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

by Anura Guruge


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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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Will Google Partner With ‘Misfit’ For Their Pixel Smart/Fitness Watch That Will Compete Against Garmin.

by Anura Guruge


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Ideally you would like Google to partner with Garmin (and I do happen to be a long-term Garmin shareholder). My druthers, however, tell me that this is unlikely. I can’t explain it, just a feeling. I just hope that Google doesn’t cut a deal with the ‘DEVIL’ — a.k.a. Fitbit. {Smile}

But, I have been thinking. Google, for obvious reasons, would prefer to work with a manufacturer who is currently using ITS ‘Google Wear OS‘ and has experience with Qualcomm SNAPDRAGON processors. ‘Misfit‘ fits the bill quite nicely — and they do make some impressive watches.

I, of course, can’t be sure, but Misfit is worth keeping on the radar.

I did look at the Misfit Vapor when considering an alternative to the Garmin Vivoactive 3 that died. It just didn’t have all of the fitness/sleep tracking features I was looking for. But they — especially with Google’s resources — could fix that.

Scary — for Garmin!


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Rumored Google Pixel Smart/Fitness Watch Is BAD NEWS For Garmin!

by Anura Guruge


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This obviously is not good news for Garmin IF it comes to pass — the rumors are that it will indeed be a reality by Christmas 2018.

Shame that Google did NOT approach Garmin and do it as a collaboration. Better still they should have just bought out Garmin lock-stock-and-barrel — and I say that as a long term Garmin shareholder.

This is just a heads up.

I will keep you posted. OK?


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Do NOT, Repeat, ‘ DO NOT’ Waste $199.95 On A Fitbit Versa — You Will Regret It, Bitterly!

by Anura Guruge


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Just trying to help you out. The ‘Versa’ is a tarted-up (i.e., lipstick on a pig) Fitbit Ionic — WITHOUT GPS. The Ionic is a piece of junk and as such the Versa will be even worse — slower and with RANDOM, meaningless activity/health stats.

Don’t take my word. Google the ‘Ionic’. That the Versa doesn’t have GPS and the Ionic does is kind of ironic — in that the Ionic GPS stopped being reliable as of the last Firmware update. So, the GPS mileage is but a guess.

IF you are interested in a versa you are looking for a ‘mid-range’ Smart Watch with SOME activity/health tracking. Go on Amazon and search on “Smart Watches”. You can get much prettier watches with more functionality for less. There are some for UNDER $50. For looks, look at ‘Fossil’. I, alas, require a lot of tracking/running/steps-climbed/VO2 max, HR data plus GPS. So, I have to look at the higher end. {Smile}

But, I know this market, I know what is available. Versa is just a sham exploiting the ‘Fitbit’ name. But, those of us who are serious about this stuff KNOW that Fitbit is NOT known for their product quality or reliability.

So, why did I get an Ionic? It was desperation when my 2nd Garmin Vivoactive 3 died. IF I knew what I now know I would not have got it. I plan to replace it SHORTLY — as soon as Garmin gets its act together, {Smile}


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