As a daily watch wearer who appreciates a good-looking, high-quality watch, I really want to like the Apple Watch. But I just canâ€™t get over its rectangular face and short battery life. I think long and hard about design when I buy an analog watch, and Appleâ€™s isnâ€™t attractive enough for me to make the investment.
That said, Iâ€™ve been intrigued about smart watches since they were just a design concept, and Iâ€™ve wondered if my nerdy tech life was missing out by not having one.
I answered that question when Vector sent me their $299 Luna Smart Watch to review. Itâ€™s considered by many to be the most attractive model on the market.
And now, my feelings are mixed.
The Luna really does look a real watch at first glance, although it puts me off by its thickness. From a distance, its screen looks pretty good, but wearing it, I never got past its very low resolution and lack of brightness. Thatâ€™s a trade off for its month-long battery life, but I canâ€™t help but feel like Iâ€™m wearing a piece of technology more like a Palm Pilot than an iPhone.
Without a touch screen, the Luna instead uses three buttons on the crown to go forward, back or select. Almost all the functionality is controlled by the companion app, and until I started turning off notifications, it was buzzing at me nonstop. That, of course, was my fault â€¦ problem is now I forget that the watch is even doing anything other than telling time.
While it is a smartwatch, you canâ€™t actually do a whole lot with the Luna. You can read texts but not reply. You can see tweets but not post. Itâ€™s like having notifications on your wrist but you canâ€™t interact with them, and that becomes frustrating, since eventually, I started to wonder whatâ€™s the benefit of not having to use your phone if to reply to anything, you still need to use your phone?
The other functions are of limited use to me. As a music remote control, itâ€™s just a clunkier way of playing songs. The calendar only partially jives…Read more...