From the start, the Android Wear community quickly split into two factions. There are fans of the round watch, a form currently populated only by the Moto 360 and LG G Watch R. Then there's the square camp, which is everyone else. The original LG G Watch, Samsung Gear Live, the Sony SmartWatch 3.
Round? Or square. Both have their merits. The Moto 360 has been nearly universally declared the most attractive of the bunch.
That is, until the ASUS ZenWatch appeared.
The ZenWatch sports a square face with rounded corners, and a body that should inspire the most stern smartwatch non-believer.
We now have more than one Android Wear smartwatch that you won't be ashamed to wear with a nice suit. And this is our ASUS ZenWatch review.
About this review
We've been wearing a retail version of the ASUS ZenWatch as purchased from BestBuy and Google Play for the better part of a month before writing this long-overdue review.
We used the watch primarily with Android 4.4W.2 (Build KNX01W). Android 5.0.1 for Android Wear became available as we were finalizing this review, and we spent a few days with build LWX48S, which added new notification and display options. An update to ASUS' ZenWatch Manager app added a few new watch faces, but the functionality and battery life of the watch mostly remained the same.