Galaxy Watches

Discussion in 'General Smartphone/Handheld/Wearable Discussion' started by scjjtt, May 29, 2019.

  1. scjjtt

    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Yesterday I was about to buy Mrs scjjtt another Pebble Round watch because the watch face cover was coming off of hers. That happened to her first Pebble Round. We tried super gluing her first Pebble Round’s watch face back on only for it to fall off & get lost & the watch to stop working. She's tough on watches.

    As I said I was about to order another for $77 on Amazon until I saw on the screen that I had made this same purchase on April 18, 2018.

    I thought maybe this is a time (no play on words) to look for a different watch for her. I had some time & dropped in a T-Mobile store 1/2 mile from the church office.

    T-Mobile was having a sale on Galaxy Watches - buy 1 & get 1 free. The sales guy said I could get one with her. I told him that I already had 3 smart watches (Pebble Time Steel, Moto 360 & Asus Zenwatch 2) & I didn't need a 4th, plus T-Mobile was selling them for $375 & I could get one for $276 on Amazon.

    As I talked with the sales guy a sales gal came over & guess what she was wearing - the same 42mm Galaxy Watch that I was looking at. She had it since October - after a short period of time with a Apple watch which she didn't like. I asked if she had a Samsung phone. She had many of the Notes but when the OnePlus 7 came out she got it & has no problem syncing the two together. I told her that I'd bring Mrs scjjtt in later to take a look.

    Now the Galaxy Watch (that's the official name of these watches) does receive calls & texts & data even without the phone. This is what I wanted for Mrs scjjtt. Many times Mrs scjjtt has to run all over the school carrying different things. The days she is wearing a dress she doesn't have a pocket to carry a phone in, (for the past 4 years she has been a Title One Instructional Specialist - which one of her duties is watching & coaching & mentoring teachers - so she always goes over 10,000 steps a day at school).

    I'm totally ok to pay an additional $10 for her to have a ''phone'' on her wrist that doesn't require her phone to be with her. This way she can leave her phone in a safe place while she's all over the school's campus.

    So I took Mrs scjjtt to the store. She liked the watch. She wanted me to get the other - & being a good husband I couldn't say no. We left & drove down the street to talk & think about it & in about 2 minutes turned the car around & spent the rest of the evening buying & getting the watches set up. We said that this could be our 40th Anniversary present to each other (the date is in June).

    What I wasn't expecting was my watch also has to have the $10 data plan for this buy 1 get 1 free special to work.

    We have an old T-Mobile plan that we are grandfathered in & we spend:

    - $80 - for 2 phones with 2 gb of data before slowing down
    - $10 - to add our son's line
    - $10 - to bump my data to 3 gb
    - $15 - to bump our son's data to 5 gb
    - plus taxes & misc.

    Mrs scjjtt gets a discount as a teacher so with taxes & fees we pay $107 monthly for the above.

    I told Mrs scjjtt that I could drop my $10 extra data on my phone - she didn't think that was necessary (what a gal!). Checking my usage I am staying under 2 gb a month. I plan to drop my extra data on my phone plan which will equalize the $10 monthly charge I'll have for my watch.

    While we were setting up our watches - the T-Mobile gal showed us her OnePlus 7 phone. All I can say is - WOW! It is SO impressive. The screen, her pictures, the build, the pop up selfie, the finger recognition - which is on the screen, the no notch, the pop up camera that comes up if you want to do facial recognition - yeah - I drank the kool-aid concerning the OnePlus 7. I can't remember ever being as impressed with a phone!

    We charged our watches last night. School was out last Friday for Mrs scjjtt but she has all day meetings for 2 days (& then 3 weeks of summer school, which those with her position are over the program, so she doesn't want to wear her new watch in case it starts making sounds & she can't stop them.

    I'll report more on the watches later...
     
  2. Hook

    Hook Professional Daydreamer

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    What, no pics of the watches? :vbgrin:

    Nice to hear about the OnePlus 7 and that you were even impressed with the pictures. It's still on my plan B list. :vbwink:
     
  3. scjjtt

    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Hook - I figured Google could provide better pics than I can take - but here it goes.

    I'm sending the pic of all my Smartphones in full resolution & I'll bring down the resolutions of my phone & Mrs scjjtt.

    After using all of them I have some quick observations (from Left to Right):

    - Pebble Time Steel: my favorite - it just simply works & battery last 4-5 days for me.

    - Moto 360: best for reading - big fonts & seems to have the largest screen. It is nice & light.

    - Asus Zenwatch 2: It has the latest Wear OS but the older on the Moto 360 was fine. It has a gorgeous screen - my phone doesn't capture how nice it looks. It can receive & make calls if phone is within BT range.

    - Galaxy Watch: the dial spins, which makes finding things nice but you lose screen real estate. I can make & receive calls without the phone.

    If we didn't get 2 for 1 - I wouldn't have the watch (don't tell Mrs scjjtt) - but then, change in technology is hard for me - if I wasn't forced into it I'd still be using Palm OS on a Palm Centro.[​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG][​IMG]

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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    I wore the Galaxy watch last night to see how it would report on my sleep (my Pebble accurately records sleep). The watch had 30% battery at bedtime & 6 hours later it was at 15% & notifying me that it was going to a different screen to save batter. That didn't happen. Maybe my screen doesn't use much power.

    I put my watch in the holder & after 2 hours it still isn't fully charged - it is at 96%.

    I'm accustomed to wearing my Pebble at night. My Pebble can fully charge within 15-30 minutes. I think I'll just switch watches at night, put the Galaxy on the charger & have a fully charged Galaxy watch in the mornings!

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    My father loves his. I don't think his can operate separately from the phone though. I do know he got it for free when he got his last phone. My parents just bought my brother-in-law the new Apple Watch (44 mm I think) to match his son's.
     
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    Update, his needs the phone nearby but he does use a version of smartlock, so his phone doesn't lock if it's near his watch. Pretty cool. I stopped wearing a watch a long time ago, except for 'dress' occasions. I have a couple of nice watches and I like watches, but end up not wearing them.
     
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    internetpilot Flying Dog (...duh...)

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    Excuse me as I bombard you with questions (haha): Don't the Galaxy Watches use Tizen rather than WearOS? How are you liking that? Also, I read in a review a while ago that it doesn't offer a Google Maps app. Is that still true or have they added it?

    That's a nice looking watch. My Asus Zenwatch 2 is just completely dead now (won't charge, won't power up), but my Zenwatch 3 is still plugging away. Well, at least the replacement one is (remember I had to send it in under warranty and they replaced the battery and motherboard in it). I don't use it as much anymore, though. The upgrades to WearOS on the watch and Oreo on my Moto G5S Plus phone messed up the Do Not Disturb sync between the two, so I have to be careful to make sure Do Not Disturb is turned on both when I'm at a concert, theater, etc. Plus, the battery life isn't doing too well after just using the new battery for a year. Realistically under real world use, it's probably about a 12-hour battery now. I just find myself using my Citizen and Casio G-Shock dumb watches more these days. Whenever my phone receives a notification, I still look at my watch tho (even the dumb watches). After 2+years of smartwatches, habits can be hard to break!
     
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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    IP - I don't like Tizen OS - I wish I had Pebble OS (lol, but it's true) or at least Wear OS. I had no issues with Wear OS 1.0 or the new 2.0.

    Right now I'm on a road trip with our son. We are taking his 2009 Corolla, Golden Retriever & whatever else would fit in the car up to Olympia where his wife is at and stationed at Fort Lewis in the Army. Yesterday, while traveling, I was able to play more with the watch & figured out how to set up the widgets which will open up the Apps I want by sliding the bezel. That feature is nice.

    You can download a Navigation App. I wore my Galaxy & Pebble Time Steel watches yesterday to compare how the Galaxy watch would do with working with Google Maps. It did great. The display is big & clear with time at the bottom in small font. If you go back to your watch face - it will turn off the Navigation on the watch - with my Pebble it pops up for the next notification with a vibration & the display back to the navigation. I've set up a Widget for the Navigation to manually open it back up easily. I guess if you need to rely on the watch - leave it in Navigation mode & you'll be very happy with a great display.

    I had read that in the early years of smart watches navigation would drain the battery of the watch. Of course this was never the case for the Pebble watches and it is not the case for the Galaxy watch either.

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    internetpilot Flying Dog (...duh...)

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    I remember I had to remove/disable several Google WearOS apps because of battery drain because they automatically run/display when the paired phone is running those apps. For example, every time I get in the car I connect my phone to my car's bluetooth and at least play Google Play Music over bluetooth. This causes my Zenwatch 3 to run the Google Play Music WearOS app, changing the display with each song, and it causes significant more battery drain. However, I can't (or at least don't want to) remove or disable the Google Play Music app on my watch because then I can't play music from my watch, which I do want to do sometimes. It was the same thing with Google Maps. Whenever I was running it on my phone in the car, it would basically take over my watch and increase the drain on the battery. But the more apps I disable on the watch to keep this from happening, the "dumber" my smartwatch gets. There really needs to be a setting that controls what automatically runs or not based on what the phone is doing.

    I messed a little with a Tizen watch early on and didn't really like it, but that was quite a while ago. WearOS was very intuitive for me from the beginning. All that being said, I'm starting to see the appeal of a Garmin VivoActive 3 or Fitbit Ionic watch, which both have a proprietary OS. I find myself wanting to use my smartwatch more for fitness/activity type stuff, but my Zenwatch 3 is not at all rugged or even water resistant. I wish I'd liked the Huawei Watch 2 more, but I was very unimpressed with it when I bought one and ended up returning it. But at least it was somewhat more rugged and water resistant.
     
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    scjjtt A Former Palm User

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    Just when I'm beginning to accept & like this Galaxy Watch I realize it is 32 minutes behind - or else my phone is 32 minutes ahead & the sad thing is - my watch is connected via BT to my phone.

    It appears the watch is stuck on 1:45pm.

    I'll reboot my watch. Things like this makes me so excited to ride or to be on the road at the same time as a self driving car!

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