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    Smartwatch Apps: How useful?

    I think it depends on the OS of smartwatch one is using. I am testing out the Gear S3 Frontier to see if I will like the OS and navigation in anticipation of the Gear Sport. There is a speed app that tells me how fast I am driving(good way to test out gps and it was close to as accurate as it can get), Under Armour has a good fitness app as the Gear Health app is lacking some metrics. Those are really the only apps I tried as there isn’t too many app. The key app I want is breadcrumb navigation is, but no one makes such app for Tizen(and I think WatchOS just an app like this last Spring). Sadly, GPS isn’t that good, the Sport may hopefully fix that, but it maybe more or less the same. Not to mention app support is still not going to be up to snuff with Android Wear or WatchOS.
    Not really a smartwatch per say, but when I was testing out the Garmin Vivoactive 3 I tried some of the apps from the app store, and some of it wasn’t that good(more of an issue not being optimized for that model).



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    Yup.
    Both Android Wear, Watch OS and Tizen do the basics nearly the same.
    And really, that’s all I care about.
    Having dozens of apps on a less than 2 inch screen doesn’t appeal to me. And that’s why I rarely downloaded any additional apps on either AW or the Apple Watch.



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    been using my first apple watch for 2 months i guess, since release.
    i use 3rd party complications. so far only one app, but it relies on the phone i think and so it sucks. one of the complications has an app interface, but i think it too uses the phone and as a result is not responsive.
    3rd party complications in use
    - outlook (app average)
    - waterminder (app good)
    - some moon phases thing (app awful)
    i also use lifecycle as an app but it is totally background.
    really looking for a solid app for basic exercise, situps etc.



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