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Samsung ‘Watch 3’ A Tantalizing Display, BUT Not Ready For Primetime & NO Match For Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


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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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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).
  3. Even with ‘Always On’ watch face goes dark!
    ….
  4. ECG functionality ONLY available with a Samsung phone & I don’t have one. That was a killer.
    ….
  5. 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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by Anura Guruge

Samsung ‘Watch 3’ Side-by-Side On My Wrist With Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar’ — Both Titanium.

by Anura Guruge


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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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by Anura Guruge

My Fitness Age Is Now 31. 35-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.

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What cracks me up is that I have a daughter, my eldest, who is 31. So, my fitness age matches her age. Not sure what she will make of that.

I managed to get my VO2 fitness age down by 5 years since May 2020. Trying to avoid COVID has helped.

Well, I am chuffed. Not sure how long I can keep it up — i.e., walking close to 8-miles a day. I am an OLD GUY.

My 14-year old daughter takes my fitness for granted. She expects me to keep up with her. SMILE.

Don’t hate I. I can’t help it. I do like to walk/run. SMILE.


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My Fitness Age Is 30-Years Below Actual, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 which I wear 24×7.



I will buy it. I am OK with being ’36’. I have a daughter who is 31. I can live with being 5-years older than her.

My youngest daughter didn’t believe me. She thought my fitness will be in the mid-40s.

Not sure whether this me any good, BUT I am sure it is better than a kick in the teeth.


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I Continue To Be At 99% Percentile For Both ‘Steps’ & ‘Floors Climbed’, Per Garmin — Albeit For My Advanced Age.

by Anura Guruge


From Yesterday.

Yes, I understand that this is in the
65-69 year old men category,
BUT I am still chuffed.
And I am, obviously, NOT competitive —
not at all, never have been.


I am HAPPY.


Have to maintain MORE than 15,000 steps to stay at this percentile. That takes work and walks.

The FLOORS is STUPID. 30 floors. 300′. That is NOTHING. I have done that within 1-hour of getting up. I average 71 floors/day — i.e., 710′. That I live at 860′ above sea level helps. I am always going up or down the side of a hill.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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New $500 ‘Suunto 7’, With GPS, HR, Maps, OLED Display, Music, Pay etc., Is A Definite Competitor To The Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge


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No, it is definitely not as feature rich as the Garmin Fenix 6. For a start, it does not have sleep monitoring nor VO2 Max — not to mention esoterics like ‘Body Battery‘.

But, it does have a compelling OLED display and runs ‘Wear OS‘ by Google. With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, Google is going to become a key figure in the smartwatch sector and with that the significance of ‘Wear OS’ will be on the rise.

If you are in the market for a semi-high-end smartwatch you should definitely look at this Suunto 7. They have been around for awhile and are know to make very competitive watches.


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’29’, My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6 — 37-Years Below Actual.

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.

I have a daughter who is 30 and a son who will be 28 next year.

So, this is NOT bad for an old codger,
especially since my 19-year old daughter is going around saying “before he dies”.
She MUST know something that I don’t know.

Anywho.


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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.


My fitness age has gone down 10-years in the last 3-months.

Yes, I am working at it.

This was September 16, 2019.


Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 8-months, having had knee-surgery 10-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi-fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk. I end up walking 6 – 8 miles a day and climb the equivalent of at least 60 floors/day.

 

 


Busting my knee was the best thing that happened to me in a long time.

Wake-up call.

I was NOT as FIT as I had thought. So, had to rectify that.

I am also 30 lbs lighter.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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My Fitness Age, Per VO2 Max Measured By A Garmin Fenix 6, Is That Of One 1/2 My Age!

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.


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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.

Click to ENLARGE. From my ‘Garmin Connect’ on October 6, 2019.


So, for the record I turned 66 last month, i.e., September. So, this is actually less than 1/2 my age.

Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 6-months, having had knee-surgery exactly 7-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi0fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk.

Walking 7-miles a day was EASY in the Summer. But, it is now getting cold. It was in the low 40s Fahrenheit (F) this morning. So, given I am no longer carrying much fat (I am down to below 150lbs in weight) I have to dress warm. Plus, I am old. So, these were taken today, and a glimpse of what I get to walk through. I do not complain.


This, i.e., a fitness age of 46, was from 3 months ago.
So, I have come a long way.

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I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


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by Anura Guruge

My Fitness Age, Per My Garmin MARQ, Based On VO2 Max, Is 39 — That Is 27-Years Below Real Age.

by Anura Guruge


OK, I am SORRY.
But, this I have to flaunt.


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This is per my Garmin MARQ Explorer, which I wear 24×7
from a few minutes ago.

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This, i.e., 42, was from 2.5 months ago.

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It was ’46’ a month before that.


I had my quadriceps tendon repair surgery,
at ‘
Frisbie Memorial Hospital‘ —
performed by Dr. Charles Blitzer
of ‘Seacoast Orthopedics
on Thursday, March 7, 2019.

There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.


Yes, 6.5-months post knee-surgery. I am trying to walk at least 7-miles most days. I also do some indoor cycling. Given that I live in a 4-story house, on the side of a hill, I cover a lot of elevation every day and average 52 floors climbed (i.e., 520′) a day. Today it was 86 (860′).

Well, I take all this with a pinch of salt. You have to.

SMILE.


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