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‘Amazfit Verge’ Is GREAT Running Watch — Better Than A Garmin Fenix 5!

by Anura Guruge


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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.

So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.

In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.

Yes, the GPS might be a tad off, but not that different to say the Fitbit Ionic or the new Polar Vantage V. I much prefer the Verge to the Polar Vantage V.

Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.

I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.


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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus: ‘Auto Pause’ Messed Up My GPS + Glonass Distance By About 0.25 Mile!

by Anura Guruge


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Today for the first time I had ‘Auto Pause’ enabled on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. I went for one of my usual runs — with my two dogs (Golden & Harrier) who do like to stop OFTEN. So, yes, auto pause was kicking in and off — quite often.

This is a run I do, on average twice a week, and have done so for nearly a year. I have run it while wearing: Garmin Vivoactive 3, Fitbit Ionic, Garmin Fenix 5, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus & Polar Vantage V. So, I know what the distances are and do so across multiple watches. I also do this run most of the times with the dogs.

Thus, the only change today was ‘auto pause’. I get to the driveway of my friends’ — and you can see the little squille (top right) when I detoured to see them on a prior run. The GPS reading should have been around 1.6 miles. Today, it was not. Close to 1.5. That was wrong. I ran to my usual 1.75 point. It read 1.6! I ran further. This was further than I have ever run on this route before. I got to 1.65 miles. I gave up. Turned around. I knew I had done 1.75+ miles.

Came home. Didn’t make any detours. Straight back and you can see that. When I got home it read 3.53 miles!

Ah!

I had turned around 1.65 miles. 1.65 x 2 is 3.3 NOT 3.53.

So, obviously GPS was catching up on the way back.

NOT AMUSED. Turned auto pause off. Screw that for a game of checkers.


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by Anura Guruge

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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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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I Have Now Had My Garmin Fenix 5 For 4-Months.

by Anura Guruge


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The 4-months have flown by — quicker than I realized. During those 4-months it has been on my wrist every day, bar when I charge it, or take it off to dry my skin behind it — and the watch itself.

It feels SO NATURAL on my wrist. I am totally at ease with it. Huge difference to the 90-days I forced myself to wear the dread Fitbit Ionic — as penance for the stupidity of buying it.

I was aware of the Fitbit Ionic each and every day I had it on. Though I use my Fenix 5, every day, it never feels like an imposition.

It hasn’t given me any grief per se.

Two things that I am crushingly disappointed about:

  1. How it measures STEPS while you are on a bumpy vehicle,
    ….
  2. How its open-water swimming measurements are utter garbage.
    ….

Both of them should, and could, be fixed. We must have a ‘widget’/function that lets us TURN-OFF step counting. That will stop it recording bogus steps.

It has to improve its open-water swimming mechanism.

Other than that, I am happy with it.

Yes, one of these days I will make use of my ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ ‘Garmin VIP Club‘ membership (and I think I was a founding member) to upgrade to a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. I will keep you posted.


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“Garmin VIP Club”, For Making UPGRADING Easier With Trade-Ins, By ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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Click here to access the HRM USA Webpage for enrolling in CLUB
— just $9.99.


This BRILLIANT for folks like I who like the latest technology on our wrist. Essentially an easy, guaranteed UPGRADE path without having the hassle of trying to sell your current Garmin.

I signed up at once … at once. At $9.99 it was a no-brainer. Don’t tell them BUT, I would have paid MORE for this privilege! {Smile}

Amazon, in 2016 – 2017, had a trade-in program. I used in a bunch of times to keep up with my need to change cameras. Now that they don’t have that, I am delighted that HRM USA has stepped into the breach.

The program, alas, is NOT — I repeat ‘NOT’ — retroactive; i.e., it does NOT apply to Garmins we already have. Only to those we purchase after we become members. That is a bummer. That means you still have to ‘finance’ your next Garmin upgrade on your own.

But, do not wait. Sign Up.

Yes, this means you end up being tied to HRM USA when it comes to buying your Garmins. From my experience that is not a bad thing. I have bought three Garmins from them so far — plus a Fitbit Ionic. So, I have no issues with that.

Well, I have done my duty and told you about this.

P.S., I saw it on my Facebook timeline last thing last night. So, in case you were wondering as to how I hear about this.


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‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ My Preferred Choice For Fitness/Activity Trackers Now Has A New Website.

by Anura Guruge


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I discovered, exceedingly serendipitously, “Heart Rate Monitors USA“, last November, through Amazon, when I was in a desperate hurry to get my hands on a Vivoactive 3 in Slate. They had a few units in Slate and Amazon didn’t and was claiming that would not for a few weeks. I called them up and spoke to them. They impressed me. So, I placed an order via Amazon.

I am so glad I bought that Vivoactive 3 from them rather than Amazon because I had two (yes, ‘2’) die on me within 66-days. That is when they really, really impressed me. They replaced both without a murmur. Their customer service has been AMAZING.

That is why I got my Fitbit Ionic and Garmin Fenix 5, directly from them, rather than from Amazon. For me to shop outside of Amazon takes a miracle! So, that should tell you all.

Check them out. They invariably have discounts, offers and clearance.


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