So.. I have to confess, I know almost nothing about modern smartwatches. My head's been too buried in the "normal watches are the shizz" sand.
I hope you folks can help me out.
In short, I'm half-considering switching to a smartwatch, but it would have to satisfy a long list of criteria, and frankly I have no idea what existing smartwatches fit and what don't. I tried reading a few smartwatch reviews from places that usually review smartphones, and to me their reviews don't reveal the info that I'm looking for.
In brief, here's what I'd like:
A smartwatch that looks good as a daily wearer, has a build quality equal to or better than mechanical watches in multi-hundred-$ range (e.g. seiko turtle level of solidity, or Halios/Oris level of fit), and can be worn to the beach/gym/etc and be at least somewhat useful there.
Specifically, I'm hoping for a smartwatch with:
- good display (!)
- good build (!!) at least on par with regular watches
- 20 or 22mm regular strap compatibility OR very nice proprietary strap range (rubber and leather)
- passive or active fitness tracking (heartrate, movements, exercise/gym-workout/running/idk-what - but something a bit more than just a step counter)
- some synchronization to phone (even if only time & fitness data, that's enough)
- ... always on display of some kind? Or like really really good autoactivation?
- Non-irritating operating system / user interface
- reasonably waterproof for swimming
- doesn't fall apart or peel apart after a few months (had a fitbit whose rubber top-layers peeled off in 3 months :( )
- *must* work with android phones (don't have an iphone..)
Incidentally, some of the more popular smartwatch stuff, like making phonecalls on it or music streaming, are not that relevant to me.
But, it should be high quality - otherwise it will be too hard to let go of my "regular" watches.
So... does such a smartwatch exist out there? Or are my expectations unreasonable / too high? What brands/models should I look at, what's actually good in the smartwatch space? Is there anything worth looking at from brands like citizen/seiko, or is it all mobile phone brand dominated?