The Asus VivoWatch is fitness tracking made simple. It offers a good list of health tracking features which is built in a pleasantly understated fashion. This is a low-cost, sport smartwatch with shares its older sibling’s aesthetic. It has the same “rounded square” watchface, and you would be hard-pressed to tell this smartwatch from the Asus ZenWatch when they’re placed side-by-side. Apart from its older brother, this time around, it’s geared for fitness.
The Asus VivoWatch Keeps Things Simple
This time around, the Asus VivoWatch comes with a less appealing, replaceable 22-millimeter rubber strap. This makes for being a wearable tech since it can deal with a lot of sweat, dust, and water. Speaking of water-resistance, the watch if IP67-rated, which means that users are able to submerge the device in up to a meter of water for about 30-minutes.
Once you slap on the VivoWatch, you will then find that it is very different from the ZenWatch. To start, it does not run on Android Wear. Even though Google’s own smartwatch operating system is getting better as time goes by, this is a decision which does not faze fitness-enthusiasts much. One of the reasons is that Android Wear still does not have what it takes to have the stamina to keep up with the wealth of sensors found in an activity tracker.
The company says that it has its own basic operating system for the watch. It is combined with a monochrome, 128 x 128 resolution memory LCD Gorilla Glass 3 display, and you will ensure that the watch can keep going for up to 10 days of continuous usage. However, those 10 days can be too ambitious as users may find it only lasting about a week. However, when compared to Android Wear-powered smartwatches, this is already more than decent. Moreover, its charger (which is a small, plastic micro-USB clip-dock, lets the activity tracker have a full-charge in just under two hours.
For its features, it keeps things basic. It has step counting and sleep tracker, the latter of which can be activated automatically when it guesses you’re already dozing off into dreamland. Furthermore, it does this feature with surprising accuracy. It also has a heart-rate monitor, an odd “happiness” indicator, a UV light detector, and it also attempts to gauge your overall well-being.
The Asus VivoWatch does keep everything simple, and for the most part it does pay off quite well. This is not a watch that constantly requires you for your input. Its strong battery life means that you only need to charge it once a week. Ultimately, just live with the watch and the accompanying app will do the rest.