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Saturday
Feb162019

How to Connect an External BT Heart Rate Monitor to your Samsung Gear or Galaxy Watch

If you're reading this then perhaps you are like me and where or are looking for a way to connect an External Bluetooth Heart Rate Monitor to your Samsung Gear or Samsung Galaxy Smart Fitness Watch? Well get ready because I have found a way to connect many popular External BT fitness devices to your Samsung Gear or Galaxy Watch even though Samsung says this is not possible within Apps.

Now before I get into the details I think I should clarify why this is even necessary. It all comes down to the accuracy of the built in Optical Heart Rate Monitor on your Samsung Gear or Galaxy Watch. These built in Optical Heart Rate Monitors simply do not do a good job reading your heart rate especially when your heart rate is jumping around a lot or your arms are moving around as in when you are doing a weight lifting, Crossfit, Bootcamp or other HIIT style training.

So back to the solution on how to connect an External BT Heart Rate Monitor to your Samsung Gear or Galaxy Watch. You are going to need to download and buy a Watch Face called "Sporty Watch". Sporty Watch is much more than your typical Watch Face, most importantly it has a settings option that allows for the connection of external BT Heart Rate Monitors and even some other Bluetooth Fitness Devices. Sporty Watch also taps into your Samsung Watche GPS for tracking GPS details during outside activities. Sporty Watch has access to pretty much all of the watches fitness related real time data which gives it all the information it needs to track your workouts in full detail.

When you are finished your workout, Sporty Watch saves the workout data to its own Diary if you want to recall the info later. SPorty Watch also syncs this data to a number of possible sources: Strava, TrainingPeaks, Google Drive, Diary Webserver.

I personally have Sporty Watch send the workout data automatically to Strava where I can see and share that data to MyFitnessPal and Samsung Health. The only thing that Sporty Watch and Strave don't take into consideration would be the total steps for your day which helps programs like MyFtinessPal figure out your total calorie burn for the day. This is not a problem because your Samsung Gear or Galaxy Watch your steps for you where you can see it in the Samsung Health App and also share step data with MyFitnessPal.

So there you have it!

    

Friday
Sep082017

LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch Review

Here is my official Table Top Video Review for the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch. In this video review I go over some of the basic specifications and talk about the hardware and software. I show you around the watch and talk mainly about how the hardware ties into the software making sure to cover the fitness applications and fitness tracking.

 

Make sure to watch my Unboxing Video as I do go into the specifications of the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch and more details about what exactly an Android 5.1 Smart Watch can and can not do compared to an Android Wear Smart Watch.

I highly recommend you watch my full Video Review for the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch as I do go into a fair amount of detail on how this watch integrates hardware and software. in summary I found the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch to be built much better than I expected, the hardware inside is for sure very impressive but I found that many of the applications especially fitness applications did not take advantage of hardware features like the built in GPS and Heart Rate Sensor nor was their a way to look at historical fitness data on the watch or even using a cloud based application.

If you install the Google Fit App the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch can do a decent job of basic fitness tracking but the onboard built in Fitness App is fairly limited compared to today's fitness trackers and fitness watches.

As a feature packed and hardware heavy Smart Watch, the LEMFO LES2 Android 5.1 Smart Watch does a good job with all the fun pre-installed Apps and Google Play Apps you can install later on. You even get all of those annoying notification alerts from your Smart phone including phone call alerts.

Tuesday
Aug292017

LEMFO LES2 and LF17 Android 5.1 Smart Watch Unboxing Preview

I while back just before I got my Apple Watch I tried out a Moto 360 Android Wear Smart Watch but at the time the Android Wear Software for iPhone had very limited usability so I was not able to take full use of the Moto 360 as an Apple user.

Well along came my way a couple of LEMFO Android 5.1 Smart Watches, the LEMFO LES2 and LF17. They both have similar features and can pretty much both do the same things but the LEMFO LES2 is by far the superior product with a faster CPU, more memory and a brighter and sharper screen.

What's a little deferent about these Chinese made Android 5.1 Smart Watches is the fact that they do not support Android Wear connectivity at all! In fact they are more like dedicated Android devices rather than Smart Watches and so the only way to get Apps on these Smart Watches is to download them from the Android Play Store, most Android Play Store Apps will work but not all depending on their hardware requirements. The LEMFO LES2 and LF17 Smart Watches even have features like built in GPS, Heart Rate Monitors and you can even add a GSM or WCDMA Cellular SIM chip to get data and make calls directly from these Smart Watches or should I now call them Smart Phones?

Not being able to sync using Android Wear does have its downside since most Android Wear Apps are formatted for the smaller Smart Watch Screens unlike Android Play Store Apps that are made for larger Phone and Tablet Screens. I guess I will find out how this all plays into using a device like this as I test them out over the next week or so.

Enjoy my Unboxing Preview Video for the LEMFO LES2 and LF17 Smart Watches.