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My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Is Back On My Wrist After A 20-Day Flirtation With An ‘Amazfit Verge’.

by Anura Guruge


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20-days ago when I strapped on a Amazfit Verge for evaluation.



The final watch face I was using on the ‘Amazfit Verge’.


I have had my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus since October 9, 2018 (i.e., for 123-days). Prior to that I owned a Garmin Fenix 5 for 158-days.

During the 123-days that I owned the Fenix 5 Plus I have taken it off and put aside on two occasions. Once, for 10-days, when I was evaluating a ‘Polar Vantage V‘ and now for 20-days when I flirted with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. I had very different reactions to these two watches. I was glad to get rid of the ‘Polar Vantage V’. It was a very boring, insipid watch. Not so with the Verge. I like the Verge. I returned the Vantage V though I had the option of keeping it (for free). I am keeping the Verge!

The Verge still has some ways to go. Floors climbed is a joke — a very bad joke. That was the one big flaw I found, other than the Amazfit APP not working with Android 9.

The AMOLED display on the Verge is an absolute joy. I can’t wait for Garmin to start using AMOLED displays.

Well, it is still kind of nice to have my Fenix 5 Plus back on my wrist. I have got used to its feel and I do like all the widgets.


Me and My Trackers.

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My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Is Back On My Wrist After A 11-Day Hiatus.

by Anura Guruge


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11-days ago when I strapped on a Polar Vantage V for evaluation.


I finished evaluating the Polar Vantage V. It is an exceptional RUNNING WATCH. So much real-time data when you are doing an activity. Meant for Pro-Athletes who spend many hours a day in strenuous training. The Polar Vantage V is OVERKILL for my hour-a-day of training.

I was sent the Polar for evaluation. I did write a 1,200-word review. So, I did my job.

Now back to my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. It feels right. I am, by now, so used to Garmin. SMILE.


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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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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.

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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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