The Fitness conundrum

As anyone who knows me will testify, I was a Garmin fan-boi for ages. I went through the various Fenix models then, when I started wearing a “proper” watch, I used various vivo items when out training.

I had a fling with the Apple watch – replacing the proper watch – and thoroughly enjoyed it, but sold it on and went back to good old reliable analogue.

Skip on a few months and the Samsung Gear Fit 2 Pro caught my eye. Primarily, because it didn’t look like a watch and I figured that I could use it for notifications (my Achilles heel) and fitness blurb (my other Achilles heel – that’s both heels).

I went out and made the purchase and was mildly upset to discover that there were no watch faces that didn’t have the time and/or date on them.

To be clear, I was still wearing the proper watch on my left wrist, and the Samsung on my right as an “info centre”.

That was easily solved by installing the Gear Watch Designer from the Samsung developer site and creating my own watch face – just various fitness stats and battery status. In fact, I was so happy with it I uploaded it to the Samsung store to share with others.

It was there that I discovered that you can’t add any watch faces to the store unless they have the time on them somewhere. Fighting – and beating – the urge to add a four pixel high time to the face, I carried on with being the sole owner of the watch face.

And was happy.


The long and short is that I became a slave to the notifications. It’s just sooooooo great being able to leave your phone on silent all the time and just glance at your wrist to keep bang up to date with everything that is going on in your life. It’s an absolute drug. In fact, a couple of folks that I know have subsequently entered the smartwatch arena and, in no time at all, are exhibiting the same symptoms.

After a lot of soul searching, I decided that my addiction was getting too much and that it was the fitness stuff that was front and centre in my life, so ended up plumping for a Motiv ring.

Boy is this thing good!

I only appear to be wearing one watch – which makes me look as normal as I’m ever going to.

The stats that the ring generates are superb – sleep, heart-rate, steps, auto-detect activities (running, walking etc.), talks to Google Fit properly – rather than via a third-part app, because Samsung refuses to play with Google. And a three-day charge – which is a day and a bit longer than the Gear Fit. Looks really stylish too.

Perfect. Absolutely perfect.

So why have I just put the Gear Fit back on charge?


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