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Unboxing & Setting Up A Fitbit ‘Versa 2’ From ‘HRM USA’.

by Anura Guruge


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A very attractive, appealing smartwatch. Compelling from the moment you set eyes on it.

Was a breeze to pair it, update the software and set it up for use.

I had it 58% charged in 40-minutes. Nice long USB cable and the cradle fits well.

I paired it with the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 running Android 10. As is always the case with Fitbit, pairing was not an issue. It was quick, easy and first time.

We have dual-band Wi-Fi, and as I knew beforehand, the Versa 2 only supports one of the bands. But, it found it quickly and connecting was not an issue. Again, first time in that I did not screw up the password.

Once, connected to Wi-Fi, again as I knew would be the case, it needed to download and install the latest version of software. Downloading (on what is a fairly high speed Wi-Fi network) took 4-minutes. Installation another 3. So, 7-minutes in total. Not bad. I have had 1+hour updates.

Setting up Alexa was also a breeze. Yes, I had to logon to my Amazon account. Connected first time.

All good.

The rest of the set-up was painless and easy.

I even managed to turn-on the ‘Always On’ display. Pretty basic, but gives you the essentials.

So, so far, so good.

I am happy. I am impressed.


Yes, of course, I got it from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘, (HRM USA). Who else? I get ALL my smartwatches from them — no exceptions.


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They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.

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Garmin Adds ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking’ Support à la Fitbit To MANY Of Its Watches.

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Though developed for the just announced Garmin Forerunner 945, the ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking‘ feature is going to be available across many of Garmin’s mid- to high-end devices including some other Forerunners, Vivoactive 3 & Fenix 5 (Plus).

‘Menstrual Cycle’ is tracked using body temperature so your watch has to have a temperature sensor. That is the gating factor.

This feature has been on new Fitbits as of about October 2018. I got my wife to test a Fitbit Charge 3 with this feature last year and she was suitably impressed.

Though I just updated my Garmin Connect to the requisite 4.18 version, which has this feature, I don’t get to see it because my gender is set as ‘male’. No, I am NOT going to change that. But, from what I see, Garmin appears to offer more ‘note taking’ and ‘annotation’ options, e.g., you can record outbreaks of acne.

I know that many females will welcome this feature and put it to good use. So, I am glad.

Also, (as a Garmin shareholder to boot) I am glad that they did not restrict this to just the new Forerunner 945.

So, a good day for us Garmin owners.


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New Firmware For Polar Vantage V — v. 1.2.3 As Of November 8, 2018.

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I got the download when I connected it to my Windows PC, via USB, to charge it up.

I can’t find anything about this update on the Web — BUT it is on my watch.

So, just wanted to give you a heads up.

Download and install was pretty fast. Had to restart the watch.


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Fitbit Ionic Is Now Running Fitbit OS 2.1 With Firmware Version 27.32.10.15.

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As I pointed out about 3-weeks ago, the Fitbit Ionic was overdue — way overdue — an update. The last update, which was not well received by the community, was on March 14, 2018. So, that was close to 2-months ago, when most people have got accustomed to monthly updates.

I do not wear a Fitbit Ionic any longer and that is a relief. But, given that my 12-year old has it, I kind of still own one — especially when she despairs and just gives it to me and says “I can’t get this update to load“. That is what happened this morning. To be fair to Fitbit, as I always am, this was ‘user error’. We have 3 Wi-Fi networks in the house and the Ionic and her phone were on different networks! I had to rectify that and restart both. After that it was a piece of cake, BUT a slow piece of cake. That you can’t update over USB is crazy.

Once I gave it back to her she encountered the ‘Calibration‘ message for the first time. But, she didn’t have problems with it. Worked and worked fast — the very first time.

She has been running the new firmware for about 9-hours and has not encountered any problems.

I will keep you posted.

As is now invariably the case the ‘natives’ are not happy. That Fitbit will not publish the bugs fixed, quite rightly, infuriates many! I am now sanguine since I do NOT have to deal with Fitbit directly. I have said it before, and I will say it again, the Fitbit is a PERFECT watch for an undemanding 12-year old  (at least undemanding when it comes to activity trackers).


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The Fitbit Ionic Due For A New Firmware Update; 27.32.4.19 Was 5-Weeks Ago.

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The Fitbit Ionic Firmware update, viz., 27.32.4.19 which included Fitbit OS 2.0, was released March 14, 2018.

The prior firmware version, viz., 27.31.1.29, 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 27.32.4.19, 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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My Fitbit Ionic Is Now Running Fitbit OS 2.0 With Firmware Version 27.32.4.19.

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I had seen that this was on the way, and early this morning (i.e., just after midnight) I got a notification on my FitBit APP (on my Google Pixel 2) that there was a Software Update pending.

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.


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Fitbit Android APP Is Now At Version 2.67 — Mine Just Updated Today.

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Wow. 5 updates in 48-days! That is just CRAZY. An update every 10 days.

Come on!

That is bad. That is pathetic. Fitbit OBVIOUSLY is not testing this software. Just throwing it over the fence. No wonder so many of YOU are having so many problems.

We should take a stand.

This is crazy. That is LOT of BUGS they are fixing.


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