As many of you know, I'm a bit of a geek when it comes to technology and gadgets. One of my latest purchases was an Android smartwatch.
Admittedly, I am a little late to the game with this new tech. Watches that can connect to mobile phones have been out for years; however it is only now that the software is maturing and we are seeing watches that truly complement the smartphone that is always by your side.
The watch I purchased was the Asus Zenwatch. I had decided on buying the LG G Watch R, but when I got into the shop it was the Asus Zenwatch that had caught me eye. I had read reviews of the watch already but hadn't really considered it. In the flesh the watch was much nicher than I had expected.
Check out my unboxing video below to see what the Asus Zenwatch looks like.
Another good option that some of you may like is the Sony Smartwatch 3 as it has a more sporty look and sporty features. However, I had no need for features such as a heart rate sensor and a GPS chip since I already have a Garmin running watch with a heart rate monitor.
Introducing Android Wear
The Asus Zenwatch is powered by Google's smartwatch operating platform Android Wear. It is used across several popular smartwatches, such as the Moto 360, and we should see many more released in 2016.
The video below highlights how easy it is to connect your Android Wear smartwatch to your Android powered smartphone.
After using my Zenwatch for five days, I published a video that showed you how to use Android Wear and my overall thoughts about Google's smartwatch platform.
Some people may think a smartwatch is reserved for those with more money than sense. They may believe it is a little geeky and not very practical.
That is not the case.
Smartwatches are very affordable now with prices starting around £100 in the UK. I have also found that the watch complements my smartphone very well. For example, when eating dinner with friends last night, I could quickly check my watch for new notifications instead of pulling my phone out.
I encourage you all to check more into the issue. You may be surprised by what they can do and how useful they can be.