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Garmin New Feature Request: Making ‘Activity Tracking’ An ON/OFF Toggle ‘Control’.

by Anura Guruge


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Activity Tracking‘ is how you control STEP counting. IF it is ‘OFF’ the watch will not count steps. So, this is how you avoid FAKE STEPS when your arm is moving up and down (as can happen when you are seated on a bumpy bus or operating machinery) but you are stationary. Just recently, on Facebook, there was a person complaining about this. He operates an excavator and was seeing a LOT of fake steps.

Turning ‘Activity Tracking’ is not difficult. You can do it on the watch itself within the MENU or on your phone (under DEVICES –> Activity Tracking). But, both option require some ‘work’.

Then it occurred to me that it would be much easier if ‘Activity Tracking’ ON/OFF was a CONTROL. You could keep it as your default control. Then three button pushes (on a 5-button Garmin) and you are done. It will just like turning ON/OFF the Flashlight.

It should be easy enough to implement. Plus, as with all controls you can get rid of it IF you don’t want it,

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Using Garmin Fenix 5 Plus To Check Accuracy Of The New Fitbit Inspire HR — Wearing Them Side-by-Side.

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR. You work out which is which. SMILE.


Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Inspire HR. Wore this combo for 4-days.


Since Friday, March 22, 2019, I have been conducting a detailed study to determine the STEP-COUNTING accuracy of the new Fitbit Inspire HR.

I have a hunch (albeit now with some proof) that the Fitbit Inspire HR overcounts steps even by the generous, overoptimistic standards of Fitbit.

Testing against my trusted Garmin Fenix 5 Plus should be the acid test.

I now have a hunch to what is happening with the Inspire HR. It is way light and the accelerometer doesn’t take into account its lightweight. I could be wrong.

I don’t just measure the steps at the end of the day. I keep a log, on an Excel spreadsheet! Yes, I will publish my findings.

Wish me luck.


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I Really Have Started Wearing TWO Fitbits On My Wrist — A Versa Lite & An Inspire HR — To Study ‘FAKE STEPS’.

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I never thought it would come to this. Having to wear TWO Fitbits — but, I have no choice.

I am 100% convinced that the new Fitbit Inspire HR is way, way INACCURATE — beyond even Fitbit’s normal propensity to overcount steps.

I made a video yesterday just with the Fitbit Inspire HR to show how the step counts goes up even when I am seated at this computer, typing. Per the Inspire HR I walked 1.3 miles, in steps, while all the time being seated at my PC!

So, I decided today. Heck with it. I will wear BOTH Fitbits side-by-side and compare the steps — taking pictures to prove it.

Today, starting at noon — the Inspire HR counted 400 more steps than the more expensive Fitbit Versa Lite.


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