The Gear S R750W is Samsung’s 6th attempt at an amazing smartwatch, and just like all its previous iterations – this time is a success. Unlike other Samsung smartwatches, the Gear S allows you to make and receive phone calls and even respond to emails right from your wrist thanks to the integrated SIM slot and 3G modem connectivity.
You will however need a Samsung phone with the Gear Manager app installed to initially setup your email accounts, customize the look and feel and install apps on the Gear S. You will also need the Gear Manager app to setup track your runs, and transfer over music, contacts and photos.
Highlights of the Samsung Galaxy Gear S R750W
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The Garmin 220 is the company’s latest shot at mid range running watches, and is an upgraded version to the already successful 210 unit. With the Forerunner 210 running watching, Garmin carved out the mid range niche, ahead of a foray of competitors that have simply followed suit. If you’re a runner with penchant for precise timekeeping and a keen eye for detail, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is a running watch to explore.
The Forerunner 220 is a wristwatch style GPS running watch that is similar to having a personal fitness coach strapped to your wrist. It allows for precise tracking run time, run distance, calorie consumption and heart rate among others. Furthermore, the Garmin Forerunner 220 can be used outdoors or indoors on a treadmill owing to the onsite accelerometer, and can be paired via Bluetooth/ANT+ with your heart rate monitor or mobile device.
Unlike other versatile fitness products, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is specifically designed for running enthusiasts so if you don’t run, then this is not the right product for you. Although the Forerunner 220 is a fairly new contestant in the running watch market, it is all a running watch should be – easy to read, user friendly and of course good looking. The 220 running watch addresses the above aspects extremely well, without compromising on other features such as tracking your rhythm, and deep integration with training regimes. Continue reading
The VIA 1535TM is TomTom’s latest attempt at a mid-range portable navigation device, and doesn’t disappoint to say the least. Apart from its highly affordable price tag, the TomTom VIA 1535TM is quite similar to its predecessor lifetime free traffic and map updates (without displaying ads), voice command and Bluetooth.
The TomTom VIA 1535TM is a power packed device and if you’re looking for a main GPS unit that won’t be outdated for the next several years, it is definitely worth a second look. It updates its predecessor with Bluetooth and an intuitive WebKit based interface.
Highlights of the TomTom VIA 1535TM
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If you consider yourself to be a multifaceted athlete, that is you jog, swim, snowboard or perform just about any outdoor activity, the Garmin Fenix 2 is the watch for you! The Fenix 2 is Garmin’s much improved version over its predecessor, the first generation Fenix released in 2012. The original Fenix was geared towards running and hiking related activities, whereas the Fenix 2 is a full fledge multi sport watch that is a truly exemplary gadget to say the least.
The Fenix 2 as claimed by Garmin is a full featured training watch and that’s just about how we’d describe it too. Considering that it is designed for just about any activity, it is outfitted with a ton of features such as an accelerometer, 3-axis compass, ANT+ and Bluetooth radios, a high sensitivity GPS radio, barometer, altimeter and even an integrated thermometer. The biggest problem or inconvenience rather that most outdoor athletes are faced with is having a separate watch or even a couple multi sport watches for each activity. But the Gamin Fenix (pronounced Phoenix just like the US State) resolves this issue nicely and is intended to be the Jack of all Trades.
The Fenix 2 can be ordered in two different packages: one with just the watch and one with the watch and the HRM-RUN heart strap. When paired with the Fenix 2, the HRM-RUN heart strap is able to measure ground contact time, vertical oscillation (measures how high you bounce when you run) and cadence among others. So if you train at a very high level or simply require detailed data such as this, the Fenix 2 multi sport training GPS bundle is a recommended buy. Getting back to the unboxing, the package of the Garmin Fenix 2 is a visual treat in itself, and is divided into 3 sections, two of which contain the device and accessories. Continue reading
Review on Garmin Approach G10 — if you’re looking to up the ante on your golf game, the recently launched Approach G10 allows you to do just that! This pocket sized device is infused with hazard and yardage information on more than an astounding 40,000 golf courses around the world. The price of the device also includes lifetime free updates for as long as you have the device.
The Garmin Approach G10 is designed to measure accurate distances to the front, back and middle of the green. It is appointed with a clear, sunlight readable display, and can even display distances to things such as layups, doglegs water hazards and sand traps. Apart from that, the Approach G10 can also calculate yardage for shots and measure individual shot distances anywhere on the course.
One of the noteworthy features of the Approach G10 is that is serves as a digital scorecard throughout each round, and tracks stats such as putts per round, greens in regulation and you fairway hits. The data is neatly uploaded and stored in the Garmin mobile app for you to review your stats such as total putts and more. It provides you with detail course analysis such as details on each hole, and even things to work on for the next round. Continue reading
The Alta is probably Fitbit’s best effort at a fitness tracker for several reasons starting with its aesthetically pleasing design and swappable band design. With every new model, the one thing that Fitbit aims to change is the size and comfort level of their trackers and the Alta makes this quite evident. From a first glance, the Alta comes across other Fitbit fitness trackers, but this time users can swap the band, making it befitting to wear at the track or office.
This somewhat fashion oriented fitness tracker is designed to track many vital statistics such as calories burned, steps taken, distance and “Active Minutes” among others. Adding to this, the Fitbit Alta fitness tracker can also record how long you’ve slept, monitor your sleeping habits, the number of times you’ve been restless in the evening and even the number of times you’ve woken up during the night.
Just like some of Fitbit’s other fitness trackers, the Alta is capable of tracking sleep and exercise automatically, meaning that you won’t have to remember to set the watch to a certain mode to get credit for your workout. In order for the Fitbit Alta to log in activity, you have to exercise for a minimum of 15 minutes, but this can be reconfigured down to 10 minutes with the app.
The Fitbit Alta however is not perfect and lacks a heart rate monitor, and does not track the number of stairs you’ve climbed so if these are important metrics for you, this device is not a good fit. On a brighter note, the Alta does offer great battery life of roughly a week, but this can also vary depending on several factors such as the features activated and how long for.
Suunto – a renowned gadget maker has just upped the ante for its already successful fitness watch lineup the Ambit 3 with the Ambit 3 Vertical variant. Available in four color options – lime, blue, white and black, the Ambit 3 Vertical is designed to do much more than just track your steps, but goes a few miles further by tracking your “vertical” or elevation in both training and racing.
This latest addition to the Ambit 3 range also gets a somewhat major facelift and this time around is much more smaller and sleeker thanks to an all new GPS antenna configuration. The all new bezel design now embeds the antenna, and although it might the Ambit 3 Vertical seem like a cheaper, low end model, that’s hardly the case. The lack of the antenna results in a much more streamlined unit and an aesthetically pleasing watch that fits comfortably on both smaller and larger wrists.
This watch truly is the jack of all trades and offers multi-sport functions for running, cycling and swimming, vibration alerts, route altitude profile, and a barometer for elevation measurements. One of the noteworthy features of the Ambit 3 Vertical – that Altitude Profile, which displays current climb and decent in real time. In addition to this, this feature also gives you an accurate reading of the climbs and descents that lie ahead on the route, which in itself is a crucial feature for those doing big mountain climbs or races.
Highlights of the Ambit 3 Vertical
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Mio – the company is one of the pioneers of heart rate tracking devices and its sensors are already embedded into some of the best fitness watches in the market such as the Adidas miCoach Smart Run and TomTom Runner Cardio. The Mio Fuse simply taps into the company’s expertise with optical heart rate tracking and is designed for BPM (Beats per Minute) based training.
The Mio Fuse has a lot going for it and its unique features make it unarguably one of the best and most wrist based HRM devices in the market. And the fact that it tracks your calories burned, distance steps make it a great device for even those getting there feet wet with activity and HRM tracking. But of course and just like most wrist based trackers in the market, the Mio Fuse isn’t perfect, and lacks a few handy features such as an onboard altimeter to track the number of steps you climb and a sleep monitor.
One of the features that make the Fuse stand out from its competition is an onboard indicator light, which changes color to show you instantly the heart rate zone, making it one less thing function to tinker with while you’re working out. In addition, the Mio Fuse gives out a vibration alert that causes the band to buzz when your heart rate switches zones, meaning you can still get to know the zone your heart rate without even looking at the device.
Highlights of the Mio Fuse
Garmin’s latest flagship – the Forerunner is not geared for the average fitness enthusiasts, unless of course you can’t take any chances with your fitness results. Add to this, if you’re looking for a fitness tracking wearable that literally comes with all the bells and whistles, the Garmin Forerunner 630 is inarguably a solid choice. A successor to the Forerunner 620, the Forerunner 630 brings to the table a whole new round of features, most notably a few design tweaks to enhance its aesthetic appeal and phone notifications.
Unlike other fitness wearables that offer sleep tracking and running metrics only, the Garmin Forerunner pushes the envelope with the addition of GPS. The only pitfall of the Forerunner 630 is it doesn’t come with an onsite heart rate monitor, but Garmin’s addresses this issue quite well by providing a bundle package as well that includes a class leading HRM-Run monitor. With a lack of an onsite heart rate monitor, Garmin hasn’t skimped out in any way, but instead has justified that the Forerunner 630 renders near absolute accuracy in heart rate tracking.
Although a chest strap and wrist based optical heart rate sensor use the same technologies and algorithms, the difference in accuracy results from the fact that the latter reads your blood flow further from the source so its accuracy can be compromised by the light leaking and affecting the sensor. Contrariwise, chest heart rate straps just like the name suggests are located and track closer to the heart hence they tend to render a more accurate reading.
Heart rate monitoring is becoming increasingly popular in the fitness world, most fitness enthusiasts desire it to determine optimal fitness results when running and cycling and simply just to keep the heart in check.
The Mio Alpha 2 is the successor to the much successful Mia Alpha released a couple years ago, and this latest iteration brings to the table a few new features starting with an onboard indicator light that flashes different colors to keep you updated of your current hear rate zone on the fly.
New Features of the Mio Alpha 2
In addition, the Mio Alpha 2 syncs your fitness data to apps such as Endomondo and MapMyRun. It does not however have onsite GPS, but on a brighter note is what a fitness device should be and is extremely comfortable.
Highlights of the Mio Alpha 2