With the Asus ZenWatch 2, it aims to rectify the mistakes that wear made by many Android Wears everywhere. It delivers a solidly-built experience that comes along with a sleek-looking design. It also comes into the market with a choice of two sizes. All of this while managing to keep the price relatively low.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 Does Fix Some Issues
The Asus ZenWatch 2 keeps the rounded-square look found in the original Zenwatch. It is now also made to be a bit lighter than its predecessor. This immediately makes the 2nd iteration to be easier and more comfortable to wear. It matches this comfort with a more refined build quality which makes this smartwatch a more practical choice than the first release.
This 2nd iteration model to the Zenwatch is mostly made out of stainless steel. It arrives into the market with three different finishes, namely silver, rose gold, and gun metal. The display is covered with a curved Gorilla Glass 3 which adds up to the excellence of its overall looks. The entire design manages to feel luxurious and solid at the same time.
When it comes to its design, the Zenwatch 2 has really outdone itself by providing a premium-feel while keeping tabs on its price tag. It is nowhere near as expensive as the LG Watch Urbane or the Huawei Watch.
However, there is one unwelcoming return from the previous model and that is the that unsightly large bezel. If you haven’t seen its predecessor, then know that it is large. So much so that its size is uncanny for a smartwatch. Even though there is a small reduction to the length of the watch’s face, the screen is still surrounded by a thick, black border. But it’s not all bad; since the watch uses a smaller screen, it means that battery life is preserved.
As for its software, it runs on a much improved version of Google’s Android Wear operating system. While the first one suffered a lot when it comes to Android integration, this time around user-experience has been taken into account. Hence, you can do much more with this smartwatch and your phone.
The Asus ZenWatch 2 may provide a lot of features for Android users, but much can be said for those with iOS devices. It has limited iPhone and iOS compatibility, which means those with such operating systems may want to look elsewhere.