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The ‘OnePlus Watch’ Released Today Gets Absolutely & Utterly Panned — Thrashed! Wow.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to read the DAMNING GIZMODO review
— & they are a respected outfit when it comes to gadgets.


Wow. I was NOT expecting that. As the reviewer herself notes, ‘OnePlus’ is noted for delivering very slick & comparatively affordable phones. So, this was a huge surprise.

I was curious about this watch. Though we have never owned a OnePlus phone I have read plenty of good reviews about them.

How can you get the step count off by more than 10,000. That is mind blowing.

As some of you know, I check the step counts on Garmins, Fitbits & OCCASIONALLY Polar & Amazfit. I expect to see some of them off by say 1%. This is damning. Didn’t they TEST. I am at a loss.

Why bother to release a watch if it has so many faults.

A whole team needs to be FIRED.

Well, that is that. I will not bother looking at this watch.


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New ‘Polar Grit X’ Caliberates, On Par, With My ‘Garmin Fenix 6’.

by Anura Guruge


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Polar Grit X ‘all black’ at LEFT.

My Garmin Fenix 6 has the Titanium Bezel.



Yesterday.


When in ‘smartwatch’ mode they are very DIFFERENT.
Like chalk & cheese.


I wore the new Polar Grit X next to my Garmin Fenix 6 yesterday & today during my 4.5+ mile walk/hike/run.

As you can see from the top 3 pictures the distance & time were on par with my Garmin Fenix 6.

I can’t say which one is more accurate, but I know that the Garmin Fenix 6 is ‘OK’ — in that I have tested it against multiple other watches, including the new Fitbit Charge 4 (just a couple of weeks ago).

If the Grit X readings had differed widely I would have been concerned. They did not. They stayed within ‘spec’.

This was also true for the elevation & Heart Rate (HR) data. The Polar & Garmin were pretty close to each other.

So, that is good. That is a start.

I will publish more pictures and data soon.

This was a first cut after having the Grit X for 2.5-days.


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by Anura Guruge

I Get A ‘Polar Grit X’ To Wear Alongside My ‘Garmin Fenix 6’ — Thanks To ‘Heartrate Monitor USA’.

by Anura Guruge




Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ product page. You will be GLAD you visited.


When you are ACTION MAN you need multiple Multisport Smartwatches to keep track of YOU, even if one them happens to be as powerful as the Garmin Fenix 6. SMILE.

So, here we GO.

Talk about covering all your bases.

My friends at HRM USA (and they are good friends, indeed) asked me to checkout the new Polar Grit X.

So, here we go. I quite literally just strapped it on. I haven’t done any steps with it. Plus, today is my day off, i.e., no 4.5-mile walk in the morning.

I will start putting the Polar Grit X through its paces starting in the morning. Stay tuned.

I like it. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ Has Some Very Tempting ‘Black Friday’ Deals — Check Them Out.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access their offers. They have more. This is all I could ‘grab’ on a screen scrape.


Click to access this post and read what I have said about the FitBit Versa 2.


From what I can see it is going to be mayhem in terms of ‘price cutting’ over the next 5-days — BUT, if you are after a Garmin, Fitbit or Polar, ALWAYS, but ALWAYS, start off with HRM USA. You cannot go wrong with HRM USA. Exceptional customer care, 45-day returns and UPGRADE plans.

So, check them out and do yourself a favor.


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I Always Hit My 10,000 Step Goal, On My Garmin, While Showering — Kind Of Frustrating.

by Anura Guruge


Just for the record. Click to ENLARGE. I do intentionally take a day-off.


I have had 12 Fitness Trackers In The Last 2-Years.

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Evaluating a ‘Polar Ignite’ against my ‘Garmin MARQ’ in July 2019. Click to access post.


I fully appreciate the dynamics and physics. I am NOT new to this and as you can see above I have been LUCKY enough to have(/evaluate) 12 decent (one could even say ‘high-end’) activity trackers over the last year, spanning Garmin, Fitbit, Polar and Amazfit. And I will say upfront: ‘in my opinion Garmin, especially with the likes of the Fenix 5 (Plus) is better at counting steps than a Fitbit’. But, that is kind of old news.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. She has the same questions. How much of the step count is phantom?

It is inevitable. The accelerometer has to measure arm movements. It has no idea I am in the shower and standing still. It thinks I am walking. And then there was the 6-weeks when I was on crutches! Never counted my labored steps, and I was walking more than most — on the crutches — because my left hand wasn’t moving enough! Again, I understand. Just frustrating.

Why it always happens in the shower these days has to do with my latest ‘schedule’ of the last two-months. As I continue to recover from my knee surgery I have upped the mileage on my morning walk/run from ~3.5 miles to 4+ miles — always with GPS on. Given that a GPS mile equates to about 2,400 steps I am at about 9,700 — 9,800 steps when I get home. Then I get in the shower. Then I hit my GOAL. Bingo.

I did some EXTENSIVE step count record keeping with the Fitbit Inspire HR. With brushing teeth and showering I was clocking up around 400 steps in the bathroom. So, Garmin isn’t doing too bad.

Yes, I walk more than 10,000 steps MOST days. In the days I do, I am in excess of 14,000. So, the 10,000 is not my max. I also realize and tell people that what counts is the trend. Doing the same number of (or more) steps each day.

But, wanted to share this because it has got so rote — having the Garmin do its ‘GOAL’ celebration while I shower.

Oh, I average 41 floors count a day. I go past the 10 floor goal every day (as long as I am not on crutches). I usually hit that goal in the first 30-minutes of my walk/run because I live on the side of a ‘mountain’ and can’t go in any direction without doing some major elevation changes.


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Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ (On The New Ignite) vs. Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’.

by Anura Guruge


They are both basically trying to tell you how well your body is coping and recovering from stress (BOTH physical and emotional).

Garmin with its ‘Body Battery‘ (which I have on my MARQ Expedition) does it over the whole day.

Polar with its ‘Nightly Recharge‘, per the unambiguous name, focuses on your nightly ‘recharge’ — with the emphasis on the early part of your sleep.

Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ definitely gives you more data than I get with the Garmin, e.g., breathing rate, heart rate variability and beat-to-beat interval. (See images below).


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“Nightly Recharge” summary screen on the Polar Ignite.


Garmin’s ‘Body Battery’ feedback on Garmin Connect.


Polar’s ‘Nightly Recharge’ status on their APP.


As you can see from above, there are TWO aspects that are taken into consideration: autonomic nervous system (ANS) recovery and how well you slept.


ANS Feedback


The Sleep feedback which is not that dissimilar to what you can get with a Garmin.


The Garmin MARQ Expedition & Polar Ignite side-by-side on my wrist. NO, I do not wear them together. Would be overkill. This was just for the photo op.


It appears I am doing OK. I could have told you that without either the Garmin or Polar! SMILE. I sleep like a LOG. To say I sleep like a baby would be wrong. As a father of four I know that babies are fussy sleepers. I am not. I fall asleep fairly easily and when I do, I am GONE. I sleep deeply as far as I am concerned.

There is a very good reason as to why I sleep well. I am dead tired by the time I go to bed … usually after 1am in the MORNING. I also don’t get as much sleep as I would like. 8 hpurs would be a dream. 7 would be nice. I usually end up with something less than 7.

As long as I get up at my usual time, which is past 8am, I wake up RESTED and ready to go.

So, both the Polar and Garmin are basically confirming this. I sleep OK and am recharged when I get up.

Would be interesting to see what others get in terms of readings.


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The New Polar ‘Ignite’ & My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.

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I was sent an ‘Ignite’ — Polar’s latest smartwatch — for evaluation. I just this very minute started wearing it after putting away my Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ (carefully wrapped in soft cloth). I have been wearing the MARQ non-stop (bar when charging it) for 43-days since getting it on May 20, 2019.

The back of the ‘Ignite’ if nothing else is ‘busy’. The four shiny contacts are used for charging. But, I am not sure whether they also play a role in heart rate (HR) monitoring per Polar’s supposedly innovative ‘Precision Prime sensor fusion technology‘. I am curious whether Polar does a better job at HR monitoring than Garmin. I will endeavor to find out.


November last year I did try out a Polar Vantage V for a couple of weeks. That supposedly had the same HR technology and I can’t recall seeing any HR data that was that far different to what I was used to with my Garmins.

The Ignite looks like a diluted Vantage V. We will see. Stay tuned.

Always fun to try out news watches. Yes, I am lucky being able to do so.


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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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Deciding Between The New Polar Vantage V & The Venerable Garmin Fenix 5.

by Anura Guruge


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‘Polar Vantage V’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.





Price-wise they are $50 apart at Amazon (today), the new Polar Vantage V at $500 and the Garmin Fenix 5 at $450. [The Fenix 5 Plus is more expensive.]

In November 2018, when the Polar Vantage V came out, I was lucky enough to be given one to evaluate. I kept it for two weeks and wore it, ’24×7′ (bar charging time) for 11-days straight. Since I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, and upgraded to that from a Garmin Fenix 5, I am pretty qualified to compare the two.

I have to say I was excited to get the Polar Vantage V. The early promotional matter made it very compelling. I was fairly convinced that I was going to ‘buy’ the evaluation unit and keep it.


The Polar Vantage V, with its bright, multicolor, touchscreen, 4-field display, is the perfect training watch. It really enhanced my running experience. I could see my heart rate, color-coded, at a glance, relative to its expected range – along with my pace, distance and time. Then using the up/down buttons I could quickly get altitude, ‘power’, heart rate data as well as the time-of-day. At the end of an activity (in my case a run), I was treated to a chock-a-block ‘training summary’ which included: distance, calories, heart rate zones, cardio load, pace/speed, speed zones, altitude change, power zones, cadence, etc. etc. It was like having a training COMPUTER on your wrist. And all of this on the watch – independent of the phone or computer APP.

It was pretty awesome. A level of (shareable) training data unmatched by any other watch I have used and I am no stranger to high-end Garmins, Fitbits and Samsungs.

As a sport watch the Polar Vantage V, in my experience, is in a new, crème de la crème, class of its own. Its GPS and heart rate data is consistent with what I have seen with my other high-end GPS watches – though its overall ‘step count’ appears to be about 20% too generous (probably because you can’t customize your actual stride length). That said, if you are a serious, dedicated athlete training for competitions, marathons, triathlons, Ironman or the Olympics, this very well might be the perfect watch for you.


The Polar Vantage V has two very different personalities – a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ watch!

When in training-mode it is superlative. Probably peerless. THE watch to have. Period.

But, when in pre-training mode, i.e., when you are not training, it is a pretty pedestrian watch! In pre-training mode it is a pretty basic, uninspiring watch that does not tell you much. That is the rub. Hence, the need for very careful consideration. When not in training-mode it is a very boring watch!


That Polar does not call it a ‘smart watch’ is no accidental, oversight. The Vantage V is not a smart watch even by 2017 standards – let alone those of 2018 or 2019.

In pre-training mode it is insipid! There are no customizable, third-party watch faces with ‘bells-and-whistles’, nor widgets or APPs. There is no ‘ABC’ (i.e., altitude, barometer, compass), weather, sunrise/sunset, temperature, calendar or smart notifications from your phone. And I won’t even mention maps, music or credit/debit card payments. Oh, it also does not count/report floors climbed (i.e., altitude changes) when in pre-training mode.

While it does measure sleep time, there is no analysis in terms of whether it was REM or Deep. That is frustrating since I am used to getting that from Garmin and Fitbit. It is possible that Polar might add this ‘deep analysis’, at a later date, with a firmware update.


I thought about this long and hard.

On a scale of 1-to-10 determine the role and importance of training/fitness in your life. If you rate training/fitness at 7.5 or less, the Polar Vantage V might not be the right watch for you. If on the other hand, training/fitness figures as an 8.5 or above, definitely think about getting the V V. It would be a marriage made in heaven.

Another way to approach this is to determine your ‘training’ vs. ‘pre-training’ ratio, in terms of waking hours. If the ratio is greater than 50:50, in favor of training, the Polar V V very well could be the watch of your dreams. If on the other hand, training only accounts for 20%, or less, of your waking hours, you might want to consider a different watch — i.e., the all-round Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus).


The Polar Vantage V is possibly the ultimate sport watch currently on the market for pro athletes. Therein, however, lies the rub. If you are not a pro athlete this might be overkill for you. Get the Fenix 5 instead and you will be very happy.

So, the choice is straightforward. If training/fitness is a dominant feature of your life check out the Polar. On the other hand your life is more balanced wear a Fenix 5 with PRIDE.


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by Anura Guruge

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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