Asus ZenWatch 2 Review

December 8, 2015

Perfect fit and finish.

Wearables were one of the trending devices of 2015 that saw the availability of a plethora of smartwatches from various manufacturers. What we have here is the successor to Asus’ first smartwatch – aptly named the ZenWatch. The ZenWatch 2 comes with the bells and whistles that Android Wear has to offer but is it any good? Let’s find out.

At 799 AED, the Asus ZenWatch 2 is one of the affordable smartwatches available, with most devices costing a minimum of 1000 AED. The Asus ZenWatch 2 comes in two sizes: 1.45-inch and 1.63-inch and can paired with a variety of straps. It’s easily customizable, so you can find the one that is right for you.

The display of the Asus ZenWatch 2 is protected by Corning Gorilla glass 3, and supports a 280 x 280 pixel screen resolution. The screen is great and I can easily read text even with the small screen. One thing I didn’t like though is the large bezels on the watch. Asus could have utilized that with a bigger display, though I think it is the price that keeps them from doing it.

The Asus ZenWatch 2 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor running at 1.2 GHz. It has 512 MB of RAM along with a 4 GB internal memory along with Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support. The device include a 6-axis accelerometer and gyroscope. Too bad they didn’t include a heart rate sensor, but then again that would mean increasing the price.

It’s also water resistant – though I would strongly advise against using it over water. It is still an electronic device after all and is it not meant to be used in water.

The Asus ZenWatch 2 runs on Android Wear so the interface, navigation and functions will all be similar across other smartwatches running on the platform. You’ll get the most functionality when you pair with an Android smartphone, but it will also work (albeit with limited functionality) with iOS devices as well.

With the Asus ZenWatch 2, you can create and customize your own watch face by downloading the ZenWatch Manager app. Additionally, Asus has also created various apps like ZenWatch Music, ZenWatch Wellness, Business Helper, FoneHelper and Remote Camera which you can all install on your smartphone and use it on the ZenWatch 2.

Battery life usually lasts for about more than a day on light usage, which already good for a smartwatch considering most of them requires charging by the time the day ends. The Asus ZenWatch 2 comes with a magnetic USB charger included in the box.

For what’s it worth, the Asus ZenWatch 2 is a decent smartwatch for its price. If not only for the huge bezels and the lack of an optical heart rate sensor, it would have gotten my full recommendation.

by Victor
Tech Enthusiast and Movie Buff.