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.
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).
To Update manually on your iPhone: “App Store” > “Updates” (bottom right) > Find “TomTom Thailand” > UPDATE.
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?
Review on Fitbit Surge coming next week. Stay tuned. Subscribe for updates (form below) or follow me on Twitter
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)
Reliable, HD Driving Recorder with GPS and Helpful Driver Warnings
- High-definition GPS standalone driving recorder with easy-to-see 3.0-inch 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
- Incident Detection (G-Sensor) automatically saves footage of collisions and incidents
- Excellent field of view with high video quality, even in low-light conditions
Dimensions (WxHxD): 9.43 cm x 4.85 cm x 3.89 cm
Weight: 112.7 g
Screen: 3.0″ TFT LCD
Frame rate: 30 FPS
Incident detection (G-Sensor): yes
Battery life: up to 30 minutes
Price: 6,300 THB
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.
To download from iTunes click here (redirect to iTunes).
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
To read more about vivosmart HR, please check my review here.
Physical & Performance
|Physical dimensions||Band sizes: 136-187 mm (Regular); 180-224 mm (X-large); Width: 21.0 mm; Thickness: 12.3 mm|
|Display size, WxH||1.00″ x 0.42″ (25.3 mm x 10.7 mm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||160 x 68 pixels|
|Negative mode display||yes|
|Weight||29.6 g (1.0 oz), Regular; 32.0 g (1.1 oz), X-large|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium battery|
|Battery life||Up to 5 days|
|Water rating||5 ATM|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||yes|
|Find my phone||yes|
|Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes (wrist-based)|
|Heart rate-based calorie computation||yes|
|Calculates calories burned||yes|
Activity Tracking Features
|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™ compatible (online community|
where you analyze, categorize and share data)
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers|
data to your computer)
There are at least 4 options worth mentioning:
PAPAGO I M8 Thailand (USD 24.99)
The order listed above, has nothing to do with my preferences 😉
Garmin’s latest bike computer – the Edge 520 brings to the table spades of new features, most notably the ability to support Strava Live Segments. This new bike computer is regarded as the most advanced of its kind to be released by the company, and outweighs its predecessor – Garmin 510 and is a joy to use.
Some of the new features added to this latest iteration of the Edge include the ability to download 3rd party detailed maps, call notifications and Bluetooth Smart Text, personal records, FTP tracking and testing, compatibility with the Garmin Varia bike radar system and cycling dynamic metrics.
Highlights of the Garmin Edge 520
Unboxing the Garmin Edge 520
The Garmin Edge can be ordered in two different options – Device only and Bundle.
Design & Features of the Garmin Edge 520
The body of the 520 Edge is slightly smaller and lighter than its predecessor, which is impressive owing to the new screen of the device. In addition, the screen of the device boasts a 200×265 pixel resolution and considerably better variable color saturation and backlighting. Although the panel remains reflective, this is barely noticed with the vibrancy of the screen, which is a welcome upgrade.
Another noteworthy design change in the Garmin Edge 520 is a throwback to a button and a non-touchscreen interface. The buttons are Light and Power towards the upper left, up selection button at the middle left, down selection button at the lower left, lap button towards the bottom left, start/stop button at the bottom right, select button for menus at the upper right and back button for menus at the lower right of the device.
Integrated into the 520 Edge bike computer is a barometric altimeter, GSP and GLONASS satellite chips, phone message compatibility, Shimano Di2 integration, and it even boasts a basemap, which give you a general idea of where you are in a specific area. Another excellent feature of the Edge 520 is its ability to be mated with the newly released Varia rear radar tail light, which briefly alerts you when vehicles are approaching from behind. It then displays vital information on a compatible Garmin device such as the Edge 520, Edge 1000 and Edge 25.
Garmin has integrated an auto zoom feature when following a course, which is a nice replacement to the screen that popped up when nearing a junction. This feature now provides more detail by zooming down on the trace line, and can be switched off when needed. With this flotilla of features, one would expect the battery life of the Garmin Edge 520 to take a hit, and although it somewhat does compared to the Edge 510, it does offer 15 hours of battery life. This makes it good for a full day’s ride and more even while scrolling through multiple pages and with the backlight working.
If you opt for the bundle version of the Edge 520, you will be welcomed with a slew of new features such as the speed and cadence sensors now integrated with a band-fasten system just like a stem bracket attachment rather than using zip ties. This proves useful when moving the sensors from one bike to another.
The cadence sensor fastens to the crank arm, while the heart sensor simply fits to the hub, without the need for magnets. In addition, the heart rate band has been slightly redesigned, perhaps for more reliable and accurate heart rate monitoring. The bundled version is priced a bit higher, but the extra cash is well justified given the plethora of premium features.
Using the Garmin 520 Edge
The home screen of the Garmin Edge 520 is aligned vertically in that you have to scroll up and down to select from the various functions. You will find “Ride” towards the middle of the home screen, which is where you would go to initiate a ride. Moving down one option will bring you to a bunch of settings and training functions such as controlling a trainer, performing a structured workout and following a course.
If you scroll up from the “Ride” menu, you will be greeted with a “Status” menu, which indicates aspects such as GPS signal strength, screen brightness, mobile phone status and sensor connectivity. When you’re ready to start a ride, simply select ride by pressing the select button located at the lower right, from there you will be asked to select an Activity Profile.
These profiles were first seen in the Edge 510 and Edge 810, and later improved to allow you to group settings such as data page creation into a neat bundle. Once you’ve selected a profile, you will be directed to a data screen page, while simultaneously the GPS chip goes hunting for available satellites. These pages can be easily customized with a maximum of 10 data fields per page.
The Edge 520 receives a somewhat new quick access menu, which can be accessed by pressing the upper right button. This will populate the screen with options to configure in-ride settings such as data fields, alerts, elevation as well as the Status menu/page as mentioned earlier. After your ride, you will notice a few new metrics that weren’t present in any of the Edge series devices such as Recovery Time.
Furthermore, the latest training options not only allow you to automatically track your FTP levels, but even perform an FTP test. Strava Segments is one of the most desirable sports tech feature to have today, and displays live/real time status on the display of the Edge 520 bike computer. With Strava Segments, the Garmin Edge 520 allows you to race against several Strava leaderboard records directly on the device.
This simply means you will receive constant status updates as you go through specific Strava Segments such as how far behind and far ahead the record you are. Additionally, you are able to specify several records including your friend’s record, and even compete against your goals for a specific segment.
Another new feature for this version of the Garmin Edge is the ability to control your electronic trainer directly from the device. This allows you to configure the resistance of trainers that support the latest ANT+ FE-C standard.
Pros of the Garmin 520 Edge
Cons of the Edge 520
With the Edge 520, Garmin has nailed all the right spots with features that many riders desire in a bike computer. It boasts a refreshed interface and display, and is a considerable improvement over its predecessor. In addition, it offers in-ride challenges via Strava Live Segments (3 month free trial of Strava live premium), and can even be paired with a compatible ANT+ indoor trainer for data display and control.
If you’re looking for a bike computer that virtually won’t give you any reason to complain, the Garmin Edge 520 is it!
Dash cams have received a surge of appeal lately, and in terms of numbers that boils down to over an astounding 1000% in sales last year alone! This widespread popularity is due to several reasons, most notably the fact that some insurance companies are now willing to use dash cam footage to support claims. Part of the highly successful Prestige Series, the Garmin NuviCam LM is a top of the line GPS navigator that is packed with useful features.