You need a new Garmin APP
from the Garmin ‘Connect IQ’ Store.
Thanks to Amazon you can even have a 30-day FREE trial — Amazon hoping to snare you into Prime.
I am NOW a believer in Prime. I wasn’t for the longest time. I always ordered enough (e.g. $25) to get free-shipping. Then, maybe, 6-years ago, maybe earlier I finally signed-up.
Now I am a Believer.
Full disclosure. I am also a long-term Amazon shareholder. SMILE.
But, I watch a fair amount of Prime Video. That, in my book, pays for itself.
Anyway, this is BIG. Worth looking into.
In over 40-years of using credit cards I have never, ever, experienced such atrocious customer service as that I got (or more to the point did NOT get) from Barclaycard’s moronic Call Center in the Philippines.
Wow. Wow. Wow.
Not so Barclaycard’s. Theirs is worse than a nightmare. The representatives are barely literate. I kid you not. They have no idea what you are talking about. I don’t think they have ever used a credit card themselves. All they can do is read a script. I feel sorry for them.
As a proud and patriotic Brit, I am ASHAMED that Barclaycard is British. Barclaycard is a sad affront to the long and mainly distinguished legacy of British banking. I, as a teenager, had my very first bank account at Barclays. I was chuffed to be a Barclays’ customer.
Not anymore. I closed my damn Barclaycard account.
Their Filipino Call Center. I don’t want to be TOO RUDE, but ‘Boy of Boy’. Talk about incompetence. Talk about rank stupidity. But, not their fault. Barclaycard has NOT trained them.
Barclaycard really has let the side down with this Call Center. I can’t tell you how BAD they were. It was that bad.
Take my word. I never mislead you. Do NOT deal with Barclaycard. IF you do, YOU will live to regret it.
Close your Barclaycard account. Burn your Barclaycard.
In my experience you cannot go wrong with a ‘Bank of America’ credit card. You get to deal with Americans not folks whose English is marginal.
So, ditch Barclaycard, get a BofA Credit Card. You will THANK ME for this advice.
Search ‘credit cards’.
‘Amazfit GTR’ With 24-Day Battery Life & Premium Fashion Look Will Be Available In The U.S. In August 2019.
The Amazfit GTR with the leather strap, titanium-body and high-end looks reminds me of the Garmin MARQ Expedition I wear — though there is an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE difference in price!
Functionally, other than the incredible, 24-day battery-life and water-resistance to 50-meters, it, with the trademark bright AMOLED display (with 326 pixel resolution), appears to have functionality similar to the quite impressive Amazfit Verge (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, 12 sport modes etc.). There is NO MENTION, as yet, of an ECG/EKG capability. But, that might come.
I have been told that it will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. I have not got an exact date yet. I will work on that.
Looks a nice watch. I might get one and put my Garmin MARQ Expedition away (to ‘appreciate’ in peace (SMILE)).
Here is the issue.
The favorable reviews you may be reading on Amazon might NOT be for the current model you are looking at. Appears that Amazon permits vendors to recycle Amazon product numbers (referred to as ASINS) so that they can RETAIN reviews that relate to older products.
So, for example, the reviews you may be reading for the NEW Garmin Forerunner 245 may not be for the 245. They could be reviews for the older Forerunner 235.
But, Amazon nor the vendor give you any indication of this. So, you are reading FAKE REVIEWS — intentionally recycled to deceive you!
A friend of mine, a fellow Garmin enthusiast like I, noticed it last week with a Garmin Forerunner 245 Bundle being sold by ‘EZ Electronics‘. It had 8 very positive reviews giving it a 4.3 (out of 5) stars. My friend had previously looked at the ‘Amazon’ listing for this bundle. He remembered that the rating wasn’t as high on that page. He went back and checked. That is when he got curious. Then he saw the dead giveaway. EZ Electronics was claiming that the Forerunner 245 had been available as of June 2018. NOT SO. The Forerunner 245 was only announced in April 2019. That is when he worked out that EZ Electronics, by recycling the ASINS, was using OLD (invalid) reviews from the older Forerunner 235.
So, here are some screenshots to explain what is happening:
So, the issue here is that of duplicitous reviews — recycled reviews from OLDER products that have no bearing on the product that they claim to represent.
So, be careful. Check the ‘Date First Available’ field. Make sure that it looks reasonable.
So, Amazon BUYER be AWARE.
Amazon has SINCE taken down this product listing.
This issue was brought to Amazon’s attention late last week.
They have responded by taking down the product listing.
So, that was good.
But, there could be other instances on Amazon.
Just keep an eye.
Better to be safe than sorry.
Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.
With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.
U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.
I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.
For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.
From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.
Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.
I am excited. This could be a gamechanger.
Amazfit continues to AMAZE.