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My Suspicions That ‘Amazfit’ (Per Their Usual MO) Most Likely Rushed The Availability Of The New ‘T-Rex Pro’ Smartwatch Appear To Be Vindicated.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to read the entire ‘GSM Arena‘ review of the Amazfit T-Rex Pro.


Click image to access my March 25, 2021 post.

I really do despair of Amazfit. They remind me of a 4-year old kid. Just headstrong, impetuous & still immature. They just don’t seem to learn, & worse still just don’t seem to want to learn.

This is not the first time they rushed out a watch way before it was ready. They don’t seem to care. It is true that given their cheap pricing they attract a large customer base of unsophisticated, undemanding users. That is what they rely on. Most of those that NOW buy Amazfit watches are in third-world countries. They are not that fussy. Amazfit banks on that. Shoddy goods for folks that are used to shoddy goods.

Shame. The T-Rex Pro like some of Amazfit’s prior watches, in particular the Verge that promised so much, could have been amazing IF Amazfit took the time & care to test it all out prior to rushing it out.

Well, I am GLAD I have decided to stay well clear of Amazfit watches. I do NOT appreciate rubbish.


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‘Amazfit T-Rex Pro’, Like Always Looks Good On Paper, BUT Is The APP & Software As Yet Ready For Prime Time?

by Anura Guruge


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.


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I Got Myself A Google ‘Pixel 5’ To Replace My 13-Month Old ‘Pixel 4’ & I Continue Using ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier.

by Anura Guruge



First & so far ONLY Picture With My Google Pixel 5.
Straight out of my ‘office’ window.


Though I still take as many pictures as ever, & post at least 7-a-day, I have basically stopped using a dedicated camera — though I still have two ‘new’ Panasonics.

So, if my phone has become my camera THEN I have to stay on top of camera technology. While I appreciate that the Pixel 5 did NOT offer much of an upgrade re. the camera, it is still new camera hardware & software. Plus, Google gives me a 24-month, 0% APR deal.

PLUS, I wanted to go back to a fingerprint reader!

2020 was a REAL bad year to have ‘face recognition‘! Why? Masks!

After saying that setting up the fingerprint reader was one of the few hiccups with the new phone. I finally managed but it took quite a few tries.

I also had trouble downloading the ‘Google Fi‘ APP from the ‘Google Play Store’. Other than that, it was a breeze.

Impressed.

So far, so good.

Actually bought TWO Pixel 5s — one for one of my daughters too.


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by Anura Guruge

Suunto Watches, Bar The ‘Wear OS’ ‘7’, Hit By A ‘Wrong Weekday’ Bug.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access Suunto post — on Wednesday, April 29, 2020.


WOW!

If this happened to I, I would not be amused. Strange bug. Obviously software, but in the calendar software. Usually bugs in calendar software gets picked up during beta testing.

Good to KNOW. I will now be even MORE hesitant about getting a Suunto watch — and right now, coincidentally, or otherwise they are having a 50% sale.


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I Switched To A Google ‘Pixel 4’ From A ‘Pixel 2’, Continuing To Use ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier — And It Was Painless.

by Anura Guruge


 


First 2 Pictures With The Google Pixel 4.


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Confirmation on ‘Google Fi’.


The offer from the ‘Google Store’ I couldn’t turn down.

Click to ENLARGE. Oh, and I got 0% APR for 2-years. SMILE.


First Pictures of the Day with Google Pixel 4.


This, believe it or NOT, is but the 2nd (as in ‘second’) smartphone I have ever had! The Google Pixel 2, that I treated myself to at Christmas 2017, was my first. So, this was my first time transitioning from one smartphone to another. The only part that I was leery about was how things would work out with ‘Google Fi‘. Of late, I have had some issues with ‘Google Fi’ transactions and support and as such had fears that transferring my number from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 4 might be problematic and that ‘Fi’ would force me to get a new number. Not so. That went very smoothly. I was glad.

Superficially, other than the unmistakable camera ‘cluster’, the Pixel 4 looks very much like the Pixel 2. But, that is deceiving. Quite different animals, both in terms of hardware and software — though I had Android 10 on my Pixel 2. The latest Android on the Pixel 4 doesn’t have the ever-so familiar ‘<< (back) & ο (home)‘ buttons on the bottom. You swipe-up for home. That works and I got used to that easy enough. I, maybe, even like that. ‘Back’ is more problematic. You have to SWIPE ACROSS the screen and, in my experience, it is hit-or-miss. I need to look into that further.

The camera works. That is ALL I can say for now. Pictures are ‘OK’. Haven’t seen anything spectacular as yet. But, at the same time, I have also only taken less than 30 pictures.

Pairing with my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Titanium has been a HUGE problem. Very disconcerting. Yikes. Hope I can sort that out.

Face detection is cute, but also hit-and-miss. I re-registered my face. Might have to do it again.

So, therein lies the first 1/2 day so to speak.


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by Anura Guruge

I Ordered A Google ‘Pixel 4’ On Thanksgiving Day & Got $300 Off From The Google Store, With 0% APR.

by Anura Guruge


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Oh, and I got 0% APR financing for 2-years!

How could I refuse? SMILE.

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The Google Store & I go back a long time — back to 2012 when I was one of the first to place a pre-order for the Nexus 7 pad. During the course of the last 7-years we have done much business.

I don’t care what folks say about the new Google Pixel 4. There is no other phone I would buy or own! Yes, I am a BIG fan of Google and Pixel phones. I had reasonably good luck with my Pixel 2 which I treated myself to for Christmas 2017. It was the first smartphone I owned. I used it mainly for the camera and by-and-large I have been reasonably happy with the camera. The Pixel 4 has an even better camera.

I buy Pixel for 2 main reasons: software and hardware! With Pixel, you, by definition, get the latest and greatest version of Android as soon it is released. Lot to be said for that. You also get the monthly security updates. So, there is that: Android software. Then there is also the Pixel camera software with all of its near-magical AI — and can I remind you of the fun I have had with the ‘Night Sight‘. The Pixel 4 camera software is supposedly even better.

Whereas folks are complaining about battery life on the Pixel 4, my experience has been that Google insisted on top-notch h/w components of its camera. You could tell. As some of you know I go through a lot of smartphones. Smartphones tax blacktooth, Wi-Fi and GPS hardware on the phone. The Pixel 2 always performed well.

So, that is why I am getting a Pixel 4.

Google tempted me mightily to get a Pixel 3 or 3a — earlier this year. But, I resisted. I knew I could wait until the new Pixel 4 with its new camera ‘bundle’. I hope I am amply rewarded.

Well, you will, of course, be able to see. SMILE.

P.S., I have been on Google Fi since Day #1 of the Pixel 2. Over the last month we went to the Google Fi GROUP PLAN, with 3 of us, now that they support Samsung phones. Yes, I will continue with Fi. Seems to work OK.


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My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ Now (@ S/W 4.10) Has The ‘Fenix 6’ Features — And I Love It!

by Anura Guruge


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Click to ENLARGE and read here. From ‘Garmin Forums’.


Well we knew it (i.e., Fenix 6 features on the older watches) would come but I wasn’t expecting it this fast. WOW. I am delighted, though I am also hoping to get a Fenix 6 in the coming weeks!

From what I can see the software was downloaded in two batches — Thursday night and Friday night (i.e., yesterday). I got the ‘4.10’ message last night.

Took a second to get used to the ‘widgets at a glance‘ BUT now I love it. You do get to see more data, quicker.

I tried the Fenix 6 watch faces. I have NEVER been a fan of Garmin watch faces! They are interesting BUT not my cup of tea.

I was gone to a multicultural festival all day. So, haven’t had timed to play around with any of the other features. But, they all seem to be there.

Well done, Garmin. You did good.

SMILE.


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That The FBI Can Reconstruct Shredded Documents is Bad News For Those That Rely On Shredders.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘NBC News’ story. Google ‘Choen Shredded’ for much more coverage.


Yes, there is SOFTWARE that help you piece it together once you scan all the shreds! Click image to access this company’s Website.


This morning on the news I heard that the FBI was reconstructing shredded documents in the Michael Cohen case. I thought I had misheard that. I rewound it and watched it again.

They were RECONSTRUCTING shredded documents.

Ahh?

What is the point of shredding documents if they can be put back together?

I will ask you that again. Why shred if all it does is slow down somebody from being able to access the document.

Wow.

I Googled it. I was gobsmacked. They have been able to do this for years — with or without software help.

Made me laugh.

I have never owned a shredder or felt the need to shred a document. I kid you not. I must lead a sheltered life. So, I have never really worried about the ‘security’ of my old documents. Much of the time I throw my old documents away with the rest of the garbage. IF anybody wants to rummage through them … have fun. My credit card statements? So, what. People know what I buy. I do not consider it a secret. My medical records. Have fun. I don’t care.

So, this cracked me up.

Ahhhh! What a GREAT world we live in.


You need this type of, AT LEAST ‘P-5’ Security,
Micro-Cut Shredder IF you want added protection.


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I Have A Fenix 5 On My Wrist — And It Feels Good.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge Garmin Fenix 5 on wrist



The Fenix 5 (Glass) I ordered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ arrived this afternoon. I got it from them, i.e. HRM USA, rather than Amazon because that is where I got my original Garmin Vivoactive 3 last November and they took very good care of me. Lets just say that I have a smile on my face because I got a good deal.

I wasn’t sure how big or heavy the Fenix 5 was going to be. It isn’t too bad. So far it has not felt uncomfortable, BUT I haven’t slept with it or gone for a run wearing it.

It feels solid.

Pairing with my Android Google Pixel 2 phone was pretty easy. Paired on the second attempt. That is GOOD compared to my past attempts.

The functionality is mind blowing. There is SO, SO much. But, it seems to be pretty well organized. I managed to get more done, right off the bat, than I had hoped. That is good.

I have only had it for a few hours.

More in the next few days.



The Vivoactive 3 and Fitbit Ionic on my wrist.


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Is Huawei Mate 10 The Only Smartphone Likely To Be Spying On Us?

by Anura Guruge



Click to access “PC Mag” coverage.


I somehow do NOT think so. No I am not paranoid, but as somebody who was in the computer industry for 40-years I am just realistic. 7-8 years ago it was the new ‘smart’ photo frames with USB connections. They were said to be riddled with viruses.

I have long maintained that our ‘antivirus’ programs — including Avast that I (alas) still use — are the worst of Trojan Horses, sitting in our computers keeping track of everything we do.

The issue with Huawei is their supposed ties to the Chinese government.

But, Huawei is NOT the only attractive, mainstream smartphone manufacturer in China. There is also, at a minimum, OnePlus.

I had spent a long time in early December 2017 looking at Huawei and OnePlus phones since they have very compelling camera offering.

In the end, however, I got a Google Pixel 2 because of the SOFTWARE — developed by Google. Google already spies on me so why not let them extend the means by which they do so. Seriously. I can’t stop Google spying on me, so I might as well just keep the number of folks spying on me to a minimum.


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