1. Snowy_999

    Snowy_999 Dec 10, 2015

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    Thanks for the welcome
    In terms of fit and finish there is no comparison. You can tell this is made my watch company rather than an electronics company.

    The pebble in comparison is very limited in functionality and basically has no style, but it easily lasts a working week on a charge which is a major plus point. I'm an android user so the integration is good, but not as tight as android wear. The best way to describe it is as a toy.

    The Moto 360 was a deeply flawed product. The very old processor made it very jittery a laggy and I was never able to get a full day out of it. I'd leave the house at 6am and the battery would invariably be flat by the time i got home at 7 pm and thats with the always on screen off. I also went through 3 in three months because the back kept cracking due to the lack of lugs and poor design that brought. The only nice thing really was the wireless charging.

    The Lg G Watch R was in many ways great and bad in a couple of ways. The screen is extremely vibrant and colourful. The deep blacks of the oled screen made for some very nice looking dark watchfaces and also helped battery life. Sunlight readability was not fantastic however. Battery life was pretty good, from 6am to midnight with 50% remaining on a bad day. I'd usually drop it on the charger at 57%, it was very consistent. The heart rate monitor worked fine, but i never used it. The biggest problem i had with the LG was the bluetooth connection dropping out regularly and therefore missing notification and call alerts (my phones have been on silent for over two years, my Samsung S6 i bought in April has never actually rung out loud!).

    The Tag screen is not as vibrant as lg's, however due to the transflective screen there will be no issues in sunlight (I can't claim have tested that in person as in London at the moment it's dark whenever i'm not in the office, but it's a known quality of transflective screens). The 'raise wrist' gesture to bring the watch to life has worked flawlessly so far; neither of my other two watches were as reliable in this regard. The interface has been very fluid with out any hiccups or lag. Again the LG and Moto 360 were definitely not as smooth. Battery life so far; I charged it last night and took it off the charger around 9pm, Its now 8.35pm and its down to 30%. I'm definitely still in the new gadget faze so am touching it and messing with it far more than i normally would. I expect the battery life to be better in the days to come as my usage settles down. Also the next android wear update to Marshmallow 6.0 is said to have some Intel specific code that is lacking at the moment and so I would expect a further improvement in battery life due to this. The voice reply function worked flawlessly in a crowded and noisy shopping mall as well. The LG really struggled with noisy environments.

    On the whole really pleased, a definite step up from my previous watches in virtually all ways. The main thing is doesn't look like a toy or a gadget and therefore it can safely replace my old 2000 professional that was stolen earlier this year for formal wear.
     
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  2. dtf

    dtf Dec 10, 2015

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    Great review, thanks.
     
  3. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 10, 2015

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    Welcome @Snowy_999, good that read your perspective coming from those two models. I am assuming you had the MOTO 360 Gen 1. This year's MOTO 360 model supposedly addresses most of the original deficiencies, however the "flat tire" is still there, which is why I never bought one myself.

    Just like you, I've been very happy with my TH Connected Watch as well. Two days ago I got an OS update (still 5.x), but I am hoping we'll get Android 6.0.x Marshmallow soon!

    In addition to what you mentioned, Android Wear 6.0 Marshmallow will bring these improvements and new hand gestures:
     
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  4. Snowy_999

    Snowy_999 Dec 10, 2015

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    Hi.
    It was a gen 1, I was lucky I was able to return it after 3 months due to the repetitive failures.

    About those hand gestures, whilst they sound good to have, I think I'd look pretty crazy waving my arm around like that to any onlookers! I already get the occasional weird stare with the current gestures
     
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    Hubert Dec 10, 2015

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    Snowy_999 Dec 10, 2015

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  7. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 14, 2015

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  8. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 15, 2015

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    New watchfaces:
    http://officialandroid.blogspot.com/2015/12/android-wear-dress-things-up-with-new.html?m=1
    Currently traveling without my Connected watch, so haven't tried them myself, but some seem worth trying.
     
  9. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 16, 2015

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  10. Hubert

    Hubert Dec 16, 2015

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    Here's the Breitling Connected watch
    http://www.breitling.com/en/campaigns/exospace-b55-connected/

    https://www.breitling.com/en/news/details/exospace-b55-3801
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  11. Monaco

    Monaco Dec 16, 2015

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    TBH, I'm not too interested in notifications on my watch...

    What I find more compelling is being able to control my music to wireless headphone/car speakers/wireless speakers... and to be able to use navigation... anything less than this is obsolete as far as I'm concerned. Although I do like Brietlings attempt to merge the mechanical watch with digital display... I think here it just fails as a consumer level smartwatch, but probably excels at being a niche aeronautical tool... a true modern pilots watch?

    Plus it does look good!

    Edit: I do find it fascinating that while every other manufacturer has taken the approach of using the watch to control phone functions... Brietling have taken the opposite approach by using the phone to control watch functionality.
     
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  12. Wastelanderuk

    Wastelanderuk Dec 29, 2015

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    Hi all,

    I've been living with the Connected for a few days and here are my initial thoughts -

    1) Build quality is superb - lightweight and Ti strength and the aesthetics are superb. Already I love wearing this watch.
    2) The screen may not be the class leader but is more that suitable for purpose.
    3) Android Wear - I'm a bit meh about the O/S if I'm honest (iOS user)but it does what it's supposed to
    4) Android Wear and iOS - this really hamstrings the potential of the O/S as it severely limits the apps available to those that are 'factory fitted' for now but I'm an Apple guy so I'm stuck with it.
    5) I've had a couple of glitches - today the watch/phone lost sync and it seemed think it was 3:40am on 3rd April! A quick factory reset but...
    6) When performing a factory reset you have to delete your TAG Connected profile, re-create (it allows the same email address to be used) and re-register your watch to get the Exclusive Content (Themed faces) back on the watch. Just a pain but not the end of the world.
    7) A definite bug on the Google Fit face with no information being ported from Google Fit.
    8) Battery life is improving - 60% used after a normal day so the claims of 25 hours seem valid.

    I did a lot of research before going ahead with the Connected - it's a lot of cash to drop on what may be a fad but several things appealed -

    1) I'm an IT, not a watch guy so this ticked my 'geek' box.
    2) It offers an upgrade to an exclusive Calibre 5 Carrera if the smart thing doesn't work for me.
    3) It allows me all of the functionality of a smart watch but still maintain the appearance of a regular timepiece.
    4) Did I mention the upgrade?
    5) I like the ability to change the appearance of the watch.

    I was aware of the limitation of Android Wear and iOS before purchase so that wasn't too much of a surprise, and as I usually have my phone with me I'm not overly bothered about loading up the watch with apps and data.

    Overall I'm pleased with the watch and I'm prepared to swallow its eye-watering price point and consider it a down-payment on that Carrera in a couple of years. The total outlay of 2200UKP will exceed the base model Carrera price in the UK but that's not a style I would choose and the 'real' version touted as the upgrade watch is much more 'me' aesthetically - Ti case, more 'sporty' looking along the Formula 1 lines

    I can't see why the haters have to hate - it's innovative, entices newcomers into the brand and offers die-hards something different - what's not to like?

    I'll continue with my thoughts in due course but for now...

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  13. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 6, 2016

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    Hubert Jan 8, 2016

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    Looks like new watchfaces are on the way! Here's a compilation I put together from the official TH Instagram page. Watchfaces.png
     
  15. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 11, 2016

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    Photos from Droid Life http://www.droid-life.com/2016/01/11/180059/
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  16. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 14, 2016

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  17. Wastelanderuk

    Wastelanderuk Jan 15, 2016

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    Kinda glad I can't get the new faces via IOS now ::facepalm1::
     
  18. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 15, 2016

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    The new watch faces will become available on the 20th.
     
  19. Wastelanderuk

    Wastelanderuk Jan 15, 2016

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    @Hubert - do you know the delivery mechanism for IOS users? Will there be an update to the Android Wear IOS app, or will they magically appear in the list of available faces within the existing app?
     
  20. Hubert

    Hubert Jan 15, 2016

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    Good question. According to the TH announcement, the new watch faces "be available as of January 20th through the TAG Heuer app on the Google Play Store". I would assume the equivalent would be true for iPhone users through the Apple App Store. However there has been no formal announcement that I have been able to find that can corroborate this assumption. :unsure: