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Hands-on with the TAG Heuer Connected — $1,500 of Android Wear

Let's be perfectly clear here — if you pay $1,500 for an Android Wear smartwatch at this point, you're on your own. That's not really something we can recommend for most folks out there, particularly since we're still not 100 precent sure how current-day Android Wear is going to hold up in the long run.

On the other hand, if you have $1,500 to spend and the patience (and another $1,500) to spend on the eventual mechanical replacement for the TAG Heuer Connected, then have at it. We're just getting our first look at this guy, and on one hand it's very much still just an Android Wear smartwatch, only very nice looking. And it's an interesting mix of a very nicely designed body — a lot more angular than just about anything else we've used — and a dual-layer LCD with a decent view. (Insofar as we could tell in the blue lights of the Intel booth at CES.)

It's not a bad fit, either. It's a large watch — as nearly every Android Wear watch tends to be — and the rubber strap we used is, well, rubber. But we did appreciate the butterfly clasp.

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Everything was in demo mode, but TAG did have its trio of watch faces loaded up. That's maybe the most subjective (and easily changed) part of these watches though. But they looked damned nice, even being as busy as they are. (I generally prefer something simple. But to each their own.)

The charger is a pretty standard plastic puck, really close to what LG has used on its watches. Nothing particularly special there.

Aesthetics may well be secondary here, though. It's one thing to wear a smartwatch, still a novelty for most folks. It's another to being wearing one with the TAG Heuer logo — letting everyone know just how much you paid for your watch.

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  • Rubber watch band on a $1500 watch? Huh. Posted via the Android Central App
  • A Tag Heuer rubber strap costs about $400 for one that nice. That shit ain't cheap.
  • Good news! I called the Tag Heuer place to price a red strap for my connected and they are only $150 for replacements. Mini review: Had mine since Christmas, Had a couple of little quirks with the software (Amazon app not accepting permissions, Watch faces not updating weather etc.) And Phil is completely right, I am on my own since there is not an online presence for this watch like the others at all. I had to troubleshoot my own issues. But overall I love the watch. Expensive yes, But i am looking forward to be able to get a mechanical and I look at this as a down payment.
  • That's how I see it as well. I have a small watch collection that includes 1 mechanical TAG and I was considering another. Being that I also love smart watches it seems like a win/win to experience this model for a couple of years and then wrap it up by buying the mechanical I've been considering. I'm going to see it in person in Vegas in a couple of weeks before making up my mind. In the meantime I've been sporting a Huawei Black Stainless Steel with the Tag Connected watchfaces. Posted via the Android Central App
  • That's a helluva good price on the replacement.
  • Also an owner since December. I got the red strap out of the bo and it looks great! I see the goldish color watch face on this post that isn't available in the current watch. Are we about to get some new watch faces soon?
  • That is just the Three Hand watch face changed to white using the connected app. It's just not a great photo because the coloring is off due to lighting.
  • Pretty pricey IMO. I do own a "traditional" TAG (Formula One chronograph), and that looks more premium than this. But if you have the means to rock a AW watch with a TAG Heuer build, have at it! From my Nexus 6P or 5 via the cooler than cool Android Central App
  • Very nice watch Posted via the Android Central App
  • Pair this with a Vertu phone and you've got douchbaggery of the century going on.
  • Well $3,000 for a mechanical Carrera is actually quite a good deal. I love mechanical watches and if I had the financial security at this point in my life to take advantage of this, I would. Of course, it also depends on which Carrera you get. Tag has been pretty vague. I doubt it will be the chronograph that they offer (which can run upwards of $5000 for certain models). Posted via the Android Central App
  • Yeah in all likelyhood you're gonna end up with a crappy quartz TAG Aquaracer with a $5 battery operated movement and just rebadged as a Carrera.
  • That's honestly what I'm afraid of. Posted via the Android Central App
  • Will be a three hand automatic. Posted via the Android Central App
  • did they spend some of that $1500 making an awesome battery, or just blow it all on its "beauty"?
  • Well I think for $1,500 it obviously charges wirelessly while you wear it on your wrist. You must download an app to your phone and TAG Heuer Space command most likely will send tesla like radio waves to your watch from orbital satellites and charge it anywhere, anytime, never needing to be plugged in giving you infinite cosmic power inside an ity bity living space. I could be wrong though. Posted via the GS6 Active, aka GS6 M.E. (Manly Edition)
  • Pretty good deal.. Posted via the Android Central App
  • well, i have one, and my (1 week experience) hasn't been what i had hoped for... mainly, battery life issues: i have not achieved the 25 hr battery life plateau. after following TAG's customer support recommendations (hard reset and reinstall apps), i went from 16 hrs on a full charge to 6 hrs on a full charge. needless to say, i'm thoroughly disappointed. i'm pushing TAG for a refund or a replacement.
  • Try turning off wifi it's made a huge difference for me.
  • Same for me. I have had outstanding battery and rarely put in on the charger with less than 30% after 16 hours
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  • Is there a heart rate monitor on it?
  • No.
  • That's shocking. And for that much money... Wow.
  • Can't go wrong.. Swap out for mechanical in a year or so. It's just a down-payment basically Posted via Nexus 5
  • at these prices it should have a solar panel so you wouldn't have to plug it in (or just less often). my casio g-shock has had it for years...