We had a smartwatch discussion elsewhere, where someone was also interested in an alternative as a smartwatch.
I’ve been on the lookout for a smartwatch for some time, and wrote a bunch of requirements for my watch. Suffice to say, it has to be able to:
- Control music
- Native alarms
- Put off/on Bluetooth
- Minimum of 1 week uptime casual/normal usage without charging.
- Preferably, it has Gadgetbridge support.
- Preferably, FOSS firmware/OS or ability to reflash such.
- Hardware buttons (touch is optional for me, touch-only or touch with 1 button simply is a usability nightmare).
Ideally I would want a fair one, but I don’t think such exists.
(I’m coming from a Pebble 2)
Fitbit: All of them are RIP due to Google acquiring them.
Xiaomi: I can’t put Bluetooth off on the Amazfit BIP (my attempt to replace Pebble).
Fossil: This one just got announced, with e-ink. 2 weeks uptime, they advertise with.
Bangle.js (Kickstarter): Has the power of JS (like Pebble). It is KS, but developer delivered before. I had contact with developer, and it seems to tick the buttons I mentioned.
AsteroidOS: I guess this is ideal, having support for a FOSS OS. There are a few AsteroidOS compatible devices but I am not sure if/where there is a community for this OS, and which one to get. I don’t really like the way the KingsWear looks (too… bombastic). The LG Urban isn’t my style either, and it is an older watch. I’d only build an old watch with a discount (same for a Pebble 2 now).
For now, I ordered a cheap dumbwatch as I do need a watch at times (having to take out my smartphone to know the time is not useful when in a hurry), and I accepted that I simply won’t be able to control Spotify on the go.