Good Morning @tim_Collins
Here’s a preliminary result of my battery life:
With these extra apps installed:
ESFile explorer Pro
Plex (Need to use MX playerto play video, but Plex can pre-transcode video for 400x400 pixel screen for seamless playback)
Google app: Updated (cannot enable Google Voice from “any app”)
Twisted Home manager
Advanced Task Killer
brightness on FULL
Wifi On and connected
Looking at the time 2-3x an hour.
Battery life: 18-20 hours.
It goes dramatically less if you use the display.
Next week I’ll do a similar comparison with display on low, but I like it full bright.
Charging is the best option. With the new clasp I can take it of in seconds and with the cable glued to the docking connector I can drop it on my desk and recharge it back to 100% in minutes. So battery life is not an issue. I always carry a power bank if I’m outdoors, so no problem there. Have lunch and recharge battery.
Size of the watch is perfect. Fits my standard wrist perfectly. Clasp is a must!
Here’s the negative:
Hate the watchfaces. Maddie is the only one I tolerate. They all look cheap and not sophisticated to give the watch the extra glamour it deserves.
Hoping the adding of custom watchfaces gets fixed soon, it’s a giant missed opportunity for the mtk6580 smartwatch business.
The buildquality is amazing and this should be the main salesfactor for this smartwatch branche not the few unique watchfaces each brand offers (and they are not so unique anyways)
There’s a definite lack of Round watchface apps. Here’s were android Wear has the definite advantage. Making the screen smaller is a nice workaround and I use it often to reach the unreachable buttons.
In retrospect, these watches need to upgrade to Android Wear to reach full potential. Nobody is going to write apps for round smartwatches outside Wear. It’s just not a smartwatch until the apps are made for smartdevices.
The power below 15% drops non-linear fast.
It switches to a simple clock, but very quickly if you use the watch it powers off.
---- end of negatives -----
Going to test the GSM function of the watch next week. I have an unlimited phone plan so I will insert a free simcard and forward all my calls to the watch so I can answer calls. Not going to use it for calling right now. That would add €10,- to my unlimited plan per month for an extra card.
---- Positives ----
I already could install a LOT of apps on the remaining 2GB. And there’s still 819MB left. (40%)
WiFi is incredibly fast and has a huge range.
Haven’t tested it yet but I have country wide coverage for hotspots and therefore should also receive good WiFi on the go.
In house, it’s as good as my S4 smartphone.
ES File explorer works absolutely perfect and the watch is extremely fast there too. I’m very happy with this performance.
Watching movies on the display using Plex is a joy, with good sound en perfect blacks on screen. Ok, also here again, it’s not smartwatch compliant, so you need to switch to small screen mode. But that’s done in 2 clicks.
Big plus: Every important app I tested works flawlessly.
Floating toucher is a must to install.