I really want to love this thing...

wsrobert

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So I purchased an S2 3G for a moderately specific use case.

I don't much care for wearing a smart watch all day - I have other timepieces for that. But I loved the idea of having a fitness watch that could also stream music. Basically allowing me to walk out the door with only my watch and BT earbuds when I head out for a run. With the inclusion of GPS and the cell radio in the 3G version, I thought I'd finally found a device that would give me that. On top of still offering up notifications and phone calls in the absence of my phone. Add it Samsung Pay eventually making its way to the watch and that's a pretty solid package.

But alas, the GPS tracking of runs through S Health is so inaccurate it's not even useful. Technically it allows me to stream music and track runs. But the data isn't even close to my Garmin devices. I could forgive an error of maybe 6-10%. But it's like 30% off. Making it near useless for tracking my runs.

What's curious is that the map of my run that gets saved is damn near spot on. But the data - miles, pace, etc - is so wildly off.

I was holding out for the Moto 360 Sport since it'll have GPS and allow music to be stored through Google Play. Serving my primary two needs (run tracking and music playback). But have a Note 5 so wanted to give the S2 a shot. Blah. I might hold out hoping for an update but probably shouldn't hold my breath.

Great news for everyone else though that doesn't care for the accuracy of the GPS - this thing is stellar in all other functions. Really impressed by what Samsung built. Easily my favorite smart watch to date.

Anyone else have similar experience trying to track runs?
 

wsrobert

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Interesting. Just today, had mine off the charger at 9AM. And just before I headed out for my run this evening at 5 PM was at 88%. Though with GPS/location on and streaming music, it socks up lots of power. Ended the run 40 minutes later at 50ish %. Now at nearly 11:30, it's still at 30%.

Seems pretty solid to me.
 

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I learned with the first generation gear s that near nothing is as accurate as my Garmin forerunner 620. I now have. A gear s2 as well and I still LOVE the idea of not needing to have my iPod nor a phone when I run. Plus the SOS feature works great if I need help or during a race to let my significant other know my location. Since this one is about the same size as the Garmin, it makes the weight even... One on each wrist. Lol. I guess what I'm trying to say is I never intended to use mine as a Garmin replacement because I knew it would never be as accurate.

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Same issues, if not worse accuracy. An estimated 7.5-8 mile run clocked in at 4.51, and a 3.2ish clocked in at 2.59. Splits are all over the place, sync to Garmin/Strava/MMF results in wildly inconsistent interpretations.

I purchased it for exactly the same use case. I can't imagine the GPS itself is that far off, but rather it seems to have something to do with power saving and satellite read functions, but no setting I have yet uncovered has resolved anything.
 

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