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Amazon ships Fenix 3 HR to Thailand

I got an e-mail today asking “Where can I buy Garmin Fenix 3 HR in Thailand?”. Below is the answer:

Great news for those impatiently expecting the Garmin Fenix 3 HR in Thailand: Amazon ships this model to Thailand. Love the idea and I will definitely spread the news to all my friends in Thailand interested in purchasing this model. I believe it will take  months before it is available in the local shops, so if you can’t wait any longer, order today from Amazon and have it delivered to you in the first week of April.
From what I can see, this model is desired by many (include me in that group) and it’s also getting very good reviews.

Purchase the Fenix 3 HR in Thailand

Related links:

Check out our review on this model here

Garmin Fenix 3 HR, Gray on Amazon

Garmin Fenix 3 HR on Garmin

 

What Garmin Thailand map can I use on my nuvi?

There are 3 main options:

  1. Thailand City Navigator (NOSTRA) – 2,200 THB (purchase from a local Garmin dealer in Thailand) – the link above will direct you to Garmin.co.th map update, as there is no map item in the online store, nor specific description of this product
  2. City Navigator Southeast Asia Map from Garmin – USD 99.99 – link to Garmin map download website

    FREE Garmin map for Thailand provided by:
  3. Openstreet:

 

Related questions:
What navigation software can be used on my iPhone in Thailand?

 

Garmin Thailand app updated to version 4.0 (CN Thailand NT 2015.40)

Garmin Thailand AppGarmin Thailand Map for iPhone/iPad Updated to version 4.0 (CN Thailand 2015.40)

Please note it is a paid app from iTunes. Price: USD 29.99.
If you already have purchased this app, to updated it click:

  1. “App store”App Store
  2. then “Updates” Aple_updates

File size: 495 MB.

What’s new:

  • Map update (no details provided)
  • Support of iOS9
  • Stability improvements

This is CN Thailand NT version 2015.40, while the latest Garmin City Navigator Thailand map is still 2015.20 (garmin.co.th/mapupdate).

Related links:

Garmin City Navigator Thailand on iTunes .

Garmin Thailand map update problems? Let me know

Quite a lot of friends and customers have problems updating their units to the latest map version. Especially  with the Thai City Navigator map. Sometimes the instructions are not straightforward or you may be not too “happy” playing with the electronics and expect troubles. In reality it’s not the most difficult procedure. The map update for units with the Free Life Time Map Updates it very easy, automated process. But if you have any kind of troubles, I would be happy to help you. Comment below or send me e-mail.

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Garmin GDR E350 Review

Review on Garmin GDR E350 – Camcorder with GPS

Garmin GDR E350The GDR E350 is no ordinary dash cam, but one that renders Forward Collision Warnings to alert drivers when their pulling up close to another vehicle, risking a crash. The device starts recording as soon as the vehicle is turned on, and saves the hi-definition footage on the included MicroSD card.

Since the footage is recorded in a continuous loop, the MicroSD card never actually gets full, but records footage but saves footage before and after the incident to be used as evidence thanks to its onsite impact detecting sensor. The Garmin GDR E350 is appointed with a 3 inch LCD display complete with GPS capabilities to documents the exact time, date, longitude, latitude and sped of the vehicle after an impact.

What’s on the Box?

  • Vehicle adhesive mount
  • GDR E350
  • Vehicle power cable
  • USB cable
  • Quick start manual

Highlights of the Garmin GDR E350

  • Integrated easy to read 3 inch LCD display
  • GPS enabled; footage records direction, location, speed, time and date to show exactly when accidents occur
  • Automatically saves footage of incidents and collisions
  • Top notch field of view with superior video quality even in low light conditions
  • Forward collision warnings and other helpful driver alerts

Design and Key Features of the Garmin GDR E350 Dash Cam

First thing you will notice when holding the E350 dash cam is how incredibly lightweight it is or 112.7 grams, making it much lighter than an iPhone 6. The camera complete with GPS capabilities gives the Garmin GDR E3550 dash cam an edge over its completion because not only does it display the latitude and longitude coordinates in order to indicate exactly where the incident occurred, but also the speed and direction of travel of your vehicle.

The 3.0 inch screen of the E350 Garmin dash cam although not a touchscreen is extremely nice and easy to view, and grants easy access to the feature buttons located alongside its body. One of the notable and thoughtful features of the Garmin GDR E350 dash cam is the screen will dim automatically sort of a standby mode in order to prevent any distractions to the driver. The screen can be woken up easily by simply tapping on any one of the four buttons located on the sides of the exterior housing.

As mentioned earlier, the E350 dash cam begins recording as soon as the car starts and the device is plugged into a reliable power source. Battery life of the EDR 350 is clocked at 30 minutes, but will always continuously record when plugged in and overwrite the oldest video first until it is turned off. With the built in Incident Detection (G-Sensor), the EDR 350 dash cam device will automatically save the current, last and next recordings in the event an incident is detected.

With regards to the video quality of the Garmin GDR E350 dash cam, it is simply outstanding, where you have the option to either record in 1080P or 720P HD video at 30 frames per second. Additionally, the 350 Garmin dash cam is designed to work in both bright and low light conditions, and can even be un-mounted from your vehicle to be used as a standalone camera.

This proves handy when you don’t have a cell phone handy to take pictures, and would like to capture stills of damage done to the sided or rear of the vehicle, or anything the dash cam might not have captured. The Garmin GDR E350 can be easily mounted to the windshield of your vehicle using the included robust adhesive rather than a suction cup mount.

Using the Garmin GDR E350

The GDR E350 dash can arrives with a MicroSD card, but you can extend the memory up to 64 GB with a compatible memory card that has a speed rating of class 10 or higher. Simply switch of the device, and insert the memory card into the dedicated slot on the device. With regards to affixing the dash cam to the windshield, it is important to note that since the E350 uses an adhesive, it is extremely had to move once mounted. Hence, it is important to choose the mounting location wisely the first time around.

Before installing the adhesive mount to your windshield, ensure the temperature is between 21 degrees to 38 degrees. For proper mounting, plug the device into the power source and turn it on to check the camera’s field of the view at that location. Next, adjust the position o f the camera to capture the desired field of view. Although the E350 dash cam turns on automatically when the vehicle is turned on, you can also switch it on manually by pressing the power button, and similarly to turn it off.

The E350 is appointed with four buttons, first to power on and off the device and also select and scroll through menus and pages, second also to scroll through menus and pages, third to save a photo and last button down to save a video clip and also return to previous page.

By default the Garmin GDR E350 records possible impacts and saves the footage automatically, but you can also perform this task manually by selecting the dedicated recording button. It is best to transfer the footage to your computer considering the limited capacity of the memory card. This can be easily done by using the included USB cable and connected it to your PC, where the dash cam will show up as a removable device.

The Forward Collision Warning system is perhaps the most important feature of the Garmin GDR E350, but does not in any way replace your responsibility as a driver on the road. FCW works by alerting you in the event you fail to maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.

The speed of your vehicle is determined by GPS where it calculates the estimated safe following distance based on it, and activates FCW when the speed of your vehicle exceeds 48 km/hr or 30 m/hr. An audible alert is sounded along with a warning on the screen when the E350 Garmin dash cam detects that you are too close to the vehicle in front of you. You can configure the brightness and volume settings by using the respective buttons on the device.

Pros of the Garmin GDR E350

  • Clear 3 inch display
  • Superb video quality
  • MicroSD card included
  • Collision Warnings
  • Can be used as a standalone camera

Cons of the GDR E350

  • Expensive price tag, but well justified looking to provide accepted proof in the event of insurance claims

Final Thoughts

The Garmin GDR E350 is truly a driving companion without the fusses. It watched the road ahead as soon as your car starts and even alerts when you’re nearing too close to the vehicle in front of you. It makes a great safety investment for anyone looking to safeguard themselves from expensive insurance claims even when you’re not at fault. With GPS technology, the GarminE350 dash cam is able to provide key details about your drive including latitude, longitude and even speed.

Garmin Thailand announced new model – Driving Recorder GDR E350

GDR E350 Camcorder announced by Garmin Thailand

Garmin GDR E350Price: 6,990 THB

Garmin GDR E350 review here.

This model is available in Thailand, Singapore, Indonesia, Philippines and Taiwan. It seems to be the same model as Garmin Dash Cam 35  – USD 199.99 (at first glance I can’t find any differences).

In other countries i On Garmin International website,   you will find this model here (redirect to garmin.com)

Highlights:

Reliable, HD Driving Recorder with GPS and Helpful Driver Warnings

  • High-definition GPS standalone driving recorder with easy-to-see 3.0-Garmin GDR E350inch LCD display
  • Helpful driver awareness alerts include forward collision warning and red light and speed camera warning
  • GPS-enabled; footage records location, direction, speed, date and time to show exactly where and when accidents and incidents occur
  • Garmin GDR E350Incident Detection (G-Sensor) automatically saves footage of collisions and incidents
  • Excellent field of view with high video quality, even in low-light conditions

 

 

Physical Specifications:
Dimensions (WxHxD): 9.43 cm x 4.85 cm x 3.89 cm
Weight: 112.7 g
GPS: yes
Screen: 3.0″ TFT LCD
Frame rate: 30 FPS
Incident detection (G-Sensor): yes
Battery life: up to 30 minutes

Review on GDR E350 coming soon. 

Secondhand Garmin Forerunner 220 for sale

Forerunner 220Good deal for a GPS watch: Garmin Forerunner 220. Like new! Used couple of times.

Price: 6,300 THB

Send me e-mail or just comment below

 

Here is a short description from Garmin (for more details click here) :

Colorful Running Companion with Connected Features

  • GPS running watch with high-resolution color display
  • Tracks distance, pace and heart rate¹
  • Identifies personal records
  • Connected features²: automatic uploads to Garmin Connect, live tracking, social media sharing
  • Compatible with free training plans from Garmin Connect

Just like a coach, Forerunner 220 provides the motivating feedback you need to guide your training. You can even get post-run encouragement from friends and fans, thanks to the 220’s connected features like real-time live tracking and social media sharing via the Garmin Connect Mobile app.

Forerunner 220Forerunner 220

Garmin Thailand annonced new model – vivosmart HR

Garmin VIVOSMART HR had been announced by Garmin Thailand 

Garmin vivosmart HR

The activity tracker VivoSmart HR is here. This could be a really great Christmas present for people we care for. Keep them motivating to be active Price in Thailand: 5,990 THB

  1. On Amazon: USD 149.99 (currently does not ship to Thailand)
  2. On Garmin International: USD 149.99

To read more about vivosmart HR, please check my review here.

Physical & Performance

Physical dimensionsBand sizes: 136-187 mm (Regular); 180-224 mm (X-large); Width: 21.0 mm; Thickness: 12.3 mm
Display size, WxH1.00″ x 0.42″ (25.3 mm x 10.7 mm)
Display resolution, WxH160 x 68 pixels
Touchscreen yes
Negative mode display yes
Weight29.6 g (1.0 oz), Regular; 32.0 g (1.1 oz), X-large
BatteryRechargeable lithium battery
Battery lifeUp to 5 days
Water rating5 ATM
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone) yes
Vibration alert yes
Music control yes
Find my phone yes
VIRB® control yes

Running Features

Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (wrist-based)
Heart rate-based calorie computation yes
Calculates calories burned yes

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter yes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal) yes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it) yes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep) yes

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community

where you analyze, categorize and share data)

 yes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers

data to your computer)

 yes

Additional

Additional
  • Calculates floors climbed: yes
  • Intensity minutes: yes

Garmin Forerunner 225 Review

Review on Garmin Forerunner 225

Over the past year, there has been an influx of fitness gadgets that integrate heart rate sensors and GPS technology, and a first for Garmin – the company now joins the bandwagon with the Forerunner 225. This latest GPS enabled fitness watch is a successor to the Forerunner 220, and does not need to be paired with a separate chest strap for onsite OHR (Optical Heart Rate) Sensors to fuel a plethora of BPM (beats per minute) based training features.

The Forerunner 225 is basically a heart rate monitor, running watch with GPS and an all day activity tracker all packed into one single and aesthetically appealing wrist device. The GPS technology integrated into the Forerunner 225 allows users to measure pace and distance when running outdoors, while the optical heart rate sensors located at the back of this fitness watch track beats per minute both whenever you choose to start measuring during the day and during workouts.

One of the pitfalls of similar wrist based heart rate monitors is inaccurate results, but the optical heart rate measurements of the Forerunner 225 were as close if not highly accurate. With the Forerunner 225, the GPS Giant steps it up a few notches with an onboard accelerometer for tracking all-day activities including calories burned, tracking distance travelled, measuring steps, and even measuring your sleep at night.

When GPS is unavailable, the accelerometer of the Forerunner 225 is still able to provide details of indoor distance tracking. This activity tracker watch will also alert you to get up and move after a period of inactivity with a vibrating alarm. The Garmin Forerunner 225 does not offer smartphone notifications, which is a good thing considering it allows you to make the most out of your training sessions.

What’s in the Box?

  • Forerunner 225 device
  • User guides
  • Data/charging cable

Highlights of the Garmin Forerunner 225

  • Colorful graphical interface displays your zone and beats per minute
  • Onsite accelerometer records distance indoors
  • Tracks pace and heart rate, distance, calories all day and activity tracking
  • Automatic uploads to Garmin connect social media sharing and live tracking
  • Compatible with advanced workouts and free training plans offered by Garmin Connect

Design and Build

Measuring 48mm across, the Forerunner 225 retains much of the Forerunner family DNA with the same side button controls, color LCD display (not touchscreen) and round face as the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220. The Garmin Forerunner 225 can be ordered in just one color variant black with subtle flashes of red, which gives it a classy look that makes it look good when worn with a work suit as well clothing from the Ralph Lauren store.

Also, the Forerunner 225 arrives suited with the same silicon strap as the company’s other recent fitness watches, making it a joy to wear over longer periods. Although the Forerunner 225 is chunkier than its predecessors, it feels solid yet can still be worn all day long to the point where you can forget it’s even there. Weighing in at 54 grams, the 225 GPS watch is still impressively lightweight especially considering it is embedded with the latest Mio optical heart rate sensor.

The OHR is placed discreetly at the rear of the GPS watch, and in the middle of a distinct silicon ring that prevents inaccuracy of heart rate tracking. Apart from good looks and comfort, the 225 offers 7 to 10 hours of runtime when fully charged, and is even water resistant up 50 meters deep. Although the Forerunner loses its touchscreen display with its new version, the screen is surprisingly beautiful especially when you fire up the color coded heart rate zone training.

If you’re not a Garmin user, it will take some time getting used to the side button controls – 5 in total. On a brighter note, both the controls and menus are intuitive enough to learn without opening the user guide. Once you’ve got used to the Forerunner 225, it is easy to use with logical navigation between menus and an obvious back button.

Heart Rate Sensor – one of the noteworthy features of the FR225 is of course its integrated heart rate sensor, but this is no ordinary sensor! In fact, Garmin in its first attempt at a heart rate monitor enabled fitness watch decided to opt for top of the line sensors by MIO, one of the leading names in optical sensor technology that has launched products for esteemed brands including Adidas and TomTom. Another highlight of the FR225 heart rate sensor is that it works when you’re not running too, and allows you to get your current heart rate by simply scrolling to the HR display.

Activity Tracking – while the best feature of the Forerunner is undoubtedly its on-the-wrist activity tracking, the device allows you to do a lot more that just track your BPM. The FR225 is feature rich and includes some of the best features from Garmin’s existing running and fitness lineup. You can also program the FR22 to give you a vibration alert when you’ve been stationary for too long.

Pros of the Forerunner 225

  • Easy to use heart rate tracking
  • Arrives in a great combination of colors
  • Fitted with MIO heart rate sensor
  • Long battery life between7 and 10 hours
  • Can be connected with Garmin Connect app

Cons of the Forerunner 225

  • Lacks smartphone notification
  • No micro USB charging

Final Thoughts

All in all, Garmin seems to have nailed it with the Forerunner 225 and hasn’t cut corners with regards to build quality and features. It offers great battery life even with the heart rate monitor on, and even adjusts your daily steps goal based on your recent activity. The FR225 will even remind you in the form of a vibration alert when you’ve been stationary for an extended period, and the integrated accelerometer allows you to track your indoor runs when you decide to take to a treadmill.

Using the Forerunner 225

The Forerunner 225 offers two modes of operation namely Standby and Sport, where when set to the latter will default switch on the GPS unless programmed otherwise. Simultaneously, the watch will attempt to acquire your heart rate using the integrated optical sensor, and once found will be indicated with an illuminated heart icon at the top. Upon pressing the start button to begin your run, the Forerunner 225 will use GPS to display your pace and distance, which along with other metrics can be displayed using any one of the customizable data pages.

By default, the heart rate pages will enable automatically when the heart rate sensor is activated and when the device is on your wrist. Apart from using the integrated optical sensor, the FR225 can be connected with an ANT+ heart rate strap, which is great if you’d like to mount the GPS watch on a bike mount and still retrieve heart rate data. The Garmin Forerunner 225 allows you to run on your own accord as well as execute a structured workout available through two options.

First, you can create a workout on the Gamin Connect app and then transfer it to the watch, which is ideal if your workout is a bit complex and involves multiple phases or goals. Second, you can use the Forerunner 225’s onboard interval feature to create interval workouts, which have a defined distance work effort, customizable warm up period, cool-down period and rest duration.

The integrated accelerometer of the FR225 allows you to track distance on a treadmill or within a tunnel and display pace within that period. One thing worth noting is that the FR225 is engineered as a running watch so it does not feature a cycling mode. However, you can switch the data view to display speed in MPH or KPH instead of pace, but regardless those activities will still be uploaded as running, which can be changed to cycling later on.

Saving the activity is easily done by using the start/stop button located at the top right corner of the unit to either pause or completely end the run. From there, simply hit save and view your data on the Garmin Connect mobile or desktop version. The Garmin Connect allows you to view all your past activities and even explore specific workouts. Additionally, the app allows you to view details about your heart rate, pace and cadence metrics.

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What navigation software can be used on my iPhone in Thailand?

Navigation software for iPhone in Thailand

There are at least 4 options worth mentioning:

  1. Garmin Thailand (USD 29,99): it doesn’t have have great reviews on iTunes at the moment for version 2014.20. Latest listed is version 2014.20, but I got updated directly on my iPhone to version 2105.10
  2. NOSTRA, which provides FREE map with lots of Points of Interest. Also some extra features included in the latest update, such as fuel prices   (related article: “Free Thai map for navigation on your iPhone/iPad updated”)
  3. Sygic: latest update dated October 2015 (now only USD 19,99; not long ago it was USD 33.99; could be a promo price). It covers: Brunei Darussalam, Indonesia, Malaysia, Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, Hong Kong, Taiwan, Macau. What’s interesting, it states in the description: “FEATURES
    • High quality TomTom maps stored on iPhone ….“; the key word here is “TomTom” 😉
  4. TomTom:  USD 74.99 – Thailand only, there is also South East Asia map for USD 69.99, which covers: Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Indonesia, Bhutan;

 

Also:
PAPAGO I M8 Thailand (USD 24.99)

The order listed above, has nothing to do with my preferences 😉

If you would like to share some more options, send me an e-mail; or comment here

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