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New Firmware For Polar Vantage V — v. 1.2.3 As Of November 8, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


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I got the download when I connected it to my Windows PC, via USB, to charge it up.

I can’t find anything about this update on the Web — BUT it is on my watch.

So, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Download and install was pretty fast. Had to restart the watch.


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Fitbit Charge 3 Might Have A Synching Issue.

by Anura Guruge



I was sent a Fitbit Charge 3 for evaluation last week along with the Polar Vantage V.

I haven’t spent much time with the Charge 3 because I have had my hands full with the Polar Vantage V.

Did, however, pair it to an Android phone. Pairing worked fine. Then discovered that I can’t SYNC it!

So, removed it from the phone and paired it AGAIN. Still can’t synch.

A little bird has told me that this might be a KNOWN issue — at Fitbit!

I am a bit put out. I will, of course, keep you posted.

 


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The Data You Get With A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On The Watch — Following An Activity.

by Anura Guruge


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I did my first activity, a run, with my new Polar Vantage V on Sunday morning — November 4, 2018.

It was one of my standard 3.5 mile runs, up a hill. I did take both my dogs with me which slows me down because they have to stop every few seconds! Honest.

At the end of the run all of these data screens were available by pushing the “OK” button and then scrolling through using the DOWN button. Pretty impressive. Overkill for I.

Just wanted to share them with you since this is still a new watch — that just became available last week.

GPS accuracy seems OK. The 3.5 miles was what I have got with my other watches. Heart rate also seems to be consistent with my expectations.


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TDS Telecom Having Issues With Internet & TDS TV In New Hampshire — Sunday, November 3, 2018.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. From Twitter … from @tdstelecom.


Yes, I noticed it as of around 10pm which is when I started watching TV. Wasn’t too, too bad. I was recording both the “Durrells” and “The Woman in White“. From what I can see they recorded OK though the live pictures I saw were breaking up and pixelated. Just to be on the safe side I scheduled for them to be recorded again, later tonight, on another PBS channel.

The outage must have been pretty bad because it made the WMUR 11pm news. They showed the above Twitter.

This is the first hiccup I have experienced with TDS TV since getting it in late August 2018.

I will keep you posted.

Per their Tweet they hope to have it resolved by now, i.e., midnight.


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Setting Up A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On A Windows 7 PC With ‘Polar FlowSync’ App.

by Anura Guruge


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Polar gives you THREE options for setting up a new Vantage 5 Sports Watch:

  1. On a phone (iPhone or Android) with the ‘Polar Flow‘ App.
    ….
  2. On a computer (Windows or Mac) with the ‘Polar FlowSync‘ App.
    ….
  3. On the watch itself.
    ….

I had both Apps. loaded — on my Google Pixel 2 and my main Windows 7 Professional PC.

I opted to do the initial setup, USB-connected, on my PC because as Polar points out you can be charging the watch at the same time — and because I knew that the inevitable firmware upload that would be required would be quicker via USB. I was right.

When I had installed Polar FlowSync on Windows it claimed that it had downloaded and pre-installed the necessary USB driver. Nonetheless, when I plugged in the Vantage V Windows went through the process of looking for the requisite USB software online and installing it. Didn’t take too long and it installed, without issue, right-off-the-bat. That was good and reassuring. That said, the Vantage V does NOT show-up on my Windows USB-list. That means you can’t eject it. You just unplug it.

FlowSync had also installed without issue. I had invoked it before I plugged in the Vantage V. As soon as the USB software was activated it started to synch. It was pretty fast. Then, of course, as I had anticipated, it wanted to do a firmware update. Downloading that was pretty fast too. But, it failed to install the first time around. Suggested that I retry. I did. Installed fine the second time.

The watch was about 76% charged when I got it. To top it up to 100% took about 45 minutes.

But, overall, including that firmware install failure, it was fairly painless and fairly quick.

So, that was it. I now have the Vantage V on my wrist in place of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus which is being temporary RESTED.


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‘Polar Vantage V’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge



I was out much of Friday — going to see the ‘Nutcracker‘ etc. — so I did not get around to setting up my new Polar Vantage V until today (Saturday).

Once the Vantage was fully charged I strapped it next to my trusty Garmin Fenix 5 Plus before taking off the Fenix 5 Plus. This way you can see them side-by-side. About the same size. The Garmin, in case you didn’t know, is on the left (your left).

More on the Vantage V setup in the next post.


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I Got Both A ‘Polar Vantage V’ Sports Watch & A ‘Fitbit Charge 3’ Today!

by Anura Guruge



Getting them BOTH delivered, in the same box, by UPS, on a dreary, rainy Thursday in November can sure lift up your spirits. SMILE.

No. Nope, I did NOT buy them.

They were sent to me, by a reseller, for evaluation.

Yes {smile}, I do have the option of keeping one or BOTH if I like them. That is the deal. I write long (600 to 3,000 word) reviews for them, and they repay me for them with products IF and WHEN I want them. Good deal for both sides (in my opinion). So far they have been happy. IF not it is unlikely that they would have sent me $700 of product.

Crazy busy day with my LATEST book published! Though this was my 29th published book, it still gets me ‘excited’ and ‘distracted’. So, I haven’t even opened either of the boxes! Yes, I do have self-restraint.

I am NOT going to evaluate the Fitbit Charge 3. It with its interesting “Female Health Tracking” is better suited to be tested by a female — and I have no shortage of those in this house. I have convinced Teischan (12) to test it. Since she owns a Fitbit Ionic she is ideally suited.


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