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Garmin’s NEW Forerunner 645 — Ruggedized Vivoactive 3 Without Touch-Screen?

by Anura Guruge


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The Garmin Forerunner 645 announced on January 8, 2018. It is still NOT available and the Garmin Website is saying 5 – 8 weeks — which would realistically mean April 2018.

Yes, everybody else other than I is going ga-ga about its music capability. That interests me NOT.

What gets me REAL excited is that it is a Vivoactive 3+ — the only thing missing being a touch-screen.

Other than touch, it has WAY MORE features including a gyroscope. Plus nice size.

Yes, I know I returned a Forerunner 235 within 4 hours. But, the 235, for I, had a FATAL omission. No barometric altimeter to count stairs climbed. The 645 has that and much more.

Yes, VO2 Max.

Yes, alas, there is another negative. It does NOT come in black! YIKES. I might actually try and paint it BLACK. That is how desperate I am.

April availability is perfect. But, I will wait till early June for the 1st batch of watches to get sold.


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by Anura Guruge

Do NOT Buy Garmin Vivoactive 3 Right Now — Too Many Quality Issues. Wait!

by Anura Guruge


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I am not saying this lightly or out of any malice. It grieves me to say so (and right now I am a Garmin shareholder (though that is likely to change)).

I returned the 2nd — yes SECOND — Garmin Vivoactive 3 on Monday. I have had two that have failed since November 16. That is crazy.

There is a definite issue with quality.

When Garmin tells me that users like I should get the Fenix 5 rather than a VA 3 you know that they know something that they really do not want to let on.

I was the 10th person to report the barometric altimeter fail.

The second VA3 I got was noticeably better than the 1st — which, given that I preordered it (in Gunmetal)) — which had to have been from a very early batch.

Lovely watch. One of the nicest and MOST feature rich. That I have to now make do with a butt ugly Fitbit Ionic breaks my heart.

Yes, I could have got a 3rd VA 3. I was offered one. I said NO THANK YOU. I can’t take it.


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by Anura Guruge