I have had the MetaWatch for almost one year now and I still use it daily. In fact, I have optimized my Augmented SmartWatch Pro app (originally developed only for the Sony SmartWatch) to also support the MetaWatch.
The MetaWatch has several key advantages over the Sony:
- Robustness – it is tough and it keeps on working. Recently one of my Sony Watches died (all due to a bit of water getting on the watch at Sea World in San Diego). Their new Strata is rated at ATM 5 and will be even more water resistant/proof. As a result, I decided to test out the current MetaWatch while swimming recently and it was unharmed entirely.
- Viewability of the watch display outdoors in the sun – forget about even trying to look at the Sony in Sunlight.
There is nothing the current Sony Watch can do (hardware or software) to address these two advantages of the MetaWatch and for these two reasons alone the MetaWatch is awesome 🙂
Today I got my shipping survey for the new Strata version of the MetaWatch. They are shipping on time it appears (last week of September < 1 month)! Meanwhile my two Pebbles are being delayed indefinitely – no announced new date other than it will not be shipping as expected in September. I look forward to the Strata due to the larger battery and the improved ATM 5 waterproofing in addition to potentially improved software (which is still a bit vague to me from their videos). I am especially curious as to what they mean precisely by the heart-rate support.