Smartwatches powered with wear OS by Google work with iPhoneÂ¹ and Android phones
Heart rate activity tracking, built-in GPS for Distance tracking, swimproof design
Receive smartphone notifications and alerts, manage your calendar, control your music, Download third party apps, and customize your watch face
Google assistant built in. Itâs your own personal Google, always ready to help. Speed through checkout with your watch using Google pay
Estimated 24 hour Battery Life, Based on usage
The dynamic styling of Emporio Armani meets technology with a new collection of touchscreen Smartwatches. This watch features the brand’s most coveted designs with the added benefits of today’s wearable technology. The Emporio Armani connected touchscreen smartwatch is compatible with both iOS and android phones, and are powered with wear OS by Google and the Qualcomm Snapdragon wear 2100 smartwatch platform. Be in the know with messages and notifications delivered directly to your watch and stay in style with a customizable watch face and interchangeable straps that can be changed to match your look. Connect to your favorite apps to track activity and heartrate and access your music library. This black aluminum touchscreen smartwatch features a touchscreen dial with full display and is complemented by a stainless steel mesh bracelet.
When I first powered on this watch, I was severely disappointed. Performance and responsiveness were dismal to the point the watch was unusable. I went through the steps to connect it to my phone, messed around with it for about a half hour, then set it on the charger and it started a system update. When the update was done, everything worked.
Let’s go through things:
1. The manual is less than useless. There are two steps to the ‘quick start guide’ – Charge the watch, pair the watch. That’s it. There are no other instructions. In addition, the manual is written in numerous languages on every part. That is, for step one, it is written first in Italian, then English, then German and so on for about twenty languages. Then for step two, it goes through the whole thing again. Same for the safety warnings and everything else instead of making one section English, then the next section German, and so on.
2. First, download and install WearOS on your phone. It will tell you how to set up your watch and connect it to Bluetooth.
The case and bracelet are stainless steel. The watch feels very solid, though the clasp on the bracelet is a bit flimsy.
Buttons and crown have a nice feel when pressed.
I don’t know what the crystal is made of. I’ve had other smartwatches and the screens have never gotten scratched. I don’t believe this one will either.
The bracelet is adjustable so it will fit medium to small wrists (I have it on the very last spot for my larger wrist), but opens wide for big hands to pass through. There are two parts that snap open in case you can’t get it open wide enough. (I had trouble figuring this out – poor manual, remember?
Of course, the screen is a touchscreen. It is very responsive (after the update). The watch shows you a quick tutorial when first starting so you’ll know how to swipe and which way to do it.
There are two programmable buttons on either side of the crown. The default functions are probably not what you would choose. These can be changed in settings.
Pressing the crown quickly will bring up a list of apps. Pressing again returns you to the watch face. Long pressing the crown opens Google assistant which is voice activated. The crown also lets you scroll. If you have apps open you can scroll through the list. If you are on the watch face, it will scroll up for quick settings or down for notifications.
The heart rate monitor works very well. The watch needs to be snug against your wrist.
Included apps work smoothly as far as I’ve used them. I like Google Fit when I walk each morning.
The watch has a microphone so you can call up Google assistant, but it doesn’t have a speaker. You can’t take phone calls on this watch. It does let you reject a call, but if you accept the call it tells you to take it on your phone. I feel this is a feature that should be included in a watch at this price point.
This watch is designed to be looked at. It is sleek and black and feels good on my wrist. It doesn’t look like your typical boxy smartwatch. It looks like a quality timepiece.
The watch charges with a small round connector the watch sits on. It can be oriented in any position as the contacts on the bottom of the watch are circular, much like the Amazon Tap.
The screen is crisp and clear. Detail is superb.
Battery life seems to be fairly abysmal. From reviews of other EA connected watches, this seems to be norm. I tend to slip it off whenever I get home and put it on the charger. Bluetooth, WiFi, NFC, and always on screen are the culprits. But then, I like to use those things, so I’ll have to pay the price of indulgence.
WiFi (2.4 Ghz only )
NFC (for Google Pay)
Heart rate sensors
GPS on board
This isn’t a perfect watch, regardless of the price tag. But the more I use it, the more I like it. It is faster than any other smartwatch I’ve owned (3!!) and looks better besides.
If you can do without taking phone calls on your watch, this EA Connected watch will serve you well. I think I will recommend this, if you don’t mind the price tag.
I really wanted to love this watch. After all, at almost $400, it’s probably pretty great, right? I’m a watch nerd/collector, and also a gadget nerd/collector, so this should item be right up my alley. And there are some things to like about this watch. For starters, it’s sexy looking in a Darth Vader sort of way. It’s light on the wrist and it seems well enough made. Stainless steel construction and (I hope) DLC black coating means it’ll stay looking sharp for a while. I have no idea about the crystal. If it’s not sapphire, it will get scratched up pretty soon. I’m not familiar with Armani’s technology design and manufacturing capabilities, but my presumption is someone else made this and is licensing the Armani name to give it a little cache. But honestly, it’s not any more âpremiumâ than any other Wear OS watch… it seems similar to all the others, with the addition of some Armani specific watch faces. The Milanese mesh band and deployant clasp are nice, although the edges of the mesh bite into my hand and wrist a bit. But aside from that, I have had a very frustrating and difficult time with this watch so far. A lot of the issues are assuredly attributable to the Google Wear OS not being ready for release, so it’s hard to blame the manufacturer, I suppose. Here are some of the issues and frustrations I’ve been experiencing:
Protective plastic film on parts of the band (such as the keeper) are very difficult to remove; it doesn’t come off in sheets, you have to pick at it and pick at it some more. I still haven’t got it all off though I’ve tried. This is not a premium experience; I feel like a primate grooming nits out of an elder primate’s hair.
The watch makes a a bit of a hollow rattle on the wrist. It doesn’t feel like a high end time piece, it feels like a gourd.
The rumor is, this thing can measure your heart rate, but I haven’t been able to measure my heart rate even once. When I try, it says âtap to sign in to Google Fitâ but there is no actual way to do this… you tap and nothing happens. I am signed into Google Fit on my phone. In any event, I just want to know if the heart rate sensor will even light up.
Default settings of the buttons on either side of the crown are pointless. One of them apparently allows you to change the background color. It doesn’t work on mine, throwing up an error message with no explanation about how to fix whatever the issue is, but really, changing the appearance is not a good use for a dedicated button. The other button brings up Google Fit which simply does not work because I am not signed in, and it will not provide a way to sign in. Ok. Perhaps I can find better uses for them but I have spent so much time trying to get everything else configured and working, it’s low on the priority list.
Battery life is pretty sketchy. It’s 4:30 p.m. I took the watch off the charger (at 100% charged) 11:00 a.m, and I’m now at 30% battery. Only 30% after 5 Â½ hours. Granted, I have been playing with it, but I have also been doing a lot of other things. This does not seem like ample battery life.
On the subject of batteries, this charger is not a wireless charger. There are two small contact rings on the back of the watch, and two electrodes on the charger. This old technology may charge faster and impress your granddad, but it’s less robust. You’ll have to keep those contacts clean. And if you charge your watch while you sleep like I do, then you don’t really care how fast it charges. My guess is this was a cost-saving measure.
The âlift to wakeâ feature is not ready for the real world. Most of the time, when I heft my wrist up to look at the watch, I’m staring at a blank black disc. Sometimes it works the first time, more often it works the second or third try. I now just push the button when I want to see the time which is frustrating, because you need two hands. Might as well just get the time from your phone.
When it does work and I can get the watch to turn on, a lot of the time I don’t see the watch face, I see this error message instead: âGoogle Play Services: Account Activation required.â That’s nice. But I am signed into my Google account in every way I know how; on the watch, on the phone, in all the Google apps on the phone, everywhere. I would love for this message to just go away, but as soon as I clear it, it comes back again. I have wasted a lot of time trying to track down a solution. The watch comes with almost no documentation, aside from a sparse and dispiriting quick start guide. I have found no information online to fix this either. It cripples the watch.
Also crippling the watch is its apparent inability to connect to my wi-fi network when I leave and return home. I’ve been at home for about half an hour now, and the watch is telling me there’s no wi-fi, though all my other wi-fi devices are connected just fine. This is the second time. So it appears I will have to manually coax it onto the network every day. I hope this process isn’t like the first time I gave it my wi-fi credentials and it took reentering them 5 times before that watch arbitrarily decided to connect.
I forgot to mention Bluetooth issues. Why is it prompting me to connect to my phone? I have already connected to my phone and my phone has never been more than three feet from the watch since I first received the watch. If the watch arbitrarily disconnects from both wi-fi and Bluetooth, I cannot trust it to provide me with timely alerts and information, which other than providing the actual time of day is the entire purpose of the device.
Did I mention the quick start guide? The manufacturer has decided to mix all the various languages together in the tiny little book, so that, for instance, âstep 1â has English and several other languages, âstep 2â same, etc. This means that everyone, no matter what language they read, will have to wade through a lot of gibberish and turn a lot of pages to get up and running. Why? It seems a minor thing, but thoughtless design like this only echoes the thoughtless, haphazard design of Google’s âWear OSâ.
There’s so much here that’s not working correctly or which took a perseverance to get working correctly, that I can’t help believing this device, and more specifically, the Google Wear OS that it’s running, is not ready yet for release to the public. I know what’s possible in a smart watch because I bought a first generation Apple watch within a couple weeks of its release. That was years ago; we should be even more refined by now. That watch, although not entirely perfect, had none of the frustrations and glitches I’ve experienced here.
This last one is purely subjective but it speaks to the value proposition of the device. As far as I can tell, the only special âArmaniâ thing about this watch is the custom watch faces. These are largely cartoon-like, difficult to read, and somewhat tacky. I say the Armani watch faces are tacky, but you might not feel that way. Understand, though, that these are what you’re apparently paying extra for, so I hope you really do find them great.
I feel bad that this experience has been so unpleasant so far. As I say, I wanted to love this watch. At the price it’s being offered for, you can do better. If you’re expecting a premium experience because it has a fancy Armani logo on the box, I think you’re going to be disappointed unless you really, really like the Armani watch faces. I can’t in good conscience recommend this item until it gets a little more refinement.
Edit: for those suffering from google account login issues like I was, it seems as if Wear OS doesnât work with Enterprise google accounts. I switched from my business google account to a free account and some of the issues cleared up. Which is not a solution because my business account *is* my real google account. Changing the review from two to threes stars because a lot of the blame here goes to Google.