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.
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All images from garmin.com
I had given you a head-up on the Venu a few weeks ago, but I had no idea what the specs were going to be. Now, we know.
It, other than in terms of physical size/weight, DISPLAY TYPE and battery life, is IDENTICAL to the also new Vivocative 4 — albeit the Venu $50 more expensive. See 2nd image above, from Garmin, when you do their COMPARE and ask just for the ‘differences’.
The BIG breakthrough is the AMOLED touchscreen display with a 390×390 resolution, a full 50% higher resolution than on other recent Garmins, including the new Fenix 6. That is BIG. Wow. A 50% increase in screen resolution. The watch face is Garmin’s ‘old’ 1.2″ standard (as in say Fenix 5 Plus) rather than the new 1.3″ as in Fenix 6 & VA4. Also 20mm strap, as in Fenix ‘S’ models rather than the 22mm strap.
I gather, however, that this takes a heavy toll on battery life and it is difficult to keep it in ‘Always On’ mode. Garmin’s stated battery life (above) would indicate (to I) about a 24-hour battery life with 3-4 hours of music and 1.5 hours of GPS. I could just about get by with that, but it would be frustrating.
Garmin has added a LOT of high-end functionality into the Venu & Vivoactive 4: viz., Pulse Ox, Body Battery, respiration tracking, advanced sleep monitoring, music, Garmin Pay, fall detection etc. So, that is a LOT of smartwatch for the $399 price. Much better than anything that Fitbit offers — from what I can see. I am glad. I am a longtime Garmin shareholder. SMILE.
While the Vivoactive 4 is available now, the Venu is slated for Garmin’s infamous 5-8 weeks. That is not good. I will keep an eye on that for you.
You need a new Garmin APP
from the Garmin ‘Connect IQ’ Store.
Thanks to Amazon you can even have a 30-day FREE trial — Amazon hoping to snare you into Prime.
I am NOW a believer in Prime. I wasn’t for the longest time. I always ordered enough (e.g. $25) to get free-shipping. Then, maybe, 6-years ago, maybe earlier I finally signed-up.
Now I am a Believer.
Full disclosure. I am also a long-term Amazon shareholder. SMILE.
But, I watch a fair amount of Prime Video. That, in my book, pays for itself.
Anyway, this is BIG. Worth looking into.
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.