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

by Anura Guruge

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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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by Anura Guruge

When One Fitbit Just Isn’t Enough: Versa Lite & Inspire HR Side-by-Side On My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge

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What can I say other than I was sent both the Fitbit Versa Lite and the Inspire HR, at the same time, for evaluation.

Yes, I am lucky. But, it is not all fun. I do have to test them carefully and write multiple reviews. So, this is work — though it is fun.

Yes, I am lucky. Right now I have: a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Fitbit Ionic, Amazfit Verge, Fitbit Versa Lite & Fitbit Inspire HR. There are two other Garmins in the house but they are not mine!

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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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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Adds Music To The Vivoactive 3 — Available By July 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Garmin product page for the “Vivoactive 3 Music:”.

Now that Garmin, with the somewhat star-crossed Forerunner 645M, has worked out who to put music into their watches there is no stopping them.

We learned yesterday that they will be introducing a Fenix 5 PLUS range that has music — and today the announcement of the Vivoactive 3M at $299.99. The non-music Vivoactive 3 is now down to $249.99. I think that that is a full $80 — $100 cheaper than what it was when introduced last November.

Garmin had to do this to stay competitive with the Fitbit Ionic and Versa — not to mention the Apple smartwatch.

The issue, as has plagued Garmin of late, is going to be reliability. Music on the FR 645 was buggy and the Vivoactive 3, as I can attest, was far from reliable.

Challenging times for Garmin. It is getting squeezed on all sides by Fitbit, Apple, Samsung

I will, as always, keep you posted.

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Fitbit Eating Garmin’s Lunch With The $200, No-GPS But With-Music, ‘Versa’.

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Click to access the ‘Techcrunch’ post.

Click to access the Amazon product page.

Click to access “MarketWatch” for Fitbit.

This is beyond amazing and highly depressing. The Fitbit Versa does not warrant this level of interest and support. They have sold 1 million units — within a month! Sacré bleu.

How Fitbit outmaneuvers and outsells Garmin, on a consistent basis, is pretty incredible. It is all marketing.

90% of those that buy Fitbit have not ever heard of Garmin.

To be fair Fitbit got this right. No GPS, but music — and at $200.

The Garmin Forerunner 645, with GPS, is twice that!

So, if you don’t want GPS, this is quite the watch for $200 — given that it has 3 gyroscopes and an altimeter.

However, Fitbit stock is still in the doghouse. Garmin has done much, much better.

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I Am Getting A Garmin Fenix 5, Rather Than Garmin Forerunner 935 (or 645), To Replace The Fitbit Ionic.

by Anura Guruge

So, yesterday, which was EXACTLY the 3-month anniversary of me strapping it to my wrist, I parted company with the Fitbit Ionic. I really, really resented and hated that watch! I never realized that I could harbor that much animosity towards an inanimate object. I am very proud of myself that I did not destroy it and instead handed it over to Teischan, in immaculate condition, with not even a mark on it!

I was, as some of you know, going to get the newly released Garmin Forerunner 645. But, as with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Garmin had released it half-baked. It was not as yet ready for prime time. There were just too many problems with it. And the last thing I wanted was another unreliable Garmin.’

So, I was going to get the Forerunner 945. That was PERFECT for my needs. Rugged, tested and function-rich.

But, then last Thursday night — given that I monitor prices, reviews and feedback on select watches incessantly — I noticed that Garmin Fenix prices, on the GLASS models, were coming down DRASTICALLY.

Over the weekend the Fenix 5 (Glass) prices were the same as that of the Forerunner 945.

There used to be two negatives against the Fenix 5. It was expensive and BIG.

Now the first was GONE. Miraculously. WOW!

It was, however, still BIG and HEAVY. The Forerunner 945 is the Fenix 5 in a lighter, all-plastic case.

But, my business-acumen insisted that I would be STUPID not to get the Fenix 5, despite its size/weight, because it a SUPERIOR WATCH which HOLDS it price.

So, price being equal (before an additional discount I was due because I have been such a good customer), I ordered a Fenix 5 — of course, black-on-black (as with my Vivoactive 3).

So, now you know.

A NEW Fenix must be imminent. Hence, the drop in prices — for the glass models. I am ‘OK’ not getting the sapphire, though the Wi-Fi would have been nice.

Final kicker: Teischan, on a blind-test, said the Fenix looked better.

I just HOPE it is not too heavy. But, I will NOT return it just on the size/weight. That will be a cross I will bear.

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I Part Company With Fitbit Ionic Exactly 3-Months After I Got It!

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. My 3-months, February 2 — May 2, 2018 (89-days) with the Fitbit Ionic.

Fitbit and I are NOT meant for each other. There are irreconcilable differences between us.

I got the Fitbit Ionic in a HURRY and in a fit of mad pique when my SECOND (yes, 2nd) Garmin Vivoactive 3 failed after 51 days. I had had TWO (yes, ‘2’) Garmin Vivoactive 3s die on me within 9-weeks. I was so MAD and so, so DONE with Garmin.

I did NOT have much time to do my usual extensive research. I wanted an activity tracker on my wrist fast. On paper the Ionic did everything I wanted: i.e., heart rate, GPS, floors, sleep tracking. What I had not realized is that Fitbit doesn’t record anywhere close to the amount of data I was used to with Garmin.

Then 6-weeks after I got it, i.e., Feb. 21, 2018. Fitbit UPDATED the firmware to Fitbit OS 2. That was an unmitigated disaster. GPS reporting went haywire. So, for the last 5-weeks you have not been able to TRUST any of the data! That is not for I.

Plus, there are stupid things like the inability to LOCK the touchscreen! I ran in some drizzle the other day and the raindrops kept on pausing my run.

I had promised myself that I will keep the Ionic for 3-months — AS PENANCE for screwing up in buying it. I was then going to sell it.

But, a few days a ‘little’ voice piped in and said ‘give it to ME‘! I had got her an iWOWNFit i6HRC tracker for her 12th birthday in March. She had claimed, prior to that, that she would NEVER wear a activity tracker. Not only did she change her mind and tune, she quite LIKED wearing the iWOWNFit. Plus, there is sibling rivalry. In October 2017, I gave my Vivoactive HR to my 17-year old daughter.

The Ionic is PERFECT for a 12-year old! That says it all.

So, I am getting another Garmin. Ordered it this afternoon. {Smile}

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