@jml326 You’d be surprised. SlickDeals has people posting $3000 watches all the time and creaming themselves over how nice (and cheap!) they are. Why anyone would pay more for a watch than I did for my car I won’t understand, especially since my car also tells time.
Hey guys! Meh buyer @mandirose here. Disclaimer…I’m the buyer of this deal, so I of course am a little biased, but I have been using the watch now for a couple weeks and will happy to answer any questions as honestly as possible if anyone has any
@mandirose Can you change faces and backgrounds of the watch without the app? At the demo site for the black watch, I am seeing four choices of hands, and four background choices. Can I choose between them without using the app?
@bdb The watch faces are dependent on style:
Gold: Clear sky dial with sunfire yellow accents
Rose: Eclipse astral dial with turquoise accents
Steel: Radiant white markers with ice blue accents
Black: Technical dial with burnished gold accents
@tinsami1 That’s a great question. I’d say pebble for software and this for looks. A merchandiser in the office has a pebble and helped us test one and I think he would say pebble but he did like this watch a lot. I personally don’t like the look of pebbles so i would say this one, but again I’m biased haha
@mandirose My question would be if you knew of any way to put third party firmware on this. It might be fun to write custom software for if there’s any possibility of ever doing that. Searching hasn’t turned anything up.
If you were selling Pebble Time Steel watches at that price, I’d probably jump at it. I need a spare. When my current one’s watchband broke, it was a pain going back to the old watch.
@GLaDOS Out of business and acquired by Fitbit are 2 very different things. While Olio was also acquired, the difference is Fitbit makes end user, consumer products and Flex (the company that acquired Olio) primarily makes components and business related products.
@crocetti slight correction, they are listed on ebay for that price. Only 1 up for auction. Granted still a lot of time left, but currently it is at $1.25. Watching it just for curiosity, but I would not suggest buying a bunch trying to make a fortune lol
@mandirose I haven’t worn it in a while, so I put it on this morning. When I got my watch originally, it was almost impossible to get it to Bluetooth with my phone. Now it does it instantly. Which is nice.
@mandirose@WilsonSports@comeatmebro standard spring-loaded pins. I was able to get both the metal & leather bands off with a small flat head screwdriver, since I didn’t have a watch tool kit lying around. Had I actually paid $1395 for one I probably would have been more careful
@GLaDOS Did that, that’s why I’m using the pebble again. But the vibration motor is starting to go out on it too, so a spare would still be handy. The watch band breaking just made me realize how much I use the thing.
@mandirose I guess I read the write-up with too much optimism. The write-up said “already don’t perform…” but because their youtube video shows it working, I just assumed a newer firmware was required. Both weather and Nav are things it can get straight from the phone, no need for a “cloud” server. So, I guess “staged demo” of those functions?
Probably something to hang onto in case anybody ever writes functioning firmware for it.
@mandirose I didn’t see an answer on the full manual. The watch is beautiful and does some stuff, but I feel like it’s hit and miss and would love to know officially at least how the different features are supposed to work.
@mandirose I received mine, paired it with my iPhone and charged it to about 30% and wore it for a few hours. It died during that time and I’m unable to get the screen to come back on. I left it charge all night last night and the watch still won’t turn on. I know it’s not actually on because my phone isn’t paired to it anymore. Any ideas on what to do??
@joelmw Again, as we wrote in the write up, the thing the watch does best now is notifications and telling time. No full manual available that we know of but here’s a link to their youtube channel showing how to set up some of the features youtube
@mandirose hey, I’m in need of assistance. I just took my watch out for its first day, and it just turned off, seemingly out of nowhere, early in the morning. I let it charge to full capacity the night before. Is there some sort of reset, button, gesture, something?
@communist It charges, but it gets really hot compared to the official charger. I’m pretty sure that’s why they recommend only their charger. On the plus side, my Galaxy S6 charges nice and cool on the watch’s charger.
@mandirose Mine turned on and seemed to pair okay… but then it turned off and I can’t seem to figure out how to get it back on. It’s also getting really hot from the charger. Is this normal? Is there anything special I have to do?
@Rabernathy hmmm only other advice I would say is to take it off the charger and let the battery run out and try again in about 20 minutes. If that doesn’t work, contact customer service and let them know what’s going on and they’ll be able to help
@mandirose does your Weather screen work? I just have clouds with question marks in them. I thought maybe it would use my iPhone’s weather, but apparently not? (And yeah, I get the part about the company not being in business anymore)
@mjc94ma I’ve found the more I wear mine, the more things I find out about it that I like Just so you know too, if you have notifications about weather (like my accuweather notifies me if there’s going to be a severe storm) those notifications will show up!
@troy@mandirose@WilsonSports@comeatmebro I just changed out the band on mine with a tiny screwdriver. Used the pins from the original band (black steel) and replaced it with this band from Amazon “Beauty7 Black 24mm Brushed Finish Butterfly Clasp”. I really liked the original band, but it was about one link too small and I couldn’t find any way to get one more link. This one isn’t exactly the same color, but it looks nice and matches the style pretty close… but more importantly, it’s about one link size bigger.
@Liquidblue Mine came with 2 links and 2 pins in a small plastic bag in the box the watch came in. Inside one of the little side panels that lift up. Or did you mean it still didn’t fit with those 2 extra links?
@Whitcomb Weather and directions do not work but email should. Do you get notifications on your lock screen for emails already? If not, you have to change your settings on your Iphone. The watch should replicate the settings you have on your phone, I.E. I don’t get facebook alerts so they don’t come up on my watch but I do get text alerts and those do
Hard to find reviews but the ones I do find are of people complaining that it outright doesn’t work or that many of the features don’t. I’m tempted to try one given how much it is marked down but then I have to remind myself that it is still a $50 smartwatch which isn’t that great of a deal for something that might not work or might work so poorly that I don’t use it.
smells fishy - if it came with certificate, even knowing it means nothing from a company belly up, I’d be up for a bid. Shame, watches are a good market with fickle buyers (and I would like to be a buyer).
@michaelahess How else are people going to monetize their transformational disruptive innovations? Mandatory structural external dependencies for everday functions are really the only way to do that.
You’re talking about destroying the basis of our whole rent/license-everything economy with your nutty and quaint concepts of backwards 20th century “ownership”. And hampering the gubment’s right to surveillance of the lib’ruls and turrists. Murica!!!
@PlacidPenguin@communist I actually have a Moto 360, which is perfectly functional but pretty casual. I’d be interested in a “dressier” Android watch at this price point. I’ve been looking around for some kind of Wear equivalent of LineageOS that I could slap on these devices, but I haven’t come up with anything. It could also potentially be a fun project device, but it doesn’t look like these are very open to tinkering. Oh well.
@mandirose Could you clarify one question - how much does this watch do without the app? I’m thinking forward a few months - the server has been taken down, and the app has been pulled from itunes and google play.
If you take one of these watches from its box, charge it, and put it one your wrist, what functionality does it have?
@mandirose Thank you. So, my understanding is that if the servers are not maintained, then this device will no longer function, even as ‘just’ an awesome looking watch.
So, in the case that the servers are not supported past two years, then we will get two years of a nice looking watch, and then it will be one more thing to stick in my museum of great tech that no longer works.
@Satchmo it’s best at notifications for texts, emails and phone calls. It also has been able to show me notifications for pretty much anything that my iphone notifications show. Social media, slack, weather alerts, even has worked for uber alerts, like that my driver was arriving. And telling time of course.
I only have 2 watches with different brands. Since I am not really into fashion, what’s important for me is just to know what time is it already regardless of its specs. Also, if its really durable then its worth the price.
@mandirose It’s fantastic at telling time for the roughly 8 hours it’s on before the battery dies. And when the face doesn’t mysteriously turn off for 24 hours at a time without any possible way to wake it up
@dwileyjr344 if you just want to use it as just a watch, I suggest turning off bluetooth entirely. This greatly increases the battery life, especially if you have the setting on auto or low. Should get you through the day on these settings
@mandirose I am likely going to do that if the watch ever turns on again. It has been updating for the last 19 hours. The app on the phone still says 80% which is where it was when I went to bed last night. The watch did not turn on when I woke up this morning and remains in its sad state. I have left it under a bright light for 20 minutes and tried shining my phone’s flashlight on the watch’s light sensor for about 5 minutes with no luck. I think it may have just given up on its desire to live.
@mandirose@dwileyjr344 I’ve got through my day with about 14% remaining. You have to make sure BT is connected and not “searching.” I think the searching really drains the battery. Also keep the light on auto/low and of course make sure you’ve updated the software.
@DavidChurchRN Nah…I think the new writer doesn’t like or appreciate the history behind the baby arm. LOL In the photo with the vapid female model she could have been photoshopped out and the baby arm substituted. Bingo. Not appropriate use of the appropriate baby arm. (grin).
At this price, no thanks. I picked up a Pebble Time recently and have been extremely impressed, it’s basically everything I want out of a smartwatch (from a $30 refurb no less), with good third-party software support going into the future.
@craigthom@Oneroundrobb It does a shitload more than the Notifier, including providing continuing access to full notifications, which is huge for me. They just scroll by and go away on the Notifier, which means that mostly I miss them, unless I train myself to stop whatever else I’m doing to pay immediate attention to my watch–which I just don’t want to do most of the time. Also, the Notifier only shows a small portion of the notification; mostly it’s a reminder that I need to look at my phone. The text on the Olio is complete, readable and–I daresay–beautiful.
In addition, the Olio:
can clear notifications from the phone itself
shows different and colored icons for different types of notifications
can set a reminder based on a notification
has a timer and stop watch
controls music (I’ve used it with iTunes and Spotify so far), including volume
shows the date
scrolls the watch face among different time zones, so I can see with a quick flick, for instance, what time it is in Qatar (people we love and Facetime with live in Qatar, and I’m always forgetting the time difference)
has a few different watch faces with additional information that, again, I haven’t completed sorted out, but they look cool (I think one shows frequency of notifications or something; another might show busyness according to schedule)
has alarms that are completely controlled on the watch
indeed, controls not only the watch, but aspects of the phone from the watch
shows the weather at four different times (I haven’t looked this up or sorted it out yet, but it does work) and at multiple locations
is just prettier to look at, IMO
I’d bet there’s more, but that’s what I’ve discovered so far. I hear rumor that there’s a mic or at least some way to access Siri.
The Martian isn’t worthless. I like it and it’s cheaper. The face isn’t bad. It has a little flashlight, which has actually been practical for me on occasion. In addition to showing that brief notification (which is sometimes enough to be useful), it has a cool feature where you can program different notifications to different pulses, so that it’s easy to tell, for instance, whether I’m getting an important call vs. a stupid nag from a game.
My Olio made it through the day and I’ll plan on just charging it overnight every day (battery life does seem to have improved with the update), but I’ll keep the Martian in my bag for backup.
@sourhead Not really? If I’m trying to focus, I turn it to quiet mode. Other than that, I’ve silenced most of the annoying ones down so it’s usually something important. (Someone spending money on my credit card, a text message from a co worker or my wife, or a notification in Slack.) The main two things I use it for is controlling my music on the phone, and as a “keep unlocked” token for my phone. (while it’s connected, my phone doesn’t automatically lock, but if I walk away from my phone and leave it somewhere, it locks automatically.)
@sourhead I’ve got a Martian Notifier from meh (more than one, actually), and I have different vibration patterns for different notifications, so they are pretty easy to ignore after a half second. or check.
I’d have to say I’m intristically, fundamentally, essentially, primarily, inherently and mostly unimpressed with the product. Additionally, you’re pie chart looks a little confusing however it does look like a good word search puzzle. But I do like your wordage, expression, elocution, articulation - or should I say - delivery of your write up on attempting to sell the product.
@WTFsunshine Maybe this is, instead of watches is pie chart of chocolate pie, blackberry pie, cherry pie, peach pie, french silk pie, apple pie…If so then in that case: /buy/blackberry pie, buy/peach pie, buy/cherry pie, buy/french silk pie…
@BeerIsSoAwesome Sorry - was suppose to be intrinsically. Neither spellcheck nor I caught it. @Satchmo Never called Meh a pie chart I was saying their pie chart was confusing to look at. @Kidsandliz I’m with you if it’s that kind of chart…I’ll take apple, pumpkin, chocolate and French silk! @mike808 if you’re referring to angel hair spaghetti pie not my thing. Same goes if you’re referring to the other type of hair pie.
@Kidsandliz First way is when you use angel hair pasta to make what looks like a lattice crust topping. Trying to find a politically correct way to explain the second version but best I can come up with is that it involves a mans (or womans) mouth and a woman’s lower region. Trying to keep it PG.
I don’t know wtf to get my son for his 28th BDay. He’s not going to want anything to lug around due to his crazy schedule/moving coming up. I think he would be non-plussed if I made him pancakes.
As a watch collector, that’s a beautiful watch. I’m so sorry I missed it. That was the best thing meh ever sold. So what if the os will be out of date in a year or two. It’s a beautiful watch. It was cheap enough.
what color? what color? (and what’s with all the different bands? I’ll have to read the copy again.)
while I’m posting, the post office is coming out with a heat sensitive solar eclipse stamp in a few weeks. It’s very nerd cool! I’m pre-ordering today.
@sammydog01 Nutz. I was leaning towards the Rose, just cause I have none. yeah, it’s sort of a mystery what 4pm will bring. Heh. No one can get a hold of me, otherwise I could go into the entrepreneur business at 4pm…all these non-vmp people want watches. Mr. Meh, I don’t know what you had to do to get this deal, and I don’t even know if I’ll snag one, but Kudos, sir.
I’ve got a black/metal band, paid for, that I’d trade for a gold/any band + $$. Or just buy a gold one straight $$. Wish I had heard of meh before last night, would have gladly paid the $5 to be a VMP!! Cool site and glad to have stumbled on it.
@CFL_Kent I’d get you a watch if you wanted one, but we can’t meet up, so that’s out, (someone earlier posted their email and it was deleted.) I have a little ios, and android, but am mostly windows os. My phone is webOS, which was an HP os that could have easily been third place in operating systems if it wasn’t for a bad CEO HP had,(their transducing charging docks were pretty much standard-throw your phone or tablet on a pad, and it charges, no little cables to hook up). Anyway I’m used to breakthrough or obsolete hardwear. Ex Amiga programmer, ex pirate ectera.
(wew. so much typing. I won’t be back for a month.)
@CFL_Kent there’s still one model left. I have the steel one. Later this morning decided I wanted to get a black one with the bracelet, but was too late. Had to settle for a black one with the strap (which I’ll have to replace). Hope it tells time better than my older one…
I got a gold Pebble Time Steel from Woot last month for $65.
I didn’t want the red band it came with, so I swapped it (and the gold band hardware) for a white silicone one from Amazon that looks nice - with a textured white band, you don’t even notice it’s not leather unless you look closely.
And it does not rely on cloud services, only on the Pebble app, which has itself been updated to be cloud-independent. Some watch apps may need cloud services, but that’s up to the specific app.
You all know you made CNN? A headline like “Get an Olio smartwatch for $50” and they linked meh. Those highfalutin, (I spellchecked), executives are gonna be a bit surprised when chair socks come up tomorrow.
I still don’t know which watch to buy. Grrrrrrr. thanks @MWPollard for the sort of help.
@wew I’m wearing the Black Watch face with the Suede band in the photo above and I love that it looks different than other watches I’ve seen out there. Really can’t go wrong on any of these though, as someone who’s seen each and every one in person, there’s no bad choice on these
@mandirose my main problem with the watch is that it doesn’t tell time very well. I’ve had it sitting on the charger by my bed for the last few months. Picked it up today to wear it (thanks, Meh! for the reminder) and it said “4:02am, 1/1/2014” or something like that. I launched the app on my phone and it snapped to the correct date/time.
Also, I took it off the charger around 7am, and put it back on the charger at 6pm. Battery level was about 60%
@sgrenald not sure if you have an iPhone (I do) but I find just keeping the app running in the background makes everything run very smoothly. Only uses about 4% of my battery keeping it open in the background so doesn’t effect my cell battery too much.
@mandirose I do have an iPhone. But I’m not normally using my watch. It’s not a big deal to launch the app, though. I just thought it was odd that the (probably) fifty cent quartz timekeeper in the watch didn’t work that well. Kinda wish I’d grabbed the black w bracelet in the morning, but I’ve got a spare strap around somewhere for the leather one. One of the reasons I didn’t get the black one in 2015 was because it was $100 more than the steel one.
For years I could not (and still cannot) justify a smart watch. There was this guide that helped confused people like me determine if a smart watch was for them. It pretty much surmised that only if you were a gadget freak and needed the latest tech would a smart watch me worth it. Well, for $65, a nice classy watch with smart watch features didn’t seem like a big gamble. So, black steel on black, on its way next week. Sorry to those that wanted that model too. Of all the colors available, that looked the nicest to me. Already have gold and stainless analog watches. Even a rise gold one too. I do wear analog watches regularly, now I look forward to a black stainless smart watch on my wrist soon.
Hey Mehmbers! Just wanted to create a sort of “crowd sourcing” troubleshooting/FAQ post. I’d be more than happy to try to answer any questions if people have any once they receive their watches. I’ve set up about 20 of these at this point so I might be able to help and figure others in the community will probably be able to help assist as well because you’re all so awesome Below is a link to Olio Devices youtube channel. You can find setup videos here if needed.
@mandirose Hi, I just got my watch today and plugged it in and synced it to my phone. After about 3 hours (had maybe 50% charge) the watch shut off and I haven’t been able to get the screen to come back on… any idea on this?
@mandirose I watched the YouTube videos and tried everything. The watch refuses to connect with my iPhone 7 plus and it does not even power up unless placed on the dock! Its been on the dock for more than a day so I know its a 1000% charged. I also noticed that the watch gets noticeably “warm” when on the charger. Can you help?
@mandirose Correct. It turned on once before, I used it for the afternoon and it turned off, and now I cannot get it back on. Even on the charger. My Iphone (which it was paired to before this happened) doesn’t show it on/connected anymore. That makes me believe it isn’t related to the brightness issue I’ve read about on here. The watch seems “dead”
@mandirose Actually, after letting it sit back in the box for 2 days, I tried plugging it back in. It is charging now apparently, the screen came on… not really sure what happened. Going to let it do a full charge before messing it with it. I will let you know if I cannot get it to work after it.
@Flick I’m happy to hear it. Check the about section to make sure the update starts. I have a feeling if you can get it to update you’ll be good to go but if not let us know and we will get it worked out for you!
@mandirose Hi, I wanted to post a picture of the issue I am having with the Olio Model One, but could not find the option on this forumn. After sufficient charge the device boots to a frozen screen with lines showing up at the bottom. The device does not get past this, and I ran through any troubleshooting tips I could find, but nothing works. Any advice?
@mandirose Thanks, I figured was not easy fix since I get no response from it. I read that Olio released a Firmware that bricked a bunch of their devices before they quickly released a patch for it, I have a feeling I received one of them.
@HCETEHT HI THETECH, YOU HAVE A REAL LEET USER NAME.
IF YOU SPENT MUCH TIME READING THIS FORUM YOU WOULD PERHAPS SUSS OUT THE FACT THAT THE COMPANY IS GONE, THE SERVERS ARE GONE, AND UNLESS YOU CAN SET UP SOME SORT OF HOME SERVER TO FOOL THE WATCH AS SOME HAVE DONE IN THE PAST WITH THEIR LEET GAMES, YOU ARE SIL.
THAT STANDS FOR “SHIT OUT OF LUCK” SIR. I WISH I HAD BETTER NEWS, BUT THETECH CAN SUSS IT OUT, RIGHT?
Biggest piece of advice I can give…once you finish the getting started instructions, let your watch fully charge before playing around with it. Many watches will start downloading a software update once the watch charges to 60% (some might come already with the latest software). You can check the ABOUT section of your app to see if your watch will need the update (may take a few minutes of charging though for it to say you need it)!
Make sure your watch stays connected to bluetooth while it’s downloading the software update and also make sure the watch stays on the charger while downloading. I highly recommend doing this overnight while you sleep and your watch should be ready to go when you wake up!
@mandirose Update: after the update I took it off the charger at around 8:30 am and at 6pm it was sitting at 61%. It’s now 10:30 pm and I’ve still got 37%. Much better potential after the latest firmware installed.
I sure wish that Meh was using UPS or USPS for shipments. I live 15 minutes from the Meh warehouse, but thanks to the cluster F that is FedEx they always take a full week to make my deliveries. If Meh ever had an option to just swing by and pickup in person for the locals I would prefer that over waiting a week for every order to arrive.
@nickads It seems to be a local issue. FedEx in the DFW area in Texas has outsourced all of its delivery routes to 3rd party contractors. Ever since they made the change we have noticed that they only deliver to residential addresses once per week.
I dont have this issue when packages are shipped FedEx to my office right down the road from my house. If this had been shipped to my business address it would have arrived today.
Looks like I got angry too soon due to FedEx fatigue with other shipments lately. The tracking was updated today the package was forwarded from FedEx to USPS and they are showing that it will arrive tomorrow in my regular mail delivery. That I have no complaints about whatsoever…Much better than waiting on the FedEx driver in our area.
Let’s hope mine gets updated as well, but generally, FedEx Smartpost has been okay to painfully slow with my previous meh shipments… the last 3 shipments have been 3, 4, and 5 business days from Carrollton, TX to San Diego, CA.
Currently my Fedex status still shows 6 business days for delivery for this one.
![Olio where art thou, oh Olio]
Anyone able to spare/sell extra links from their Black/Metal band? I added the two extras included, but I’m 2-3 short of mine fitting my wrist. Apparently Olio never sold extras. What you got in the box was it…
@Flick Try putting the watch face near a bright light. You can use a flashlight or your phone flash. On some watches the brightness function was calibrated incorrectly. Shining a bright light on it should make the face readable so you can correct.
@Forgetmestick56 tried that, not working either. I’ve had it charging for about 2 hours now and can’t get the screen to light back up now. Like I said the bottom seems to be warm from charging. My olio assist app says it isn’t connected anymore either
@hatryk Can’t imagine how frustrating that must be! Double check to make sure the plastic protector is off the charging puck and the back of the phone (I missed the one on the back of the phone!!!). Open the Olio app and go to my watch and click on “unpair” and go to phone and delete/select “forget device” and try to repair from Olio app. Go through pairing steps again and try the light trick again - hopefully something will appear on the face. If nothing, I am straight-up out of ideas, my friend. Good luck!
@hatryk I have the black stanless steel model. It arrived with 3% battery life. It had enough of a charge to pair with my phone but it died soon after and will not charge. I removed the protective plastic film and tried to charge it yesterday and today with no luck. I have contacted the customer service team. I expect to receive a response on Monday.
@evenrute if it’s a brightness issue the watch should be working. I don’t even get any tactic feedback if I push the screen. Wasn’t home today to check the sunlight fix but I’m not hopeful. Also no email from customer service yet. Going on 2 days.
@mandirose I am also having the same problem. I bought the black on black version, and I am getting no charge at all. I left it on the charger for four hours it was warm to the touch, I tried the flashlight/sun trick and nothing. I downloaded the app, and the app does not find the watch at all to sync. So what do I do now?
@RiotDemon but it did work when I initially paired it. I unpaired it and when I paired it again I see the weather in the clock quadrant, but they aren’t showing the actual weather. Guess I need to try again. Thx
@barrysegal weather was one of the features we had said doesn’t work BUT we’ve heard a few people have gotten it to come up. If anyone has any advise or figures out and tricks please post them in the comments!
@curtw4 I had all four panels of weather working for my main location, but just noticed that now I have one little weather icon and temperature showing in each of two different time zones. That’s all I know for now. It seems like it might be something as simple as it starts by gathering information for the current time. The zones on mine are somewhat disparate, and the little quarter that’s active (not just a question mark) seems to coincide with whatever is the current time in the zone.
Also, I was getting weather without the Apple app even installed. (I know this because when I searched for weather, one of the returns was current local conditions; when I selected it, I was told that the app wasn’t installed.)
I’m trying to figure out how to get TWO watches to sync. My old one connects fine, but there doesn’t seem to be anything in the app that lets me connect the new one to my phone (yes, I’ve got the bluetooth connection going)
I’ve had a full day to play with this and I have to say, for what it is and what it cost its a snazzy watch. Looks good and everyone I’ve shown has been rather impressed by the look.
However battery life is absolutely awful. I have everything on auto right now and turned off all notifications as those were driving me mad. So today on a fresh charge the battery was down to 10% after 8 hours of just normal ‘look at watch for the time’ use. That’s pretty bad. Hoping it somehow gets better…
Other than that it’s quite nice. Charges quickish, design is nice. Just hope battery isn’t always going to suck.
@Shampoohorn === Check “About” section in the app on your phone. If it does not say “You have the latest software version” you need to get the watch to update. The battery life is awesome with the latest software. Do this overnight: make sure the phone is linked via bluetooth to your phone. Put the watch on its charger, plug your phone into its charger and check in the morning. It takes about 6 hours to do the update and it will not start until the watch is at a 61% charge.
@Shampoohorn +++ Like curtw4 said above - be sure the watch rebooted. Best to try and reboot to be sure. Go to settings on watch (swipe down from top) and swipe left to right to get to “restart” and restart (“reboot”). Hopefully this will get you battery issues resolved. Let us know how it goes!
While I know I’ve rebooted it before my test run I decided to do it again right at the start of use today. At 100% charge at 9am. I have hardly used the watch outside of checking the time, which was not anything I would consider even moderate use.
It’s 3:10pm now. I have 17% battery. I’ll update once it’s fully empty.
@mandirose said “If Bluetooth is “searching” it can drain the battery life.”
Yeah, this was my big problem in the first 24 hours. Phone thought it was connected, but watch still searching. Had to wipe watch to factory settings and delete app on the phone to get it to work. And as a result, the watch now appears twice in my phone’s bluetooth listing, but hey, they’re talking.
@mandirose The update finally completed to 1.10.220, and now I have a new watchface (white on blue - I think it’s the one that’s supposed to go with the stainless steel model). Not a problem as I like this face. Now we’ll see if the battery life improves to a usable range.
@JimMeh4 Hey Jim, so I’d actually recommend swiping up and restarting the watch if you’re seeing that face right after the update (restart, not reset to a different device). But that DOES mean it updated correctly. Make sure you’re at 100% battery and either change the brightness to medium or auto and I think you’ll see better battery life!
@bjlewis2 if you swipe down from the top, the various settings choices appear. Once there, scroll left or right (using the “swipe from center” gesture) to the Reset option. It is distinctly different from Restart.
@drewesque I just added the two links to mine and I had to bang on it a little harder than I was comfortable with… Just align the extra pin from the pack with a pin in the band and knock it out, then pull it out the other side with needle nose. Don’t forget the sleeve in the receiving link. I also would like one more link, mines just a bit snug…
@mandirose I am in the same boat, I cannot get my watch to pair with any of my phones, has anyone had success pairing with Samsung S5, Samsung S7 or Nexus 4 ? The watch powers up in the Proceed screen, and the app nor the bluetooth scanner can find the phone… I am guessing my watch’s bluetooth receiver/transmitter is dead… Any advise is greatly appreciated. Phone is pretty well charged, a couple of hours on the charger
@vkaku because I don’t have an android I don’t know as much about any tips and tricks, maybe someone else can assist on this one. I know trying it while it was off the charger worked on a couple I tried. Best I can offer is this video for pairing but maybe another member can offer some assistance! Android pairing
@vkaku I have an S7 and mine paired right away… Timing is important. Turn Bluetooth on the phone off and on again. Make sure no other devices are connected, on and in range, or trying to connect. Swipe down on the face of the watch and check Bluetooth settings. Try rebooting both.
@Liquidblue After trying for the past 3 days to pair, and it’s only worked once in a day, only in a bluetooth quiet environment, where it paired up. 1st time, worked for a short time, 2nd time, worked all day, phone discharged, went to charge it and bluetooth got disconnected, and this morning, got it to connect by removing the app, power cycling by wiping the cache clean, reinstalling the app, power cycling, disconnect bluetooth and reconnnect multiple times and it finally saw the phone. Kept the phone on charger, and after 4 hrs, my original phone version of 1.1.76 got the latest 1.10.220 ! What an ordeal, the watch is muuuch more stable now. Many thanks to all for their notes and help. Advice to those who can’t pair, keep trying, I think it takes alot of persistence, but does pay off. All my notifications are working. It’s just a novelty - nice to have something on my wrist that not many people have, the build quality is A1, software, well, ok at the price point.
@vkaku Thank you SO much for your write up. I know some people are discouraged and I wish I could jump through the computer screen to help them! I understand the frustration but if people are patient and can get it worked out I believe they will enjoy the watch at the end of it.
@colbysolomon The best available seems to be that quick-start guide in the right-hand compartment of the box. I’m going to wait another week and cool off before trying again on what initially appears to be just about the worst human interface implementation EVER (swipe from edge and swipe from center having completely different and incompatible meanings).
@curtw4 Think of it like 4 buttons on the main screen at the 12/3/6/9 o’clock positions. Only you have to touch and swipe instead of just touch to activate each. Each of those buttons takes you to different modes (settings/future stuff/music/past stuff). Exiting each mode is by doing the opposite button swipe (indicated in each mode with an arrow).
Scrolling between items in each mode is by touching the center and swiping in the direction to scroll. Some items have data that you can scroll up and down.
As mentioned the microphone is by resting you finger on the screen for a few seconds.
Anyone get “Rules” working? I’m using Android, I have set up Rules, but there appears to be no way to set up the “At Work” / “At Home” / “In a Meeting” etc times… So the rules never seem to be enabled. I have home and work addresses setup, and I have location permissions allowed. When I press “Show Live Rules Only” none of them are ever “Live”. Also, I get about 12 hours of battery, and weather is meh.
@pml0904 The weather works when it wants to… usually not. I’ve tried adding and removing time zones, restarting… no clue. Sometimes it has data, sometimes not. As far as “Rules”, I’ve even set my “sleeping” times to 24 hours a day, and that still doesn’t do anything when I create a rule that applies while sleeping
I got the black with dark brown leather strap. I wore it for one day to church. It is a beautiful watch for the price! I may only wear it on Sundays though as I don’t need the smart phone stuff. I may sell it or gift it to someone who can use all the features every day.
So I got my Olio watch from Meh today! I eagerly ran upstairs with the box and opened it to find… another box? Whereas the outer box had my name and address (obviously), the second inner box has the name of a woman that I don’t know, with the shipping address of a fulfillment warehouse in California that apparently ships stuff for tech. companies. Oooooo-K! Not sure what’s going on here but- HEY! My new watch is here!
I open this second box to find… yet another box! Box #3 is at least a matte black affair that says Olio on the top in glossy, embossed black text. I must be getting close, right? I open that box to find—you guessed it—box #4! Guess what’s in this one! Box fiv- nah, I’m shitting you! It was the watch. Five boxes would be just absurd!
Still, who is the woman listed on the 2nd box and do I have her watch? Is this going to turn into some wacky, albeit violent, Tarantino-esque adventure when she comes looking for the tool that inadvertently received her watch? And at a substantial discount? What have you gotten me into here, Meh? Has anyone else experienced this dark turn of events?
@stunbunny Never fear! When the company went under, all their distributers had to send the boxes back to the main warehouse. These boxes, while they may have had that label on them, contain new watches
I have been trying for two days to get this gorgeous watch to pair to my iPhone. No luck. I tried on the charger. I have now tried off the charger. Nada.
The watch shows the “Open Phone App Olio Model One XX:ZZ” message but the watch never shows up in my Bluetooth pairing window. I’ve rebooted the phone. I’ve let the watch run battery down and recharge. I’m legitimately out of ideas at this point.
@monty323 Delete the iPhone app, and start over, following the steps precisely as outlined in the youtube video that @mandirose linked to. (I.e., don’t go straight to the iPhone settings, go through the app, etc.). I thought I was doing something wrong when this resulted in the watch appearing twice in my Bluetooth connections, but apparently this is normal.
@monty323 I’ve had issues. It’s a little fickle. You have to be able to see it in the Iphone bt settings (but not connect to it). Then go to the app and connect through there. I’ve also had to connect first and then immediately go to the app. In any case, make sure you are completely disconnected before reconnecting.
Same issue here. I watched the YouTube videos and tried everything. The watch refuses to connect with my iPhone 7 plus and it does not even power up unless placed on the dock! Its been on the dock for more than a day so I know its a 1000% charged. I also noticed that the watch gets noticeably “warm” when on the charger.
@mandirose I don’t think that’s accurate. It does start charging once placed on the dock. UNLESS its connected miraculously even though it says not connected on both devices. I have tried it 50 different ways with no luck. My apologies but its gotta be simpler than this. Anyway, I’m not happy. Product does not work in a reliable fashion – atleast mine does not. Also the device is getting really warm - - not a good sign overall. Return and refund por favor!
@RPJ So we got your watch back today and this was a weird one so wanted to post in case anyone else is having this problem. Watch just needed to be reset. Charged it for about 5 min, swiped up and went to the reset watch screen, hit confirm and then it went to the Welcome/Proceed screen.
Went through the app to get to bluetooth settings on my Iphone 6s…Watch wasn’t showing up in bluetooth but went back to the app and the proceed/next button in the app showed up. Hit next and the watch magically paired right away. Checked bluetooth screen again and there it was connected. Currently updating the watch now and app version is 1.3.124, might have been a bug with this app setting but watch seems to be working perfectly after this fix if anyone is having the same issue!
@mandirose Thanks for the update. Too much going on right out of the box. It should have been easier with the instructions and interface. Anyway not worth more headaches … awaiting my refund. Thanks again for being super helpful.
In contrast to some others’ experiences, I’ve had no problem pairing. Quite the contrary, my Olio and iPhone want to double pair.
The watch wasn’t showing new notifications and said it was “searching” in the BT screen. I went to BT on my phone and saw it in there twice–and both items were “connected.” I simply “forgot” one of the connections and the watch showed “connected” and started responding immediately.
Someone more clever and/or ambitious, please make a joke about the double pairing. I’m thinking hermaphroditic worms or some shit like that, but I’m too damned lazy to follow through.
I swear that I had a completely different analog display immediately after I upgraded software on the watch. I did a reset (still showing latest version) and I’m back to the original. Anyone have any thoughts or a similar experience at least? Other than changing between analog and digital (and swapping out the inner bits where the date is), is there a way to adjust the appearance? Maybe I just hallucinated.
@joelmw So I’ve now set up probably 15-20 of these watches and know exactly what you’re talking about, goes to that face for like a minute. I have no idea why or how to get it to stay on that face but if anyone figures it out let us know!
@mandirose Thank you. I seem to always run into these weird little things that others don’t. It’s good to know I’m not going crazy (or at least that this isn’t a manifestation thereof).
If I’m remembering correctly, the vanishing watch face looks like one I’ve seen in their videos. It’s more elegant than what I’m going to call the default. Mine actually stayed with that face for a while and it only disappeared after I did the restart. I haven’t seen it since. And, again, I don’t think I saw it before the update.
NICE looking Black, Black Metal band! I have charge all weekend. I put watch on this morning at 8:00, now it is 5:00 and the battery is dead. Just been wearing and working, nothing special. Have not really noticed I have it on. Do not believe it is going to work out when the battery will last less then a day.
@Silverado90 looking through the watch features, I made the decision to bail on the BT connection to my phone. I don’t need it. Once I turned off the BT, I had about 70% battery left after wearing it all day. I am more interested in wearing it as watch instead of a smart watch. At $60, the features will not work the way I would want anyway, so I disabled BT and get more than all day battery life.
If you’re thinking of buying one don’t… it’s a POS that’s why the company went belly up…
Bluetooth connection is unreliable and will disconnect anytime, the UI to re-enable the bluetooth on the watch is terribly flawed… in order to display back to watch face from bluetooth settings, you have to swipe it up and doing so will touch the bluetooth settings back to disable/off which is really idiotic design. It uses a passive update on the latest firmware which I’m terribly waiting for days (didn’t happen… it supposed to fix the bugs)
Battery life is just half a day (or barely) and you end up with a watch that can’t even show time. This watch is an ultimate failure, it looks nice but that’s it… call it a dumb watch…
@arthurmeh Hey there, I would love to try to help you here. Definitely sounds like it needs the update and if we can get that to load there is hope yet! First off, the watch has to be connected to your phone and on the charger and charged up to at least 60% for the upload to start. You’ll see in the about section of your app the arrow turn yellow if the upload has begun. Then, in order for it to continue and work properly it MUST stay on the charger and be connected via bluetooth in order for the update to continue downloading. Once it’s downloaded and your watch will reboot and the new software will load. I highly recommend trying to do this at night before bed. Once you’ve made sure the watch is connected to your phone and the download has started, just keep the watch on the charger near your phone and it should download the update
@mandirose - I’ve been doing that for 4 nights now and here’s what’s so goofy about the way it charges, once it reaches 100% the charging stopped and will let the watch discharge instead of maintaining the charge. So instead of expecting 100% charge in the morning, you’ll only get maybe 60% or less depending on how long the charging stop. Such a crappy programming, I know the update contains the fix but it’s been several days now that it’s not updating… I’m a software developer so I know what a crap programming is…
@mandirose - the bluetooth is connecting because it will show a different message and in the mywatch section it shows the battery % and the bluetooth icon in blue… if it’s disconnecting and reconnecting I don’t know since I left it at my desk for the update to happen. Currently the message is “New software update version 1.10.220 is available.” and both phone and watch is charged 100% connected on power and wifi… when will it update?
@mandirose - did all I know I can, restarted, re-
paired,re-installed,re-initialized… still getting that "new software update version… " message… not updating… and of course bluetooth is always connected because the message says “The watch must charge up to 60% before the download starts”. (it’s 100%) The message is different if the bluetooth connection is lost… frustrating…
Mine just came in, black/metal band. Very nice looking watch. Fits me perfectly as is.
I was quickly and easily able to set up the pairing to my Galaxy S8. Plugged in watch right next to my phone. Phone started up and told me to open app on my phone, which I did. I clicked proceed on my watch…didn’t do anything so then I clicked proceed on my phone and the next screen came up to pair to my particular watch. It quickly went to the final screen to pick a few different options for the watch. Watch is now charging; they must come with very little charge because it started at 3%.
Edit: When you’ve successfully paired your watch, the screen on the phone App has a menu button on the top left. If you click that and then click “services” it will give you a bunch of options about the different notifications and services it does i.e., calling, texts, financial etc. If you click one, a new screen comes up and shows you the swiping options and what they do.
I think that may help people with the different gestures you can do on the watch.
I’m still interested in buying a 24k gold Olio from someone, if they’re unhappy and looking to sell. Thanks!!
@nickads glad to hear it’s going smoothly! Make sure to go to the about section of your app to see if the software is up to date. If it’s not, it should start downloading once it gets to 60% charged. Enjoy!
@adrostad I was specifically waiting for today, to see if my girl was going to get me the gold one for father’s day. I had a suspicion she would as I’ve been talking about it all week. Anyways, I will be selling my black olio if you’d like to buy it at cost plus shipping. Sorry I couldn’t give you the links for free!
@Rabernathy Check out the video in the post above hope this helps. Make sure you keep the watch on the charger once its paired and an update should start downloading once the watch gets to 60% charged. The update should fix this bug
I am going to try to update the watch tonight, but I am so far HIGHLY disappointed. The battery lasted less than 8 hours today on my first wear. The bluetooth connection is highly unstable. Using the watch sucks… it is extremely unresponsive and I have to repeat my gesture multiple times before it registers that I’m trying to swipe up, down, left or right. The face with the time doesn’t stay on and it takes a lot of wrist wriggling and/or finger mashes to get it to display the time. The only notifications I have gotten it to work with is a few emails… texts aren’t showing up on it. So, yeah $50 for a watch that doesn’t want to tell you what time it is and that runs out of battery…and that you have to charge every night for these luxuries is a complete waste of money. I know Meh warned us to some degree, but it is WAY worse than advertised. Don’t look at this as a nice watch that just isn’t so smart for $50. Think of this as a $50 piece of trash that will only tell time if you shake it, and for only 8 hours per day. I think it may end up in my trashcan and I’ll be taking a long hiatus from Meh.com for this.
@dwileyjr344 It’s really vital to the watches performance to download the update. The watch MUST be connected to the phone and on the charger and charged to 60% for it to start downloading. This fixes so many of the issues you listed above. If you want to use the watch just as a watch and don’t care about the notifications, try turning off the bluetooth connection altogether, this will prolong battery life tremendously but I can’t express how important the update is to the watches performance.
Has anyone had success in getting their watch to work after it went to a black screen? I left on a trip the day after I got it, so I wasn’t able to upgrade the firmware, but it was working fine for two days until today. I thought I had plenty of battery left when the screen shut off but didn’t really think much of it. Now it won’t turn on when on the charger and it won’t pair with my phone. I tried shining the light on it and that didn’t work. Is there any way to do a hard reset? I’m thinking about letting it sit for a couple days and see if the battery fully discharges.
@mrongey that’s the best way to do it. Let the battery run completely out and try it on the charger in 24 hours. If it connects, make sure to let the firmware update in entirety before wearing, it should help alleviate any big issues. Let me know if you have any questions about how to get the firmware to update and I’ll be happy to help
@mrongey I had the same issue with it going out with still lots of battery life left. I took it to “Batteries Plus” and once they removed the back from the watch it power back up. I’ve had to do this twice since the original black out. Seems to be a flaw in the battery connection. t-3 torx screwdriver will open the 4 screws in back of the watch. Good luck
@mediocrebot It took me 4 hours to sync the watch to my iphone. After installing and uninstalling still having trouble with the watch. Its not syncing correctly. Emails not connecting as well as the weather. Beautiful watch, garbage software. What are my options? Just bad luck with this watch?
@djnasty313 weather was a feature we said in the write up would not work. Do your email notifications come up on your phone as soon as they come through? For example, I have my mail notifications set to fetch so my email only shows up on the watch when I open the mail app on my phone. The notification settings on your watch are the same as on your phone so if you have notifications turned off on your phone. As we wrote in the write up, the watches aren’t perfect which is why they were so heavily discounted. If you want to just use it as a watch, I suggest turning off bluetooth and that will greatly increase the battery life for simple usage of the watch face feature.
@mandirose thank you for your reply. I tried to give the watch another go. Turned it on and it wasn’t connected. Been trying an hour to pair the watch and it’s not been successful. The craftmanship of the watch is stunning but worthless if I can’t even get it to work properly.
@forthe48 I had a scare during the update process. It rebooted a couple of times and at one point seemed to be stuck on the boot screen. Eventually it came back up and now the watch is on version 1.10.220 and the app says it has the latest software version. Hope this helps.
@forthe48 make sure the watch is connected to the battery and that it doesn’t get disconnected from bluetooth. The watches tend to be really testy on the older software so it takes a little work but once it does download it’s a much smoother experience. The pins are spring loaded to change the bands, I bought a cheepo watch repair kit on amazon to change the band. @troy do you know what that tool is called?
I think my phone needed to be connected to Wi-Fi, because even with the watch at 100% and connected to the charger it didn’t want to start downloading.
As soon as I got home and got connected to Wi-Fi it showed the update was available.
It’s downloading now and I’m sure it’ll be updated soon.
@mandirose Thanks! I think it’s called a spring compressor tool, but it turns out as long as you’re careful about it you can use a dull knife to get the spring compressed enough to pop the band back out.
@Smokey20 That should be the newest software version. Try changing your settings to see if your battery life improves. Changing the brightness to low or auto helps. Do you get push notifications on your phone for emails? The watch mimics the settings on your phone so if you have notifications off for email on your phone it should shadow whatever your phone does
Okay I would love it if someone would explain it to me, because I am very curious. So I have the watch, and somehow it is still connected to my phone and controlling my music and receiving notifications immediately, without Bluetooth or Wi-Fi. For reference, I have the LG v20
I’d be willing to deal with meh battery life with a second charger at work. Has anyone tested a 3rd party / Apple / other watch chargers to see if it works? Don’t see any Olio branded chargers for sale on Ebay or elsewhere
After some dorking around, i have the watch paired and upgraded to the latest version.
Problem: it doesn’t usually alert me to incoming phone calls. I’ve tested with a dozen calls and it usually doesn’t work. I think the times it has worked have been soon after app reinstalls and/or reboots of the phone or watch.
Meanwhile, it always alerts me that the call was missed. Even when it didn’t alert that the same call was inbound, seconds earlier.
Phone is iphone 6, latest OS patch installed.
Bluetooth on watch says “connected.”
Hmm, Bluetooth on phone showed two discrete “olio model one 22:35” entries. One of them connected, the other not.
When I toggled bluetooth on phone, it connected to the second Olio and the phone calls started coming in.
Anyone having issues like this? Mine seems to randomly swap between notifications and other apps randomly without any input from me. Yesterday it managed to enable the alarm by itself. Took me a while to figure out why my wrist was vibrating like crazy. I did let it go through its updates before wearing it.
@mandirose This did help somewhat. Still wigs out occasionally. Also, today after having it on charge for most of the day, the screen refuses to turn on. My phone is still paired to it, and still shows that it’s connected in the app, but nothing I do seems to wake it up.
Hey Guys, just wanted to repost towards the bottom some feedback from one of our lovely members who needed a bigger band. His comments towards the top so in case you missed it…
"I just changed out the band on mine with a tiny screwdriver. Used the pins from the original band (black steel) and replaced it with this band from Amazon “Beauty7 Black 24mm Brushed Finish Butterfly Clasp”. I really liked the original band, but it was about one link too small and I couldn’t find any way to get one more link. This one isn’t exactly the same color, but it looks nice and matches the style pretty close… but more importantly, it’s about one link size bigger.
I had my watch on the charger last night and when I woke up this morning it is totally dead. Tried the light trick but that doesn’t work. Going to try leave it a few days to see if it wakes up with a new charge. Any other suggestions to try?
@arnoldbe - it probably got discharged overnight. There’s an issue with the charging if you still have the 1.1.48 firmware version. Once it goes to 100% it will stop charging the watch until you remove the charger and put it back again (software bug) It doesn’t maintain the 100% charge.
I really like the watch but it will be returned back, mine is still not updating for several days which will actually fix that issue. The weather portion worked one day, it’s nice to see temperature and rain/cloud conditions but it wasn’t accurate, it showed rain and temp at 80, it was sunny and 86… so not sure where it’s getting the information…
I have a black/black metal Olio watch paired with an iPhone 6s. I’ve been using mine for a few days now. It took a while to get the software updated, but it finally updated. I’ve been getting ~15hrs use out of the watch, and still have 15-20% left when I put it on the charger at night. I’ve been able to control music (play/pause/volume/tracks), read notifications, and operate the alarm/stopwatch/timer. I did notice the weather was working yesterday, but not today. I’m still trying to get used to the gesture sensitivity and which setting may be right for me. Very nice build quality and feel! I was able to easily remove one link, and it fits like a charm. For $60, I’m very happy with my purchase. I may still try a Huawei watch or an Apple Watch at a later point, but for right now this one is great.
Happy customer here. Galaxy S6 and Stainless steel Olio model. The software update fixed my major battery issue and others. Getting really good battery life now after fiddling with brightness (auto or low), do not disturb sometimes and gesture sensitivity (low) settings. Music, all notifications (calendar, email, SMS and other app notifications on my phone) and getting some weather summaries in the “Later” section although the watch face weather summary does not work. Not sure where the weather is coming from. Still looking for an additional charger. Looks really good, $60 was a bargain.
My weather seems to be working at night. I have no idea why it only works at night. Software is 1.10.220. Battery is still only lasting like 10-12 hours but everything seems to be great. Just wish battery lasted. Software says it has the latest version.
Hi, I purchased my watch from meh.com, on the first day I charged it and the watch got incredibly hot, too hot to be worn. The charge lasted approximately two to three hours, all the while not actively using it, it did however disconnect from my smartphone several times even though they were never further than 10 feet apart from each other. I tried charging it again the next day and now the screen won’t even turn on. The response from meh.com was to come here and ask for advice. What can I do to get the watch working again?
Yeah, I’m having the same issue too. First day I got it, charged it, and it turned on fine. I installed the app on my phone and synced the watch to it. I wanted to let it charge to 100% before trying it on, so I let it sit for about two hours. As it continued charging, I noticed the battery life would hover around ~70% - it wouldn’t increase charging for some reason.
Eventually at some point, the screen on my phone turned black - it was still backlit, but it wouldn’t function and wasn’t responding to the app. I figured I’d let it run out of battery and try charging it again the next day, but ever since then, the screen doesn’t light up anymore and does nothing when I charge it. It basically seems broken at this point.
I’ve waited a period of about a day to two days to let it discharge before trying to charge it again, but it’s still not working. At this point, I’m going to try letting it discharge for a full week before charging it again, and if it doesn’t work after that, I’m going to ask for an exchange or refund from meh. It’s a shame too, because I really like the aesthetics of the watch - it looks really nice. I don’t want my money back, I just want a working product.
@qberting be patient. It takes some messing around to get it to work. You can contact customer service and they may be able to swap out as well. The watch does take a long time to update. You can check the status in the app on the progress. Be sure to restart the watch after it updates.
@popkanzia I’ve recently had a similar experience. I wasn’t charging, but just wearing my watch, sitting at my desk at work. It had a decent charge on it and wasn’t near the point where it would be discharged, but the screen just went black and it stopped responding completely. Disconnected itself from bluetooth and wouldn’t do anything.
Tried charging it full, but nothing happened, so I left it for a few days, trying off and on to put it on charge to see if it would power up. I had decided that if the screen didn’t come on in 30 seconds that it still had juice and was just misbehaving so I’d take it off power again and leave it to sit and discharge more. After about 3 full days of checking it like that, it’s finally come back to life after putting it on a charger.
That’s not a fun experience. I thought it was dead forever. Hopefully it stays alive this time. On a tangent thought… I think I will only put it on low-current chargers now, after reading other comments about it getting hot. Maybe I’ll find an old crap USB charger that puts out like 600 milliamps and use that exclusively to charge it.
Looking through the watch features, I made the decision to bail on the BT connection to my phone. I don’t need it, I get plenty notifications on my phone. Once I turned off the BT, I had about 70% battery left after wearing it all day. I am more interested in wearing it as watch instead of a smart watch. At $60, the features will not work the way I would want anyway, so I disabled BT and get more than all day battery life. I did notice that the watch ‘lost’ about 20 minutes slowly over 3 days the first time I turned off the BT so I just re-synced to my phone and it updated. So far, it hasn’t lost any time and it has been 2 days. Go figure.
Well, after about a week this is what I feel about the Olio watch.
Well made for a smartwatch (note I only have long term first hand experience with Android Wear smartwatches.) Everything feels solid.
The watch face is nice and reserved and not flashy.
The watch although quite large and thick, does not get caught on my shirt sleeves like my LG G Watch and various smart bands do.
Got it for Timex prices on Meh!
Pretty crappy as a smartwatch.
1a) No other watch faces (more than “Digital” or “Analog” would have been nice.)
1b) Touchscreen is fidgety, will often not register swipes or misinterpret them as a full “edge” swipe rather than “mid” swipes.
1c) text is too small when reading emails and text messages on the watch
1d) Charging circuitry/software sucks donkey balls: it runs too hot with a high current USB power source, hot enough to cook the battery enough to reduce cycle life
1e) Software on watch is incomplete (expected that, but still had to mention it.)
Pretty crappy as a watch because watch face only displays for less than 3 seconds before turning off. It’s too short for me… this time needs to be adjustable.
Overall Conclusion for Olio Model One: Form over Function
I’d be pissed off if I had paid $500 for the watch. I’d be livid if I had paid >$1000 for a Gold one. For $70 or less, it’s a great buy if one can get it last “all day” (>15hrs for me) with bluetooth turned on connected to one’s phone… if one has to use it with with bluetooth turned off to get enough battery life, then I’d rather get a Wenger Chronograph from ebay (refurb or new) for around $100. Or this one, BIN, for $67. http://www.ebay.com/itm/Wenger-Silver-Dial-Brown-Leather-Strap-Mens-Watch-79131-/272534833340
AFter a lot of work, I got the update downloaded to the watch, but the watch is now just stuck on the Olio logo screen. I tried draining the battery and recharging, but it’s not doing anything. I can’t even reconnect it to the phone. Thoughts?
OK, I’ve been playing around with this thing for a week now. Uninstalled/reinstalled the app countless times. Wiped caches, un-paired/re-paired, let it completely discharge, tried my wife’s phone. The watch “connects” but only when the face is on. A few seconds after it dims the connection is lost. I haven’t even seen anything about an update, though I’m sure that’s directly related to it’s lack of a lasting connection.
I really want to like this watch. Anyone find something that’s worked for them that isn’t already posted here?
Cancel that. Decided to give it one more go using an old phone i had stuck in a drawer. Installed the app, it connected and immediately started downloading the update. Surprisingly it only took 20-30 minutes to finish. Restarted the watch. Unpaired with the old phone, re-paired with my current, and until now, completely uncooperative phone. It’s been a couple hours now of steady connection.
3rd time’s the charm.
@yankees07 That’s too bad. Mine quit working suddenly, but I had success leaving it to discharge for several days until it was dead and then putting it back on the charger. Try a different charger? Different amperage?
BBF’s List of Things to Do/Obtain to Maximize Olio Model One Runtime Without Turning Off Bluetooth.
Get a low current USB AC adapter, preferably 500mA, but definitely less than 1000mA/1A to plug the Olio inductive charger into.
When you get up in the morning, don’t immediately take the watch off the charger and wear it. Take it off the charger and then put it on the charger again for at least a few minutes to top off the charge.
For the last week or so, I’ve been getting 15hr or greater run times from my Olio Model 1 with bluetooth on, and at least a dozen or so notifications a day.
Long explanations follow:
Get a low current USB AC adapter preferable 500mA or less - this will prevent you from heating up the watch and cook the battery, but will take 3 hours or more to charge the watch. This is counterintuitive to EVERYTHING I’ve been doing for the last few years. I’ve been purchasing, at a minimum 2A chargers because my USB phones/tablets just won’t charge quickly enough without HIGH current chargers. Since the Olio Model One’s charge circuitry/software if so effed up, it will cook the battery if hooked up to a high current USB power supply. I had to look through all my old cell phone accessories to find a super old piece of crap samsung microUSB charger that supplied 700mA that I didn’t even use before tossing it into my “extra” electronics bin. Probably connecting it to your computers USB ports will also provide a nice low current charge as well. My watch only gets slightly warm when charging with the lower current USB power adapter.
When you get up in the morning, don’t take the watch off the charge base and wear it immediately. Take it off the charge base and then put it back on the charger, then wash your face, get dressed, eat breakfast, or whatever before taking it off the charger again to top off the charge. This is because like all the inductive Qi charging devices I have, once the Olio has reached full charge, it WILL NOT start charging again until the device is removed from the inductive charging puck… I’ve had my smartphone drain down to 0% after 1.5 days because of this “feature” when on a Qi charging pad… this doesn’t happen when I have it plugged into a wired charging system.
Now that my experiment with full day operation of the watch is over, I intend to carry the disc charger with me to work and charge it in the middle of the day to further reduce wear and tear on the battery. The less deep you discharge batteries, the longer they last.
Or if you’re a compulsive shopper with hoarding tendencies, you’ll have bought more than one Olio from Meh!, so you’ll have at least two charge pucks so you can keep one at work and one at home.
You can further increase run time by turning off bluetooth when you don’t need it, like at night when it’s charging… but I don’t like to do that because I forget to turn it back on.
For those of you who can’t get this watch to work all I can say is you either are clueless or you are using it with an iPhone which is a really crappy idea. I have a Pixel Android and it works perfectly. Everything works in fact! Weather, phone, music messages – from TWO email accounts, text, etc.etc. The only thing I don’t seem to be able to change the face of the clock to something other than the one analog or one digital.
The iPhone really sucks for non-Apple watches. I’ve tried a Pebble in the past and same thing. Got it to work with Android but it was glitchy with the iPhone.
One problem DID arise early on – the day after I set it up it downloaded and updated the firmware and stopped working. I thought I had a piece of junk on my hands because I couldn’t even get a clock face on the screen. I had to uninstall the app and then re-install it and was able to connect perfectly to the watch.
Let’s hope Fitbit keeps the app up. I don’t care if it’s ever updated or not as it’s working fine now.
@arfdawg interesting to hear. I have had issues with the olio with my iphone - it periodically loses one of the two required bluetooth pairings, which means that the phone ringer alert dies. FWIW martian notifier works well.
So mine took the updated firmware and hasn’t worked since. All I get is the Olio screen in perpetuity. It doesn’t make itself available to pair via Bluetooth. Is there a way to reset the watch back to factory settings? Should I be contacting meh support at this point?