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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 3:59 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Battery issues for an IM aside, I really like my 735. It's definitely wearable as an everyday watch and operates as a usable smart watch if you link it up to your phone.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Whisk wrote:
Battery issues for an IM aside, I really like my 735. It's definitely wearable as an everyday watch and operates as a usable smart watch if you link it up to your phone.


Agree and Disagree!

I really like the watch as a training tool. I was under the impression is did everything I needed from it, but seems the Battery may be an issue should I return to long course.

But as a smartwatch, it is next to useless! worse in fact

Like how it buzzes 3 seconds after my phone already has, and then shows me half the message, or how it buzzes EVERY email, rather than just the once to show I have pending. It's taken to start buzzing ever 5 minutes if there is a football game on ...any football game.

TBH It stays at home now, unless I need it for training. I am fine with this as that's why I bought it. I just find the smartwatch features useless or
Highly annoying.

BUZZZZ...MOVE!... No! I've just done a 15mile run and want a sit-down!!!!! GFY
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 4:32 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

I agree. I turned the smartwatch stuff off on my 920 almost immediately. The same with the move alert.

That said, I keep the 920 on all the time. One of the main reasons I wanted it was a wearable watch that was thinner than the 910, and allowed me to actually use it as a watch. I'm so glad I no longer have to "remember" to bring a watch with me if I was swimming at the gym pool near work, or similar.
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PostPosted: Tue Aug 28, 2018 5:11 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Depends how popular you are I guess. I have turned off notifications for my work email, but I only get 1 or 2 genuine personal emails a day, my inbox filters all the circulars to a separate inbox so that doesn't buzz. Same with text messages.

It tells me who is calling without having to take the phone out of my pocket, and I can reject the call from the watch.

I'm sure an apple watch does many more fancy things, but it's a sports watch with a few connected features, not a connected watch that does sport.
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PostPosted: Wed Aug 29, 2018 8:17 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

920XT wrist straps - they're cr*p too. I have yet another one on order, this will be my second replacement strap inside 2 years ffs. I had a look at my old Polar RCX5 which I retired, and the strap is tip-top after >3 years daily use. I'm going to have to staple the current one, until the new one arrives Rolling Eyes
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PostPosted: Wed Sep 12, 2018 1:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for all your advice, everyone.

I wavered between the Fenix 3 and the 920xt - the latter edged it on a few minor things (price mainly).

I secured a 920xt in reasonable condition for 101 on eBay. Just tried it out and well pleased - seems to do everything I need!
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PostPosted: Thu Sep 13, 2018 10:38 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

Well, my 735XT is with Hermes for delivery today Cool I'm selling my 920 to a friend to offset the cost!
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PostPosted: Fri Sep 14, 2018 1:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
Well, my 735XT is with Hermes for delivery today Cool I'm selling my 920 to a friend to offset the cost!


My 935 Tri bundle is also on its way...will pass my Forerunner to Mrs eJC to offset the discussion on the cost Smile
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PostPosted: Sat Sep 15, 2018 4:06 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

That's the first time i have bought a garmin (my 5th) that was really easy to get working...

...probably just me, though...
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 9:55 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

I'm surprised how small the 735XT is, feels a bit weird to have such a functional watch not look like a brick on my arm. Didn't think the barometric altimeter was worth the extra on the 935XT - especially as it went t1ts up on my 920.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:27 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

certainly mine looks like a brick...especially on my tiny wrists...but it feels comfortable (especially for someone who usually never wears a watch, let alone all day and night)
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:33 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

explorerJC wrote:
certainly mine looks like a brick...especially on my tiny wrists...but it feels comfortable (especially for someone who usually never wears a watch, let alone all day and night)


Ah yes, you won't get all the data unless you wear it 24/7 Very Happy

The barometer must be what makes the watch more chunky, as my other watch with one (good old Suunto Vector) is also mahoosive.
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 11:57 am    Post subject: Reply with quote

i wanted the extra battery life....allow me to do a 16:59 without losing any vital data Smile
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PostPosted: Mon Sep 17, 2018 12:40 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Jorgan wrote:
I'm surprised how small the 735XT is, feels a bit weird to have such a functional watch not look like a brick on my arm. Didn't think the barometric altimeter was worth the extra on the 935XT - especially as it went t1ts up on my 920.


It's pretty staggeringly small isn't it, and incredibly light, it's almost Toy-like

Amazing it does everything it does and has a semi-decent battery in there too.

I can't imagine it's too rugged but has lasted well enough this season.
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