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.
Yes, Apple ‘Watch Series 4’ pioneered ECG/EKG way back in 2018. This is, however, Fitbit’s first foray into this field. That it has got US FDA approval is BIG. Samsung is still struggling to get this approved on their new ‘Watch 3’. That must be galling for them.
The Fitbit ‘Sense’, at $329, is quite the watch. It has built-in GPS & all the latest health tracking features. Most impressive Fitbit ever — & it even has an AMOLED, always-on display with a 6-day battery life. This is quite the watch & it is $100 cheaper than the Samsung ‘Watch 3’. Hopefully I will get one, in October, from ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA‘ (HRM USA) to evaluate. I will keep you posted. OK?
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.
I was at least 4-hours AHEAD of the pack. As soon as I heard that Garmin had been down for a ‘few’ hours I suspected a HACK. It was much, much later that others cottoned onto this & the rumors of the ransomware surfaced.
I am, however, still NOT convinced.
Being the professional cynic that I am (& a pioneering hacker from the early the 1970s) I have doubts.
What if the supposed ransomware is BUT a ruse to cover up a MASSIVE hack. Yes, the files & data has been encrypted per ransomware, BUT what if they sucked up all the data beforehand.
I am convinced, rightly or wrongly, that we are headed for a major cyber war with China. I think China is trying out their technology & tactics all over the place, Australia in particular. I have a theory that this could be China trying it out on a medium size US company — though I think many of the Garmin servers are in Europe.
Then again, it might be Google! Remember they are in the process of buying up FitBit. Plus, they are HUNGRY for fitness/health data. By hacking Garmin they get access to millions of active users!
Think about it.
P.S., I am a Garmin shareholder, & yes, I sold some of my GRMN shares today, on the news. SMILE.
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I have worn it for 4-days now, side-by-side, on the same wrist, as my $700 Garmin Fenix 6. Step count on the Fitbit Charge 4 has tracked that of the Fenix pretty well. Within 1%. That is amazing for a Fitbit.
And then GPS. Wow. Am I blown away. You have two GPS tracks above.
I would contend that on the longer walk the Fitbit GPS tracked my path better — with more detail. I walked with the dogs and they drag me from side-to-side of the road — and these are DIRT ROADS in the woods with hardly any traffic. So, crisscrossing is not an issue.
Then having the ‘heart rate’ & ‘pace’ overlays on top of the GPS track — brilliant & magic. Love it.
I am humbled. As many of you know, I am a Garmin MAN — and I even own Garmin shares (and have done so for a longtime). Yes, I owned Fitbit too, but that was NOT pretty.
No, I will NOT be wearing the Fitbit Charge 4. SMILE. Slightly too small for my liking. I will be sending it back, with my compliments, to my friends at ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’ who were kind enough to ship me this for evaluation. Job done. I am pleased. Nice tracker.
Well done, Fitbit.
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This is BRILLIANT.
I like it. Very clever. And now that we have it, it is SO OBVIOUS.
This is GOLD for the serious athlete. Wow.
I am impressed.
One thing I have NOT found with the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS — is an elevation plot. I just have not come across it. You would think it would be easy to find.
GPS on the Fitbit Charge 4 GPS is accurate. I am wearing it next to my $700 Garmin Fenix 6.
This is one heck of a band. Fitbit has done good.
The Versa 2 was a winner. And now this.
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Wow. I was amazed and impressed.
This morning I did this SHORT GPS comparison. Today was my ‘day-off’. In terms of exercise I have been on a 3-days ON, 1-day OFF routine for ever. It works for I. I get 6-days of exercise a week with 1-day off. I am cool with that. On my day off I do not do my 4+ walk (in the morning) or my 23-minutes on my exercise bike. Hence, this short walk.
The GPS map track is GOOD. Distance is about the same as that on the Garmin. The time difference is explainable. I can’t turn them both on/off at the same time.
I just checked the step counts for the day. 110-step difference between the two at 7,800 steps. That is good. Very good.
I am impressed. Best Fitbit, in terms of accuracy, yet.
Well done, Fitbit.
When you are as active as I just one activity tracker, even one as powerful as the Garmin Fenix 6. SMILE.
My friends at HRM USA (and they are good friends, indeed) asked me to checkout the new Fitbit Charge 4. A ‘year ago’ I said “no more Fitbits. I will get wife to check them out. I will only do Garmins“. But, they are very nice. So, I relented.
With Fitbit the first thing I check is STEPS.
So, so far so good.
I like it. SMILE.
I Am Sure Garmin Already Has Something Close To The ‘Active Zone Minutes’ Feature In The New Fitbit ‘Charge 4’.
So, Fitbit has added GPS and a VO2 max capability. Those of us who have mid- to high-end Garmin’s take that for granted.
The new feature being promoted with the new Fitbit Charge 4 is this ‘Active Zone Minutes‘.
From what I see this looks pretty similar to, if not the same as, ‘Intensity Minutes‘ on the Garmin.
OK, I will admit & confess. It is not a feature I bother with. At 67 I am more than happy with my fitness. SMILE. So, I have never looked at that. But, I just checked the menu to see what it was called. If it is not the same, Garmin will be able to tweak it, in the next software rollouts, to match Fitbit or even go beyond.
So, I am not sure that this Fitbit is of any interest to us with Garmins. [Yes, my wife wears a Fitbit Versa 2 and loves it. I realized about a year ago that I am a Garmin man and that I shouldn’t bother even looking at Fitbits.]
Timex watches are UGLY. Wow. Real ugly.
This Ironman RS300 GPS, for the price (i.e., $120), has decent specs and the battery life is quite compelling.
But, look at it. It is butt ugly.
I would NOT wear it if I was paid to wear it. Yes, I am very fussy as to what I will wear on my wrist. SMILE.
At the $120 range you are in Fitbit Versa 2 territory and while the Fitbit may lack GPS it looks nice.
So, that is my take. Butt ugly.