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Any smart watch users?

Discussion in 'Watches' started by dml24, Nov 10, 2016.

  1. NewKidontheGlock

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    The F3HR was a bit of an impulse purchase--REI I believe while on travel to a big city and bored after hours. I liked the all black look. For me the sapphire glass, all black, week or more long battery life and wrist HR I wanted to give a try. The wrist based HR is good for resting or light exercise, but struggles at high cardio unless worn very tight. The HR though and Garmin in general integrates well with Apple's Health app and ecosystem. Check out DC Rainmaker's in depth review of any of these devices you are considering but be prepared to read 40 pages or more. Thinking about selling the regular Fenix 3 actually. iPhone notifications are simply flawless on all 3 devices and GPS (only smart recording on the Vivoactive) is very good though some perfectionists will say it isn't particularly near heavy tree cover. The absolutely perfect combo IMO for running--indoors or out is the Garmin device (any) along with the Scosche Rythym + worn on the forearm (again, check out DC Rainmaker who is a well know triathlete and the Scosche is his regular user).

    Apple watch is simply a nonstarter for me due to battery life, cost, the relatively light construction and the not always on feature since the screen sucks battery. The transflective displays of the Garmins are far superior for actual use to me. Below are a couple pics of the F3 and F3HR showing off some of the watch faces etc. you can play with using ConnectIQ. Silver bezel is the F3 and black is the F3HR. 7.25" wrist size.

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  2. NewKidontheGlock

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    Think I read too quickly. F3 vs. Vivoactive HR. F3 is a more complete device with outdoor functions and 1 second GPS recording. Vivoactive HR has touch screen, smart GPS recording. I would say the VAHR is more than enough device for the average runner/swimmer/bicyclist and also has a barometer. Step and flights of stairs tracking with the VAHR I find very accurate. The limitations of wrist based HR is the same for all such devices but is good for resting and light exercise. Good for cardio too if you don't mind wearing very tight. Throw in an $80 Scosche Rythym Plus for heavy cardio and you have all you need. Same long battery life as F3, same Connect IQ watch faces, widgets and apps, smaller screen. Check out dcrainmaker.com. Forums.garmin.com is also a wealth of information for a buying decision.
     
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    I've had a series 2 apple watch (sport) for a few months now.

    I like it so much that I haven't worn any of my other watches since.

    I love not missing messages, calls, or any other function that I would have missed because I carry my phone in my pack or pocket.

    I used to have a problem that I would have to stop every once and a while when riding my motorcycle to see if I missed any messages or calls from wife. Now I get all notifications straight to my wrist.

    Having maps (turn by turn) on my wrist is also very useful for riders.
     
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  4. Powrstroke6.0

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    I have a gear s2 that pretty much replaced my g shock. Love it so far, especially the notifications when I don't readily have my phone on me.

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    Got a gear s3 being delivered tomorrow. Never wanted a smart watch before but having seen a friends s2 I was sold on the idea

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  6. EZDog

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    Apple Watch!
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    I am so used to it now that when I wore a different watch the other day I jerked my wrist up to look every time my phone rang or vibrated on my belt?
    I don't love it but there is little arguing that it is a good tool to have.

    I did buy 2 new watches Today and they are not Smart except looking.
     
  7. joeyontz

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    I've had an AW2 that my wife got me this past Christmas. I really like it and the battery life doesn't bother me. I get two days to a charge. That being said I would guess when Kayak season starts back up I will probably burn through it more using the GPS. I like that it can be used as a stand alone. I came into this from a first gen Pebble that I wore for years from Kickstarter.
     
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    Pebble 2 HR with Richard Tracy Hammer Band
    Got it a week before Pebble was bought by FitBit.
    It replaced a Peak Basis which was recalled.
    I love it, even if there is no support for it. It has been a great watch and heart rate monitor. But the biggest feature I like is the notifications. I don't have to pull out my phone for every text. When I am on the plant floor I can know when I get a call even when I can't hear the ring. Best of all 5-7 day battery life.
     
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    That looks great. I still like pebble smart watch the best because of the battery life and just the right amount of "smart" for me.

     
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    I kind of laughed at the Apple Watch when it came out, but it's been a godsend since I switched jobs. I'm at 3-4 regularly scheduled meetings per day in a fast paced environment where it's not safe/practical to be digging my phone out of my pocket all the time, even if I could hear it. Works superbly for me with alarms/reminders and quick text indicators.

    It's kind of funny that some of my co-workers won't wear them to work, but it's just a tool (albeit a costly one) and not a sacred cow for me. I got a deal for my wife and myself on a couple of buyer-remorse watches, and work is the whole reason I wanted it, so...yeah.
     
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    That one that allows different dials looks cool. But I figure they are way on up out of my price range.

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  12. EZDog

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    My thoughts about mine exactly.
     
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    I have an original Pebble (actually had to replace one with a newer one.) I loved the battery life (5 days) and the level of "Buzz" for alerts.
    It is now in semi retirement, being replaced by a Fossil Q45 Pilot (10 day battery life). Which is only a notifier, but the appearance is a real quartz analog watch. For a day I had the Vector Luna. I didn't like that they had dropped all support and it was too limited compared to the Pebble.

    But now I am working my way through my other watches, all analog automatic or quartz.
     
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    Lately I have been wearing a Garmin vivoactive HR as my "smart watch". It has your usual Garmin fitness tracking feature, downloadable watchfaces, Garmin has an iOS app now that you can have your own watchface with photo (at the mercy of the color definition and resolution of the screen), and a few app and widget here and there.

    Its definitely gears more towards fitness and sports than "smart", but its "smart" enough for me. I don't need to talk to my watch or have my watch set my home thermostat to 73F degree. :p

    The battery life has been great. With fitness tracking 24/7, some indoor and outdoor running/cycling (oHR on the whole time, GPS on half the time), the battery was at 40% after 5 days.

    decently comfortable on the wrist. oHR is decently accurate most of the times. One feature that I use for cycling is the ANT+ broadcast of HR from vivoactive HR to my Fenix 3 and zwift. It worked ok. I did expect one time of which the broadcast stopped for no reason and i had to start the broadcast to make it work again.

    One annoying thing about it is that *I think* it only has RAM instead of EEPROM inside. So whenever you power off and power on the unit, you will lose EVERYTHING in the unit, and you have to add the watchfaces (etc) back. On the contrary, my Fenix 3 had crashed once in the middle of a run. The unit restart itself, and paused at where it left off with the run app running.

    Until something better to come along, this Fenix 3 (non HR) and vivoactive HR works for me.
     
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    In order: Original Pebble, Pebble Steel, Apple Watch Series 1, Pebble 2. I have a soft spot for the Pebbles, love the long battery life, crisp e-Paper display, and huge selection of watch faces and apps.

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    Samsung S3. Love it. GPS, heart rate monitor, Samsung quick pay, email, text, phone...a lot of great features. My main complaint is the voice assistant. It's usable, but not great.[​IMG]

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    Same... I got mine back in Feb for my birthday and I love the thing. Not sure I was at first, but it has really made a difference. I like the heart rate monitor as I can keep track of my stress.. lol..
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    I like my regular watches too much to change over to a single smart watch. I am considering a simple fitbit style band to keep track of a thing or two but mainly to see if it will work for me as a vibrating alarm clock so i don't wake the wife when i have to get up at silly hours. Anyone have experience with vibrating alarm functions on these bands?
     
  19. EZDog

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    I only have the Apple Watch and the whole watch vibrates but it is pretty effective in getting my attention!
    To say the least!!!

    I only use mine on Vibrate for phone calls and messaging but this has helped me to not miss important calls and messages enough that I pretty much wear just this watch most days that I am working.
    I try to not be a slave to the phone for sure but I also ALWAYS miss calls and messages as I simply do not notice them and I almost never let the phone ring out loud.
    So since having the watch work as an extension of the phone has been a true improvement for me and it is easy enough to turn off too as needed.

    I don't use an Alarm Clock but I imagine it would be great for that too.

    The only downside for me is that it feels a little too much like being electrocuted too!
    I work with wiring all day long .........so there is that?
     
  20. kensington

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    I am not a watch wearer, I think they look cool but can't afford what I would eventually get into and realistically my phone provided has provided what information I needed. That is until the fitness watches with smart features arrived. Fitness with a decent heart sensor to be specific.

    In addition to that my friend built me a mountain bike on the condition that I ride with him and that my employer has a rather generous 'live well' plan that totally covered the purchase.

    So the perfect storm arrived and after a bit of research I went with the Garmin Vivoactive HR, and I am very very happy with it.

    The fitness aspects are worth the cost of the watch for me for sure. Step count, telling me to move, activity recording of daily ping pong matches and occasional bike rides are a definite bonus.

    What really put it over the top for me though are the notifications, I get tons of work related email and text messages and not having to pull out my phone every couple of minutes to see them or see if I missed any makes the watch worth its weight in gold.

    The vibrate works well and I have been able to shut off the alarm (audible and vibrate) on my phone because of it, which makes my wife very happy.

    Now if I can get a few minutes to find some good watch faces and figure out how to still get work email and text messages during sleep time that would be awesome.

    I do wish I had a bit more mney so I could have gone for the much better looking Fenix line but the Vivoactive HR fits all my practical needs.