Folks are claiming that it is available in Australia.
ISSUE: The U.S. availability for the new Garmin VENU is still stated as being 5 — 8 weeks, the SAME it was when it was announced 4-weeks ago, on September 5, 2019. Ideally it should now be saying, worst case, 3 — 5 weeks. Yes, Garmin could change this tomorrow to say ‘1 — 3 Days’. It does happen.
The Garmin Forums, however, have had an active ‘VENU’ Forum for at least the last couple of weeks. There are some interesting posts on that Forum. There are those that claim that they already have a VENU. At least one claims he got it from Australia. As you can see, above, I checked. Plausible. But, it doesn’t make sense UNLESS Garmin is using Australia as a big beat-site.
And to add further credence, on the Forum, ‘Garmin’ has announced that they are rolling out v.3.40 of the software.
CONCERNS: There is also a post, on the Forum, from what looks like a Garmin ‘insider’ that speculates that the delay may be due to the US-China trade war and tensions. They are not sure, but there is a concern. YIKES! Not good. This could hit all of us hard.
At this rate it is going to be touch and go whether the VENU will be available for Black Friday. Maybe that is not a bad thing. You don’t really want it discounted that soon.
In terms of the availability being stuck at ‘5 to 8 weeks’, it reminds me of the infamous Vivoactive 3 roll-out exactly 2-years ago. Same scenario. Makes me nervous because I had a lot of bad luck with the Vivoactive 3.
ISSUE: Because AMOLED displays can be a drag on the battery there is a ‘low-power’ ‘always-on’ display ‘mode’ (which just shows the time) on the VENU. The ‘Fitbit Versa 2‘ has that too. Appears, however, that this always-on mode has issues. Only a few watch faces support it. ‘Crystal’, which I tried on my Garmin MARQ, being one of them. But, I also see that ‘Crystal’ and a few other watch faces are now claiming that they are permanently ON, impacting battery life, even IF they are not your chosen watch face! Yikes. That is bad. I didn’t install ‘Crystal’ on my Fenix 6 because of this.
CONCERN: Will more and more watch faces end up being permanently on because they want to support the VENU always-on display mode? That would be a shame.
ISSUE: I am seeing, on the Forum, sensor (e.g., barometer) and software bug issues very similar to what I saw with the initial roll-out of the Vivoactive 3. That worries me. Yes, the VENU, theoretically, is still in beta-test phase. So, maybe they will iron out these issues. But, I doubt whether they will opt for new sensors this late in the game.
CONCERN: I had two Vivoactive 3s die on me. I just don’t want to go through that with the VENU.
So, those are my issues & concerns.
OK, I am SORRY.
But, I am, kind of, chuffed —
you can hate me, but you can’t blame me.
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This is per my new Garmin Fenix 6 Sapphire, which I wear 24×7.
So, for the record I turned 66 last month, i.e., September. So, this is actually less than 1/2 my age.
Yes, I have been working hard on this for the last 6-months, having had knee-surgery exactly 7-months ago, i.e., March 7, 2019. I was on crutches for 6-weeks. Though I climbed stairs on my crutches to stay semi0fit, I couldn’t really get going until I was able to start walking. Then, I really started to walk.
Walking 7-miles a day was EASY in the Summer. But, it is now getting cold. It was in the low 40s Fahrenheit (F) this morning. So, given I am no longer carrying much fat (I am down to below 150lbs in weight) I have to dress warm. Plus, I am old. So, these were taken today, and a glimpse of what I get to walk through. I do not complain.
This, i.e., a fitness age of 46, was from 3 months ago.
So, I have come a long way.
There was no pain to talk about
— throughout, from surgery to now.
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So, from the very first time I powered up my new Fenix 6 Sapphire, i.e., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, I knew there was something different about the display. I was aware that it was fractionally bigger than that of my Garmin MARQ Explorer (i.e., 1.3″ vs 1.2″) and had a marginally higher resolution (i.e., 260×260 vs 240×240). But, you could tell that there was something different and APPEALING about the Fenix 6 Display.
When I came around to doing the settings I noticed a big difference. In my old age I like a bright display. So, over the last 2-years or so I had the brightness on my Fenix 5, Fenix 5+ and MARQ Expedition all set at 70%. I was kind of used to 70% being my default setting — and, yes, I needed to charge my watches every couple of days (and having continuous PULSE Ox on the MARQ didn’t help). With the Fenix 6 when I got to 50% I was happy! Big difference. You can see that on the top picture: 70% vs. 50%.
Then, yesterday, I installed ActiFace on the Fenix 6 and was studying them side-by-side. See middle picture above.
That is when I noticed it and you can see it in the two top pictures. The display background on the Fenix 6 is deep black — like you would get on an AMOLED-display. That is what makes all the difference. It makes everything else POP. Notice that the fonts are also smoother. A better overall display. You can’t deny that.
Then the last picture is the final proof. The Fenix 6, with brightness at 50%, is brighter than the MARQ at 70%.
To be honest, I would no longer buy a MARQ Expedition! Get the titanium body Fenix 6 Sapphire and a $22 leather strap from Amazon and you can save yourself $500!
My Garmin Fenix 6 Is At Software Version 4.10, My MARQ Expedition At 5.10 — They Both Have The ‘Respiration’ Widget.
I had heard about software 4.10 for the Fenix 6 yesterday. I was, at that point, still at 3.80. Late last night, i.e., Friday, September 27, 2019, I connected the Fenix 6 to Garmin Express. Got the update pretty quickly. Took a few minutes to install, but there were no problems. Pretty smooth.
As you can see from the above descriptions, which I got from ‘Garmin Forums’, they essentially track each other. That is good — albeit with the newer Fenix 6 leading the way and the MARQ getting the features added on. But, not an issue. Garmin is doing the MARQ updates quickly. Hope it carries on like that.
The only new enhancement that really interested me was the ‘all day respiration’ widget. I installed it on both watches. Neat. I even read how it works — by minutely analysing changes in heart rate at the millisecond level. It is good to have a widget that tells you that you are still breathing! At my age that can be an issue. I like the readings I am seeing. They look OK to I, but I have no idea if they are accurate.
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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To appreciate the truly monumental magnitude of this endorsement by my wife, you have to understand 5 germane facts:
- My wife is not new to fitness trackers or Fitbit; she actually was a very early adopter of Fitbit and had their original clip-on tracker 10-years ago.
- My wife has, and usually wears, a Garmin Vivosport with GPS and has owned a Fitbit Alta HR & Flex 2.
- My wife, earlier this year, wore both a Fitbit ‘Versa Lite‘ and a ‘Inspire HR‘ and was not overly impressed.
- My wife is very fussy about what she will wear on her wrist (and it takes a lot of convincing on my part to get her to try these watches that I get for evaluation).
- My wife is the dream demographics for this Fitbit.
I was blown away. She likes her Garmin and could not wait to take the ‘Versa Lite’ and the ‘Inspire HR’ off a wrist. The Versa 2 she loves. And the reason is fairly simple. The BRIGHT, BIG AMOLED display. AMOLED displays, when properly implemented are addictive. They look so bright, crisp, vivid and appealing. So, it is basically the display, and display alone! Everything else she pretty much got with her Garmin — which has GPS to boot. But, she never uses the GPS.
This is good news for Fitbit. My wife is THE target market for this Apple Watch ‘killer’. If my wife loves it, so will legions of other females. And that, as far as Fitbit is concerned, should be all that matters.
They, HRM USA, is having a Fitbit Versa 2 GIVEAWAY.
Search ‘Garmin’ & ‘Fitbit’.