Why Garmin Shares Fell In October (2015)

FOOL.COM explain Garmin’s 40% 2015 share slide, below. Garmin are obviously a large and stable company. It’s just that the growth/decline is not what analysts thought it should be. The fitness business area within Garmin IS growing WELL but pricing is proving tricky. Yet fitbit continue to grow in some of the same markets Ie Activity trackers.…

Polar A360 – It’s Official – Full Detailed Spec

Having just produced some speculation about the Polar A360 smart activity tracker/sports watch I’m pleased to say that it’s official. Here are the specs from the Press Release that you can pre-order at approx. GBP150: Polar A360 Fitness tracker with wrist-based heart rate This waterproof fitness tracker is the first to have both a wrist-based…

New Polar A360 – Sort of announced

Polar are about to officially announce, in detail, their new optical offering to an expectant world. Well www.zitasport.com (Spanish Language site) and me are expectant at any rate! The announcement was already heralded by UK MD Malcolm Douglas back in April (link). And today it was sort-of made official by the start of a twitter campaign by @PolarGlobal.…

Top smartphone apps for sports, triathlon, running, cycling, and activity- League Table

Here is a first attempt at a chart for top SPORTS and ACTIVITY tracking apps. It’s based on the number of reviews on Google Play Store (Android). Notes about this are covered at the end, at least you have a handy link which may prove more useful than the accuracy of the ‘stats’ ! Android App…

Polar M400 Review

This is a fantastic entry-level++ GPS running watch. It has a very good design throughout from one of the leading suppliers. Positives: It’s a great bit of running kit and when coupled with a Polar HRM/chest strap you will have pretty much all your running needs met. The assisted GPS is generally good by industry standards…

MIO Fuse Review – Caching Optical HR Sensor and Activity Tracker

MIO now have a great line up of Optical HR based products, all meeting slightly differing market niches. MIO started off with the MIO Link which was an accurate wrist-based optical HR monitor. Then MIO added special ANT+ to Bluetooth bridging functionality to that to make the MIO Velo. To the MIO Link they added the…

Samsung SIMBAND – Proper Health & Sports Tracking?

Samsung today announced the SIMBAND. Features were stated to include at least the following: heart rate blood flow respiration galvanic skin response hydration gas and glucose concentrations blood substances carried in the surrounding air Along with today’s GOOGLE announcement (similar but less close to market) this probably marks the start of the next round of…

Apple Watch failed to deliver accurate heart rate readings when users engaged in interval training

Latest scientific tests from Valencell show that the Apple Watch (Review) has further problems Apple Watch failed to deliver accurate heart rate readings when users engaged in interval training And that’s in addition to the tattoo issue as well as the inadequate battery life. ————Valencell Press Release Verbatim ——————————————— RALEIGH, N.C., June 23, 2015 /PRNewswire/ — Valencell,…

Withings Pulse Ox O2 Review

The Withings.com website nicely sums up its own product, the Pulse Ox: “During the day it captures steps, distance walked, elevation climbed and calories burned. At night, it monitors your sleep cycles. And when asked, it measures your heart rate and blood oxygen level.” If only every company could be so clear it would make…