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I Got Myself A Google ‘Pixel 5’ To Replace My 13-Month Old ‘Pixel 4’ & I Continue Using ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier.

by Anura Guruge



First & so far ONLY Picture With My Google Pixel 5.
Straight out of my ‘office’ window.


Though I still take as many pictures as ever, & post at least 7-a-day, I have basically stopped using a dedicated camera — though I still have two ‘new’ Panasonics.

So, if my phone has become my camera THEN I have to stay on top of camera technology. While I appreciate that the Pixel 5 did NOT offer much of an upgrade re. the camera, it is still new camera hardware & software. Plus, Google gives me a 24-month, 0% APR deal.

PLUS, I wanted to go back to a fingerprint reader!

2020 was a REAL bad year to have ‘face recognition‘! Why? Masks!

After saying that setting up the fingerprint reader was one of the few hiccups with the new phone. I finally managed but it took quite a few tries.

I also had trouble downloading the ‘Google Fi‘ APP from the ‘Google Play Store’. Other than that, it was a breeze.

Impressed.

So far, so good.

Actually bought TWO Pixel 5s — one for one of my daughters too.


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I Switched To A Google ‘Pixel 4’ From A ‘Pixel 2’, Continuing To Use ‘Google Fi’ As My Carrier — And It Was Painless.

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First 2 Pictures With The Google Pixel 4.


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Confirmation on ‘Google Fi’.


The offer from the ‘Google Store’ I couldn’t turn down.

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First Pictures of the Day with Google Pixel 4.


This, believe it or NOT, is but the 2nd (as in ‘second’) smartphone I have ever had! The Google Pixel 2, that I treated myself to at Christmas 2017, was my first. So, this was my first time transitioning from one smartphone to another. The only part that I was leery about was how things would work out with ‘Google Fi‘. Of late, I have had some issues with ‘Google Fi’ transactions and support and as such had fears that transferring my number from the Pixel 2 to the Pixel 4 might be problematic and that ‘Fi’ would force me to get a new number. Not so. That went very smoothly. I was glad.

Superficially, other than the unmistakable camera ‘cluster’, the Pixel 4 looks very much like the Pixel 2. But, that is deceiving. Quite different animals, both in terms of hardware and software — though I had Android 10 on my Pixel 2. The latest Android on the Pixel 4 doesn’t have the ever-so familiar ‘<< (back) & ο (home)‘ buttons on the bottom. You swipe-up for home. That works and I got used to that easy enough. I, maybe, even like that. ‘Back’ is more problematic. You have to SWIPE ACROSS the screen and, in my experience, it is hit-or-miss. I need to look into that further.

The camera works. That is ALL I can say for now. Pictures are ‘OK’. Haven’t seen anything spectacular as yet. But, at the same time, I have also only taken less than 30 pictures.

Pairing with my Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Titanium has been a HUGE problem. Very disconcerting. Yikes. Hope I can sort that out.

Face detection is cute, but also hit-and-miss. I re-registered my face. Might have to do it again.

So, therein lies the first 1/2 day so to speak.


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I Got An AliveCor ‘KardiMobile’ So I Can Get ECGs WITHOUT An Apple Watch Series 4.

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I got it yesterday, Saturday, and only managed to try it out at 1:54am the next day. Yes, nearly 2am on Sunday. This is normal for I — and as you can see from 60bpm heart rate I do good at night.

AliveCor insists that the first ECG has to be APPROVED by a Board Certified cardiologists BEFORE you can see it. Seems like an unreasonable imposition to I. But, no way you can get around it. They say that the turn-around will be within 24-hours.

Mine was approved when I checked my e-mail at ~9am in the morning. So, that was pretty good. Looks like I will live through at least this coming week.

Don’t know it is right or accurate. The heart rate was spot on SINCE I had my Garmin Fenix 5 on — and also checked my blood pressure with a cuff. Both of them also said 60 bpm, which is fairly average for I if I am sitting down doing nothing. So, at least that part is correct.

The ‘Kardi’ APP is kind of obnoxious. Won’t let you take screenshots BUT you can e-mail your ECG. So, I just e-mail myself each ECG. They arrive as PDF. Once I have the PDF I can do whatever.

I don’t see the need for the $10/month PREMIUM option. Just e-mail the ECGs to yourself.

It does NOT require Bluetooth or PAIRING. It works via an ultrasound signal picked up by our phones microphone. So, that is easy enough.

Yes, you can let others use it. I already did. No problem.

I am NOT attaching it to my phone. That is stupid. I am storing it in the rather nice box it came in. That works. That is the blue packaging you see in the pictures.


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I Have A Fenix 5 On My Wrist — And It Feels Good.

by Anura Guruge


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Anura Guruge Garmin Fenix 5 on wrist



The Fenix 5 (Glass) I ordered from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ arrived this afternoon. I got it from them, i.e. HRM USA, rather than Amazon because that is where I got my original Garmin Vivoactive 3 last November and they took very good care of me. Lets just say that I have a smile on my face because I got a good deal.

I wasn’t sure how big or heavy the Fenix 5 was going to be. It isn’t too bad. So far it has not felt uncomfortable, BUT I haven’t slept with it or gone for a run wearing it.

It feels solid.

Pairing with my Android Google Pixel 2 phone was pretty easy. Paired on the second attempt. That is GOOD compared to my past attempts.

The functionality is mind blowing. There is SO, SO much. But, it seems to be pretty well organized. I managed to get more done, right off the bat, than I had hoped. That is good.

I have only had it for a few hours.

More in the next few days.



The Vivoactive 3 and Fitbit Ionic on my wrist.


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iWOWNFit i6HRC Fitness Tracker — Might Be The Fitbit Beater?

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for the iWOWNFit i6HRC.


The newly announced Fitbit ACE for kids at $99.95 and it doesn’t even have heart rate monitoring.


It was Teischan’s 12th birthday last week and I wanted to get her a Fitness Tracker since everybody else in the house has one.

But, it was going to be a challenge of sorts since she had told me repeatedly that she did NOT want one, would not wear one and that she hated having anything on her wrist! So, I didn’t want to get anything expensive if she was just going to discard it. Plus, given my far from ideal experience with my Fitbit Ionic, there was NO WAY I was going to get another Fitbit product — PLUS they are stupidly expensive.

So, I started doing a bit of research. I came across this iWOWNFit i6HRC, which was $35.99 at the time I placed the order (plus I had $4.99 in Amazon credits). It looked decent and interesting PLUS it came with a PURPLE BAND. Teischan likes purple and I was hoping that that would appeal to her.

Well, she has been wearing it — much more than I could have hoped for. She likes it!

It seems to work.

Very clever design. It is like a USB key. The USB plug to charge it is built in. NEATO. No need for cables. It is integrated.

The APP was easy enough to download and install on a 18-month old ASUS Android phone.

Paired FIRST TIME with no problem. Garmin could learn from them.

Synching has not been an issue.

I was so impressed I ordered ANOTHER. So, we have TWO (2). The second one is for Deanna who has misplaced her Fitbit Flex 2. The iWOWNFit i6HRC, at $20 less, does MUCH MORE. She got her’s yesterday.

I am NOT sure the numbers are accurate — as yet. Need to check that. Still early days.

Sleep tracking works. That is good.

So, we are cautiously optimistic.


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I Now Have Fitbit Ionic On My Wrist — It Is Different To A Garmin!

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The Fitbit Ionic as a replacement for my accursed Garmin Vivoactive 3 arrived this afternoon — via UPS.

THANK YOU “Heart Rate Monitors USA” (HRM USA). They were WONDERFUL again. I really lucked out getting my 1st Garmin Vivoactive 3 through them.

So, in exactly a week since I discovered that the altimeter on the Vivoactive 3 had packed up, I now have a brand new Fitbit Ionic (Charcoal),

It is NOT a Garmin. It is different — in many ways. The screen interface is SLOW … SLOW … VERY SLOW … molasses slow.

I know I have dainty wrists. The ‘standard’ band worked but I decided to go with the small to shave away the extra bulk. Getting the new straps to stay on was HARDER than they lead you to believe.

Pairing — to my new Google Pixel 2 — was a piece of cake. First time. Took seconds. Ditto connecting to Wi-Fi.

Updating the software and having it all set up, internally, over Wi-Fi, took about 30-minutes. They estimated 16 minutes. It was OK.

Not sure I get as much data as I did with Garmin. Definitely so on the watch.

Changed the watch face. Couldn’t resist the one with Moon Phase and sunrise/sunset + moon rise/moon set indications.

So, far … so good, I think.

I am NOT totally wowed. It will suffice. That is sad.


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

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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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“Heart Rate Monitors USA” (HRM USA) — Outstanding Customer Support On Garmin Devices.

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I got my Garmin Vivoactive 3 (Gunmetal) from “Heart Rate Monitors USA” in mid-November, 2017. As those who follow this blog know I, as both an Amazon Prime Member of longstanding & an Amazon shareholder, try not to buy anything other than from “Amazon Fulfillment“. But, Amazon could not get me the ‘3’ in Gunmetal till November 20 (though I had pre-ordered it) and HRM USA had a few already in stock and could get it to me on November 16. I was hesitant. But, I had already waited over a month for this.

I called HRM USA. Spoke to a lady named ‘Amy‘. She assured me that I cannot go wrong with HRM USA. So, I took a chance with them. AND THEY HAVE NOT LET ME DOWN. They have actually been pretty amazing. Brilliant. A credit to Customer Service. Exemplary. So many could learn from them. Garmin should be very proud of them.

As I have chronicled here, my Vivoactive 3 died 15-days after I got it. It appears that there may be an inherent hardware problem. I was crushed and dismayed. I was again going to be without a tracker on my wrist.

I called up HRM USA, on a Friday afternoon, in a panic. I got ‘Jackie’. She was very, very good. She immediately knew what to do. Said she will e-mail me a UPS return then and there. And she did. And, furthermore, she stayed on the line till I got it. I was impressed. This was good. I managed to get the return to UPS that evening.

UPS delivered it to HRM USA in Pennsylvania on Tuesday. I called to make sure. Spoke to both ‘Jakie‘ and ‘Katie N.‘ They were both so nice and kind. Assured me that they will ship me a new one, in Gunmetal, that day itself.

They did. Kudos. Bravo etc. I was so happy.

Then UPS screwed up. I was supposed to get it Thursday. They did not deliver. On Friday they said they would deliver on MONDAY! I was NOT happy.

I called and spoke with ‘Katie’. Asked her whether she could prod UPS for a (rare) Saturday delivery. She told me she would try and I knew she would.

UPS delivered it on Saturday! It is the season of MIRACLES!

I was so happy and grateful.

Brand new unit. No games. And for the icing on the cake this ‘3’ (albeit with newer firmware) paired with my Asus Android 7.0 tablet first time. Another miracle.

It is such a delight to deal with folks like ‘Jackie’ and ‘Katie N.’ I used to be a Customer Support Manager for both ITT and Northern Telecom — in the UK. So, I do know a bit about the art and science of making customers feel good. Well HRM USA sure can teach so many.

I am happy.

Thank YOU, Heart Rate Monitors USA.

 


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

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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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