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We asked, you told us: You are willing to pay up for a ‘perfect’ Wear OS watch

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It seems like companies are launching high-end Wear OS smartwatches left and right. At the beginning of the year, Suunto launched the $ 500 Suunto 7, its first real smartwatch and one of the best Wear OS watches you can buy right now.

Now, Montblanc and Tag Heuer are launching new, super expensive Wear OS smartwatches. The Montblanc Summit 2 Plus costs $ 1,170, while the new Tag Heuer Connected smartwatch goes for a whopping $ 1,800.

That got us thinking. If a company made a Wear OS smartwatch that was perfect for you, how much would you pay for it? I’m talking no compromises and every single feature you want on a smartwatch, but it’s running Wear OS. We asked you last week how much you’d be willing to pay, and the results are pretty interesting.

How much would you pay for an ‘Ultra’ Wear OS watch?


Out of almost 2,000 total votes, 64% of Android Authority readers said they’d still only pay the “average” amount of money for a perfect Wear OS smartwatch: between $ 100 and $ 300.

29.5% of voters said they’d pay much more for a perfect Wear OS watch. 27.2% would pay somewhere between $ 300 and $ 1,000, while 2.3% of voters said they’d pay over $ 1,000.

Finally, 6.5% of voters wouldn’t pay any amount of money for a perfect Wear OS device.

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Here’s what you had to say

Here are some of the best comments from last week’s poll explaining why they voted the way that they did:

  • Monk: I’d go for up to 500… Good battery, rugged. Not a name brand per say but not some knock off startup company. It’s gotta work with any Android phone. I have a phone, so I don’t need 3g 4g or 5g… Maybe enough data to do texts for when I’m away from my phone but I don’t need to watch videos or anything. I’d want heart rate and 02 sensor. Sleep tracking that works well. Some other medical miracle that hasn’t been done yet. Easy to use reminders (guess a top of the line assistant that doesn’t need data to do most tasks)In terms of design thin enough to not feel bulky. Round face without a flat tire. A dual screen for low power consumption. A new design where the buttons aren’t huge, so you could wear it comfortably on either wrist without pushing them by mistake. Comfortable band that you don’t have to buy an aftermarket one and hope for the best. Then instead of over designing a new pixel with maybe some people like the soli stuff but instead throw that R/D into wear OS and make it
  • DBS: WearOS is a sh*tshow. Unpolished, unfinished, unsupported. Even Google seems to have forgotten it. So I wouldn’t buy anything over 100€ running it. Only if the watch was under 100€ would I consider it. Since there’s no option for that…Option 1 it is.
  • jdrch: I wouldn’t buy it, not because “I hate Wear OS” (LMAO wat) but because I’m not about to buy yet another device that needs to be charged. I already rock a Bluetooth headset, phone, and backup power bank everywhere. Don’t need a 4th.
  • Lee: I’ve removed Google pay from my watch due to constant inconsistency of it being fussy about where exactly on the terminal it makes connection, or it deciding to quit or freeze right at the point of payment. A smart ring works flawlessly without any of this & requires no charging. Unless you have a watch with that charges itself it’s just not worth it, you can still have Google assistant through earphones.
  • mejustsayin: I have the gear s2 classic. it is almost the ideal watch. the perfect smartwatch for me is small, takes phone notifications, able to make payments (prefer samsung pay) and don’t have all the health tracking features. It will be a while before I will be in the market for a new watch. I just cannot see getting a new watch every few years at the current prices. when I am in the market, wear os will be considered and I will pay to get what I want and need – within reason.
  • none: If it has a square screen, and it isn’t made by Samsung, I’ll buy it…
  • Chris Jewell: I bought the Montblanc Summit 2 a year ago for about $ 950. The point about paying the extra dollars is that you get a quality timepiece as far as hardware and aesthetics. For example it is virtually scratch proof and the leather strap still looks good. It’s a beautiful watch and I’ve had a lot of compliments. I know that WearOS has a bad reputation but on my watch it’s super fast and responsive. The battery lasts about 16 hrs with regular usage which isn’t stellar but I’m OK with that. I know that in 5 years or so the software will likely be obsolete and the battery will have deteriorated but I’m kind of hoping that those things can be repaired. If not, I’m still happy with my purchase.
  • Harry Knuckles: My fitbit versa 2 is awesome and only cost $ 180. Buying “Luxury” technology is just like waving a flag saying I’m foolish.
  • funkpod: I put down the $ 300 to $ 1000 option, only because I could see spending$ 350 or even$ 400. If it is like the Apple Watch quality, then yeah, I’d pay that much. But not $ 1k.

That’s it for this week. As always, thanks for voting, thanks for the comments, and don’t forget to let us know what you thought of the results below!

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ZTE’s high-end AXON mini, AXON MAX, and AXON Watch.


Earlier this year when the mysterious Axon Phone was announced, it sparked a sensation-of-sorts as interested consumers tried to deduce how such an impressive “newcomer” could appear. As time passed, it became clear that ZTE was behind the device. Earlier today, the Chinese OEM held a media event to offer some insight into the new brand strategy it has in store: the Axon line is truly committed to producing premium devices aimed at the consummate connoisseur.

Adam Zeng, CEO of ZTE Mobile Devices, explained that “devices in our ZTE AXON product lines are designed entirely with consumers in mind and to be the nerve center of everything they do…Our high-end flagship strategy is now in full swing and we believe we have all of the ingredients to become a leading consumer electronics brand globally.”

The Axon Mini

While the tech-world is actively discussing the merits or lack-thereof for Apple’s 3D Touch, the AXON mini, first unveiled in July 2015, was actually the first smartphone announced to offer such technology, beating even Huawei’s Mate S. The device features a FHD 5.2-inch AMOLED 2.5D curved-edge screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 616 Octa-Core SoC with Adreno 405 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of on-board storage, a 13-megapixel rear camera and 8-megapixel front camera, and a 2800mAh battery. MicroSD support up to 128GB cards is included. Three color options will be available: Ion Gold, Chromium Silver and Rose Gold.

Perhaps even more impressive are the extended spec-related details, as they truly provide some unprecedented premium performance on such a small-sized product: The device will be just 3.5mm thin and 70mm wide, with bezels of 0.85mm. The rear camera has phase-detection auto focus (PDAF) which will allow users to focus on their subject in just 0.1 seconds. The front camera has a 5P aspherical lens. The device supports dual microphones with an AKM4961 Hi-Fi audio chipset that provides 32-bit Hi-Fi audio and superior sound recording. The body is constructed from Boeing 787 aircraft-grade aluminum-titanium alloy.


The Axon (left) and Axon Mini (right).

Also highlighted is the device’s voice search functionality that “can be activated within 1.2 seconds…[and] comes with voice translation support for English, Chinese, Japanese and Korean, offering real-time voice translation.” The Mini supports fingerprint authentication as well as eye-scanning and voice-recognition for use with biometric security verification.

For those interested in basketball, there will be an NBA variant that features alternative design options and includes NBA-related images and services.

In China, the phone will be available from ZTE’s online store, from JD.com, and at major retailers. In the next few months, the device will also be released in Hong Kong, Thailand, Singapore, Russia, Japan, India, Australia, France, Germany, Turkey, Spain and Italy. Curiously no mention is given of the United States or Canada, perhaps suggesting that ZTE will announce the product at a separate event.

The Ion Gold and Chromium Silver models will retail for $ 379, however the Rose Gold variant will cost $ 399. Also mentioned, though no details were specified, is a “Mini Premium” which will land at $ 439. Given that the source specifically refers to the Mini NBA as such, it is unclear what this apparent third option will entail exactly.

Axon Watch


Also unveiled in July 2015 was the AXON Watch which will go on sale in China starting October 27th from ZTE’s online store, MyZTE. The wearable features a 1.4-inch Gorilla Glass screen with sapphire coating. It features 512MB of RAM, 4GB of on-board storage, a 300mAh battery, and Bluetooth 4.1. As the product was developed in conjunction with Tencent, and thus supports Tencent OS rather than Android Wear. As such, both QQ and WeChat are integrated with the device.

Axon Max

Axon Max Yesky

While the BusinessWire source report currently lacks details about the Axon Max, alternative sources have specified that it will contain a 6-inch QHD display, the Snapdragon 810 SoC, and feature 4GB of RAM. Based on the specs for both the standard Axon Phone and the Axon Mini, it can be assumed the Max will also include Hi-Fi audio along with the other bells and whistles.


With the pending release of the Axon Mini, ZTE stands at an almost unchallenged position for petite, rivaled to an extent only by Sony’s Xperia Z5 Compact. The phone has a solid price tag, some truly jaw-dropping specs, and retains the signature look of the Axon line. ZTE appears to be quite serious in its efforts to not only reshape the way in which the world-at-large perceives it, but to go toe-to-toe with even the top-tier titans of the mobile industry.

It will be very interesting to spend some hands-on time with with Axon Mini and see if it can live up to the impressive spec sheet ZTE has put forth. What about you? Interested? Leave us your thoughts below!

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Motorola Connect app updated with improved UI, 2015 Moto 360 support and additional watch faces


Those who use Motorola accessories or smart devices definitely need some help keeping all their gadgets in check. This is why the Motorola Connect app exists; to help users manage their multiple Motorola articles. If you are one of the many who take advantage of this software tool, you may notice there is a new update awaiting in the Google Play Store. You should go get it soon, as it brings forth some meaningful improvements.

The main enhancement is likely the addition of the Moto 360 (2015) to the list of supported devices. The new Android Wear watch joins a list of plenty other supported devices, including the older Moto 360, the Moto Pulse, Moto Surround, Motorola Power Pack Micro, Motorola Keylink and the Motorola Connect PC Extension.

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Supporting the new Moto 360 will only benefit a few of you, though. What most users will actually notice is the improved UI, which makes the experience “more intuitive and easier to navigate”. It looks very similar to the new Moto app, which we saw on the newest Moto G and Moto X smartphones.


The new design is sleek and clean. There is a floating action button that allows users to add their devices, and you can simply navigate through your current Moto products and access their settings. By the way, this apps also makes it possible to change the Moto 360 watch faces, and if you jump into the wearable’s options you may find that Motorola also added the new ones from the 2015 Moto 360.

Of course, there’s also the usual batch of bug fixes, but we have no idea what those are all about. Go get your update from the Google Play Store and join the conversation in the comments below. Are you liking the new UI?

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Get the Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 + Watch bundle for only $299.99

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Those looking to get an affordable handset should really pay attention to today’s deal, as it may also get you a smartwatch for a very low added price. Alcatel is offering its back-to-school bundle for only $ 299.99, which includes both the OneTouch Idol 3 and the OneTouch Watch.

This proves to be a great deal when you consider these products’ original pricing. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 costs $ 279.99 (currently marked down to $ 249.99) and the OneTouch Watch is usually $ 149.99. This means the back-to-school bundle would save you about $ 100-$ 130. Not a bad deal, right?


By the way, you wouldn’t be stuck with a bad smartphone at all. The Alcatel OneTouch Idol 3 happens to be one of the best budget phones of the year. We had a great time reviewing it, and it managed to walk away with an 8.8/10 score.

This handset can perform relatively well. That Snapdragon 615 processor and 2 GB of RAM make it run fast enough to keep the casual users content. It also has a large 5.5-inch display that looks great, and its dual front-facing speakers can beat even some of the high-end devices in the market.


As for the Alcatel OneTouch Watch – just keep in mind this is not an Android Wear product, so you won’t have access to all those apps Google’s wearable platform touts. Now, this doesn’t take much away from its value. I tested it at CES 2015 and can tell you it has enough features to keep many of us happy.

Want in on this deal? All you have to do is go get the bundle either from Amazon or Alcatel’s official page. The offer ends on August 9th, so you will want to sign up before then. By the way, the offer does include Amazon Prime shipping, so you can have this bundle in your hands very, very soon!

Are any of you guys signing up for this one?

Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Amazon
Buy the Alcatel OneTouch idol 3 + Watch bundle from Alcatel

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Friday Debate: Apple Watch, Galaxy S6, and One M9

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This week, the team gets together to talk about upcoming devices – in particular, the new phones from Samsung and HTC. Our main question centered on which phone our hosts would buy with their hard-earned money. But before that talk, they speak about the Apple Watch and what it might mean for the future of smartwatches. They soon realize that the Apple Watch isn’t even out yet, even after talking about it at length in different perspectives. Oops.

We’re also making changes to the podcast very soon – nothing too big, but it will involve all of you listeners and fans! As some of you may have noticed, there was no Friday Debate written post this week, as we will somewhat be merging the two efforts in the weeks to come, while introducing a few other exciting changes. Stay tuned for all of that and be sure to keep an eye out on our social channels were will be giving you some more podcast change-related details later this week.

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You can now pre-order the Alcatel Onetouch Watch for just $150


Alcatel Onetouch announced earlier today that the Alcatel Onetouch Watch, which was unveiled at CES 2015, is now up for pre-order on the company’s website for $ 149.99. At launch, the Watch will only be available in the black sporty band variant, but the company will release new styles later in 2015. While the device doesn’t run Android Wear, Alcatel claims that its proprietary OS will offer up longer battery life at around 2 to 5 days.

The Watch has a sleek, circular design, not unlike that of the Moto 360 or LG G Watch R. It does sport a “flat tire” on the bottom of the 1.22-inch display, though tapping on that portion allows you to toggle between the watch face and the menu. As for the construction, the Watch is made of metal and the band will come in a few different varieties. However, the bands aren’t removable, so you’ll need to pick one and stick with it. As for the software, the Watch will feed you notifications, display time and even track your steps and calories. The Watch also comes equipped with a built-in heart rate monitor and IP67 certification.

We went hands-on with the Watch at CES, and you can check out our first impressions video below.

Considering the price of other smartwatches on the market, the Alcatel Onetouch Watch has a good chance of appealing to consumers who aren’t keen on spending an arm and a leg for their first wearable. If you’d like to order a Watch for yourself, Alcatel Onetouch says pre-orders will ship within 30 days of the order date.

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IRVINE, Calif. – MARCH 31, 2015 – ALCATEL ONETOUCH today announced pre- order availability of the award-winning ALCATEL ONETOUCH Watch. The Android and iOS compatible Watch will be available directly from ALCATEL ONETOUCH via www.alcatelonetouch.us – starting at $ 149.99 USD. At pre-order, the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Watch will be available with a sporty black band, with other Watch

styles available later in 2015

“We’ve always believed that great technology should be accessible, practical and easy-to-use,” said Steve Cistulli, Senior Vice President & General Manager of North America for ALCATEL ONETOUCH. “With the ALCATEL ONETOUCH Watch, we’ve brought a great looking smartwatch direct to market; at a price that makes this technology accessible to a wide range of consumers.”


Thickness of watch face: 10.5 mm Diameter of watch face: 41.8 mm Thickness of wristband: 3.5 mm Width of wristband: 20 mm


1.22-inch with TP and 240×204 resolution


Bluetooth 4.0 Low Energy




210mAh with 2-5 days of battery life
Charging takes about 1 hour (via built-in USB 2.0 charging in the Watch band)


Accelerometer Gyro
Heart rate sensor E-compass

NFC tag
IP67 (water and dust resistant)
Music and camera controls
Fully customized Watch face backgrounds via the Onetouch Move app

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New Watch Urbane model offers LTE, NFC, but no Android Wear

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LG just took the wraps off a new version of the Watch Urbane (itself a version of the G Watch R), but this time changes are more than skin deep. The new Watch Urbane LTE runs LG’s “all new Wearable Platform” OS instead of Android Wear, and offers voice calling, thanks to the integration of LTE.

Watch Urbane LTE looks similar to the “regular” Watch Urbane, with the biggest difference being the presence of three buttons on the side, instead of one, like on the Android Wear model. The top button offers quick access to settings, the middle button switches between the watchface and the app launcher, while the bottom one acts like a back button. Long pressing this last button can be set to trigger a call to a certain number and to send out the wearer’s location coordinates. This safety beacon feature is similar to the one on the kids-focused LG Kizon.

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Thanks to cellular connectivity, you can use the Watch Urbane LTE to make phone calls and the device even works in walkie-talkie mode, where Push-To-Talk services are available. Another cool feature of the device is NFC – LG says you will be able to pay for things like movie tickets or transit fares by waving your wrist against an NFC reader, though details are lacking for now.

To accommodate the power-thirsty LTE function, LG packed a 700-mAh battery on the new Urbane, which is significantly larger than the 410-mAh unit on other models. No details were offered, but the Watch Urbane LTE should be good for “long talk and use times and can go for days in standby mode.”

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Other than the larger battery, the Watch Urbane LTE features the same specs as the Watch Urbane and G Watch R.

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Qualcomm® SnapdragonTM 400
  • Operating System: LG Wearable Platform
  • Display: 1.3-inch P-OLED (320 x 320 / 245ppi)
  • Network: LTE
  • Memory: 4GB eMMC / 1GB LPDDR3
  • Battery: 700mAh
  • Sensors: 9 Axis / Barometer / PPG / GPS
  • Connectivity: WiFi 802.11 b, g, n / Bluetooth 4.0LE / NFC
  • Color: Silver
  • Other: Dust and Water Resistant (IP67) / Speaker / Microphone

LG is very vague about it, but the Wearable Platform OS powering the Urbane LTE seems to be a version of webOS. In fact, the smartwatch seems very similar to the mystery LG webOS smartwatch that an Audi representative showed to the press at CES. We look forward to see this new incarnation of webOS in action, probably at MWC.

No info yet on price and availability, but we should learn more next week.




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LG Watch Urbane is looking sexy in this new product video

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LG took to heart the criticism that its first round smartwatch, the G Watch R, was too aggressive and masculine. That’s how the Watch Urbane was born, a device that drops the “G” from the name and the etched ring from around the screen, making for a more elegant and understated design.

We were already positively hyped about the Watch Urbane (which we expect to see in person next week at MWC), but now LG is giving us a better look at the device in this one minute promo video. There’s nothing new in the clip, but if you love watches and/or technology, it’s definitely worth a minute of your life.

So, what makes you tick? The sportsy G Watch or the lustrous Watch Urbane?

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Watch Reggie Watts and other disgruntled family members in Samsung’s new Note ads

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Samsung has always done some pretty great advertisements, especially with the help of some big name celebrities. In the latest “Do You Note?” advertisement series, Samsung has brought on the likes of Reggie Watts to help sell its newest flagship, the Galaxy Note 4.

Samsung’s Note 4 brought a Quad HD screen, a big 3,220 mAh battery, and much improved 16MP camera to the phablet world. While we feel as though Samsung’s Touchwiz overlay could use some work, the Note 4 is still one of our favorite phones of the year. If you’d like to find out more on the Note 4, check out our full review.

In the mean time, let’s talk ads. Samsung has released four new ads, and three of them feature a family that just can’t live without their Samsung devices. The first features a brother that needs to learn how to multitask, the next is about a sister that needs to take more selfies, and the last is about the father who can’t figure out how to charge his phone properly. Reggie Watts also takes on the phrase “S Penning”, as he is the featured role in the last ad. Take a look below!

[Do You Note?] My Brother Sure Knows How to Multitask! – Multitasking on GALAXY Note 4

[Do You Note?] My Sister Sure Knows How to Take Photos! – Camera on GALAXY Note 4

[Do You Note?] My Dad Sure Knows How to Take Charge! – Better Battery on GALAXY Note 4

S Penning GALAXY Note 4 with Reggie Watts

Which ad is your favorite? Oh, and how do you feel about the term “S Penning?” Let us know your comments!

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