“I have got a disability and any stress, I just break down crying.”

A man who paid £5 for what he thought was an Apple Watch sold from the back of a lorry was left fuming when he realised it wasn’t genuine.

Ronald ‘Alan’ Dennis has been refused a refund for the watch, and even went to Trading Standards, but was still left disappointed… More here.

A bizarre story. My sympathies are not exactly flowing…

Wear OS is doomed

It’s all being blown way out of proportion. The Fossil deal is not going to fix Wear OS. This is not the acquisition that will lead to a Pixel Watch. In reality, the deal was probably too small to really matter. Let’s pour some cold water on all this optimism. Wear OS is still doomed… More here.

When I look at Android I see an OS that is easily comparible with iOS. When I look at Wear OS I get annoyed because it is just awful.

Take fitness away from the Apple Watch and it becomes annoying

I have managed to hurt my Achilles tendon which means I cannot run and so my fitness regime has taken a serious knock over the past two weeks. A bit of weight training does not feel like fitness to me and it is not easy to measure in a meaningful way.

So, I have had to keep my movement down and this means aiming for below 3,000 steps per day rather than the 15,000 I had been doing up until the injury. This has made my interactions with the Apple Watch much more reactive because there is no need to start workouts from the watch and I am not checking the stats during the day.

This means that the Apple Watch is currently for telling the time and receiving notifications, and boy is that irritating when there are a lot.

It’s only annoying because that is all it is doing. It feels like it is an inconvenience that I don’t need to deal with which is strange because it does that when I am mainly using it for fitness as well.

I suspect the problem is that when I am using the Apple Watch for tracking outdoor walks, runs, weights, sleep, notifications, the time, weather, calories etc etc it feels like the interruptions are a price worth paying and I tend to look at them in a more favourable way.

Take away the fitness and the entire product starts to unravel. It has only just dawned on me how much fitness and health are a part of the Apple Watch and when those are taken away there is not too much of a product left. It’s a real surprise.

The PowerWatch 2

Instead, the PowerWatch 2 sits in the much more niche field, a third type of smartwatch appealing to those searching for tough devices they don’t want to worry over. Among the first PowerWatch’s more avid users were ex-military and outdoorsy folk – those who enjoyed its never-dying technology yet fervently requested more features… More here.

Can’t deny the appeal of the battery, but it certainly looks chunky.

Building your perfect Apple Watch face

On the series 4 Apple has added the ability to include a huge amount of glanceable data in one face (Infograph). With nine sections there is a lot on view at one time, but with some time spent looking for the ideal apps for you the potential is truly impressive. Here is how mine is set up-

Having moved from many years of Fitbit use I wanted to be able to see data instantly that is otherwise not available so I opted for some third party apps to fill the void.

Bottom left is StepsApp which does a very good job of displaying the number of steps I have done each day. There is a slight lag, approx 15 minutes, due to Apple’s restrictions, but overall it does exactly what I need it to.

Bottom right is Nutracheck which is the best calorie tracker available from my extensive testing. The way it allows super quick food entry is impressive and you can even add previously consumed foods from the Apple Watch itself. There is an annual charge, but if you are serious about your food intake this is a very good option.

Top right is Carrot Weather which is possibly the best designed Apple Watch app I have seen to date. There are many different settings for the complications and within the app itself, but most importantly it is deadly accurate.

The left sub-dial shows Streaks which has proved invaluable to me for keeping good habits going every single day. You can add accomplishments on your iPhone or Apple Watch and they sync instantly. The design is completely obvious and it really does ‘just work’.

Better Day takes the top sub-dial spot and I use it because of the way it displays the date within a simply month grid. The day and date are above the calendar view and a simple tap will bring the date into view using the entire screen.

Besides the above I have the Activity complication to instantly check where I am in my daily fitness goals, the battery level and the Workout complication. As a set it works very well for me, but I would like Apple to change the following-

  • Give us the option to colour-coordinate every complication for a cleaner look.
  • Make the Infograph face more glanceable when it comes to telling the time. This could potentially be fixed with the above change.

Custom Apple Watch faces are here (sort of)

This app is purely a hobby that we wish to share. Installation and use is completely FREE, Both design and material are coming from internet or shared by designers, Please do NOT believe any behaviors from any other platform about charging, installation or recharging.

Jing Watch Face is offering the ability to install custom watch faces on your Apple Watch. They work by being set as the last used app and by adjusting the settings on your watch, but they do actually work.

Disclaimer: I am not endorsing this product and would advise to be wary at this time. You will have to trust the developer on your iPhone to use it and it is…well… Chinese.

Montblanc Summit II review

Frankly, Montblanc has to get those things right only a watchmaker can get really right if it seriously expects people to buy a smartwatch from it, rather than people’s go-to brands. Samsung, Apple, LG, Huawei, and even Fossil, these days, basically all offer watches that are at least a few hundred bucks (or more) cheaper than the Summit II. Price-wise the Summit II’s main competition is the stainless steel Apple Watch Series 4 in 44-millimeters wide in stainless steel, running from $749 (on a rubber band, mind you) all the way to a whopping $1,499 (again, in stainless steel), but on an Hermès leather strap with a proper folding clasp, making for a comparable setup to that of the Summit II… More at A Blog To Watch.

This feels like a reach at just shy of $1,000, but I can see the reasoning behind it. For me, however, Android Wear just doesn’t flow with the hardware the same way watchOS does and it looks too similar to offerings from the likes of Samsung.

This is Montblanc and a watch of theirs should not be indistinguishable from any other brand.