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.
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The prior firmware version, viz., 220.127.116.11, 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 18.104.22.168, 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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That I had it, and worn it, for 59-days does NOT mean that I like it or intend to keep it for much longer!
It’s ONLY redeeming feature has been that it has not died on me as did the Garmin Vivoactive 3s.
But, the Fitbit Ionic is not accurate. All the stats, especially heart rate, feels suspect. I think altitude/elevation is pure fabrication.
It is per the Lewis Carroll adage “that a watch that doesn’t work is better than one that is one-minute late, in that the one that is broken will tell the correct time twice a day” WORSE than one that is frozen.
I do NOT like the Fitbit Ionic. It has nothing going for it.
I am going to wear it till March 2, 2018 — just so that I can say I had it for 3-months. At that point I am getting another Garmin, now most likely a Garmin Forerunner 935. Why a Garmin. Because it gives me more data and does so on the watch. Plus, the FR 935 is rugged and proven.
Stay tuned. The sorry saga continues.
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.
The highlighted (i.e., in red box) comment, on the last line above, sums it all up — the impression that Garmin released it before it was ready to be released.
That was what they did with the Vivoactive 3 — as I found to my cost.
I had a hunch this would happen with the Forerunner 645, which is why I have maintained, from the start, that I was going to wait. I am so glad that I did NOT rush to get one.
I am, as you can see, monitoring this and keeping you posted. I will continue to do that.
It is, however, possible that I might not get a FR 645 after all! I might get a Forerunner 935 instead. It is a proven product which appears to be solid, stable and reliable.
The Vivoactive 3 and Forerunner 645, in particular, do NOT support ‘Open Water Swim’ though they do support ‘Pool Swim’.
This distinction and restriction drives folks nuts, so, I decided to get to the bottom of it.
It has all to do with GPS/Glonass support — or lack thereof IN WATER.
GPS does not work very well when the sensor is submerged in water. THAT IS THE CRUX OF THE ISSUE.
If you just want a GPS distance and track while you swim in open water you could try putting your watch into running mode and having it attached to a swim cap. That is supposed to work.
‘Pool Swim’, by definition, means that GPS is DISABLED. Pool swim data is measured using the ACCELEROMETER. Got that? No GPS … just accelerometer.
So, how do the more expensive watches like the Garmin Forerunner 935 and Fenix 5 support open water swimming? They use the GYROSCOPE.
With the gyroscope you only need occasional GPS fixes. The gyroscopes fills in the gaps between the GPS readings. The Vivoactive 3 does NOT have a gyroscope. Hence why open water swim is not available.
But, alas, a gyroscope alone is also NOT enough. For open water swim you ALSO need a powerful enough CPU to continually calculate the data. Got that?
Hence why open water swim is not supported on the Forerunner 645 though it has a gyroscope. The CPU in it is not as powerful as that in a FR935. Got that.
So, that is the deal.
To get open water swim support you need a gyroscope and a big enough CPU. Without that you only get pool swim which only uses the accelerometer.
You can TRY and use running or pool swim in open water — though the results will be mixed and most likely inaccurate.
So, that is the story. Now you know.