Wear 24; or, What Made Me Dislike the Smart Watch

In my daily life, I always seem to be the guy that all of my friends, family, and even colleagues seek out for advice on technology. As such, I do like to make sure I am familiar with at least the most current and popular tech on the market. I am also a little wary of purchasing products with the most cutting edge advancements, as I am apt to find something just a little better in a few minutes at the pace that innovation seems to reach us anymore. So I do have a tendency to go with what I surmise to be at least current, and with potential to still be relevant and useful in the near future.

I also should tell you, that I do have an affinity for buying cheap stuff on a whim, and with all of those variables in play I bought a discontinued very inexpensive smartwatch, the Verizon Wear24, at least so I could try out this tech, and was utterly disappointed.

There are some great things about this watch, but that’s all due to it’s OS. It originally was using Android Wear, which has since been updated and renamed a couple of times, first to Wear OS by Google, and now simply Wear OS. So I could do almost all the things I want to do with a smartwatch, like get notifications, read messages, track my steps, flip through my music playlists, get the weather, and the time. I also have loved the idea that I could change my watch face at any time, like having a new watch every day. So the Wear 24 has all of this, and more, like being able to remotely snap pictures from my phone, ask an occasional question of the Google Assistant, etc.. but that all is the OS, really, not the watch itself.

So I was in looking for a cable in my bag one day, and a friend looked in and commented, “You carry an extra watch?”  “Of course,” I said. “I still need to tell the time throughout the day when this watch dies,” showing him the remaining battery life on the smartwatch was at 10%. And that pretty much sums up my experience with this product. What I most need a watch for is to easily tell the time, and if all the other stuff on it drains the life from it, I have a dead weight on my wrist. And this typically happens after only 5 to 6 hours after a full charge.

I have since not worn it much, unless I know I’m only going to be using it for a short amount of time. I have since updated to the newest version of the OS, and it does seem to be a bit nicer to navigate, but again, that’s not the watch itself. 

This has not ruined the idea of a smartwatch for me, but with most of my tools and utilities, I operate on the principle that “the best tool is the one you use,” and I certainly won’t be using this tool if the battery doesn’t last through the day.

I am attaching links below, at least to bring awareness to the watch I am writing about, and show that I am not the only reviewer who disliked this item.

Citizen Eco-Drive

In my quest to find the perfect watch for daily wear, I have long been looking at, and recently purchased a watch with Citizen’s Eco-Drive movement.  I wanted a chronograph but without the complexity of my Seiko Perpetual. I decided on the Citizen Chandler CA0621-05L as shown here.

Citizen Watch

So far, I love the watch. It meets all of my prescribed needs for a daily watch: It has a nice looking, easy-to-read display, a date complication, lume in the hands and dial, and the chronograph function. Because of the ec-drive movement, I am not concerned about accuracy as some of my automatics have, and I won’t need to be concerned over an untimely discharged battery, as the solar charged battery is not likely to lose it’s oomph for at least 10 years.  It wasn’t expensive, so I don’t mind letting it getting a few bumps during the working hours, or even a work call during a church or community event.

All in all I am so far satisfied with this purchase, and although not particularly eye-catching, it does it’s job and I am pleased.

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