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Garmin Fenix 3 HR – software update!

Just released Garmin Fenix 3 HR, getting it’s new software update – version 2.91 BETA. Please be aware that it’s a Beta version, which means it’s still during testing phase, and should be available in fully tested and compatible version soon. If you decide to update the unit to the new Beta version, you are doing this on your own risk 😉

Download from Garmin

What’s been added:

  • Floor climbed history to the step widget
  • Support review of elevation history
  • Support for Auto Lock
  • Hot Key for Wifi configuration
  • Some other improvements and bug fixes to the current version.

For full description of what’s new in this software version,  visit Garmin.


Garmin processing orders for Fenix 3 HR

So impatiently expected Garmin Fenix HR is already available for orders from Garmin (“processing time 1-3 business days“). I believe the availability on Amazon will be slightly delayed until the very beginning of April.

Updated:

Couple of hours after I published the post, we got an update: Garmin Fenix 3 HR will be also available from Amazon on 26th of March. You can order it now.

Related links:
Garmin Fenix 3 HR review

Fenix 3 HR on Garmin


TomTom Thailand app updated to TomTom GO Mobile

TomTom Thailand on iTunes

TomTom Thailand updated to version 1.22.2

TomTom Thailand app upgraded to … GO Mobile.

TomTom announced that this is the end of this application and now available only for backup purposes. The switch to GO Mobile is free for users who already purchased the app. As TomTom assures, the new app is the most advance navigation app ever! Let’s give a try (downloading right now).

  • Updated on 14th March, 2016.
  • Version: 1.22.2
  • Size of the update on iPhone: 470 MB  (562 MB on iTunes :-/)
  • Price: USD 74.99 (at the time of writing this post; for current price, please click the link below – redirect to iTunes)

Download from iTunes here (OLD APP – DO NOT BUY!!!), DOWNLOAD TomTom GO MOBILE

TomTom GO Mobile (NEW!)

 

To Update manually on your iPhone: “App Store” > “Updates” (bottom right) > Find “TomTom Thailand” > UPDATE.

Related links:

  1. TomTom GO Mobile (NEW!)
  2. TomTom USA
  3. TomTom US & Canada
  4. TomTom UK & Irland 
  5. TomTom Thailand 

 

Hmmm, I got the latest update. I thought I got automatically updated to GO Mobile. But actually you get the option to update after starting the app. Here is the trick: I can get the GO Mobile now, free, 3 years 😉 (see picture below).The key is “Free, 3 years” ;), which they don’t mention at the beginning of the update process. The decision is yours: free and no more updates for the old app version; or free for 3 years with fresh updates, and then paid I believe?

TomTom GO Mobile

1. Screen after the update

Switch to TomTom GO Mobile

2. Clicked “FREE”, new screen with “GET” 😉

Switch to TomTom GO Mobile

3. You need to create an account at TomTom

Switch to TomTom GO Mobile

4. Finally, you will need to install new app “GO Mobile”. Just the update of previous app is not enough

 

Garmin updates software for VIVOSMART HR

The new software version 3.08 BETA for vivosmart HR is now available for download from Garmin. Download (redirect to Garmin International)

What’s new in this version?

General improvements and bug fixes (5 bugs listed here – Link to Garmin).

Please note, that it’s a BETA version, and should be used at your own risk. 😉

Related links:

Best Activity Trackers on Amazon

Download (redirect to Garmin International)

Garmin VIVOSMART HR

 

Garmin introduced new, improved activity trackers! (1)

Garmin VIVOACTIVE HR

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR

As I mentioned in my previous post, it was only matter of time to have the vivoactive with wrist-based heart rate monitor system. Cool! As an owner of vivoactive and also vivofit (1 generation), I’m pretty excited about vivoactive HR, as the vivofit found its place somewhere in a drawer, and I was missing the extra feature included in the new activity trackers – wrist-based heart rate, on my vivoactive (that’s my choice for day-to-day activity tracker ).

What’s new:

At first sight, it does look good. Comparing to vivoactive, the vivoactive HR has more rounded edges, which gives it very neat, more complex look.

Beside the sport app included in the first version of vivoactive (review here) such as running, biking, swimming, golfing, walking, we are also getting paddle boarding, rowing, skiing and snowboarding. :-O I guess I will have to make a trip from tropical Thailand somewhere to snowy mountains to check on skiing and snowboarding 😉

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR, except of the basic activity tracking options as steps counting, it also provides data on floors climbed (this information is taken from Garmin’s official announcement. I guess they had in mind “steps counting” instead of “floors climbed”). And…what’s most important for this model, it will give us 24/7 heart rate data analyzes of calories burnt and our workout activities. I believe it will significantly affect batty life….. Well, I don’t have to “believe”, the specs on Garmin website prove that the battery life on vivoactive has been reduced from 3 weeks to 8 days on vivoactive HR. No surprise on that. But still, as usual, the major “battery drainer” is a GPS receiver, which reduces battery life from 8 days of smartwatch mode with 24/7 HR, to only 13 hours. While talking about the GPS, vivoactive HR operates with two systems: GPS and GLONASS, which allow for faster satellite lock and better position accuracy.

Vivoactive HR

Vivoactive HR

Except the smart notifications (e-mail, text …) also included in the previous model, vivoactive HR display us data on a screen with higher resolution, and consists of electronic compass and barometric sensor. I’m pretty much amazed that Garmin managed to put all this high tech into a nicely sized smartwatch. Obviously the extras must have influence on size and weight of the new vivoactive HR, but Garmin doesn’t make it clear to us with the “X-large, without band” (weight) information:

ModelVIVOACTIVE HRVIVOACTIVE
Physical dimensionsWatch only: 1.19″ x 2.24″ x 0.45″ (30.2 mm x 57.0 mm x 11.4 mm). Regular fits wrist circumferences 5.39″ to 7.68″ (137 mm to 195 mm); X-large fits wrist circumferences 6.38″ to 8.86″ (162 mm to 225 mm)1.72″ x 1.52″ x 0.32″ (43.8 mm x 38.5 mm x 8.0 mm)
Display size, WxH0.80″ x 1.13″ (20.7 mm x 28.6 mm)1.13″ x 0.80″ (28.6 mm x 20.7 mm)
Display resolution, WxH148 x 205 pixels205 x 148 pixels
WeightRegular bands: 47.6 g; X-large bands: 48.2 gWithout bands: 18.0 g (0.63 oz); With bands: 38.0 g (1.34 oz)

Garmin VIVOACTIVE on Amazon available for pre-order:

Related products:

 

Garmin Part Number: 010-01605-03. Price: USD 249.99. 

Activity tracker Fitbit Blaze review

Fitbit Blaze Review

Fitbit Blaze

Fitbit recently unveiled the curtains of its all new fitness activity tracker – Blaze – a device that is positioned as an upgrade to the much successful Charge HR. The Blaze has a lot going for it starting with tits superior 5 day battery life. Upon first glance, the Fitbit Blaze looks relatively similar to the Apple Watch, only that it doesn’t come with all the third party complications often a non with smartwatches.

The Blaze is everything you’d expect from a fitness tracker and a smartwatch and is able to track more than a dozen activities, render heart rate with its integrated heart rate monitor, but lacks GPS tracking. In addition, the Blaze fitness watch tracks sleep automatically and records heart rate readings every 5 seconds. Apart from regular fitness activities such as running, the Fitbit Blaze automatically tracks activities such as soccer, basketball and tennis so you don’t have to manually start a workout.

What’s in the Box?

  • Fitbit Blaze activity tracker
  • Charging and data cable
  • User guides

Highlights of the Fitbit Blaze

  • Color touchscreen
  • On-screen workouts
  • All day activity and sleep tracking
  • Music control
  • Long battery life
  • Call, text and calendar alerts

Fitbit Blaze Design

Fitbit Blaze Reiview

Fitbit Blaze

The Blaze is appointed with a color a smooth, soft and comfortable classic (black, blue and purple colors available) band that makes the device a joy to wear even for longer periods. In boasts a rather unique aesthetic appeal – pleasing of course with a stylish modern octagonal shape watch face with stainless steel casing and an elastomer band.

The Blaze can also be had with a premium silver metal link bracelet or a leather band (black, brown or grey colors available) as part of the Luxe collection. It is much slimmer that’s its own older cousin the Surge and the Apple Watch, and is a pop-out fitness tracker, meaning you can swap bands in and out of different bands and frames on the fly.

The all new color touchscreen LCD display is crisp and clear and is easy viewable even in bright light conditions. It displays your stats front and center, and you can tap the screen to cycle through the various metrics including your calories, steps and heart rate. The heart rate monitoring screen changes color in line with changes in your heart rate, a very nice touch, and there’s even a dedicated screen with a Do Not Disturb toggle and music controls.

The Blaze will display a range of notifications when paired with your smartphone such as call, texts and calendar alerts, but lacks email notifications. It is also appointed with a class leading and highly accurate PurePulse heart rate sensor that renders superior results. One of the noteworthy features of the Fitbit Blaze is its ability to track exercises automatically, which is great for those times when you go for a walk or run and forget to activate the tracking software.

However, Fitbit does advise that manually selecting your type of activity such as running, cycling, weights and elliptical workouts will result in more accurate results. And for those times that you can’t make it to the gym, the FitStar (company acquired by Fitbit last year) app will provide you with seven minute workouts that you can perform whenever and wherever you want. Additionally, these guides’ workouts are represented by some charming animations, but don’t expect Disney quality cartoons displaying yoga positions.

These comprehensive details can be viewed by simply opening the Fitbit app on your paired smartphone. The app even allows you to set alarms and get a silent alert at a time you choose so this could definitely up as an everyday wear watch apart from being a fitness tracker. The Fitbit Blaze does lack GPS, meaning that the metrics captured such as active minutes and floors climbed, heart rate sleep and steps are the same it’s the Charge HR.

The Blaze does offer Connected GPS, which means that it will pull GPS data from your smartphone if you run or cycle with your phone in tow. Operating the Fitbit Blaze is pretty straightforward, where you simply swipe up from the watch face to reveal notifications and left and right to reveal the various menus available. Battery life of the Fitbit clocks in at an impressive 5 days when fully charged, meaning you can sleep well knowing that you will receive a comprehensive and accurate sleep activity first thing when you wake up via the Fitbit app.

Fitbit Blaze Key Features

Fitbit Blaze Review

Fitbit Blaze

Advanced tracking is one of the key features of any successful fitness tracking watch, and the Fitbit Blaze doesn’t disappoint in this area by recording all the usual statistics, all enriched by accurate heart rate data. This fitness tracking device will track your steps and calories by day and monitor your sleep at night. What’s interesting is the fact that you don’t even have to tell the Blaze you’re planning to snooze as it activates sleep tracking based on your movements and heart rate data.

Although there’s no GPS onboard, the Fitbit Blaze does estimate distance, and you’ll even be presented with a report of your activity session whether a run or a gym session or brisk walk to the bus that includes your heart rate and time spent during zones, time taken and calories burned. The heart rate sensor of the Blaze is works round the clock, meaning it even measures your resting heart rate, which documents a reading as soon as you wake up.

Sleep tracking reporting isn’t as complex as seen on other fitness trackers, but in the Blaze is simplistic and static. The graph displays a blue block, which represents your sleep duration, and you can access your total time along with the day’s stats in the app. Speaking of the app, it is neat, clean and simple to use and syncs rather quickly with compatible devices.

When you open the Fitbit app, you will be presented with all your data from the data including distance travelled, heart rate, stairs climbed, calories burned and the number of active minutes. You can also access historical data for any of the above mentioned metrics as well as weekly totals, making it much easier to boost performance. There’s even a challenges tab that when accessed allows you to beat certain step goals, and even invite friends to participate.

Pros of the Fitbit Blaze

  • Long battery life
  • Ability to track a range of activities
  • Onsite heart rate monitor
  • Color LCD touchscreen
  • Access to FitStar

Cons of the Fitbit Blaze

  • Lacks GPS, but can use GPS from your smartphone

Final Thoughts

The Fitbit Blaze has a whole lot to get excited about starting with the fact that you can track of myriad fitness activities with a single nicely designed and attractive fitness watch. It can be ordered in a wide range of colors and bands, and even track activities automatically so you can rest assured of tracking even when you forget to manually activate the feature.

All in all, the Fitbit Blaze is a great fitness tracker for anyone looking to track several activities and even stay connected with smartphone notifications right from their wrist.

Garmin announced two new ZUMO models

There is no doubt that Garmin is providing the highest quality devices. Lately focusing its effort on activity trackers like Vivosmart HR and Vivoactive, GPS watches (Fenix 3 HR), bike computers (EDGE series), but also improving devices which made Garmin the leading company in the GPS Navigation market: nvui and ZUMO series.

This time Garmin introduced two models for motorcycle riders: zumo 395 and zumo 595.

Prices:
zumo 595: USD 899.99 (Garmin Part Number): 010-01603-00
zumo 395: USD 599.99 (Garmin Part Number): 010-01602-00

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Garmin Thailand introduced new model – Forerunner 235, GPS Watch for running

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235

Garmin Forerunner 235 (GPS watch for runners) had been introduced to the Thai market.
Forerunner 235 Garmin Part Number: 010-03717-54

Prices:

  1. in Thailand: 12,990 THB (approximately USD 460)
  2. On Garmin website: USD $329.99
  3. On Amazon

Last year tendency of including wrist-based heart rate (HR) is also provided in this model. 🙂

At first glimpse easily noticeable lightweight of this watch. Pretty impressive if you consider all the technology Garmin put into it, including GPS and GLONASS receivers, vibration alerts, Bluetooth, battery  (life: 11 hours training, 9 days watch + activity tracking + notifications + heart rate), and of course the wrist-based heart rate sensor.

The review on Forerunner 235 should follow next Monday (8th February).

Related links:

  1. Garmin Forerunner 235 manual
  2. Forerunner 235 on Garmin
  3. Garmin Connect 

Physical & Performance

Physical dimensions1.77″ x 1.77″ x 0.46″ (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)
Display size, WxH1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH215 x 180 pixels
Color display
Weight1.5 oz (42 g)
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life11 hours training, 9 days watch + activity tracking + notifications + heart rate
Water rating5 ATM
GPS-enabled
GLONASS
High-sensitivity receiver
Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)
Vibration alert
Music control
Find my phone
VIRB® control
Watch functionsIncludes date and alarm

Maps & Memory

History200 hours of activity data

Running Features

V02 max estimate
Recovery advisor
Race predictor
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)
Personal records

Cycling Features

Bike speed/cadence sensorYes (optional)

Performance Features

Heart rate monitorYes (wrist-based)
Foot podYes (optional)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)
Heart rate-based calorie computation
Calculates calories burned
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness)
Customizable screen(s)
Shock Resistant

Activity Tracking Features

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

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)

Additional

Additional
  • Connect IQ™ app support: Yes
  • Wrist-based heart rate: Yes