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With The New ‘Venu’ Garmin Makes Its First Foray Into AMOLED Displays, With 50% Higher Resolution.

by Anura Guruge


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All images from garmin.com





I had given you a head-up on the Venu a few weeks ago, but I had no idea what the specs were going to be. Now, we know.

It, other than in terms of physical size/weight, DISPLAY TYPE and battery life, is IDENTICAL to the also new Vivocative 4 — albeit the Venu $50 more expensive. See 2nd image above, from Garmin, when you do their COMPARE and ask just for the ‘differences’.

The BIG breakthrough is the AMOLED touchscreen display with a 390×390 resolution, a full 50% higher resolution than on other recent Garmins, including the new Fenix 6. That is BIG. Wow. A 50% increase in screen resolution. The watch face is Garmin’s ‘old’ 1.2″ standard (as in say Fenix 5 Plus) rather than the new 1.3″ as in Fenix 6 & VA4. Also 20mm strap, as in Fenix ‘S’ models rather than the 22mm strap.

I gather, however, that this takes a heavy toll on battery life and it is difficult to keep it in ‘Always On’ mode. Garmin’s stated battery life (above) would indicate (to I) about a 24-hour battery life with 3-4 hours of music and 1.5 hours of GPS. I could just about get by with that, but it would be frustrating.

Garmin has added a LOT of high-end functionality into the Venu & Vivoactive 4: viz., Pulse Ox, Body Battery, respiration tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, music, Garmin Pay, fall detection etc. So, that is a LOT of smartwatch for the $399 price. Much better than anything that Fitbit offers — from what I can see. I am glad. I am a longtime Garmin shareholder. SMILE.

While the Vivoactive 4 is available now, the Venu is slated for Garmin’s infamous 5-8 weeks. That is not good. I will keep an eye on that for you.


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by Anura Guruge

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

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