So, it was no surprise that this watch started popping up on my Facebook timeline. Initially I thought the top display was that for an analog radio. Then I had a closer look.
Stupid and ugly. Yes, I have three time zones on my Garmin Fenix 6s BUT I do not need three physical faces. Three presses of a button is good enough.
WOLXS claims that this watch was initially priced at $155. That has to be a joke. It is $55 now, and even that is $40 too expensive.
To be WOLXS has some other semi-decent watches.
Just wanted to share this with you.
‘Digital Boost’ — Finally A Decent Looking, Functional ‘Digital’ Watch Face From Garmin With A ‘Seconds’ Field.
If you have NOT noticed Garmin tends to focus on analog watch faces. To I that is so, so, so passé. Though I am old enough to have grown up with ONLY analog watches I no longer see any merit or joy in analog — ANYTHING (other than maybe vinyl records). I like to glance at my watch and see the time as it is, i.e., in DIGITAL.
I also like to see SECONDS. Not that it matters that much, but it seems a waste not to be able to see it because there times when it is nice to see time ticking away without having to activate a timer.
Finally with ‘Digital Boost‘ Garmin has given me a watch face that I like and will use!
Prior to this I always used ‘ActiFace‘ (below). No guarantee that I will not be going back to ‘ActiFace’ gives me EVERYTHING I want. I love ‘ActiFace’. But, I also would like a change.
Yes, ‘Digital Boost’ should, ideally, offer more customization. I, for one, do NOT need a ‘Move’ bar. It would be nice to plug-in sunrise/sunset somewhere.
But, this is a start. Wow. Thanks Garmin.
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I did download ‘ActiFace’ into my new (2-days old) MARQ Expedition when I happened to spot ‘Crystal’. It, in its default cool mint blue, looked cool. Also was not too busy. Stylish.
I downloaded it. It came up, no problems. Quickly customized it (as shown in top picture) via Garmin Connect. Kept it simple, just to the main fields I like. With all the widgets on the MARQ I really don’t need more than this on my watch face.
I tried some other colors. Nothing was as cool as this default blue. So, I am sticking with it. I like it. I think it looks good on the MARQ.
On Thursday, while my Fenix 5 Plus was connected to ‘Garmin Express‘ I out of idle curiosity looked at what new watch faces were available at Connect IQ.
The ‘MagicDust‘ beta caught my eye. As you can see it does have a resemblance to ActiFace.
Downloaded it. No issues. Came up at once.
I have been too busy to sit down and customize it as yet. Appears that it has a TON of settings.
I like it. It has a certain quality and charm to it.
I am going to keep it on and see what I can do with it.
I will keep you posted.
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Notice the “Donation Setting”.
The icons have been changed. I think it looks better.
The BIG change, however, is that there is a “DONATION” setting — in Garmin Connect. Unless you ENABLE it YOUR user settings are NOT ACTIVATED. You don’t have to make a donation! You just need to acknowledge that you have seen the “DONATION” setting. I actually DID make a small donation. Only fair. It has to be a lot work. So, I was cool with that. I think we should only consider making a donation.
Here is the New Documentation.
They Really Do Have ‘Rolex’ Watch Faces For The ‘Garmin Fenix 5’ For REAL — After My Joke Suggestion.
My post, on this blog, from a few months ago.
Today, I got an e-mail from a Garmin ‘insider’ telling me that two Rolex watch faces are indeed available in the ‘Garmin Connect IQ store’.
I went looking. Sure enough.
Yes, I downloaded them. They didn’t blow me away. Appears that you have to PAY for the ‘read’ face. I might do that when I get a Garmin Fenix 5 Plus.
I don’t think either is as good as the watch face I created, in minutes, on PowerPoint.