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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 Fenix 3 HR Review

Garmin Fenix 3 HRThe Garmin Fenix 3 HR is a great and much needed upgrade to already successful Fenix 3 and in this iteration brings to the table an onsite class leading heart rate sensor and a flotilla of band color variations. And good news for existing Fenix 3 owners is they will receive a slew of software updates, which we’ll get into later on in this review of Fenix 3 HR. The HR sensor plopped into the back of the Fenix 3 is no ordinary one and is the Elevate optical heart rate sensor introduced this past fall.

With the Elevate HR sensor onboard, the Fenix 3 is not only track heart rate data for most types of activities it is able to complete this task round the clock as part of its continual HR monitoring and recording feature. The integrated heart rate sensor does of course make the Fenix 3 HR a bit heavier than the non-HR version, 6 grams to be exact, but regardless still showcases a robust build and eye catching appeal. Continue reading

Garmin announced new models: Varia Vision and Fenix 3 HR

Last year fitness trend brought us wrist-based hear rate monitor to Garmin’s activity tracker vivosmart HR and GPS watch for running Forerunner 225. This year we are getting rather expected

Garmin Varia Vision

Garmin Varia Vision

improvement to Fenix series.  I’m saying “expected”, as after introducing built-in hear rate monitor for vivo and forerunner series, Fenix was next in line for this extra

feature.  What’s rather surprising is

Google Glass

Google Glass

Garmin’s Varia Vision (top picture on left).  It reminds me about other item of wearable technology – Google Glass (pic on right).  Varia Vision is a device which can be attached to practically any glasses and without taking your eyes off the road, allow you to read important information from some of the Garmin EDGE series and Varia (as of today, mid January: EDGE 1000, EDGE 520,   Varia). It also provides vibration alerts for texts/e-mails, directions and key cycling information. I guess getting used to vibration on your glasses requires some time, but it may be quite useful, considering that the alert will be easier to notice and without a need of constantly looking on your bike computer. The color display can provide up to 4 data fields, and consist of built-in ambient light sensor. Switching between the data fields is made through glove-friendly touch panel. It does sound interesting, doesn’t it?

As for Fenix 3 HR, it can be great for multisport athletes preparations.  I just wonder why there is a bundle option with Heart Rate Monitor available. Shouldn’t the HR (hear rate) feature help us to get rid of the extra accessory?

Can’t wait to hear some “first hand” experience. Perhaps you already use one of those. Let us know and leave a comment .

Comparing Fenix 3, Fenix 3 Sapphire and Fenix 3 HR:

Fenix 3Fenix 3
Sapphire
 Fenix 3 HR
 Multiple sport profiles
 Advanced running dynamics
 Physiological metrics
 Garmin Connect
 GPS navigation
 GLONASS
 Preloaded basemap
 ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass)
 Wireless CapabilitiesANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®ANT+, Bluetooth, Wifi®
 Water Rating110 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
 Battery20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
20 hrs GPS
50 hrs UltraTrac
 Color display
 Connect IQ
EXO antenna
 Activity tracking2
 Advanced smart features3
 Virtual Racer software feature4
 Race predictor, recovery advisor & personal records
 Metronome (cadence training)
 Scratch-resistant sapphire lens
 Styles that include an additional bandMetal, Silver with Leather Band, Gray with Leather StrapHR
 Elevate wrist-based heart rate
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Buy Varia Vision on Amazon

Would you like to find out more: read my review on Fenix 3 (coming on 18th January) or Fenix 3 HR (pre-review coming this Friday – 15th January).

Review on Polar M400

GPS Watch Polar M400 Review

Polar M400Polar recently unveiled their latest watch – the M400, which is mostly designed to bridge the gap between GPS watches and activity trackers. For starters, the Polar M400 GPS watch is the mostly competitively priced device in its segment yet is able to deliver a superb performance in several areas. The M400 is Polar’s second GPS watch and includes a slew of features including tracking ability for calories burned and sleep, distance travelled and steps taken and even sleep tracking.

This Polar GPS watch can be ordered in white, black, blue and pink color variants, and can also be mated with a compatible chest based heart rate monitor. Compatible heart rate monitors can be non-Polar devices as long as they support Bluetooth LE technology (Low Energy) dubbed Bluetooth Smart. Take note that Garmin heart rate sensors cannot be paired with this Polar GPS watch for the fact that they use ANT + Technology and not Bluetooth Smart.

What’s in the Box?

  • Polar M400 GPS watch
  • USB cable
  • User Guides

Highlights of the Polar M400 GPS Watch

  • Activity tracking
  • Advanced GPS
  • Smart notifications
  • Polar flow
  • Individual targets
  • Heart rate training
  • Bluetooth Smart
  • Easy data transfer to MAC and Windows PC
  • Polar Flow mobile app

Design of the Polar GPS Running Watch

Polar M400Lightweight at just 56.6 grams and 11.5 mm thick, makes the M400 GPS watch much slimmer than other watches in its class. Its sits snuggly around your wrist with a rubber watch strap fastened by a robust security loop, and is extremely comfortable to wear even for longer periods. The rear of the Polar M400 GPS running watch is crafted of stainless steel and features a small rubber flap that shields a microUSB port, which is also a noteworthy feature of the M400 considering it doesn’t use a proprietary dock connector.

The package of the M400 Polar GPS watch includes a USB cable, which can be a smartphone adapter or computer for charging as well as transfer of data. Although the rubber flap protects the USB port from water seeping in, the USB port of the M400 Polar GPS running watch is internally waterproof as the watch itself, allowing you to take the plunge up to 30 meters, making it a great companion in the shower or while swimming.

Coming to the front of the M400 GPS watch, it is appointed with five buttons – three on the right and two on the left. The backlight can be activated by pressing the top left button, while the bottom left is the back and end button. Moving forward, scrolling can be done by pressing the top right button, while the middle is to select and start activities and the bottom right for scrolling down. That’s not all – some of the buttons of the Polar GPS watch also have secondary uses such as enabling a button lock by holding the top left button, syncing the watch by holding the bottom left button or scrolling through the many watch faces by pressing and holding down on the top right button.

The 128×128-pixel resolution black and white screen of the Polar M400 GPS watch is large, making it easy to see what’s going on when it’s charging, which is a feature other smaller fitness watches struggle with. Adding to this, the display of the M400 GPS fitness watch is a monochrome dot matrix style and is boasts an excellent backlight, making it easy to read even in some low visibility situations.

With regards to battery life, the Polar watch is simply outstanding with up to eight hours of use with the GPS turned on, making it good for two or three weeks worth of regular training regimes. And again to reiterate, one of the most powerful features of the Polar GPS watch is inarguably its simple charging capabilities thanks to the use of micro USB rather than charging and proprietary cradles that you often break or loose.

Key Features of the Polar M400 GPS Watch

Polar M400With a recent firmware update, the Polar M400 GPS watch is able to display notifications such as text and call alerts. New to the M400 is it Running Estimate option, which like the name suggests estimates how long it’ll take you to complete a run at the current pace you’re running. Next new feature of the M400 is PR (Personal Records/Bests) support, which lets you know each time you break a new PR for a set time/distance benchmark.

Additionally, the M400 GPS watch also comes with a “Back to Start” feature that will help you compass back to your start point, which is great if you’re lost and helps retrace your path. The screen of the M400allows you to view several key metrics such as fat burn percentage of calories, calories burned, start time, duration, average pace, max altitude, max pace, descent, ascent, best lap time, auto lap times and average lap time.

The internal storage of the Polar M400 running watch can alone store up to an astounding 30 hours of past run data, and this vital information can then be uploaded to Polar’s website and mobile app either by connecting your smartphone over Bluetooth or using your computer. Just like most activity trackers, the M40 will alert you when you’ve been idle for longer than an hour, and there’s also a sleep tracking feature that is activated automatically once you go to bed.

Calories burned, activity time and steps can be viewed by simply opening up the Activity menu. The Polar M400 GPS watch is highly customizable in that it offers four different watch faces to choose from, one with an analog face, a face with date, time and a daily activity progress bar, one with your name instead of the progress bar and a face with time in large numbers. Other features worth mentioning include an alarm that can be set to wake you up in the morning.

M400 Software & Support

The M400 can be easily synced with your mobile device by holding down the left square button, but you will need to get the FlowSync software in order to sync it from your PC to the Polar Flow website. Although you will mostly use the app, the Polar Flow website does offer additional features such as Relive, which displays information from your runs such as pace, time and distance and street view images on locations on your running path.

Nevertheless, both the website and mobile app will indicate how many hours you spent sitting, resting, standing, jogging and walking, They will also show you the map of your daily runs, calories burned distance travelled and of course your steps taken among others. The Polar Flow app even congratulates you when you achieve your active goals for the day, and can also be synced with Apple’s Health app, giving you another option to view your data.

Pros of the Polar M400 GPS Watch

  • Excellent battery life
  • Syncs wireless with your phone
  • Normal USB charging
  • Always on display with backlight
  • Waterproof up to 30 meters
  • Running time estimator

Cons of the M400 GPS Watch

  • No silent alarm or vibrations
  • A bit bigger design

Final Thoughts

The Polar GPS watch offers a powerful set of features, some that aren’t available even the best GPS watch in its segment. It charges with its USB port so there’s no worrying about proprietary charging cables or cradles. Among other metrics, it also provides information on your sleep patterns and daily activities, which can be viewed either on the mobile app or website. If you’re looking for a fitness watch that arrives with a plethora of features and one that won’t break the bank, the Polar M400 GPS running watch is definitely worth a second look.

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Fitbit Surge review

Fitbit Surge Review

Fitbit Surge

When shopping for a fitness tracker, you will be spoilt for choice considering the array of brands available. Fitbit however is one brand that is distinct from the competition, and its Surge fitness tracking watch is just one reason why! Fitbit – one of the first companies to create a smartphone-connected device has been creating different iterations of its original Fitbit Ultra smart pedometer, and its latest product the Surge comes in the form of a rather sophisticated device that basically does it all.

For starters, the Surge is not only able to track your sleep and every step you take, but also uses GPS technology to track outdoor activity, keep tabs on your heart rate with its onsite optical heart rate monitor and even alert you of incoming phone calls and messages in its vibrant touchscreen display. Apart from its glorious battery life, the Surge boasts all the features of other Fitbit products plus a myriad of other sports features and add to this a more aesthetically appealing and comfortable watch like design.

What’s in the Box?

  • Fitbit Surge
  • Wireless syncing dongle
  • User guides
  • Proprietary charging cables

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Software on Garmin VivoActive updated to version 3.30

Garmin updates software for VivoActive

vivoactive

Garmin VivoActive

What’s updated:

  • Connect IQ to support version 1.2
  • Fixed translation issues
  • Improved synchronization with Garmin Connect Mobile
  • Added menu option to control Bluetooth connected/disconnected alert, set alert to off by default
  • Improved Bluetooth connection handling
  • Fixed a distance accumulation bug related to GPS
  • Fixed calorie calculation when swimming

To update the

Probably the easiest way to update the software on your vivoactive, would be with the Garmin Express.

Review on Garmin Vivoactive here.

Upcoming review on Fitbit Surge

GPS Fitness Watch with built-in Heart Rate

Review on Fitbit Surge coming next week. Stay tuned. Subscribe for updates (form below) or follow me on Twitter 

Fibit SurgeFeatures:

  • GPS Tracking
    See distance, pace and elevation climbed & review routes and split times
  • Long Battery Life
    Lasts longer than competing trackers with a battery life up to 7 days
  • PurePulse™ Heart Rate
    Get continuous, automatic, wrist-based heart rate & simplified heart rate zones
  • Notifications + Music
    See call & text notifications on display and control songs from your mobile playlist
  • All-Day Activity
    Track steps, distance, calories burned, floors climbed & active minutes
  • Auto Sleep + Alarms
    Monitor your sleep automatically & set a silent alarm
  • Multi-Sport + SmartTrack™
    Track runs, rides & other workouts with multi-sport modes or automatically record them with SmartTrack
  • Wireless Syncing
    Sync stats wirelessly & automatically to leading smartphones and computers

Do you have any questions about Fitbit Surge? Comment below or send me e-mail.

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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. 

Garmin EDGE 25 review

Review on bike computer EDGE 25

Garmin EDGE 25 on Amazon

Garmin EDGE 25 on Amazon


In a span of just a few years, GPS enabled bicycle computers have gradually taken over traditional devices for several reasons, most notably competitive pricing and excellent data gathering technology. Garmin has leveraged this new technology, and is the only company in this rapidly growing arena that is able to produce devices for a range of budgets and needs.
Billed as the company’s smallest ever bike computer yet, the Edge 25 is the second cheapest Garmin bike computer and is positioned one notch above the Edge 20 in the lineup. It is a successor to the successful Edge 200, and this time around the Edge 25 is smaller, lighter and a bit more capable. In fact the Edge 25 is extremely tiny, weighing in at just 20 grams and measuring 40x42x17mm, or big enough to house the quarter-turn mounts that sits underneath.

If you don’t need navigation and route mapping, and are just looking to track important metrics such as distance, speed and elevation, the Edge 25 is just what you’re looking for! The Edge 25 is appointed with a small and grayscale 128×160 pixel display, which is sharp to say the least and its lighter font allows makes it easy to get a quick view at how fast you’re cycling. One of the noteworthy features of the Edge 25 that makes it distinct from its competition is designed to withstand all weather owing to an  IPX7 water-resistance rating, meaning its good when immersed 1 meter deep for 30 minutes.

What’s in the Box? 

  • Standard mount
  • Edge 25 device
  • Data/charging cable
  • Use guides

Highlights of the Garmin Edge 25

  • Bluetooth connectivity
  • Water resistant
  • Share activities on Garmin Connect
  • Tracks time, heart rate, speed and distance

Design of the Edge 25

The features of the Garmin Edge 25 can be accessed via four buttons, two on each side, where the upper left is to power on the backlight, lower left for selecting back and lap, upper right for making a selection and lower right for down, changing page and selection. Although the device is rather simplistic, the layout works really well and even gives you the ability to download courses t o the device either via the included USB or Bluetooth from your smartphone.

Adding to this, the Edge 25 also supports Garmin segments notifications and allows you to instantly upload completed activities to Garmin Connect. These activities can then be synced with third party sites such as TrainingPeaks, Strava, Sport Tracks and others via Auto Sync. Just like most other Garmin newly launched fitness devices, the phone connectivity of the Garmin Edge 25 enables Live Tracking, allowing you to share vital information such as heart rate and cadence and even your exact location with your online following.

The Garmin  Edge 25 also supports call and text notifications as long as you have your phone within Bluetooth range, which is a feature that can be turned off and on as you see fit. With regards to metrics, the Edge 25 is able to display average speed, distance, time, cadence and calories. The Edge 25 bike computer can also be paired with a compatible heart rate strap to create a specific high/low heart rate value or heart rate alert for a specific zone.

Additionally, you can create specific distance, time and calorie goals and the Edge 25 will help you focus on completing workouts to achieve those goals. Settings such as language, miles and kilometers can also be configured as well as Auto Pause (ideal for city riding), Automatic Laps and Auto Scroll (changes your data fields automatically every few seconds.)

Using the Edge 25

When you power on the Edge 25, you will first be greeted with a Ride screen, from where you can head straight into a ride or navigate to the Ride Options menu and select the dedicated Indoors mode if you’re cycling indoors. Another great feature of the Edge 25 is its ease of use, so much so that you do not even have to reach for the manual to find your way around. For example, you can scroll down to Courses, History and Settings right from the Home screen.

As mentioned earlier, navigation is done via the four buttons on the Edge 25, where each is extremely tactile and easy to press owing to the knurled surface, making it easy to use with or without gloves. During a ride, you have access to three screens, where two of them can be configured to display a plethora of metrics. The first screen displays three data fields with distance, time and current speed, whereas the second screen shows tow data fields – accents and calories.

Each of the aforementioned data fields can be configured via the Settings menu, but note that there is no ability to increase the number of data fields in any of the screens or add any additional screens. This however is no big issue as the Edge 25 already displays a wealth of vital information. The device is able to connect to GPS rather quickly and there’s no waiting to locate satellites as soon it’s turned on. Although the Edge 25 bike computer isn’t designed for navigation, you can however download courses from Garmin Connect to the device and follow a breadcrumb trail.

The device even offers turn by turn navigation, but you can’t create a route on the fly owing to the lack of a base map. Live Tracking allows your near and dear ones to follow your endeavors combined with notifications from your smartphone. When fully charged, the Garmin Edge 25 is good for eight hours, which is impressive and much more than other devices in its segment.

Pros of the Edge 25

  • Lightweight and compact footprint
  • Provides a wealth of vital stats
  • Great display
  • Battery life up to 8 hours
  • Can be connected with smartphone

Cons of the Edge 25

  • Course files cannot be uploaded directly
  • Inability to create routes on the fly

Final Thoughts

The Garmin Edge 25 is an excellent choice for anyone looking for a rather diminutive and lightweight GPS device that will log all your ride data. It offers Live Tracking and great basic course navigation support and can also be connected with a compatible heart rate sensor. Activities can be easily uploaded by simply connecting the device to your computer or via Bluetooth on your smartphone. With the help of GPS/GLONASS satellites, the Edge 25 is able to track how fast, how fast and where you ride even in dense environments.

The Edge 25 bike computer offers up to 8 hours of use when fully charged, which is sufficient for even long bike endeavors. Although the Edge 25 does not support Strava segments, you can compete with other cyclists on Garmin Connect segments and even view your results after your ride on the leaderboard. Activities can be uploaded to Garmin’s free online fitness community aka Garmin Connect, which enables you to view and analyze the path you travelled on a map and even share it with others.

All in all, the Garmin Edge 25 is a great and cost efficient bike computer for both novice and seasoned riders, and is feature rich compared to other similar GPS bike computers.