Melia wants to know if the Garmin Fenix 5 is a good smartwatch for runners. Leo says that he uses the Apple Watch, but Garmin is one of the best in the category. If you're a road runner, Garmin is much better though, according to the chatroom. Much more accurate. Leo also says the displays are very good. And if it's a good price, why not?
Cliff bought a new Series 6 Apple Watch, and his tattoos are preventing the watch from working properly when taking his health readings. Leo says that's a common problem. A clear sticker is supposed to help, but there's apparently a case where the tattoo can prevent the watch from getting a proper reading from the sensor. Here's an article from iMore about why.
.Facebook has announced that it is developing a smartwatch for launch in 2022, and they are also in a cold war with Apple over advertising. The watch will enable users to post messages to the social media website and will target users with ads that Apple prevents over privacy concerns. According to recent news stories, an upcoming iOS and iPadOS feature will require apps and data companies such as Facebook to ask for users' permission before tracking them across other sites and websites. In response, Mark Zuckerberg reportedly told staff that Facebook needs to 'inflict pain' on Apple.
Freddie wants to know what's the best smartwatch for checking blood pressure. Leo says that the FCC and FDA haven't approved one yet, though both Amazon and Apple are developing it. When Samsung gets approval, then the Samsung Wear watch will be the one to get. There are several knock-off versions, but Leo says that they aren't that accurate and aren't FDA-approved.
Currently, they only can only measure pulse and oxygen levels, plus heart rate. Leo recommends getting the Omron wrist-mounted blood pressure monitor.
THis week, Dickie D found a smart watch that can also control your home. The Wyze Band lets you control your smart home from your wrist. Turn on or tune Wyze Bulb. Pause Wyze Cam notifications. Control your Wyze Plug. It will also work with future Wyze devices, and with Alexa built-in, Wyze Band can control many non-Wyze smart home products. That’s some next-level stuff right there. Even through the screen is on the small size, it's a high-resolution, AMOLED touch screen. You can use the Wyze Band to find your phone or receive call/app notifications.
Doctor Mom has been testing a new product from Amazon that works much like a FitBit but doesn't have a display. It's just a velcro strap with sensors that measure body fat, activity, sleep activity, and more and then syncs it to a phone. It'll even measure the tone of voice to detect stress. $99 from Amazon and Doctor Mom says it's pretty much worthless.
Paul has a 2015 MacBook. Leo says that was the year of the last good keyboard in the Macbook line.
Paul is also calling why the blood oximeter doesn't work with his new Apple Watch 6? Leo says that Paul's Watch 6 is using a Beta version and that could cause it. He also says that you need to have your watch above the bump in your wrist for it to read it properly.
Leo got the new Apple Watch Series 6 this week and has seen up close the hand washing and pulse oximeter features. And it works well! Leo also got a new Samsung Galaxy Fold 2, which he says is incredibly expensive and looks very fragile. Don't drop this one because it's guaranteed to break. So if you tend to drop your phone, this isn't the phone for you.
Eric is a truck driver and he's looking to get a smartwatch that's very durable. Leo says if he's an Android user, try the Android Wear Watch. Fossil makes the best ones, but the Samsung Galaxy Wear is great too. And with a Sapphire crystal face, it's very durable.