Smart Watches

Mobile phones, PDAs, desktops, peripherals or anything else which doesn't fit in the laptop category

What Smartwatch interests you?

Pebble
0
No votes
Pebble (colour)
3
38%
Apple
1
13%
Sony WM3
0
No votes
LG G Watch
1
13%
Samsung Gear
1
13%
Moto 360
0
No votes
Other
2
25%
 
Total votes: 8
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Smart Watches

Postby Replicant » 13 Mar 2015, 14:16

So didn't appear to be much on here about these (apart from Ras's ramblings on the Pebble) so I decided to set up a thread all of its own.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby jurassicjim » 13 Mar 2015, 16:35

Will wait until they get a bit better I think, better battery, heart rate monitor and GPS combo would be great.

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Johnmcl7 » 13 Mar 2015, 17:30

Coincidentally I ended up ordering a Sony SWR50 today as it's more sports orientated rather than an every day watch which I fancy giving a go as I've a daily distance target thing that starts in a couple of weeks plus I'd like to experiment with Android Wear.

The two that properly interest me are the Pebble Colour and the Garmin Vivoactive as they both seem to have decent functionality, not too big and heavy plus crucially they have decent batterylife.

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby robbo » 13 Mar 2015, 17:44

I hit other as none really tickle my fancy at the moment.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Johnmcl7 » 14 Mar 2015, 16:25

The Sony arrived this morning but it will probably be going straight back, annoyingly it doesn't have packaging that can be easily opened and closed so I can't check it for sure but it looks quite a bit bigger than my current watch which is too big:

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As I have a very small wrist the size and weight is a big issue for me although when I think more about the Sony watch it's probably a bad choice anyway as a wear everywhere watch.

I had a look in town to see if there were any watches I could see in person and the O2 shop had the curved Galaxy watch, a Moto 360 (both huge) and a standard Pebble which looked ok size wise. They didn't have a steel so I couldn't see what it was like but I didn't realise it's actually meant to be slightly smaller. The new pebble time is apparently smaller and slightly curved which is appealing along with the colour screen but that's still some time away so I'm tempted to pick up a Steel for now and see how I get on.

Or the other option I like is the Garmin Vivosmart which isn't so much a smartwatch as a fitness band with some smart functionality, it sounds very basic but I've read a few reviews that have said they've found it a lot more useful than expected and it can be had in a small size.

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Fodder » 14 Mar 2015, 18:26

A patient of mine the other day had a fitbit on, he loves it. Very svelt too.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Johnmcl7 » 14 Mar 2015, 20:25

The Surge I take it? Detailed review here:

http://www.dcrainmaker.com/2015/01/fitb ... eview.html

I hadn't looked into it before although seems similar to the Sony, it gets very mixed reviews from users.

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Johnmcl7 » 14 Mar 2015, 21:04

I'm leaning towards the Garmin Vivoactive at the moment as it seems to be a bit smaller than the Sony and they're claiming three weeks batterylife which I'm sceptical of but if it can manage a week that would be good.

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Replicant » 15 Mar 2015, 15:01

I would just like something decent that I can pair up with my Lumia 930. Alas no such luck at present. Although rumour has it Pebble (my preferred choice) are working on it.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Johnmcl7 » 15 Mar 2015, 22:11

I thought Pebble had said they couldn't do Windows phone as they didn't have the access to the OS they needed? Could be talking rubbish, I only remember snippets from what Ras had said.

Is the Microsoft band any good? I've not seen anything of it bar the occasional reference since it was launched.

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http://www.engadget.com/2015/03/14/pebb ... _truncated

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Re: Smart Watches

Postby scarbunny » 16 Mar 2015, 16:13

I was leaning heavily towards none of these to start with, then the Apple Watched was announced and I still didn't care, then they announced the price and release date and I still didn't care.

Then I went to bed and woke up the following day wanting an Apple Watch. I don't understand, I have no use for one, I don't wear a watch, I barely use my phone beyond messaging the missus, and the rare phone call. So I have ignored the urge so far. But I can only assume that other Apple products are using the WiFi to reprogramme my mind.

I am tempted by a fitness tracker but it would need to be one with a heart rate monitor, I think, as all my exercise is gym based, and preferably waterproof.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby EviL Ras » 17 Mar 2015, 15:35

Pebble time steel.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby Replicant » 17 Mar 2015, 16:47

I see Microsoft Band will be available on April 15th in UK.
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby robbo » 18 Mar 2015, 00:14

I'll need to look into the Microsoft Band a little more to see if it would be of any use to me or just a nice new tech gimmick.

Re the Pebble for WP: http://www.windowscentral.com/hacked-pe ... dows-phone hacked pebble notifications for WP. (The Windows Central site search is atrocious! Had to use google for that. Maybe I should have used Bing...)
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Re: Smart Watches

Postby steffcip » 18 Mar 2015, 20:33

The Pebble has a third party app for BlackBerry 10 as well which I heard is very nice and functional
At the moment I am happy with the Gear 2 Neo connected to the Sam Alpha but I wanted at some point a Pebble steel for BlackBerry as the BlackBerry phone has the most activity

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