Garmin thinks solar charging is more than a sports watch gimmick

Camping is back on, unlimited outdoor exercise is permitted and Garmin has decided now is as good a time as any to launch three new solar charging sports watches: the Instinct Solar, Fenix 6 Pro Solar and Fenix 6S Pro Solar.

Garmin doesn’t particularly want you to care about solar itself, more what it means for how long you can go between charges. Since the launch of the Fenix 6X Solar last year, though, its outdoor teams have turned what was an experiment into a serious investment. Now we’ve got a much better idea of how useful it could be:

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All the clues suggest the new Apple Watch will be aimed at children

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The Apple Watch outsold the entire Swiss watch industry in 2019. It had 55 per cent of the smartwatch market in the first half of 2020 according to a recent report. It forms part of Apple’s wearable business that’s now the size of a Fortune 150 company. Whichever way you slice it, Apple is owning smartwatches right now.

It’s now been five years since it had its ‘one more thing’ moment and Tim Cook said Apple had set out to make the best watch in the world. Many will dispute that it’s achieved

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The future of the Apple Watch is sensor-packed healthcare

One day in 2018, a letter landed on the desk of Sumbul Desai, Apple’s vice president of health. It was from a woman thanking Apple for saving her life. The woman recounted how, a few weeks after having a baby, she had received an alert from her Apple Watch indicating that her heart rate was abnormally high. This prompted her to go to hospital, where she was diagnosed with thyroid storm, a condition that elevates heart rate and body temperature to dangerous levels and, if left untreated, can be fatal. “Had she not paid attention to it, her outcome could

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The best Garmin watch for running, cycling and more

When you feel it’s time to elevate your exercise from a steady walk down to the shops to lacing up for 10K or looking ahead to 2021 with marathon training, the chances are you’re now thinking of keeping some sort of record. Yes, you could just use an app that lives on your phone, but glancing down at your wrist to check your average pace without breaking a stride is definitely a lot easier to do.

Garmin has been making sports watches for a long time and, along with Polar and Suunto, dominates the conversation. Garmin watches have been built

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