News by Luke Jones on Monday July 20, 2015.
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I am not a fan of smartwatches, I think as mere smartphone accessories they are too expensive and should cost what would be deemed as disposable money for markets they target. So, you can color me interested by the first generation ASUS ZenWatch then, as it has now been slashed to just $129 on Google Play.That pushes it into affordable terriroty and something maybe worth going for even if like me you are not entirely sold on smartwatches. When launched last November you would have had to pay an extra $100 to get the ZenWatch, but with the ZenWatch 2 now available ASUS is clearly getting rid of its remaining inventory of the first wearable it ever made. The great thing about this new price is that the ZenWatch still matches up to newer smartwatches because these devices simply do not differ that much in terms of specs. It also runs the latest version of Android Wear and for my taste is better looking than the ZenWatch 2, one of the best looking smartwatches period in fact. Just last month ASUS cut the retail price to $149.99, but smart shoppers will now be able to head to the Google Play Store and pick up an even better deal, while stocks last of course. There is a curved stainless steel body and rose leather strap that certainly gives the ZenWatch a touch of class that stops short of being a pastiche to normal timepieces. The screen is covered in 2.5mm Gorilla Glass and that 22mm strap can be swapped and changed as is the norm for smartwatches these days. In terms of specs, the ZenWatch is not reinventing the Android Wear wheel here, arriving with much the same hardware we have come to expect. That includes a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC with 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a 1.63-inch, 320 x 320 AMOLED touchscreen, and waterproofing at an IP65 level. ASUS has attempted to stand out from the crowd with a number of software features, and these really are the main attraction to the ZenWatch. "Tap Tap" lets a user utilize a previously set function by tapping the screen twice, while other such as "Cover to Mute," "Find My Phone," "Remote Camera" and "Presentation Control" speak for themselves. These features and the device as a whole is linked with a smartphone through the ZenWatch Manager phone app that will be available on Google Play, while you will also have to get Remote Camera app and the ASUS Remote Link app to get the most from the device.
Luke Jones is the Managing Editor at MobileBurn.com and is the person you need to speak to about the content on the site. Luke studied creative writing at degree level before carving out a reputation as a freelance tech writer. He settled here at MobileBurn, where he reviews devices and contributes to the news, as well as overseeing the site's content and direction.