motivated@last, I have both a FitBit HR wristband and an older Polar strap type heart rate/activity monitor. I agree completely that the chest strap model is more accurate and faster at measuring heart rates. Plus, the Polar uses a replaceable battery, which I prefer over the FitBit's USB charger - my FitBit's charge lasts no more than 18 hours to perform accurately.
Thanks for all the info, tho' I'm not familiar with some of the abbreviations you used. No prob'.
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I have a Samsung Gear Fit 2 and I love it. I've had it about a year now. It tracks me so much better than the fitbit I had or the regular gear fit. The only problem I had with it was with my defective phone and it drained the battery in no time. Got a replacement phone and no problems at all with the battery life. Paired with the Samsung Health App it's really nice. You can track different workouts via the health app. You can set the gearfit 2 up to auto track you. When you walk 10 minutes it automatically starts showing the tracking for your walks. Hope this helps.
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Thank you so much! I want a fitness watch first and don't really care about my phone syncing to it at all. I also do not want the watch to be dependent on the phone. It seems like most of the fitness watches I've looked at are heavily aimed at runners, whereas I...am not a runner. :) Thank you for the recommendations. I'll be looking at those reviews.
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The first thing to work out is whether you want primarily a true smartwatch with some basic fitness functionality, or a fitness watch that includes some basic call/text notifications from your phone. If the former, you are looking at major consumer electronic manufacturers (Apple, Samsung, HTC, Huawei, etc), or if the latter then more fitness oriented manufacturers such as Garmin, Suunto, Fitbit, Polar, etc. I don't think there is anyone who does both elements well at the moment.
Many smartwatches will handle basic running, but have 2 key failings: battery life (they will do a 5K or 10K just fine, but will really struggle to run the GPS and HR for the 4 hours plus if you intend to do a marathon now or in the future, or hiking), and also their ability to usefully analyze less common workouts (rowing, spin biking, strength training, etc).
In answer to your questions: 1. Check that the watch has native GPS, and doesn't just pick it up from the phone. 2. Optical Heart Rate from the wrist has improved significantly. Earlier generations had quite a high degree of suckage. The latest generation of OHR sensors are reasonable, so if you intend to use OHR you want to look at a watch that was first was first released in the last 12 months or so. Positioning away from your wrist bone, and a snug fit are essential for accurate OHR measurements. If your training involves HR based interval training, then you are definitely looking at a chest strap, as OHR is just too slow and unresponsive to be useful for interval training. OHR also often struggles with the hand and wrist vibration of cycling - if you intend to cycle outdoors, use a chest strap. Some tech watches will sync with chest straps (generally with Bluetooth Low Energy) and some won't, but this is core functionality for fitness watches (just check whether they use ANT+ or BLE). If you are happy using a chest strap, you may find some good deals on earlier generation (ie. released 2 years ago) fitness watches.
3. This is an area where you are going to have to look carefully at what sports are supported. Some offer only a few basic sports, others have a wider range, and some offer customization to allow you to track a range of unique sports.
4. Most will offer this functionality in some way. This is fine for general fitness purposes and tracking your training.
If you are looking to dive more deeply into the data, and use this data to drive your training and really improve your running, then the best player in this space is Firstbeat, and they don't make watches at all. Instead they license their software to watch makers. Garmin and Suunto have been using this software on their watches a number of years, but more recently a few of the tech watch manufacturers have also been picking it up as well. So if you want to use your watch to drive your training, then look for something that supports Firstbeat analytics. The advantages of this is that it gives you VO2Max estimation, performance taking into account all of speed elevation changes and HR, recovery times, etc.
I'm considering buying a Samsung Gear Fit2, but I wanted to reach out and ask if any of y'all have any opinions regarding smartwatches you've used.
In particular, I'd like a watch with the following features:
1) GPS 2) HR tracking abilities (I don't mind strapping one on if it syncs) 3) Different algorithms based on different workouts (as I like to lift, do different types of cardio, etc) 4) Some sort of program that allows me to watch my progress that I can upload the data to
Thank y'all so much!
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