Asus Zenfone Zoom, Zenfone Max, ZenWatch2: Asus At IFA 2015: Asus ZenWatch 2 Hands-on

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Asus ZenWatch 2 hands-on

The Asus ZenWatch 2 is also coming to the recent continent soon. The recent model did not create the jump to a round screen, sticking with the more practical (though arguably less attractive) rectangular shape. It's an AMOrganic Light-Emitting Diode (OLED) classy screen that comes in 1.63" and 1.45" sizes.

The metal body of the phone is 49mm and 45mm respectively and with a metal wrist band has a pleasant weight to it (many smartwatches are too light for fans of traditional timepieces). Asus had a dizzying array of body color (silver, gunmetal and rose gold) and strap combos.

So many combinations are possible

As we said, the stainless steel link bracelet is really nice. It comes in the same color options as the watch body. The leather straps offer different colors and while Asus intended them for more fashionable situations, the leather quality was a bit of a letdown.

The steel link bracelet was our favorite

There's a premium leather strap embossed with a diamond pattern and studded with Swarovski crystals. It was a small kitschy for our tastes, but we can easily see other people making it work with the correct outfit.

The Swarovski-studded leather band

Finally, there are rubber bands for those who plan on using the ZenWatch 2 to haged track of their runs. We'd never pick a rubber band as our only one, it just makes the watch see cheap. Still, we know better than to try sweating with a leather band (it ruins it quickly).

The rubber band doesn't see great

Speaking of exercise, the watch has a built-in pedometer (with "industry-leading" accuracy) but lacks a heart rate monitor. It is IP67 rated so running in the rain is certainly no issue, though it's not enough for swimming.

Asus has provided a number of software feature alternatives to what Android Wear provides natively. The Wellness manager is just one, there's also the Smart Assistant and Business Helper (these partially rely on Zen software).

The ZenWatch Message is a watch-to-watch communication tool with a decidedly Apple flavor, though stock Android Wear has similar functionality too (and works with non-Asus watches). In case you haven’t heard, the ZenWatch 2 and other Wear watches can now link up with iPhones too.

Asus ZenWatch 2

Anyway, Asus is promising two days of battery life on a single charge. Thanks to improved battery charging times you can acquire a day's worth of juice in just 36 minutes with the magnetic charger.



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