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Garmin Connect Mobile app updated

Garmin released update for Connect Mobile app – version 3.5

Garmin Connect Mobile App

Garmin Connect Mobile

Size (iPhone) – 73.9 MB

Price: Free (compatible with Garmin into Sport/fitness devices: activity trackers, GPS watches for golf, bike computers, running and swimming watches…..Yes, Garmin has it all 😉 ).

To manually update the app on your iPhone: App Store >> Updates (bottom right) >> UPDATE (next to the app)

To set the automatic updates: Settings >> iTunes & App Store >> Updates

What’s new: 

  • Thanks to Garmin’s Move IQ, activities such as walking, running, biking or swimming will be automatically recognized.
  • Support for new devices added: vivofit 3, and vivoactive HR (review on vivoactive HR here; both new models are available for pre-order from Amazon).
  • Also integration with Apple Health has been improved.
  • Additionally some bug fixes and improvements.

Download:

  1. iTunes (Apple Store)
  2. Google Play (android)
  3. Windows Store 

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Garmin Forerunner 630 review

Garmin Forerunner 630

Garmin Forerunner 630

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.

Garmin Forerunner 630

Garmin Forerunner 630

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.

Highlights of the Gamin Forerunner 630

  • High resolution color touchscreen display
  • Advanced running dynamics
  • Automatically updates data to Garmin Connect
  • Wrist based smart notifications
  • Features stress score, lactate threshold and performance condition

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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 EDGE 510 review

Bike Computer Garmin EDGE 510 review (discontinued device)

 Check our reviews on EDGE 520, EDGE 20, EDGE 25

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

After 3 years of the initial release of the Garmin Edge 500, Garmin has introduced the Edge 510 GPS cycling computer, which stacks up well compared to its predecessor and other similar devices in its segment.

In the Box
The first thing you’ll notice after unboxing the Garmin Edge 510 is the device itself. The lower half of the box contains two mounts and a pile of rubber bands. These industrial grade rubber bands are tried, tested and proven, and have pretty much set the benchmark for bike GPS computer to handlebar connectivity. To add to this, the Edge 510 can also be paired with 3rd party mount accessories and is charged with the included mini-USB cable, which can either be plugged into a wall outlet or a computer USB port. Lastly, the Garmin Edge 510 arrives with a lanyard that connects just like a baggage tag, allowing users to comfortably tag it along.

Features and Design
The Edge 510 is exclusively designed to track and manage your cycling workouts and races. It is a bit more heft at 80g compared to the 500 Edge at 58g, and measures 85x52x24mm vs. 69x48x22mm. With more screen real estate, the Garmin 510 Edge showcases a stunning visual appeal complete with smooth squared off edges compared to the rounded design on its previous sibling.
The bulkier and heavier footprint of the Edge 510 allows it to accommodate a full color LCD screen that measures 57mm diagonally compared the Edge 500’s 45mm monochrome insert. Unlike your phone screen, this resistive touch screen allows the use of gloves, making it easier to access while working out. With regards to the screen, the Garmin Edge 510 does away with most of the physical buttons, retaining the start/stop and lap triggers placed at the lower end of the face and a power on button that also displays the brightness and screen lock functions located at the upper left side of the unit.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

The rear of the Garmin Edge 510 features a mini USB port shielded by a rubber cover with a quarter turn mount interface. First introduced three years ago, this interface allows users to quickly connect a mount with the handlebars with two included rubber bands. Then, the device can be fixed with a quarter turn into the mount. Garmin also provides the option to buy additional mounts and bands, but it is unlikely you will need them considering the retail packaging comes with a ton of rubber bands in various sizes. The all new tether case is outfitted with a loop to ensure the Edge 510 stays on the mount even in the event of a crash.

The most notable characteristic of this screen is the ability for users to simply hold down a data field while in cycling mode to switch it on the go. As mentioned before, the touch screen of the Gamin Edge 510 is highly sensitive, but there may be instances where you wouldn’t want such a spontaneous response. For example, you may want to ride and record for later by placing the device in the pocket of your jogging pants. In this case, the Edge 510 supports lock functionality, where users can lock the device by simply tapping the power button and then selecting the lock icon. The device can be unlocked by repeating the process.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

The biggest change to the latest Garmin Edge 510 is cell phone integration, and is unlike pairing a cell phone with their lineup of fitness and outdoor units such as the Garmin Fenix. Pairing a cell phone in the fitness and outdoor products limits users to download/upload routes, courses and activities to and from the phone. The Garmin Edge however steps it up a few notches and allows users view the current weather and adds fitness sensor tracking coupled with live location.
Garmin’s app is free to download and use and compatible with Android and iPhone OS cell phones. Once installed, the app – Garmin Connect can be configured with the users Garmin Connect Account, which is a crucial step to stream information back and forth from the app. After configuring the Garmin Connect account, the next step is to pair the Edge 510 with the cell phone. This is easily done by hovering to settings in the control panel and then the Bluetooth area.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

Simultaneously, the same pairing process must be performed on the Garmin Edge 510, and take note that only one device can be paired with one cell phone. Once complete, the Edge 510 will connect with the configured cell phone automatically once turn on, and a notification appears a second later on the phone asking to connect to it.
The Live feature of the Garmin Edge 510 literally puts you on a map as a blue dot for other people to track in real time. Along with your location, other authorized people can view data such as average speed, ANT+ sensor data (Cadence/Heart Rate/Power/Speed) and overall activity. The feature can be enabled from the Garmin app on the cell phone, from where the name of your recipients as well the name of the activity can be configured.

Garmin EDGE 510

Garmin EDGE 510

Recipients can be added through your contact list or with their email addresses, and are saved automatically for future reference. For social media accounts such as Twitter and Facebook, the app will prompt you for the one you?d like to use. What?s impressive about the Live feature is that users can send invites ahead of their course, but the actual tracking will only start once the start button is pressed on the Garmin Edge 510.

Users can upload their workouts to Garmin Connect effortlessly by first configuring the cell phone app. Once Garmin Connect is configured to accommodate this feature, it will transmit the data via the cell phone data plan when you hit the save button. The cell phone will display a notification once the files have been uploaded. The weather feature is a new offering with the Edge 510, and can be configured through the Garmin Connect app. After it?s enabled, the Edge 510 displays a weather icon, which can be accessed at any time with the power button.

Pros:

  • New user interface compared to its predecessors
  • Live Tracking works great
  • Cell phone integration
  • Several data fields to choose from
  • Effortless uploading of saved data

Cons:

  • Bluetooth 2.1, not Bluetooth 4.0
  • Size may be bigger for some users

Final Thoughts
It is evident that the Garmin Edge 510 has received a major overhaul, and one most users were expecting. The device comes with a ton of useful features that are designed to cater to individual needs. Regardless of a few minor bugs, the Garmin Edge 510 is a must have device for fitness enthusiasts.