There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!
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Yesterday, when I went back to the Fenix 5 Plus, the first thing I did was USB charge it on my PC. While I was at it I fired up Garmin Express to check for updates. There were NONE! I was surprised. I expected there to be one. Nada.
So, today I went looking. OK, there is a 6.51 beta, released on December 17, 2018, but per the Change Log it only has one bike-related fix.
Hhhmmm … I am surprised and disappointed. I had expected that Garmin would have rolled out a slew of fixes and some new features. Maybe it was the holidays. Stay tuned … What else can we do. Try to contact Garmin? That was a JOKE.
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20-days ago when I strapped on a Amazfit Verge for evaluation.
The final watch face I was using on the ‘Amazfit Verge’.
During the 123-days that I owned the Fenix 5 Plus I have taken it off and put aside on two occasions. Once, for 10-days, when I was evaluating a ‘Polar Vantage V‘ and now for 20-days when I flirted with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. I had very different reactions to these two watches. I was glad to get rid of the ‘Polar Vantage V’. It was a very boring, insipid watch. Not so with the Verge. I like the Verge. I returned the Vantage V though I had the option of keeping it (for free). I am keeping the Verge!
The Verge still has some ways to go. Floors climbed is a joke — a very bad joke. That was the one big flaw I found, other than the Amazfit APP not working with Android 9.
The AMOLED display on the Verge is an absolute joy. I can’t wait for Garmin to start using AMOLED displays.
Well, it is still kind of nice to have my Fenix 5 Plus back on my wrist. I have got used to its feel and I do like all the widgets.
Me and My Trackers.
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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.
So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.
In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.
Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.
I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.
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It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).
Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.
I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.
‘Amazfit Verge’ A Very Attractive & Pleasing Smartwatch With GPS/Glonass & Continuous Heart Rate Monitoring.
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As those of you familiar with this blog must know, I am ‘into’ activity trackers and, moreover, wear one 24×7 (which for the last 10-months has been, bar a few days, here and there, a Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus)). I keep an eye on the industry and try and check out smartwatches that really catch my fancy. The ‘Amazfit Verge‘, happened to be one of these.
Amazfit has been on my radar for a few months. I think they have HUGE potential. If they play their cards right they could be the next Fitbit. They definitely have the resources, backing, technology and know-how to do that. They are a part of Chinese smartphone giant Xiaomi. That gives them a lot of muscle and clout — not to mention incentive.
The ‘Verge’ is Amazfit’s latest smartwatch. I was impressed with its specs and looks as soon as I saw them some months back. I have been trying to get my hands on one ever since.
I got one on Friday, and have been wearing it for the last 24-hours.
I like it. I like it a LOT. It is a very PLEASING watch. Personable. A watch you can relate to it. A visually striking and very attractive display. Bright and bold. Not washed out. It is going to be a nice watch to run with.
We, in the northeast, were pounded by a huge snow & sleet storm today — as some of you may know. So, I spent over 3.5 hours, outside, in the cold, shoveling. Of the 8,000 steps I have taken so far today, at least 7,000 were of me pushing snow.
The ‘Verge’, from what I can see, is pretty accurate in terms of steps, floors climbed and heart-rate. The HR maybe 5 bpm too fast — but it definitely seems to be in the right range.
It records a TON of data. I am still wading through and trying to get to grips with it. Didn’t have much time today — with all that shoveling.
The APP, once I got it paired, works fine. I have automatic synching on and it synchs fine. I have both Bluetooth & Wi-Fi set-up. Setting up Wi-Fi was a breeze.
So, far … I am SOLD. Sold, big time. For this price this is quite the watch, with a responsive touch-screen to boot.
Much more to come, of course. This was but a quick, ‘first impressions’.
Yes, I finally managed to get an Amazfit Verge — yesterday. Today, I got around to unpacking it. Yes, this is still with the protective cover on it. You can see the little flap at the bottom with the red line.
I am still in the process of setting it up. Alas, it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped. For a start the Amazfit APP does not work with Android 9 — as in my trusty Google Pixel 2! That did not amuse me much. I had to install the APP on a Tablet. That worked. After that it was fairly straightforward sailing. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze and downloading a new software update was pretty easy.
I haven’t started wearing it on my wrist as yet. Will do so shortly.
Yes, I will keep YOU posted. It is very light. WOW.
This is BIG. Garmin ticks off another box on the ‘smartwatch‘ checklist — cellular connectivity. For now it is limited to Verizon and the Vivoactive 3M. But, we know it will soon be extended to include the Fenix 5 Plus and the Forerunner 645M and more cellular carriers.
Some of you are going to LOVE this especially if you have Verizon.
The two-way texting could be neat though not sure how practical it will be.
Those safety features could prove to be the main catch. I go running in some remote places without a phone and it would be nice to know that, if needed, I could get help using my watch.
But, from what I see, the initial push is for music download and I am skeptical about that. But, maybe Garmin got enough requests.
It is kind of pre-announced at CES 2019. Not going to be available for 8-weeks (i.e., two more months) and it is interesting that Garmin is not quoting a price on its Website. I checked around. Pricing has not been determined as yet.
I will, of course, keep you posted. Stay tuned (and you don’t need Verizon LTE for that).