutenant 'Tell me a ghost story', and then the lieutenant said to the captain......"
I have one of these "reflective mirror display" metawatches. The display is HORRIBLE. There are some lighting conditions where it looks really good, but most of the time it's impossible to see. Like, for example, if you're in an ambiently lit room with lightly coloured walls, which is just about all the time indoors, it is impossible to distinguish the lightly-coloured background from the "mirror reflection" of the lightly-coloured walls.
If anyone wants mine (it's green), get me a message, somehow, and I'll sent it to you for just the price of shipping.
By the way, the display is a monochrome reflective LCD (or similar technology), not LED. I have the Strata and consider it quite readable in most all conditions. Sometimes I have to tilt the watch slightly to improve readability, but have never thought it to be a problem. Great buy!
Chose the Strata, confirmation page said I had purchased the Frame. Looking back on the original email after canceling the first order I see the order was correct the first time, sorry about the cancel and reorder. Stoked
I might be more interested if I hadn't gotten a Pebble watch recently -- sale price plus add'l discount for people with .edu email addresses brought it down to a reasonable price. However, $15 for an inferior version does not excite me.
OK, I bit. I don't want a Smart Watch because I love "real" watches way too much. But kind of love the idea of one. $15 to try the tech out seems like a bargain. I'll love it or hate it, but for that price I can try before spending big. Might convince me to get an Apple Watch when/if they bring out a waterproof version 2.
Went for the Strata because I can wear it in water. Oh yes, and it was the only one left.
I bought a No1 G2 watch from over the pond. It's a colored watch and does more, but it got me hooked on getting notifications on my wrist. Its nice to leave the phone in a pocket and only pull it out for more important notifications. Only downfall with mine is 1 day of battery life. I keep forgetting to charge at bedtime. This will last longer and I don't really need a color screen, all I care for is the notification.
Had a meta Strata for a few months now. It's a great glance watch especially since I'm a Bartender. Make sure you update the software so you get notifications for every app on your phone. It's a great watch. I bought 2 more for spares. Love it.
moot to everyone except those who passed on it and didn't get it. A minor detail, but again, this site does troll tens of thousands of people every FUKU ... I was just curious though. A small detail today could be a big one tomorrow... just a thot
@unixrab That I understand-- the inconvenience to saw the typo & bailed. Your comment was about lost sales; I thought you were making a funny. Sorry. (I never trust the fine print (& it's all fine print to me.))
@sammydog01 shush. That part was implied but intentionally un-emphasized. But prices are a funny thing - 'hard to put the cat back in the bag after you cool off a deal with luke-warm price. And as @unix... would proudly proclaim, gotta throw some VMP bait into the pond.
@RedOak Nah, they just under price the occasional super cool item to make us all check at midnight every day. Then we buy half asleep because this one might also sell out. And by morning it's too late to cancel. Sneaky.
Whelp, I got the Frame today and charged it for a bit then updated the firmware and arranged/configured some apps on it. After charging a bit more, I unplugged it and tried to put it on. First thing I noticed was the strap was almost too short. (it would be a tight fit) The next thing I noticed was it was missing the metal clasp! Gone. Hmmm...nowhere to be found in the box...nothin'. I have notified meh support. We'll see where we go from here. Luckily, the strap is replaceable, so I might have to visit a jewelry store and pay more for a new strap/clasp than I did for the watch. We shall see.
@medz Mine showed up today, but I am at work and it is at home (in the mailbox or on the porch or sitting inside on the table (because my son brought it in) I cannot say. But Fedex tells me it was delivered. I am unnaturally excited. It's a damn watch, Joel, just a damn watch. You don't even like watches.
@medz I can probably send you a buckle. When mine shows up tomorrow I'll check the buckle and see if I have one that matches the original in my stock of straps and buckles. I can probably come pretty close to the original. But if not, you can grab a buckle from eBay for a couple bucks including shipping. I'll update you when mine shows up and I see what's on there.
@ruouttaurmind Thanks. None of my old watches had a buckle type strap. I found some replacement straps (with buckle) on Amazon that looked ok for under $10. The buckle by itself was like twice that price. Haven't checked ebay yet. O'course, I'll also have to buy a tool to work with the pins... I had to add a link to an old watch and it took me forever without the proper tools and I nearly lost the spring loaded pin...
@medz You might want to walk into your local department store (Sears, Penneys) with the watch and ask at the jewelry counter whether they can put a new band on it while you wait. Probably less costly than a standalone jewelry store.
@RedOak I figure it was sent back due to the missing buckle and the refurb shop did what I did and tried all the fun stuff first and deemed it to be working without trying to put it on. "Works great! Box it up and send it out!" Edit: I did win one for cheap on ebay, but it's coming from hong kong...
@medz FedEx Dumb-post/USPS finally came through and I received my Frame today. I can def. match that buckle. Lessee... how to get me your contact info so I can drop it in the mail to you? Meh doesn't support PM's...
Downloaded the updated firmware, installed the app, and attempted to bluetooth sync the phone. That's when shit hit the fan. Watch totes ma goats froze up and nothing seems to work. Emailed MetaWatch's CS, now we wait.
@hardyd I had this issue. I went into the device manager in my control panel, and found the USB device with unrecognized driver. I did a driver update, which then warned me that allowing driver updates from windows was blocked. I checked the option to allow the update. After that, I was able to load the new firmware.
@hardyd I'll jump on the bandwagon here. There was a warning about not using a USB hub, so I tried every USB port that's integrated into my PC chassis (10) and went ahead and did try it on the USB hub on my monitor and another cable. I tried both ports on the wife's computer. No joy. I've started a conversation with support.
@joelmw@lichme I never actually bothered to find the device. I just plugged the thing in, downloaded the zip from dropbox, ran the exe and it found my watch without issue. Bummer that it's being a problem for so many people :\
@joelmw Thanks, I tried that too, but it didn't work. (I'm running a Mac.) I've decided not to stress about the firmware, for now anyways. Its syncing up with my phone and is somewhat functional and fun... MEH
@Lotsofgoats I couldn't get the update to work on my Macbook running 10.10. The app would load, I would click the button, it would prompt me for my password, then NOTHING. Got to work this morning and downloaded the PC version, plugged it in and it updated in the time it took me to write this comment.
@RDW0409 That's a hardware problem, unfortunately. These watches require Bluetooth Low Energy, which is something that was part of Bluetooth 4.0. The iPhone 4 was manufactured to the Bluetooth 2.1 specification, so no amount of jailbreaking and hacking can help you here. Sorry.
@Lotsofgoats Totally retro chic. Reminds me of a couple of LCD and LED watches I had when I was a teenager (and that was ever so long ago). You can clearly see the pixels (I'm gonna do my best to pass it off as as nostalgic styling and not just outdated), like on those 8-bit and 16-bit games some folks are into. Hell, all it's missing is the midi. The little cartoon bubble for messages and notifications kills me. And the music player interface is disturbingly surreal anachronistic. Yaknow, what this needs is a steam punk watch band--which would certainly cost two or three (or more) times what I paid for the watch. What the fuck? Yeah, I have to say, this watch was definitely worth the $15--maybe not much more, but definitely worth the 15. :-D
@joelmw Received Watch and it paired fine with my LG Lucid. I tried to update the firmware..failed on the first 3 pc's but completed on using a Acer Laptop so the computer being used to update the firmware may not like the firmware software. It took the 1.5.5 just fine and now watch is working meh. Earlwallace
The firmware updater hasn't been working for me either (and I'm a Mac user). I'm still happy since one, the watch was 15 bucks, two, the watch still works just fine, and three, MetaWatch support actually got back to me a day after I emailed them.
Thanks for selling this in the first place, Meh, I'm loving it.
I got it resolved with the help of MetaWatch support. To anyone in the same boat as me, the Dropbox link to the Mac updater also has a link to previous versions. Download the 1.5.3 and 1.5.5 updaters, get the firmware file out of the 1.5.5 updater (right-click and show package contents and dig around for a bit, it's named G2-104000.a43), then open the 1.5.3 updater and drag and drop G2-104000.a43 onto the 1.5.3 updater window. That worked for me. (I'll provide more detailed instructions in another post if anyone needs them.)
@lljk Still did not work. Using the 1.5.3 updater, instead of having nothing happen at all, I got "looking for the watch, 23s" and then an error message saying to unplug the USB, plug it in, and try again. Doing so just gives the error again.
Got mine yesterday, and it has been great so far! Updating the firmware was completely painless for me. I plugged the clip into my computer (Win 8.1), Windows automatically installed drivers, updater app found the watch right away and updated me from firmware 1.5.1 to 1.5.5. Then installed the MetaWatch manager app to my Android phone (Note 2 w/ Android 4.3) and the phone synced right up to the watch without any issues. For $15 I'm quite happy. I now wish I had bought a couple more to give to other people.
@dustinbikes I cant complain about the watch itself, mine seems to work fine. I WANT to complain about the total lack of hygiene of the watch I got... the irreplaceable watch band is gross... Im thinking of dipping this thing on bleach....for the last two hours I have used an iphone sim removal tool to clean my watch and there is still some gunk in there.... Is there a way I can get this exchanged for a cleaner one? I feel like Im using someone elses dirty underwear!
The magic number is three. D/L the firmware update, d/l the driver fix, detect watch on 3rd try, d/l the app from the Play Store, detect Bluetooth device, pair, enter 0000. Reboot phone and watch in between each step, and on the third iteration of everything, it's set up. Note that the firmware update does indeed fix the '93%' battery charge indicator, so now it says 100%. Off to play with my new toy!
Based on the first hour of use, I'm afraid the battery life on the Strata I received will be MUCH shorter than has been stated. It dropped to 88% after just 1 hour? Wonder if it's possible to replace the battery?
Firmware updated, both phone and watch indicate they are synced via Bluetooth, but the app won't go past the pairing screen. Rebooted, re-flashed and re-synced everything, but the issue persists. Anyone else having this issue?
@frog Yes, and after about three reboots, I figured out how to work the app. After you've paired, you need to restart your phone and THEN start the app. On the app on the smartphone, top right three-dot menu, under settings, go to 'reset widget layout', which removes all the widgets so you can select new ones. I reboot my phone every 3rd time I make major resets to the layouts, just because. Touch and hold a widget on one of the 'phone face' screens to remove it. Swipe to get to the next screen of widgets. The full-screen clock widget takes up one full screen, etc. After you're done dinking with widgets you can exit the app, or be safe and restart the phone. I just spent a two-hour meeting inconspicuously (perhaps) checking my incoming email, weather and calendar by looking at my wrist instead of hauling out my phone. I am such a nerd.
@sammydog01 Sorry, I only know Android, and my watch was totally functional with the correct charger. There are IOS how-to documents, but it looks to me like about 2/3 of users are Android. Besides that, I don't like the sports widgets, the Rays and Miami don't win their games if I run them. It has nothing to do with the teams, I'm sure it's the widgets. Maybe I need to go sacrifice a goat or something?
Here is what the inside of a charger clip with a USB connector broken off looks like.
My son and I both bought watches. His USB connector came off the PCB and took some of the copper traces with it. I am going to try soldering a USB cable to the other ends of those traces, and see if I can make it work that way. Until then, we will take turns with my good charger.
His charger was making intermittent contact, so he tried pushing a little harder on the connector. One of the traces must have already been broken, and it didn't take much force to separate the rest.
I'm still charging mine, so I haven't done anything with it yet.
@hamjudo For those who want to try this themselves. The outer contacts are the cable shield. The 5 inner contacts, with the board as shown above, from left to right are: Black (GND), not connected (ID), Green (D+), White (D-), Red (+5V). The fat side of the connector is closest to the board.
Note the "+" and "-" in the above picture. I flipped the board over and soldered a red wire to the pin with the "+", and a black wire to the "-" pin. I ran those wires outside of the clip. I soldered those wires to the red and black wires in a USB cord. Obviously, it isn't useful for upgrading the firmware, but it charges.
My battery is only good for a little over two days. So I need to charge it fairly often.
@hamjudo kudos on on your bulldogging the issue. The battery on mine seems so go 5 days. But perhaps you're seeing a lot more notifications or using yours as a media control. I'm less happy with how it sucks down my phone battery.
@RedOak It could be the pedometer. One day it said I walked 13k steps. (I spent a few hours walking behind a self propelled lawnmower, I think the watch picks up vibrations from the mower, and interprets them as steps. So the count may be inflated.) I also have it display seconds.
More likely the battery is getting old or was abused. I am afraid I will damage the seals if I replace the battery. I swim with the watch in our meter deep back yard swimming pool.
@hamjudo wait!?! I almost recalled the Strata had better water protection (and not a Leather band like the Frame). But pedometer? Does it do that? Don't recall seeing that feature on my Frame or in the description for the Strata.
Although with the included 3-Axis accelerometer it seems plausible. Is that part of the hardware sitting idle?
@medz aha - you must have something other than an iPhone 5. I believe the step counter started with the 5s. So you are seeing those steps via the phone just like any other notification enabled on the phone.
@medz I don't know the android version, but seeing gmail on that list, I wonder, is the steps thing a MW widget or a function on your Nexus simply sending notifications to the MW? In other words, is there a quadrant of one of the 4 screens on your MW dedicated to "Steps" - or do notifications pop up on the MW?
@medz@RedOak The app is using the sensors in my Nexus 5 Android phone. I walked around the kitchen table long enough for it to calibrate and start counting steps. Then I took my phone out of my pocket and set it on the table. It stopped counting. I put the phone back in my pocket, and put the watch on the table. It started counting again while I walked around the table without wearing the watch.
The Nexus 5 has a hardware pedometer, many Android phones do not. You can write an app that monitors the accelerometers and acts as a pedometer in software, but that will wake up the CPU several times per second and kill your battery.
@medz@RedOak I've seen my Strata step counter as much as 50% above what Google Fit reports. The more starts and stops, the further off it seems to be. I did an experiment today. I didn't carry my phone with me until I mowed the lawn. Google Fit reports 5,733, my watch reports 5,723 steps. They are pretty close on long steady walks, and sometimes way off on the short ones.
Uh, am I just retarded or what? I can't seem to actually clip the charger onto the watch so that the contacts line up. Is there some trick to it? I've been trying for like ten minutes. Haha. The clip just doesn't seem like it actually fits..
@tallergeese The Strata charger fits on the Frame, but the Frame charger doesn't fit on the Strata. Compare the profile of your charger clip with the one shown as the accessory to both models (the marvels of photo shop). If you've got a Frame, and the charger doesn't look like the one in the picture, that's your problem.
Just got mine today and finally got it charged up and set up. Gotta say I was having issues until I updated to the newest firmware 1.5.5 but doing so was easy. Can't believe they ever sold these for $200, I think $15 is reasonable for what you get. The display is not well explained anywhere and needs to be experienced in person to truly understand how Mirror-like it really is.
@Shuttlevvorth the mirror display does have a silver lining (ha, ha) - your notifications are relatively private unlike when those notices pop up on a Pebble watch! (one Redditor described wearing a Pebble watch out on a date with A. Midway through dinner with A, a text arrive from a later date B about being delayed. A read the text before the redditor could dismiss it and A was not happy to learn about the redditor's second date that night!)
@edheil for future update attempters (I delayed until I realized the update included caching 4 notifications) . . . On several of our Windows (7) machines they refused to recognize the watch. By that, I mean they seemed to realize there was a USB device connected, but would not "connect" in the Updater software.
It finally worked after I left the watch connected to the PC for many minutes - and waited for the full driver to auto-install (don't recall the name but it was unusual). Then I started the Updater software on the PC and it worked.
This thing never charges beyond 60% and half the buttons stick. Press a button, it goes in... and doesn't pop back out unless I eff with it for a few seconds. Push, jiggle, push again, wiggle... eventually the button will pop back out.
@ruouttaurmind Yeah, the buttons are kind of annoying. Some are worse than others. Wonder if there's anything we can do for that.
On the display, I've noticed that in most conditions (which, oddly doesn't have to do with the quantity of light, but with its quality?) it's great, but there are a few types of light (and I haven't pinned it down, but it generally happens in certain locations within my house) in which I basically can't see it unless I rotate it to just the right angle.
OK so now I'm kind of digging it but man, the thing is tight on my wrist, I have to use the last notch on the strap. Wish I'd gotten a frame instead of a strata so I could swap out the band! But they were all out.
Got mine, charged it, and eventually upgraded the firmware. All seems to work well, but I don't get notifications for text messages. Also, my email always says 0 messages. Any ideas on how to fix these?? Notifications work because when I leave the house, my cam picks up the motion and I get the notification on my wrist. That's kind of a neat notification to get.
Tips I would have found helpful upon opening the box: (I'm using it with an iPhone)
- Go to the support page on the pink card in the box (support.metawatch.com) and print the brief "Getting Started Guide".
- Make sure the notifications for anything you want reported on the watch are turned on in your phone Notifications settings.
- Perhaps it is obvious to many folks, but the Metawatch app must be running at all times (not just for setup/config) you want the watch to work. Bluetooth alone does not do the job.
- There is a little cell phone icon with an "X" next to it that will show up on the watch display if your phone is not properly connected to your phone. Cycling the phone Bluetooth off and on seems to work.
- As others have said, that mirror display takes some getting used to. You can play around with the inverse screen settings. The smallest font text on the watch is almost impossible to easily read with my middle-aged eyes, even with reading glasses.
- Haven't felt the need to update the firmware yet. I'm one of those if it ain't broken, don't break it people.
- I'm glad I paid only 15 bucks for it. Not sure how long this smart watch experiment will last on my wrist.
I just got mine. I tried connecting it to my phone and the app, and it connected successfully, but then every time it goes into a reset loop. I've tried updating the firmware (using both the 1.5.5 and 1.5.3 updaters), but both fail to find the watch.
@ninjaboyhya Did you by any chance configure the watch to use one of the full-screen clock faces? The last two (the city skyline and the one with the big hours and small minute numbers) only work with the latest version of the firmware. If your watch isn't on 1.5.5 and you use the app to set one of those faces, the watch will freeze for a few seconds and then crash. If that is set as the default screen on the watch then I suppose it'd get caught in a loop.
So, has anyone else tried pushing the face as though it's a touch screen and there's more information lurking behind the absurd simplicity of what it does show? All day the first day I had it. And still I sometimes catch myself doing it.
This also happens with computer monitors.
Of course my wife's new laptop does have a touchscreen display. Holy fuck am I ever confused.
Just wanted to say mine looks fine and not gross, I was able to update the firmware (failed on Mac but succeeded on windows 8), and it's working pretty great. I mean, it's kind of limited due to not having a ton of apps, but for the price I freaking love this thing.
@CurtainGuy Likewise. I bought the Strata and took it bike riding yesterday and it was awesome. Controlled my tunes, the mirrored display is incredibly visible outside. Super happy with it. I had an old android screen protector lying around and cut one to fit because as tall as the Strata is, I think the screen will get scratched pretty quick and it's such a sweet looking screen. Since it's so small compared to a phone, the protector didn't bubble up at all and is invisible. If anyone hacks some new widgets, post some links baby! Feeling pretty half full today Meh!
@sctthrrmn That's a great idea. Would you please help me find where I stored the spare screen protectors I bought two years ago? They're in my house. Somewhere logical. Not in the box with the extra cables, or USBs, or chips. @Carl669, where did you put them?
@conandlibrarian hey conan. I fixed it somehow by opening it up. Removing the main module and clicking each of the 6 buttons on the watch frame and the 6 metal inputs on the module itself. Make sure to remove the battery(circular black thing) to not fry it. After i put it back together, it may not turn on so just dock it to restart the watch and the buttons should work.
Meh support got back to me regarding the missing buckle. In the mean time, peep this kick ass substitute watch band. If you thought the watch was sexy before, hold on to your nips... Boom! Black stainless steel. For the extra geeky look.
The biggest reason I bought this watch was so that I can keep my iPhone in my pocket and control the volume of the Music app without having to remove it. I got my watch today, updated it on the computer (which I was worried about after hearing horror stories, but it went fine), and got it all set up exactly how I like it. But for some reason I cannot get this watch to control my music. It shows the song listed, it shows the buttons, and it animates the icons when I hit the buttons, but it will not control my phone. I'm super annoyed because the main reason I bought this watch is the only feature I cannot get to work. Is anyone else having trouble with iPhone's Music app and this watch controlling it?
@melancholysp I gave it a brief run with the music app and it worked fine as I recall. Even better, I can control volume, pause and resume play and skip ahead with TuneIn. I assume I can do the same with Podcasts and Spotify (my two next most frequent sound apps), though I haven't tested yet.
@melancholysp Make sure you go to Firmware 1.5.5 and it works 90% of the time will all music players. However i do see it become un-responsive and i need to reboot the watch. Thank god its so easy to reboot by holding the 2 middle buttons for like 10 seconds. Once i reboot it the music playback works without issue allways.
@lichme The thing where you hold down the three righthand buttons while clipping and unclipping the charger repeatedly ACTUALLY WORKED. Well, kind of. The watch rebooted and became responsive again, but the image it was stuck on all day is now burned into the screen, and the current contens of the screen are faintly visible behind it. Maybe this will get better with time?
I got mine yesterday and I must say it looked decidedly watchlike but I didn't play with it because a gps for the rv came in and I spent all nite mucking with it. Don't know why I bought the watch, I'm surrounded by clocks all day and never wear one.
I got mine, works and installed fine. - Get the user manual, if you haven't already See bottom for Downloads . Says what the buttons are for, for one thing. - I don't have a smart phone, but the iPad handles the MWM app fine (for setup-- clearly I can't walk around everywhere with a WiFi iPad on me). - I like the stock widget app. It works great for stock symbols, I haven't figured out how to make it work with indices (DJIA, SP500, etc.). I could use the ETF versions of those, but that doesn't tell me what the real index values are.
Question: are there forums out there that talk about the metawatch, its widgets, tips & tricks, etc.?
Got mine today. Charged it up and it seems to be working great. Leather band had some seams in it from previous use but otherwise the watch looks flawless to my eyes.
Only complaint is that I can't seem to log into Twitter from the MetaWatch Manager app on my Samsung Galaxy S6. Every time I try to click the "Sign into Twitter" button in the settings menu the app crashes.
I will say now that I have used it for a few days I don't want to go back. I can check the texts while driving instead of digging it out of my pocket. When I get home I toss my phone on the table or when I watch tv I place it on silent. I now can just glance at my watch to see my alerts, so I know if it's Clash of Clans or a text message. I already saved me from missing an important call when I was in another room and the phone was left on silent.
@JonT Clearly you all need to get another supply of them, then. ;-) (Seriously, in the week or so that I've been wearing my MetaWatch, I've already got two family members who have said they'd like to buy one from Meh if it ever comes up again.)
@charleshamel73 this is the interesting part, since Pebble is not natively compatible with Spotify (needs an extra app), but i think Meta works because it has "always on" meta app running. Pebble has some service, but the app doesn't need to be up and running 24/7 for connection
@dajim92 Are you playing music from anything other than the default music app? If you are, update your watch to 1.5.5, as apparently something in that version of the firmware made it work with third-party audio-playing apps. If your watch is up to date, however, then I'm not sure how to help.
@dajim92 I swear it was working with TuneIn, but seems to have stopped. Someone said something about rebooting the watch. I would imagine the controls are just the universal controls so they should work with most audio apps on the iPhone (that support those controls, e.g., on the lock screen, ear phone buttons, etc.).
Okay guys and gals - the Noah version sets up fine but the watch locks up when yoiu hit a button and none seem to work. This using 1.5.5 firmware. Bummer, but the "Official" MWM works pretty slick anyways! I traveled betwwen buildings at work the last two days, separating myself from my phone and each time when i got in range the watch locked on to the phone right where it left off! :)
So I downgraded to 1.5.1 and ran Noah edition of CE and it worked fined. I just wasn't impressed so I upgraded back to 1.5.5 . I will play with the straight CE version someday, but AFAIK Noah was supposed to be a step better. :)
I again downgraded to 1.5.1 and tried the straight CE version. It works well and has a lot of potential for improvement. Any Mehrican out there want to take this on for a project? Who's with me on this? :)
Got my watch today. Charged it, updated it to 1.5.5, linked it, and played around with it for about 20 minutes. Has anyone looked around, or found any custom watch faces for the full screen watch? I know that there were some on the pre-loaded app, but I was hoping there might be a way to add more.
I've been using the watch for a week now, and am pretty impressed by it. Battery life seems to be better than I expected, surprisingly. I charged the watch Sunday night, took it off of the charger Monday morning. Now it's Friday, almost 4.5 days later (105 hours), and the battery meter is at 52%. I've grown to like getting all my phone notifications on my wrist. - It lets me keep my phone on silent all the time without missing anything. - It might be helping my phone battery life as well, since I'm not turning my phone on just to check notifications anymore. - The music play controls have been convenient too, though I wish it would show the currently playing song/artist when I'm using Spotify. The buttons work great, but the watch screen just shows "Song Name" and "Artist."
@b55er As far as I know, there's no way to turn the watch off, short of letting the battery run dry. If you are going to be away from your phone for long periods of time then you can save power by disabling Bluetooth (press the bottom-right button to open watch settings, then press the top-right button to enable or disable Bluetooth).
Okay so it pairs with my Nexus 5 well, and I do get to see that I received texts and phone calls, but the buttons don't seem to do anything. I can't even hit the light-on button, which seems like it would work independently of the software support. Is my watch faulty or is Android support really that bad?
@Dash So the problems came with the Frame edition. I also ordered the Strata, and decided to bust it open and see if it had the same issue. Waiting for it to charge up but the backlight does turn on at will with the top left button so I am assuming my Frame buttons are just faulty(unless someone has some sort of software based solution to throw at me). I do prefer the classy look of the Frame so I'll be contacting whoever I need to get a replacement.
@Dash i would say the light button would be independent from any software problems. Hardware problem for sure. Edit: I too have the nexus 5 and the Frame version of the watch. Buttons work for me. Sometimes it will lose connection to watch and I have to re-pair it via Bluetooth. Other than that, works good.
@tnywatkns Mine has been perfect except for one freeze up which I had to remove the battery to fix. However, I have been using the watch since Wednesday of last week without charging, and my battery is still at 26%. I wish I could say the same of my iPhone.
@tnywatkns Nope, not alone. Mine has worked fine; well worth what little we paid for it. A few things I'd love to see, if this were a going/growing product-- more apps mainly & more capabilities when separated from the smart phone-- things that are hardly realistic in a $15 gadget!
@tnywatkns I think it's great as well. I know I've said earlier in the thread that I'd like for Meh to get more of these in stock, but considering the number of people who have reported hardware problems, maybe they should find a supply that is slightly less mediocre and charge slightly more for them.
@tnywatkns I am really enjoying this watch; it's simple but snazzy, has long battery life (as oppossed to my previous Sony smart watch) and does what I need. I would like to see some Mehrican here take on the expansion of widgets though.
@tnywatkns Mine works well too. Only one freeze which is probably my fault: I pressed the bluetooth on/off button twice in quick succession because I changed my mind about turning off bluetooth. After the 3 right buttons + clip & unclip repeatedly, it rebooted and has been great! It also looks brand new, great value for $15! Seeing notifications on my wrist is really convenient at work and while driving. No more garbled Siri translations of my messages, though I wonder when the watch free laws will start showing up... @daytonatrbo did you try pressing the 3 right buttons + clip & unclip repeatedly before taking out the battery? It was a PITA to do, but probably much easier than disassembly and reassembly.
@Odi I had not come across that method in my research. Removing the back case was no issue at all on the STRATA. It took only seconds to have it apart and back together with the right size screwdriver. Very happy with my MEHtawatch.
Mine froze for the first time today. I had run it 100% out of battery, and couldn't get it to link. Turned off the bluetooth and turned it back on and it hung. I just hooked it up to my PC which fixed it. First charge ran 6 days!
This watch works well and has a lot of potential for improvement. Any Mehrican out there want to take this on for a project? Who's with me on this? :)
See my brief experimental notes below:
I'm using Windows 7 for setup on a Samsung GS5, btw.
Okay guys and gals - the Noah version sets up fine but the watch locks up when you hit a button and none seem to work. This using 1.5.5 firmware. Bummer, but the "Official" MWM works pretty slick anyways! I traveled between buildings at work the last two days, separating myself from my phone and each time when i got in range the watch locked on to the phone right where it left off! :)
So I downgraded to 1.5.1 and ran Noah edition of CE and it worked fined. I just wasn't impressed so I upgraded back to 1.5.5 . I will play with the straight CE version someday, but AFAIK Noah was supposed to be a step better. :)
I again downgraded to 1.5.1 and tried the straight CE version. I feel like the controls were more straightforward (like the 1.5.5 version) than the Noah version. I moved back to 1.5.5 and the current "official" MWM because It just works so nicely.
Thanks! Was having issues with that widget and I came here first to find out about it and sure enough... :)
This thread seems like the best support "forum" for this watch at the moment. Doesn't bode well for the longevity of this smart watch brand but at least it's something. I hope they stick around because the hardware seems pretty solid.
@aleminopuy@Bogie Keep in mind that the Strata and the Frame chargers are shaped differently. Even though the contact patterns match, and Meh photoshopped in the same charger for both watches, the wider charger works on both watches, but it is a bit loose on the narrow watch. The smaller charger doesn't reach the contacts on the wider watch. (I would have said which was which, but I have already forgotten.)
I just upgraded to a Pebble watch. My daughter got my old Strata. She will probably be ready to give it up once she gets frustrated with it. The battery life is down to about a day and a half. My son also upgraded to a Pebble, but he is keeping his old Meta as a spare. Thus we are not yet ready to be Meta charger donors. I suspect it will happen in the next couple of months.
@aleminopuy So... With @hamjudo making me worried. I purchased the "1 META FRAME" as copied from the "Quantity" section of the order page. Did you get the same model? If you you can get someone to post here to vouch for you that you're not going to do weird things with this watch (and cover shipping), I'll send the charger (And might as well include the watch, since what good is it w/o the charger).
I just want to make sure he goes to a good home and is treated with the love and respect he deserves.
@aleminopuy Okay, sorry for the delay in getting back to you! I started gather up the watch and putting it into a box when my wife asked what I was doing. Apparently she is not ready to give up on it yet and doesn't want me to get rid of it yet. I will keep your information, though. If things change, I will check in to see if you still need a charger. Sorry!
i just fired mine up and it seems to still work.
after i bought this i realized though you could not program/debug using the charging clip, unless I’m mistaken.
a) has anyone done any hacking/creating their own watch-faces or apps?
b) anyone attempted to modify included charge clip to also act as dev clip?