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‘AndroidCentral’ Publishes Its List Of ‘Best Hybrid Smartwatches In 2018’ — Includes ‘Garmin Vivomove HR’.

by Anura Guruge



 

Interesting list. I have indeed looked at a few of them, though my emphasis is on the fitness/health features as opposed to the smartwatch capabilities per se.

That said I have been tempted a few times by the ‘Withings’ but have managed to resist. Heard good things about the new LG and also saw that it has been deeply discounted of late.

I don’t agree that, bar for its smart looks and $200 price tag, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the right comparison. I would have gone with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.

But, check out the list. Worth keeping abreast of the technology and products.


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I Had Not Heard That Garmin Had Been Embezzled To The Tune Of $1.2 Million!

by Anura Guruge


Click to access “Kansas City Star” coverage.


Click to access “Kansas City Business Journal” coverage.


Yikes. I had NOT heard of this and I, in addition to owning a fair amount of Garmin, am an actual Garmin shareholder (and I own a respectable amount of shares (enough to write multiple option contracts)). I only came across it when I was researching the new Actigraph partnership.

Garmin is a BILLION dollar company so this is not that huge, but it is significant. They probably have to sell 6,000 Garmin Fenix 5s to make a $1.2 million profit.

Rather embarrassing.

Just factor this in the next time you try to contact Garmin support.


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Garmin Partnering With Medical Specialist ‘Actigraph’ — ECG Feature Soon?

by Anura Guruge


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‘Actigraph’ makes MEDICAL-grade activity trackers — BUT NO ECG as yet.


How I got ECG capability … Click to access post.



The Apple Watch 4 ECG/EKG feature, as I expected, is getting a LOT of favorable press — with stories about how it has already saved lives.

Garmin has to react fairly soon.

This partnership with Actigraph is a good start. Actigraph, right now, does not have a ECG/EKG product but you have to be sure that they and Garmin have been looking into it. As I discovered the ‘chipsets’ for getting the ECG/EKG readings are readily available and not that expensive. So, it is not a huge hill that has to be climbed.

Actigraph, right now, appears to marketing high-end activity trackers — albeit without GPS. So, quite a bit of overlap, but also areas that they can cooperate on to improve.

Good move. I am keeping my fingers crossed.


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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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Compare with map below. Same route.



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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HRM USA Includes One Of My Fitness Tracker Reviews — For Garmin Vivofit Jr 2.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE. Use link above to access the original at HRM USA.


These are my friends at HRM USA — the place at which I have been buying ALL my many activity trackers for the last year. Given that they discovered that I blog they had asked whether I would do some reviews for them. I was glad to oblige. So, here is one. I have done more.


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My ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Is Now At Software Version 6.0.

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From Garmin Forums.


Downloaded automatically, without I even noticing it, when I plugged my Fenix 5 Plus into my computer on Friday night, November 30, 2018. Couldn’t have been a large download. By the time I fired up ‘Garmin Express‘ it must have been already downloaded because I did NOT see it updating on ‘Express’.

Only realized that there was new software once I unplugged the USB-cable and a message came up about the new software that has been downloaded.

Have not noticed ANY changes, whatsoever, as yet.

I went looking for what changes had been made. Refer to 3rd image above. I am NOT blown away. Nothing that applies to I. Hhhmmmm. I am sure they fixed various ‘small’ issues that they are not telling us about.


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