I thought it would be cool to shoot a few short videos, explaining a little about how I use my watch. This video talks a little about the watch face itself. The "complications" I reference in the video is the Android Wear word for widgets on the watch face. Tapping them performs an action or opens an app.
The watch face on an Android Wear watch can be a very powerful tool. And it's super easy to change and modify to suit your particular needs. The number of watch faces available for Android is staggering, so there is certain to be one that is perfect for whatever situation arises.
Apps are an interesting hybrid of on the phone and on the watch. Android Wear 2.0 includes a Play Store right on the watch itself, so you can download companion apps as well as apps that are stand alone watch apps. For watch faces at least, standalone watch apps definitely have more customizability and seem to work more smoothly on the watch, but each app is different.
One con to the watch - the battery life is short. To get full functionality, you want your watch on your wrist, so charging during the day can be challenging. And if you want to track sleep, you can't charge it overnight. I have found that if I put it on the charger while I'm getting ready for bed, I can get a charge to last all night for sleep tracking. I then put it on the charger as soon as I wake up, and it's usually fully charged and ready to go when I am, about an hour later. So far, I've only had the watch die once, and that was a day that I was downloading a lot of apps and watch faces as well as tracked two walks with GPS. With typical use, I haven't had a problem. For the fitness buffs, I do occasionally find that my watch drops the heart rate when the positioning on my wrist isn't optimal. I suspect that would be less of a problem in watches that were designed more for fitness. Other than that, I have really enjoyed this piece of tech. Is a smart watch for you? Only you can answer that question. For me, I can honestly say that I am finding it very useful. Is it essential? No, but neither is my Roomba or Alexa, and I wouldn't give either of those up! Does it improve my life? Yes, I think it does.