In October, I traveled extensively. From October 7-12th I was in Miami and took my first cruise to Grand Turk in the Turks and Caicos. Then at the end of October I spent 3 days in Orlando on a press trip writing for another blogger. For both trips I was lucky enough to be reviewing the Samsung Galaxy Gear S Smartwatch and a Mophie Powerstation portable charger. I don’t travel a lot but I know bloggers who swear by portable chargers. Having used one for about a month, I, too am a believer.
But first I want to tell you how having that watch changed me. After having my hysterectomy in June and getting my energy back, I started losing weight. I use the S Health apps on my Galaxy Note 4 and knew that the Gear S watch would sync to that. What better way to keep track of my steps on a cruise (concert cruise…dancing and lots of it!) than to have the watch right there with me. Now aside from tracking my steps and pulse it can act as a standalone phone. You can make calls and text right from the watch without ever having your cell nearby. The watch comes with its own phone number and data so you could take it in place of a heavy phone. Like on a cruise ship deck party where you don’t want to be weighed down. You can sync it with your phone to get all your notifications too. There are apps specifically for use with the Gear S too.
From the time I hit Miami to the time I got on my final plane to go home I amassed 101,024 steps. That is 59.14 miles, 4,611 calories. I might be one of the few people on the planet to lose 3 pounds from cruising! One party lasted until the sun came up and we docked back in Miami and I had over 30k steps on that night alone! Oh! did I mention this watch is waterproof?
I continued to love looking at that number when I got home, it motivated me even more to get moving and get some real exercise. When my second trip came around I got quite a few steps in the airport due to having to run to my next flight thanks to short layovers. But the real miles were stepped on the last day in Florida, where I went around Epcot twice, and visited every single “country” and just spent time taking it all in. I actually matched the amount of steps I got during the all night party on the cruise. In tracking my steps and miles, I had walked over 60 miles in October which is a definite record for me because I am not that active.
Simply put, that watch inspired me to keep walking and I was rewarded with my weight loss.
As for the Mophie Power Station.. I have tried several off brand chargers in all kinds of sizes but nothing holds a candle to the Mophie. The first thing I charged was my friends Droid Turbo from dead to over half charged in 20 minutes. On the airplanes I would just plug in and be fully charged. Most airports do offer stations to charge but they are usually taken. I didn’t need them though because of the Mophie. It really is a powerful little box. The only thing about it is that it is quite heavy. You can’t just put it in your pocket, you need a bag or purse or something to carry it. Other than that it was the PERFECT solution to needing power on the go!
You can buy both the Galaxy Gear S Watch and Mophie Power Station online at retailers like Amazon or directly from the Verizon website. The watch retails for $349 (plus contract) and the Power Station retails for $119.
I was provided these products on loan from Verizon to review and give my opinion. I did not receive compensation for this article.