If you’re like me, you like things that have lots of bells and whistles that you have no practical use for. For example: I owned a Windows Mobile 6 device in college, as well as a Blackberry 8800 later on. I had no practical need or use for these devices, but I thought they were cool and I wanted them. In keeping with this tradition, I’ve managed to find a watch face for my ASUS ZenWatch 2, that satisfies this need I have for the ridiculous and impractical. It’s called the ATLAS Watch Face. What makes it so cool? It can track the International Space Station in real time! Oh, and it’s really customizable. It can track the International Space Station in real time!!!!
Developer: Tha PHLASH
What is it?
The ALTAS Watch Face does the basics quite well. It shows the time (12 or 24 hour format), the local weather, and it also shows today’s date. What it does in addition to that it was sets it apart from the competition. I’ll start with what I’ve already been raving about: this watch face offers a feature that lets you track the International Space Station in real time. The watch face plots the Station’s trajectory over the globe, allowing you to see where the Station is and where it will be. It can also display the Station’s current velocity. Another neat little feature you see on the ATLAS Watch Face is a little circular, pulsing maker that shows where you are located on the globe, in real time.
The ATLAS Watch Face comes with 8 preset color schemes. What’s really cool though, is that you can change the color of just about every element of the watch face, thereby allowing you to create your own color scheme.
Various elements of ATLAS can be added or removed should you choose to do so. This is a nice feature to have if you find that the default setup is too cluttered. Even with all features turned on, the watch face still looks clean and organized. There are also little elements that add to the ATLAS’ cool factor, like day and night being shown on the globe, and the “city lights” from continents in night time, being visible like they would be from outer space.
The Atlas Watch Face offers a digital or analog dial, 24 or 12 hour time, the ability to customize the appearance of Google’s peek cards, status bar positioning, weather type (Fahrenheit or Celsius), location type (GPS or network), watch face update interval, and even the ability to define how long the watch face displays before going into ambient mode. You can even choose what ambient mode theme you would like to use, which include: color, monochrome, or energy saver. With so many customization options available, you can almost truly make this watch face your own.
Is it worth your money?
My answer is yes. While it may be a little on the expensive side, you are getting a ton of bang for your buck. The ATLAS watch face looks good, functions well, and it takes something boring, like telling the time, and makes it fun and adventurous. With its vast level of customization, as well as its ability to track the ISS in real time, $2 truly is a steal for this watch face.