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‘Amazfit Verge’ A Very Attractive & Pleasing Smartwatch With GPS/Glonass & Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring.

by Anura Guruge

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As those of you familiar with this blog must know, I am ‘into’ activity trackers and, moreover, wear one 24×7 (which for the last 10-months has been, bar a few days, here and there, a Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)). I keep an eye on the industry and try and check out smartwatches that really catch my fancy. The ‘Amazfit Verge‘, happened to be one of these.

Amazfit has been on my radar for a few months. I think they have HUGE potential. If they play their cards right they could be the next Fitbit. They definitely have the resources, backing, technology and know-how to do that. They are a part of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. That gives them a lot of muscle and clout — not to mention incentive.

The ‘Verge’ is Amazfit’s latest smartwatch. I was impressed with its specs and looks as soon as I saw them some months back. I have been trying to get my hands on one ever since.

I got one on Friday, and have been wearing it for the last 24-hours.

I like it. I like it a LOT. It is a very PLEASING watch. Personable. A watch you can relate to it. A visually striking and very attractive display. Bright and bold. Not washed out. It is going to be a nice watch to run with.

We, in the northeast, were pounded by a huge snow & sleet storm today — as some of you may know. So, I spent over 3.5 hours, outside, in the cold, shoveling. Of the 8,000 steps I have taken so far today, at least 7,000 were of me pushing snow.

The ‘Verge’, from what I can see, is pretty accurate in terms of steps, floors climbed and heart-rate. The HR maybe 5 bpm too fast — but it definitely seems to be in the right range.

It records a TON of data. I am still wading through and trying to get to grips with it. Didn’t have much time today — with all that shoveling.

The APP, once I got it paired, works fine. I have automatic synching on and it synchs fine. I have both Bluetooth & Wi-Fi set-up. Setting up Wi-Fi was a breeze.

So, far … I am SOLD. Sold, big time. For this price this is quite the watch, with a responsive touch-screen to boot.

Much more to come, of course. This was but a quick, ‘first impressions’.

Stay tuned.

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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware — Now At 2.70 [& Update History].

by Anura Guruge

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You should be able to find the latest firmware news here.

Firmware 2.70 for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 was released on Friday, December 8, 2017.

Though not listed as a ‘fix’ bluetooth pairing appears to have been improved.

But, then again it might be the latest update, 4.1.11, to Garmin Connect Mobile.

I would suggest that you make sure you are at these latest levels. Seem to make a noticeable difference.

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by Anura Guruge

My New Garmin Vivoactive 3 Paired With My Android 7.0 Tablet FIRST Time — No Issues!

by Anura Guruge

This was the replacement, from “Heart Rate Monitors USA” (who have been OUTSTANDING), for my first Garmin Vivoactive 3 that died exactly 2-weeks after I got it.

Though they shipped this brand new replacement on Tuesday, I only got it today (Saturday) because UPS is so, so pathetic.

Last time it took me 22-attempts over 4-hours.

This time — BANG. First go. Took seconds. I could NOT believe it.

4 things changed.

  1. The Vivoactive 3 has yet another FIRMWARE update. We are now at 2.70. NOT 2.60 or 2.50.
  2. There was a new version of Garmin Connect Mobile (for Android) yesterday, i.e., December 8, 2017. The Android version is at 4.1.11.
  3. I restarted the Android tablet prior to attempting the pairing.
  4. I did a FORCE STOP on Bluetooth, on the tablet, just prior to the pairing.

It was probably the new software that made the difference. I had shared my experience and screen shots with Garmin.

But, it is easy enough to do the other two steps as well.

Hope this helps.

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by Anura Guruge

The Garmin Vivoactive 3 Bluetooth Pairing Problem — With An Android 7.0 Tablet.

by Anura Guruge

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THIS is why it took me nearly 22 attempts (or more) to PAIR my new Garmin Vivoactive 3 with my ASUS ZenPad 10.1″ running Android 7.0.

The Bluetooth pairing message on Garmin Connect would not result in the Tablet generating a Bluetooth notification.

Other times I would get the Bluetooth pairing message on the tablet — BUT Garmin Connect would not recognize it.

Garmin Support wanted me to get this screenshot.

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by Anura Guruge

Secrets For Keeping A Garmin Vivoactive HR Connected To An Android 7.x Device.

by Anura Guruge

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The new “Garmin Connect” BETA dashboard.

I have now had a Garmin Vivoactive HR (bought from Best Buy) as of June 14, 2017 — i.e., 2 months, 3 weeks: 85 days.

I love it. I have NOT taken it off my wrist and prior to this I thought I would be unable to sleep with anything on my wrist. It really has made me much more aware of my ‘health’ and I am running 37% longer because it spurs me!

As some of you I am NOT a fan of mobile phones and I do NOT carry one. But, I do have multiple 10″ Android Tablets running Android 7.x, the main one at present being an ASUS ZenPad 10.1″. So, that is my PRIMARY device for syncing with ‘Garmin Connect‘ (though I will also sync, occasionally, on my PC, using the USB connection and ‘Garmin Express‘).

I lose the Bluetooth connection between the Vivoactive HR (running v. 4.0 software) and my ASUS Tablet MORE OFTEN that I would like.

So, over the last few weeks I have figured out these ‘tricks’. I am sharing them in case you are also in my boat — though I realize that I may be the last adult left on Earth who does not carry a smartphone 100% of the time.


>> PROXIMITY is the key! It loses the connection (by and large) when the Vivoactive and the Android are far apart for long periods.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect sometimes without you having to do anything — once you have the two within a reasonably close distance.

>> I have found that ‘it’ will automatically connect OVERNIGHT (i.e., 6 hours+) if you have them with 3′ while you sleep. I just leave my ASUS tablet on the nightstand when I go to sleep.

>> You can try and force a sync from the Vivoactive by going to ‘SETTING’ >>> ‘BLUETOOTH’ >>> ‘SYNC’ — provided the Vivoactive is displaying ‘SYNC’ in addition to ‘PAIR MOBILE DEVICE’. Tap the ‘SYNC’. You should see the Bluetooth download/upload arrows on your Android flashing.

>> I used to go through ‘PAIR DEVICE’ routines to establish connection and that used to work. For the last 4-days I am using the new “Garmin Connect” BETA and the pairing has gone to hell. I told them about it last night. I now let it reconnect overnight.

>> Since I do also need to charge the battery I do sync it, sometimes, using “Garmin Express”.

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by Anura Guruge

Panasonic KX-TG7645M 5 Handset DECT 6.0, Link-to-Cell (via Bluetooth) Cordless Phone System: Wow. Wow. Wow!

Anura Guruge, June 8, 2013.

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It takes a LOT to impress me when it comes to ‘gadgets’.

But, I have to say that this 5 handset Panasonic has blown me away. I don’t want to jinx myself but all I can say right now about this system, which I got for $90 from Amazon (on a special deal last week), is WOW, WOW, WOW!

To get me to say 3 WOWs for a phone system takes some doing — especially as this Panasonic system is but a replacement for a 2007 Panasonic system with 4 handsets. So it wasn’t like I wasn’t used to Panasonic phones.

But, the difference between this system (2011 technology) and my old 2007 system (probably 2005 technology) is like chalk and cheese.

Right now my only regret is that I didn’t get the even newer KXTG7875S! That is Amazon’s fault. They didn’t show me that as an option — at the time. They showed me the TG7645M, on a 3 phone comparison, as THE BEST.

Compared to the garbage VTech CS6429-4 this looks and feels like an iPad.

The Link-to-Cell worked fine. I was impressed and gratified.

Have it all hooked up via the Obi110 Voice Service Bridge. So we now have a pretty complicated but interconnected phone system. I will draw a network diagram soon.

For now, I am very happy. I hope I will continue to be so.