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‘Forbes’ Magazine, At Last, Acknowledges The Garmin ‘Fenix 5 Plus’ As The #1 Smartwatch Of 2019.

by Anura Guruge


Link to ‘Forbes’ article
from Dec. 31, 2018.


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At last a media article that gives Garmin, and the Fenix 5 (Plus), just dues. I was getting so fed up of seeing articles/post that gave Garmin short shrift or no mention at all. It was always Fitbit, Apple and Samsung. And in reality none of these can hold a candle to the venerable Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus) — and yes, I do own, and wear, ’24×7′, a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus. Even the new Polar Vantage V falls short in most instances.

This article in Forbes is pretty much on the mark. The Fitbit ‘Versa’ is a joke next to a Garmin.

The Apple 4 and Withings are indeed interesting watches but they are more smartwatches than competent activity trackers.

I have not tried a Garmin Instinct but it too looks interesting. But, to be fair I would have put a Garmin ‘Forerunner 645‘ or ‘935‘ in its place.

But, check out the article. I thought it was fair.

Happy New Year — with YOUR Garmin.


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Deciding Between The New Polar Vantage V & The Venerable Garmin Fenix 5.

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‘Polar Vantage V’ & ‘Garmin Fenix 5 Plus’ Side-By-Side On My Wrist.





Price-wise they are $50 apart at Amazon (today), the new Polar Vantage V at $500 and the Garmin Fenix 5 at $450. [The Fenix 5 Plus is more expensive.]

In November 2018, when the Polar Vantage V came out, I was lucky enough to be given one to evaluate. I kept it for two weeks and wore it, ’24×7′ (bar charging time) for 11-days straight. Since I own a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus, and upgraded to that from a Garmin Fenix 5, I am pretty qualified to compare the two.

I have to say I was excited to get the Polar Vantage V. The early promotional matter made it very compelling. I was fairly convinced that I was going to ‘buy’ the evaluation unit and keep it.


The Polar Vantage V, with its bright, multicolor, touchscreen, 4-field display, is the perfect training watch. It really enhanced my running experience. I could see my heart rate, color-coded, at a glance, relative to its expected range – along with my pace, distance and time. Then using the up/down buttons I could quickly get altitude, ‘power’, heart rate data as well as the time-of-day. At the end of an activity (in my case a run), I was treated to a chock-a-block ‘training summary’ which included: distance, calories, heart rate zones, cardio load, pace/speed, speed zones, altitude change, power zones, cadence, etc. etc. It was like having a training COMPUTER on your wrist. And all of this on the watch – independent of the phone or computer APP.

It was pretty awesome. A level of (shareable) training data unmatched by any other watch I have used and I am no stranger to high-end Garmins, Fitbits and Samsungs.

As a sport watch the Polar Vantage V, in my experience, is in a new, crème de la crème, class of its own. Its GPS and heart rate data is consistent with what I have seen with my other high-end GPS watches – though its overall ‘step count’ appears to be about 20% too generous (probably because you can’t customize your actual stride length). That said, if you are a serious, dedicated athlete training for competitions, marathons, triathlons, Ironman or the Olympics, this very well might be the perfect watch for you.


The Polar Vantage V has two very different personalities – a ‘Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde’ watch!

When in training-mode it is superlative. Probably peerless. THE watch to have. Period.

But, when in pre-training mode, i.e., when you are not training, it is a pretty pedestrian watch! In pre-training mode it is a pretty basic, uninspiring watch that does not tell you much. That is the rub. Hence, the need for very careful consideration. When not in training-mode it is a very boring watch!


That Polar does not call it a ‘smart watch’ is no accidental, oversight. The Vantage V is not a smart watch even by 2017 standards – let alone those of 2018 or 2019.

In pre-training mode it is insipid! There are no customizable, third-party watch faces with ‘bells-and-whistles’, nor widgets or APPs. There is no ‘ABC’ (i.e., altitude, barometer, compass), weather, sunrise/sunset, temperature, calendar or smart notifications from your phone. And I won’t even mention maps, music or credit/debit card payments. Oh, it also does not count/report floors climbed (i.e., altitude changes) when in pre-training mode.

While it does measure sleep time, there is no analysis in terms of whether it was REM or Deep. That is frustrating since I am used to getting that from Garmin and Fitbit. It is possible that Polar might add this ‘deep analysis’, at a later date, with a firmware update.


I thought about this long and hard.

On a scale of 1-to-10 determine the role and importance of training/fitness in your life. If you rate training/fitness at 7.5 or less, the Polar Vantage V might not be the right watch for you. If on the other hand, training/fitness figures as an 8.5 or above, definitely think about getting the V V. It would be a marriage made in heaven.

Another way to approach this is to determine your ‘training’ vs. ‘pre-training’ ratio, in terms of waking hours. If the ratio is greater than 50:50, in favor of training, the Polar V V very well could be the watch of your dreams. If on the other hand, training only accounts for 20%, or less, of your waking hours, you might want to consider a different watch — i.e., the all-round Garmin Fenix 5 (Plus).


The Polar Vantage V is possibly the ultimate sport watch currently on the market for pro athletes. Therein, however, lies the rub. If you are not a pro athlete this might be overkill for you. Get the Fenix 5 instead and you will be very happy.

So, the choice is straightforward. If training/fitness is a dominant feature of your life check out the Polar. On the other hand your life is more balanced wear a Fenix 5 with PRIDE.


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Huge $150 Price Cut On Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Watches! WOW.

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Click to ENLARGE. From Garmin. Across ALL Fenix 5 Plus models.


$150 price cuts also reflected at Amazon.


Wow. This can’t be just for the holidays. That is quite a drop in price.

The Fenix 5 Plus is now cheaper than the OLDER Fenix 5 was in April. I know. I checked prices all through April.

Yes, of course, Garmin is feeling the heat from Apple, Fitbit, Samsung and others.

But, not sure this is fair on those of us who buy Garmin watches soon after they are released.

Just a heads up.

At $649.98 the Black-on-Black Garmin Fenix 5 Plus is an ABSOLUTE STEAL.


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The Brand New Samsung Galaxy S9 Gets A Damning Review From ‘DPReview’ Re. Autofocus.

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Click to ENLARGE and read this annotated extract. Use link below for the ‘DPReview.com’ review.

Click here for ‘DPReview.com‘ original


Wow. I was amazed to read this. I know that the Samsung Galaxy S8 takes brilliant pictures and the focus always seems pretty close to perfect. I am often torn as to whether the camera on the Google Pixel 2 (which I own) is really more competent than that of the S8 as all the experts claim. So, I had expected the S9 to be even more impressive — especially with the dual rear cameras — one with variable aperture, the first in a phone.

If this autofocus issue is as bad as DPReview claims, and they usually are spot-on on such matters, I am sure that Samsung will try to fix it with a firmware upgrade ahead of the holidays. Otherwise they are going to have their lunch eaten by Apple, Google and the oters.

I just wanted to make sure you had heard about this — since this is important.


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Garmin Adds Music To The Vivoactive 3 — Available By July 2018.

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Click image to access the Garmin product page for the “Vivoactive 3 Music:”.



Now that Garmin, with the somewhat star-crossed Forerunner 645M, has worked out who to put music into their watches there is no stopping them.

We learned yesterday that they will be introducing a Fenix 5 PLUS range that has music — and today the announcement of the Vivoactive 3M at $299.99. The non-music Vivoactive 3 is now down to $249.99. I think that that is a full $80 — $100 cheaper than what it was when introduced last November.

Garmin had to do this to stay competitive with the Fitbit Ionic and Versa — not to mention the Apple smartwatch.

The issue, as has plagued Garmin of late, is going to be reliability. Music on the FR 645 was buggy and the Vivoactive 3, as I can attest, was far from reliable.

Challenging times for Garmin. It is getting squeezed on all sides by Fitbit, Apple, Samsung

I will, as always, keep you posted.


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Superficial Comparison Of 8 Fitness/Activity Trackers — Garmin, Fitbit, Polar, Nokia, Samsung etc.

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Click to ENLARGE and read here. Link to U.K. “Daily Mail” original below.

Click here for the U.K. “Daily Mail” original.


My main takeaway was the HUGE variation in steps counted. I know that different trackers tend to go high or low but this was quite the range. But, then again I am not sure how accurate you can be if you wear 8 trackers all the way up your arm as she did. Wish she had done a controlled walk, of a measured distance, to see exactly what said what.

The tricks for cheating were not new.

I was NOT familiar with the iFit nor the Amazfit. See that Amazon US carries them both. I will have to check them out.

This review is not worth reading in depth, but it is kind of useful to skim through. Hence why I shared it with you. OK?

P.S., The prices are in U.K. £s.


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Pictures Of Best Buy “Geek Squad” Delivering Large Refrigerator/Freezers Using Just Shoulder Harnesses.

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Attribution WILL be enforced.




I had never seen this been done, or even heard about it, until we had our accursed Samsung 25.4 cu. ft. fridge/freezer delivered in April 2017. Click here for those pictures.

I was in awe. That Samsung was 289 pounds (131 kilos). Two people — with no real training. I am surprised it meets U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Act standards. But, it is Best Buy and you would assume that know what they are doing.

Pretty damn impressive.

Well, got to see it again today, when we had the damn Samsung replaced with a (much more expensive) Whirlpool.

Not easy to get good pictures BECAUSE you do NOT want to get in their way or impede them in any way.


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