TomTom – New Spark3 / Runner3 Announced

Lots of announcements today of new stuff from TomTom. Let’s start with the SPARK 3 / RUNNER 3. The previous version in the UK was the similarly-looking RUNNER 2 which itself followed the UK’s original RUNNER product. The RUNNER 2 was released in the US as the SPARK (Sept 2015). To cut a long story…

Garmin joins with LIFEQ – what about TomTom?

The clever little optical sensor in TomTom’s highly successful Runner2/SPARK was developed by South African company LIFEQ – seen here on the right. Whilst we have all figured out by now that optical HR on the wrist has its limitations, TomTom’s implementation was good. Indeed, LIFEQ’s measurement solution is validated (here). All well and good. Presumably…

Fitbit Surge GPS HR

Review – Fitbit Surge – GPS and Optical HR Fitness Watch

Most reviews are based on the original 2015 unit. Things have moved on with improvements to the device’s software. Let’s see how the improvements stack up approaching Summer 2016. You can find a much more detailed review (here). But first I’ll try to position the product for you so you understand where it really sits.…

Review (ette) – Garmin Forerunner 630 – First Look

A year is a clichéd long time in politics and two years is a long time in the realm of sports gadgetry. Since 2013’s Forerunner 620, Garmin have made much progress with new features and functions across their range which have now made their way into the Forerunner 630 (FR630). Some totally new stuff has also…

Samsung SM-R350 – Internally referenced ‘Triathlon’

Don’t get excited, the snappily named SM-R150 is likely to be a mid-market band or low-end triathlon device. Source, below, Sammobile.com Samsung has released a bunch of wearable devices over the past couple of years including fitness trackers and smartwatches. The South Korean electronics giant recently released its first smartwatch – the Gear S2 – with a…

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…

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…