I love gadgets and if they can help with fitness even better. Last week I got a Samsung Gear S3 Classic smartwatch and already I love it and can’t imagine my day without it. However did I manage without one?
I particularly like the Samsung Health app, I can track everything from steps taken, sleep and floors climbed you know the usual fitbit type stats, I can track water and caffeine intake, heartrate, stress and spo2 levels. It can track lots of different types of exercise, I use the walking one and it tracks my whole walk including a map of the route I have taken and gives me encouragement along the way.
I have a desk job so my day is fairly sedentary, if I don’t move for 50 minutes my gear encourages me to get up out of my chair and either walk or do some stretching exercises. I generally get up and do a lap of the office. I think that has also helped my eyes. Because I have very poor vision I suffer with eye strain and headaches, getting away from the computer every hour even for a minute or two really seems to be helping. I probably look like a nutter just walking a lap around the office but hey it’s doing me good so who cares what anyone thinks!
The layout of the watch is very intuitive and its bright and colourful screen is easy to read and its fun to look at my stats. I have also uploaded music and audio books to the watch so with my Bluetooth earphones I can listen to books or music on my walks without having to lug my phone along.
I have a few other apps on there like My Fitness Pal to keep a track of my macros and a few other interesting miscellaneous apps to keep me amused. I wasn’t sure if I would use the watch to its full capabilities but now I have it I am using everything. I really feel like I am getting good value out of it. I really like Samsung Pay, and I love how your phone notifications, emails and texts go to it. I was worried about reading the small screen size but it has been great, it’s really easy to read. The other day my partner and I were in the car and my mother in law called, my phone was in the back of the car and being in my partners car it didn’t come through the Bluetooth so I answered it and spoke on my gear. Wow it was good; it was loud and clear with no distortion. This thing can actually take/make phone calls as long as your phone is within range. How cool is that!
It also takes a 22mm watch band so you can change the strap to suit you and really make it your own. This is a really good feature as most smart watches take the manufacturer’s branded bands that could cost a fortune to change. For example I know of someone who got an Apple watch strap and it cost $200 from the apple store, I got the same type of band for $16 and it was virtually impossible to tell them apart in terms of quality. So it’s a pretty big deal being able to shop around and use any brand of strap.
I have convinced my partner to buy one too so I am looking forward to doing some challenges together which should be fun.
Well I think you have guessed, yes I love my Gear S3, its brilliant. It’s fairly large but that suits me with my bad vision. Actually I don’t think it looks too big on my wrist at all, it just looks very very cool!
Well my Gear is telling me to move my butt so off I go …….