Yeah I hear that. For me, I haven’t had any ports break yet (bar one on my old MacBook that has a bit of fluff stuck in it which is easily fixed, yet I seem to just use the other three ports rather than bothering to remove it).
I’m also comfortable just swapping these out myself which helps a hell of a lot, so if one breaks I’ll just replace it down the line.
Yep, I completely hear that too. I think with the higher wattage ones I’d be worried about how well they’d deal with the heat they produce. You’ve got to remember these are sitting inside a wall and there’s a very good chance that the back box will have a load of insulation around it.
For me, the aim for these is to charge phones and power things like smart speakers. From my limited testing this has been charging my iPhone as quickly as my MacBook charger would with a lighting cable tacked onto it.
Maybe one day I’ll be able to replace my MacBook charger with a simple wall socket, but I feel like we’re a little way away from that right now.
So I’m looking for a bit of advice or experience from this thread.
I’m a bit of a wearable addict lately. I love my Fitbit Charge 5 but I’m wanting something else
I’ve got my eyes on the Garmin Instinct 2 Solar, it looks old school, and come on it has a solar panel face with like a month to unlimited battery life (depending on sun).
So the question, does anyone have any experience moving from Fitbit to Garmin or vice versa? How the apps are, accuracy or GPS and heart rate, etc?
I’ve been using Garmin for the last few years - currently Vivoactive 3 and prior to that one of the Vivomoves. I can’t remember if tried Fitbit prior to that but I have spent time looking at the Fitbit app used by friends and reading various reviews.
It seems to me Garmin is better if you want detailed data about workouts, so is favoured by those who take fitness/training quite seriously. Fitbit seems to me more suited to those with more casual health/fitness aspirations and the app seems a bit more user friendly. I also have the impression its better for sleep tracking.
Garmin is actually generally overkill for my needs, but I use it because I wanted swim tracking a few years ago and at the time Fitbit didn’t have that functionality (not sure if it does now). If/when my Vivoactive stops working or stops being supported I’ll probably consider Fitbit again.
Not sure if this can be classed as “tech”, but I got a Heroclip so I can keep my bags off the floor when out and about - I could have done with one a few years back when I had to put my brand new travel backpack on a pee-soaked floor (some people must have a very bad aim! ) at Vienna Airport because none of the cubicles had hooks on the door!
The Garmin app is less user friendly as are the watches. They are also generally (in my opinion) less visually attractive. However they do give you far more data in terms of, say, long distance running you can easily see all the things that long distance runners talk and think about.
With Garmin it’s pretty clear it was designed by people who are well into the relevant sports. With Fitbit it’s clear it was designed by a tech company with the ‘average user experience’ at the forefront.
Thank you I think the fact I’m not a professional runner or anywhere near that level has made me stick with my Fitbit Charge 5.
It is rock solid, it looks good, battery life is ok and the GPS works well. Suppose that’s all I really need.
Speaking of smart watches and fitness trackers I went from a ticwatch to a fitbit, to an oppo watch, back to a fitbit, and now currently I’m rocking this classic.
It’s all part of my attempts to reduce the amount of time I’m wasting (for me personally) getting distracted by my phone and other bits of tech.
I’ve also dialled my phone notifications right back, calls being the only thing that causes it to vibrate, and some other apps are not permitted to show banners/pop ups/badges.
Don’t get me wrong I still waste time now and again but it’s when I consciously choose to go into an app and not as a reflex after getting a notification. I’m also probably doing more exercise than at any point in the past 10years.
Definite same. My notifications are basically, calls and texts make a noise, Monzo and WhatsApp create banners, a small selection (6 total) of apps are allowed to make the little red dots on the home screen, no other notifications are allowed at all. It’s much better.
I still couldn’t live without my Fitbit although unsurprisingly it absolutely isn’t allowed to send like messages through and stuff. It’s mostly just a watch apart from when exercising.