Oura Ring Review

I was prepared to hate the Oura. But after wearing it for a month, I now acknowledge that things rich people like are very nice. It’s not exactly a fitness tracker, but rather a small, smart, and most of all convenient health tracker that monitors vital signs few others do… More here.

It appears to have some benefits, but I do wonder if a form like this can ever be more than an expensive novelty. I hope to be proved wrong.

Now this is health tracking

Some say that the Apple Watch is not a true fitness device. Well, with a simple reporting app and a decent calorie counter app the above may dispel that thought quite quickly. I could add so much more here as well to the point that it can become obsessive. That’s what I am now trying to avoid.

Could your Fitbit or Apple Watch detect early COVID-19 symptoms?

Stanford researchers are among several groups examining whether wearable fitness devices such as the Fitbit or Apple Watch can provide an early warning. Snyder’s team enrolled 5,000 people in the study and studied historical smartwatch data from 31 users who tested positive for COVID-19.

Of those 31, 80 percent had data on their wearable devices that indicated infection at the time or before symptoms appeared. Wearable devices picked up the signals of infection early – at the time or before symptoms appeared – in an average of three days… More here.

We can’t be far off being able to take temperatures on a wrist device and with SP02 already there on many devices, this would not seem to be an unrealistic goal.

The Coros Vertix

Adventure calls your name and you need a watch that will respond with you. The VERTIX GPS Adventure Watch provides the features and durability you need to take on even your dreams’ grandest expeditions. The longest battery life, extreme durability and altitude acclimation assistance make the VERTIX your go-to choice whether your plans call for a backyard hike or a Himalayan summit… More here.

Obviously this wouldn’t be a good time to buy such a device, but that battery life is way ahead of the competition. Way ahead…

HONOR Band 5

One thing I wanted to do while I was sick was to check my oxygen saturation. There are no finger style meters available anywhere and the only one I could find that could be delivered soon was the HONOR Band 5, and for only £27.

I bought it our of panic really and have been pleasantly surprised at how well it works, how comfortable it is and the relatively accurate SP02 tracking. This could be a small price to pay for some reassurance if you get sick and have breathing problems. Obviously I cannot confirm the accuracy, but my wife believes it is showing what she would expect to see.

【Heart Rate Detection】: 24 hours real-time heart rate monitoring, night infrared heart rate monitoring, Heart rate warnings, HUAWEI TruSeen 3.0 heart rate technology, etc dozens of training scene optimization algorithms, based on intelligently monitoring the training scene, more accurate measurements, our fitness trackers provide hundreds of tips for lifestyle and fitness.
【Intelligent Assistant】: With HONOR Band 5 activity tracker included Incoming call notification, calling rejection, SMS, email, SNS notifications, vibration alarm, smart alarm, timer, makes your life much more simple and intelligent.
【Huawei TruSleep Tracking】: By combining AI technology from Huawei and six main categories of sleep problems, HONOR Band 5 heart rate monitor can automatically record stable sleep, unstable sleep, and the time of the wake, besides, it also provides over 200 tips for sleeping improvement. Use HUAWEI TruSleep monitoring technology to analyze sleep quality, sleep monitoring is over 95% accurate.
【Swim tracker and SpO2 Blood Oxygen monitor Function】: HONOR Band 5 smart watch Can automatically detect swimming tracking, swim speed, distance, calories. Water-resistant to 50m when washing hands, swimming or rain. With the function of SpO2 Blood Oxygen, you can analyze your fitness well and list your own exercise plan.
【Multi-sport】: HONOR Band 5 pedometer watch Multi-sport mode provides a better training experience: real-time tracking of heart rate reduces the risk of exercise, running time, distance, speed, running. Support connected GPS devices, distance, and more accurate data.


We know there’s no finish line. That’s why we built our TIMEX® IRONMAN® R300 GPS watch for constant improvement. Overbuilt but not overpriced, this smartwatch is packed with a powerhouse battery, guided workouts from elite athletes and coaches, continuous optical heart rate monitoring and more, delivering a range of performance metrics to help you tune your workouts and reach your running goals. The crisp sunlight-readable display, simple user interface and robust mobile connectivity come together for a made-for-sports smartwatch that will have no trouble keeping up with you… More here.

If you are looking for something different from the Apple Watch or a Fitbit this could be worth a look for only $120.

The Fossil Sport- £89!

Smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google are compatible with iPhone® and Android™ phones. Wear OS by Google and other related marks are trademarks of Google LLC. Touchscreen smartwatches powered with Wear OS by Google require a phone running Android OS 6.0+ (excluding Go edition) or iOS 10+. Supported features may vary between platforms…More here.

I am no fan of Android Wear, but £89 is crazy low for this particular smartwatch. Almost a throwaway purchase for those who want to dip their toe into the world of smartwatches.

The Circular™ Smart Ring

Circular is the smart ring that combines style with cutting edge technology to empower you to be more energetic and productive.

On the outside, Circular is sleek, seamless, and discreet. On the inside, it’s powered by advanced mechanical customization and intuitive AI.

When it comes to user experience, we’ve made no compromises. The result? A seamless experience that works for you day & night… More here.

Love the idea of a smart ring, one that can free up the other wrist, but I suspect that we are some time away from a device that actually works to an acceptable level.