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17: Community Champion

Anyone here have any Android Wear devices?

 

I've just acquired an LG Urbane smartwatch, loving it so far, wondered if anyone else had tried anything similar?

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17: Community Champion
I have an Asus Zenwatch @Nabs.

Not using it at the minute as am on a windows phone at the minute.

I like it for receiving and being able to quickly check notifications.

To be honest I dont use it to its full potential, for example I felt a bit self conscious if I was trying to use voice commands.
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17: Community Champion

Were there any apps worth installing when you were using it @63johnw?

 

I can't see myself using voice commands in public but I use them quite a lot on my phone already at home

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I just played around with various faces, could have a "new" watch every day !

The only other ones were some of the fitness ones which I used when running.
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I’ve not seen any of these in action yet (apart from on TV).

 

It would be nice for you to wear them to the next CC day!  

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17: Community Champion
No problem @Gemma 😊
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17: Community Champion

It's living up to all expectations so far @Gemma


Gemma wrote:

It would be nice for you to wear them to the next CC day!  


Of course, no problem :smileyhappy:

 

 

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17: Community Champion
What your favorite things you finding @Nabs
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17: Community Champion

It's what you already mentioned @63johnw it's so much easier and convenient for viewing notifications! Being able to flick through them is pretty cool as well!

Replying to SMS messages without having to get my phone out is quite handy as well. Probably worth mentioning it works with the Vodafone Message+ app as well!

 

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17: Community Champion
You will also have the wifi connect feature in yours I think? It isn't going to be activated by Asus on my model.
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I've got the feature but not tried it out yet. It does sync up the WiFi networks with the phone so there isn't any additional setup needed which is quite good.

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I would have liked that feature.

I do like being able to quickly check notifications, even when driving its just a glance at your watch to see if its anything urgent.
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@63johnw wrote:
I would have liked that feature.

I do like being able to quickly check notifications, even when driving its just a glance at your watch to see if its anything urgent.

And that 'glance' lasts longer than you think, long enough to kill yourself, the other occupants of your car and those in the vehicle you hit, I would be ashamed to admit that!. All this wearable gear is just a gimmick that you can quite easily live without, especially whilst driving.

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A glance no. Fully taking your attention away yes, so you have never looked at a watch when driving? Never looked at a passenger in the seat next to you? Never looked at something out of your window? Never glanced at a rear or side mirror.

Be serious for goodness sake.
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You raise a good point @froggerty I would argue that it's no different to taking your eye away to change the radio station or speak to passenger.

Of course strictly speaking you should be 100% on the road all the time and should pull over to do anything that isn't driving. In reality anything that helps to keep your eyes on the road is surely beneficial.

 

I personally don't use my watch whist driving, I've never felt a need to react to a notification before so don't see why I should change now. I have been in the car with people who immediately take their attention off the road to check their phone, having a watch would allow then to take a quick glance at their arm rather than lifting thir hadn to look at the phone.

 

On your last point about it being a gimmick, you're spot on but it's a gimmick that I think looks good on your wrist and makes life easier. :smileyhappy: Can fully appreciate why people wouldn't like them, it's not for everyone.

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I have a clock in my line of sight in the dashboard, my rear veiw and door mirrors are positioned so that I don't have to turn my head or move my eyes beyond what I am seeing ahead of me, I don't look at other people in the vehicle and whatever I am looking at whilst driving is only that which is within the porifery of my vision, yes, I AM being serious. Anything that takes your attention whilst driving is potentially dangerous, that's all it takes, a split second.

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But you still have to glance at your clock, mirrors etc as well as a lot if other minor things going on around you, if you say you don't you must be the most perfect driver in the world, congratulations.


Sorry @Nabs dont want to derail your thread so won't be posting further.
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17: Community Champion

@63johnw do you have a keyboard on yours?

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17: Community Champion
No @Nabs never tried one, have you tried a one yet? Is it very effective/easy to use?
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I would not profess to being the 'perfect' driver, certainly not, but your actions and reactions will largely depend on your speed and considering the amount of traffic on the roads now and the idiots in control of it you can ill afford to be looking the wrong way, if you were driving on the roads around me even a glance the other way could be fatal, most of the roads I travel are narrow country 'lanes' that have high hedges and rather sharp bends and corners and when you meet a vehicle that the driver does not know where reverse gear is or think that the statutory speed limit off the motorway is 60mph on any other road then you could be in big trouble, just think, you're travelling along a road at 45mph, you 'glance' at your 'smart' watch because it's just bleeped, your eys are taking just that split second to focus on it, BANG, you've just smashed into a 6 ton tractor that's come out of a field gateway, but then, it may never happen if there's no signal in the area, or will it?

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