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‘Garmin MARQ’ $1,500+ Smartwatches Go ‘Walkabouts’ — There Is No Longer AVAILABILITY!

by Anura Guruge


This weekend.

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April 15, 2019.

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Something is very fishy. It was announced around March 13, 2019. 7 weeks ago. Initially, as is fairly standard, they said 3 – 5 week availability. Well, we are long past that. Folks are asking.

The newly announced Garmin Forerunner 945 is also NOT currently available from Garmin or Amazon. But, a few LUCKY folks got units from the likes of HRM USA. Also appears that it is more readily available in Europe and in the U.S.A.

Strange.

I don’t like it. Indicates that they are having production issues and that never bodes well.


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

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At Amazon. Nothing. Click to ENLARGE and study.


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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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‘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.


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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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The First Review Of The New ‘Garmin MARQ’ Smartwatches — “Digital Trends”.

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He really does seem to be struggling to find good things to say about them. That is not surprising. Like I, he too is concerned about their price and specialization. Garmin makes it sound like you need BOTH the ‘Athlete’ & ‘Expedition’, for a total cost of $2,250, if you are into running, swimming, biking and hiking.

What bothers me most, and this review highlights it, is that this is but an upgrade to the Fenix 5 Plus — but maintaining the same old display technology and most likely most of the innards.

That said, I most likely will get one! {Smile}

I can upgrade my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus for one of the models — most likely the ‘Expedition’. The upgrade path is the only reason I would get one. Makes it reasonably affordable — and crazy not to get so that I will be in line to UPGRADE to the next new watch from Garmin. {Smile}

I will, of course, keep you posted.


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‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ Heart Rate Readings Par With My $750 ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’.

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Last night I started wearing my Garmin Fenix 5 Plus alongside the Inspire HR to see how the readings matched up.

I checked the heart rate (HR) on a pretty regular basis.

The Inspire HR heart rate was always with +/- 5 beats per minute (bpm) of the Fenix 5+.

That +/- 5 b

pm variation is GOOD. Very good.

Neither the Fenix nor the Inspire HR measure HR ‘non-stop’ so to speak. They read it a few times each minute. Maybe once a minute. That is to save battery life. So, there is no guarantee that they are both reading my wrist at the same time. What I did observe is that the Inspire HR always catches up to the Fenix within 30-seconds or so.

I have had (and worn) a Fenix 5(+) for nearly a year. I have checked its HR against multiple other devices: blood pressure cuffs, oximeters etc. I even got a nurse to check it last August. She was impressed. Said the Fenix 5 readings were within the range they consider ‘more than acceptable’.

I was impressed. $750 watch vs a band that costs $99.95. Just wanted to share that with you.


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Using Garmin Fenix 5 Plus To Check Accuracy Of The New Fitbit Inspire HR — Wearing Them Side-by-Side.

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Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR Anura Guruge

Garmin Fenix 5 Plus and Fitbit Inspire HR. You work out which is which. SMILE.


Fitbit Versa Lite and Fitbit Inspire HR. Wore this combo for 4-days.


Since Friday, March 22, 2019, I have been conducting a detailed study to determine the STEP-COUNTING accuracy of the new Fitbit Inspire HR.

I have a hunch (albeit now with some proof) that the Fitbit Inspire HR overcounts steps even by the generous, overoptimistic standards of Fitbit.

Testing against my trusted Garmin Fenix 5 Plus should be the acid test.

I now have a hunch to what is happening with the Inspire HR. It is way light and the accelerometer doesn’t take into account its lightweight. I could be wrong.

I don’t just measure the steps at the end of the day. I keep a log, on an Excel spreadsheet! Yes, I will publish my findings.

Wish me luck.


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My Short Review Of The ‘Fitbit Inspire HR’ At ‘Heart Rate Monitors USA’.

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Fitbit Versa Lite to the left, and the Fitbit Inspire HR to the right Anura Guruge

Fitbit Versa Lite to the left, and the Fitbit Inspire HR to the right.


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I have been wearing the ‘Fitbit Inspire HR‘, 24×7 (bar short breaks for charging) since Friday, March 22, 2019.

This was my short, pithy 1st-cut review. I will write a longer review once I have worn it for at least a week.

It is fun being able to evaluate this Fitness Trackers. I enjoy it.


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