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      02-13-2020, 08:38 AM   #1
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New fitness tracker needed, recommendations please

So my good Gear Fit 2 watch starts quitting its duty after few years in service, the battery lasts under full required actions less than 20 hours and thats much too less.
Considering battery exchange and replacement but this will cost me around 70 bucks and maybe cheaper to buy new, on the flipside its maybe time for something other.

What I need:
Tracking of HB, BP, steps, baro, stop watch, time, coloured display, recognition of workout, BT, WLAN on desire, internal MP3 player, be able to work stand alone w/o cell phone.

What I don't need:
No feeds, texts, weather, GPS, social media crap, NFC pay and NO Apple sh*t.

Price ceiling no more than 250,- bucks.
Your suggestions please, thank you in advance.
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      02-13-2020, 09:50 AM   #2
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I still like my Fitbit Ionic, mostly because it added water resistance to the mix, and I can track my run without my phone (built in GPS)

I got it as a gift, so not sure how much it was. Notifications and all that other BS are configurable to receive or not.
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I use the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music. Has majority of what you're looking for right on your budget. Let me know if you have any questions.
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Definitely into range, my company offers benefits for this brand and the lowered price is slight below limit. I was first looking for Versa 2, but was not too convinced.

Questions:

- I read that battery lasts up to 4 days (depends onto your usage) but with GPS enabled only up to 10 hours. Whats your average duration, lets say with BT and music partly on?

- Its watertight up to 50m, that means you haven't to remove the watch for going under shower?

- Displaying workouts, heartbeattrends and so on; graphic or just scaled per day?

- Do you own the previous model or Ionic 2?


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Thank you for your offer, here goes:

- List says battery time 7 days under smartwatch mode und just 4 hours with GPS and music? That seems quite poor for this watch. Im sure you could offer better experience, no?

- Connect IQ shop: Access free or do I have to abo or pay else for it?

- Pre installed apps: If I won't use them and do just a long work out into the gym, does the watch count and display not pre-selected values though?

I had looked first for the Garmin Forerunner 645 music but read several very critic comments and so I went off this brand. You're right, the watch offers very much gadgets, more as I'd asked.

Will get hands on both this weekend, thank you.
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Definitely into range, my company offers benefits for this brand and the lowered price is slight below limit. I was first looking for Versa 2, but was not too convinced.

Questions:

- I read that battery lasts up to 4 days (depends onto your usage) but with GPS enabled only up to 10 hours. Whats your average duration, lets say with BT and music partly on?

- Its watertight up to 50m, that means you haven't to remove the watch for going under shower?

- Displaying workouts, heartbeattrends and so on; graphic or just scaled per day?

- Do you own the previous model or Ionic 2?




Thank you for your offer, here goes:

- List says battery time 7 days under smartwatch mode und just 4 hours with GPS and music? That seems quite poor for this watch. Im sure you could offer better experience, no?

- Connect IQ shop: Access free or do I have to abo or pay else for it?

- Pre installed apps: If I won't use them and do just a long work out into the gym, does the watch count and display not pre-selected values though?

I had looked first for the Garmin Forerunner 645 music but read several very critic comments and so I went off this brand. You're right, the watch offers very much gadgets, more as I'd asked.

Will get hands on both this weekend, thank you.
1) I'll be honest I've never used the music feature, although I do have it. I have used the GPS often and never realized it's affect on battery life. I would say I charge it on avg every 4-5 days. It charges to 100% in under an hour.

2) Little of both. Consider it the apple store or andriod. A lot of stuff is free, like different watch faces, fitness aps, etc. It has a lot of stuff on it.

3) The watch recognizes your activity to an extent. With that said it I haven't really checked to see if it notices the activity type. Essentially when your heart rate is elevated it tracks it as being active. More workouts typically go as follows. Cardio to start, so I select cardio on the watch (takes 3 seconds to do). Then I lift, so I select the weightlifting. Following that I run, so I'll select outdoor running which activates the GPS or treadmill running which will just track stride length, etc.

I like this watch because it is not overly large, and still looks professional so I can wear it at work and what not.
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Wife just got a whoop. Tracks sleep and also provides some insight into how recovered you are for next workout.
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Definitely into range, my company offers benefits for this brand and the lowered price is slight below limit. I was first looking for Versa 2, but was not too convinced.

Questions:

- I read that battery lasts up to 4 days (depends onto your usage) but with GPS enabled only up to 10 hours. Whats your average duration, lets say with BT and music partly on?
BT is always on, so I can get updates from ESPN and/or my text messages. I only enable GPS when I run. I typically charge about once a week, and for maybe 1 hour. I honestly don't know how often I charge. I did Wednesday night after work, and right now I'm at 84%.
- Its watertight up to 50m, that means you haven't to remove the watch for going under shower?
I can swim laps, GPS enabled, and it's pretty close to telling me how many I swam. At the end typically the last lap counts as I step out of the pool. THAT was why I went Ionic.

- Displaying workouts, heartbeattrends and so on; graphic or just scaled per day?
There are SO many face choices. From the app, you scroll thru, pick the one you like, then sync the watch and that's what you have. I can do graphs of my exercise, sleep "scores" (although I don't know exactly how that is calculated) and time in each of the sleep stages.

- Do you own the previous model or Ionic 2?
I've had this 3 years on Father's day. The first one failed one night when I was going from jacuzzi to unheated pool. Just flat-out stopped working. After about 10 minutes on the phone troubleshooting, and they sent me a new one.
I noticed previously you asked about barometer? Sorry, don't see that as an option.
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I noticed previously you asked about barometer? Sorry, don't see that as an option.
Don't worry, baro isn't a major must.

Had hands on several watches at the weekend, considered also a Polar, but those hadn't a mp3 player, so...

I'd choosen the Fitbit Ionic shown color combo, fits the best into my desires, thank you for bringing it to my attention.
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Thanks for the good tracker info.

Thanks for the good tracker info.
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I also go in for sports and like to run.
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She motivates me!
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But she still does not know how to run alongside, but runs away into the yards or behind cats and other dogs ((But it's good that I found a collar like this:
http://topanimalreview.com/articles/...ut-hassle.html
Now i'm running. We run for a long time next to the dog.
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And I always have a good body and mood.
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Apple watch will be good for you.
You can find more details here https://www.axa.com.sg/blog/health/b...stress-anxiety

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I'd vote for Fitbit Ionic. I'm used to it. There are better options, but I'm conservative to the backbone.
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I'm an Apple blowhard so I use an AppleWatch, but the WHOOP tracker does present an interesting alternative. I discovered it because several of the top PGA pros use it; although I wonder if its because it can be used in competition. I don't think an AppleWatch can be worn in competition because of its ability to assist play.

https://www.whoop.com
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One of my demands were a stand alone function totally w/o phone.
Aside of my never-ever-apple attitude I think, an Apple watch couldnt be match my requirement. Even I wear my tracker not for competions, its capable to display all my desired values with own software.
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