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More News That Garmin Plans To Offer Enhanced Heart Monitoring Features.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the original post by “MedCity News”.


My heads-up posts from December 2018. Click to access.


It goes without saying that Garmin wasn’t going to let Apple, Fitbit etc. leave it in the dust when it came to advanced health monitoring capabilities such as ECGs. The partnership with ‘Actigraph‘, in December, was just an inkling. Now, this with further news of Garmin’s active collaborations. Not sure when Garmin will announce some products. I have heard that there are some new Garmin & Fitbit watches expected before Easter. But, I am still short on details. Of course, I will share with you as soon as I find out. Till then, this is good news.


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‘AndroidCentral’ Misrepresents ‘Garmin’, Badly, In Their “Best Fitness Trackers Of 2019”.

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Link to ‘Android Central’ post.


As you can see I do NOT agree with any of their Garmin picks. Prove me wrong. I own, have owned or bought for family members: Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5, Vivoactive 3 & Vivosport. So, it isn’t like I am just going by specs on the Web. I also owned a Fitbit Ionic. I do NOT think the Fitbit Versa is a good tracker. I would NOT swap my Fenix 5 Plus for a Versa plus $500.

Anywho, you see what you think. I have had my say.


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‘AndroidCentral’ Publishes Its List Of ‘Best Hybrid Smartwatches In 2018’ — Includes ‘Garmin Vivomove HR’.

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Interesting list. I have indeed looked at a few of them, though my emphasis is on the fitness/health features as opposed to the smartwatch capabilities per se.

That said I have been tempted a few times by the ‘Withings’ but have managed to resist. Heard good things about the new LG and also saw that it has been deeply discounted of late.

I don’t agree that, bar for its smart looks and $200 price tag, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the right comparison. I would have gone with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

But, check out the list. Worth keeping abreast of the technology and products.


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Garmin Partnering With Medical Specialist ‘Actigraph’ — ECG Feature Soon?

by Anura Guruge


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‘Actigraph’ makes MEDICAL-grade activity trackers — BUT NO ECG as yet.


How I got ECG capability … Click to access post.



The Apple Watch 4 ECG/EKG feature, as I expected, is getting a LOT of favorable press — with stories about how it has already saved lives.

Garmin has to react fairly soon.

This partnership with Actigraph is a good start. Actigraph, right now, does not have a ECG/EKG product but you have to be sure that they and Garmin have been looking into it. As I discovered the ‘chipsets’ for getting the ECG/EKG readings are readily available and not that expensive. So, it is not a huge hill that has to be climbed.

Actigraph, right now, appears to marketing high-end activity trackers — albeit without GPS. So, quite a bit of overlap, but also areas that they can cooperate on to improve.

Good move. I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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HRM USA Includes One Of My Fitness Tracker Reviews — For Garmin Vivofit Jr 2.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access the original at HRM USA.


These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.


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Couldn’t MI6 Have Made Prince Harry A Better ‘Smart’ Ring Than Finnish Oura?

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Was kind of amused to read (and see) that Prince Harry, who is proving (yet again) to be HUGE hit downunder, is now sporting an expensive, Oura ‘Balance’ ring that monitors sleep and activity.

That is good that he is wearing a tracker. But, an Oura that does SO LITTLE! That is neither here nor there. He should be wearing a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Now that IS a man’s tracker.

But, in his case …. He is Royalty. He can call up MI6.

Just think of what MI6 could give you in a ring? Wow.

Maybe MI6 will read this, contact me and send me a RING.

Buckingham Palace knows how to get in touch with me.

Maybe if MI6 gives me a ring I will give my nearly new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus to Prince Harry.


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The ‘Best’ Smart Watches Per ‘Business Insider’ — Though Not Necessarily The Best Activity/Fitness Trackers.

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Google, which knows more about I than I actually do, brought this article to my attention.

It was interesting. I am not into smart watches. My kick is high-end activity/fitness trackers — like the Garmin Fenix 5. I actually DUMB DOWN my watches. I do NOT want them acting as smart watches. I am old. I don’t want to be notified on e-mail. I will check for e-mail in my own time.

Some of these names were new to me. They all came some fitness/activity tracking capability. Would be fun to see what they are.

But, I wanted to share this with you.


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A New Samsung Gear S4, Even Without ‘BPM’, Would Be V. Bad News For Garmin.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access original article in the U.K. “Express”. Google “Samsung Gear S4” for many, many more over the last 72-hours.


From the same “Express” article referenced above. Use the link — above.


YouTube video claiming to confirm that the S4 will have
“Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM).


The Samsung Gear S3 was a pretty impressive and compelling SMART watch — and I know since I had one till last week (when I sold it on Facebook).

It lacked all of the activity, sleep, performance and stress tracking features to make it into a genuine alternative to a medium- to high-end Garmin. But, it was a decent Smartwatch for those that wanted just the basic activity tracking functionality.

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk in the media about the forthcoming Samsung Gear S4 — which might possibly be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

It is supposed to have a lot more activity and sleep features. But, it is also said to go all out on health monitoring, and might include “Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM). That would be big.

Some are talking some real fancy features like displays on the rim of the case and on the strap. That might be overkill. But, BPM will be a game changer.

I will keep you post.


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iWOWNFit Fitness Tracker APP Updated — As Of May 18, 2018.

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Click here for the Amazon product listing
for the iWOWNFit i6HRC.


We have two iWOWNFit i6HRC trackers.

I got one for Teischan’s 12th birthday in March, and much to my surprise she liked it and started wearing it. It was so impressive we got one for Deanna given that she has — we hope, temporarily — lost her FitBit. She likes it too!

Two weeks ago Teischan graduated to my 3-month old Fitbit Ionic when I went back to Garmin with a Fenix 5.

Hence the two i6HRCs.

‘Today’ Deanna discovered the updated APP.

Pretty slick.

For the price it is one heck of a tracker.

I will keep you posted.


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Will Google Partner With ‘Misfit’ For Their Pixel Smart/Fitness Watch That Will Compete Against Garmin.

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Click here to access the ‘Misfit’ Website.


Ideally you would like Google to partner with Garmin (and I do happen to be a long-term Garmin shareholder). My druthers, however, tell me that this is unlikely. I can’t explain it, just a feeling. I just hope that Google doesn’t cut a deal with the ‘DEVIL’ — a.k.a. Fitbit. {Smile}

But, I have been thinking. Google, for obvious reasons, would prefer to work with a manufacturer who is currently using ITS ‘Google Wear OS‘ and has experience with Qualcomm SNAPDRAGON processors. ‘Misfit‘ fits the bill quite nicely — and they do make some impressive watches.

I, of course, can’t be sure, but Misfit is worth keeping on the radar.

I did look at the Misfit Vapor when considering an alternative to the Garmin Vivoactive 3 that died. It just didn’t have all of the fitness/sleep tracking features I was looking for. But they — especially with Google’s resources — could fix that.

Scary — for Garmin!


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