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Looking for smart watch recommendations

mrskullfreak

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ordered the s8 looking for a smart watch
I have a Apple Watch I basically just use the activity app for the most part.
Any recommendations would be great looking for something nice tho
Thx.
 

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I would go with the Gear S2 or S3. S2 is nicely priced if you can get a refurb on sale for about $100 or so on eBay. The S3 offers Samsung Pay fully though, so it would be a more comprehensive smartwatch if you go for the cellular model. Might have to wait a bit for a price drop though.
 
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LIVEFRMNYC

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ordered the s8 looking for a smart watch
I have a Apple Watch I basically just use the activity app for the most part.
Any recommendations would be great looking for something nice tho
Thx.


If you just want the activity part. Get a Gear S2 or S2 Classic wifi version. It's cheaper than the newer watches. Also has auto sleep detection which works very well.

Note: It works with HERE maps not Google maps. HERE maps IMO is better than Apple maps.

But if you want to spend money, get the Gear S3.
 
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Stefan johansson

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I would go with the Gear S2 or S3. S2 is nicely priced if you can get a refurb on sale for about $100 or so on eBay. The S3 offers Samsung Pay fully though, so it would be a more comprehensive smartwatch if you go for the cellular model. Might have to wait a bit for a price drop though.
Those watches only work well with android,the Felix series works equal with android and iOS devices.
 
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Technarchy

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I got a Gear S3 Frontier the same day i got my S8+. So far it's a rock solid performer. The battery life embarrasses the hell out of Apple Watch.

It's also worth saying I think Samsung Health is better than Apple healthkit.

It took me about a day or two of use to dial in the settings to where I was content. It's got quite a few configuration options.

It's a big Watch though. You'll need at least medium sized wrists to pull it off.

The bezel interface is the best in the industry. Samsung knocked it out the park. LTE and GPS are great additions as well.
 
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nviz22

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Those watches only work well with android,the Felix series works equal with android and iOS devices.

Considering OP has the Apple Watch, that is the best iOS smart watch companion since it's fully immersive into the ecosystem. Though, a dual mobile OS watch does give options. There is Android Wear, Fitbit, amongst others.
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I got a Gear S3 Frontier the same day i got my S8+. So far it's a rock solid performer. The battery life embarrasses the hell out of Apple Watch.

It's also worth saying I think Samsung Health is better than Apple healthkit.

It took me about a day or two of use to dial in the settings to where I was content. It's got quite a few configuration options.

It's a big Watch though. You'll need at least medium sized wrists to pull it off.

The bezel interface is the best in the industry. Samsung knocked it out the park. LTE and GPS are great additions as well.

Considering what the AW Series 1 and 2 are, it's not hard to surpass Apple's latest iterations. A circular design, LTE/GPS combo, carriers supporting the device with plans, Samsung Pay. What's not to like?
 
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co.ag.2005

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I picked up the gear s2 classic on ebay for cheap (mint condition) and love it! it takes some time learning it vs apple watch, but I use Samsung Health (and Map My run) for my workouts and love the notification and smart watch features as well.
 
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kkh786

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As far as I know the Gear S3 is a Tizen OS watch that supports iOS and Android. Meaning you will need a Samsung phone to fully use it to it's full potential. For example, all the default apps would be Samsung's own versions Just beware of that.
 
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akuma13

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Why isn't there a full featured Android based watch that we can use on any android device? (not counting samsung). I would totally buy into it and my favorite android phone. The Apple Watch is so seamless and works so well that i'll be stuck with an Apple phone yearly for the foreseeable future. The experience is just so good.
 
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kkh786

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Why isn't there a full featured Android based watch that we can use on any android device? (not counting samsung). I would totally buy into it and my favorite android phone. The Apple Watch is so seamless and works so well that i'll be stuck with an Apple phone yearly for the foreseeable future. The experience is just so good.
There are full featured Android watches.
All of LG range of smart watches fulfill your criteria.
I'm looking forward to the LG Watch Sport myself. That's like the Pixel/Nexus of smart watches!
 
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