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The New AMOLED Garmin ‘Venu’ — Delays, Issues & Concerns.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From U.S. ‘garmin.com’.


Folks are claiming that it is available in Australia.

Garmin AUSTRALIA does have a shorter delivery period.


Click image to access the ‘VENU Forum’ @ ‘Garmin Forums’.




ISSUE: The U.S. availability for the new Garmin VENU is still stated as being 5 — 8 weeks, the SAME it was when it was announced 4-weeks ago, on September 5, 2019. Ideally it should now be saying, worst case, 3 — 5 weeks. Yes, Garmin could change this tomorrow to say ‘1 — 3 Days’. It does happen.

The Garmin Forums, however, have had an active ‘VENU’ Forum for at least the last couple of weeks. There are some interesting posts on that Forum. There are those that claim that they already have a VENU. At least one claims he got it from Australia. As you can see, above, I checked. Plausible. But, it doesn’t make sense UNLESS Garmin is using Australia as a big beat-site.

And to add further credence, on the Forum, ‘Garmin’ has announced that they are rolling out v.3.40 of the software.

CONCERNS: There is also a post, on the Forum, from what looks like a Garmin ‘insider’ that speculates that the delay may be due to the US-China trade war and tensions. They are not sure, but there is a concern. YIKES! Not good. This could hit all of us hard.

At this rate it is going to be touch and go whether the VENU will be available for Black Friday. Maybe that is not a bad thing. You don’t really want it discounted that soon.

In terms of the availability being stuck at ‘5 to 8 weeks’, it reminds me of the infamous Vivoactive 3 roll-out exactly 2-years ago. Same scenario. Makes me nervous because I had a lot of bad luck with the Vivoactive 3.

ISSUE: Because AMOLED displays can be a drag on the battery there is a ‘low-power’ ‘always-on’ display ‘mode’ (which just shows the time) on the VENU. The ‘Fitbit Versa 2‘ has that too. Appears, however, that this always-on mode has issues. Only a few watch faces support it. ‘Crystal’, which I tried on my Garmin MARQ, being one of them. But, I also see that ‘Crystal’ and a few other watch faces are now claiming that they are permanently ON, impacting battery life, even IF they are not your chosen watch face! Yikes. That is bad. I didn’t install ‘Crystal’ on my Fenix 6 because of this.

CONCERN: Will more and more watch faces end up being permanently on because they want to support the VENU always-on display mode? That would be a shame.

ISSUE: I am seeing, on the Forum, sensor (e.g., barometer) and software bug issues very similar to what I saw with the initial roll-out of the Vivoactive 3. That worries me. Yes, the VENU, theoretically, is still in beta-test phase. So, maybe they will iron out these issues. But, I doubt whether they will opt for new sensors this late in the game.

CONCERN: I had two Vivoactive 3s die on me. I just don’t want to go through that with the VENU.

So, those are my issues & concerns.


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I Have, Not Surprisingly, Ended Up With ‘ActiFace’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

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ActiFace on my MARQ Expedition.


Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge

The ‘Crystal’ watch face on my MARQ.


I had been using ‘ActiFace‘ on my Garmin Fenix 5 & Fenix 5 Plus for exactly one-year before I upgraded to the MARQ Expedition.

I had got quite attached to ActiFace once I got it customized exactly the way I wanted it. I had stumbled upon ActiFace accidently. I had been a ‘GearMin‘ fan. But, I discovered that GearMin did not work flawlessly on the Fenix 5. It disabled the DOWN button. That wasn’t good. That is when I found Actiface.

I like digital watch faces. So, the Garmin default analog did not last long.

I tried the new Crystal face. I like it. Just prefer ActiFace more. Gives me much more data, with more color and graphics.


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I Like The V. Clean & Suave ‘Crystal’ Watch Face On My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’.

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Garmin MARQ Expedition with Crystal Watch Face Anura Guruge


Click image to access ‘Crystal’ @ Garmin ‘Connect IQ’.


I prefer digital watch faces with a fair amount of data. For the last 7-months I had ‘ActiFace‘, permanently, on my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.

I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.

I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.


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