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Ive had my Apple Watch since launch day and love it, so much so that I have not worn a mechanical watch since, so my Ceramic Fossils, Movados, etc are dust collectors now lol.

Sometimes though I want a round face and the watch faces on these Android Wear are you beautiful. Yesterday I went to Best Buy and bought the Huawei watch after much research and it's beautiful. Do any of you have a Android Wear watch to go along with your Apple Watch as a way to change things up?

Only issue I've had so far is it seems to drop connection with the phone once and a while, not sure if this is common with iOS users.
 

diamond.g

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I have a Moto 360 that I don't use with my iPhone. I got the Apple Watch cause it integrates better with the phone.
 

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I have a Moto 360 that I don't use with my iPhone. I got the Apple Watch cause it integrates better with the phone.

I only have a iPhone so I have to use it with my iPhone. I am still not sure if I am going to keep the watch yet or not, It seems of I close out the Android Wear app I loose connection from the watch and phone, so the app I guess has to be running open all the time for it to stay connected, if so that is a fail and I may take it back today lol
 
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It seems of I close out the Android Wear app I loose connection from the watch and phone, so the app I guess has to be running open all the time for it to stay connected, if so that is a fail and I may take it back today lol
In general, this is the way all connected devices function. Apple just built the app into the OS. Also, it is getting better. The BT standard allows connected devices to start its app on an iPhone, so most devices can work pretty much the same as the AW.
 

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Gotcha, so needing to have the Android App actually up and running is not abnormal then? I am shocked though out of all the articles I have read about Android Wear and iOS and about the watches (And trust me I did my homework before picking the watch) that no one mentions the app must stay open at all times. As soon as I close the app, the watch looses connection.
 

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One thing that justified this additional watch is a leather band from Apple is $249, so for $50 more I get a extra watch to change things up
 

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Its sad to say my days with mechanical watches is over. My interest in watches is now even stronger with tech included. I absolutely love my Apple Watch and how it works with iOS.

I too am looking at buying the Huawei watch to wear Sometimes but can't get enough info on how it works with iOS.

Can you please let me know if notifications work using the Huawei watch with iOS. I heard its crap and only shows who's calling and SMSs don't show ? I'd love to see a list of what can and can't be done with the included apps in the Huawei watch. The Huawei site it's very clear, just says works with iOS and some of the tech reviews say works limited with iOS.
 

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Its sad to say my days with mechanical watches is over. My interest in watches is now even stronger with tech included. I absolutely love my Apple Watch and how it works with iOS.

I too am looking at buying the Huawei watch to wear Sometimes but can't get enough info on how it works with iOS.

Can you please let me know if notifications work using the Huawei watch with iOS. I heard its crap and only shows who's calling and SMSs don't show ? I'd love to see a list of what can and can't be done with the included apps in the Huawei watch. The Huawei site it's very clear, just says works with iOS and some of the tech reviews say works limited with iOS.

Let's just say it was beautiful and the watch faces make me very jealous and realize what our Apple Watch lacks in creativity on faces, other from that Android Wear I found was useless and nothing can compare to how iOS designed watch is untouchable. I'd love to see Apple offer a round face as an option.

I took it back today and bought a Fog Sport Band and Stone Sport Band to spice up the look instead lol.
 

telefono

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Let's just say it was beautiful and the watch faces make me very jealous and realize what our Apple Watch lacks in creativity on faces, other from that Android Wear I found was useless and nothing can compare to how iOS designed watch is untouchable. I'd love to see Apple offer a round face as an option.

I took it back today and bought a Fog Sport Band and Stone Sport Band to spice up the look instead lol.

Thanks for your Info. I don't think I will buy one as it will probably frustrate me and its not what I'm after. I just have the bug to buy another watch to rotate with the Apple Watch, but I guess its not really possible to own many smartwatches like it was with mechanical watches. My watch storage box is now just about empty, sold most of my watches and now enjoy the Apple Watch.

I do miss the mechanical watch days and that was only 6 months ago :)
 

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I have the LG Watch Urbane LTE 2nd Edition and this watch is really nice. LG has stopped it's production and is not available anywhere any longer. They are saying there is a hardware problem that didn't make there rigorous testing but a lot of people are speculating it's because it shipped not being carrier locked and can be used with any GSM carrier. AT&T is even offering a $100 credit on top of a full refund if it's returned. A lot of people are keeping theirs because it's now a limited edition. lol I wish Apple would allow devs to create watch faces because I love all the faces I can use. Since it has LTE and GPS, I don't need my phone when I go running. I picked it up for $299 from AT&T. I don't need the Android Wear app running on the phone to get notifications on my watch.

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I'll revisit the desire for a round smart watch maybe next year as 3rd gens come out, maybe Android Wear will be better by then.
 

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Because Apple keeps a lock down in its OS, You can not take calls from the watch unless you are using a Android Phone, You can't respond to texts, etc unless you have a Android phone, Android Wear for iOS is very watered down mainly due to Apple, so you can not do very much with the watch outside the basis reading messages and a few apps and the big thing was loosing connection several times a day between the watch and phone but I think that is more due to you "Must" leave the Android Wear app running since its not integrated like the Apple Watch app is.
 

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Because Apple keeps a lock down in its OS, You can not take calls from the watch unless you are using a Android Phone, You can't respond to texts, etc unless you have a Android phone, Android Wear for iOS is very watered down mainly due to Apple, so you can not do very much with the watch outside the basis reading messages and a few apps and the big thing was loosing connection several times a day between the watch and phone but I think that is more due to you "Must" leave the Android Wear app running since its not integrated like the Apple Watch app is.
That's not and Android Wear issue. That's an iOS issue. Since I have the LG Watch Urbane LTE 2nd edition, I don't need any phone to make or take calls and send and receive text messages. It also has its own phone number. I pretty much forward my calls from my Android phone and Google Voice phone number. One thing is for sure, the health/fitness tracker is much better on the Apple Watch.
 

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The Urbane 2nd edition though has its own LTE so its not the same as most others that are dependent on the phone. Its not so much a Android Wear issue as I did say, Its the fact iOS is so locked down that it can not access what it needs to, in order to do more like the Apple Watch.
 

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I have a Moto 360 and an AW.

Apple is trying hard with the AW, and for me it's a better user experience .
 

jasie02

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AW is nothing more than a tethered iPhone accessory. Until that changes, which may never happen, AW is merely a gadget.

A gadget slave my iPhone told me he could not live without it. :)

As I mention in another thread, I get AW so I don't have to make iPhone as "wearable" device. It can stay on the table, charger, in my safe if I want to when I am home or at work, and I not only will not miss any notification/email/message/phone-call. I will always received it at the moment matter the most, exact moment when it was received by iPhone, other than when I am sleeping or shower. I don't missed important thing need my help at that moment any more.

It is either I wear a AW as wearable, or I "wear" iPhone on my hand or in my pocket all the time, and still could miss the message/call/notification since there will always time I still could not hear it in my pocket due to noise and could not feel vibration due to it is not necessary next to my skin, and there is moment 6+ just could not be in hand or pocket, like driving. Not to mention I could get a piece of quiet all the time, with iPhone muted both sound/vibration all the time, and AW mute sound, only tactic is working on AW, still not missing anything received at the moment iPhone received.
 
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C7 POWER

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I have a Moto 360 and an AW.

Apple is trying hard with the AW, and for me it's a better user experience .

Do you have to keep the Android Wear app running in the background also otherwise the Watch looses connection to the phone? I had the Hauwai Watch for a day and LOVED the look of the watch (Full round face screen) and the watch faces were beautiful, but it dropped connection from my phone so many times in the 24 hours I had it, I finally left the app up and running and it seemed to keep it connected, but I always close apps I am not using so I would still close out the Android Wear app and have to relaunch it.
 

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I had an Asus Zenwatch 2 for a month before I returned it at Best Buy because my wife and I bought Apple Watch Sports for each other for Christmas. I lucked out in returning it because of the Best Buy Elite Plus 45 day return window, ended the day after we bought the AWs and I almost forgot about it. I went with the Zenwatch first because of the price mostly and I liked the screen more than a pebble time screen. Also, I returned a faulty fitness band I had previously so I essentially paid nothing for the Zenwatch.

I liked the Android Wear watch for the notifications it provided and Google now card updates for maps and weather. And yes I had to leave the Android Wear app running at all times for it to stay synced with my phone (I saw that this was necessary in a few reviews and posts I read about it). I also liked the options for watch faces, but when paired to iOS you didn't have the same amount of options as when connected to an Android phone. I figure this will get better with time, since Android Wear with iOS is still new. I knew going in I wasn't going to be able to answer calls or respond to messages from the Android watch, so getting the notifications was enough for me. But when we decided to get Apple Watches for Christmas I couldn't justify owning both since I knew I would never wear the Android watch again.
 

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Thanks for the feedback about leaving the app running, That would be something my OCD would have to overcome lol, I always close out apps running in the background lol. I loved it because having a round face watch with wicked faces was great to have along with my Apple Watch. I may wait till early 2016 after CES to see what improvements will be out for 2016 with the Android Wear Watches, I will most likely go back to the Huawai watch, its beautiful.
 

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Do you have to keep the Android Wear app running in the background also otherwise the Watch looses connection to the phone? I had the Hauwai Watch for a day and LOVED the look of the watch (Full round face screen) and the watch faces were beautiful, but it dropped connection from my phone so many times in the 24 hours I had it, I finally left the app up and running and it seemed to keep it connected, but I always close apps I am not using so I would still close out the Android Wear app and have to relaunch it.

That's another reason the Apple watch shines. The Apple watch app is baked into iOS and given system level privileges which means the app will ALWAYS be running no matter what. My Pebble watch would disconnect from time to time if the phone app got closed for some reason. The ONLY time my Apple watch disconnects is when it is out of range and there is no wifi.
 
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