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BANGKOK 22 May 2019 05:31
wpcoe

Do you have a "smart watch?"

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I bought one on my last trip to the US, mainly because I fell in love with the displayed time image on a display model.  It's an Android Wear watch, and later learned that pretty much any watch face on one Android watch can be put on any other Android watch.  Oh, well.

 

I'm a total neophyte with smart watches, and wonder what folks actually use them for.  I was disappointed that it seems most functions need to be done via a connected (via Bluetooth) phone.  What's the point of that?  Why not just do whatever function it is on the phone itself?  Hoping to be corrected that I've got the basic concept wrong, so fire away at my ignorance!  :smile:

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I got one free with my phone last year... tried it and eventually chucked it in a drawer.

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Thanks for confirming my impression.  Luckily my phone has a sort of "quick charge" where it fully charges in 60 minutes.  Since I don't have any of the health function apps (I think, or if I do, I don't use them) the watch will actually last 2-3 days with just time-telling being used.

 

The watch is a little too dressy for me to wear around town hopping on and off baht buses in Pattaya, but I wore it most of the time I was in the USA.  I will wear it on my frequent trips to Bangkok and see how it holds up.

 

My watch is a Fossil (just like me!) Sport watch.  I liked the band/face of the Fossil Explorist, but the Sport had a newer generation of processor (and hence, the fast charging.)

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12 hours ago, wpcoe said:

I was disappointed that it seems most functions need to be done via a connected (via Bluetooth) phone.  What's the point of that?  Why not just do whatever function it is on the phone itself?

 

What qualifies as "most functions"? What is it that you're having issues with? Your watch has a gazillion applications which operate independent of your phone, and has WiFi. That said, the lack of 4G means you do need WiFi or a linked Android phone via BT, for internet connectivity, which limits mobility a bit.

 

Maybe watch a few WearOS and Fossil Sport walk-through videos on Youtube?

 

 

 

12 hours ago, killerbeez said:

The watch is no more than a little touch screen connected to your phone... and the phone is where all the heavy lifting happens. Basically, unless it's connected to your phone, it's just something that tells the time for a few hours till the battery wears out.

 

This is wholly inaccurate.

 

 

 

 

 

It looks like an awesome watch. Google actually bought some tech (and people) from Fossil earlier this year. I know a few people with Fossil WearOS smartwatches and the only negative I hear is battery life, and the kludgy proprietary battery charger.

 

I go back and forth on the smartwatch concept. My biggest issue is the daily charging requirement. Then I think about the Citizen Eco-Drive, where you never have to worry about power.

 

WearOS is a must (rather than Android 7.1.1.), and I'm always leaning towards the TicWatch E2 or S2, for now.

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3 hours ago, mtls2005 said:

 

What qualifies as "most functions"? What is it that you're having issues with? Your watch has a gazillion applications which operate independent of your phone, and has WiFi. That said, the lack of 4G means you do need WiFi or a linked Android phone via BT, for internet connectivity, which limits mobility a bit.

Well, for starters, I had a watch face with a weather widget.  Doesn't update unless paired with mobile phone.  How useful is that?

 

Or how about when flying home:  New York to Seoul to Bangkok.  Wanted my watch to auto-synch to local times.  Nope.  Not without first synching my mobile phone and then pairing it with the watch.

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6 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

trouble is it goes on my dumb wrist...

Tell your wrist to pull its' fingers out!

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6 hours ago, wpcoe said:

Well, for starters, I had a watch face with a weather widget.  Doesn't update unless paired with mobile phone.  How useful is that?

 

Or how about when flying home:  New York to Seoul to Bangkok.  Wanted my watch to auto-synch to local times.  Nope.  Not without first synching my mobile phone and then pairing it with the watch.

And how about getting your watch to join a new WiFi network?

 

1. Get out your phone and pair it with your watch

2. Go to your watch to select and join a new WiFi network

3. Go back to your phone to enter the password

 

I think smart watches have great potential, but there not there yet in any practical sense that I can see.

 

I need to find those YouTube videos and see what I'm actually missing.  :smile:

 

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20 hours ago, from the home of CC said:

trouble is it goes on my dumb wrist...

Take off it.

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I just bought the new Huawei Watch GT (Silver version, outside Thailand).

And I am very happy with it, as I can wear it 1-2 weaks with all functions switched on. No need to recharge every day.

Of course this watch have limited smart functionality, but what I need is supported.

- Check heartbeat, sleep tracking, exercise tracking, and a nice looking watch-face, which looks like a real watch, and most important the battery lasting time.

 

As I have my phone with me about 99% of the time I not need a smart watch which can be used without a phone.

But it's nice to see the messages on the watch without always check the phone.

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