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Smartwatch Thread (news/apps/updates)

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

  1. deuse

    Capodecina

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    Location: Solihull-Florida


    Not worth it then.
    They did go the cheap route with a plastic bottom.
     
  2. mrgubby

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

    Posts: 5,310

    Location: 30 miles north of London


    I've got the original Ticwatch Pro and was going to buy the new one until I saw the reported problems (and the fact that the DD/MM is still backwards on the TN display)
     
  3. deuse

    Capodecina

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    Location: Solihull-Florida


    Just wow...

    Thanks for the info.
     
  4. AndyCr15

    Capodecina

    Joined: 28 Apr 2011

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    Location: Barnet, London

    This one I find amazing. I have no other issues with it (and tbf, this date issue is only on the Essential Mode screen, so it's not an issue either) but I find it amazing that after years of community comments about this, they've not fixed it.
     
  5. Maccapacca

    Don

    Joined: 13 Apr 2010

    Posts: 17,601

    Location: Sunny Sussex

    Garmin is so confusing :p too much choice, I’m looking for a smart watch to monitor general workouts that could be cycling, gym and treadmill.

    Road bike I have wahoo cycling computer and a traxx turbo trainer linked to zwift.

    Treadmill is old so not connectable.

    Wrist strap needs to be 220mm plus

    Budget £300

    Any suggestions? Not particularly interested in other than popular brands.

    Thanks
     
  6. mrgubby

    Soldato

    Joined: 21 Oct 2002

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    Location: 30 miles north of London

    Their community forum is a joke, I've had posts refused because I quoted the mods using the same BS year after year :D
     
  7. Captain

    Capodecina

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    Now I've moved away from Apple and no longer using my Apple watch, what's the best equivalent?

    I like to control spotify etc from my watch and also calorie and step counting.

    Quite like the look of the Garmin watches and the Samsung smart watches.
     
  8. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: 13 May 2003

    Posts: 31,940

    Location: Warwickshire

    Do you care about NFC payments and who do you bank with?
     
  9. Invertigo

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Sep 2010

    Posts: 2,074

    Location: Manchester

    Pretty much sounds like the same question as me, albeit £200-250 top end really. Wanting to get something for fitness that links to Strava for cycling too, Garmin does this direct and the Samsung watches effectively sync through the Samsung Health app. NFC for me is a must and my bank works with both Samsung and Garmin Pay.

    So my choices seem to be the Galaxy Active 2, Garmin Venu or Vivoactive 3/4
     
  10. Captain

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    While not a deal breaker, I suppose it would be a nice feature.

    I use google pay with my phone anyway so no big deal if it's not supported.

    Santander is who I bank with so again no issues. :)
     
  11. Sho

    Mobster

    Joined: 21 Sep 2006

    Posts: 4,643

    Location: Oldham

    I use a Ticwatch pro 3. And NFC payment on that is very good.

    The only draw back i've found is when i try using it in any Tesco stores, payments won't go through for some reason. Apart from that i use my watch as my defualt payments now.
     
  12. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: 13 May 2003

    Posts: 31,940

    Location: Warwickshire

    Well I'm returning my Huawei GT2.

    It's really good overall for the money, but the heart rate monitor is just ropey.

    It starts off reading accurately enough after a watch reset, but when you start a workout or change a watch face, it starts massively under-reading the rate. Reckons I've got a HR of ~100 bpm after 45 minutes of skipping rope vs. another watch and HR monitor putting me around 145bpm.

    Oh well, guess I'll have to start putting some proper money into this malarkey.
     
  13. BlizzardX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    Location: Auckland, New Zealand

    So apparently around the 20th a beta firmware will be released for the Tiwatch Pro 3 which includes the FSTN backlight and date layout as well as general swipe and speed improvements... mine is currently transiting through Hong kong so hopefully will be with me soon along with my ANC earbuds. Went for mobvoi again for price, reasonable performance and the fact that at 90NZD that's good value given how long the batteries will likely last in them!
     
  14. Participant

    Caporegime

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    With the TicWatch 3 is there any way to have the OLED screen flash up with a wrist turn, rather than it being the always on LCD unless you press the button? Really don't want to have to press a button to view the OLED screen.
     
  15. BlizzardX

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 19 Oct 2002

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    I think you can disable the FSTN screen and just run the oled screen as an AoD... will reduce battery life but it may not be an issue if you charge most days.. Mines now in Auckland so hopefully will be with me tomorrow and I'll be able to confirm.
     
  16. mrgubby

    Soldato

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    Location: 30 miles north of London

    I've got my Ticwatch pro set to wake on wrist flick :)
     
  17. Participant

    Caporegime

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    Location: Warwickshire

    At which point it goes straight to the AMOLED screen? What does it show when it's still; blank screen?
     
  18. mrgubby

    Soldato

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    Location: 30 miles north of London

    It shows the low power TN display then goes straight to the OLED display when I move my wrist.
     
  19. Participant

    Caporegime

    Joined: 13 May 2003

    Posts: 31,940

    Location: Warwickshire

    Thanks.

    Just bit the bullet and ordered a TicWatch Pro 3, GPS version.

    I didn't really want to spend that much, but I decided I want Google Pay / Google infrastructure and more reliable fitness tracking.

    Hoping the worries about water proofing and whatever else aren't a problem!
     
  20. Cheetah Designs

    Wise Guy

    Joined: 10 Jul 2006

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    I've picked myself up a Fossil Gen 5 and had a few questions:

    1. Is there a way I can remove/hide some of the default apps from the menu?...seems there are some duplicates of the same thing
    2. Can I have a watch face that doesn't have "Fossil" all over it?
    3. I used Google Pay for the first time today, I pressed the button to bring it up. Put it to the reader and it buzzed. I had to enter in a pin, then put it to the reader again. Is there any way I can get rid of the authentication, or do the authentication once when I put on the watch each day?
    4. The buttons don't seem to work if you are already in an app...is there a way to get around this?
    5. Any general tips for things to disable to improve battery/performance? Or just tips in general.