I’ve got a thousand dollar in this review and once again it’s very nice. But it seems like the only reason to pay that price is the name on the back. This is the Montblanc Summit 2 SmartWatch from Montblanc and I’m Emej Ck. Today I review thousand dollars Montblanc Summit 2 SmartWatch. So you will know how expensive it will be for you. Do not buy what will be ticked or not.
Summit 2: Design & Display
The lead-in like that you might think I have nothing good to say about this watch but that’s not true. In fact, this is my favorite SmartWatch hardware of 2018 the 42-millimeter casing is water-resistant and weighted so well that while you can upgrade to a titanium version I wouldn’t want to. It feels just perfect and stainless steel. Also nearly perfect the 1.2-inch display which is brilliantly bright and pixel-packed with the kind of contrasting color that only OLED can provide.
Summit 2: Software & Apps
While you can of course tap and swipe on the sapphire watch face to interact with the software anytime you have the opportunity to use that rotating side button instead you should. It’s so perfectly synced with the software that it almost feels like some internal spring or string is pulling you through the menus mechanically. And the Montblanc logo on the crown that’s a nice touch too. Even on the software side, there’s plenty nice to set Google’s new wear OS is exactly the usability and design update the platform needed. And special kudos to Google assistant which has gotten much better at giving you important information at any given moment. I mean sometimes it does feel like you’re wearing a successor poster on your wrist but that’s okay.
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Summit 2: Travel info
Now Mont Blanc is positioning the Montblanc Summit 2 to as an accessory for Globetrotters and to sell that narrative it’s included two notable apps. Travel info is really basic than an uneven smattering of social advice for different countries which are somehow at once too broad and also weirdly specific. I didn’t know about this salt shaker thing in Spain. But the other one time-shifter that’s great. It’s basically a coach for helping you minimize jet lag.
Summit 2: Luxury brand
That’s a lot of pluses so why am I so down on the Montblanc Summit 2? – well here’s the thing when you’re buying a luxury brand part of what you’re paying for is the name on the box. What I can’t abide is when these upscale brands use that as an opportunity to skimp on the fundamentals.
Montblanc Summit 2: Battery life
Biggest among these is battery life. The Montblanc Summit 2 is a one-day SmartWatch. Meaning you need to charge it every night. That’s a huge disappointment because the Qualcomm Snapdragon 3100 inside was specifically designed to give these watches more staying power. I had a chat with Qualcomm about this while I was in Hawaii and while a company VP was careful to avoid assigning blame I got the sense that the problem might lie in how we’re OS utilizes the hardware. In short, it could be a software thing. Which means its possible updates could help squeeze more life out of that big battery in the future. Qualcomm did say I wasn’t the first to ask these questions. According to reviews, the fossil sport has similar battery issues on the same chipset. So, for now, this isn’t a problem unique to Montblanc.
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Montblanc Summit 2: Price
And with any of those watches, you wouldn’t have to deal with the Montblanc Summit 2twos finicky charging cradle with an old micro USB port and magnets so weak that it’s just a circus to charge this thing. Seriously it’s the worst. Then there are the inconsistent apps. Montblanc offers a world clock stop watching a timer and the latter is notable mainly for just how slow it feels. By the way, the buttons I’ve set as shortcuts to those apps are also utterly lacking any kind of physical feedback. They don’t move at all. And while I really like these watch faces but complications don’t always display properly on the always-on display. I keep this one on the left here set to a different time zone and it’s basically never correct.
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Finally, take the presentation. This box is useful, but when I pay $1,000 I expect wood and leather instead of fabric and carton. It’s okay if you think I’m crazy to say so, but remember that back in 2015. Huawei gave people exactly half the price on Android wears. If the Montblanc Summit 2 was half the price, it would be easy to recommend despite its shortcomings. Now say once again that this is one of the most beautiful hardware that you will find in smart clocks. But to justify a starting price tag of $995 for me means that you just have to get closer to the peak of perfection.