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The Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Has Not Had A Firmware Update In Nearly 5-Months!

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and study. From ‘Garmin Forums’ @ forums.garmin.com.


Everytime I power up ‘Garmin Express‘ while I am charging my Fenix 5 Plus I expect to get a firmware update. But, it is always ‘You are uptodate‘.

I kind of knew there were some betas so I went to the Garmin Forums to check what is going on.

I was right. Last update was at the end of November 2018 — Version 6. I have that. Nothing since.

That is NOT right. It isn’t as if there are no bugs that need to be fixed or features added.

Garmin used to be pretty good at doing updates. But, now … this.

Sure, they want some of us to UPGRADE to the MARQ series. We will see.


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‘Garmin’ ‘UltraTrac’ GPS Distance Measurement Is A Cruel Joke.

by Anura Guruge


Click to ENLARGE and be shocked.


Click to access my 2018 post.


I am shocked and appalled! This is NOT RIGHT. UltraTrac can’t be this bad — but it is.

That 0.44 mile walk was from Wednesday, April 17, 2019 — my first day off crutches in 6-weeks after my knee surgery. My first walk in 6-weeks. As I am walking I realize that the GPS distance is off — way off. But, I persevered. Today, 2-days later I clocked the distance of just a part of that walk using my car. Just that section came to 0.4 miles and I didn’t even bother driving half of the ‘course’.

This is stupid. Same problem that Garmin has with open water swimming.

There really should not be an issue. It should be able to compute the distance between the GPS reading. It, with my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, even has the gyroscope to tell it which way I was headed. Very disappointed.

Did a Google on ‘UltraTac’. This is a known and COMMON problem. I am amazed that Garmin hasn’t bothered to fix it.

So, heads-up. Do NOT, I repeat, DO NOT, use UltraTac. It is a joke.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: Availability Is Now Supposedly 2 – 3 Weeks (From The 3 – 5 Weeks).

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


3.5 weeks after they were announced Garmin finally got around the updating the availability to say ‘2 – 3 weeks’. I guess that is par for the course for Garmin. But, still nothing on Amazon.

If the Vivoactive 3 roll-out was any indication things could start to rapidly change from this point onwards. So, I guess we are looking at the first week in May.

I am still hoping to get my hands on the ‘Expedition’ model.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus — A New Set Of Maps, Including TopoActive For U.S. & Canada, Now Available.

by Anura Guruge



When I connected to Garmin Express today, i.e., April 10, 2019, it told me that there was a new version of the maps.

I asked for the download. I was USB connected, so it didn’t take long. Not long at all. Under 5 minutes, I am sure.

Maps installed within seconds of I unplugging the watch from the USB cable. Tried the local maps. Seems fine.

This is just a heads up.


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by Anura Guruge

Garmin Forerunner 735XT On Sale At ‘Amazon UK’ At A 43% Discount.

by Anura Guruge


Click image to access the Amazon UK product page.


I read about this on Google News this morning.

I checked Amazon U.S. Normal pricing. I also checked Garmin. No discount.

But, sure enough, it is deeply discounted on Amazon U.K.

I have heard rumors that there is a NEW Forerunner in the wings and Amazon U.K. may have jumped the gun.

It could be a mistake. It might not last.

But, if you are in the U.K. and want a good, mid-range Garmin you might want to check this — FAST.


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‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches: 3-Weeks After Announcements Still No Signs Of Availability.

by Anura Guruge


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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


Link to Garmin product page.


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There might be nothing awry or amiss, but I find it a tad incongruous. 3-weeks ago when it was announced, Garmin, as is fairly typical for them, said “availability within 3-5 weeks”. OK, so we have now had 3-weeks. Shouldn’t this now say: “availability within 2-3 weeks”?

That there is NOTHING on Amazon is even more curious. Typically they would have pre-orders by now. I remember that from when I was waiting for a Garmin Vivoactive 3.

Maybe this will all change this week. Just a heads-up. I was curious and I do plan to get my hands on one — the Expedition.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ vs ‘Garmin Vivosport’ Step Count. Prepare To Be Amazed.

by Anura Guruge


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Spot the difference.

Worn all day, side-by-side. 24-hours. Midnight Friday to Midnight Saturday.


She started wearing them, together, on Thursday,
so we can get a 24-hour reading on Friday.


I have tested it against other watches too.


You can draw your own conclusions. I had a hunch. I needed proof. I started logging steps on an Excel spreadsheet. But, right now, 3-weeks after major knee surgery, I am on crutches. Step counts don’t work too good with crutches.

My wife wears a Garmin Vivosport. So, I convinced her to help me test. She started wearing the Inspire HR on Thursday so that we could get a full day count on Friday. Well, you see the numbers. You make up your own mind.

Both bands needed charging. So, we are not going to test them today, i.e., Saturday. We will try again tomorrow.

My wife was speechless. She has heard me ranting and raving about fake steps. She just thought that it was just I … Now, she saw proof and was AMAZED.


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