Would appear they jumped the gun. That they are only offering grey is another clue that they somehow did NOT wait for Garmin’s announcement. Maybe they were confused given that it was supposed to be announced last week.
Garmin’s announcement of the ‘Venu SQ‘ is said to be towards the end of this month, i.e., September 2020.
The ‘Venu SQ’ was SUPPOSED to be announced September 16, 2020, alongside the ‘Forerunner 745’. Well that did NOT happen. Instead Garmin just announced the latest ‘Forerunner’.
The ‘Venu SQ’ is supposedly delayed until month end (if not longer). Not good. Usually Garmin would have gone ahead & announced & then stated a 6-9 week shipment delay.
Maybe they realized that they have to go back to an AMOLED screen! WOW.
What set out the Venu from all other Garmins was the bright, beautiful AMOLED display. And yes, AMOLED is a battery hog & that did not sit well with Garmin. Garmin likes to provide longer battery life at the expense of more striking screens. That is a problem.
But, abandoning AMOLED, in late 2020, on this type of watch is a mistake. With its shape it is going after the Fitbit Versa 2 & Apple. The Versa 2 has a great AMOLED display.
To compound matters there is also the new Samsung Watch 3 — with another v. attractive AMOLED display further augmented with a rotating bezel.
The Venu SQ will face stiff competition from these two. I will keep you posted.
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So, from the very first time I powered up my new Fenix 6 Sapphire, i.e., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, I knew there was something different about the display. I was aware that it was fractionally bigger than that of my Garmin MARQ Explorer (i.e., 1.3″ vs 1.2″) and had a marginally higher resolution (i.e., 260×260 vs 240×240). But, you could tell that there was something different and APPEALING about the Fenix 6 Display.
When I came around to doing the settings I noticed a big difference. In my old age I like a bright display. So, over the last 2-years or so I had the brightness on my Fenix 5, Fenix 5+ and MARQ Expedition all set at 70%. I was kind of used to 70% being my default setting — and, yes, I needed to charge my watches every couple of days (and having continuous PULSE Ox on the MARQ didn’t help). With the Fenix 6 when I got to 50% I was happy! Big difference. You can see that on the top picture: 70% vs. 50%.
Then, yesterday, I installed ActiFace on the Fenix 6 and was studying them side-by-side. See middle picture above.
That is when I noticed it and you can see it in the two top pictures. The display background on the Fenix 6 is deep black — like you would get on an AMOLED-display. That is what makes all the difference. It makes everything else POP. Notice that the fonts are also smoother. A better overall display. You can’t deny that.
Then the last picture is the final proof. The Fenix 6, with brightness at 50%, is brighter than the MARQ at 70%.
To be honest, I would no longer buy a MARQ Expedition! Get the titanium body Fenix 6 Sapphire and a $22 leather strap from Amazon and you can save yourself $500!
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To appreciate the truly monumental magnitude of this endorsement by my wife, you have to understand 5 germane facts:
- My wife is not new to fitness trackers or Fitbit; she actually was a very early adopter of Fitbit and had their original clip-on tracker 10-years ago.
- My wife has, and usually wears, a Garmin Vivosport with GPS and has owned a Fitbit Alta HR & Flex 2.
- My wife, earlier this year, wore both a Fitbit ‘Versa Lite‘ and a ‘Inspire HR‘ and was not overly impressed.
- My wife is very fussy about what she will wear on her wrist (and it takes a lot of convincing on my part to get her to try these watches that I get for evaluation).
- My wife is the dream demographics for this Fitbit.
I was blown away. She likes her Garmin and could not wait to take the ‘Versa Lite’ and the ‘Inspire HR’ off a wrist. The Versa 2 she loves. And the reason is fairly simple. The BRIGHT, BIG AMOLED display. AMOLED displays, when properly implemented are addictive. They look so bright, crisp, vivid and appealing. So, it is basically the display, and display alone! Everything else she pretty much got with her Garmin — which has GPS to boot. But, she never uses the GPS.
This is good news for Fitbit. My wife is THE target market for this Apple Watch ‘killer’. If my wife loves it, so will legions of other females. And that, as far as Fitbit is concerned, should be all that matters.
They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.
Search ‘Garmin’ & ‘Fitbit’.
‘Amazfit GTR’ With 24-Day Battery Life & Premium Fashion Look Will Be Available In The U.S. In August 2019.
The Amazfit GTR with the leather strap, titanium-body and high-end looks reminds me of the Garmin MARQ Expedition I wear — though there is an ORDER OF MAGNITUDE difference in price!
Functionally, other than the incredible, 24-day battery-life and water-resistance to 50-meters, it, with the trademark bright AMOLED display (with 326 pixel resolution), appears to have functionality similar to the quite impressive Amazfit Verge (e.g., GPS/GLONASS, 12 sport modes etc.). There is NO MENTION, as yet, of an ECG/EKG capability. But, that might come.
I have been told that it will be available in the U.S. in August 2019. I have not got an exact date yet. I will work on that.
Looks a nice watch. I might get one and put my Garmin MARQ Expedition away (to ‘appreciate’ in peace (SMILE)).
Bad news, not announced or available (officially) in the U.S. Only in China to begin with. That might also mean that there is NO English support on the watch as yet.
With the eSIM, in 4G mode, the battery life is rated at 28-hours. That means it needs to be charged every day. Folks are already complaining.
U.S. announcement is expected later in 2019.
The Soon To Be Available Samsung ‘Galaxy Active’ Smartwatch Will Measure Blood Pressure On The Wrist.
Heart rate monitoring is good. A must have and I am not sure I could now live without it.
ECG/EKG is cute, but it doesn’t seem to do much for I since I, to my amazement, appear to have a normal rhythm.
But, on the wrist blood pressure monitoring, with a smartwatch, is HUGE. I have always said I will get a smartwatch that will accurately measure blood pressure. This Samsung Galaxy Active appears to have it ALL for $199. It is crazy. GPS, sleep, AMOLED display, HR and blood pressure.
Now I did own a Samsung Frontier S3 but I didn’t use it much. Ended up selling it — for a decent price. But, the Galaxy Active might be different. Having blood pressure, on my wrist, 24×7, is hard to bypass.
Galaxy Active will NOT be available till March 8, 2019. There are NO reviews of the blood pressure feature as yet. I would like to see a couple of reviews. But, for that price I might just pre-order and if it does not work — return it.
Search ‘Samsung’ & ‘Christmas’.