Tag Archive | Android

BLU VIVO XI+ Impressive, Near Flawless Android 8.1+ Smartphone At A Budget Price.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access Amazon product page for this smartphone.

I got this BLU VIVO XI+ 6.2″ phone for Teischan (12) at Christmas to replace her aging ASUS phone. So far it has exceed all expectations. She, an Android veteran and highly demanding, can’t find any faults with it. And this from someone, who just 2-months ago, returned a 10″ Android Tablet after 40-minutes saying it wasn’t good enough!

I too have been impressed. It seems as good as my Google Pixel 2 — but it is at least $200 cheaper. In a way, however, I am not surprised. I nearly bought a BLU, over a Pixel 2, at Christmas 2017. I was blown away by the specs. In the end I only ended up getting the Pixel 2 because Google gave me (an old and trusted customer) an offer I could not refuse.

Connecting to ‘Consumer Cellular‘ using her old SIM card from the ASUS was beyond a breeze. We just had to insert the SIM. That was all! No settings, no calls. BANG. It wsa ready to go. Caught us both by surprise.

Transferring settings and APPs from her old phone to the BLU was easy, quick and straightforward. After the phone was charged all of the set-up took less than 15-minutes — and some of that was fiddling around trying to extract SIM cards. She, impatient at best, was happy. And I was happy, that she was happy.

Its performance and video display meets (and I think exceeded) her demand and there has been not a single complaint about this $320 phone. I am so relieved. I didn’t want to spend $500 on a phone and she did not want a refurbished one. So, from what I can see I managed to get her a Google Pixel 2 ilk phone at a budget price.

I think she has the option to download Android 9 but I haven’t pushed her towards doing so. She is happy with Android 8.1 and I don’t really see if 9 will give her much for now.

Bottom line. We are both very impressed and happy with this phone. Recommend it HIGHLY.

Related posts:
Search ‘Android’.

by Anura Guruge


Teischan (12) Makes Her Own Mandala Art For Her Blu Vivo XI+ Telephone Case.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

Click to access details of this AFFORDABLE, but impressively spec’ed Android phone.

Teischan got a new phone for Christmas — viz. an Android 8.1, 6.2″ Blu VIVO XI+ with 128GB of storage and a 16MP camera. I have been following Blu for over a year and this phone has lived up to what I thought they would deliver.

Anywho, given her propensity to for dropping phones I got her a good, rubberized bumper case for it. To be on the safe side I got her a clear case — assuming she would pick one she liked further on. It appears not. She likes the notion of a clear case BECAUSE she can customize it with her own art. This was the first creation. More, sure, to come. Stay tuned.

Related Posts:
Search “Teischan”.

by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

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.

Related posts:
Search ‘tracker’.

by Anura Guruge

ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring On ANY Apple Watch With AliveCor’s ‘KardiaBand’.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to ENLARGE.


Link to AliveCor’s product page.

This is pretty clever BUT, at present, too limited in that it ONLY works with Apple Watches & exploitatively priced!

It is definitely worth $99 and I say that as somebody who just a month ago bought a $99 ‘KardiMobile‘ that works with BOTH Android & Apple and does NOT require the $99 Premium Membership.

IF they make one that is Garmin compatible and does NOT require the Premium Membership I will get one — as long as the strap is not too ugly.

Great idea. Poor execution.

I have noticed this with AliveCor. They seem DESPERATE for cash. Continually trying to get you to buy membership.

I am not sure what the PATENT situation is with this technology. I would LOVE to see others enter the arena and make an effort to work with Garmin.

Related posts:
Search ‘Kardi’.

by Anura Guruge

Overcoming My ‘Apple Watch 4’ ECG ENVY With $99 ‘Add On’ To My Garmin Fenix 5.

by Anura Guruge

Click images to ENLARGE.

One of the articles I read about the ECG feature on the newly announced Apple Watch Series 4 mentioned this ‘Alivecor‘ device — BUT said it was only compatible with iPhones. I think they also alluded that Apple might have got their ECG technology from Alivecor.

So, this morning I did some digging around. The first thing I discovered, to my delight, was that it had some Android capability and listed the Google Pixel with Android 8. Well, I have a Google Pixel 2 with Android 9, but I knew that I was going to be OK. Well, the APP, ‘Kardia‘, downloaded and installed, no problem. I even have an account set up.

Well, $99 is a CHEAP price to pay for an ECG monitor, especially if you are labelled as ‘heart attack waiting to happen‘. The last time I was taken to ER with a suspected heart attack, I ended up coughing up around $600 and all that was wrong with me was but a broken rib above my heart from falling on my shovel while shoveling snow — and that had been 2 weeks previously. Waste of money. Well, when I started to order it, Amazon told me I had $64.76 in AMAZON REWARD POINTS and $18.65 on a Gift Card (most likely because I had complained about anorder that got screwed up). It was going to cost me a GRAND TOTAL of $15.59.

$15.59 to overcome my Apple Watch 4 Envy — and I didn’t have to get an iPhone. Too good to be true.

I should have it Saturday. It should be interesting. Actually, I am DREADING it. My heart is pretty dicky. So, this thing can force me to start seeing a cardiologist on a daily basis. Hhhhmmm.

I will, of course, tell you what I think and find. Keep your fingers crossed for I. Thanks.

P.S. — I know that it STRICTLY is NOT an ‘Add On’ to my Garmin Fenix 5. But, now I don’t have to get rid of my Fenix 5. 

Related posts:
Search ‘Garmin’.

by Anura Guruge

I Have A Fenix 5 On My Wrist — And It Feels Good.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE.

Anura Guruge Garmin Fenix 5 on wrist

The Fenix 5 (Glass) I ordered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ arrived this afternoon. I got it from them, i.e. HRM USA, rather than Amazon because that is where I got my original Garmin Vivoactive 3 last November and they took very good care of me. Lets just say that I have a smile on my face because I got a good deal.

I wasn’t sure how big or heavy the Fenix 5 was going to be. It isn’t too bad. So far it has not felt uncomfortable, BUT I haven’t slept with it or gone for a run wearing it.

It feels solid.

Pairing with my Android Google Pixel 2 phone was pretty easy. Paired on the second attempt. That is GOOD compared to my past attempts.

The functionality is mind blowing. There is SO, SO much. But, it seems to be pretty well organized. I managed to get more done, right off the bat, than I had hoped. That is good.

I have only had it for a few hours.

More in the next few days.

The Vivoactive 3 and Fitbit Ionic on my wrist.

Related posts:
Search ‘Garmin’ & ‘Fitbit’.

by Anura Guruge

Garmin Connect — Android & iOS– Is Now At 4.2 (As Of January 13, 2018).

by Anura Guruge

Garmin Connect updated to 4.2 this morning, automatically, on my ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0.

Smooth update. No issues. Accessed my prior data, seamlessly, as soon as it initalized itself. So far, so good. Noticed that it now ‘flashes’ a ‘device connected’ message when it makes Bluetooth contact.

This update is consistent with Garmin’s recent claim to provide monthly updates — at a minimum — for all of its software.

We were, with Garmin Connect, at 4.1.11 (which was released around December 8, 2017). So, the timing was on the mark.

Interesting that it is 4.2 rather than 4.1.12.

Garmin Express, earlier this week, was updated to 6.0.

So, it would appear that Garmin, in January, starts off with fresh ‘release number’ builds — rather than incremental updates.

Garmin Connect, unlike Garmin Express, should AUTO-UPDATE.

If you do not have 4.2 on your Mobile you might want to force an update.

So, as of Saturday, January 13, 2018:

Garmin Connect — 4.2

Garmin Express — 6.0

Vivoactive 3 — 2.9

Got that? 

Related Posts:
>>>> Search ‘Fitbit’ & ‘Garmin’

by Anura Guruge

%d bloggers like this: