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‘Amazfit Verge II’ Is Announced With ECG & e-SIM, But Just In China For Now ($190).

by Anura Guruge


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Amazfit continues to AMAZE with the Verge, one of my favorite smartwatches.

Apple Watch 4 like ECG/EKG capability, in an AMOLED display watch, with a snappy ‘Snapdragon Wear 2500’ processor, for ~ US $190. That is CRAZY.

Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.

With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.

U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.


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by Anura Guruge

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The ‘Amazfit Verge’ Is Pretty Amazing, The ‘Verge II’ Might Be Even Better!

by Anura Guruge


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I really enjoyed running with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. It has the BEST display I have yet to encounter on a smartwatch, and I say that as somebody who OWNS a $1,750 Garmin MARQ Expedition. Yes, I wear a Garmin more than I do the Amazfit Verge, but that is only because I am a sucker for all of the Garmin value-adds such as performance, body battery, stress, sleep analysis eyc.

For a smartwatch under $200 you just cannot beat the Amazfit Verge. I freely tell that to any and all that ask me for smartwatch recommendations and I get asked quite often.

From the little I can gleam the Verge II, at a minimum will sport a faster chipset (though it was pretty fast to begin with) and will have a SIM slot which will enable it to do even more functions without a smartphone in close proximity.

Right now we are not sure of U.S. pricing and availability. Rest assured, I will keep you posted. This is just a quick heads-up.

I am excited. This could be a gamechanger.

Amazfit continues to AMAZE.


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by Anura Guruge

‘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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by Anura Guruge

‘Amazfit Verge’ — It Is The Vibrant AMOLED Display That Makes It So Compelling.

by Anura Guruge


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As some of you know I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, why am I so enamored with a watch that is 25% its cost and, of course, not as feature rich, e.g., lack of maps.

It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).

Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.

I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.


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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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by Anura Guruge

The Data You Get With A ‘Polar Vantage V’ On The Watch — Following An Activity.

by Anura Guruge


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I did my first activity, a run, with my new Polar Vantage V on Sunday morning — November 4, 2018.

It was one of my standard 3.5 mile runs, up a hill. I did take both my dogs with me which slows me down because they have to stop every few seconds! Honest.

At the end of the run all of these data screens were available by pushing the “OK” button and then scrolling through using the DOWN button. Pretty impressive. Overkill for I.

Just wanted to share them with you since this is still a new watch — that just became available last week.

GPS accuracy seems OK. The 3.5 miles was what I have got with my other watches. Heart rate also seems to be consistent with my expectations.


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