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‘Walker’, A Very Nifty, 9-Item, Data Field For ‘Garmin’ Watches, Which Works A Treat On My ‘Venu 2’.

by Anura Guruge


‘Walker’ 9-item data-field. I have it as my 3rd-screen on ‘Walk’.
But, it gives me everything I need.


My other 3 screens for ‘Walk’.
The first two has much of the same data as ‘Walker’ BUT split across 2-screens & I DO NOT get the TOTAL STEPS ALREADY walked — as I do with ‘Walker’. See above, 10,973 (total) vs 10, 260 (this walk) above as well as diagram below.



I check ‘Garmin Connect IQ’ at least once a week to see what new stuff they have for my new ‘Venu 2‘. I was intrigued when I saw this data field. Just what I was looking for.

As you can see from the top picture it is not unusual for me to have 700 steps in the bank (so to speak) before I start my morning walk. Given that I always have to balance my time vs steps I like to know where I stand with my step count FOR THE DAY — not just for a single walk. That way I can allocate my time.

I set this Data Field, by ‘wwarby’, as the 3rd screen — but it is the ONLY screen I now use when I am walking.

Try it out. I am sure you will like it.

I At Last Have My GoTo ‘ActiFace’ Watch Face On My ‘Garmin’ ‘Venu 2’ & It Feels Good.


by Anura Guruge

‘ActiFace’ on my Garmin Venu 2.

‘ActiFace’ at least for now has usurped ‘Logos 3’.

ActiFace on my ‘Enduro’ & ‘Fenix 6’ with Venu 2 with a default watch face.

‘ActiFace’ has been my default Garmin watch face since 2017. I have used it, with pleasure, on all my Garmins. I missed not having it on my ‘new’ Venu 2. I even e-mailed the developer. Well, today it was available. I downloaded it at once. As I knew it would, it looks great with the BRIGHT, AMOLED display.

But, I am faced with a dilemma. I am kind of quite partial to the new Logos 3 ALSO & it, as you can see above, gives me MORE data while being super-readable & easy on the eye. So! I don’t know.

‘Fitbits’ Fancy, New, Fitness & Wellness Tracker, The ‘Luxe’ Appears To Be Late.


by Anura Guruge


Click to access listing at ‘HRM USA’, the ONLY place to get Garmin or Fitbit products.

This is NOT (I repeat NOT) isolated to ‘HRM USA‘ — one of the largest reseller of Fitbit & Garmin products. You can’t even get it directly from Fitbit & as hard as I tried I couldn’t even find a listing on Amazon.

I am supposed to check it out. That is why I went looking this morning. I vaguely remembered that it was due to be available towards the end of the month. Well, we are pretty close.

I will, of course, keep you posted.

Per “Garmin’s” New VO2 Max. Tracking In The ‘Venu 2’, I Am AS FIT As I Can Be!


by Anura Guruge


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I am just going by what Garmin says: “You’ve reached your achievable Fitness Age“.

This is Garmin’s NEW ‘Fitness Age’ metric introduced with the Venu 2 — which has new sensors.

Yes, my ‘VO2 Max’ is 42. I have been at 42 before & have had fitness ages way below this.

What is new here is that it says “I have REACHED“.

I do NOT feel like it. I am sure I can be fitter. I am a great believer that: you can’t be too fit, too thin, too smart or too poor. [I am not rich, so I can’t even comment on the “too rich” adage.]

Well, I am just sharing. OK. Showing OFF. SMILE. Come on. Wouldn’t YOU.

Garmin Honors My Request To Reinstate Monthly Step Totals In The ‘1-Year’ View In Connect APP.

by Anura Guruge


As of Version 4.42 — available as of April 29, 2021.


Click image to access my January 2021 post about THIS issue.

E-mail I got, from Garmin Support, on April 29, 2021.

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I am delighted. I NEEDED this monthly count to make sure I was getting in my 500,000-steps a month.

Now, I am, yet again able to see the monthly totals on my phone — WITHOUT having to use Connect on a PC.

This is good. I am glad that Garmin was responsive.


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The New Garmin Venu 2: Two 3rd-Party Watch Faces & Customized ‘Walk’ Screens.

by Anura Guruge


The above is the ‘Rails‘ watch face — which I have been favoring all day.


The ‘Data Lover’ watch face — which I am getting quite partial to, but, for now ‘Rails’ is winning.

The ‘Always On’ displays I have chosen with these two watch faces. The ‘Rails‘ ‘hollow time’ on the left. ‘Data Lover’ is more customizable (though ‘Rails’ does give you the option of always having the full watch face on, all the time).


I customized the 4 data screens you get for ‘Walk’. You can ONLY have 4 fields per screen. I would have preferred the 6 that you can get on the Fenix & Enduro.

I customized the 4 data screens you get for ‘Walk‘. I am quite pleased in that I managed to get in everything I absolutely need, i.e., steps, distance (in miles), elapsed time, time-of-day (TOD).

I am not that fussed about the other fields, though I do occasionally look at my heart rate (HR).

Pace is kind of immaterial in that I am always going as fast as I can … as fast as I want. I am NOT going to increase my pace because of the reading.

I picked ‘heading’ because that was about the only pertinent data field left. I have no interest in calories.

‘Elevation’ is kind of nice to have.

I got this new Venu 2, two-days ago, thanks to my good friends at ‘HRM USA‘. SMILE.


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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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I Now Get To Check Out The Brand New ‘Garmin’, Bright AMOLED-Display ‘Venu 2’, Thanks To ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ (HRM USA).

by Anura Guruge


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Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to check out the Venu 2.
Click to access the ‘HRM USA’ site to place an order for a Venu 2.


The ‘Venu 2’ (far right) next to my Garmin ‘Fenix 6 Pro Titanium’ (middle) & Garmin ‘Enduro’ (Titanium).

I am yet again thrilled & GRATEFUL to ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) for giving me the chance to try out the latest & greatest ‘Garmin‘, the new ‘Venu 2’ with an absolutely gorgeous, very bright (even at the lowest brightness level) AMOLED-display. I haven’t really had a chance to put it through its paces or check its accuracy, but it sure looks & feels spectacular. Nice, ultra-modern feel to it.

I think I am going to like it. Markedly different to the original ‘Venu’ & unlike the ‘Venu SQ’ this one does have a barometric altimeter so that it can count ‘floors climbed’.

I will start testing it in earnest as of tomorrow. I will, of course, keep you posted. That is what I do. SMILE.


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The ‘OnePlus Watch’ Released Today Gets Absolutely & Utterly Panned — Thrashed! Wow.

by Anura Guruge


Click here to read the DAMNING GIZMODO review
— & they are a respected outfit when it comes to gadgets.


Wow. I was NOT expecting that. As the reviewer herself notes, ‘OnePlus’ is noted for delivering very slick & comparatively affordable phones. So, this was a huge surprise.

I was curious about this watch. Though we have never owned a OnePlus phone I have read plenty of good reviews about them.

How can you get the step count off by more than 10,000. That is mind blowing.

As some of you know, I check the step counts on Garmins, Fitbits & OCCASIONALLY Polar & Amazfit. I expect to see some of them off by say 1%. This is damning. Didn’t they TEST. I am at a loss.

Why bother to release a watch if it has so many faults.

A whole team needs to be FIRED.

Well, that is that. I will not bother looking at this watch.


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by Anura Guruge