Melia wants to know if the Garmin Fenix 5 is a good smartwatch for runners. Leo says that he uses the Apple Watch, but Garmin is one of the best in the category. If you're a road runner, Garmin is much better though, according to the chatroom. Much more accurate. Leo also says the displays are very good. And if it's a good price, why not?
Joe recently had a heart attack, and now he's looking for a fitness tracker that also has a phone case that can hold medication. Any ideas? He's in the Android universe. Leo says that there are smartphone cases that do hold pills. Leo also uses wallet cases for his. Doctor Mom says that nitro pills have to be kept in a darkened, airtight vial. Here are a few from the chatroom -
Sundip wants to know if he should get a Dashcam. Leo recommends a Garmin, and it's always recording in high def while giving an instant record if there's an accident. It has GPS and WiFi as well! The Owlcam, another product, also has LTE so it's always connected and instantly uploads in case of an accident or break-in. It connects to the OBD2 port for power.
Robert is looking for a personal GPS tag for hiking and backpacking that can be used to locate someone in case of an emergency, but isn't tied to cellular. Leo says they are a very popular device for hikers, and the technology is called SPOT. It does GPS with their own satellite network, shows waypoints on Google Maps, and will alert family. Robert can check it out at FindMeSpot.com. There are also watches that use SPOT. Garmin's InReach has its own network.
Stacey would like to get a dash cam for her car after a recent accident. Her brother is also an Uber driver. Are there dash cams that record both forward and rear? Leo says yes. It's a huge category and there are plenty to choose from. Leo has been told that Garmin's dash cams are top notch. but they are only forward facing. That chatroom recommends BlackVue, which also records to a mobile device.
Greg is a strength and conditioning coach and he wants to get heart rates on his team without having a watch because those are against the rules. Leo says that the heart rate chest strap can be connected via Bluetooth, but only with Garmin or Polar. Android requires the user wear the watch, but it's doable.
Greg trains athletes and he's not a fan of the heart rate monitor of the Apple Watch. Leo says that nothing is going to beat a breast strap that monitors heart rate. But in time, maybe. The Watch is close accuracy wise, but it's not going to replace a Garmin for more serious, higher performance activity. His best bet is patience at this point. It's early days still. Give it time and it'll not only be more accurate, but it will have more features. Polar straps are supported by the Apple watch via Health Kit, however.
Mike is going to South Korea and needs to download maps to use. Leo says that using a smartphone may be the best option. If he buys a separate GPS, he can order maps and install them via USB. Mike says that Korean GPS are terrible. ExpertGPS.com has maps for South Korea that works with Garmin GPS.
Tom wants a dash cam for his car to record just in case he has an accident. Leo says that the Garmin Dash Cam is a great option for about $220. It records in HD, has an LCD screen, and date stamps the date and time on the video. It records on a built-in 4GB card and loops until he needs to keep it.