Comments for DC Rainmaker Tue, 24 May 2016 19:33:03 +0000 hourly 1 Comment on Initial Thoughts: New Pebble 2 with optical HR, and Core with 3G, GPS & Spotify by Kevin Morice Tue, 24 May 2016 19:33:03 +0000 Nina,

Get a £10 powerbank. And send me the £59 you saved!

Comment on Initial Thoughts: New Pebble 2 with optical HR, and Core with 3G, GPS & Spotify by DC Rainmaker Tue, 24 May 2016 19:32:58 +0000 …except that the Moto 360 more than twice the cost for the discontinued version, and nearly 5 times the cost for the current generation.

Comment on Initial Thoughts: New Pebble 2 with optical HR, and Core with 3G, GPS & Spotify by Kevin Morice Tue, 24 May 2016 19:32:02 +0000 That is a false equivalency. Garmin gives you a range of extra features that your phone doesn’t have. e.g. Heart rate data, stroke data, etc. are all visible at the twist of my wrist, in a smaller and easier package, power and cadence data at a glance at my stem. Garmin is not really selling you data tracking when they sell you the watch, they are mainly selling you live access to that data during your exercise. That is their ‘Unique Selling Point’. While it is no longer ‘Unique’ the differentiator between their products and your phone is ‘ease of use for sport’.

My point is that Core doesn’t seem to be providing any useful additional function. There is no ‘Unique Selling Point’.

Iphone is a GPS + music device. As are most android smart phones. Most of them have streaming services. Core is trying to replace a device you already own and pay for with a smaller, less functional device. It seems to me like a non-market.

If I was a Pebble shareholder I would be selling all my shares the day Core is released because I predict the hype will raise the price and the sales figures and reviews will bankrupt them.

(PS I don’t know anyone who doesn’t ride with their phone, and the only example that was given for where it beats a phone applies only to pure Ultra runners and I don’t actually know any of them that run without their phone either).

Comment on Garmin Vivoactive HR In-Depth Review by Andrew Clarke Tue, 24 May 2016 19:29:24 +0000 I’m in the same 235/VAHR boat as a lot of people due to the current sale. I still don’t understand what the activity modes in the VAHR ACTUALLY do. Let’s say I tell the watch I’m going to go SUP but I really go for a run. Then after I’m done I switch that activity to running in Garmin Connect. Is the data recorded going to be identical to what I’d have received if I’d just put it in running mode to begin with? Are the different activities really just different setups on the watch in terms of what fields are shown? I can see maybe the following:

– Different fields
– GPS on/off, i.e. GPS off in pool swimming mode
– Connecting with third party sensors, as in cycling.

If this is the case, for me at least I can’t see any real downside to just getting a Forerunner 235. Well, the downside is always having to change my activity type in Garmin Connect. I mostly cycle and run in the summer, and cross-country ski, run, and use my rollers in the winter. I want whatever I buy to be able to handle cross-country skiing as a first-class sport. I was originally all about the Vivoactive HR due to its cross-country skiing app, but the more I think about it the less it seems like it actually makes a difference.

Can anyone confirm whether I understand this correctly or not? Thanks.

Comment on Versailles Triathlon 2016 Race Report by tedder Tue, 24 May 2016 19:24:49 +0000 Right- all she would have needed was a partner-in-crime to hand her a ribbon.

Comment on PowerPod In-Depth Review by Changren Y. Tue, 24 May 2016 19:19:31 +0000 @Robert: Other than the segment between mile 38.4 – 39.7 which involved a small climb follow by a descent, the other three segments were on flat roads.

Comment on Initial Thoughts: New Pebble 2 with optical HR, and Core with 3G, GPS & Spotify by Gregory S Tue, 24 May 2016 19:17:23 +0000 Of course android wear does all of this already…but since its not apple no one cares.

My Moto 360 sport has GPS, Offline Maps (OSM wear), 4gb of bluetooth (google music syncing)…can connect to bluetooth HR monitors, cadence sensors and show strava segments (All via ghostracer)

Plus its ONE device on your wrist.

Comment on PowerPod In-Depth Review by Paul S. Tue, 24 May 2016 19:13:13 +0000 ANT+ sensors don’t care about how many receivers are listening. So yes, you can use the same sensors. I do it all the time.