Anyone here own a smartwatch? Feedback? I'm thinking of getting one.

  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Oct 14, 2016 7:04 AM GMT
    Remember when smartphones first hit the market and shortly afterward it became very unfashionable to own a wristwatch? Now, of course, they're making a comeback and why not? Since they've been able to sync a smartphone with a smartwatch now companies like Samsung and Apple can enjoy more profits by selling us more junk that we really don't need. icon_lol.gif

    I've always enjoyed the convenience of looking at my wrist to instantly tell the time. It may sound silly, but sometimes fumbling to get my phone out of my pocket or gym back while in public just to know the time can be a distracting and clumsy process. I thought I would just buy a nice wristwatch but some of these smartwatches are comparable if not substantially cheaper than the type of wristwatches I used to buy. And that was ten years ago!

    Anyone here have any feedback to share?

    I'm probably going to buy one by this weekend for Adroid. Looks like you can spend as little as $30 to more than $300.
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    Oct 14, 2016 1:35 PM GMT
    Love my Apple Watch.
  • Mulder

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    Oct 14, 2016 3:02 PM GMT
    I can definitely see the convenience but there's something about a classic wristwatch that's just sexy, while a smart watch isn't. At least for me, lol!
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    Oct 14, 2016 6:04 PM GMT
    Both my husband & I each have Apple Watches. We love them.

    They're only as "smart" as the iPhone to which they're tethered, however. The second generation is now more stand-alone "smart" but it still needs the phone to really come alive.

    I could RJ PE you to go into details. We also have over 3 dozen other watches between us, and we still wear those for special situations and dress-up. My certified diver's watch is my beach watch, and I have evening watches, just all kinds. I don't think there's a universal watch for every single occasion and use.

    But as my daily casual watch nothing beats my Apple Watch. Tells me my appointments, incoming phone calls and texts (I could speak on it but that's silly when my phone is with me), gives me the current weather & forecasts, and too many services to list here. A lot depends on how you program it.
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    Oct 14, 2016 7:48 PM GMT
    Under the hood some of the Garmin running watches are Android smart watches (maybe all of the latest ones are). I have the Forerunner 235 and installed its software developer kit and thereby discovered that it's Android. There are a lot of apps for it. I would guess it's unlikely that you could install on it the Android apps designed for the other Android watches.

    I'm not a watch wearer so I only wear it when I'm running. When I get back home it uses bluetooth to upload my run to the Garmin web site were I can ogle my stats, which I rarely do.

    It might be of interest to people who want a true GPS and heart rate monitor on their wrist that's a smart watch.

    https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/
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    Oct 14, 2016 9:28 PM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidUnder the hood some of the Garmin running watches are Android smart watches (maybe all of the latest ones are). I have the Forerunner 235 and installed its software developer kit and thereby discovered that it's Android. There are a lot of apps for it. I would guess it's unlikely that you could install on it the Android apps designed for the other Android watches.

    I'm not a watch wearer so I only wear it when I'm running. When I get back home it uses bluetooth to upload my run to the Garmin web site were I can ogle my stats, which I rarely do.

    It might be of interest to people who want a true GPS and heart rate monitor on their wrist that's a smart watch.

    https://apps.garmin.com/en-US/


    I started to check the Garmin reviews on amazon and found a model that I liked the appearance of. But after reading the one star reviews it seemed like people complained that it wasn't suitable for everyday use as a smartwatch. I'm wondering since you only wear yours for running that this is the reason why you're satisfied. And I wonder if I want to use it for daily use if I will not be happy like some reviewers. Some of the Garmin smartwatches look pretty nice in the photos. But they're also kinda pricey.

    I may just settle for a cheap digital analog watch. After hours of looking around I don't think I will find something that I will like. All I really need is a way to tell time and a stopwatch feature for the gym would be another feature I want.
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    Oct 15, 2016 1:19 AM GMT
    For durable inexpensive digital watches Timex is what I've always liked; that's what I'd get if I were going to start wearing a watch again. I also liked the ones with a velcro wrist strap; makes it easy to adjust it exactly to my wrist.

    They had some with geeky features; for example, temperature and barometer. My favorite one was back when Halley's comet was incoming was the one that showed the solar system with the positions of the planets and Halley's comet. But with a smart watch that kind of stuff is nothing special.
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    Oct 15, 2016 1:40 AM GMT
    It was a Casio watch. I remember when Casio dominated the wristwatch market. Timex has really made a comeback.

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    Oct 15, 2016 9:34 AM GMT
    ^ That's a nice looking watch. I actually used to wear Casio watches quite a bit when I was younger. And after I looked up Garmin watches and decided to give up due to mixed reviews and the expense I thought I would get a watch I can wear to the gym. Casio and Timex watches were watches I was reviewing this morning. I also saw some knockoffs for a fraction of the price that I wouldn't mind if they didn't last a very long time. Here is one that I bought online and I should get it soon. It was $12. icon_lol.gif


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    https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00K7GE5CQ/ref=oh_aui_detailpage_o00_s00?ie=UTF8&psc=1

    It's a bit obnoxious looking but I don't mind. It is knockoff of the G-Shock from Casio.


    This is a Casio watch which I will buy also. It's only $60 and looks pretty nice:

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    https://www.amazon.com/dp/B0049HSJ76/ref=wl_it_dp_o_pC_nS_ttl?_encoding=UTF8&colid=2KGHSHVLBLXLV&coliid=IGNM1QUAOHSBM

    I will look into Timex and see what they have. There are so many Casio knockoff watches for $13 and most of them have a four star review or higher. If I get at least a year of reliable functionality from them I will feel as though I got my money's worth.
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    Oct 15, 2016 7:35 PM GMT
    ANTiSociaLiNJUSTICeWarior said...

    From the amazon page for the Fanmis watch:

    **NOTE**:
    • Please DONOT Press Any Buttons Underwater. Also avoid the use in extreme hot or cold temperature.
    • If mist or droplets found inside watch surface, please contact manufacturer immediately for maintenance to prevent moisture corrosion of the internal components.
    • Clean the strap by a soft cloth on regular bases is highly recommended.
    • Too much water contact will shorter watch life.

    The part about cleaning the strap is probably because the plastic is cheap and gets brittle from sweat and breaks (which has happened to me), one of the reasons I prefer velcro straps. I've learned to always rinse my watches after a run.

    The Q&A section is also amusing:

    Question: Has any one found a printed manual for this watch?
    Answer: No and the instructions I received consisted of one page entirely in Chinese. Totally useless.
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    Oct 15, 2016 7:43 PM GMT
    This is essentially what my last Timex purchase was. The case design is slightly different now.

    http://goo.gl/ztCn4u
  • charlitos666

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    Oct 15, 2016 11:46 PM GMT
    Apple watch.
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Oct 16, 2016 2:46 AM GMT
    Lumpyoatmeal saidThis is essentially what my last Timex purchase was. The case design is slightly different now.

    http://goo.gl/ztCn4u


    That looks quite nice also.

    If the cheaper watch I purchased online is easy to set and is of decent quality I may buy a few of them along with a nicer Casio watch. Even though the manual is in Chinese I've always had a knack for tinkering with gadgets and figuring them out. Otherwise, I guess I could learn Chinese. icon_razz.gif
  • ANTiSociaLiNJ...

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    Oct 20, 2016 3:26 AM GMT
    Update:

    So I received the S-Shock knockoff by Fanmis and it's working out really well. It came with instructions in English and Chinese. Setting it up took all of forty seconds. It's working well and I couldn't be happier.
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    Oct 20, 2016 5:47 PM GMT
    At $13 it would only need to last for half a year to be worth it. I hope you had ordered at least $50 worth of stuff so that you didn't pay shipping; the shipping would have been almost half the price of the watch.
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    Oct 24, 2016 8:52 PM GMT
    Apple Watch Is the Leader of the Crashing Smartwatch Market:

    http://fortune.com/2016/10/24/smartwatch-market-crashing-apple/

    (20 lashes with a wet noodle for that writer; he used "it's" for the possessive instead of the correct "its".)
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    Oct 24, 2016 9:03 PM GMT
    I can't understand why anyone disses the wristwatch, in favor of a cell phone in the pocket. The cell is bigger & clumsier than the old-fashioned pocket watch the wristwatch replaced. And you have to pull the thing out every time you wanna check the time. Sorry, I'll go with the wrist solution.

    And the Apple Watch gives me a ton more information & functionality than any other wristwatch ever did.