Monthly Roundup – May 2017

Now a regular feature, here’s the round-up of recommendations so everything is in one place, and so we have a nice record of speculations updated for May 2017…

Right, we now have a fair few of the expected devices in the bag. Still missing are Polar v-Series updates which are still expected this summer, and the Garmin Edge 1010 which may well drop this month.

In alphabetical order of manufacturer.

Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
Garmin Fenix Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Fenix 2 Don’t buy – Fenix 3 is now cheap and Fenix 4 is due imminently
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR, Quatix 3, D2 Bravo, Tactix Bravo This has finally been superceded. Don’t panic though, the Fenix 5 adds very little, so if the Fenix 3 is cheap it’s a great watch to buy. Updates will stop within the next year though probably, but there isn’t a lot they need to add to this stable and mature watch.
Garmin Fenix 5 Brand new (January 2017), although pricey. This looks to be an updated Fenix 3 firmware so the usual “don’t buy Garmin until 6 months in” shouldn’t apply in theory, as most of the code is already tried and tested.
Garmin Fenix Chronos New, buy if you wear solid gold underpants. Garmin have seemingly aligned the firmware for the Fenix, Chronos and 935 now with bugs and features being consistently addressed accross all at the same time. This makes me feel more confident that the Chronos won’t be killed off early so it’s now a green flag here.
Garmin Forerunner 910XT Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Forerunner 920XT Has now been replaced, but this is a very capable and mature device (October 2014). If it’s cheap I’d certainly get one.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Has arrived at last (March 2017) so is fresh and good to buy. Uses Fenix 5 firmware so pretty safe from bugs.
Garmin Forerunner 25 This has been out a while (August 2015) but nothing obvious seems planned in the near future. August 2017 would be the soonest we’d expect a replacement.
Garmin Forerunner 35 Buy – this is still fairly new (September 2016). September 2018 would be the soonest we’d expect a replacement.
Garmin Forerunner 210 Don’t buy, this is very old (2010)
Garmin Forerunner 220 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Forerunner 230 Don’t Buy – this is still fairly new but is already on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin. October 2017 is the soonest we’d expect replacement but optical HR rules the roost now so this probably won’t be replaced
Garmin Forerunner 225 Don’t buy. Garmin immediately replaced this with the 235 using their own sensor.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Buy – this is still fairly new(October 2015). October 2017 is the soonest we’d expect replacement
Garmin Forerunner 610 Don’t buy, this is very old (2011)
Garmin Forerunner 620 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Forerunner 630 Don’t Buy – this is still fairly new but is already on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin. October 2017 is the soonest we’d expect replacement. It may be discontinued due to the Forerunner 935 running Fenix hardware or we may see a Forerunner 645 this year it’s hard to say.
Garmin Forerunner 735XT Buy if cheap – this is fairly new (May 2016). If it’s cheaper than the FR935 then great, otherwise definitely go for the FR935. May 2018 is the earliest we’d expect replacement but with the Forerunner 935 in the mix it may be dropped as it was an interim solution using FR235 hardware before F5 hardware was finalised.
Garmin Epix Don’t buy. This experimental watch led to the Fenix 5X but firmware updates have all but stopped on this device despite numerous bugs
Garmin Epix 2 Abandoned, the Epix has been replaced by Fenix 5X
Garmin Vivoactive Already replaced by the Vivoactive HR and on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin. Still a very good device if you find it cheap, this Jan 2015 watch is still modern and capable
Garmin Vivoactive HR Buy, this is still quite new. February 2018 is the soonest we’d expect a replacement
Garmin Edge 20 Buy, this is current, although may be replaced around June 2017. Given that we’re still waiting on the Edge 1010 the Edge30 is more likely to be 2018
Garmin Edge 25 Buy, this is current, although may be replaced around June 2017. Given that we’re still waiting on the Edge 1010 the Edge35 is more likely to be 2018
Garmin Edge 200 Don’t buy, this is very old (2011)
Garmin Edge 500 Don’t buy, this is very old (2009)
Garmin Edge 510 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Edge 520 Buy, this is current, although may be replaced around July 2017. Given that we’re still waiting on the Edge 1010 the Edge530 is more likely to be 2018 so don’t hold out for a new one this year.
Garmin Edge 800 Don’t buy, this is very old (2010)
Garmin Edge 810 Don’t buy, this is very old (2013)
Garmin Edge 820 Buy, this is quite new. July 2018 is the earliest we’d expect replacement although 2019 more likely
Garmin Edge 1000 Buy if you get a really good deal, this is overdue for replacement and very, very old for a current device (2014!). Expect the replacement sometime this summer, probably April 2017. This is cheap everywhere now though, and still a good device.
Garmin Edge 1010 Coming soon…or maybe not? I don’t even know any more. It should be this year though and we’re expecting it in May-June timeframe so keep holding out.
Polar v800 Wait – update is probably imminent. This watch is very, very old for a current watch (2014!). The M400 was just updated and that was launched near the v800.
Polar v800.next Overdue, expected announcement at…who knows! H7i Sensor has been leaked which is likely to be packaged with this watch
Polar M200 Buy, this is just released (Oct 2016)
Polar m400 Finally updated. This is a very old watch for a current model (2014) but is very cheap and still works well.
Polar m430 Launched April 2017 and based on M400 so shouldn’t be buggy, a definite safe buy
Polar M600 Buy, this is new (Aug 2016) and was updated with new Androidwear in 2017 so definitely supported well
Polar M450 Replaced with….identical hardware and a new firmware. Normally I’d say buy if cheap, but Polar abandoned this for no reason so buyer beware.
Polar M460 Launched April 2017 this is M450 hardware with new firmware. Given the treatment of M450 owners I’d say be careful buying this. Yup, Amber warning for a “brand new” device. That’s a first for me.
Polar v650 Wait, this is very old for a current model and overdue for replacement (Jan 2014)
Polar v650.next overdue for replacement, expected summer 2017
Suunto Ambit Don’t buy this is very old (2012)
Suunto Ambit 2 Don’t buy unless you need Ant+, this is very old (2013)
Suunto Ambit 3 Don’t’ buy, this is very old (2014)
Suunto Ambit 4 Officially not going to happen, Spartan Series has replaced Ambit
Suunto Spartan Ultra Buy, just released (Jun 2016). Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Spartan Sport Buy, just released. Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Spartan Trainer Announcing shortly, just leaked. Be aware there may be more models coming
Suunto Kailash Buy if you can work out what it’s for or who it’s aimed at
Suunto Traverse Why Suunto, WHY!?
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15 comments on “Monthly Roundup – May 2017
  1. Ben says:

    Suunto Spartan Wrist HR series is out now. You can get Spartan with or without the optical HR. I presume the non-HR is the same old slow laggy watch that came out in 2016.

  2. Callibso says:

    “Fenix 2 Don’t buy – Fenix 3 is now cheap and Fenix 4 is due imminently”

    …needs an update πŸ˜‰

  3. Will says:

    question. How long until the almost perfect garmin watches include music storage on their devices?. Im kind of tired of waiting, I guess tom tom won at last.
    Thanks!!

    • pasta4u says:

      is this really a huge feature ? I’d never go on a run without a communication device , what if I fall and get hurt , have a heart attack get hit by a car and so on.

  4. Patrick says:

    Great information, thank you.

    Do you have something to share regarding Garmin Edge … Explore versions?

    Thanks,
    Patrick

    • lusty says:

      Explore usually follow the main products as they are basically reduced functionality firmware on the same hardware. I’m surprised Garmin still get away with this when Wahoo roll features into every device they can as soon as they can. The world has changed and Garmin are looking old fashioned in their approach.

  5. toni says:

    New polar a370
    newsletter.polar.com

  6. D says:

    No news on the 245?

  7. toni says:

    whats happens with garmin 1010? more than 3 years is woww…

  8. Andre O Sousa says:

    Great information! I’ve been looking to by a runnning watch but I’m very divided between 235 or 630. Actually it would be perfect to have a “645” or “630 HR”. Do you guys have any updates on that?

    • lusty says:

      The 935 might be better for you have you looked at that? The 6xx is the only one with touch screen and probably not going to be updated for a while so if that’s what you want go for it. Optical HR doesn’t really help with running so I wouldn’t put too much stock in that feature for a running watch outside of recovery info.

    • Ben says:

      I personally suspect a Forerunner 645(?) is in the works. I think it will be similar to the recently announced Approach S60 Golf watch. It’s basically a Fenix with 3 buttons and a touchscreen.

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