Here we are, one year with ZeTime. How did the watch hold up after one year of daily use? After my first week and seven months reviews, and with ZeTime2 approaching, here now is the last installment after one year of continuous ZeTime use.
How I use it
I wear my watch daily when I am out, I usually don’t wear it at home and also not while I sleep. But that has always been how I’ve worn watches. I don’t use the heartrate monitor at all, I don’t use it as a fitness tracker (I usually don’t wear a watch while doing sports) and I don’t track my sleep with it. I have only ever paired my ZeTime with an iPhone. I have lots of straps, both from MyKronoz as well as third party straps. My daily straps are third party nylon straps, because I love the fabric but not MK’s design. During the summer I mainly used a MK silicone strap and I have a range of leather and other fancy straps for when I dress up. Switching straps is pretty fast and easy and I like to fit my watch to what I’m wearing.
Glass and case a generally pretty well made, I have no scratches anywhere. I do, however, have some problems with sticking buttons and the smart crown now. ZeTime has two buttons and a crown, which has a third button on the tip. You need at least one of the buttons to wake up the watch, unless you’re using the wrist flick (which I don’t use). During using it, basically all functions can be done with the touchscreen, same goes for the crown. You need the button on the crown to activate the night-mode, which I like to use in the dark or in the cinema or something. One of my buttons has it’s pressure point a little deeper in the case, so you need to push a little harder to press it. My crown will get stuck unless I turn it every day, and the button was stuck for a while. When the crown is stuck, I need to turn it very hard to get it moving again, but eventually it does. I have not yet applied WD40 or something, because I don’t know how well the watch will tolerate that, but it is sad that I have to consider this at all within the first year of using it. I know from other users that stuck buttons have been an issue for quite a lot of people, and as far as I know, MK has replaced affected units. I have not done it because it is still working and I don’t want to give up my limited edition case. But again, this should not have happened at all in the first year. The touchscreen has no errors and works like it has on day one. It definitely could be brighter, but I think this will be accomplished with the AMOLED in ZeTime2. The battery likewise is as it has been on day one, I still get more than one week of full function from one charge. I still think this is pretty damn good!
The OS is decent enough for me, it’s responsive and has never frozen or anything. There have been problems about micro-disconnects, which became quite annoying after a while, since the watch was always vibrating when that happened. Some past update solved that. However, I do need to open the companion app at least every other day to keep the connection going, otherwise sometimes the watch loses connection and can only be paired again when I reboot both watch and phone! This also is a little annoying, especially since there is no alert or something, at some point you simply wonder why there are no notifications coming up anymore. And it is a little surprising, since apparently there has been a change in how the watchs syncs with the app. It used to be that you either only manually sync watch and phone, thereby updating the weather information on your watch while simultaneously syncing your activity data to the app, or you activated the always sync function in the app. This is now a little different, as apparently app and watch automatically sync regularly, I think this was done when changes to the weather app were done to keep it more up to date. I am quite happy with the notifications, as I already have strict notification settings on my phone and am completely fine with getting all notifications also on the watch. Unlike the Android app, the iOS app does not allow app-by-app setting for ZeTime but only for certain broader categories, which you cannot edit. The app is OK, and the watchface design function has been widened a little. I still think there could, nay should!, be more functions there.
I like my ZeTime, it has become a valued companion. I still like what attracted me to it in the firstplace, namely being a hybrid watch with classic hands and a traditional look while still having smart functions. Parts of the hardware could be a little better, it could also be thinner and lighter, and the app could offer a little more. Maybe these are all things offered by ZeTime2! Would I recommend ZeTime to anybody? Well, I have, multiple times actually. But I always take the time to explain what one can expect from the watch and what not! Will I have a look at ZeTime2? Definitely.