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I just ordered one in LTE from the Samsung website . My Active 2 is still fine but I started a new job recently and am frequently away from my phone so I'm gone try out the number sync thing and see how it works and if it's worth the extra $ per month
 

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I just ordered one in LTE from the Samsung website . My Active 2 is still fine but I started a new job recently and am frequently away from my phone so I'm gone try out the number sync thing and see how it works and if it's worth the extra $ per month
Congratulations! Hopefully the new watch is everything you expect. Keep us posted here on your thoughts on the watch...


Great to see you stop by.,

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Congratulations! Hopefully the new watch is everything you expect. Keep us posted here on your thoughts on the watch...


Great to see you stop by.,

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It showed up Friday and I've had a few days to play with it .
Surprisingly similar to my
Active 2 except there's a lot less apps I use in Wear than there was on Tizen but I've already found alternatives that work well . Battery life is on par with my old one with 1 very glaring flaw . There's a bug that's been on Samsung LTE watches since the Gear S2 that if your signal is craptacular the watch shuts down from overheating after 5 minutes of usage , or less in my case . I was watching YouTube on LTE with a very weak signal and about 2 minutes into the video the watch went into airplane mode and an overheat warning showed up until it cooled down, about 5 minutes later . Couldn't power it off or anything until it cooled down . This is supposed to have been fixed in the latest firmware update but mine hasn't updated to find out if it's fixed or not yet .

My favorite app so far is called Lefty. It literally flips the watch 180 degrees for those who wear it on their right arm , or like me who wants the controls on the other side of the watch .

There's also a bug where for about the first minute after power up the watch is super laggy . After that it speeds up nicely and I turned off animations in developer options to make it even snappier .
I still believe even with the heat bug I'll be ok as I only used LTE for short bursts when I had the og Gear S and don't see it being an different this time .

Getting it hooked up to T-Mobile was a real pain . I ended up having to go to a brick and mortar store . From what I read Verizon is even harder to get it hooked up and numbers synced . AT&T from what I've been reading and chats work them before I decided to move doesn't know how to at all .
My suggestion to others on the fence , don't get the LTE . It's not quite ready for the big leagues but everything the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth version is .
 

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It showed up Friday and I've had a few days to play with it .
Surprisingly similar to my
Active 2 except there's a lot less apps I use in Wear than there was on Tizen but I've already found alternatives that work well . Battery life is on par with my old one with 1 very glaring flaw . There's a bug that's been on Samsung LTE watches since the Gear S2 that if your signal is craptacular the watch shuts down from overheating after 5 minutes of usage , or less in my case . I was watching YouTube on LTE with a very weak signal and about 2 minutes into the video the watch went into airplane mode and an overheat warning showed up until it cooled down, about 5 minutes later . Couldn't power it off or anything until it cooled down . This is supposed to have been fixed in the latest firmware update but mine hasn't updated to find out if it's fixed or not yet .

My favorite app so far is called Lefty. It literally flips the watch 180 degrees for those who wear it on their right arm , or like me who wants the controls on the other side of the watch .

There's also a bug where for about the first minute after power up the watch is super laggy . After that it speeds up nicely and I turned off animations in developer options to make it even snappier .
I still believe even with the heat bug I'll be ok as I only used LTE for short bursts when I had the og Gear S and don't see it being an different this time .

Getting it hooked up to T-Mobile was a real pain . I ended up having to go to a brick and mortar store . From what I read Verizon is even harder to get it hooked up and numbers synced . AT&T from what I've been reading and chats work them before I decided to move doesn't know how to at all .
My suggestion to others on the fence , don't get the LTE . It's not quite ready for the big leagues but everything the Wi-Fi and Bluetooth version is .
Wow a little bit of trouble for sure ..and these bugs need to be fixed ...one of reasons why I hesitate on joining the Android OS side ..

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As I said , the LTE version is suffering from bugs the non LTE version isn't .
What I fear is rumored fragmentation of Wear with Fitbit and Fossil the way they did with Samsung . I'm used to the Samsung bloatware experience from my Notes over the years but I wasn't ecstatic over both Samsung and Google bloating up my new watch . At least with Tizen I could delete most of the bloatware but not so with Wear 3 . Again, I'll get over it and already pretty much have but for those thinking of jumping ship from Apple there's another reason not to . If Apple watch wasn't a gazillion dollars and if it worked well on my Note10+ I'd switch to them .
 

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Oh . The Speidel type steel flex band I use on my Active 2 works just as well on the new watch . Tempered screen protectors with PC bumpers are also widely available for it and mine don't affect the sensitivity at all .
 

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Should anyone buy this watch , no matter which variant , this is a must have app that nobody talks about .
A battery saving thing (I guess that's why they did it ) is if you turn the watch away from wrist up while it's awake it sleeps the screen , no matter what you're doing . No biggie if you're sitting still at a desk or something but on the fly it's a real pain .
The app in the photo solves this problem while still keeping the gesture active when on the home face . In other words I can glance at the time , shake my wrist or just turn my arm and it's asleep again but not while I'm setting a timer or starting an exercise . It's not free but is well worth the price .
I'm also having a blast with Watchmaker app and setting invisible complications that open watch apps when I tap them but their opacity is 0 . It's like having a mini version of Nova on my watch , something I've missed terribly since my Gear S1 died years ago . My latest face has 7 app shortcuts (complications ) on it with room for plenty more if I want to add them .
 

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