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28 March 2021
Wyze Watch Open the Box, First Use, and Wyze Band Comparison
by Steven B. Combs, Ph.D.
I think I have a smartwatch and fitness tracker problem. I’ve worn a WearOS watch for the past three years. It’s been and up and down relationship. Battery life on WearOS devices are horrible and a daily charge is required. I’ve owned a pocket FitBit so supplement the times when I forgot to charge my WearOS, but it’s days were numbered years ago.
I love my current WearOS device, the TicWatch C2+; however, it too requires a daily charge. A daily charge means I don’t wear it to bed and track my sleep and admittedly, I’m not sure I want to wear it to bed or even on a run. That’s “wear” the $24 Wyze Band comes into play.
I wear my TicWatch with work clothes and then throw on my Wyze Band for afternoon runs and sleeping. The Wyze Band only needs charging once per week. While I like the Wyze Band, it is limited in function. Then came along the Wyze Watch; A $20 device. Let me get this straight. The Wyze Watch is cheaper than the Wyze Band and has more features? Can it replace the Wyze Band? Let’s find out.
YouTube Video: Will the Wyze Watch replace my Wyze Band? Let’s open the box and find out.
In the video below, I open the box, setup, and use the Wyze Watch for the first time. Watch the video below and then read my final thoughts below.
None as of 2021-03-28.
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I don’t see longevity for the Wyze Band. I’ve not seen a firmware updates in months and why anyone would select that more expensive device over this much improved fitness tracker is beyond me.
At this price point, I see Wyze selling a whole bunch of these watches. You might think the watch would be great for kids (you would be correct); however, they are great for folks who want a simple, modern, and connected watch without having to over think the things.
I thought I would miss the ability to reply to text messages; however, on my TicWatch, while it is possible, I rarely use it. Occasionally I’ll fire up the Google Assistant and voice in a response, but the keyboard is painful.
Have I mentioned the battery life? It is awesome. After four days of 24/7 wear, the battery sits at 57% charge.
I’m not glad Wyze stole the rectangular look of the Apple Watch. I much prefer a more traditional round watch. I think I might be warming up to it more as I enjoy the Wyze Watch.
The watch feels well-made and like premium materials. I’m flabbergasted. How do they sell this thing for $20 with this build quality?
I look forward to future firmware updates. If there’s leftover memory in the watch, I’d like to see them add a few more applications. A fun and simple game would be interesting.
I don’t see Wyze creating an SDK for third-party apps. I think we will get what Wyze wants us to get. That’s so Apple of them!
[UPDATE: 2021-04-25] Notifications from apps other than text and phone on my Pixel 4XL are not appearing on the watch. I’m hopeful a firmware (current version is 0.12.37) update will correct this issues.
[UPDATE: 2021-04-25] Sports tracking does not work for outdoor running. It appears this tracking is for indoor treadmill use. When I use outside, tracking is a good ½ to ¾ of a mile off. Again, a firmware version could correct this if they provided the ability to input the measurement of your run stride.
[UPDATE: 2021-04-25] I purchased a new band for my Watch and love it. It’s a Solob 22mm Stainless Steel Magnetic Mesh Band that is much easier to remove than the stock band. At around $10 it make the watch look more expensive, is more comfortable, and is easier to remove. Band replacement is simple since the Wyze Watch comes with a quick release. I’m going to grab one for my TicWatch C2+ which is my goto WearOS watch.
[UPDATE: 2021-04-25] Speaking of the TicWatch C2+, I should provide my wear schedule for both devices. On a normal workday (meaning I go into the office), I wear the TicWatch for it’s more robust notification and app support. These additional features enhance my productivity. On days where I work from my virtual office, on the weekends, or in the evenings, I wear the Wyze Watch. During those times, the Wyze Watch is a pure fitness tracker and I love the sleep tracking. The TicWatch will not make it through an entire evening on a battery charge. It sits on the charger at night ready for the next day at work.
That’s it for now. I’ll update this page as I have more time with the watch and as firmware updates roll in.