Putting the MARQ to bed (or at least into a box).
I had it for 5.6-months. When I got the MARQ I was so happy and excited and I thought I would keep it forever — and I did have a Rolex that I kept for 22-years before giving it to my son.
The MARQ software had issues. Some of it probably because I insisted on using my preferred (customized) ‘ActiFace‘ watch face rather than one supplied by Garmin. But, last night was the last straw. All of the MARQ conniption appear to happen AFTER I finish a walk — whether as a GPS activity or just walking 1,000+ steps without invoking ‘walk’. Well, last night, after my 11pm walk, the bloody thing beeped and squawked and the next thing I knew it appeared to be LOCKED. Finally worked out that it had gone into ‘battery saving mode’! Ah! I had charged it, 100%, 11-hours earlier. Battery was down to 14% and I had the Pulse OX off. Well, I wasted 30-minutes getting things back to normal and I then had to charge it again.
That was IT. I had enough.
Prior to that, at least once a week, after one of my walks I would lose ActiFace. It would take 15-minutes to get it back. There never was one guaranteed solution. Required me trying this that and the other.
Yes, IF I also did NOT have a Fenix 6 Sapphire I would not have known any better …
But, to be fair, there was a reason I had got a Fenix 6. The MARQ never felt robust. I had vision of it dying — totally, as had two Vivoactive 3s. This time around I did not want to go for 4-days without a Garmin to track my activities. So, I had decided that I am always going to have two Garmins around.
The Fenix 6 is head-and-shoulders better than the MARQ Explorer (now called the ‘Adventurer’). The software is more reliable and the display is much, much, much, much better.
Hence, why I am getting another Fenix 6. This one in Titanium. NO, I will not be wearing the orange band. Instead I will use a $22 leather band from Amazon. They look real nice on the Fenix 6.
Well, I will keep you posted.
I do keep track of my Activity Trackers.
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.
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.