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    Advice requested

    Looiing for a smartwatch with these requirements:
    No fitness SW/tracking or disabled
    Ability to see email and other notifications
    Calendar and weather
    Screen always on or option for always on.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Looiing for a smartwatch with these requirements:
    No fitness SW/tracking or disabled
    Ability to see email and other notifications
    Calendar and weather
    Screen always on or option for always on.
    I know you can disable the sensors on all the Samsung Smart watches, even the fitness focussed ones, so even an older version will meet your spec.

    Many of the more basic fitness devices from Garmin or fitbit (and even many generic chinese smartwatches) will also provide the notifications you need, but not sure if you can disable sensors.

    Can you provide a little more information?
    Budget?
    Is style important?
    Phone to be paired with?
    Do you need to read and reply to email and messages or just be notified?
    Water Resistance?
    Colour or monochrome display?
    Battery life?
    Custom or third party dials or is proprietary OK.
    Size.



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    Budget: $500 max
    iPhone
    Style matters but might have to compromise
    Replies would be nice but seeing content primary
    Splash resist not going to shower with it on
    Color display but high resolution momo might be acceptable. Display always on requirement
    Longer down between charges desired,but once a day to meet other requirements.
    Custom or customizatsnle dials required
    Weight under ~90 grams.

    Hope this helped.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Looiing for a smartwatch with these requirements:
    + No fitness SW/tracking or disabled
    * Ability to see email and other notifications
    * Calendar and weather

    Screen always on or option for always on.
    Having +this without *these is going to be a real stretch. I can't think of anything with a substantial screen that doesn't also have fitness features built-in. It's usually the other way around -- as you start from the most basic electronic wrist gadget, fitness functions come before email and weather.

    How much of an email do you want to see -- do you want to be able to read it, or just be notified that it arrived?

    FWIW, Watch’s fitness tracking can be turned off in Privacy settings, it seems.

    Last edited by BarracksSi; April 6th, 2019 at 02:07.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Budget: $500 max
    If that's USD then that gives you plenty to choose from.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    iPhone
    This limits you somewhat.
    Apple Watch is almost always the most compatible with an iPhone, but others will still work, but with limitations on some features such as taking calls and responding to messages.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Style matters but might have to compromise
    Replies would be nice but seeing content primary
    Style is subjective anyway.
    Apple Watch and some of the fitness type watched have a proprietary strap attachment. You may be able to use normal straps with an adapter, but it's still an adapter...

    These have a distinctive look and style that is unmistakable.

    Plenty of third party straps available using the proprietary mount for all the major brands, (in particular Apple), though.

    The Samsung Gear S3 and later models used a normal spring bar with quick release in 22mm(S3) or 20mm size so you can mount your normal straps of the right size.
    These look more like a normal watch.

    There are many Android Wear options such as those from Fossil, Nixon etc that look very much like a "normal" watch as well.

    Almost all of these will be within your price range.

    Replies will only be available with an Apple watch however.


    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Splash resist not going to shower with it on
    Most will give you this, except the low level Chinese Smart watches.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Color display but high resolution momo might be acceptable.
    This will take out the entry level fitness focused devices and Chinese Smart watches.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Display always on requirement
    Takes out Apple Watch and leaves you with Samsung, Android Wear and selected fitness options.

    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Longer down between charges desired,but once a day to meet other requirements.
    Samsung will be better than most Android Wear, and fitness based devices even better again.


    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Custom or customizatsnle dials required
    Takes out many of the fitness based devices with proprietary OS and limited choices.
    Leaves you with Samsung (Tizen) or a multitude of Android Wear choices.


    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Weight under ~90 grams.

    Hope this helped.
    Weight shouldn't be a problem for the Samsung variants as even the heaviest is under 70g, Android Wear will vary depending on case material.

    Yes it did. Hope I was helpful as well



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    Re: Advice requested

    Black 5’s got a good post.

    Following up, I’d say to find a Fossil for cheap and see how well it goes. At least you’ll get a “normal watch” style.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Having +this without *these is going to be a real stretch. I can't think of anything with a substantial screen that doesn't also have fitness features built-in. It's usually the other way around -- as you start from the most basic electronic wrist gadget, fitness functions come before email and weather.

    How much of an email do you want to see -- do you want to be able to read it, or just be notified that it arrived?

    FWIW, Watch’s fitness tracking can be turned off in Privacy settings, it seems.

    I would settle for as much as is displayed on an AW.

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    Quote Originally Posted by BarracksSi View Post
    Black 5’s got a good post.

    Following up, I’d say to find a Fossil for cheap and see how well it goes. At least you’ll get a “normal watch” style.
    Blacks post seems to narrow it down to Tizen or Wear OS watches.
    Do not know why I forgot to mention weather and calendar.
    Last edited by ronalddheld; April 6th, 2019 at 02:38.

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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Blacks post seems to narrow it down to Tizen or Wear OS watches.
    Do not know why I forgot to mention weather and calendar.
    Weather and calendar apps are standard on Apple, Android Wear and Tizen so won't be a problem with any of them.
    Some of the fitness based devices with proprietary OS will not offer that however.

    I agree with BarracksSi, Fossil have some good options available at good pricing.

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    So many watches, So little time...
    SoOoO many watches, SoOoO little time...


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    Quote Originally Posted by ronalddheld View Post
    Blacks post seems to narrow it down to Tizen or Wear OS watches.
    Do not know why I forgot to mention weather and calendar.
    What I don't know is how much access Tizen and WearOS have to iOS's calendar and weather apps. Cross-device integration through iCloud accounts for a lot of usability.

    Do you use Google Calendar or Apple's?
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