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I Get To Check Out The New ‘Garmin’, Ultra-Long Battery Life, ‘Enduro’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the ‘HRM USA’ product page.


Side-by-side with my ‘Garmin’ ‘Fenix 6 Pro Solar‘.



I am thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the ultraperformace ‘Enduro’ with an insanely long battery life.

It is an impressive watch, out-of-the-box — as you would expect from a $899, Titanium-bezel smartwatch. It is also BIG as you will be able to tell from the pictures. It is the same size as a Garmin Fenix 6X or 5X. I have never owned (or even tried out) a Fenix ‘X’. As you can see I have dainty wrists. But, I kind of LIKE the Enduro. It sure has presence.

Right now (i.e., today) — & for the next couple of days — I will be putting the Enduro through its paces SIDE-by-SIDE with my trusted Fenix 6 Pro Solar. I like to check & calibrate steps, heart rate, floors climbed etc. (Actually that is part of my self-created ‘brief’. I like to report back to HRM USA on smartwatch accuracy. They find the data useful to have.)

So far, so good.

Setting it up was a BREEZE. Garmin is getting slicker & slicker. Very smooth. Paired with my Android Google Pixel 5 in ‘seconds’. Good. Impressive. I am pleased.

I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.


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by Anura Guruge

Timex Has A New GPS Smartwatch With 25-Day Battery-Life For $120 — But It Is Butt Ugly!

by Anura Guruge


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Wow. I have not looked at Timex watches since my youth and I have kind of lost track how long ago my youth was!

Timex watches are UGLY. Wow. Real ugly.

This Ironman RS300 GPS, for the price (i.e., $120), has decent specs and the battery life is quite compelling.

But, look at it. It is butt ugly.

I would NOT wear it if I was paid to wear it. Yes, I am very fussy as to what I will wear on my wrist. SMILE.

At the $120 range you are in Fitbit Versa 2 territory and while the Fitbit may lack GPS it looks nice.

So, that is my take. Butt ugly.


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‘Apple Watch Series 5’ Looks Good, Of Course, & Attractively Priced — BUT Only Has 18-Hour Battery Life.

by Anura Guruge



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18-hour battery life still does not cut it. I would say you need, at a minimum, double that to make it competitive with the likes of say a Garmin.

But, at $400, it is attractively priced and, as always, looks impressive.

Not sure why Apple struggles so with battery life. Some folks are now getting 2-weeks.

But, this is good for us Garmin fans. We can still make fun and look down our noses at Apple Watch wearers.


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by Anura Guruge

With The New ‘Venu’ Garmin Makes Its First Foray Into AMOLED Displays, With 50% Higher Resolution.

by Anura Guruge


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All images from garmin.com





I had given you a head-up on the Venu a few weeks ago, but I had no idea what the specs were going to be. Now, we know.

It, other than in terms of physical size/weight, DISPLAY TYPE and battery life, is IDENTICAL to the also new Vivocative 4 — albeit the Venu $50 more expensive. See 2nd image above, from Garmin, when you do their COMPARE and ask just for the ‘differences’.

The BIG breakthrough is the AMOLED touchscreen display with a 390×390 resolution, a full 50% higher resolution than on other recent Garmins, including the new Fenix 6. That is BIG. Wow. A 50% increase in screen resolution. The watch face is Garmin’s ‘old’ 1.2″ standard (as in say Fenix 5 Plus) rather than the new 1.3″ as in Fenix 6 & VA4. Also 20mm strap, as in Fenix ‘S’ models rather than the 22mm strap.

I gather, however, that this takes a heavy toll on battery life and it is difficult to keep it in ‘Always On’ mode. Garmin’s stated battery life (above) would indicate (to I) about a 24-hour battery life with 3-4 hours of music and 1.5 hours of GPS. I could just about get by with that, but it would be frustrating.

Garmin has added a LOT of high-end functionality into the Venu & Vivoactive 4: viz., Pulse Ox, Body Battery, respiration tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, music, Garmin Pay, fall detection etc. So, that is a LOT of smartwatch for the $399 price. Much better than anything that Fitbit offers — from what I can see. I am glad. I am a longtime Garmin shareholder. SMILE.

While the Vivoactive 4 is available now, the Venu is slated for Garmin’s infamous 5-8 weeks. That is not good. I will keep an eye on that for you.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3: 4 Tips For Extending Battery Life.

by Anura Guruge



On Wednesday, Nov. 22, 2017, 6-days into wearing my brand new Vivoactive 3 (which I got as a replacement for my Vivoactive HR) I realized to my horror that I was charging it every night!

A Google showed that I was NOT alone.

So, I set out to see if I can try and coax more life out of the battery.

I followed these 4 steps and I appear to have more than DOUBLED my battery life — though it is still from adequate or acceptable. My ‘HR’ would literally go for ‘weeks’ without needing to be charged (and that I mean about 9-days). So, having to charge the ‘3’ every other day is NOT good. Would be a real pain if I was travelling.


The 4 Tips.

  1. Ensure that your Vivoactive 3 firmware is at 2.60 (and NOT at 2.50).
  2. Recycle power, i.e., turn it off and then on, after charging it.
  3. Keep the screen locked as much as possible. The touch screen is very sensitive and comes on at the slightest touch.
    Having it locked is real important while you sleep, take a shower or wear long sleeves that might brush the screen.
  4. Do NOT repeatedly synch with your ‘phone’. Keeps the synchs down to 4 – 6 a day. Noticed that synching noticably
    drains the battery (as you watch). I guess the ‘3’ downloads more data than previous devices.

And, of course, keep the brightness down as low as you can, and ditto for the ‘time out’. Hope this helps.

Please share YOUR tips. Thanks.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Has A MAJOR Battery Drain Issue.

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the Garmin Forum on this topic.


Click to access Garmin forum at Reddit dealing with this issue.


I have only had my Garmin Vivoactive 3 for 6 days so it took me awhile to fully appreciate what was happening. Plus, I did have the Backlight cranked up to 40%. Though that that was the culprit. Also think I need to lock the touchscreen when I go to bed because I noticed it was coming up often while I was in bed!

I am charging it even as I write.

Googled “vivoactive 3 battery issues“. WOW. I am, by no means, alone. A lot of others experiencing the same problem. Not good.

I am on Firmware 2.60. Problem supposedly started with 2.50. 2.60 does NOT seem to have fixed it.

So, a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

Fuji X-Pro2 Update: No Firmware Update As Yet, 150 Shot Battery Life Claim & 83% Rating By DPReview.

by Anura Guruge


From fujifilmusa.com Product Support page for the X-Pro2. Click to ENLARGE and view here.


From ‘B&H’ product page for the Fuji X-Pro2. Click image to ENLARGE and read here. Use link below to access original at ‘bandh.com’.

Click here to access original review at ‘B&H’.


DPReview 83% rating. Click to ENLARGE and goggle here. You can find the original review (thorough as ever) at: dpreview.com/reviews/fujifilm-x-pro2/10


As I have already made clear the Fujifilm X-Pro2 leaves me cold. The only reason that I appear to obsessively follow it is because it is, by any measure, the precursor to my much anticipated dream camera — the yet to be announced Fuji X-T2. So that is the deal.

The X-Pro2, per Amazon & B&H, doesn’t start shipping till next week, March 20, 2016. Yes, I know that there were ‘pre-production’ models. That said I am slightly leery of the reviews that I see at B&H. Yes, of course they may have got the cameras by some means. But last September I saw many ‘bogus’ reviews getting posted on Amazon for the Sony RX10 II BEFORE the camera was shipping. That might not be the case on B&H but I am, as ever, cautious.

There are two reviews of the X-Pro2, at B&H, that are of concern. One is that posted above talking about a 150 shot battery life in ‘high performance’ and the throwaway comment, right at the end, that the “camera speed throughout is noticeably slower”. Aahh? The third review, a 3-star one (by a supposed Pro photographer with an impressive stable of Fuji cameras) is frightening. He confirms the ‘custom menu reset’ problem we have already heard about BUT claims it happens when you swap batteries. Yikes! That is why I was checking to see if Fuji has done a Firmware update as yet. They haven’t.

The DPReview 83% is, from what I know, above average. From what I have seen most ‘good’ cameras get 82%. So this is a tad higher. BUT JPEG image quality and ‘metering focus’ do not get outstanding ratings. That is scary.

Anywho. Hope all of this in one place, with the necessary links, helps.


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Lenovo Tab 2 10″ 16GB Android Tablet — Pretty Darn Impressive For $171.

by Anura Guruge



I ordered the Lenovo 10″ Tab 2 last Thursday when the 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I had got from Amazon the day before proved to be a major disappointment in terms of screen resolution and USB-based battery charging.

The 1920 x 1200 screen on the Lenovo, as is mentioned in all the product reviews and many of the Amazon ‘feedback’, is pretty spiffy. Vastly superior to the Dragon X10. Crisp and vivid (and I do have it set to ‘vivid’). It is also surprisingly and pleasantly fast. That was a bonus. As I have stated before 96% of what is do on a pad is Web browsing — using Chrome. And it seems to be very adept at doing that. I am pleased.

Slightly more ‘bloatware’ than was in the Dragon. Most of it was easy enough to remove though I am still stuck with a few, such as ‘FM Radio’, which I will never use because it needs an earphone cord to act as an antenna and I don’t use (or like) earphones.

It upgraded, as part of a mandatory System Update, to Android 5.0.1. So I have only used it with Android 5. Works fine (so far). Haven’t found an APP that has not been compatible,

The only problem I have is I can’t get a magnetic compass APP to work. Yes, I know I about calibration but I still haven’t managed to crack that. GPS works. So not the end of the world.

Only has USB-charging (as opposed to also have a separate charger as was the case with the Dragon) and charging, so far, seems par for the course.

So bottom line, after (say) 28 hours and maybe 90 minutes of use is that ‘So Far So Good’, screen is impressive and performance, including Wi-Fi, more than acceptable. I am happy.

Hope this helps.

 

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Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet — Screen Resolution & Battery Life Not Up To My Criteria.

by Anura Guruge



The 10.6″ 8-Core Dragon Touch X10 Android Tablet which I ordered from Amazon over the weekend arrived yesterday. Definitely a nice, responsive unit with NO BLOATWARE — and it was fully charged when it arrived. It even came with fairly comprehensive instructions and a very cute, ‘clingy’ screen protector with additional guidance. I was able to get it up and running with my core set of APPs — Chrome, Bank of America, Fidelity, ‘GPS’, ‘Home Security’ etc. — very quickly and with NO issues. I was impressed.

But, I have already printed the paperwork from Amazon to return it! I used it for less than 2 hours!

There were two things that were not up to my requirements and those were such that I would never be happy with this tablet. These being: screen resolution not good enough when using Chrome and battery charging/battery life.

The screen resolution is 1366×768. In theory that should be good enough. It is OK when you are using APPs so to speak, but not when trying to read Webpages on Chrome — in particular ‘marketwatch.com‘ (in desktop mode). Deanna had a look and agreed. Resolution way below par. Also the case when watching video. Given that I HAVE to read at least 30 – 40 minutes of ‘marketwatch.com’ a day, in order to be I, this was NOT going to fly. I need a tablet where I can read Webpages without the screen resolution getting in the way.

The second issue proved to be worse that I had hoped, given that I had already read, on the Amazon reviews that this could be a stumbling block. Though it can be charged via USB it is NOT ‘happy’ being charged as such. It, appears, though I did not bother to try, that it prefers to be charged using its dedicated charger. I had hoped that this would not be as bigger an issue as it proved to be. It was NOT fully charged after 7.5 hours plugged into my standard USB charger! That is not acceptable. Every room in this house is set up, one way or another, for USB charging. Plus when we travel I carry a pouch of USB chargers. I am not going to take another dedicated charger. IF it is not going to charge, fast and adequately, via USB, it is NOT for I. Alos noticed that battery capacity was going down in front of my eyes. Wow.

It also appears that I can’t get the magnetic sensor, used by non-GPS compass APPs to work. Not a showstopper BUT annoying. I like an ‘analog’ non-GPS compass on my tablet. Also not convinced that it had the latest and greatest Wi-Fi chips.

So the Dragon, alas, is going back. Shame. 

I have already ordered a 10″ Lenovo tablet:

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Google Chrome Unbeknownst To YOU Is Hogging A Ton Of Your Computer Power — Apply This Simple, Safe Fix.

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013....
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Anura Guruge


IF you use Chrome, and you really should, since it is the BEST Web browser, by far, around, you right now are losing a LOT of computer power because of a bug between Chrome and Adobe Flash.

You won’t see it. It just results in HUGE unwarranted PC CPU usage — which will slow down other work, generate lots of unnecessary (and always damaging) heat and if you are using an unplugged laptop SAP your battery life.

If you want to get technical it has to do with the Flash ‘Shockwave’ plugin used by Chrome to display Adobe Flash content … and many, many, many Websites still use Flash for their animation.

This Plugin (or a part of it) is going into a loop.

There is a NEW Flash version floating around. Install that. Not sure whether that will fix this problem.

But, this easy, safe fix that I am going to tell you WILL. I applied it, without any problems hence, 2 nights ago.

CPU usage is NOT a problem on this PC. I have 4 genuine Intel i7 cores that run 8 threads. So, I only noticed this bug BECAUSE the CPUs were generating excess heat because of the tight loop. As I have mentioned earlier, this PC has 7 fans — the speed of the four chassis fans controlled by the Motherboard based on CPU temperature. Most of the times these fans run ‘quiet’. BUT, if I hear them speed up and the PC sounding like a jet revving up for take off I know that my CPUs are running hot — even though ‘hot’ in this case means that there is still 40% MORE heat capacity left! Yes, I over-engineered this PC.

Chrome has its OWN Task Manager.
Very safe and easy to USE.
Just hit SHIFT + ESC.

Here take a look at what the Chrome Task Manager looks like.

Notice the Plug-ins at the bottom. IF you see that the ‘Shockwave Flash’ has MORE than ‘1’ against its CPU use … YOU need my fix.

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Fix is very simple. I found it on the Web, on a Chrome Forum, after some fast but incisive Googling.

Type in chrome://plugins into the URL (Address) trench. When the Plug-ins display in a Chrome tab, go to the RIGHT HAND top and click ‘+ Display‘.

You will then see the TWO entries, files, for Adobe Flash Player … at the Top.

Just disable the entry that has ‘PepperFlash‘ in its file name. That is it. You are all set. Bob, once again, will be your uncle.

No charge. Free advanced Tech Support from Anu.

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