I’ll break down my experience then.
I check the chart. I see that Wear OS supports all the sensors. Perfect! Lets see which devices will work…
“All Android Wear 1.0, Wear OS 2.0, and Wear OS 3.0 devices are supported if they have Play Services e.g.: Moto 360, Fossil, LG Watch, Sony SWR50, Asus ZenWatch, Huawei, Samsung, Polar but only Wear OS-based, TicWatch (only versions with Play Services), … and many more …”
Well that’s vague and confusing, but ok. I noticed a subpage for Wear OS, lets check that out:
" All Wear OS devices can monitor sleep tracking movement and collect HR. Some wearables can also collect SpO2 data - for more details, please see the chapter on oximeters and SpO data."
Of course that page doesn’t actually mention any specific models with SpO2 support, so my best bet is to go shopping for Wear OS compatible watches with SpO2 support. 30 minutes of googling later, none of the candidates I find specifically mention running Wear OS. There’s like 5 watches on amazon that are listed under Android Wear, and they are either too cheap or expensive and without reviews.
Ok, so Wear is a no-go. Lets check out Garmin instead.
This is a lot better. There’s an actual list of supported models (an official list by Garmin, no less) so I can go through my search results and pick ones that are compatible. That’s great. Every Garmin model I find under 200 USD has glaring hardware and software issues. Not so great, but I guess you pay for quality.
Well, I can’t afford a 250 dollar watch. Maybe I’m being too picky with the O2 sensor anyways. My old fitbit (now returned) was only 70 and it seemed to have decent sleep tracking. I bet I can find SOMETHING on the list that’s in my budget and actually functions well.
Well, if I want heart rate variability, my options are now Fitbit, the watch brand I disavowed due to their awful business practices, and Polar, which isn’t even a watch.
Is heart rate variability even that important? Are my sleep cycles estimated accurately if I use a product with minimal sensors? Which of these models are gonna be supported by their manufacturer 2-3 years down the line? Is there even a good watch worth buying for less than 200 USD?
I cannot possibly recommend Sleep as Android to anyone who isn’t young, tech savvy, and has time to look at forums, specifications, and product reviews all day. The fact that their isn’t a pinned thread for watch recommendations or at least a list of commonly recommended models just makes me feel like everyone on here is a developer or a techie. What if someone doesn’t have the money for a top-of-the-line, fully featured flagship fitness model OR the brains to discover a cheaper alternative?
Maybe I’m being entitled, but that’s my experience. Take it how you will.