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Garmin’s Weaknesses

Garmin are a dominant player in the sports tech market covering fitness, running and cycling. They are a large, listed company with a clearly superior competitive position to most of its competitors – although not superior to companies who have significant interests in other fields like Apple, Google – WearOS, Samsung etc.. And perhaps not…

Interest In Triathlon Watches – Page Views

I thought this was an interesting chart that some of you might want to look at. It is the page views of a popular post I have on triathlon watches. The chart shows the relatively obvious seasonality of the interest in triathlon watches as well as a Black Friday blip. There will be a few…

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INSIGHT: Huawei Watch GT – “Influencer” Marketing

I’m taking a different tack today with the Huawei Watch GT. Huawei have produced a 20 page Reviewer’s Guide which I thought I would share with you and comment on. As well as some quite detailed technical information it also gives insight into how Huawei are HOPING to guide the media-influencers to help Huawei MARKET…

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Garmin 935 Firmware 11…hmmm

Here is the latest change with a whopping jump from v10.10 to v11.0 with nothing really added. Strange that. Even though 10.55beta had GPS swim fixes in the GPS FW, these seem not to be mentioned in v11.0   Changes made from version 10.10 to 11.00: Fixed an issue where Heart Rate broadcast would stop…

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Fitbit Q2.2018: Oh dear

Fitbit have just released their Q2.2018 financials. Here are the numbers   Here are Fitbit’s words saying how great an increased loss really is: link to fitbit.com. Here is what the market thought…actually not too bad. Essentially¬† Fitbit’s numbers weren’t quite as bad as Fitbit said they were going to be. There is still hope…

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Where is the Forerunner 935 Plus ? Hopes For September

Garmin keep a keen eye on competitors’ prices. They also keep a keen eye on competitors’ product launches. I would imagine that their ‘Competitive Intelligence System’ scoops up the rumours and trade-chat of new products far better than I could ever hope to. Let’s speculate that there could be a new triathlon watch (or two)…

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Epson Discontinue RunSense & ProSense Ranges

I have just had confirmation that Epson have discontinued the entire RunSense and ProSense ranges of run and triathlon watches           RunSense I had assumed that the RunSense range from a few years ago had already been discontinued and that included these models: SF810, SF-710, SF-610…etc. This is reflected by their…

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Suunto 9 BARO – FusedTrack, First proper run and some thoughts

The new Suunto 9¬† BARO (non BARO version also available) features Suunto’s new FusedTrack feature. Here’s how it works for running: GPS positions are sampled relatively infrequently (Endurance Mode 60 secs & Ultra Mode 120 secs). Between those points the Suunto 9’s motion sensor provides inputs to a directional algorithm to joint the dots BUT…

Apple WatchOS 5 – New Sports Features

Apple may have woken up somewhat to new challenges ahead with the on-trend message that everyone seems to be getting more into personal fitness. The Apple Worldwide Developers Conference (WWDC) on Monday brought several new sports-related announcement for future functionality in WatchOS 5. I think these announcements are interesting for those of us with sports-focussed…

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Suunto 9 – Is this the new GPS Chip?

Source: bitsandchips.it via Jeremy Px What is the new Suunto GPS Chipset from Sony? This is all guesswork, rumours and some crowdsourced research from facebook. I’ve asked Suunto but have no confirmation about the new chipset’s precise model name although it has been confirmed that the new GPS chip is from Sony. Sony is not…

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State of the SPARTAN – After Suunto’s Firmware v2.0.40 (May 2018)

Suunto’s entire SPARTAN family are receiving the latest May 2018 update. It’s a notable update which includes features that even Garmin don’t yet have and includes other features that should have been there some time ago. Firmware is currently: v2.0.40 which superseded a slightly earlier v2.0.34 release (and the prior release I had was v1.12.36…

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Garmin 2018 New Products :: Unusual Stuff, Accessories, Sensors

We are nearly a quarter of the way to Christmas but, more importantly, only a few weeks, or even days, away from Spring. And Spring means NEW PRODUCTS. Yay! The expected new recording units from Garmin might well include: Forerunner 245; updated Fenix 5; Edge 530/830; Forerunner 745XT; and a Forerunner 45. These and other…

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Triathlon Watch Technology 2018 : Trouble Ahead?

Is the Triathlon Watch Status Quo about to change? There are going to be some significant changes this year with several new products already announced. Excitement! The party ain’t over yet. This post is more ‘informational’, the Amazon ads and other links are included so you can research the more unusual newer/better products. Background From…

Scosche Rhythm 24 Review

Scosche Rhythm 24 | Opinion | Optical HRM 2018

Scosche have just announced a successor to the highly successful RHYTHM+ armband (Source: prweb.com). This post will take some of the key points about the new RHYTHM 24 arm band and add some initial thoughts prior to more of a hands-on in Q2.2018 when it should be available to review in a non-beta version. Consumer…