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Sports Apps – Winners & Losers 2016-2017

I did some work on sports apps (run/walk/bike/tri) in mid-2015 for one of my non-the5krunner projects and decided to revisit and update some of the stats from 2015 with figures to the end of 2017. The results make very interesting reading for me and some of the winners and losers might be surprising to us…

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2017: The year of the Garmin – Sports Watch MARKET predictions for an exciting year – not just for Garmin

We can already see that sports technology is exploding in many directions: the market is global and is growing globally; technology is broadening its capabilities & competencies; online services and apps are getting cleverer; corporate health consciousness is growing; basic activity trackers’ usefulness is being questioned; smartphone apps offer ever-richer experiences; wearability/fashion is important; and the big boys…

User Experience with circular and rectangular screens

I’ve re-posted an article by Samsung, below in full. It looks at some of the design issues they consider for circular screens interfaces. It’s based more on general usage rather than for sports and it’s OK for a quick read. I’m yet to see convincing usage of “screen real estate” on circular sports watches, although…

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Garmin Forerunner 735XT Review – Triathlon Watch

This Garmin Forerunner 735XT Review takes a good look at the latest multi-sports watch from Garmin. It sits ‘somewhere in the middle of the range’ in the sense that it’s not a ‘pro’ triathlon watch like the 920XT or Forerunner 935 nor is it a simple device that, sort of, lets you perform each of…

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…

PulseOn – ready to make HR monitoring easier than ever

Potentially interesting new HR product from pulseon.com We’re very excited to be getting closer to launching the world’s easiest heart rate monitor, with a sleek and stylish design. Watch our video and tell your friends with the hashtag #pulseonhr, as the countdown begins to our launch!   Related articles Pre-Release Info For the Polar Loop…

Run Bike Swim – HR Training Zones – Quick & Definitive Guide to Setting Heart Rate / Pace Zones

For each sport you will need to perform a ‘PROTOCOL TEST’ and revisit that every 4 or 6 weeks. The test I show are all accurate enough to give a meaningful result when comapred to a laboratory test which, let’s face, hardly any of us will be able to do. Use this spreadsheet Calculator. I’ve also…