I tried to get away from the Asus brand. I even spent much more on a smartwatch than I ever thought I would. However, the Huawei Watch 2 Classic not only had a brand name that I still can't properly pronounce, but also fell surprisingly short of my great expectations. So, I decided that if I wanted to go with a round smartwatch for a change, I was going to have to go back to Asus, which means the ZenWatch 3. Since I already own a silver ZenWatch 2, I thought I had settled on my next watch being something other than silver. For the ZenWatch 3, that meant black. Naw, I don't really want a black watch! So I ordered the silver ZenWatch 3 as well as a silver metal band. WHAT?! Yes, believe it or not, the ZenWatch 3 finally has third-party bands! Okay, the assortment isn't exactly stellar, but at least they finally exist. Currently, there is a Milanese (think metal chainmail) strap in three different colors (rose gold, silver, and black), there are numerous leather straps from at least 1/2 dozen different manufacturers, and then there is a rubber strap from one manufacturer in a full rainbow of colors (black, brown, gray, teal, mint, purple, pink, white, etc.). All of these are custom straps that fit the ridiculously narrow pin sockets on the ZW3 while still being a normal width band. I received the watch on Monday, but unfortunately that was right in the middle of my phone disaster (my Nexus 6 was dying on me), so I couldn't set it up since it needs a watch to pair it with, especially since the ZW3 still ships with Android Wear 1.5, so it's completely dependent on pairing with a phone or tablet in order to install apps on it or even receive the Android Wear 2.0 update. So, as I posted in the other thread, I resolved my phone situation with a Moto G5S+, which quickly paired with both my old ZenWatch 2 and my new ZenWatch 3. Almost immediately the ZenWatch 3 updated to Android Wear 2.0. I actually only have maybe 1/2 dozen apps on my ZenWatch2, so that's all I installed on my ZW3, too. The ZW3 is a superb watch. As much as I like the ZW2 (and I really do), I like the ZW3 even more. Although on paper I supposedly lose a little bit of screen real estate going from square to round, with the significant border around the ZW2, I think the screen sizes are relatively identical since the ZW3 screen has no border at all. Unlike the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, the ZW3 has some heft to it with an all metal rather than partial plastic construction. The ZW3 is very responsive compared to some lag and jerkiness with the ZW2. Honestly, though, prior to the ZW3, I didn't really notice this with the ZW2, but in direct comparison it's there. So far, all of the ZW3's sensors seem accurate (not that I had any complaints about the ZW2's sensors). All of the ZW2 apps are in the ZW3, too, including a rather nice assortment of Asustek Android Wear apps that really enhance the Android Wear experience. Asus included even more watch faces with the ZW3 than they did with the ZW2. They're all rather fancy, too. The ZW2 came with some rather plain or even cartoony ones, whereas the ZW3's watch faces are mostly elegant and dressy. All of these watch faces can support complications from the Asustek apps or Google apps, which is a big difference from the Huawei Watch 2 Classic, which could only use complications from the two included Huawei apps. The only way to avoid the Huawei apps is to use a third-party watch face (like Pujie Black), which isn't a horrible solution, but it's rather disappointing that you can't use any of the Huawei watch faces. So far the battery life has been excellent -- better than the ZW2. As usual with a new device, I'm messing with the watch a lot, so I don't really know what the normal battery life would be, but Asus claims it to be around 2 days and so far I could believe it. The reason for the improved battery life over the ZW2 is the ZW3's different processor, which is a Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 (yep, specifically designed for wearables). I think that processor also gets the credit for the slightly better, smoother performance of the ZW3 over the ZW2. As for the infamous third-party band debacle, that has a silver lining (pun intended). The silver Milanese band is now officially my favorite watch band ever. It looks great (a little sparkly, but still great), and it's literally infinitely adjustable to account for wrist swelling and shrinking throughout the day. It feels very comfortable on the skin, and surprisingly does not pull out arm hair (one review said it did, but I've yet to experience that with my rather hairy arms). It also doesn't show fingerprints (finally!). The one thing that surprised me and initially worried me about the ZW3 was discovering the sleep function of the ZenFit app is not manual anymore -- it's automatic. It's still manual on the ZW2, and it's the exact same app, so this was a little surprising for it to be different like this in the ZW3. You just wear the watch to bed and it automatically monitors your sleep. Yeah, I didn't believe it either, but surprisingly it did work and has been incredibly accurate every single night. With the ZW2 I would frequently forget to take it out of sleep monitoring mode, so I would end up with an inaccurate sleep analysis. Now it automatically starts and stops, so it's much more accurate. When I go to bed, I put the watch in theater mode (so the watch face won't keep lighting up). I think it's actually even more frugal on the ZW3 battery when sleep monitoring than it was on the ZW2. Will I still wear the ZW2 from time to time? I think so, but I really am quite smitten with the ZW3, so that probably won't be for a while. They both perform so similarly that will be really easy to alternate them, and since they can both be connected to my phone at the same time, they'll both stay updated so I can easily grab either one for the day. I was able to get the ZenWatch 3 for $179. It's now almost $200 (for whatever reason). The Milanese band was ~$20, which is a little more than I would normally pay for a band, but I like it so much that I don't care. Also, considering that it's such a custom band, they could probably ask more and ZW3 owners would pay for it (shhhhh...don't tell them!).