‘Digital Boost’ — Finally A Decent Looking, Functional ‘Digital’ Watch Face From Garmin With A ‘Seconds’ Field.
If you have NOT noticed Garmin tends to focus on analog watch faces. To I that is so, so, so passé. Though I am old enough to have grown up with ONLY analog watches I no longer see any merit or joy in analog — ANYTHING (other than maybe vinyl records). I like to glance at my watch and see the time as it is, i.e., in DIGITAL.
I also like to see SECONDS. Not that it matters that much, but it seems a waste not to be able to see it because there times when it is nice to see time ticking away without having to activate a timer.
Finally with ‘Digital Boost‘ Garmin has given me a watch face that I like and will use!
Prior to this I always used ‘ActiFace‘ (below). No guarantee that I will not be going back to ‘ActiFace’ gives me EVERYTHING I want. I love ‘ActiFace’. But, I also would like a change.
Yes, ‘Digital Boost’ should, ideally, offer more customization. I, for one, do NOT need a ‘Move’ bar. It would be nice to plug-in sunrise/sunset somewhere.
But, this is a start. Wow. Thanks Garmin.
48-hours ago it was not supported on the new Garmin Fenix 6.
But, as of today, i.e., September 26, 2019, it is. I have it running, well, on my Fenix 6.
Yes, two-days ago I contacted the developer via the link in ‘Connect IQ’.
He e-mailed me this morning. Very nice gentleman. A lecturer in Computer Science in the U.S.
Programs these APPs as a hobby — for fun. That is wonderful. A very nice, generous person.
Try it out.
I have had this APP on my MARQ Expedition for a few months now. Comes in handy. Works well.
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From my ‘Garmin Connect’.
Select Activity to Edit and Hit the 3 ‘dots’ top-right (the ‘more’ menu).
I did NOT know about this neat and useful feature until I got an e-mail from Garmin about it yesterday. Wow.
I checked it out today. Pretty easy to access and use. You could even say intuitive. I am impressed.
I think we all do it — forget to stop an activity when we stop doing it. I often get distracted by having to take care of the dogs that accompany me on my walks or runs. So, now, if it really bothered me, I could go and edit it.
Check it out. Wanted to make sure you knew about it. Enjoy.
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The Garmin MARQ Expedition comes standard with a $199 Italian Vacchetta leather strap. It is very nice. Too nice, in my opinion, for everyday use, especially if you, like I, are in the habit of taking showers with your Garmin still on your wrist.
Luckily, Garmin includes, for ‘FREE’, an extra black silicone rubber watch strap. It is, in theory, a 22mm Quick Fit like those for a Garmin Fenix 5.
But, the strap is very different; everything about it is different. It has a raised shoulder and a bigger clasp. There is no gap between it and the watch. I like it.
My problem — I can’t find ANY other bands like it, even in black.
I have 5 Fenix 5 bands in different colors. They fit on the MARQ. But, they look different to the black band.
So, just a heads up.
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I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.
I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.
I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.
I saw the notification that NEW MAPS were awaiting download. I immediately clicked the INSTALL button.
Definitely suggest you hook up with Garmin Express soon as that Garmin Connect doesn’t try to download the maps over Bluetooth.
The installation on the watch took slightly longer than previous. But, there were no glitches.
From my records the last map update was in early April — about 6-weeks ago.
So, this is good.
If you have a Fenix 5 Plus series I would definitely make sure I get these the latest maps.
Though developed for the just announced Garmin Forerunner 945, the ‘Menstrual Cycle Tracking‘ feature is going to be available across many of Garmin’s mid- to high-end devices including some other Forerunners, Vivoactive 3 & Fenix 5 (Plus).
‘Menstrual Cycle’ is tracked using body temperature so your watch has to have a temperature sensor. That is the gating factor.
This feature has been on new Fitbits as of about October 2018. I got my wife to test a Fitbit Charge 3 with this feature last year and she was suitably impressed.
Though I just updated my Garmin Connect to the requisite 4.18 version, which has this feature, I don’t get to see it because my gender is set as ‘male’. No, I am NOT going to change that. But, from what I see, Garmin appears to offer more ‘note taking’ and ‘annotation’ options, e.g., you can record outbreaks of acne.
I know that many females will welcome this feature and put it to good use. So, I am glad.
Also, (as a Garmin shareholder to boot) I am glad that they did not restrict this to just the new Forerunner 945.
So, a good day for us Garmin owners.
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Notice the “Donation Setting”.
The icons have been changed. I think it looks better.
The BIG change, however, is that there is a “DONATION” setting — in Garmin Connect. Unless you ENABLE it YOUR user settings are NOT ACTIVATED. You don’t have to make a donation! You just need to acknowledge that you have seen the “DONATION” setting. I actually DID make a small donation. Only fair. It has to be a lot work. So, I was cool with that. I think we should only consider making a donation.
Here is the New Documentation.
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A few minutes later!
My Fenix 5, first thing in the morning, as soon as I get, giving me an inflated Resting Heart Rate (RHR) reading and then revising it down, quite dramatically, some time later, is now happening on a regular basis. So, here are two examples from different days, July 4 & July 6, 2018 — one showing readings from Garmin Connect and the other the watch Widget,
My Resting Heart Rate (RHR) due to decades of running and two-decades of being on heart-medicine Toprol XL, tends to be on the low side., especially when I am sleeping. It is not unusual for my sleeping heart rate to be in the 43 — 45 bpm range, sometimes falling to the high 30s. I tend to sync my Fenix 5 first thing in the morning and check my RHR (just to make sure that I am still alive).
I already did a post on this on July 4, 2018. Just wanted to show you the July 6th example too.
Then I noticed that the Fenix 5 adjusts this graph in time! So, the SPIKE goes away and it shows that my RHR is GOOD.
Today, July 8, 2018, it happened again. Initial reading, much to my chagrin, was in the high 50s. Few minutes later it dropped down to 46 bpm, which, for I, is par for the course.