Why, or Why?
Garmin is NOT in the indoor bike business and claiming that it is going to branch out into that sector is stupid.
Garmin has to stay with its core strengths: GPS and wearables!
This is stupid and I here talk as a longtime Garmin investor. So, I do have a right to be concerned. I have money in Garmin.
I was involved in a number of $100+ MILLION acquisitions in the late 1990s with Cisco — the then market leader in networking. We always worked on the adaje “don’t even think about buying a cow if you can get all the milk you need at a reasonable price”. Shame that nobody at Garmin knew of this basic rule of Mergers & Acquisitions (M&A). It is actually called the “Cow Rule”.
Garmin should be investing in health technology for its watches — blood pressure monitoring, diabetes etc.
Instead, it buys an unknown Dutch maker of indoor bike trainers. Blinking amazing. Typical Garmin.
There Has Been NO Software Update To The ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Since December 1, 2018; 6.51 Beta Only Fixes Biking Anomaly!
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Yesterday, when I went back to the Fenix 5 Plus, the first thing I did was USB charge it on my PC. While I was at it I fired up Garmin Express to check for updates. There were NONE! I was surprised. I expected there to be one. Nada.
So, today I went looking. OK, there is a 6.51 beta, released on December 17, 2018, but per the Change Log it only has one bike-related fix.
Hhhmmm … I am surprised and disappointed. I had expected that Garmin would have rolled out a slew of fixes and some new features. Maybe it was the holidays. Stay tuned … What else can we do. Try to contact Garmin? That was a JOKE.
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20-days ago when I strapped on a Amazfit Verge for evaluation.
The final watch face I was using on the ‘Amazfit Verge’.
During the 123-days that I owned the Fenix 5 Plus I have taken it off and put aside on two occasions. Once, for 10-days, when I was evaluating a ‘Polar Vantage V‘ and now for 20-days when I flirted with an ‘Amazfit Verge‘. I had very different reactions to these two watches. I was glad to get rid of the ‘Polar Vantage V’. It was a very boring, insipid watch. Not so with the Verge. I like the Verge. I returned the Vantage V though I had the option of keeping it (for free). I am keeping the Verge!
The Verge still has some ways to go. Floors climbed is a joke — a very bad joke. That was the one big flaw I found, other than the Amazfit APP not working with Android 9.
The AMOLED display on the Verge is an absolute joy. I can’t wait for Garmin to start using AMOLED displays.
Well, it is still kind of nice to have my Fenix 5 Plus back on my wrist. I have got used to its feel and I do like all the widgets.
Me and My Trackers.
It goes without saying that Garmin wasn’t going to let Apple, Fitbit etc. leave it in the dust when it came to advanced health monitoring capabilities such as ECGs. The partnership with ‘Actigraph‘, in December, was just an inkling. Now, this with further news of Garmin’s active collaborations. Not sure when Garmin will announce some products. I have heard that there are some new Garmin & Fitbit watches expected before Easter. But, I am still short on details. Of course, I will share with you as soon as I find out. Till then, this is good news.
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Just in case you are thinking that this is sour grapes on my part and that I wish I could afford a Garmin Fenix 5 — please let me tell you that I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. So, this is an objective and considered opinion.
So, why do I like the Amazfit Verge better. Very simple — and I have talked about it before. The very bright, colorful and cheery AMOLED display. Makes all the difference. All your stats are displayed buch bolder and brighter. They really pop out. Plus, the use of vivid color, when showing heart rate zones, makes it easier to digest and register — on the run.
In terms of data collected and displayed they are on a par. So, you can’t fault the Verge on that. Yes, this has been said before by others and it is very obvious. Those that developed the Verge studied the Fenix 5, in depth, and set out to match the functionality and presentation — albeit with the better AMOLED display.
Yes, I am impressed. I like it. Yes, it has some faults. ‘Floors climbed‘ is erratic beyond belief and the erraticness varies with watch face! More on that in another post.
I have only done 3 runs with the Verge so far. But, I plan to wear it for at least another week. So, I will provide more feedback in the coming days.
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It took me awhile to work out why I find the Amazfit Verge so compelling and satisfying to wear, 24×7. It is the vibrant display made possible by its AMOLED screen — Active Matrix Organic Light Emitting Diode (AMOLED).
Compared to this AMOLED display, the Fenix 5 Plus display, even with the fairly high brightness setting I use (at the cost of battery life), is dull and insipid. I like bold, bright displays. At its most simple, it is more cheery and there is a lot to be said for that.
I, given that I have been shoveling snow for 3-days in a row, haven’t gone for a run with the Amazfit Verge as yet. That would, of course, be interesting. But, outside of that, the Amazfit Verge does all I really care about — i.e., steps, continuous heart-rate, floors climbed and sleep — quite proficiently. While the Fenix 5 Plus does not bother me, the Amazfit Verge, a featherweight, is noticeably lighter and I, to my surprise, notice that. But, in the end, it is still the display. It is one heck of a compelling display. Plus the price is very right. Trust me on that.
Yes, I finally managed to get an Amazfit Verge — yesterday. Today, I got around to unpacking it. Yes, this is still with the protective cover on it. You can see the little flap at the bottom with the red line.
I am still in the process of setting it up. Alas, it wasn’t as straightforward as I had hoped. For a start the Amazfit APP does not work with Android 9 — as in my trusty Google Pixel 2! That did not amuse me much. I had to install the APP on a Tablet. That worked. After that it was fairly straightforward sailing. Connecting to Wi-Fi was a breeze and downloading a new software update was pretty easy.
I haven’t started wearing it on my wrist as yet. Will do so shortly.
Yes, I will keep YOU posted. It is very light. WOW.