This is indeed my hairy, hairy arm
It has been a few weeks since I first got my Moto 360, so I think that I have gotten a good feel for it.
Day to Day Use
I feel as if I am using Android Wear “as intended.” That is to say, I am using features of a watch/fitness band and nothing ridiculous. On any given day I will do the following:
- Dismiss Alerts
- Delete Emails
- Track My Steps
- Check My Heart Rate
- Check the Time
- Launch Features via Voice Actions
Things I am not doing:
- Using the device like a smartphone
- Using a Keyboard
- Playing Games
By using it as a watch, and not as a smartphone on my wrist, I have had no problems with battery life. My first day, where I was using/playing with it far more than I do now, I ended my workday with 40+%.
Now I come home with around 60% – in addition to not playing with it as much, bug fixes and updates have also contributed to the improved battery life.
How has it affected my life?
Well, I am more aware of the time now, that’s for sure.
Also, it has caused me to want to walk more since I can see how many steps I have taken in a day and I want the number to be higher.
I am aware of it on my arm, and so I tend to protect my left side more now. I am also partially terrified that the back will crack if too much stress is put on it – so I wear it slightly loose. Perhaps the metal band will help.
On the technology side? I leave my phone on the desk more. When I get a notification I just delete it from my wrist (Bonus: it has made me realize that I need to unsubscribe from a lot of email lists).
Does my smartphone last longer now that I am not checking it as much? Not significantly – I use my smartphone for far more than just notification checking; I still need a midday charge.
I think that using the watch to deal with notifications feels less rude than bringing out my smartphone when with company. So far no one has rolled their eyes when I glance, swipe and tap on my watch for a second.
Aesthetically, it is a nice looking watch, flat-tire screen and all. I like wearing it around, even if it tends to pull a few arm hairs out from time to time.
It is very much an augmentation device to my smartphone, and I am using it as such.
Overall, I feel that it is a nice convenience – but ultimately not a necessity. However, I felt that way when I first started using the Motorola Droid in 2009 and now I use my Moto X far more than any other device.
Maybe after a few more hardware/software revisions it will become as ubiquitous as smartphones and then a necessity.
Yes, I know I have listed a lot of Motorola devices above. I like the company and the stock/near stock Android builds they make. I think a Nexus 6 is also in my future.