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Do I Get Rid Of My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ & Get A New Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Sapphire?

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. From garmin.com.


My Garmin ‘MARQ Expedition’ that I got in May 2019.


I have known that the Garmin Fenix 6 Series was going to be introduced on August 29, 2019, for a few weeks now. I knew it was going to have a larger (i.e., 1.3″ (& 1.4″ on ‘X’)) display than the MARQ or Fenix 5. But, until today I had not, alas, seen all the specs.

Do I need a Fenix 6? No.

Do I want a Fenix 6? Probably.

Why? Because I like to have the latest and greatest (though in this case the MARQ, with its pretty neat titanium body, is still probably the greatest).

OK. Time for full disclosure. I am SUPPOSED to get a Fenix 6 so I can evaluate it and write some reviews. That would be nice. But, that is not a given as yet.

To be honest, only one feature tickles me — right now. And that is SOLAR. But, that is not going to work on two fronts. I have always stayed clear of the ‘X’ models. I have small (‘girlie’) wrists! The ‘X’ would overwhelm it and make me look stupid (or stupider). The 47mm size, as you can see above, fits perfectly. So, the ‘X’ is out. For now that rules out Solar. Plus, I live in New Hampshire and most of my running/walking/hiking is done under tall trees. So, it is either winter when the Sun is not that high in the sky or it is not winter and the trees block most of the sunshine.

At 66 (next week) I don’t need any of the fany performance-related features. I just need time, distance, pace, HR. At my age you are just glad you still have a pulse.

I am pretty sure that all of the software features on the Fenix 6, including power management, will be available on the MARQ, Fenix 5 Plus and Forerunner 945 by November. I will try and get that confirmed.

So, that is where I sit.

I doubt whether I will get rid of my MARQ.

But, I probably will try and get a Fenix 6 as well. SMILE. Evaluating and writing detailed reviews has its benefits.

So, stay tuned.


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by Anura Guruge

What It Takes To Average 29,500 STEPS In A Week.

by Anura Guruge


This Is NOT I!

A friend.
Huge Garmin fan & fitness fanatic.

He has a Garmin Forerunner 945.



He sent this to my last night. He is on vacation — on an island off North Carolina. He obviously is doing a LOT of walking.

What got me was the ‘Average Daily’ — 29,542 steps. WOW.

The most steps I have walked in a day, in the last few years, is 26,000.

He walked 42,000 steps yesterday.

I average less than HALF this: 13,300 steps.

He is quite a bit younger than me and, obviously, willing to spend more hours a day on fitness. Good for him.

Thanks to him I have INCREASED my morning walk to 4+ miles a day. So, that is progress.


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by Anura Guruge

Why A New Garmin Vivoactive 4 — Possibly A Bigger Display As With The Fenix 6?

by Anura Guruge

 



Yes, we all know that Garmin (and for that matter, Fitbit) love to introduce new models, churn the base and hopefully get a few more sales.

I was surprised to hear that there was to be a Garmin Fenix 6, announced on August 28, 2019 — but then I knew that the the Forerunner 945 and the MARQ Series (and I upgraded from a Fenix 5 Plus to a MARQ Expedition) were squeezing the Fenix 5 series. Then I learnt that the Fenix 6 will have a 1.4″ display as opposed to the 1.2″ found in most Garmin watches of today.

So, this is what I am thinking. Will the Vivoactive 4 also have a 1.4″ display. I have read that its body is fractionally bigger than the current Vivoactive 3. They might be able to squeeze in that extra 0.2″. That would be a biggie.

I could be wrong, but judging from the leaked pictures on the Web, I think I see two buttons on the side. That could be good too. I owned two Vivoactive 3s. I liked the touchscreen. That was what I was used to. I thought I would never be able to use a smartwatch without a touchscreen. I was very wrong. Today, I would not get one with a touchscreen. I like the precision and speed I can get with the buttons on a Fenix or MARQ (or for that matter a Forerunner).

Yes, the Vivoactive 3, by design, doesn’t have many of the high end, esoteric functions found on the Forerunner, Fenix or MARQ. It is meant to be that way for price differentiation. They didn’t need to bring out a Vivoactive 4 to add some of these software features to the existing Vivoactive 3(M).

If you hadn’t notice the whole Vivoactive 3 Series is on sale at Garmin and at Amazon. There are actually some GOOD DEALS on Amazon right now. Go check.

I feel bad for those that bought a Vivoactive 3 in the last few months. I know it has been very popular. Now they are going to feel that they need to trade-up at some point. But, lets wait and see. To I the only justification would be a bigger and better display. That could be a game changer.


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The New Garmin Fenix 6(X) [August 28, 2019], With Its Leather Strap, Reminds Me Of My MARQ Expedition.

by Anura Guruge


Amazon’s PREMATURE Listing From Monday, August 12, 2019.

Click to ENLARGE. Quality is not good. Sorry.


Amazon (if you remember)
did EXACTLY this also
with the Garmin Forerunner 945;
i.e., ‘accidentally’ listed it
weeks before it was announced.

Read about that here — if you have forgotten about that leak.


My Garmin MARQ Expedition
with the CHEAPER Garmin Leather Strap.


I don’t wear the $250 strap daily. But, I do like a leather strap.


Yes, it is the strap that makes me think the Garmin Fenix 6 (and the usual ‘S’ and ‘X’ variants) looks like my MARQ Expedition — but part of that is that I am using the cheaper $60 Fenix 5 leather strap on my MARQ so as not to ruin the expensive MARQ strap.

But, the Fenix 6 is going to be DIFFERENT from anything else we have seen from Garmin. It is going to have a 1.4″ display — compared to the 1.2″ on prior watches of similar ilk, including the Fenix 5X Plus. That is BIG. Very BIG. I like that. But, (damn) no AMOLED again. That irks me, though I have to admit that the sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel display on my MARQ is pretty impressive and pleasing. The Fenix 6 looks like it will have this technology, just on a bigger screen.

I initially thought that the Fenix 6 would be a watered down MARQ Athlete — with a leather strap. But, having studied the Amazon picture, long and hard, the Fenix 6 does not have the MARQ bezel.


It, with the exposed screws, reminds me of my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (that I traded-in for my MARQ).


I am pretty sure that from a hardware standpoint — i.e., the all important sensors — the Fenix 6 will use what is now found in the MARQ/Forerunner 945. That should be pretty good.

The rest, from what I can see, is ALL software! That means much of it, if not all of it, will be also available on the Forerunner 945, MARQ and possibly even the Fenix 5 Plus. Garmin does that. Think back to ‘Fall Detection‘. This is good.

The new software features, viz., Grade-Adjusted Pace Monitoring and ‘environmentally adjusted’ VO2 Max, seems pretty esoteric. We have seen the other features, music, Pulse Ox, maps on other models.

I was surprised by the $950 price tag — albeit for the 6X model. That still means a Fenix 6 will probably be in the $800 — $850 range. That is premium pricing (and that coming from one who is wearing a $1,750 MARQ).

The Forerunner 945, at $600, will probably end up with all the software features — but without the BIGGER display.

I will keep you posted over the next few weeks.

Yes, I will get a Fenix 6 for evaluation. SMILE.

I will also do another post on Garmin leather straps.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 & Vivoactive 3: Expect Some VERY Good Deals In The Next Couple Of Weeks.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Do a Google search (SHOPPING) on ‘Garmin Fenix 5’).


This appeared in the Facebook “Garmin Connect Users” group over the weekend. Click to ENLARGE.


The Garmin Fenix 5 & Garmin Vivoactive 3 will be ON MAJOR SALE over the next couple of weeks. Pretty close to a firesale!

Somebody, as you can see from the image, so the Vivoactive 3 being sold at Walmart for $99. Soon, like this coming week, other will join in. You might actually find that some ‘smaller’ retailers have ALREADY sold out of Vivoactive 3s. (SMILE). Read between the lines.

The $350 price for the Garmin Fenix 5, today, should be just the beginning. The Fenix 5 and 5 Plus has already been obsoleted by the new Garmin Forerunner 945. So, this is not a huge surprise. Garmin’s do typically go on sale this time of year. Well I have given you a BIG Heads-Up. SMILE. Enjoy. Happy shopping.

Click to access my post from 2-months ago.


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by Anura Guruge

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

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and read. Received via e-mail today.


Click to ENLARGE. Already in Android ‘Garmin Connect’.


Click to ENLARGE.


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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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge


This weekend.

Click to ENLARGE. Go to garmin.com and check.


April 15, 2019.

Click to ENLARGE. Link to Garmin product page below.


Link to Garmin product page.


Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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by Anura Guruge

The New Garmin Forerunner 945 Is NOT As Yet Listed On Amazon.com, Not Available At Garmin & HRM USA Is Out Of Stock.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. On Amazon.com on Wed. May 1, 2019 ~ 12:40am.


Click to ENLARGE. At Garmin.com.


Click to ENLARGE. At HRM USA.


I had heard a rumor that HRM USA was expecting a few units in on Tuesday, April 30, 2019. There are also three people, on the Garmin Forums, claiming that they are getting Forerunner 945s from HRM USA between Wednesday and Friday of this week. This is not atypical. They also got Garmin Vivoactive 3 units ahead of anybody else.

HRM USA is currently out of stock. So …


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Garmin Adds ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking’ Support à la Fitbit To MANY Of Its Watches.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE. Use link below to access Garmin’s description of this feature.


Click here to access Garmin’s page for this feature.




Though developed for the just announced Garmin Forerunner 945, the ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking‘ feature is going to be available across many of Garmin’s mid- to high-end devices including some other Forerunners, Vivoactive 3 & Fenix 5 (Plus).

‘Menstrual Cycle’ is tracked using body temperature so your watch has to have a temperature sensor. That is the gating factor.

This feature has been on new Fitbits as of about October 2018. I got my wife to test a Fitbit Charge 3 with this feature last year and she was suitably impressed.

Though I just updated my Garmin Connect to the requisite 4.18 version, which has this feature, I don’t get to see it because my gender is set as ‘male’. No, I am NOT going to change that. But, from what I see, Garmin appears to offer more ‘note taking’ and ‘annotation’ options, e.g., you can record outbreaks of acne.

I know that many females will welcome this feature and put it to good use. So, I am glad.

Also, (as a Garmin shareholder to boot) I am glad that they did not restrict this to just the new Forerunner 945.

So, a good day for us Garmin owners.


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The New Garmin Forerunner 945 Obsoletes The Fenix 5 Plus In Terms Of Features.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE.


Amazon ACCIDENTALLY
had it listed this morning.
(I got a heads up.)

It is no longer there. I managed to grab a screenshot.

Click to ENLARGE. From around 9:20am (Eastern) this morning. It is NO LONGER there on .com or the UK site.


Click to access the ‘Pocket-Lint’ article from this WEEKEND.


The Garmin Forerunner 945 is scheduled to be announced tomorrow — April 30, 2019.


It was accidentally listed on Amazon.com, this morning. (See above.)


It has been talked about as a rumor for weeks and ‘Pocket-Lint’ wrote about it this weekend. (See above.)


The new Garmin Forerunner 945 includes all of the Fenix 5 Plus functionality and more.

So, the FR 945 will have: music, pay & maps.

It will also have: high-resolution display, Pulse Ox (blood oxygen saturation levels), Incident Detection, Heat/Altitude acclimation, Advanced Physio Metrics & 3rd Generation HR sensor.

Water rating is 5 ATM as opposed to 10 ATM — but I am NOT a diver.

It will be priced at $599 and, of course, it will be a plastic body.

Price of the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus already reduced at Amazon to $599 to match that of the Forerunner 945!

Fenix 4 is available for $499.


So, why is my Fenix 5 Plus 2nd best?

Well the FR 945 is better in terms of features.

Why … 4th best.

Well there is the huge Fenix 5x Plus … and the MARQ!


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by Anura Guruge