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With The New ‘Venu’ Garmin Makes Its First Foray Into AMOLED Displays, With 50% Higher Resolution.

by Anura Guruge


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I had given you a head-up on the Venu a few weeks ago, but I had no idea what the specs were going to be. Now, we know.

It, other than in terms of physical size/weight, DISPLAY TYPE and battery life, is IDENTICAL to the also new Vivocative 4 — albeit the Venu $50 more expensive. See 2nd image above, from Garmin, when you do their COMPARE and ask just for the ‘differences’.

The BIG breakthrough is the AMOLED touchscreen display with a 390×390 resolution, a full 50% higher resolution than on other recent Garmins, including the new Fenix 6. That is BIG. Wow. A 50% increase in screen resolution. The watch face is Garmin’s ‘old’ 1.2″ standard (as in say Fenix 5 Plus) rather than the new 1.3″ as in Fenix 6 & VA4. Also 20mm strap, as in Fenix ‘S’ models rather than the 22mm strap.

I gather, however, that this takes a heavy toll on battery life and it is difficult to keep it in ‘Always On’ mode. Garmin’s stated battery life (above) would indicate (to I) about a 24-hour battery life with 3-4 hours of music and 1.5 hours of GPS. I could just about get by with that, but it would be frustrating.

Garmin has added a LOT of high-end functionality into the Venu & Vivoactive 4: viz., Pulse Ox, Body Battery, respiration tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, music, Garmin Pay, fall detection etc. So, that is a LOT of smartwatch for the $399 price. Much better than anything that Fitbit offers — from what I can see. I am glad. I am a longtime Garmin shareholder. SMILE.

While the Vivoactive 4 is available now, the Venu is slated for Garmin’s infamous 5-8 weeks. That is not good. I will keep an eye on that for you.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Adds ‘Incident Detection’ To Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M.

by Anura Guruge


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Incident (a.k.a. ‘Fall’) Detection‘ was pioneered, with great success, on the Apple Watch 4 last year.

Garmin offered it, for the first time, a few weeks ago, on the new Forerunner models, such as the Forerunner 945.

Today, I received an e-mail saying it was also available on the Fenix 5 Plus, Forerunner 645M & Vivoactive 3M. I was pretty chuffed in that I do have a Fenix 5 Plus.

I, of course, immediately went looking for it. IT WAS THERE. It must have been in the 7.10 Firmware I downloaded to the watch April 29, 2019. I just checked. I am at 7:10 (cf413a9).

Support is also in ‘Garmin Connect’. I am at 4.18. Not sure when that was updated to that level.

But, I can confirm, and you can see the pictures, that I have it on my Fenix 5 Plus.

This is good. I am glad.

Feel bad for Fenix 5, FR 645 and Vivocative 3 owners. It can’t have been a storage issue. So, can’t see why they are only offering it on watches that have the additional storage (for music).


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by Anura Guruge

Apple Watch 4 (With ECG), For Free, To Seniors With Medicare Advantage Plans?

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From CNBC.


This could be HUGE — for all sides; win-win-win. By that I mean, HUGE for: Apple, seniors who get it & the insurance companies (like Humana) that may participate.

Apple Watch 4 has 4 important HEALTH-related features, of particular pertinence to seniors. They are:

  1. ECG/EKG reading off the wrist.
    ….
  2. Fall detection using gyroscope.
    …..
  3. Emergency SOS (i.e., 911) calling.
    ….
  4. Relaxation (reduce stress) APP.

In theory, these features could help insurers safe money. So, that is what this is all about. Some Medicare Advantage plans (and I do have a Humana Plan) pay for Health Club membership. So, this along those same lines.

This would be HUGE for Apple. If Seniors start promenading around with Apple Watch 4s others will follow. Great marketing for Apple. The best.


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by Anura Guruge