The 1st gen wasn’t very buggy in my opinion. Replaceability of the watch band was a weak spot on the first one, because the case design was slightly goofy. And the “flat tire” is a lot less pronounced on the 2nd gen.
Seems a decent deal, but I’m good on smartwatches. If you want a more interactive experience than the Martian watch, this is a good place to look. My comments here are based on the 1st gen, but should only be better on this version.
Highlights: turn by turn directions on your wrist. Voice control with usable tools–think quick calculations, the three day weather, timers and more. Health tracking (steps and heart rate). Cool faces you can change on demand.
Lowlights: you have to charge it every day, and it has to be charged on the wireless stand. This isn’t uncommon though, I think every smart watch requires something proprietary to charge. Many smartwatch apps are kind of lame.
@djslack Hadn’t thought about the AT&T employee angle for hardware discounts. Already get a 22% service discount through a contract that, ironically, I negotiated for our company. Will have to contact my friend in Florida…
Definitely kudos, because it’s a solid deal on a new current product. Sure, it’s not the kind of rock bottom pricing you get when Meh buys out all the existing stock of a discontinued product or gets a batch of refurbs. But it is a different kind of deal to change things up a bit, so thank you, Meh.
I rented this watch once and loved it. The optical HRM didn’t do what I needed it to, kept slipping out of place when working hard. Otherwise it was a very nifty toy, and the wide leather band was more comfortable than other fitness watches, but the price was too much for me to justify as a toy and fitness tracker, when there are other fitness trackers with stronger social platforms and lower cost.
@rprussell my gear s2 gets almost daily wear while my 1st gen 360 is still packed from my move weeks ago. The speakerphone on the s2 is occasionally useful, and the 360 lacks one. I appreciate the tight integration between the s2 and samsung phone. I seem to actively use it less, though (like apps or doing anything besides seeing notifications and tracking activity). I haven’t bothered to learn the voice trigger for the s2, while I used “ok Google” quite a bit. The 360 has style points over my s2, but the s2 classic equals it imo. I was a bit put out when they gave the s2 classics out free with a phone purchase later, as one of the reasons I jumped on the Galaxy s7 preorder was that I thought the free watch deal wouldn’t last long.
Tl;dr it’s not better than the s2 classic, especially if you use a Samsung phone. It looks better than the regular s2, though.
@trisk Is that a integrated, non-replaceable strap? I avoid watches with integrated strap designs after getting stuck with a expensive dive computer (watch) that snagged on my tank as I was removing my gear. Broke the strap, and because of the integrated design, the strap can’t be replaced. So it’s now basically a paperweight.
Thx for link. I am the idiot who prefers the look of the sport watch to the dress watch. Yeah, for weddings and fancy parties also. But then I was always the one who gets that stuff wrong. Why stop now?
The band may be part of the waterproofing. Which means the band might have to be changed out by the manufacturer.
I own a battery Garmin sportwatch and several g-shocks. If the batteries died or other repairs were needed I’d have it done at a factory center - the only way to preserve the waterproof quality.
Those resin bands can wear out, but I like them. Tho I wear them loose, except for the Garmin 235 that has an excellent heart monitor.
List on this is $299. And this 2nd generation watch will get Android Wear 2.0 when it comes out in early 2017 whereas the 1st generation will not.
BTW I’ve had one for a year and love it. Best looking smart watch on the market. Maximally functional with an Android phone but still pretty functional even if you’re a fruit-phone person.
As Trisk said, if you can live with a nonremovable silicone band the Sport model is currently on sale for $120. If you need a watch you can wear in dressy circumstances or if you want one that has easily interchangeable bands this is the one to get.
@ellett Hey, so since you actually have one, I’m wondering if it’s usable WITHOUT a phone. The whole reason I want one is to leave my phone behind when I go to the gym. I just want it to play music, run an interval timer, and track reps. Is any of that possible without a phone?
@grovberg you can load music directly on the watch and connect bluetooth earbuds to it. It’ll do heart rate and stopwatch without a phone. I love my first gen, but the battery is wearing out. I’m tempted to grab this one.
I have the first gen of this watch, and it’s really nice!
… except the battery life has faded pretty badly, and the LCD developed blue spots on it. I had one watch replaced by Moto for the spots after 7 months but the second one has the same problem after another 7 and they refused warranty. Motorola pretty much lost me forever with the way they jerked me around, too.
I hate to tell you this, Meh, but I would really advise against folks getting one of these. There are newer options coming out for only about ten bucks more, any day now. (ZenWatch 3)
I wouldn’t pay this much for such a disposable watch. Give it a good year and then the battery would not get you through the day. Add the possibility of replacing the battery like any other standard watch and they will get my money!
@xamindar@f00l the original pebble promised up to 5 days, not 10. I owned one myself and enjoyed it aside from the buggy-ish pebble app, the thickness, the audibly loud vibration motor, and the silicone strap that broke after ~1.5 years of use.
That said, considering purchasing the pebble 2 se on sale at bestbuy during BF since I’ve been missing it.