Greg runs the Team USA Surfing team. He wants to know if the Apple Watch is waterproof enough for surfers to use to keep up on scores and information. Leo says that while Apple says the watch is waterproof, he's not at all confident it can weather long term exposure to salt water. Casio's GShock is very durable. But the challenge is to get the data out to them from a distance. Cellular may be the best option, but WiFi is more reliable. That Chatroom says The Tic Watch from MobVoi. $159 list.
Chris has an Apple Watch Series 3, and thinking of moving up to the Series 4. But it's $800. Worth it? Leo says that he's stopped buying the higher end models because he's going to be getting a new model next year. So he gets the cheapest one, knowing he'll trade in next year. It's just as nice looking and durable too.
Jerry wants to know if people can use their Apple Watch to cheat at trivia at the local bar. Leo says absolutely. It's why you can't bring a smartwatch or a phone into a college classroom.
Joe wants to buy his girlfriend a smartwatch. He wants to know if Android Wear watches will use NFC so he can buy stuff through his watch without his phone. Leo says that the Apple Watch can do that. There are probably models of Android Wear that will do that as well. Leo says that if the watch supports Wi-Fi, and is connected through the internet, then Google Pay will work. If it's not, then no, it won't be able to do that.
Charles' daughter got a Gear Fit 2 Pro smartwatch and it was advertised to be used for swimming laps. The first time she used it, it stopped working immediately. He sent it back and Samsung is now saying since it's water damaged, and can't be fixed. Leo says there's a few tricks they can do:
Bob wants to know how long will it be before Android adopts the EKG/ECG medical reading technology like on the Apple Watch Series 4. Rich says it's a great technology, but it's not available yet. The high heart rate and low heart rate notifications are available on Android watches, though. If he's willing to make a switch, it could be a life saver. When will it come to Android? Who knows. But probably not for another year.
Rich updated to a smartphone out of necessity. He's hearing about the Apple Watch Series 4 and its heart features, but it says he needs "number share" for it. What is that? Rich says that the Apple Watch Series 4 is not only a smart watch, but an FDA approved medical device. He can actually take an ECG with it. But he'd need the higher end LTE version for $500, and number sharing, means he'd have to pay $10 a month to share his phone number with his Apple Watch.
Chris wants to get an Apple Watch Series 3 and the iPhone X. He's heard rumors, however, that Apple is slowing down production, and he's wondering if he should avoid those products. Leo says to consider the source. For instance, Ming-Chi Quo is primarily an analyst and his job is more to decide if it's worth buying Apple stock over buying the iPhone. So far, there's been no confirmation of sales having softened due to supply. If anything, it's been quite the opposite, especially with the Apple Watch. Analysts and rumor guys are wrong more often than they are right.
Rob has a 9 year old grandson and he got him an iPad. He loves technology. Leo says to put Swift Playgrounds on it. It's an app that teaches kids how to program an app. It uses game play to do it and it's fun. Rob could do it with him too!