You need a new Garmin APP
from the Garmin ‘Connect IQ’ Store.
Thanks to Amazon you can even have a 30-day FREE trial — Amazon hoping to snare you into Prime.
I am NOW a believer in Prime. I wasn’t for the longest time. I always ordered enough (e.g. $25) to get free-shipping. Then, maybe, 6-years ago, maybe earlier I finally signed-up.
Now I am a Believer.
Full disclosure. I am also a long-term Amazon shareholder. SMILE.
But, I watch a fair amount of Prime Video. That, in my book, pays for itself.
Anyway, this is BIG. Worth looking into.
So, as discussed yesterday, the BIG immediately noticeable features of the new Garmin Fenix 6 line is going to be the 1.4″ watch face (from the prior 1.2″ standard) and the leather strap.
While Garmin has ‘always’ offered leather straps they have not come as standard on running watches. With the Fenix 6 it will and for us runners that will be a change. I, however, already went through this when I got my Garmin MARQ Expedition. That also came with (gorgeous) leather strap — albeit, then priced, at $250. But, Garmin also included a black silicone strap as well. That was good. I am pretty sure that Garmin will do the same with the Fenix 6, i.e., include a free silicone strap along with the leather.
As with the Fenix 5 (Plus) we will have the ‘S’, standard & ‘X’ models. Though the display is 0.2″ bigger I hope they stick with the standard 20-mm, 22-mm and 26-mm QuickFit strap options. That would give us the most flexibility. If they opt for a bigger strap we will be screwed — at least initially.
Then there is the SHOULDER option, on the black silicone, that started with the MARQ. It fills in the gap and is very, very impressive.
Yes, you can get that black strap with the shoulder, just for 22mm, from Garmin — but it is $50 more than the standard version. Wow.
If the Fenix 6 comes with Garmin’s $80 leather strap you should be FINE. It is a very durable strap and you can immerse it in water multiple times a day — I DO. It ages and weathers like leather should. I got one of these BECAUSE I didn’t want to wear the expensive MARQ strap, with the white stitching, 24×7.
I also tried a couple of cheap leather straps. Was NOT happy. The leather was cheap and felt (and acted) like cardboard.
Leather straps with the metal clasp at the end are a DISASTER. They will SCRATCH your expensive watch.
So, those are the options. Lot of straps, especially 22mm, BUT they are EXPENSIVE. That is frustrating. Luckily I can get an automatic discount on them. That helps. SMILE. But, it is still not cheap.
The New Garmin Fenix 6(X) [August 28, 2019], With Its Leather Strap, Reminds Me Of My MARQ Expedition.
Amazon’s PREMATURE Listing From Monday, August 12, 2019.
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.
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.
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.
Garmin’s Fitness sector is doing well (thanks to all the new models of late), while Fitbit’s smartwatch sales are down 27%.
Good for Garmin. They just need to stay focused and RAMP UP their customer support.
As a BIG Garmin customer, shareholder and booster I am happy. SMILE.
There seems to be four patents involved, and they, on face value, look pretty broad and vague, e.g., ‘providing performance data to an athlete‘! Another has to do with exercise functionality being monitored by a networked APP. Philips is claiming that Fitbit’s violations go back to 2007 (which is a long time) while Garmin only started to infringe 7-years later.
Philips is basically asking for damages and for Garmin & Fitbit to may a licensing fee going forward. This will drag through courts for years and each company will spend millions in lawyers’ fees arguing their case.