by Anura Guruge
So, yesterday, which was EXACTLY the 3-month anniversary of me strapping it to my wrist, I parted company with the Fitbit Ionic. I really, really resented and hated that watch! I never realized that I could harbor that much animosity towards an inanimate object. I am very proud of myself that I did not destroy it and instead handed it over to Teischan, in immaculate condition, with not even a mark on it!
I was, as some of you know, going to get the newly released Garmin Forerunner 645. But, as with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Garmin had released it half-baked. It was not as yet ready for prime time. There were just too many problems with it. And the last thing I wanted was another unreliable Garmin.’
So, I was going to get the Forerunner 945. That was PERFECT for my needs. Rugged, tested and function-rich.
But, then last Thursday night — given that I monitor prices, reviews and feedback on select watches incessantly — I noticed that Garmin Fenix prices, on the GLASS models, were coming down DRASTICALLY.
Over the weekend the Fenix 5 (Glass) prices were the same as that of the Forerunner 945.
There used to be two negatives against the Fenix 5. It was expensive and BIG.
Now the first was GONE. Miraculously. WOW!
It was, however, still BIG and HEAVY. The Forerunner 945 is the Fenix 5 in a lighter, all-plastic case.
But, my business-acumen insisted that I would be STUPID not to get the Fenix 5, despite its size/weight, because it a SUPERIOR WATCH which HOLDS it price.
So, price being equal (before an additional discount I was due because I have been such a good customer), I ordered a Fenix 5 — of course, black-on-black (as with my Vivoactive 3).
So, now you know.
A NEW Fenix must be imminent. Hence, the drop in prices — for the glass models. I am ‘OK’ not getting the sapphire, though the Wi-Fi would have been nice.
Final kicker: Teischan, on a blind-test, said the Fenix looked better.
I just HOPE it is not too heavy. But, I will NOT return it just on the size/weight. That will be a cross I will bear.
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by Anura Guruge