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Charge Port & Screen Protectors For The Garmin Fenix 5.

by Anura Guruge


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My Garmin Fenix 5 with the Kimilar Screen Protector on.



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I am not going to take any chances with my new Garmin Fenix 5. I am hoping that we will have a good, long term relationship. So far, it looks very promising.

I had shied away from using screen protectors with both my Garmin Vivoactive 3s & Fitbit Ionic. They both had touchscreens and I did not want anything getting in the way.

Not so with the Fenix 5. It does not have a touchscreen. Plus I got the glass version where the screen is not as rugged as the sapphire version. I did some research and many people advised getting a screen protector. I looked around in Amazon and got the ‘Kimilar’ shown above. It did the job — as stated and promised. No drama. It comes with a suction plunger — I assume to remove the protector if need be. I still have two left.

I already had the USB port protectors that I had got for the Vivoactive 3. So, that was handy.

So, just wanted to share.


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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Firmware 2.90 — Released 7-Days After 2.80 To Fix Touchscreen Issue!

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




This firmware update, just 7-days after they release 2.80, to fix the battery drain issue, came out of the blue.

I was synching my Vivoactive 3, via Bluetooth, with my Android tablet, when I noticed that it was taking unusually long. So, checked. Saw it was doing a software update. Surprised me since 2.8 was so fresh.

Just to be on the safeside came upstairs, USB connected it to my PC, and ran Garmin Express. Sure enough. Firmware version 2.90 — to fix a touchscreen issue. Must have been serious. I had not noticed. Maybe I thought it was a bit sluggish BUT I had had any issues with the touchscreen and I had been running 2.80 for a week.

So, heads up.

Best to update to 2.90.

Happy New Year.

I suspect we will have 3.0 before the Chinese New Year, which is in February.


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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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Garmin Vivoactive 3 Has A MAJOR Battery Drain Issue.

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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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I Returned The Garmin Forerunner 235 After Just 4-Hours On My Wrist!

by Anura Guruge




Yes, WOW!

It arrived around 2:30pm yesterday, November 6, 2017, via USPS. I plugged it in to be charged and registered it via Garmin Express.

I did NOT get around to putting it on my wrist, with it turned ON (and working), till around 8pm.

It is a NICE WATCH. Extremely light. Noticeably so. That was nice.

So, why am I returning it and why did I go ahead, at midnight, 4-hours into wearing it, PRINTING the Amazon UPS label to return it.

First and foremost the backlight was beyond finicky and annoying. I turned OFF sleep mode and even with it turned OFF, I could NOT keep the damn light on for more than 10 seconds — even with the TIMEOUT set for: 30-seconds, 1 minute and ALWAYS ON! That drove me nuts.

It also took me 40 minutes, yes 40 minutes, to pair it with my 10″ ASUS Tablet running Android 7. I had to uninstall and REINSTALL Garmin Connect before I eventually succeeded. That my old Vivoactive HR was in the house appears to have been an issue. Garmin Connect and the ASUS wanted, so badly, to connect with THAT rather than the FR235. So, I was not happy.

Then, I discovered, to my intense chagrin (and embarrassment) that it does NOT measure STAIRS CLIMBED (because, I found out, it does not have a barometric altimeter)! Yikes. Climbing stairs is one of my favorite exercises and per my old Vivoactive HR I average 30 stairs climbs a day. I did NOT want a tracker that couldn’t track stairs.

Not being touchscreen was MORE of an issue than I had hoped!

Amazon, as ever, was cool. Plus, I hadn’t even had it for 12-hours and everything including the box are in pristine condition.

I am JUST going to wait for the Garmin Vivoactive 3 in Slate


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Sony a6500 Gets A (V. Decent) 85% Review Score By DPReview BUT Only A Silver Award!

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of the Sony a6500.

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Seems like a fair assessment.

Still image quality (IQ) & autofocus (AF) are highly rated as is “One of the best APS-C cameras at high ISO”. So all of that is good. This is encouraging too: “Still this is the most powerful and usable Sony APS-C camera to date. It can keep up on the sidelines and in the gymnasium with its DSLR competitors thanks to its excellent AF system and impressive buffer.”

From everything I have heard (and I have done a fair amount of digging on this camera) the criticism of the touchscreen is justified. Shame Sony couldn’t get this right.

The 85% score is impressive and up there with the TOP contenders.

But, it did NOT get a GOLD award — because the overall score does not necessarily correspond to the award.

The score, basically, is a technical assessment of the features and capabilities.

The award, however, is subjective and factors in ‘user friendliness’, character and appeal. And that I understand. I feel the same — and have said so. It is not a fun camera to use! 


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‘DPReview’ First Impressions Of The Sony a65000 Now Available — And It Isn’t All Positive & Gaga!

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Click to access DPReview ‘First Impressions’ review.


If you are somewhat familiar with the specs and layout of the Sony a6500 (which is essentially not that different to the Sony a63000 or a6000 (for that matter)) just skip the initial sections and go straight to the ‘end’ (i.e., Section 5).

The comments about the touchscreen are upsetting. I, even today, punch the Fn menu on the a6000 hoping that it will react! This will be a problem since I got so used to it on my ill-fated Samsung NX500.


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Getting A Sony a6500 Will Be Like Entering An Arranged Marriage — YIKES.

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In my early 20s (and once more in my early 30s) I railed so much against arranged marriages. My adoptive mother was so, so anxious to get me to marry a ‘tea estate‘ or a rich cousin! I wasn’t going to have any of that. She even once floored me by saying that she will arrange and finance me to have a white mistress on the side — as long as I married, someone she chose, from Ceylon! That did really flabbergast me. My very moral, ultra-religious mother telling me that she will pay for me to keep a white mistress on the side. Wow.

And now I am going to get a Sony a6500.

I am in shock. Albeit not too severe.

It does seem crazy doesn’t it. Getting a camera that you don’t like! But I don’t have a choice. I have gone for 15 months WAITING to buy my ‘serious’ big camera. I can’t wait forever. I waited for nearly 9 months for the Fuji X-T2. Then I realized that its autofocus would not meet my expectations.

My extensive research and plain logic tells me that the Sony a6500, in terms of specs., is the camera for me. I just don’t like how it looks, how small it is and user-interface. Plus I have had bad luck with two Sonys, an a77 Mk II and a RX100 Mk II.


This is what DPReviews has to say about the Sony a6300 in its latest
Interchangeable Lens Cameras ($900-1200)” Roundup.

The a6500 is essentially the same beast with a TOUCHSCREEN and some better electronics inside.

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You can see my dilemma and bind.

The a6500 sucks in terms of looks/handling but is exceptional in terms of what I really want — amazing autofocus and great image quality.

Hence the compromise.

Head over heart.

Cold logic over passion.

What is the worst that can happen? That I return it. {SMILE}

Now that would be different.


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