The New Garmin Fenix 6(X) [August 28, 2019], With Its Leather Strap, Reminds Me Of My MARQ Expedition.
Amazon’s PREMATURE Listing From Monday, August 12, 2019.
Amazon (if you remember)
did EXACTLY this also
with the Garmin Forerunner 945;
i.e., ‘accidentally’ listed it
weeks before it was announced.
Read about that here — if you have forgotten about that leak.
My Garmin MARQ Expedition
with the CHEAPER Garmin Leather Strap.
Yes, it is the strap that makes me think the Garmin Fenix 6 (and the usual ‘S’ and ‘X’ variants) looks like my MARQ Expedition — but part of that is that I am using the cheaper $60 Fenix 5 leather strap on my MARQ so as not to ruin the expensive MARQ strap.
But, the Fenix 6 is going to be DIFFERENT from anything else we have seen from Garmin. It is going to have a 1.4″ display — compared to the 1.2″ on prior watches of similar ilk, including the Fenix 5X Plus. That is BIG. Very BIG. I like that. But, (damn) no AMOLED again. That irks me, though I have to admit that the sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel display on my MARQ is pretty impressive and pleasing. The Fenix 6 looks like it will have this technology, just on a bigger screen.
I initially thought that the Fenix 6 would be a watered down MARQ Athlete — with a leather strap. But, having studied the Amazon picture, long and hard, the Fenix 6 does not have the MARQ bezel.
I am pretty sure that from a hardware standpoint — i.e., the all important sensors — the Fenix 6 will use what is now found in the MARQ/Forerunner 945. That should be pretty good.
The rest, from what I can see, is ALL software! That means much of it, if not all of it, will be also available on the Forerunner 945, MARQ and possibly even the Fenix 5 Plus. Garmin does that. Think back to ‘Fall Detection‘. This is good.
The new software features, viz., Grade-Adjusted Pace Monitoring and ‘environmentally adjusted’ VO2 Max, seems pretty esoteric. We have seen the other features, music, Pulse Ox, maps on other models.
I was surprised by the $950 price tag — albeit for the 6X model. That still means a Fenix 6 will probably be in the $800 — $850 range. That is premium pricing (and that coming from one who is wearing a $1,750 MARQ).
The Forerunner 945, at $600, will probably end up with all the software features — but without the BIGGER display.
I will keep you posted over the next few weeks.
Yes, I will get a Fenix 6 for evaluation. SMILE.
I will also do another post on Garmin leather straps.
had it listed this morning.
(I got a heads up.)
It is no longer there. I managed to grab a screenshot.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is scheduled to be announced tomorrow — April 30, 2019.
It was accidentally listed on Amazon.com, this morning. (See above.)
It has been talked about as a rumor for weeks and ‘Pocket-Lint’ wrote about it this weekend. (See above.)
The new Garmin Forerunner 945 includes all of the Fenix 5 Plus functionality and more.
So, the FR 945 will have: music, pay & maps.
It will also have: high-resolution display, Pulse Ox (blood oxygen saturation levels), Incident Detection, Heat/Altitude acclimation, Advanced Physio Metrics & 3rd Generation HR sensor.
Water rating is 5 ATM as opposed to 10 ATM — but I am NOT a diver.
It will be priced at $599 and, of course, it will be a plastic body.
Fenix 4 is available for $499.
So, why is my Fenix 5 Plus 2nd best?
Well the FR 945 is better in terms of features.
Why … 4th best.
Well there is the huge Fenix 5x Plus … and the MARQ!
They got it right. Spot on. Nothing profound or pretentious. Just ‘The Grinch’ per Dr. Seuss using imagery very true to Dr. Seuss. Like an illuminated, vividly colored Dr. Seuss book.
They kept the graphics, intentionally, 1950ish but with great 21st century rendering. Great colors, voices, songs and music. Very festive. They also kept it short: 86 minutes. That was good.
Teischan (12), who tells me she has watched the old (i.e., 2000) movie multiple times, wanted to see it badly. We both agreed that she was a tad too old for it — though she liked it. She thought it was too short (compared to the ‘original’). It has been 18 years since I saw the 2000 version. I think I like this one better. Works better in cartoon form since that is more true to original.
Definite must for younger kids. We went to a Thursday afternoon (i.e., 3:20pm) matinee at the Concord, New Hampshire, “Regal 10“. I knew it wouldn’t be packed, and it wasn’t. There were just 5 others — 3 of them kids. The kids squealed and laughed. They liked it. And that is what matters.
It was good. Definitely recommend it.
I was not impressed. If anything I was kind of bored for much of the time. It might WOW the young and the impressionable, but I found its constant attempts to shock us with over-the-top ostentatious plain vulgar and rude.
I, as an Asian, found the in-your-face Christian angle insulting. Only 19% of Singaporeans are Christians. Only 3% of Chinese are Christians. I have met a highly educated native-born Chinese, who had spent many years living in the U.S., who had never heard of the pope! But, in this movie all the rich Chinese are Christians. Our first introduction to Singapore involves a Bible reading group. The whole wedding is centered on a church. Come on! Give me a break. Plus, ALL the main characters have English names! Give me a break.
I expected it to be along the lines of a fast-paced, light-hearted Bollywood movie with lots of music, dance and fun. It wasn’t. Did I say that it was boring.
Yes, it gloried wealth and a mindless pursuit of happiness. It did not impress. Shame. It could have been a lot of fun.
We paid $5.00 to watch it on Prime Video. That was $4.99 too much. So, no, I will not recommend it.
Happen to see it while scrolling through Amazon Video. Looked promising. It proved to be much more than better. One of the better movies we had seen in awhile. Very captivating and some great, Elvis-type songs.
This movie is very clever. It keeps on trying to make you believe that it is based on a true story. But then the actor who plays the identical twins is an Elvis impersonator — with all the Elvis moves. To compound matters the music is very similar to that of Elvis. So, you start to think … is this really about Elvis and did Elvis actually have a twin brother! Then there is a twist in that Elvis gets mentioned.
Good movie. Easy to watch. We enjoyed it. Yes, recommended by us.
Click to ENLARGE.
Wow. I was so excited and grateful.
I have, alas, only heard the “The Brigadoons” @ Loon — albeit 50 to 60 times over a 20-year period.
So ‘@ Loon’ is what I associate with “The Brigadoons”. I have heard them play multiple times at the “Governor’s Lodge“. I might have even been in the audience when this was recorded. Wow.
I just listened to a bit of it. Brilliant. Authentic sound. You can definitely get in the groove.
You will enjoy this.
I will forever think of this as THEIR ‘White CD’. The Beatles had a white album, this is their white CD — as meaningful.
Thank YOU, Paddy. You remain THE MAN. The MAESTRO.
Of course, this was inevitable — especially since the “VIP Club” makes it so easy and affordable.
Just got the Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire, black-on-black, this morning. It looks the same as the Fenix 5 though the face, in reality, is a bit sharper and clearer. That is probably the Sapphire glass.
I had had my Garmin Fenix 5 for 5 months and 5 days. Not bad for I. Pretty good. I was hoping to make the 6-month mark, but succumbed.
Of course, I like it. LOVE THE MAPS. GPS on your wrist. Accurate too.
Setting it up was more finicky than I would have liked. Insisted on doing the first firmware update over Bluetooth though I had charged it connected to Garmin Express! I can’t confirm it yet but I think the ‘Plus’ USB ‘behavior’ is different to that of past Garmin’s — at least with Windows 7. I will have to confirm that.
Music is a non-starter for I. I like to think while I run. Music would just be a distraction. I can’t think deeply enough with music.
Well, I will keep you posted.
P.S., You really should joint the “VIP Club“. Best thing that happened to Garmin since GPS!
P.P.S., HRM USA, nicest folks ever, let me hold onto my Fenix 5 till the Fenix 5 Plus arrived.