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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Has Not Had A Firmware Update In Nearly 5-Months!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and study. From ‘Garmin Forums’ @ forums.garmin.com.


Everytime I power up ‘Garmin Express‘ while I am charging my Fenix 5 Plus I expect to get a firmware update. But, it is always ‘You are uptodate‘.

I kind of knew there were some betas so I went to the Garmin Forums to check what is going on.

I was right. Last update was at the end of November 2018 — Version 6. I have that. Nothing since.

That is NOT right. It isn’t as if there are no bugs that need to be fixed or features added.

Garmin used to be pretty good at doing updates. But, now … this.

Sure, they want some of us to UPGRADE to the MARQ series. We will see.


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‘Garmin’ ‘UltraTrac’ GPS Distance Measurement Is A Cruel Joke.

by Anura Guruge


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I am shocked and appalled! This is NOT RIGHT. UltraTrac can’t be this bad — but it is.

That 0.44 mile walk was from Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — my first day off crutches in 6-weeks after my knee surgery. My first walk in 6-weeks. As I am walking I realize that the GPS distance is off — way off. But, I persevered. Today, 2-days later I clocked the distance of just a part of that walk using my car. Just that section came to 0.4 miles and I didn’t even bother driving half of the ‘course’.

This is stupid. Same problem that Garmin has with open water swimming.

There really should not be an issue. It should be able to compute the distance between the GPS reading. It, with my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, even has the gyroscope to tell it which way I was headed. Very disappointed.

Did a Google on ‘UltraTac’. This is a known and COMMON problem. I am amazed that Garmin hasn’t bothered to fix it.

So, heads-up. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, use UltraTac. It is a joke.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: Availability Is Now Supposedly 2 – 3 Weeks (From The 3 – 5 Weeks).

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


3.5 weeks after they were announced Garmin finally got around the updating the availability to say ‘2 – 3 weeks’. I guess that is par for the course for Garmin. But, still nothing on Amazon.

If the Vivoactive 3 roll-out was any indication things could start to rapidly change from this point onwards. So, I guess we are looking at the first week in May.

I am still hoping to get my hands on the ‘Expedition’ model.


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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 MARQ’ Smartwatches: 3-Weeks After Announcements Still No Signs Of Availability.

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


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There might be nothing awry or amiss, but I find it a tad incongruous. 3-weeks ago when it was announced, Garmin, as is fairly typical for them, said “availability within 3-5 weeks”. OK, so we have now had 3-weeks. Shouldn’t this now say: “availability within 2-3 weeks”?

That there is NOTHING on Amazon is even more curious. Typically they would have pre-orders by now. I remember that from when I was waiting for a Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Maybe this will all change this week. Just a heads-up. I was curious and I do plan to get my hands on one — the Expedition.


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The First Review Of The New ‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches — “Digital Trends”.

by Anura Guruge


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He really does seem to be struggling to find good things to say about them. That is not surprising. Like I, he too is concerned about their price and specialization. Garmin makes it sound like you need BOTH the ‘Athlete’ & ‘Expedition’, for a total cost of $2,250, if you are into running, swimming, biking and hiking.

What bothers me most, and this review highlights it, is that this is but an upgrade to the Fenix 5 Plus — but maintaining the same old display technology and most likely most of the innards.

That said, I most likely will get one! {Smile}

I can upgrade my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus for one of the models — most likely the ‘Expedition’. The upgrade path is the only reason I would get one. Makes it reasonably affordable — and crazy not to get so that I will be in line to UPGRADE to the next new watch from Garmin. {Smile}

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Heart Rate Readings Par With My $750 ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’.

by Anura Guruge


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Last night I started wearing my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus alongside the Inspire HR to see how the readings matched up.

I checked the heart rate (HR) on a pretty regular basis.

The Inspire HR heart rate was always with +/- 5 beats per minute (bpm) of the Fenix 5+.

That +/- 5 b

pm variation is GOOD. Very good.

Neither the Fenix nor the Inspire HR measure HR ‘non-stop’ so to speak. They read it a few times each minute. Maybe once a minute. That is to save battery life. So, there is no guarantee that they are both reading my wrist at the same time. What I did observe is that the Inspire HR always catches up to the Fenix within 30-seconds or so.

I have had (and worn) a Fenix 5(+) for nearly a year. I have checked its HR against multiple other devices: blood pressure cuffs, oximeters etc. I even got a nurse to check it last August. She was impressed. Said the Fenix 5 readings were within the range they consider ‘more than acceptable’.

I was impressed. $750 watch vs a band that costs $99.95. Just wanted to share that with you.


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