The screen is certainly bright. So bright in fact that I was challenged to photograph it.
And as a watch…
Email and phone call notifications
I still have not managed to turn on notifications for phone calls or email.
UI in general
The UI is dreadful, on both the watch and the phone. The whole user interface seems to be designed for text that reads top-to-bottom instead of left-to-right. Try positioning your arm so that your wrist is in front of you, and vertical.
There is a calculator app, but it won’t work away from the phone. The buttons are so small that you can’t press them without having points whittled onto your fingers.
|Half way there…|
|and… Aw. Try again|
The calendar app (more understandable if it showed your calendar, but actually it only displays a vanilla blank calendar)
Find me App
There is an app that make your phone bleep, in case you have lost it. That seems to work OK over a limited range.
The pedometer did actually count 47 of my 48 steps. It seems to switch off at the leastt sign of inactivity – presumably to save power.
I’ll have to lend you the Samsung Gear to play with. It has a couple of interesting features, but basically they have managed to snatch failure from the jaws of victory in so many way.
What positive can I say other than the ID seems pretty good, except for the recharging apparatus which is cumbersome. You wouldn’t be able to do it in the dark – especially with arthritic fingers, or poor eyesight. The whole thing isn’t actually ugly, thought the strap is cheap and nasty.