First ‘Apple’, Then ‘Withings’ & Next ‘Google’ Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.
This is a concept watch for now, NOT available to the consumer.
But, we all know where it is going. It is no secret that Google will announce a ‘Pixel’ smartwatch, later in 2019, to compete with Apple, Fitbit etc. That is when we will see this ECG feature.
The ‘Verge’ article has it right. Over the next 6 months we will start seeing more and more watches offering ECG. I am excited.
Ever Stylish ‘Withings’ Joins Apple In Offering A Smartwatch With On-Demand ECG/EKG Heart Monitoring.
It is not as fancy, nor expensive, as the Apple Watch 4, but it looks good, has fixed analog hands and claims to have a 1-year battery life. But, it is not due to be available till the second-half of 2019 and does not have built-in GPS. I am also not sure whether it does Heart Rate outside of doing an ECG. Hhhmmm.
Without GPS, any Withings is not for I. Shame. I like their look and the battery life is taking things to a whole new dimension (and I write this while charging my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus).
Appears that Withings needs FDA approval before they can release this. I will try and keep you posted.
This was announced at ‘CES 2019‘ that is just starting.
At last a media article that gives Garmin, and the Fenix 5 (Plus), just dues. I was getting so fed up of seeing articles/post that gave Garmin short shrift or no mention at all. It was always Fitbit, Apple and Samsung. And in reality none of these can hold a candle to the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus) — and yes, I do own, and wear, ’24×7′, a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Even the new Polar Vantage V falls short in most instances.
This article in Forbes is pretty much on the mark. The Fitbit ‘Versa’ is a joke next to a Garmin.
But, check out the article. I thought it was fair.
Happy New Year — with YOUR Garmin.
As you can see I do NOT agree with any of their Garmin picks. Prove me wrong. I own, have owned or bought for family members: Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, Fenix 5, Vivoactive 3 & Vivosport. So, it isn’t like I am just going by specs on the Web. I also owned a Fitbit Ionic. I do NOT think the Fitbit Versa is a good tracker. I would NOT swap my Fenix 5 Plus for a Versa plus $500.
Anywho, you see what you think. I have had my say.
‘AndroidCentral’ Publishes Its List Of ‘Best Hybrid Smartwatches In 2018’ — Includes ‘Garmin Vivomove HR’.
Interesting list. I have indeed looked at a few of them, though my emphasis is on the fitness/health features as opposed to the smartwatch capabilities per se.
That said I have been tempted a few times by the ‘Withings’ but have managed to resist. Heard good things about the new LG and also saw that it has been deeply discounted of late.
I don’t agree that, bar for its smart looks and $200 price tag, the Garmin Vivomove HR is the right comparison. I would have gone with the Garmin Vivoactive 3.
But, check out the list. Worth keeping abreast of the technology and products.