At last a media article that gives Garmin, and the Fenix 5 (Plus), just dues. I was getting so fed up of seeing articles/post that gave Garmin short shrift or no mention at all. It was always Fitbit, Apple and Samsung. And in reality none of these can hold a candle to the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus) — and yes, I do own, and wear, ’24×7′, a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Even the new Polar Vantage V falls short in most instances.
This article in Forbes is pretty much on the mark. The Fitbit ‘Versa’ is a joke next to a Garmin.
But, check out the article. I thought it was fair.
Happy New Year — with YOUR Garmin.
This, from what I have read, for a much sought after feature on Apple Watches. Some were buying Apple JUST for this feature and you may even have read a few stories about folks crediting the Apple Watch of saving their lives by notifying them of abnormal heart rates.
So, Garmin had no option but to respond and it is good that they have done so now … ahead of the new wave of watches that are supposed to be announced by the likes of Samsung over the next few months.
It has, as you can see from the second image, on the latest beta software for the Fenix 5.
It is not a feature that interests me but I know that many of you will be thrilled. So, go for it. All the best.
Now that Garmin, with the somewhat star-crossed Forerunner 645M, has worked out who to put music into their watches there is no stopping them.
We learned yesterday that they will be introducing a Fenix 5 PLUS range that has music — and today the announcement of the Vivoactive 3M at $299.99. The non-music Vivoactive 3 is now down to $249.99. I think that that is a full $80 — $100 cheaper than what it was when introduced last November.
Challenging times for Garmin. It is getting squeezed on all sides by Fitbit, Apple, Samsung …
I will, as always, keep you posted.
My other Garmin/Fitbit pages on Facebook.
Given that I already had fairly well visited Facebook pages for the ‘Garmin Forerunner 645‘, ‘Garmin Vivoactive 3‘ and ‘Fitbit Ionic‘, it seemed only sensible to have one for the Garmin Fenix 5 — since that is the only one of these that I now have.
So, that was the rationale.
I get a fair amount of interaction on the Vivoactive 3 page and I even help some folks out.
Maybe, with luck, I can do the same with this Fenix 5 page.
I Am Getting A Garmin Fenix 5, Rather Than Garmin Forerunner 935 (or 645), To Replace The Fitbit Ionic.
So, yesterday, which was EXACTLY the 3-month anniversary of me strapping it to my wrist, I parted company with the Fitbit Ionic. I really, really resented and hated that watch! I never realized that I could harbor that much animosity towards an inanimate object. I am very proud of myself that I did not destroy it and instead handed it over to Teischan, in immaculate condition, with not even a mark on it!
I was, as some of you know, going to get the newly released Garmin Forerunner 645. But, as with the Garmin Vivoactive 3, Garmin had released it half-baked. It was not as yet ready for prime time. There were just too many problems with it. And the last thing I wanted was another unreliable Garmin.’
So, I was going to get the Forerunner 945. That was PERFECT for my needs. Rugged, tested and function-rich.
But, then last Thursday night — given that I monitor prices, reviews and feedback on select watches incessantly — I noticed that Garmin Fenix prices, on the GLASS models, were coming down DRASTICALLY.
Over the weekend the Fenix 5 (Glass) prices were the same as that of the Forerunner 945.
There used to be two negatives against the Fenix 5. It was expensive and BIG.
Now the first was GONE. Miraculously. WOW!
It was, however, still BIG and HEAVY. The Forerunner 945 is the Fenix 5 in a lighter, all-plastic case.
But, my business-acumen insisted that I would be STUPID not to get the Fenix 5, despite its size/weight, because it a SUPERIOR WATCH which HOLDS it price.
So, price being equal (before an additional discount I was due because I have been such a good customer), I ordered a Fenix 5 — of course, black-on-black (as with my Vivoactive 3).
So, now you know.
A NEW Fenix must be imminent. Hence, the drop in prices — for the glass models. I am ‘OK’ not getting the sapphire, though the Wi-Fi would have been nice.
Final kicker: Teischan, on a blind-test, said the Fenix looked better.
I just HOPE it is not too heavy. But, I will NOT return it just on the size/weight. That will be a cross I will bear.
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The prior firmware version, viz., 18.104.22.168, was released February 12, 2018.
A monthly firmware rollout is now fairly standard for these types of watches, whether Fitbit or Garmin.
So, I am anticipating an update anytime now. As we know there are PLENTY of bugs, some introduced with 22.214.171.124, such as GPS inaccuracy, that have to be fixed.
I hope they get it out sooner than later, and ideally this week! Why, I only have another 10-days with the Ionic. At that point my 12-year old gets it, in place of the iWOWNFit she got for her birthday. I am getting a Garmin Forerunner 935. Was going to get the Forerunner 645, but that, alas, like the Garmin Vivoactive 3, has too many teething issues.
So, ideally I would like to have the Ionic updated and tested before I hand it over.
May 3, 2018 would be exactly 3-months of me having the Ionic. I set that has a self-imposed punishment: “keep it for 3-months, now that you got one“!
I will, of course, keep you posted.
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GPS Altimeter APP on my Google Pixel 2 phone
So, on this relatively warm Spring day I sat on the steps outside our house with my Fitbit Ionic, by 10″ ASUS Android Tablet and my Google Pixel 2 phone. I had various GPS Altimeter APPS on the tablet and the phone. So, I kicked them up and also invoked the Fitbit Ionic Altitude APP.
None of the readings match up to each other!
Sacré bleu. This is pretty bad.
I will have to do more research. I expected some variance BUT nothing this bad. Basically NONE of my GPS altitude readings match. Oh, dear.
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This is NOT good. Very disappointing and discouraging. I, like so many others, was rooting for the Garmin Forerunner 645. On paper it looks irresistible.
Shame that Garmin rushed it out before it was ready for prime-time.
That step count accuracy is poor is extremely damning. That is the basic, core function. IF you can’t trust that, then there is no point getting the FR645.
I am more or less sure that I will not get a FR645 anymore. Not worth the risk. Thinking of getting a Forerunner 935 which gets better reviews, on a consistent basis, and has been on the market for over a year. So, it is proven.