I might be missing something. But assuming youâ€™ve joined the smartphone age what is the point of WiFi on GPS watches? As Iâ€™m weighing the options of which watch to buy some have WiFi some do not.
Iâ€™ve measured (not accurately but does it matter in this case?) by counting and it is consistently about 20 seconds from the time I open my garmin connect app and my watch syncs. And thatâ€™s when I have to actively sync it. If I get way behind and have to syce like 12 workouts it takes a few minutes. Sometimes it just syncs by itself and itâ€™s done before Iâ€™m even cooled down or caught my breath.
Is there a feature that WiFi offers normal BLE just does not? If itâ€™s a matter of seconds have we gotten that impatient? Or is it a some people donâ€™t have BLE deal?
Assuming Bluetooth assumes a user will be pairing a device to a phone versus a laptop/desktop. Not all laptops/desktops have Bluetooth.
If you aren't pairing it to a phone for uploads of data, then you're stuck with a physical cable.
Not all countries are like the US and Europe with super data coverage everywhere to utilize a phone with Bluetooth as the upload mechanism.
Having wifi means that the person doesn't have to crack out a cable and boot up a program on a computer just to upload the workouts.
It would do it automatically over the wifi connection.
So, there you go..........it's actually saving some subset of users many minutes of interaction every workout. I had 260 activities or so in 2018. That would have been up to 1000 minutes of just plugging in a cable, open program, uploading if I lived in some part of Mexico or something.
How many minutes in a day? 1440? That's saving almost an entire DAY
of your life per year.
If we're talking the 20 seconds up above you pose, even that would be 90 minutes of your life per year waiting on crap.
People take their lives into their own hands and others lives to run red lights to save a light cycle on a commute.