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Unboxing & Setting Up A Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ From ‘HRM USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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A very attractive, appealing smartwatch. Compelling from the moment you set eyes on it.

Was a breeze to pair it, update the software and set it up for use.

I had it 58% charged in 40-minutes. Nice long USB cable and the cradle fits well.

I paired it with the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 running Android 10. As is always the case with Fitbit, pairing was not an issue. It was quick, easy and first time.

We have dual-band Wi-Fi, and as I knew beforehand, the Versa 2 only supports one of the bands. But, it found it quickly and connecting was not an issue. Again, first time in that I did not screw up the password.

Once, connected to Wi-Fi, again as I knew would be the case, it needed to download and install the latest version of software. Downloading (on what is a fairly high speed Wi-Fi network) took 4-minutes. Installation another 3. So, 7-minutes in total. Not bad. I have had 1+hour updates.

Setting up Alexa was also a breeze. Yes, I had to logon to my Amazon account. Connected first time.

All good.

The rest of the set-up was painless and easy.

I even managed to turn-on the ‘Always On’ display. Pretty basic, but gives you the essentials.

So, so far, so good.

I am happy. I am impressed.


Yes, of course, I got it from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘, (HRM USA). Who else? I get ALL my smartwatches from them — no exceptions.


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They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.

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by Anura Guruge

Fitbit Community Having A Rough Time, Right Now, With APP & New ‘Versa 2’.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and get a feel here. From ‘Fitbit Community’ @ community.fitbit.com.


Not a bunch of happy campers.

Appears that the latest version of the APP, on both Android and Apple, had major issues.

The new ‘Versa 2‘ also appears to have had issues.

Folks are not amused.

With luck I might get a ‘Versa 2’ to evaluate at the end of this week. I will be able to get a better feel then.


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The Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP — The Data You Get.

by Anura Guruge


Garmin MARQ Expedition SUP APP Anura Guruge

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This was the very first time I have used the Garmin SUP (Stand Up Paddle Board) APP.

I am pretty impressed and pleased with the data it provides. Basically, it emulates what you get with the RUN, WALK or HIKE APPs.

Do not get hung up on my actual data. I am 65-years old, recovering from major knee surgery and just got back into SUP after a 3-year hiatus. Plus, I was never a strong or great paddler. I just do it for the fun. We live close to a lake and we have beach rights. So, I try to get out on the water.

I am using an Atoll 11′ stand up paddle board (iSUP). I have only had it since Saturday. This was my 3rd ride with that board. I have and use a Garmin MARQ Expedition.


MARQ Expedition

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Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Blood Pressure Capability NOT Ready For Prime Time Nor My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge



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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From: mybplab.com the Website for the APP.


I started doing some serious research into this Samsung Galaxy Active smartwatch ‘Blood Pressure‘ capability and soon discovered that it is far from satisfactory.

Basically it will be the same as that currently available with the Samsung S9(+) smartphones and this capability, on the phone, has not been a great hit.

There are 3 BIG negatives:

  1. You can’t (unlike say with heart rate) get a reading on the watch. A reading is ONLY available on the APP. So, it is a ‘connected’-feature. You need the phone, at hand, to see a reading.
    …..
  2. It CANNOT measure absolute values! It can only measure CHANGES from one reading to another. That is relatively useful BUT nowhere as good and relevant as getting an actual reading that says ‘117/70’. This is my biggest gripe.
    Then they TRY to fake it. They want you to enter a baseline value taken with a proper cuff or what you last got when you saw your doctor. Then it uses that to correlate its first reading. That is GARBAGE. Blood pressure readings change from minute-to-minute. I know. I am somewhat of an expert on this matter.
    So, taking the baseline as corresponding to the first reading it is taking is INVALID. The baseline & first reading could be +/- 20% out. Possibly even more.
    So, the absolute readings the APP gives are meaningless. They could actually be DANGEROUS. They could be way too high or way too low.
    ….
  3. The APP is not from Samsung. It is from a 3rd party and the current version has not been great.
    ….

So, I am thinking of holding back on buying a Samsung Galaxy Active.

The BP feature is only going to be available as of March 15, 2019. I am going to see what the reviews are. OK?

I suggest you do the same.


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‘SplendCare’ Portable ECG/EKG Monitor, At $79, Better Than $99 KardiaMobile.

by Anura Guruge



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Two ECG traces — one from SplenCare other from KardiaMobile.

Notice, they look very much alike. That is GOOD.


Click to ENLARGE and read here. My 5-star review at Amazon. Use link above to get to Amazon listing.


OK, I am lucky enough to be able to have BOTH, the $99 AliveCor KardiaMobile & the $79 SplendCare unit.

As you can see from the two plots above the readings I got from the two, despite the $20 price difference, is very much the same.

Given that equivalence, I have to say that I prefer the less expensive SplendCare unit more, and it would be the one that I recommend.

What is my main reason. Bluntly put, much less hassle. SplendCare, with its cute, built-in screen, is a standalone unit. Take it out of the box, charge it and BANG you get a reading. You don’t have to download an APP, register, wait for a doctor to do the first reading etc. That is way cool. Plus, unlike the KardiaMobile it is not obnoxious. With the ‘Kardia’ it is always ’10 questions’ before you can get started. Not so with the SplendCare. Pleasure to use.

Yes, I did install the Windows APP. Easy enough. And downloading the ECG readings via USB was a piece of cake. So, that is the key theme …. easy, easy, easy. I liked it.

If you need a ECG unit get the SplendCare for $79. Money well spent.


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Google Pixel 3 “Night Sight” On A Pixel 2: Before & After.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Before
(i.e., old APP without ‘Night Sight’).


After
(i.e., NEW APP WITH ‘Night Sight’).


Yes using the Pixel 3 Camera APP (CameraP3)
on a Pixel 2
— as I described here.


I have been meaning to show YOU this comparison for a few days. Never had the time. Made a point of taking these two pictures, from the same place to show YOU the difference.

Pretty impressive right? Pretty amazing.


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Another Example Of Google Pixel 3 “Night Sight” On A Pixel 2.

by Anura Guruge


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Taken with my Google Pixel 2 Phone.

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Yes using the Pixel 3 Camera APP (CameraP3)
on a Pixel 2
— as I described here.


This was taken outside, at 6:19pm, on Halloween — with no street light, and bare minimum ambient light from a house.

It was PITCH BLACK! I kid you NOT.

Nothing but BLACK.

So, all the green, orange, yellow and blue were ‘caught’ by the APP.

This is amazing.


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