Asus Zenwatch 3 Review
ASUS maybe has not been mentioned for its Android smartwatch Wear, still very appreciated for the low price. It seems that the company wants to change this situation and, even at the cost of increasing somewhat the price he wanted to create something that will be recalled. In the package you will find the watch with a leather strap and USB cable with circular magnetic charger to attach to the base of your watch for charging.
ASUS ZenWatch 3 chooses a constructive solution is slightly different than almost all of the competition. Attached to the dial we find two metal wings that continue the lines of the smartwatch and ranging to include inside the strap hook (nonstandard unfortunately). This causes the total width (width than the wrist) increases. Despite all ZenWatch 3 remains overall comfortable and stylish on any wrist, although with a slender female wrist might be perhaps a bit wide.
Overall dimensions are small (10 mm thickness) and the watch is comfortable on your wrist. Fine finishes of two colors (gold and dark brown in our aircraft), as well as three physical buttons on the right side. The Crown of the middle button then rotate: it is useless but it’s a detail. Is waterproof and dustproof in accordance with IP67. The aesthetic factor is important: given the smartwatch about this design a little more hazardous is easy it can divide in opinions various users.
ASUS ZenWatch 3 uses the Qualcomm processor dedicated to wearable or Snapdragon 1.2 GHz quad core 2100. The performance is good, but not much more, and every now and then we see some slowdown. Internal memory for apps and music remains from 4 GB and the RAM is from 512 MB. Also the connectivity does not change: Wi-Fi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.1. There is no GPS or the NFC and there is a heartbeat sensor. Asus has used a great display for this watch: we’re talking about a 400 pixels diagonally in a width of 1.4 sec. What makes it so interesting is the fact of not having “black bars” and then to be perfectly circular, but having a hidden light sensor inside of the outer ring. The technology used is then AMOLED and we then vivid colors and bright, with reduced consumption (at least in theory) with always-on display.
No big news from the software point of view. Android 1.5 is always Wear based on Android Marshmallow 6.0. ASUS was used as much as possible, to make it personal. We have a custom theme (the color of the smartwatch) and a couple of useful apps: that of fitness and to customize the dial. Through its smartphone apps you can draw at will (using different fonts, colors and images) its own quadrant, an opportunity certainly very interesting. I’m not the good fail in this clock dials, which leaves you with the ability to choose from a very wide selection. The two buttons are customizable for the opening of the app that you prefer.
For those unfamiliar with then Wear it is a fairly complete operating system but still not growing phase. Its most interesting possibilities are definitely voice commands and the ability to read notifications and interact with them where possible.
340 mAh battery there is overall seemed adequate to the possibilities of this device. With a standard usage, then primarily used to consult and interact with notifications you get at the end of a day with about 15% of battery, forcing us to always reload the smartwatch late in the day and not giving us ever get a chance to get closer to two days. With a more intense then it may not take you to the end of a long day. Luckily recharging with the supplied power supply unit (HyperCharge) was very fast. ASUS ZenWatch 3 is sold in Italy to € 269, an attractive price but still higher than almost all other Android Wear commercially smartwatch (even for a while).