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Watch options stressing me out! Please help

Discussion in 'Sports Arena' started by Yucca, Feb 1, 2019.

  1. Yucca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 20, 2004

    Posts: 1,912

    Location: Nock/Leicester

    Hi all

    Im ashamed to say iv spent hours and hours today going over this and still no wiser. Ready to snap now so any help would be greatly appreciated!

    Options:

    1) Forerunner 735XT - Is there anything this watch can do that the Vivoactive cant?! £210

    2) Garmin Vivoactive 3 music - Supports contactless payments and music so I can run without my phone - Does not support Spotify yet which is what I use but says its 'coming soon'. £230

    3) Apple Watch Series 3 38mm - Im assuming for a little more £££ I still get all the running stats I will ever need, contactless payment, music (but not spotify?) and all the additional benefits of a smart watch i.e. texts, calls etc. Surly this will also have better resale value if I choose to sell later? £260


    I don't mind paying the extra for the more expensive watches if they are better 'bang for buck'.

    My use - Running, weights at gym, football and lots of walking. Would like music and contactless payment though until they add Spotify support its no good! Would also like sleep tracking, resting heart rate, steps etc. Anything more is a bonus.
     
  2. Shadowness

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 17, 2006

    Posts: 2,577

    Location: Gloucestershire

    I've got a Forerunner 935, which is pretty much the top model 'triathlete' watch. And that's what I use it for, triathlon training and eventing.

    I'm sure the 735 is a slightly lower spec 935, so essentially a multisport watch. If you're only tracking running with GPS, it might be a bit overkill.

    The vivoactive might be more up your street as it'll be more gym friendly, with a music player etc.

    Other than that, I guess it depends if you prefer apple vs garmin. If you're serious about sports tracking, get the latter.
     
  3. Yucca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 20, 2004

    Posts: 1,912

    Location: Nock/Leicester

    I looked at the 935 but I think the extra cost is wasted on me.

    I understand that wearing a strap gives better HR stats. Am I right in thinking all 3 of these watches will allow me to use either the built in HR monitor AND/or add a strap?

    In relation to apple vs garmin - Is there anything that the Vivo or 735 can do which the apple watch can not?
     
  4. Ian_Eb

    Hitman

    Joined: Oct 17, 2002

    Posts: 825

    Location: Congleton, Cheshire

    I have a Vivoactive 3 (Non music) and it works fine for me at the moment. One thing to bear in mind is that the Vivoactive will only store the last 7 activities on-board, so if you want to review them on the watch then you would need the forerunner (However, the sync to Garmin connect works as soon as you are near the phone and they all get recorded there). I had a Forerunner 610 prior to that, but when it came to replacement, I knew there was a new 6xx coming soon.

    You chould be able to wear an ant+ strap for any of the Garmins and they just launched a dual strap with BLE as well - Review

    Garmin pay is not well supported in the UK at present. Current supported cards are below.

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  5. Shadowness

    Mobster

    Joined: Sep 17, 2006

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    As you’ve stated.....if you’re serious about monitoring HR, you’ll want/need a chest strap. No issues with a Garmin, I’m sure you can connect one to an Apple Watch too. Just google which ones work and what wireless tech they use.
     
  6. Begbie

    Capodecina

    Joined: Oct 20, 2004

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    Similar dilemma, also consdering the galaxy watch. As similar specs with spotify (offline)
     
  7. Yucca

    Wise Guy

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    So the vivoactive doesn't store much data on board, does not support the advanced Garmin HR strap (if you even needed that much data!), does not support Spotify and the contactless payment is pretty much useless as is supports hardly any cards!

    Does it actually do anything at all that the forerunner 735XT does not do?! If not then I guess it makes sense for me to go for the cheaper forerunner 735XT.

    Weird thing is that on the John Lewis website the forerunner is cheaper than the Vivo but on the actual Garmin website the forerunner is much more expensive than the Vivo. Not even sure which of the two is the more expensive watch now!
     
  8. Yucca

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 20, 2004

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    Which watch is this mate? I really do like the idea of music on the watch. Though without contactless payment I guess id have to take my phone out anyway. In which case the music on the watch is irrelevant.
     
  9. Begbie

    Capodecina

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    It also has contactless payment.

    https://www.samsung.com/global/galaxy/galaxy-watch/

    There was a review comparing it to the forerunner and it almost matches it when they took it on a run.

    It seems to tick all the boxes for me.
     
  10. jpaul

    Sgarrista

    Joined: Mar 1, 2010

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    my 2¢ -
    Following your thread I searched agin for any reviews summarising watch music capability ..
    I would like something than can be on par with phone bluetooth capability where you can send the original bitstream 320Kbmp3/256aac,
    without the watch down-coding it.
    otherwise carrying a phone(waist bag) still seems best option ... so which watches do this ?

    https://the5krunner.com/2018/03/29/best-running-watch-music-review/
    Full waterproofing too for ~1hr swimming is essential ... which afaik samung watches don't yet offer ... hence currently using a suunto 3.

    ..not sure if they have resolved the apple watch sapphire screen issue either http://www.displaymate.com/Apple_Watch_ShootOut_2.htm
    which sticks as a black mark for apple.
     
  11. planty

    Wise Guy

    Joined: Nov 10, 2013

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    I think you probably need to decide if you want to prioritise a 'smart' watch or an 'activity' watch. My garmin goes for about 2 weeks on a charge, tracks everything I need, can view texts and answer calls, but doesn't do music or payments (without a phone nearby) - but I'm not bothered by those features. In addition, any watch that needs to be charged every day is an instant no from me.
     
  12. Shadowness

    Mobster

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    Snap for me. No complaints about my 935. Battery lasts ages, even with quite a few GPS tracked activities per week.
    But as said, it is an activity tracker, not a smart watch that can track some things.