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Fitbit Ionic — Need To Use ‘Fitbit.com’ Rather Than Mobile APP For All The Data!

by Anura Guruge

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On an Android mobile. Does NOT give me an ELEVATION graph.

With ‘fitbit.com’ — logged into MY Fitbit account.

I did my first GPS-enabled run with the Fitbit Ionic that I got on Friday, February 2, 2018.

When I completed the run, it gave me a whole slew of data, right on the watch — more than I used to see with my Garmin Vivocative 3. 464′ of elevation was one of them — and I was GLAD. Tracking elevation is a MUST for I because elevation, and carrying 11 pounds of extra weight, is a feature of my runs.

But, when I checked the Fitbit APP on my Google Pixel 2 and 10″ ASUS Zenpad NO ELEVATION. Neither could I get to it on the watch. I was bummed. Then, much later on in the evening I invoked “fitbit.com” — because I was going to do a search on ‘elevation’. Saw that the dashboard was well populated now that I had been wearing the Ionic for a few days. Clicked on the ‘Exercise‘ tile and BINGO the elevation graph. I was so happy.

But seems DAFT that the APP does not display it. Of course, you can call up fitbit.com on you mobile.

Continues to confirm that Fitbit is no Garmin. The APP is very feature poor.

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by Anura Guruge

Fitbit Ionic Not Suited For Use In Cold Weather — e.g., New Hampshire Winter!

by Anura Guruge

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From page 65 of the Fitbit Ionic User Manual. Check it out. CLICK TO ENLARGE.

So, I did NOT dare take it out this morning when the temperature was 5.5F. This is BAD.

If you do NOT believe me, check it out. It is in the “User Manual“. Click icon (→) to access it online from Fitbit.com/support.

I happened to see it when I was reading the manual, cover-to-cover, AFTER I had asked “Heart Rate Monitors USA” (HRM USA) to send me a Fitbit Ionic in place of my defective, 48-day old Garmin Vivoactive 3. At that point I was kind of resigned.

But, this is NOT acceptable.

This morning it was 5.5°F. That means that IF I wore it, it would not record my activity. That is pretty pathetic.

14°F is NOT that cold for Northern USA. So, this is unacceptable.

I wonder how many people know.

Once I saw those temp. ranges I wasn’t even going to RISK taking it out. I just don’t have the time or energy to handle yet another RETURN.

You know the crazy thing. I don’t think I have ever seen a temperature range for the Vivoactive 3. Yes, there must me BUT I don’t think it is in their User Manual. I did a quick check yesterday. Maybe this is why my 2nd Vivoactive 3 stopped working properly. Because I had been using it in cold weather.

Well, this is a HEADS UP.

Be careful.

The 30,000′ elevation is also inadequate. So, when I am flying it is NOT going to register my heart rate or all the steps I take walking up and down the aisle. Very strange. Very strange that people have NOT been complaining about this.

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by Anura Guruge

Fuji X-Pro2 — More Strange Problems: AF Points On JPEG, Freezing, Fluorescent Lighting …

by Anura Guruge


I saw this earlier today. Click to ENLARGE and read here. Use thread below to access original ‘DPReview’ forum thread.

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So today was the day that Fuji made available the 1st Firmware Update to the X-Pro2 — released just 3 weeks ago.

And I keep on seeing these Forum posts about obscure issues. Yes, I fully understand and appreciate that if you have enough monkeys typing you will eventually get all of Wikipedia written BUT I also believe that there has to be even a small fire if there are so many reports of credible smoke. A few people have claimed that the X-Pro2 freezes (and we are NOT talking about using it in cold weather). That scares me.

To be fair I CANNOT, for the world of me, see the AF Grid Points in the purported image. Others say they can and even have explanations. That scares me.

The whole Fuji X-Pro2 roll out has made me nervous since I WANT to buy the X-T2 as soon as it becomes available. Yes, some of the X-Pro2 fixes will already, I hope, be in the X-T2 Firmware BUT Fuji’s credibility is a bit shot.

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by Anura Guruge