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Everything I was looking for in a Smart watch
on 4 January 2018
Thought long and hard about buying this watch. I wanted in a run and ride tracker mainly, rather than a lifestyle/fitness watch, so was keen to get one that had built in GPS and heart rate monitoring and something that would operate independently from my phone (I hate carrying a phone when I am running). Was intially concerned by some of the one-star reviews complaining about the complete inaccuracy of the HRM and how long the watch took to locate GPS satellites. I can honestly say my concerns were unwarranted and I cannot really comment now on other people's issues, but the GPS has so far taken a matter of seconds to locate the satellites it needs (sometimes when I am still indoors!) and given that my warm-up typically takes a couple of minutes then that makes no difference at all, and I have found the wrist mounted HRM to be just as accurate as the Garmin chest strap that I already had to pair with my cycling computer. That said, if I want to use the chest strap then it can be (and has been) connected to that too I have just not found that I needed it. Coupled with the Garmin Connect App it gives a whole host of insightful stats and features and also syncs directly with my Strava profile.
As I mentioned earlier, wasn't really looking it at as a lifestyle coach, but even that has proved very insightful- particularly how it monitors sleep patterns and general background activity. Don't really wear any other watch these days.
Another plus is that the battery, even with 3-5 runs/rides a week typically lasts 5-7 days before a recharge is needed.
My only minor gripe (not enough for it to lose a star) is that the sync with your mobile phone notifications is almost useless as the screen is so small and text so big that you barely get the first couple of words of any text/msg received. You can scroll down but just as easy to look at your phone.