PREVIEW: Apple Watch versus Fitbit Flex versus Jawbone UP versus Misfit Shine versus Garmin Vivofit versus Striiv Touch versus Withings Pulse versus LG Lifeband Touch versus Polar Loop

Earlier today Apple unveiled their newest addition to their product family, the Apple Watch.  Many of my favorite tech news sites have done a great job providing details, specs, and even some hands-on initial reactions & reviews of the new hardware.  Although the unit displayed at the unveil event today was locked in demo mode and release is not set until “early 2015” — we’ve already been provided with enough detail to know that this device will in many ways turn the wearables segment on its head.  Here is why….

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REVIEW: Follow-up on Garmin Vivofit vs Fitbit Flex for Summer 2014

Now that Garmin recently updated their Connect software to allow its users the ability to sync with MyFitnessPal it was time for me to give the Vivofit another look.  And with the first day of summer behind us people are finding more time to be outside and get active.  With some fresh faces in the fitness wearables market how do the Garmin Vivofit and Fitbit Flex continue to stack up for the Summer of 2014?

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BATTLE! – Striiv Touch versus Withings Pulse O2 versus Fitbit Flex versus Garmin Vivofit

Two companies recently released new or updated versions of their devices in the Fitness Wearables market.  First Withings unveiled an updated version of their Pulse as the “O2” version with a watch-style band, while Striiv jumps from their prior clip-on versions to finally add a new wrist-worn version called the Touch.  Time to put these two devices to the test against my existing Fitbit Flex and the recently released Garmin Vivofit for another installment of BATTLE! Continue reading BATTLE! – Striiv Touch versus Withings Pulse O2 versus Fitbit Flex versus Garmin Vivofit

BATTLE! – Wahoo Fitness TICKR RUN Heart Rate Monitor vs Polar H7 Heart Rate Sensor + Polar Stride Sensor

There was a time before smart phones where you had to carry around your address book, your daily planner, and if you needed it, your camera.  Now you can have all of that and more in the palm of your hand, thanks to a desire by consumers for converged devices which we rightfully call smart phones.

This same evolution is quickly happening in the health & fitness technology sub-sector.  Not only do we expect our existing smart phones to work as health-recording devices, we’re also beginning to expect more from the more basic sensors that have been around for years.  But is it possible for something as simple as the good ol’ chest-strap heart rate monitor to accurately record extra data, such as stride and running form?  Let’s find out!

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DRIVEN: 2014 Audi S6 – Review & Ownership

Two weeks ago a new car entered my life.  This is hardly novel for me, as I’ve owned over 50 different new/used cars in my comparatively short lifetime.  Yet this car’s purchase is a huge milestone for me.  It marks the most expensive, advanced, and powerful car I’ve ever owned.  Though I’ve driven cars of similar horsepower, they were not mine.  Here is my review of my first two weeks owning a 2014 Audi S6.

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