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Coros Vertix, $599, With NO Built-In Maps, Is A Joke & No Competition, Whatsoever, Even To A Garmin 5!

by Anura Guruge

I have a bit of spare time on my hand — for a RARE (bloody) treat. So, I am gainfully using it to see what is new on the smartwatch front.

I started by looking at Coros — which is trying hard to be a Garmin competitor.

I looked at their latest — the $599 Vertix.

I was struck fairly early on that its working temp. does not go below -20°C (-4°F). That is NOT good. In my youth I used to ski in -20°F up here in New Hampshire. -4°F is not uncommon in a normal February in New Hampshire. So, that had my antenna up.

They make a BIG DEAL about breadcrumb navigation. So, I looked into that. Then I discovered that breadcrumb trails have to be MANUALLY loaded in. Did more digging. NO MAPS.


No built-in topo maps? Ah?

I didn’t believe my eyes.

So, I joined the Facebook Coros group and asked. Yes, I was right.

No maps.

No THANK YOU. I am not going to bother looking at Coros anymore. What a JOKE.

$599. Hilarious. What clowns.

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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 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

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I no longer do it by rote as I used to — i.e., fire up Garmin Express each and every time I charge my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus by connecting it to my PC. I, however, did yesterday, Friday, May 10, 2019.

I saw the notification that NEW MAPS were awaiting download. I immediately clicked the INSTALL button.

It was quite a big download. Even over USB it took about 25-minutes. And it told me it would take some time too. Hate to think how long it might take over Bluetooth.

Definitely suggest you hook up with Garmin Express soon as that Garmin Connect doesn’t try to download the maps over Bluetooth.

The installation on the watch took slightly longer than previous. But, there were no glitches.

From my records the last map update was in early April — about 6-weeks ago.

So, this is good.

If you have a Fenix 5 Plus series I would definitely make sure I get these the latest maps.

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

by Anura Guruge

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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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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

by Anura Guruge

When I connected to Garmin Express today, i.e., April 10, 2019, it told me that there was a new version of the maps.

I asked for the download. I was USB connected, so it didn’t take long. Not long at all. Under 5 minutes, I am sure.

Maps installed within seconds of I unplugging the watch from the USB cable. Tried the local maps. Seems fine.

This is just a heads up.

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Version Of ‘US & Canada’ Maps Now Available.

by Anura Guruge

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When I connected to Garmin Express today, i.e., October 26, 2018, it told me that there was a new version of the ‘US & Canada’ map.

Also claimed that it would take 1.5 hours to download and install. That must be over WiFi.

I was USB connected. Still took 32 minutes.

I would assume you would want the latest maps.

So, a heads up.

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I Traded-Up To A ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ With The ‘HRM USA’ ‘Garmin VIP Club’ Program.

by Anura Guruge

My new Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.

Click to access my post.

Of course, this was inevitable — especially since the “VIP Club” makes it so easy and affordable.

Just got the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire, black-on-black, this morning. It looks the same as the Fenix 5 though the face, in reality, is a bit sharper and clearer. That is probably the Sapphire glass.

I had had my Garmin Fenix 5 for 5 months and 5 days. Not bad for I. Pretty good. I was hoping to make the 6-month mark, but succumbed.

Of course, I like it. LOVE THE MAPS. GPS on your wrist. Accurate too.

Setting it up was more finicky than I would have liked. Insisted on doing the first firmware update over Bluetooth though I had charged it connected to Garmin Express! I can’t confirm it yet but I think the ‘Plus’ USB ‘behavior’ is different to that of past Garmin’s — at least with Windows 7. I will have to confirm that.

Music is a non-starter for I. I like to think while I run. Music would just be a distraction. I can’t think deeply enough with music.

Well, I will keep you posted.

P.S., You really should joint the “VIP Club“. Best thing that happened to Garmin since GPS!

P.P.S., HRM USA, nicest folks ever, let me hold onto my Fenix 5 till the Fenix 5 Plus arrived.

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Garmin Announces Fenix 5 Plus With Maps, Pay, Music & Galileo (GPS) etc. On June 18, 2018.

by Anura Guruge

Click to ENLARGE. Text straight from Garmin.

The features are per what I gave you a heads up on 7-days ago: i.e., TOPO maps, Garmin Pay, Music & Galileo “GPS”.

One thing new is the expensive titanium cases. Lots of models. Check them out here, on the Garmin site.

It is claimed to have “blood oxygen” monitoring — and it does, BUT only in the Fenix 5X Plus. Got that. Just in the 5X Plus.

Garmin is claiming availability within the week BUT I doubt that. I will most likely UPGRADE to one, trade-in in my current Fenix 5, BUT I will probably wait till Christmas.

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus With Maps, Pay, Music & Galileo (GPS) On The Way.

by Anura Guruge

Click image to access the ‘Gadgets & Wearables’ post.

The belief is that this PLUS RANGE, across the Garmin Fenix 5, 5S & 5X, will be available by September. IF SO, given the problems with the first batch of Garmin Vivoactive 3 & Forerunner 645, I, for one, will wait till close to Christmas before getting one (assuming I do).

Given that Music and Pay are now available on the Forerunner 645 I knew it would just be a matter of time before Garmin had to offer it on the Fenix 5 range. I am interested in Pay, but not the music. I like the sound of silence I can experience where I run — i.e., basically in the woods of New Hampshire.

Built-in maps, as in the Fenix 5x, on a 5 Plus, would be nice.

Galileo navigation will augment GPS and GLONASS and promises to provide better accuracy since it is a non-military system aimed at consumers — such as us.

No wonder the Fenix 5 prices are dropping.

I will keep you posted.

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