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Armful Garmin Smartwatches: Venu 2, ENDURO & Fenix 6 Pro (Titanium).

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to check out the Venu 2.

Yes, ALL thanks to my friends at ‘HRM USA‘. SMILE.

The Garmin Venu 2 was new as of yesterday.

Got the Garmin ENDURO 41-days ago.

Have had the Fenix 6 Pro (Titanium) since November 2019! The LONGEST I have ever had Garmin for. It is my backup watch.

This is my total Garmin collection at present. Since 2017 I have owned/tried 14 Garmin smartwatches.

Don’t have space more anymore right now.

Not sure what I will do when the Fenix 7 is introduced — as it surely will be.

So far, I am in awe of the Venu 2, but not sure whether I will keep it.

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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Is Having A Pretty Big SALE; The Entire Fenix 6 Line Heavily Discounted.

by Anura Guruge

Click to access the Garmin site.

Quite the sale.

A venerable Fenix 6 for $450 is one heck of a deal.

And yes, I know what it signifies. The Fenix 7 is in the wings — maybe a July/August announce. That is about the right timing.

But, in the interim. A Fenix 6 for $450. That is a STEAL. Best smartwatch deal right now!

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New $500 ‘Suunto 7’, With GPS, HR, Maps, OLED Display, Music, Pay etc., Is A Definite Competitor To The Garmin Fenix 6.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the Amazon product page.

No, it is definitely not as feature rich as the Garmin Fenix 6. For a start, it does not have sleep monitoring nor VO2 Max — not to mention esoterics like ‘Body Battery‘.

But, it does have a compelling OLED display and runs ‘Wear OS‘ by Google. With Google’s acquisition of Fitbit, Google is going to become a key figure in the smartwatch sector and with that the significance of ‘Wear OS’ will be on the rise.

If you are in the market for a semi-high-end smartwatch you should definitely look at this Suunto 7. They have been around for awhile and are know to make very competitive watches.

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Google Pixel 5’s ‘Battery Share’ Feature & Implications To Garmin.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the original at: xda-developers.com, These were the folks that broke the news.

Click to ENLARGE and view. This was from Forbes.com but they cite the article XDA article referenced above.

True, this hasn’t happened as yet, and the Google Pixel 5 is not going to be available until October 2020. Based on what they have seen in the Android 11 code, so far, it looks fairly certain that Google will get this neat feature into the Pixel 5 (which would also mean that I will have to upgrade from my Pixel 4).

Yes, it is true that the battery in the Pixel 4 isn’t the greatest. But, the whole world knows that. Google will fix that come the ‘5’. Of that I am fairly sure.

So, what does this mean. Wireless charging of COMPATIBLE devices. Hold it close to a Pixel 5, which has the SHARE feature enabled, and you can get battery boost from the Pixel. Like jumpering a car. Neat.

But, the KEY question is compatibility. And that is what worries me, now that Google (pending the last regulatory approvals) owns Fitbit.

Will Google ever let Garmin be compatible? That is what concerns I.

Yes, Garmin now has Solar Charging and by Black Friday we should have that on the Fenix 7, the Instinct and the next Forerunner. That is all good. But, battery sharing will be more ‘powerful’, in every way, to Solar. Would be a bummer if Garmin is forever excluded.

Unlikely that Apple or Samsung will go out of their way to support Garmin with their, inevitable, variations of SHARE.

So, where will this leave Garmin?

I care. I love my Garmin watches (and yes, I have three.).

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by Anura Guruge