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‘Zeblaze THOR 5’, Another Intriguing Chinese Smartwatch — With SIM, GPS & Camera — For $160!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Zeblaze THOR 5 product page.

Click to ENLARGE and study here. Amazing specs.

That is a LOT of watch for that price. You will also notice that the packaging, icons and even the User Manual look very Garmin. SMILE.

It runs Android. So, Android on your wrist.

Appears it is not waterproof. That is a liability. I am now so used to showering with a smartwatch on … never mind the swimming.

But, I wanted to bring this to your attention.

Worth checking out.

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by Anura Guruge


IBM’s Folding Smartphone Reminds Me, Vividly, Of IBM’s Ill-Fated OS/2 Operating System.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘Digital Trends’ original … Google for more.

Right now this IBM smartwatch with a foldable screen is ONLY a patent — and IBM (as you must know) files a lot of them.

Cute in concept, BUT will there be a demand for it and will it be practical. Making it even somewhat rugged and waterproof could be a challenge. Plus, why would someone want a foldable screen on their wrist when they are BOUND to be carrying around a smartphone (possibly with a folding screen). Just doesn’t look right …

It reminds me of IBM’s ill-fated OS/2 and I know most of you probably have never, ever heard of it. It was IBM’s attempt, mid-1990s, to come up with a BETTER PC operating system to displace Microsoft’s Windows. Well, we know how that went …

Click to ENLARGE and read here. Wikipedia:

Happened to see this the SAME day. Kind of said it all. Click image to access the original.

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by Anura Guruge

Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Gets A Far From Favorable Review At ‘Gizmodo’!

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access GIZMODO review.

Wow. Not good.

For many, including I, the ‘Health Tracking‘ is the primary rationale for getting a smartwatch like this.

As she says, the good news is that this is all software-related and Samsung will be able to fix it with new versions of the firmware.

Glad I did not rush off and get one as I had originally thought of doing.

I am now waiting to check out the Garmin MARQ Explorer.

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Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Blood Pressure Capability NOT Ready For Prime Time Nor My Wrist.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. It will be a NEWER version of this APP.

Click to ENLARGE and read here. From: the Website for the APP.

I started doing some serious research into this Samsung Galaxy Active smartwatch ‘Blood Pressure‘ capability and soon discovered that it is far from satisfactory.

Basically it will be the same as that currently available with the Samsung S9(+) smartphones and this capability, on the phone, has not been a great hit.

There are 3 BIG negatives:

  1. You can’t (unlike say with heart rate) get a reading on the watch. A reading is ONLY available on the APP. So, it is a ‘connected’-feature. You need the phone, at hand, to see a reading.
  2. It CANNOT measure absolute values! It can only measure CHANGES from one reading to another. That is relatively useful BUT nowhere as good and relevant as getting an actual reading that says ‘117/70’. This is my biggest gripe.
    Then they TRY to fake it. They want you to enter a baseline value taken with a proper cuff or what you last got when you saw your doctor. Then it uses that to correlate its first reading. That is GARBAGE. Blood pressure readings change from minute-to-minute. I know. I am somewhat of an expert on this matter.
    So, taking the baseline as corresponding to the first reading it is taking is INVALID. The baseline & first reading could be +/- 20% out. Possibly even more.
    So, the absolute readings the APP gives are meaningless. They could actually be DANGEROUS. They could be way too high or way too low.
  3. The APP is not from Samsung. It is from a 3rd party and the current version has not been great.

So, I am thinking of holding back on buying a Samsung Galaxy Active.

The BP feature is only going to be available as of March 15, 2019. I am going to see what the reviews are. OK?

I suggest you do the same.

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by Anura Guruge

A New Samsung Gear S4, Even Without ‘BPM’, Would Be V. Bad News For Garmin.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access original article in the U.K. “Express”. Google “Samsung Gear S4” for many, many more over the last 72-hours.

From the same “Express” article referenced above. Use the link — above.

YouTube video claiming to confirm that the S4 will have
“Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM).

The Samsung Gear S3 was a pretty impressive and compelling SMART watch — and I know since I had one till last week (when I sold it on Facebook).

It lacked all of the activity, sleep, performance and stress tracking features to make it into a genuine alternative to a medium- to high-end Garmin. But, it was a decent Smartwatch for those that wanted just the basic activity tracking functionality.

In the last few days there has been a lot of talk in the media about the forthcoming Samsung Gear S4 — which might possibly be called the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

It is supposed to have a lot more activity and sleep features. But, it is also said to go all out on health monitoring, and might include “Blood Pressure Monitoring” (BPM). That would be big.

Some are talking some real fancy features like displays on the rim of the case and on the strap. That might be overkill. But, BPM will be a game changer.

I will keep you post.

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