I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.
For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.
From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.
Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.
Wi-Fi MESH networks are akin to having a cell network across your house for Wi-Fi. It is not the same as using Wi-Fi extenders — more a case of having multiple satellite Wi-Fi access points that flood your house with Wi-Fi signals. It has been around for at least 4-years, with Google one of the pioneers.
I have looked at it and to intend to upgrade to such a MESH network one of these days.
EERO, by no means, is the only provider. Most Wi-Fi providers now offer some level of MESH networking.
Pretty obvious why Amazon wants the technology. They will incorporate it with Alexa. You will then have Alexa all around your house — without any blind spots! You could interact with Alexa from the bathroom. Scary. Plus, Google has it.
I am surprised that Amazon did not go with Ubiquiti Networks. That would have been my choice. Maybe Ubiquiti was overkill, whereas EERO has just enough for what Amazon wants to do with Alexa.