The Amazfit Falcon is taking aim at Garmin, and possibly Apple

It’s hard to know where to put the new Amazfit Falcon on the fitness watch ladder. It looks like a Garmin, but acts more like an Apple Watch and it shares features from both. It appears to be tougher than the Apple Watch Ultra and more capable software-wise than any Garmin. It also includes L1 … Continue reading The Amazfit Falcon is taking aim at Garmin, and possibly Apple

Memory, mental health, and physical activity

Physical activity can benefit both physical and mental well-being. Different forms of exercise (e.g., aerobic versus anaerobic; running versus walking, swimming, or yoga; high-intensity interval training versus endurance workouts; etc.) impact physical fitness in different ways. For example, running may substantially impact leg and heart strength but only moderately impact arm strength. We hypothesized that … Continue reading Memory, mental health, and physical activity

Fitbit ending support for PC music file transfers

If you’re the owner of a Fitbit Versa, Versa 2, or Ionic, you’ll soon no longer be able to transfer music from your computer to your Fitbit device. In a support page spotted by 9to5Google, Fitbit says it’s discontinuing its Fitbit Connect app on October 13th, leaving you with only two ways to download music … Continue reading Fitbit ending support for PC music file transfers

Taking more than 8,000 steps has no added benefits (possibly)

Walking just 6,000 steps a day could reduce the risk of early death in people over 60, a study has found. Taking more than 8,000 steps, however, has no added benefit in reducing this risk, according to researchers from the University of Massachusetts Amherst. The team analysed data from 15 studies which looked at the … Continue reading Taking more than 8,000 steps has no added benefits (possibly)

Garmin Epix (gen 2) and a bunch of phantom steps

I thought this problem had gone away with the older Fitbit devices, but it appear to not be the case. My wife and I were driving back from Norfolk today and I noticed something strange happening. When we left I only had 550 steps according to the Epix, but then I noticed a big change, … Continue reading Garmin Epix (gen 2) and a bunch of phantom steps

The Garmin epix (gen 2) is the fenix from the flames

The new Garmin epix is effectively a Garmin fenix 7, but with an AMOLED display. There are subtle differences between the two (flashlight, size and power options, price etc) and for most people it will be hard to decide which is the right model to purchase. Those who really do need a Garmin fitness watch … Continue reading The Garmin epix (gen 2) is the fenix from the flames

Unnecessary Smartwatch Alerts

Getting an alert about a heart rhythm, then, doesn’t help the typical Apple Watch user’s overall health, says study author Josh Pevnick, co-director in the division of informatics at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center in Los Angeles. “It can cause anxiety for people who it identifies, and if there’s no treatment, then you’re maybe not bringing much … Continue reading Unnecessary Smartwatch Alerts

I need to make the Garmin epix (Gen 2) too big for me

After one whole day with the Garmin epix (Gen 2) I am left with some very short initial impressions- The display is superb and easily the best I have seen on any smartwatch. The strap pins are effectively fixed in place which means that you have to use QuickFit bands to change the look or … Continue reading I need to make the Garmin epix (Gen 2) too big for me

Build your own Peloton

Peloton currently sells two smart stationary bikes, including the original $1,495 Bike and the newer $2,495 Bike+. The main difference is that the Bike+ has a rotating screen and an Auto-Follow feature that saves you from having to adjust the resistance knob yourself. Peloton offers interest-free financing options that start at $45 per month over … Continue reading Build your own Peloton

Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 review

You can buy the Smart Band 6 for £33.99 at this time on Amazon, but the price does vary somewhat. It can drop below £30 or nudge up a little, but wither way we are talking about a budget tracker here. For that money you get the following (my summings up are in the brackets)- … Continue reading Xiaomi Mi Smart Band 6 review

Gentler Streak: lose the Apple Watch rings!

Gentler Streak is a personal fitness habit tracker offering a fresh, more compassionate approach. Making rest days part of a streak challenges the unrealistic mainstream mindset of always pushing harder — and it changes streaks as we know them… More here. This looks very impressive indeed. The Apple ring system has never really grabbed me … Continue reading Gentler Streak: lose the Apple Watch rings!

Should Apple buy Peloton?

Peloton is having a very bad week. On Thursday, CNBC reported that the company is putting the brakes on the production of its products for at least the next two months. It’s as clear a sign as there is that the company’s high-end fitness gear is piling up in warehouses. That comes after Insider previously … Continue reading Should Apple buy Peloton?

Citizen’s CZ Smart almost got hybrid right

Frustratingly, the Citizen CZ Smart Hybrid is still the one I’d buy if the price wasn’t important to me, and the fact it has been pleasurable to live with on the tech side gives me hope for the future of hybrids from watchmakers. There’s still absolutely a place for hybrid smartwatches, and Citizen’s watch very … Continue reading Citizen’s CZ Smart almost got hybrid right

Garmin Epix (very) In-Depth Review

Creating a ‘What’s New’ category for the Epix Gen 2 is arguably kinda tricky. After all, am I comparing it to the Gen1 brick from 7 years ago? Or am I comparing it to its realistic older sibling, the Fenix 6 series? In this case, since none of you want to see a list 918 … Continue reading Garmin Epix (very) In-Depth Review

The Garmin epix™ (Gen 2)- Apple’s battery team need to speak to Garmin

The stunning 1.3″ always-on AMOLED display brings your watch to life, even under bright sunlight. Trusted button controls that work in any environment are matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for quick access to selections and map features. Fit the watch’s look to your lifestyle with options for a sapphire display, titanium bezel or … Continue reading The Garmin epix™ (Gen 2)- Apple’s battery team need to speak to Garmin

Why is Fitbit charging people to view their own data?

Garmin’s project lead for the Venu 2 Plus, said the company wouldn’t lock data behind a paywall. “It’s your data,” McClendon said. “We’re not charging you the ability to access your data, and that’s something we will continue to do and that we feel very strongly about.” More here. I have been using the Fitbit … Continue reading Why is Fitbit charging people to view their own data?

The Fitbit Charge 5 is good, but inconsistent

So far I must say that the Fitbit Charge 5 is a decent fitness tracker in terms of the hardware design. The screen is responsive which is unusual for Fitbit devices and also visible, in a good way, in most lighting conditions. It also sits well on the wrist meaning that it can be worn … Continue reading The Fitbit Charge 5 is good, but inconsistent

Testing the Fitbit Charge 5: not the best of starts

I have been testing the Fitbit Charge 5 and after 1 day I am already struggling. My experience with Fitbit has note historically been one where I have a lot of faith in the hardware, but this is a strange start. See above and you will see the battery at 68% in the Fitbit app … Continue reading Testing the Fitbit Charge 5: not the best of starts

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