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Sunday, 6 November 2016

Why have an electronic WiFi and bluetooth wristwatch?

I succumbed to the idea of an Android Wear watch a few weeks ago. I researched the market and decided I didn't want any of the first generation watches as most companies said their next watches would be out in November and December.

After narrowing the choice to LG and Samsung, I took fright in learning that the Samsung watch didn't need the phone and it would work over the Internet. One company in the States said that they would charge $10 a month for the watch to work through their aerials, so that could possibly mean £10 a month in the UK! So I bought the LG's G Watch R and it was delivered the day it was released.


I hasten to add, this is not meant to be a review, just a few things I found useful on using the watch.

One thing I liked that a friend had with the earlier LG watch was it vibrated three times if you were out of Bluetooth signal. Ideal if you had left your phone on a bar or cafĂ© table. Or, in my case, leaving home without it. For me, it was worth £232.20 (but already slightly reduced on Amazon) just for that one thing. My phone cost over £500 and would be an expensive loss.

There are two dozen different watch faces and you can buy from a greater choice on Google Play. If you go to settings, you can arrange for the face to go blank after a few seconds, thus preserving battery life.  At the end of a long day, before placing the watch in its power cradle, I still have around half of the battery life left. Also, when I brought the wrist up at the usual angle to check the time, it automatically turns on. Neat.

The watch is round, and isn't small. However, I have a wiry build which means my wrists aren't that large, but the watch sits on it comfortably. Slightly larger and it would have been awkward.

All notifications come to the watch. There is no sound but you always notice the vibration on your wrist. Using the Android Wear app on your phone, you can choose which notifications if you don't want them all. You can also choose to turn off all notification sounds on your phone when the watch is connected.

I always liked a drink in my younger days and one problem which arises in later years is the short term memory is affected. I sometimes think of an idea, and a few minutes later it has been completely forgotten. Now that doesn't happen. I use "Google Keep" on my computer and my phone.Now, all I do when I get an idea is to bring the watch up, say "OK Google" then "Take a note". I then record my note and, when I return to my study, all I need to do is to check my notes on my desktop. That is, when I remember to!

Finally, here is a list of commands you can speak into the watch for further action.

Take a note
Remind me to (at 6 pm)
Set an alarm for xpm
Set a timer for x minutes
Start stopwatch
What does my day look like (tomorrow) (Thursday)
When is my next meeting
(Send a message = text message) or
Text John Smith's mobile – wait a second for the command and send message
Send email to John Smith
Navigate to 15 Smith Street N3 1BY
Directions to Jean Smith's home
Find the Westminster BrG Watch R idge
Where's the nearest pub
John Lewis stores in London
How far is Costas from my home
When is the next Springboks game
How did the Springboks do
Weather in Stellenbosch?
What's the weather in London tomorrow
What time is it in Cape Town?
How do you say "hello" in Zulu?
What does xxx mean
How many calories in a banana
What's Greene King's stock price
What's 500 grams in pounds
Convert 12ozs to gramsG Watch R
What is the sq root of 2209
When is sunset?
When is Good Friday
When was AlbTake a note
Remind me to (at 6 pm)
Set an alarm for xpm
Set a timer for x minutes
Start stopwatch
What does my day look like (tomorrow) (Thursday)
When is my next meeting
Send email to John Smith
Navigate to 15 Smith Street N3 1BY
Directions to Jean Smith's home
Find the Westminster BrG Watch R idge
Where's the nearest pub
John Lewis stores in London
How far is Costas from my home
When is the next Springboks game
How did the Springboks do
Weather in Stellenbosch?
What's the weather in London tomorrow
What time is it in Cape Town?
How do you say "hello" in Zulu?
What does xxx mean
How many calories in a banana
What's Greene King's stock price
What's 500 grams in pounds
Convert 12ozs to gramsG Watch R
What is the sq root of 2209
When is sunset?
When is Good Friday
When was Albert Einstein born
How tall is David Cameron
How tall is St Paul's Cathedral
How old is David Nuttall
How hot is the sun
Show me my steps
Settings
How tall is David Cameron
How tall is St Paul's Cathedral
How old is David Nuttall
How hot is the sun
Show me my steps
Settings

Of course, since I wrote this article a little while ago, Google Android have probably increased the amount of commands!

Ampers.

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