Verizon’s Wear24 Android Wear watch was at one time one of the most interesting smartwatches around. It was announced on the same day that LG unveiled its Google-backed Watch Sport and Watch Style, though it seemed like it might be the better choice over those two. Initially, we liked the story – LTE connectivity, Android Wear 2.0, IP67 rating, an attractive design and size (42mm), and NFC with Android Pay on board.
But as delays plagued the device’s launch (was targeted for a March launch, didn’t arrive until May) and Verizon clarified that while the watch had NFC, it was not going to work with Android Pay, we grew skeptical. And then it arrived to some of the worst reviews on the planet noting the various hardware and software issues it contained, likely causing Verizon to pull the plug just three months later.
Which brings us to today! You can buy the Wear24 from Woot.com for an insane $74.99. This watch used to cost $350 without a contract or $299 with one, so we’re talking a substantial discount here.
Should you buy one? Hah! Ummm, that’s a tough question to answer. It does run Android Wear 2.0. Woot claims that it’ll work without a Verizon connection (so like a normal WiFi watch). And that price is kind of nuts. $75 for an Android Wear watch with “LTE connectivity, Android Wear 2.0, IP67 rating, an attractive design and size (42mm), and NFC
with Android Pay on board.”
Who knows if it’ll ever get an update, but the deal is there with delivery by Xmas, and both silver and black models are in-stock at the moment. I’ll let you decide what to do.
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