The Garmin Drive 60 GPS Navigator gets you where you want to go. It comes in two models which are the LM and the LMT models. This review will give you a detailed analysis of this great GPS navigation system. We are going to check the device from all the aspects including main features, package contents, usage approaches as well as key pluses and minuses analysis.
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 ).
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, 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.
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:
|Physical dimensions||Watch 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, WxH||0.80″ x 1.13″ (20.7 mm x 28.6 mm)||1.13″ x 0.80″ (28.6 mm x 20.7 mm)|
|Display resolution, WxH||148 x 205 pixels||205 x 148 pixels|
|Weight||Regular bands: 47.6 g; X-large bands: 48.2 g||Without bands: 18.0 g (0.63 oz); With bands: 38.0 g (1.34 oz)|
Garmin VIVOACTIVE on Amazon available for pre-order:
Garmin Part Number: 010-01605-03. Price: USD 249.99.
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.
zumo 595: USD 899.99 (Garmin Part Number): 010-01603-00
zumo 395: USD 599.99 (Garmin Part Number): 010-01602-00
The Garmin Forerunner 235 is the latest iteration of its much successful predecessor the Forerunner 225 and this time comes in with a rich new set of features. For starters, this latest wrist running watch is appointed with an optical heart rate sensor, which is not the Mio sensor but own engineered by Garmin. Upon first glance, the FR235 isn’t much of a departure from Garmin’s other fitness watches yet there are some significant aesthetical updates that make it stand out from the pack.
Weighing in at just 42 grams, the Forerunner 25 looks good on a suit and at the gym, and even comes with a swappable strap so you can mix and match on the fly. With regards to battery life, the FR 235 is good for an astounding 11 hours in training mode and up to 9 days in activity mode with smart notifications turned on.
Apart from heart rate monitoring, this Garmin running watch is designed to calculate a plethora of running metrics most notably ground contact symmetry, stress score, vertical score, stride length and vertical ratio. In addition, all run data is automatically uploaded to the Garmin Connect mobile app, and can be linked with a MyFitnessPal account to sync nutrition and calories information. Continue reading
Garmin Forerunner 235 (GPS watch for runners) had been introduced to the Thai market.
Forerunner 235 Garmin Part Number: 010-03717-54
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).
Physical & Performance
|Physical dimensions||1.77″ x 1.77″ x 0.46″ (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)|
|Display size, WxH||1.23″ (31.1 mm) diameter|
|Display resolution, WxH||215 x 180 pixels|
|Weight||1.5 oz (42 g)|
|Battery life||11 hours training, 9 days watch + activity tracking + notifications + heart rate|
|Water rating||5 ATM|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||✅|
|Find my phone||✅|
|Watch functions||Includes date and alarm|
Maps & Memory
|History||200 hours of activity data|
|V02 max estimate||✅|
|Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)||✅|
|Bike speed/cadence sensor||Yes (optional)|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes (wrist-based)|
|Foot pod||Yes (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)||✅|
Activity Tracking Features
|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™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)||✅|
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)||✅|
The 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
Review on Garmin GDR E350 – Camcorder with GPS
The GDR E350 is no ordinary dash cam, but one that renders Forward Collision Warnings to alert drivers when their pulling up close to another vehicle, risking a crash. The device starts recording as soon as the vehicle is turned on, and saves the hi-definition footage on the included MicroSD card.
Since the footage is recorded in a continuous loop, the MicroSD card never actually gets full, but records footage but saves footage before and after the incident to be used as evidence thanks to its onsite impact detecting sensor. The Garmin GDR E350 is appointed with a 3 inch LCD display complete with GPS capabilities to documents the exact time, date, longitude, latitude and sped of the vehicle after an impact.
What’s on the Box?
Highlights of the Garmin GDR E350
Design and Key Features of the Garmin GDR E350 Dash Cam
First thing you will notice when holding the E350 dash cam is how incredibly lightweight it is or 112.7 grams, making it much lighter than an iPhone 6. The camera complete with GPS capabilities gives the Garmin GDR E3550 dash cam an edge over its completion because not only does it display the latitude and longitude coordinates in order to indicate exactly where the incident occurred, but also the speed and direction of travel of your vehicle.
The 3.0 inch screen of the E350 Garmin dash cam although not a touchscreen is extremely nice and easy to view, and grants easy access to the feature buttons located alongside its body. One of the notable and thoughtful features of the Garmin GDR E350 dash cam is the screen will dim automatically sort of a standby mode in order to prevent any distractions to the driver. The screen can be woken up easily by simply tapping on any one of the four buttons located on the sides of the exterior housing.
As mentioned earlier, the E350 dash cam begins recording as soon as the car starts and the device is plugged into a reliable power source. Battery life of the EDR 350 is clocked at 30 minutes, but will always continuously record when plugged in and overwrite the oldest video first until it is turned off. With the built in Incident Detection (G-Sensor), the EDR 350 dash cam device will automatically save the current, last and next recordings in the event an incident is detected.
With regards to the video quality of the Garmin GDR E350 dash cam, it is simply outstanding, where you have the option to either record in 1080P or 720P HD video at 30 frames per second. Additionally, the 350 Garmin dash cam is designed to work in both bright and low light conditions, and can even be un-mounted from your vehicle to be used as a standalone camera.
This proves handy when you don’t have a cell phone handy to take pictures, and would like to capture stills of damage done to the sided or rear of the vehicle, or anything the dash cam might not have captured. The Garmin GDR E350 can be easily mounted to the windshield of your vehicle using the included robust adhesive rather than a suction cup mount.
Using the Garmin GDR E350
The GDR E350 dash can arrives with a MicroSD card, but you can extend the memory up to 64 GB with a compatible memory card that has a speed rating of class 10 or higher. Simply switch of the device, and insert the memory card into the dedicated slot on the device. With regards to affixing the dash cam to the windshield, it is important to note that since the E350 uses an adhesive, it is extremely had to move once mounted. Hence, it is important to choose the mounting location wisely the first time around.
Before installing the adhesive mount to your windshield, ensure the temperature is between 21 degrees to 38 degrees. For proper mounting, plug the device into the power source and turn it on to check the camera’s field of the view at that location. Next, adjust the position o f the camera to capture the desired field of view. Although the E350 dash cam turns on automatically when the vehicle is turned on, you can also switch it on manually by pressing the power button, and similarly to turn it off.
The E350 is appointed with four buttons, first to power on and off the device and also select and scroll through menus and pages, second also to scroll through menus and pages, third to save a photo and last button down to save a video clip and also return to previous page.
By default the Garmin GDR E350 records possible impacts and saves the footage automatically, but you can also perform this task manually by selecting the dedicated recording button. It is best to transfer the footage to your computer considering the limited capacity of the memory card. This can be easily done by using the included USB cable and connected it to your PC, where the dash cam will show up as a removable device.
The Forward Collision Warning system is perhaps the most important feature of the Garmin GDR E350, but does not in any way replace your responsibility as a driver on the road. FCW works by alerting you in the event you fail to maintain a safe distance between you and the vehicle in front of you.
The speed of your vehicle is determined by GPS where it calculates the estimated safe following distance based on it, and activates FCW when the speed of your vehicle exceeds 48 km/hr or 30 m/hr. An audible alert is sounded along with a warning on the screen when the E350 Garmin dash cam detects that you are too close to the vehicle in front of you. You can configure the brightness and volume settings by using the respective buttons on the device.
Pros of the Garmin GDR E350
Cons of the GDR E350
The Garmin GDR E350 is truly a driving companion without the fusses. It watched the road ahead as soon as your car starts and even alerts when you’re nearing too close to the vehicle in front of you. It makes a great safety investment for anyone looking to safeguard themselves from expensive insurance claims even when you’re not at fault. With GPS technology, the GarminE350 dash cam is able to provide key details about your drive including latitude, longitude and even speed.
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
Over the past year, there has been an influx of fitness gadgets that integrate heart rate sensors and GPS technology, and a first for Garmin – the company now joins the bandwagon with the Forerunner 225. This latest GPS enabled fitness watch is a successor to the Forerunner 220, and does not need to be paired with a separate chest strap for onsite OHR (Optical Heart Rate) Sensors to fuel a plethora of BPM (beats per minute) based training features.
The Forerunner 225 is basically a heart rate monitor, running watch with GPS and an all day activity tracker all packed into one single and aesthetically appealing wrist device. The GPS technology integrated into the Forerunner 225 allows users to measure pace and distance when running outdoors, while the optical heart rate sensors located at the back of this fitness watch track beats per minute both whenever you choose to start measuring during the day and during workouts.
One of the pitfalls of similar wrist based heart rate monitors is inaccurate results, but the optical heart rate measurements of the Forerunner 225 were as close if not highly accurate. With the Forerunner 225, the GPS Giant steps it up a few notches with an onboard accelerometer for tracking all-day activities including calories burned, tracking distance travelled, measuring steps, and even measuring your sleep at night.
When GPS is unavailable, the accelerometer of the Forerunner 225 is still able to provide details of indoor distance tracking. This activity tracker watch will also alert you to get up and move after a period of inactivity with a vibrating alarm. The Garmin Forerunner 225 does not offer smartphone notifications, which is a good thing considering it allows you to make the most out of your training sessions.
What’s in the Box?
Highlights of the Garmin Forerunner 225
Design and Build
Measuring 48mm across, the Forerunner 225 retains much of the Forerunner family DNA with the same side button controls, color LCD display (not touchscreen) and round face as the Forerunner 620 and Forerunner 220. The Garmin Forerunner 225 can be ordered in just one color variant black with subtle flashes of red, which gives it a classy look that makes it look good when worn with a work suit as well clothing from the Ralph Lauren store.
Also, the Forerunner 225 arrives suited with the same silicon strap as the company’s other recent fitness watches, making it a joy to wear over longer periods. Although the Forerunner 225 is chunkier than its predecessors, it feels solid yet can still be worn all day long to the point where you can forget it’s even there. Weighing in at 54 grams, the 225 GPS watch is still impressively lightweight especially considering it is embedded with the latest Mio optical heart rate sensor.
The OHR is placed discreetly at the rear of the GPS watch, and in the middle of a distinct silicon ring that prevents inaccuracy of heart rate tracking. Apart from good looks and comfort, the 225 offers 7 to 10 hours of runtime when fully charged, and is even water resistant up 50 meters deep. Although the Forerunner loses its touchscreen display with its new version, the screen is surprisingly beautiful especially when you fire up the color coded heart rate zone training.
If you’re not a Garmin user, it will take some time getting used to the side button controls – 5 in total. On a brighter note, both the controls and menus are intuitive enough to learn without opening the user guide. Once you’ve got used to the Forerunner 225, it is easy to use with logical navigation between menus and an obvious back button.
Heart Rate Sensor – one of the noteworthy features of the FR225 is of course its integrated heart rate sensor, but this is no ordinary sensor! In fact, Garmin in its first attempt at a heart rate monitor enabled fitness watch decided to opt for top of the line sensors by MIO, one of the leading names in optical sensor technology that has launched products for esteemed brands including Adidas and TomTom. Another highlight of the FR225 heart rate sensor is that it works when you’re not running too, and allows you to get your current heart rate by simply scrolling to the HR display.
Activity Tracking – while the best feature of the Forerunner is undoubtedly its on-the-wrist activity tracking, the device allows you to do a lot more that just track your BPM. The FR225 is feature rich and includes some of the best features from Garmin’s existing running and fitness lineup. You can also program the FR22 to give you a vibration alert when you’ve been stationary for too long.
Pros of the Forerunner 225
Cons of the Forerunner 225
All in all, Garmin seems to have nailed it with the Forerunner 225 and hasn’t cut corners with regards to build quality and features. It offers great battery life even with the heart rate monitor on, and even adjusts your daily steps goal based on your recent activity. The FR225 will even remind you in the form of a vibration alert when you’ve been stationary for an extended period, and the integrated accelerometer allows you to track your indoor runs when you decide to take to a treadmill.
Using the Forerunner 225
The Forerunner 225 offers two modes of operation namely Standby and Sport, where when set to the latter will default switch on the GPS unless programmed otherwise. Simultaneously, the watch will attempt to acquire your heart rate using the integrated optical sensor, and once found will be indicated with an illuminated heart icon at the top. Upon pressing the start button to begin your run, the Forerunner 225 will use GPS to display your pace and distance, which along with other metrics can be displayed using any one of the customizable data pages.
By default, the heart rate pages will enable automatically when the heart rate sensor is activated and when the device is on your wrist. Apart from using the integrated optical sensor, the FR225 can be connected with an ANT+ heart rate strap, which is great if you’d like to mount the GPS watch on a bike mount and still retrieve heart rate data. The Garmin Forerunner 225 allows you to run on your own accord as well as execute a structured workout available through two options.
First, you can create a workout on the Gamin Connect app and then transfer it to the watch, which is ideal if your workout is a bit complex and involves multiple phases or goals. Second, you can use the Forerunner 225’s onboard interval feature to create interval workouts, which have a defined distance work effort, customizable warm up period, cool-down period and rest duration.
The integrated accelerometer of the FR225 allows you to track distance on a treadmill or within a tunnel and display pace within that period. One thing worth noting is that the FR225 is engineered as a running watch so it does not feature a cycling mode. However, you can switch the data view to display speed in MPH or KPH instead of pace, but regardless those activities will still be uploaded as running, which can be changed to cycling later on.
Saving the activity is easily done by using the start/stop button located at the top right corner of the unit to either pause or completely end the run. From there, simply hit save and view your data on the Garmin Connect mobile or desktop version. The Garmin Connect allows you to view all your past activities and even explore specific workouts. Additionally, the app allows you to view details about your heart rate, pace and cadence metrics.