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Smartwatch Thread (news/apps/updates)

Discussion in 'Mobile Phones & Tablets' started by Mint_Sauce, Jul 7, 2014.

  1. ecksmen

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Jun 25, 2004

    Posts: 1,136

    Location: Cardiff

    Watches are region locked with samsung pay. I have the s3 frontier that I procured from Argos; pay would never activate. After speaking to samsung my watch was from stock intended for united arab emirates. Explaining this to argos in Newport was interesting, but they swapped the watch and now it works as intended.
     
  2. Begbie

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

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    Location: .....


    Oh, I've just bought mine in Cyprus as Amazon royally screwed my pre-order up and meant I wouldn't get the pre-order bonus.

    Though no samsung pay on my cards yet anyway.

    Glad I went for this over the 46mm Galaxy, it would've been too big. Where as this is perfect size for me. I don't have tiny wrists, but I also don't like wearing jewelry so it's a good fit.

    Can anyone reccomend a dual charger? The Samsung ones are insanly overpriced.
     
    Last edited: Mar 30, 2019
  3. 2013

    Mobster

    Joined: Dec 29, 2012

    Posts: 2,584

    Does anyone know of a good smart watch that will allow me to monitor my blood pressure ?
     
  4. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    Hey mate, hows your Barton strap holding up? Still ok?
     
  5. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    Paging @TheOracle !
     
  6. TheOracle

    Capodecina

    Joined: Sep 30, 2005

    Posts: 10,506

    Sorry mate. I bought two. Brown one and a blue one.
    Both were fantastic but on the blue one the dye ran and stained my shirt. Barton sent me £35 to buy a new one so great customer service. They said first time they've ever known it.

    I was really happy with them. That said the fabric ones also look nice.

    Check bellroy to see if they also sell straps. I've just bought one of their phone cases. Now they are nice!!!
     
  7. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    Cheers for the reply mate. Sounds good, I've taken a punt on a black one for my new Fossil Q Explorist Gen 4 for when I don't want to rock the brown strap.
     
  8. mrgubby

    Mobster

    Joined: Oct 21, 2002

    Posts: 4,802

    Location: 30 miles north of London

    Misfit have replaced my faulty Vapor smartwatch with a brand new boxed unit, any recommendations on best/safest place to sell it ?
     
  9. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    Finally got me new charger from Mobvoi for the TWP. Will see if it works later....
     
  10. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,712

    Location: Kent

    Any rumours of a Ticwatch Pro 2 coming out any time soon? Getting a big itch for a smartwatch now and it's the best one for me, but the size is massive (I have skinny arms) and I'll wait if there's a new one a few weeks/months away...
     
  11. Mekrel

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 2, 2004

    Posts: 6,572

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    I'm getting annoyed with my Galaxy watch now. I have a reoccurring issue where the watch will only give me the option of rejecting the call, or checking my phone to answer it. Strangely enough, this has worked previously where I can rotate the bezel to the right in order to answer a call and speak/listen to the other person via the watch. Using the watch to take calls was ideal when my phone was in another room and I wouldn't be able to find it before it rang out.

    Anyone come across this issue? I also hiked up a peak today (863ft) and the watch was telling me I had hiked -900ft :rolleyes:

    This is typical Samsung, inconsistent software performance. Hopefully the Pixel watch looks good, has a SoC made on a smaller manufacturing process and with a next iteration of WearOS that's better on battery.
     
  12. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    Ok so I now have a new charger for the Ticwatch Pro.

    Got to decide on that or the Fossil Q 4.

    I can't decide!
     
  13. manic111

    Capodecina

    Joined: Jul 1, 2007

    Posts: 15,000

    Location: Various

    Right, I'm really struggling to decide between some watches, and could use some help. I'm a big runner and "nice to haves" would be interesting data, accurate heart rate readings, etc (I'm taking GPS tracking etc as a given). More importantly, however, are offline Spotify (so I can run without my phone) and payment (with broad takeup from banks) as I often run from point A to point B and get the tube home. I'm less fussed about things like usual apps, notifications, etc, although Uber would be nice. I'd also like one which I can use daily at work (office, clients, etc) without looking to absurd. My thoughts are below:

    1. Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music: I like the transflective screen, has offline Spotify, excellent run tracking, heart rate monitoring, fitness data, etc. Poorly supported payment, not sure about Uber. Looks pretty average.

    2. Samsung Galaxy Watch Active: Shorter battery life, apparently terrible HR sensor but good GPS, reasonably well supported payment, offline Spotify, looks nice. Less impressive fitness data than Garmin and no transflective screen.

    3. Fossil Sport or Ticwatch Pro: Apparently decent run tracking, not heard much about the HR sensor, well supported payment, but no offline Spotify which is a big miss for me.


    I think the Samsung best fulfils my needs, but something is holding me back from buying it. Is there anything I'm missing? I wouldn't want to go above about £250.
     
  14. V_R

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Jan 17, 2007

    Posts: 7,833

    Location: UK

    If you want a fitness tracker, buy a fitness tracker not a smartwatch. :)
     
  15. manic111

    Capodecina

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    Well that's the issue, I want both really! My use will be literally every day at work, and then running 2-3 times a week so realistically I need something which does the job as a smartwatch primarily, but can also at a minimum give me GPS info from runs, play me music while running, and allow me to pay to get home from running.
     
  16. TallPaul_S

    Soldato

    Joined: Mar 24, 2011

    Posts: 5,712

    Location: Kent

    I don't believe android wear Spotify has offline music, even for premium users. So you're out of luck on that at the moment.

    You'd have to manually download music to the watch, and/or use google music.

    A quick google shows that offline on the samsung is possible - https://community.spotify.com/t5/An...-Samsung-Galaxy-Watch-or-Gear-S3/td-p/4562951 - so I'd say that narrows down your choice a fair bit :D

    Garmin if your need is for better fitness stuff, and samsung if you want better smartphone stuff.

    Edit: just watched a quick comparison, Samsung all the way. The Garmin is basically a fitness tracker that looks like a smartwatch. As you want it as a smartwatch primarily, get the samsung.
     
    Last edited: Apr 15, 2019 at 11:44 PM
  17. grudas

    Capodecina

    Joined: Mar 12, 2008

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    Location: West sussex

    my gear s3 frontier is great at all of that really, i'd say have a look on ebay etc and see if you can find one new. It's not much different to the new galaxy watches and also has better screen/battery etc.

    after recent update it is also very snappy!
     
  18. Begbie

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    The Galaxy Active is great IMO. Though I'm currently broken and not working out. The HR seems ok, but I've not tested against my strap.

    Battery life hasn't bothered me. I put it on charge when I get ready for work most mornings and it's enough to last till the next day.

    I was in the same dilemma, and it's the best all round imo.
     
  19. Mekrel

    Soldato

    Joined: Aug 2, 2004

    Posts: 6,572

    Location: Buckinghamshire

    I've found the HR sensor on my Galaxy Watch 42mm (non active) to be reliable, but I've only ever tested it against the electrical signal HR monitor you find on equipment at the gym. Unfortunately I have tendonitis of the patella tendon so can't run at the moment to test. From reading around, it appears optical HR monitors fair well during stable level of exercise but do struggle to pick up sharp changes in heart rate when doing HIIT exercises.

    I think the Galaxy Watch active is probably your bet if you want all the features you've listed, with the caveat that the likes of Garmin have better fitness tracking capabilities.

    I'm getting fed up of my Galaxy Watch though. At first, it met all my expectations in terms of battery life, responsiveness, notification interaction and fitness tracking. However, I find my expectations tend to evolve over time and this is where the Galaxy Watch has let me down, time and time again.

    For example - I wanted to get the hiking app, Komoot, onto my watch but it's not available on the Galaxy Watch. It is however available one of the older Gear Tizen based watches and even then, supposedly it's only available then if you have a Samsung phone.

    Honestly, Google needs to sort out Android Wear and it's OEMs because the only thing stopping me from going over to Apple is the fact Google Assistant and Android Auto are much better than the Apple counterparts and I'm happy to compromise on the latter. Essentially, if Siri gets overhauled and improved massively then I would replace my entire Google ecosystem in a heart beat. I'm fed up of having to compromise on my expectation of Wearables with Android.
     
  20. manic111

    Capodecina

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    I think the only thing stopping me using Google's wearables is the lack of a payment system tbh.

    I'll give the Watch Active a try and hope it meets my expectations!