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A Review of the Android G7 Hydraumatic

February 25, 2013 Leave a comment

Android G7 SkeletonThe Android G7 Hydraumatic watch from Android Watches is a new watch that is certain to catch your eye.

Wing Liang, founder of the Android Watch Company, is a designer who is known on the scene  for having extremely innovative and otherworldly designs, and the G7 is certainly no exception to this. The Android G7 is a classic looking silver tone watch at first glance, but upon further inspection you really notice the little accents that Liang has put into the watch to make it it’s own work of art. It has been said that the devil is in the details, and this certainly rings true for the Android G7.

To start out, let’s take a look at the case of the watch. It comes in only one color (for the case that is), which is a high polish chrome/silver color. The color variations come into play when we talk about the face of the watch, but we will get into that later when I talk about the skeleton feature. The case is 46 mm wide and 15 mm thick, so it is certainly a big watch, as most Androids are, but it isn’t one of their biggest. It features an automatic Seagull TY2809 hardened mineral crystal with 21 Jewels for it’s movement, which is sure to give you many years of reliable time telling. It also features a push/pull crown, and water resistance up to 330 feet. The cuff is stainless steel like the case, and comes with wire-like little embellishments that run around it to give it a little aesthetic flair. It definitely makes it look more like a watch from Android.

Now, onto my favorite part of the watch: the skeletonized internals. This is one of the newer features that the Android watch company has been using in their watches lately, and I think that it is pretty awesome. It certainly adds to the visual flair of the watch, and gives it that little pop. Basically, what Android has done is they have made the working innards of the watch partly visible rather than hide them in the case. So when you are glancing at your watch to see what time it is, the little gears and cogs that make it tick are exposed under a translucent window in the face of the watch. The internals can come in a wide variety of colors, such as blue, red, gold, and silver, and this is what really gives the watch it’s varied look.

Overall, I really like the looks of the Android G7 Hydraumatic; it is a nice mix of dressy and casual, with just that extra little flair thrown in to give it the cool factor. It also has the awesome skeleton feature, which is one of the coolest features that Android has come out with in recent years. On top of that, if is water resistant and boasts the quality name of the Android Watch Company. Seriously what else do you need in a watch?

A review of the Redline Open Heart from Android Watches

December 6, 2012 Leave a comment

The Android Red Line Open Heart edition men’s watch from Android Watches is at first glance, a nice, but nothing spectacular sort of watch. But that is at first glance. Upon closer inspection you will find that it is a very nice watch, and that it has some cool features and a simple but eye catching design,  considering it’s low price point, especially for an Android. You can find this watch for as cheap as $130.00 if you look hard enough on the web. GreatTiming’s store happens to carry it for this amount.

Android Watches Redline Open Heart

Now, let’s talk about some of the features of this watch. It is, as you can probably gather from the “Open Heart” part of it’s name, one of android’s skeletonized watches. For those not familiar with the android watch company and their watches that feature this, it is a neat little concept that certainly makes your watch a little more interesting to look at and gives it that “wow” factor. Basically, some of the moving parts that make your watch tick so to speak, are exposed and visible in the face of the watch. Rather than hide them within the case of the watch, android has made them a focal point of the watch itself, and as you stare into the face of your watch you will see the little cogs and gears that make your watch move in action. Some people might not like this feature, and think it detracts from the uniformity of this watch. But for those in that camp; which you will know if you have read any of my prior reviews that I am most certainly not as I love the skeleton feature, go buy a Rolex or similar if you want uniformity and one boring color for your watch. The skeleton feature is there to add a little stylistic pop, which is one of the reasons that I love android watches so much. They are certainly never run of the mill.

The watch also features a Miyota 82S0 automatic, 21 jeweled movement, a large 45mm case, a double stitched genuine leather band, limited coloration options as it only comes in one scheme which is a black bezel with silver band end pieces, and like most other androids it is water resistant up to 100 meters or 330 feet.

All in all, this watch isn’t anything to write home about, but it is a nice, casual watch to wear around on your daily grind. Probably not the best if you are trying to impress big wig company execs at a board meeting or something, but then again I would hope my presentation would be a better gauge of that than my watch. I would wear it on a nice date; it isn’t overly flashy or garish and won’t make you seem like you are trying too hard, and it definitely looks better than that old mickey mouse watch you have lying around somewhere. Not even close to a favorite watch from android, but if you have less than a hundred and fifty clams in your pocket this is about as good as it gets. You can always buy a nicer watch later, right?

Overall I would have to give it about a solid 3 of 5. It looks good for it’s price, it’s price is certainly reasonable for it’s craftsmanship and features, it’s just not an amazing watch like some of Android’s other watches which aren’t too much more expensive. It’s just lacking that certain…something. It is not an ugly watch by any means, and i’m sure there are some out there who would love a nice little subdued watch such as this and think it is the perfect blend of average and above average styling. Different but not strange. But it just doesn’t speak my language like some of the other Androids that I have, like my Mystique Skeleton.

But hey, we can’t all be winners right?

A Little Post-Thanksgiving, Black Friday, and Cyber Monday Talk

November 26, 2012 Leave a comment

After the long weekend and much turkey eating and stuffing our faces, it is time for things to go back to normal (at least until Christmas gets a little closer) and for people to start getting back to work. I’m not really too sure about the rest of the country, but up here in Ohio we had an absolutely gorgeous day for thanksgiving. It reminded me of an end of summer day rather than the day of thanksgiving. It had to be about 60 degrees that day. And then the next day was more like November in Ohio because it was absolutely freezing. It was strange, almost surreal, that it was so nice the day of thanksgiving and then as if it hadn’t even happened, we got snow (albeit a very little amount) the very next day. We had an excellent holiday here at the GreatTiming blog, and here’s hoping that you all did as well.

As all of you know, Black Friday is the day after thanksgiving, when shoppers wait in seemingly endless lines at ungodly hours of the early morning so that they can rush stores and re-enact scenes from the LA riots in all of their favorite shopping malls and retail stores across the nation for great deals on everything from plasma screens and electronic devices to this years hot new children’s toys. All for their friends and families. And these people are not messing around. I heard from a few people who braved the Black Friday masses that some shoppers were getting borderline violent over some products and in certain stores. I was told that a local Victoria’s Secret seemed more like an MMA cage fight rather than a retail store. Garments were being thrown, tables over turned, people smashed around. But that is the extent that people will go to for the people that they love. It’s really worth it though considering some of the great deals that some people have gotten on products that could be quite expensive. But is all of the black Friday craze soon to be a thing of the past?

A new shopping trend is taking root, infact it’s going right now as I am typing this, and you can do it from the safety and security of your home right from your couch and your laptop. Forget the lines and the irate shoppers, and leave the football pads at home. Cyber Monday is becoming the new way to get great deals for everybody on your Christmas list this year. Over the past few years online shopping has certainly gained in popularity, to say the least, and now, there is one day where seemingly everyone is offering great deals for those who prefer online shopping. Everything from jewelry, clothing, home accessories, and electronics are being discounted by as much as 65 percent on select products from places such as Amazon right now all across the internet. Some places will have  deals that last all week and wont simply be here for one day. It is expected that so many people will be cashing in on these great deals that companies have had to block many retail websites from being accessed while employees are at work. Could this be the new craze? It certainly seems like it could be that way. I know I would rather get great deals at home on my laptop in my pajamas with a beer in my hand rather than fighting through the horde of orcs at the shopping mall.

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