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Aquila
Jan 24, 2003



CLAM DOWN posted:

I highly recommend the Garmin watches. They're excellent. I've had a Vivoactive 3 and now an Instinct Solar, and loved both of them (vivoactive ate it in a bike crash )

And if you can get a screaming deal on a non-solar Instinct grab it. I'm talking like less than $100 at this point.

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Semi-Protato
Sep 11, 2001



Endymion FRS MK1 posted:

Does anyone have any thoughts on the Amazfit GTR2e? I last tried a smart watch in 2018, but it never really clicked. I want to try again, mainly for sleep tracking and just message notifications. I don't need something super complicated. I'd been eyeing that one and the Garmin Venu or Vivoactive

I just bought and returned an Amazfit GTR2e. It's a really slick looking watch but if you turn on any of the sensors related to sleep tracking the battery life takes a giant poo poo. Like 10% of the battery used in one 8hour sleep. If you want better battery life, you have to turn off advanced tracking options for sleep that meant no sleep stage sensing - something my dying Vivoactive 3 did on release day. For a watch that touts weeks of battery life under heavy use and over a month with basic use, this was hugely disappointing. Also the Zepp app SUCKS - the data is there and reasonably easy to get to but if you need to configure anything on your watch none of the settings are intuitive to the point I thought the options were moving around between menus each time I tried to change something. It was that bad.

I ended up upgrading to the Venu. It's everything I wanted out of the GTR2e with the same (actual, not advertised) battery life and Garmin Connect is an infinitely more useable app for configuring the watch as well as accessing health/fitness data. Big downside though was that the cost was 2x the GTR2e, but with both watches I got what I paid for.

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011




Hey guys, I'm in the market for a new smartwatch/activity tracker. I bought a Fitbit Charge 3 in 2019, but the display stopped working after barely a year, and last month the strap broke, which was the last straw. I did like the design and the actual tracking it did. The app is fine, too.

What would you currently recommend that is similar to it, but with better hardware that won't break after a year? Basic tracking like steps and heart rate, app integration, sturdy but with a simple design and not too big. Low to medium price class. Preferably not made by Fitbit. Thanks for any suggestions.

Combat Pretzel
Jun 23, 2004

No, seriously... what kurds?!

That Xiaomi Mi Smart Band, I guess.

Phlegmish
Jul 2, 2011




Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 5? Does anyone have one?

I like what I'm reading so far, seems like a strong contender.

Phlegmish fucked around with this message at 15:56 on Feb 28, 2021

Combat Pretzel
Jun 23, 2004

No, seriously... what kurds?!

My sister has one, she's pretty satisfied. You apparently need a third party application, if you want in-depth details about what it tracks, because Xiaomi's stock app is kept too simple. I think she's using "Notify for Mi Band".

Vahtooch
Sep 18, 2009

What is this [S T A N D] going to do? Once its crossed through the barrier, what's it going to do? When it comes in here, and reads my [P O S T S], what's it going to do to me?

I'm sad we didn't get a tease of the one plus watch this morning at their presser. But it seems likely that something will appear on the 23rd.

Also all these rumours about Samsung dropping their next batch of watches in Q2 is very interesting as well cos the active really looks like a great watch.

The Slack Lagoon
Jun 17, 2008



Anyone happen to know if the OnePlus watch will support payments and/or Keep?

I like my Sport for doing payments and using keep at the grocery store, but that thing sure is slow.

Gangringo
Jul 22, 2007

In the first age, in the first battle, when the shadows first lengthened, one sat.

He chose the path of perpetual contentment.



What is the most comfortable device to measure blood oxygen overnight on an iPhone?

We had planned to wait to get the new Apple Watch when it comes out for the blood sugar monitoring, but my grandmother is having health problems and we need to be sure she is getting enough oxygen while she sleeps.

Combat Pretzel
Jun 23, 2004

No, seriously... what kurds?!

Whether the Apple Watch is reliable enough is a question, with what it sits on the wrist and can move a lot.

Facebook's ad service has been pestering me with this one for whatever reason: https://getwellue.com/pages/o2ring-oxygen-monitor

Ideally, blood oxygen saturation should be measured by shining red and IR light through a finger, not by reflecting it. Which this ring device above appears to do.

Three Olives
Apr 10, 2005

I just wonder what the First Lady's boobs are up to!


Gangringo posted:

What is the most comfortable device to measure blood oxygen overnight on an iPhone?

We had planned to wait to get the new Apple Watch when it comes out for the blood sugar monitoring, but my grandmother is having health problems and we need to be sure she is getting enough oxygen while she sleeps.

There are actual FDA certified medical products for this situation is this is a legitimate medical concern, she needs to be talking to her doctor about these concerns, not Something Awful.

MrNemo
Aug 26, 2010

"I just love beeting off"



I've been holding off getting a smartwatch since basically forever (last couple of years it has been waiting for the new Qualcomm chip to come out for a WearOS, either the next decent Fossil or the ever rumoured Pixel Watch) but have been getting a lot of people pushing me towards getting a proper fitness tracker. Currently I use my phone to track runs and monitor sleep. For the latter it's a bit awkward as it's on the bed, for the former it's fine and works well with Strava but I guess not having a phone strapped to my arm could be nicer.

Garmins look good, the Vivo 4 and the Instinct both seem to tick all the boxes and my understanding from looking at them is the Vivo 4 is a swish looking smartwatch that works well as a fitness tracker while the Instinct is a more bare bones, rugged and longer lasting option. Do these need a phone paired to them or would they be realistic options to play podcasts/music through headphones without one on a run? Will they integrate with Strava for run tracking? Will either of them function as a smartwatch i.e. decent pay integration, able to check messages, store digital tickets/store cards? (it looks like the Vivo is a maybe and the Instinct is, well, barebones).

I've gotten some idea of the difference from online browsing but some first hand experience would really help, especially with how well they pair up with an Android phone (will there be frequent frustration over apps not matching between devices, etc).

Vahtooch
Sep 18, 2009

What is this [S T A N D] going to do? Once its crossed through the barrier, what's it going to do? When it comes in here, and reads my [P O S T S], what's it going to do to me?

MrNemo posted:

I've been holding off getting a smartwatch since basically forever (last couple of years it has been waiting for the new Qualcomm chip to come out for a WearOS, either the next decent Fossil or the ever rumoured Pixel Watch) but have been getting a lot of people pushing me towards getting a proper fitness tracker. Currently I use my phone to track runs and monitor sleep. For the latter it's a bit awkward as it's on the bed, for the former it's fine and works well with Strava but I guess not having a phone strapped to my arm could be nicer.

Garmins look good, the Vivo 4 and the Instinct both seem to tick all the boxes and my understanding from looking at them is the Vivo 4 is a swish looking smartwatch that works well as a fitness tracker while the Instinct is a more bare bones, rugged and longer lasting option. Do these need a phone paired to them or would they be realistic options to play podcasts/music through headphones without one on a run? Will they integrate with Strava for run tracking? Will either of them function as a smartwatch i.e. decent pay integration, able to check messages, store digital tickets/store cards? (it looks like the Vivo is a maybe and the Instinct is, well, barebones).

I've gotten some idea of the difference from online browsing but some first hand experience would really help, especially with how well they pair up with an Android phone (will there be frequent frustration over apps not matching between devices, etc).

Garmin has also just dropped the Venu 2 which is the closest they've gotten to a traditional smart watch and from all the reviews Ive read seems to fix most of the problems people had with the venu 1.

TVsVeryOwn
Jan 9, 2011






Anybody ever try to develop for Tizen? I just wanna make a good watch face.

Dr. Fishopolis
Aug 31, 2004

ROBOT





Gangringo posted:

What is the most comfortable device to measure blood oxygen overnight on an iPhone?

We had planned to wait to get the new Apple Watch when it comes out for the blood sugar monitoring, but my grandmother is having health problems and we need to be sure she is getting enough oxygen while she sleeps.

Get a fingertip pulse oximeter, they're like 20 bucks. The Apple Watch is absolutely not a medical device and shouldn't be treated like one, not to mention being hundreds of times more expensive than the medical devices it claims to emulate.

Maneki Neko
Oct 27, 2000



I’m using a Garmin Instinct after being saddened after years of lovely Fitbit hardware dying after 13 months (except my Charge 2, that thing refuses to die). I really like the Garmin hardware, great for my tracking activities but holy hell is the sleep tracking awful. Was looking at sleep last night and it was like 2 hours longer than I was actually asleep for and marked an hour of me being awake as “REM sleep”.

Does the Garmin sleep tracking get any better on their newer hardware with more sensors? The Fitbit stuff was miles ahead of Garmin on this, heck my old Microsoft Band was better.

Vahtooch
Sep 18, 2009

What is this [S T A N D] going to do? Once its crossed through the barrier, what's it going to do? When it comes in here, and reads my [P O S T S], what's it going to do to me?

The Venu 2 I have seems really bang on with sleep stuff and overall does a really good job at the automatic tracking.

CLAM DOWN
Feb 13, 2007


RICKARUS

It's Moot baby!






The Instinct and venu 2 have the exact same sensor on the back. The sleep tracking wouldn't be any different.


e: wait. The Instinct Solar has the same sensor as the Venu 2. Not the base non-solar instinct. My bad.

Uthor
Jul 9, 2006

Gummy Bear Heaven ... It's where I go when the world is too mean.

Probably not a wearables specific question, but my Fitbit Inspire HR takes some fiddling to get charging and I think it's because of dirt/sweat on the pogo pin spots on the back of the device. Any good way to clean those? I tried alcohol and a q-tip, which didn't help much.

Sab0921
Aug 2, 2004

This for my justices slingin' thangs, rib breakin' kings / Truck, necklace, robe, gavel and things / For the solicitors seein' them dissents spin and grin / That robe with the lace trim that win.


Is there any opinion on Fitbit Versa 3 v Garmin Venu.

You can buy the Garmin Venu for $150 right now and my Fitbit Versa 2 touchscreen just crapped out, so looking for a replacement.

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Twerk from Home
Jan 17, 2009

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Sab0921 posted:

Is there any opinion on Fitbit Versa 3 v Garmin Venu.

You can buy the Garmin Venu for $150 right now and my Fitbit Versa 2 touchscreen just crapped out, so looking for a replacement.

Anecdote: My household has had a 100% Fitbit Versa failure rate within 2 years, while I see 7 and 8 year old early Garmin GPS watches out there trucking along.

redreader
Nov 2, 2009

I am the coolest person ever with my pirate chalice. Seriously.



Dinosaur Gum

Endymion FRS MK1 posted:

I might go for an Inspire, $70 seems fine for me

70/year is a pretty large cost in the long run. Fitbit devices tend to have a wristband that snaps, or they just loving die. I am never buying fitbit again.

Endymion FRS MK1
Oct 28, 2011



redreader posted:

70/year is a pretty large cost in the long run. Fitbit devices tend to have a wristband that snaps, or they just loving die. I am never buying fitbit again.

Can only speak for the quality over 3 months that I had it, I gave it to a friend because I was having health anxiety constantly checking my heart rate!

redreader
Nov 2, 2009

I am the coolest person ever with my pirate chalice. Seriously.



Dinosaur Gum

Sorry. I didn't realise how slow-moving this thread is and I checked the last page for activity and responded to you there

CLAM DOWN
Feb 13, 2007


RICKARUS

It's Moot baby!






I'm gonna get a Garmin Venu 2 when it's out here, it looks awesome. New heartrate/pulseox sensor is apparently really good.

Vahtooch
Sep 18, 2009

What is this [S T A N D] going to do? Once its crossed through the barrier, what's it going to do? When it comes in here, and reads my [P O S T S], what's it going to do to me?

CLAM DOWN posted:

I'm gonna get a Garmin Venu 2 when it's out here, it looks awesome. New heartrate/pulseox sensor is apparently really good.

I've been incredibly happy with mine after a month. Sure, it could be a bit smarter, but only having to charge it once a week or so even tracking a handful of workouts is A+. If they bring in some slightly more granular notification controls it'll be perfect.

ShoogaSlim
May 22, 2001

YOU ARE THE DUMBEST MEATHEAD IDIOT ON THE PLANET, STOP FUCKING POSTING



just got my fitbit luxe today. upgraded from an inspire hr.

i think the lack of physical button is going to be super annoying, and the new color screen is... fine? the actual display only takes up ~half the face of the device with huge empty spaces on the top and bottom of the display.

it's super disappointing that the default clock face is the only one that really takes advantage of the new color display and all the others are lacking in some capacity. if it's anything like the inspire hr, which i also got early in its life cycle, fitbit will literally never produce new clock faces for this device or update the existing ones.

swiping around the interface is so sensitive that even the slightest flick is going to send you past 2 menu items each time.

the pro is that it's probably the sleekest screen-based wearable on the market (someone correct me if i'm wrong) and that's really i wanted out of it, i just wish it also had more to offer in the experience aside from being a nicer looking device.

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Killingyouguy!
Sep 8, 2014



Are there any body metrics wearables that give you complete control over your metrics? I'm interested more in sleep tracking than fitness, but both would be nice. The oura is out bc you can't turn off the cloud backup, also they seem to be moving their business to a 'track all your employees' model. It seems like most smart watches similarly insist on google/apple backups? I am willing to pay more for a device that let's me sync my data directly to my phone/pc and that alone.

Alternatively if there's a decent way to sandbox a device so it thinks it's backing up, that could work too.

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