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    Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    I have decided to let go the S3 and to go back to a Casio Atomic ABC.
    Why?

    The pro of the S3 are:
    Quality of construction.
    Hard to scratch.
    Great attention to design.
    Great phone on your wrist.
    Bezel used is clever.
    Great screen.
    Great alarms vibration and sounds.

    The con:
    Timing function are lame and battery consuming.
    No compass.
    Not really water proof.
    Energy consuming with no warning.
    GPS is unreliable on the long-run.

    What's made me drop the ball is the third time something trivial ate my battery in 5 hours.
    It happened with Samsung stopwatch draining all my battery. Then some faces unidentified draining 60% of the battery in 4 hours...
    It means the S3 was not reliable in energy consumption.
    Sometimes I need to hit the road and I need to count on my timekeeper. Thinking I got 80% and finding I got 30% necause of some stupid energy bug is not what I want from my trusted equipment...
    Also I get tired of unreliable GPS tracking which for no reason stop to record... Endomondo was so buggy. Even when draining my phone battery...

    So all in all, despite its qualities the S3 is in my own experience a Nice gadget but a unreliable watch.
    Samsung are not watchmakers, they are phone makers.

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    So what Casio watch are you looking at?

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo_Sandman View Post
    Samsung are not watchmakers, they are phone makers.
    Well, they're kinda phone makers (they don't actually write the Android OS from the ground up, remember; that's Google's), and unfortunately for the Gear S3, they're not good at writing their own Tizen OS, either.

    Gotta make fundamentally good gadgets to make a good smartwatch.

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    I'm agree.
    But it's a question if choice in design.
    First cover the watch base then add the smart connectivity and sensors.
    But if the first base is not covered... I got a giant WTF on a light bulb... 🤣
    They did thought about a way to lock the watch and it has been let for independant developpers to find a solution.
    The worst is y'the official Samsung stopwatch limited to three hours.... And draining the battery faster than the GPS and the wifi together...
    Such a shame.

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Quote Originally Posted by lvt View Post
    So what Casio watch are you looking at?

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    A Prw7000FC.


    One thing really surprised me on the S3 is the quality of the material. Mine one the frontier and it was doorknobs proof.

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo_Sandman View Post
    I'm agree.
    But it's a question if choice in design.
    First cover the watch base then add the smart connectivity and sensors.
    But if the first base is not covered... I got a giant WTF on a light bulb... 藍
    They did thought about a way to lock the watch and it has been let for independant developpers to find a solution.
    The worst is y'the official Samsung stopwatch limited to three hours.... And draining the battery faster than the GPS and the wifi together...
    Such a shame.

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    You're right to say to "cover the watch base" first, yet the connectivity -- as far as sending basic information to and from the watch goes -- needs to be fully baked-in and working correctly long before public release, too. Otherwise, all you have is an overpowered digital watch.

    To be fair to Samsung, I don't know Tizen's history (the Wikipedia page might be edited wholly by Samsung themselves; it's got a note that says, "This entry reads like an advertisement"); but Apple, even if they didn't realize it, spent close to thirty years putting the pieces in place for solid smartwatch support, especially if you count OpenSTEP and NeXTStep as ancestors to iOS and watchOS.

    It's easy to put some icons on a little touchscreen. There's a thousand gadget factories that can do it -- you can see their results in any shopping mall. Making a properly good personal gadget, with a clear, discoverable UI, a stable OS, good power management, tight data security, and and a well-sorted developer ecosystem (meaning an environment for creating, editing, and distributing apps) is hard. That's why there are so few serious contenders in the smartwatch game right now.
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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Eventually I have bitten the bullet another time with a Garmin Fenix 5X...
    The Prw7000 never arrived.
    Another crook on eBay.
    PayPal saved me.
    So here goes the Fenix.


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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Such a shame. About to spring for both Classic and Frontier.

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo_Sandman View Post
    I have decided to let go the S3 and to go back to a Casio Atomic ABC.
    Why?

    The pro of the S3 are:
    Quality of construction.
    Hard to scratch.
    Great attention to design.
    Great phone on your wrist.
    Bezel used is clever.
    Great screen.
    Great alarms vibration and sounds.

    The con:
    Timing function are lame and battery consuming.
    No compass.
    Not really water proof.
    Energy consuming with no warning.
    GPS is unreliable on the long-run.

    What's made me drop the ball is the third time something trivial ate my battery in 5 hours.
    It happened with Samsung stopwatch draining all my battery. Then some faces unidentified draining 60% of the battery in 4 hours...
    It means the S3 was not reliable in energy consumption.
    Sometimes I need to hit the road and I need to count on my timekeeper. Thinking I got 80% and finding I got 30% necause of some stupid energy bug is not what I want from my trusted equipment...
    Also I get tired of unreliable GPS tracking which for no reason stop to record... Endomondo was so buggy. Even when draining my phone battery...

    So all in all, despite its qualities the S3 is in my own experience a Nice gadget but a unreliable watch.
    Samsung are not watchmakers, they are phone makers.

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    No regret!

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    Re: Dropping the Samsung Gear S3

    Quote Originally Posted by Nemo_Sandman View Post
    No regret!

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    Hi there! How do you get to that battery screen? I may not have it on my Fenix 3 HR.

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