‘Amazfit T-Rex Pro’, Like Always Looks Good On Paper, BUT Is The APP & Software As Yet Ready For Prime Time?
As some of you know (& these posts attest) I used to be a HUGE fan of Amazfit — in particular the very good-looking ‘Verge‘. But, I despaired of the unreliability & poor quality of its APP & internal software. Hardware & display is good, ‘A’ if not even ‘A+’ while the APP & software struggles to even get a passing grade. Very frustrating. From what I see on the Web & have heard things have NOT improved greatly over the last 2-years. Folks still have major issues with just getting the watch to pair & then sync.
I also NO LONGER trust Amazfit. Just have a bad feeling about them. They come across as ‘sleazy’. So, I am NOT going to trust MY data, especially GPS data, to them. Read-between-the-lines.
So, I look at this new ‘T-Rex Pro’ & sadly shake my head. Looks great, DIRT cheap BUT I know I will not be happy. So, why subject myself to the pain.
Yes, I noticed it as of around 10pm which is when I started watching TV. Wasn’t too, too bad. I was recording both the “Durrells” and “The Woman in White“. From what I can see they recorded OK though the live pictures I saw were breaking up and pixelated. Just to be on the safe side I scheduled for them to be recorded again, later tonight, on another PBS channel.
The outage must have been pretty bad because it made the WMUR 11pm news. They showed the above Twitter.
This is the first hiccup I have experienced with TDS TV since getting it in late August 2018.
I will keep you posted.
Per their Tweet they hope to have it resolved by now, i.e., midnight.
But, it does with ‘Hotstar‘.
That said I don’t think Roku has that many Hotstar users. Most Hotstar users, from what I can see, watch their shows and cricket on mobile devices and PCs.
The good news, if you can call it that, is that recovering from this is not that hard, BUT you need to do it on a PC. It cannot be done on the Roku alone.
Get a PC and sign into your account at ‘us.hotstar.com’. You HAVE to do this.
Then open another tab and enter: us.hotstar.com/activate.
Back to the Roku.
Restart the Hotstar APP, i.e., close it and open it again.
Enter the new code displayed back at the PC.
You will be ALL set.
I know. I went through this.
This will help and save you having to call Hotstar — which is what I had to do.
Search ‘cricket’ & ‘Sling’.
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The prior firmware version, viz., 220.127.116.11, was released February 12, 2018.
A monthly firmware rollout is now fairly standard for these types of watches, whether Fitbit or Garmin.
So, I am anticipating an update anytime now. As we know there are PLENTY of bugs, some introduced with 18.104.22.168, such as GPS inaccuracy, that have to be fixed.
I hope they get it out sooner than later, and ideally this week! Why, I only have another 10-days with the Ionic. At that point my 12-year old gets it, in place of the iWOWNFit she got for her birthday. I am getting a Garmin Forerunner 935. Was going to get the Forerunner 645, but that, alas, like the Garmin Vivoactive 3, has too many teething issues.
So, ideally I would like to have the Ionic updated and tested before I hand it over.
May 3, 2018 would be exactly 3-months of me having the Ionic. I set that has a self-imposed punishment: “keep it for 3-months, now that you got one“!
I will, of course, keep you posted.
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This is NOT good. Very disappointing and discouraging. I, like so many others, was rooting for the Garmin Forerunner 645. On paper it looks irresistible.
Shame that Garmin rushed it out before it was ready for prime-time.
That step count accuracy is poor is extremely damning. That is the basic, core function. IF you can’t trust that, then there is no point getting the FR645.
I am more or less sure that I will not get a FR645 anymore. Not worth the risk. Thinking of getting a Forerunner 935 which gets better reviews, on a consistent basis, and has been on the market for over a year. So, it is proven.
The highlighted (i.e., in red box) comment, on the last line above, sums it all up — the impression that Garmin released it before it was ready to be released.
That was what they did with the Vivoactive 3 — as I found to my cost.
I had a hunch this would happen with the Forerunner 645, which is why I have maintained, from the start, that I was going to wait. I am so glad that I did NOT rush to get one.
I am, as you can see, monitoring this and keeping you posted. I will continue to do that.
It is, however, possible that I might not get a FR 645 after all! I might get a Forerunner 935 instead. It is a proven product which appears to be solid, stable and reliable.
Right now this is but a suspicion … a rumor.
What makes this of concern is that 2 of the detailed fixes in Firmware 2.50 had to do with elevation!
This would be a TOTAL dealbreaker for I.
Measuring and keeping track of ALL elevation is a huge part of my fitness regime.
So, this is of CONCERN.
I will, of course, monitor it and keep YOU posted.
It was rolled out to ~50% of customer base in the first 24-hours — and I have no clue how big that base is at present. A few hundred? Less than that.
As always there is the “numerous other fixes” and I bet it does.
The elevation/altitude related fixes are disquietning. Altitude is a BIG metric for I. If they haven’t got it right, then the FR645 is of no use to I.
Nobody knows what “changes to support factory” means and Garmin is NOT telling.
So far I have NOT seen anybody complaining about problems — in marked contrast to the barrage I am seeing for the Fitbit Ionic Fitbit OS 2.0 Firmware update,
As always I will keep you posted. Let ME know if YOU hear or experience anything so that I can SHARE.
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It took me 3 tries to get it to start downloading on to the Ionic.
It refused to do it over Wi-Fi and insisted on doing it over Bluetooth. Once it started it took about 20 minutes. The APP was way-out of ‘sync’ with the watch. It still kept on saying ‘downloading’ … ‘installing’ etc. when the Ionic was way past that point … restarted and ready to go.
I have NOT encountered any problems as yet.
Syncs OK, across Wi-Fi.
My day off from running. So, do not know whether the GPS inaccuracies have been fixed.
As usual I have noticed, on the Fitbit Ionic forum, that others are having problems with this firmware update also. I think I have lucked out because my Google Pixel 2 has the latest and greatest Android software that money can get.
I will keep you posted.
Search ‘Fitbit’ & ‘Garmin’.
Garmin has told some users that they will be releasing a new Firmware update, March 19, 2018, that fixes at least some of these bugs.
So, this is a heads up.
March 19, is Monday. If you have a Forerunner 645(M) you should connect it to Garmin Express sometime Monday evening and see if you can get the new Firmware downloaded.