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Samsung Watch 3 on its own.
Samsung Watch 3 (on right) next to Garmin Fenix 6
— both titanium.
The display on the Samsung ‘Watch 3’ is absolutely BRILLIANT — in every way, & the much-vaunted rotating bezel is just great. But, beyond that the Watch 3 disappoints.
Yes, I am comparing it to a Garmin Fenix 6 — which is a more expensive watch. I appreciate & acknowledge that. But, I discovered today, to my cost & chagrin, that you can’t move from a Garmin Fenix 6 to the Watch 3. Just doesn’t cut it.
Here are the MAIN things I found beyond trying:
- That beautiful display becomes UNREADABLE when outside, in Sun, because Samsung has a stupid “Outdoor Mode” which dims the screen — BUT there is NO WAY you can turn this off or adjust the brightness. That started to drive me crazy.
- Yes, plenty of gorgeous watch faces but many do NOT offer any customization — & those that do still limit your flexibility. Look at the watch face (ActiFace) I have on my Fenix 6. I could not get all that info on a Samsung face. I really missed sunrise/sunset (which is only available on SOME faces).
- Even with ‘Always On’ watch face goes dark!
- ECG functionality ONLY available with a Samsung phone & I don’t have one. That was a killer.
- Getting navigational APPs was difficult.
Bottom line was that the Watch 3 is 75% — ‘pretty display’, BUT even that is muddied by the stupid “Outdoor Mode” & erratic “Aways On”.
Yes, it would have been very different IF I wasn’t coming from a Fenix 6. If it is to be your first smartwatch you will probably LOVE it. SMILE.
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Garmin (bigger, less bright) on LEFT.
I had to try it, viz., the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. And if I was going to try it, it had to be Titanium. I am a sucker for BOTH AMOLED displays & Titanium. Well, Samsung indulges I, but alas Garmin only gives me Titanium.
I do like the display on the Samsung. To I that is the MAIN reason to get it. Very different watches. The Garmin, of course more expensive, is feature & function rich. But, now the irony. At 67 what I do MAINLY is walk/hike & clock up elevation (i.e., ‘floors’). The Samsung can handle that, plus Heart Rate & blood oxygen saturation. Supposedly it can do VO2 MAX but I haven’t found it. Plus, it has watch faces galore.
Yes, battery life, especially with the ‘Always On Display’ I INSIST on, ON, is appalling! I keep on charging it when I am seated — typing!
Well, lets see how it works out. Not my first Samsung Smartwatch. I treated myself at Christmas 2017 to a Samsung ‘Frontier S3’. But, I hardly worse it & eventually sold it, for a good price, on eBay. So, who knows. I will keep you posted.
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Definitely a good looking, very attractive, CUTE watch. Much smaller & lighter, of course, than my Fenix 6. That has to be a given. Very different watches for two very different audiences. One, the Fenix is a rugged, AWD SUV, the Venu SQ a refined, luxury car.
I haven’t put the Venu through its paces yet. That will start tomorrow. I will first check distance & steps against the Fenix 6. I will keep you posted, of course.
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I, very atypically for me, installed Office 2016 on my main PC, though there were no new features or bug fixes that I required!
That I could, successfully have, both my OLD Office 2007 and the new Office 2016, side-by-side, was a HUGE factor. Yes, I first tried it on my backup PC, yesterday, to be on the safe side.
So this afternoon, while in the midst of writing my latest book (and NO this one is not about orgasms) I installed Office 2016 while Office 2007 was running.
Wow. Microsoft has come a long way. Installation was smooth (and to be fair I had previously installed Office 2016, on 4 different PCs/laptops in the last 48 hours).
Just for the heck of it I closed Word 2007 (which I have been using since 2010) and opened the document I was working on, Chapter 2 of the new book, in Word 2016. Seamless — though it said ‘Compatability Mode’. I started typing and noticed the ‘smooth typing’. It was immediately apparent. Now for all I type, I am neither a touch typist nor a fast typist. I type at my own pace. Yes, I get a lot typed but it is not very fast. Basically type as fast as my brain is going at — and that is ALL I want. It works for I and at 62 I am NOT going to change. Typing faster would NOT help I since I would not have anything to type! I have to know what I want to type and that is why typing at the speed my brain thinks at is good for I.
I like it.
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Don’t all of you yell at me at once claiming that Amazon does. What they do have, on JUST some products, are comparison charts like that shown above. They are NOT customizable. You can’t, as far as I can see, ADD your chosen products to compare.
Yes, I fully appreciate (as an ex-programmer and a still active Web designer) that given Amazon’s bold, flowing, full-page product layouts it would be difficult to incorporate an easy-to-use compare feature. But I am SURE that Amazon has the expertise inhouse to come up with a workable solution.
Yes, I know that there are a couple of 3rd party options BUT the last thing I want is another company having access to all of my shopping habits and searches. No thank you.
Funnily enough, despite all the shopping I do on Amazon, I had not really missed this ‘compare’ functionality till recently. Part of it being that I just open multiple Amazon tabs, across my two monitors, when I want to look at two products side-by-side. Obviously that works well BUT it is limited to two products. Ironically I started to miss this feature when trying to compare cameras. And that is what is strange. I use at least 3 very good camera resources, DPreview and Snapsort in the main, that provide very capable side-by-side comparison features. In this case, i.e., my most recent quest, the thing I wanted to compare most was PRICES. The DPreview etc. comparisons are not good at price comparison because they quote the cheapest price seen on the Web without too many caveats (e.g., that it might be an International version camera). And to make it even more ironic I was looking at two cameras from the same manufacturer, Fuji, the old X-E2 and the soon to be available (Feb. 16) X-E2s. There is a crazy anomaly here. The newer camera, which has a FEW new options (not going to be available on the old X-E2 DESPITE the February 4 Firmware refresh), from everything I see is going to be $100 CHEAPER. That doesn’t make sense. Somebody has to start discounting the older X-E2. That is what I was hoping to see.
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