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I just bought this a little more than a week ago after struggling through whether the 2nd gen would be worth waiting for. I have to say that I'm very pleased with what I'm using now. The metal band certainly gives it a bit more luxury feel to replace a traditional watch. What I like about the watch is that with editor apps, you can easily customize the face by editing the dates, hour hand styles, etc. so you don't get bored of it. It does what it's meant for -- show notifications from phone and tells time. In dark places or at night, you would still be able to see the time whereas a traditional watch cannot be used.
To address some negatives others have addressed:
Cut off screen at bottom: The black cut of line or the light sensor at the bottom of the screen did not stand out to me. Since this is not a computer or tablet screen, it is hardly you will be staring at the screen constantly for it to be bothersome. Nevertheless I can see why some people would be bothered by it.
Battery: When I read the reviews I was concerned about the battery not lasting through the day. I've been using it for a little of a week now and I think the battery works just fine. I think that those complaining have been using the watch way too often. I downloaded an app to track battery status throughout the day with different usage patterns. What I found is that if you leave it without using it at all, it can last about 2 days (haven't let it run dry yet but definitely way more than a day). With occasional notifications and glance at time (maybe 1 per hour or so) it can definitely last a day. When you start checking heart rate or playing around with settings constantly, that's when the battery drains. The difference is about 4 times when I checked, with 2% drain/ hour for idle and 8% drain/hour when constantly changing settings or asking google to do actions.
Functions: I think the watch functions just as it is intended to. Some people may have expected too much from a gadget this small. I think it is great for checking time, receiving notifications, asking google for quick traffic questions/weather. That's it. If you start thinking of it as a mini phone or mini tablet, then you will be disappointed. That's why I opted for this version instead of waiting for the 2nd ten. The 2nd gen might be getting a WiFi capability, but I really don't think people would be spending a lot of time using it. That's the job of a phone or tablet.
These are all the issues I can think of right now. It is hard to recommend or not recommend since people have different preferences. My experience is that it is a great electronic watch that can provide a lot of functions a traditional watch can't. Since the price is so low now, I think it is a great buy to get into the smart watch territory. If you're looking for another gadget that you can swipe a lot with your fingers like a phone or tablet, then this is not for you. Otherwise, I've put down the Tag I've been using for a while now and slapping this on my wrist for now.
The battery gets me all the way through the day (I haven't tried the ambient settings as the "lift to turn on" works just fine for me), and I can charge it while i'm in the shower before I go to bed so I can use it with Sleep as Android to track my sleeping habits. the cradle charges the watch really quickly too which is very nice.
i've more than once accidentally scraped the glass on something, but have yet to have any scratches on any part of the watch.
the screen has a great set of brightness levels and is still mostly readable in direct sun, although not as easy as traditional watches
the only con here I have, would be the leather strap. I love the grey color, and it feels pretty great, but if I sweat or get it wet it tends to leave a slight discoloring on my wrist which washes away with a good scrubbing. also, the leather strap soaks up sweat and smells pretty nasty. I would certainly suggest buying a metal watch strap from your local jeweler or online. Because they made it use the standard watch strap size so its easy to find an alternative, i'm not dropping a star for this very minuscule issue
Why I rely on it? I am a bit hard of hearing and have missed phone calls and texts often before my watch, but when my wrist vibrates I can, with a flick of my wrist, know if it's a phone call, text, message, etc. I can even respond to all but the phone call from JUST my watch (though the phone does need to be in range). I can even answer my phone from my watch so that it doesn't go to voicemail before I can reach my phone. And all this means I don't HAVE to carry my phone on my person at all times, which may be safer in the long run. I have a service dog and she can carry my phone in her pouch and I can monitor my phone from my watch. This is perfect for I have a 12 year old that is constantly checking in to let me know where he is, so I worry less when he's not with me.
I also LOVE the fit app and the monitoring for my steps and heart rate. It motivates me to walk a little more without "reminding me" constantly, an inconvenience I have heard about from other watch makers.
I also LOVE that I can personalize the watch face with MY pictures. It's just a cool feature!
The only negatives I can think of are: the wrist flick is not always consistent. Sometimes I have to push the button to see the screen, but not enough to detract from my love of the watch. Also it works too well at times and will light up when you don't want it to. It's an easy fix, though.
In short, I really didn't even consider the 2nd gen of the 360 because the price is a lot more and I am very happy with my 1st gen! It does all I want it to and it updates often enough to keep up with my needs.
One more note, the stone grey leather band that came with this watch is beautiful. I was apprehensive as I had the brown on my last watch (which I can still use on this one) but the picture made it look ok, at best. Seeing it in person, it is like a whole different quality. It's classy and it goes with everything but formal wear! I love the grey!