Monthly Garmin Roundup – November 2018

There are a few bits of news around Garmin this month, but nothing I’d consider major. There is no more news around their Marq watch. They have launched the Instinct, a kind of cut down Fenix for cheap.

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Garmin Update

Elsewhere on the web, here are some recent Garmin stories:

https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/10/spotify-now-available-on-garmin-everything-you-need-to-know.html
https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/10/garmin-instinct-gps-watch-in-depth-review.html
https://www.dcrainmaker.com/2018/10/tech-tidbits-spotify-on-garmin-fr645-music-new-coros-helmets-no-apple-watch-ecg-yet.html
https://the5krunner.com/2018/10/31/garmin-645m-spotify/
https://the5krunner.com/2018/10/31/garmin-q1-q3-2018-strong-growth-figures/
https://the5krunner.com/2018/10/28/garmins-weaknesses/
https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-data-vs-information
https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-data-vs-information-2
https://gpsrumors.com/deep-dive-structured-training-part-3

Garmin

 

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
Fenix Series Garmin Fenix Don’t buy – this is very old
Garmin Fenix 2 Don’t buy. This is pretty old and is quite dated from a technology standpoint. The new generation Garmin range really is a lot better.
Garmin Fenix 3 Fenix 3 HR, Quatix 3, D2 Bravo, Tactix Bravo This has been superseded. I’ve downgraded to red because updates and features are gradually disappearing. Let’s be clear though, this is still a very capable watch and I would have no problem buying and using one for the right price on the understanding that it is what it is and won’t get new features.
Garmin Fenix 5, 5s, 5X, Quatix 5, D2 Charlie, Tactix Charlie Released in January 2017 so this watch is not dated and will be very well supported throughout the next year (2018) at least. I’ve set to orange as this is now almost 2 years old and also suffers some connectivity issues which were fixed in the 5 Plus. It won’t get all the new features but should get reasonable updates over the next year or so.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Finally arrived in June 2018 including the Ti model(s) we predicted after the D2 Charlie arrived. These are SO expensive though 🙁
Garmin Fenix 6 With the Fenix 5 Plus in June 2018 don’t expect to see the Fenix 6 until January 2020, although there are mentions of it on the web already around its Bluetooth chipset so it might be Jan 2019. If it is I think there will be a lot of quite annoyed 5 Plus owners. Expect some focus on AI and helping you to train more productively in a more human way. This watch will almost certainly have PulseOx and a touch screen which are fast becoming a new norm at the high end.
Garmin Fenix Chronos Buy if you wear solid gold underpants can’t afford the Fenix 5 Plus. Suddenly the Chronos looks cheap, but sadly also a little dated. Downgraded to red since the Fenix 5 Plus arrived, there is little reason to buy the Chronos now. It’s possible there will be a Chronos 2 later this year or Jan 2019 as an early look at Fenix 6 technology. Expect that to be £1500 though…
Garmin Marq All I got is a name. I’m putting this here just in case it’s a new Chronos type device. There are digital and analog versions (allegedly)
Mapping and hiking specific 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
High end Triathlon 9xx 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 on the understanding that no new features will be coming.
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. no current rumours of a replacement, although a Fenix 5 plus equivalent may appear. I’ve left this green as I think it has a lot of life left.
Garmin Forerunner 935 Plus Personally I don’t see this happening but if it does it’ll be at one of the big marathons in 2018. The 920XT didn’t get an update when the Fenix 3 HR appeared…
Garmin Forerunner 945 Expected early 2020
Midrange Triathlon 7xx Garmin Forerunner 735XT 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 Forerunner 745XT I just can’t imagine why this would exist so have marked it Grey as “not happening”. Maybe I’m wrong.
High end running 6xx 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. The 645 is clearly the future here and is a much more capable device
Garmin Forerunner 645/645 Music Launched January 2018, earliest replacement likely January 2020
Garmin Forerunner 655 Expect in around January 2020. The “Music” suffix will disapear since music will be standard in the next model
Midrange Running 2xx 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 range has ended with OHR models taking over everywhere
Garmin Forerunner 225 Don’t buy. Garmin immediately replaced this with the 235 using their own sensor.
Garmin Forerunner 235 Wait. Garmin have released the 645 which kinda takes over this range. The 235 is fairly dated compared to newer watches but still fits the bill as a great running watch.
Garmin Forerunner 245 Missing in action, should have launched alongside the Forerunner 645. Garmin have released the 645 which kinda takes over this range and didn’t include a 245 yet which may not even fit into the range given the lower cost of the 645.

This has now been mentioned in a forum post on Garmin forums so it might exist after all

Budget Running 0xx Garmin Forerunner 25 This has been out a while (August 2015) and has been sorta replaced with the FR30. Still cheap and capable though
Garmin Forerunner 30 released September 2017
Garmin Forerunner 35 Wait – this is getting on a bit at two years (September 2016). September 2018 would be the soonest we’d expect a replacement. There isn’t a lot that would be added but I still expect a refresh soon.
Fitness Garmin Vivoactive Replaced by the Vivoactive HR and on the “previous models” (aka “dead to me”) page at Garmin.
Garmin Vivoactive HR Don’t buy unless you get a good deal. This is still quite new but has been superceded by the Vivoactive 3 which seems to add a lot of things including wrist based payment. Not quite ready for a red grade yet, this is still a great watch
Garmin Vivoactive 3/Music Buy, this is just released in August 2017 so August 2019 is the probable replacement.
Garmin Vivoactive 4 Late 2019 is the earliest we expect this model. Expect the Music tag to disapear as music will be standard accross all but the cheapest watches by then.
Garmin Vivosport Launched August 2017, expect replacement in late 2019
Other Garmin Instinct Launched October 2018. Buy if you love that Casio look

Garmin Bike Computers

Range Manufacturer Device Current Speculation
High End 1xxx Garmin Edge 1000 Buy if you get a really good deal, this was overdue for replacement and very, very old for a current device (2014!) even when replaced in August 2017. This is cheap everywhere now, and still a good device but only a little cheaper than the Edge 1030.
Garmin Edge 1030 Finally arrived in August 2017. Likely replacement…2020! Although I can imagine a 2019 update so we’ll wait and see
Garmin Edge 1040 Keep calm and wait until 2020!
Midrange Map/touch 8xx 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 830 Summer 2019
Midrange Map/buttons 5xx 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 This is current, although may be replaced around Jan 2019. Kinda sorta replaced by the plus model
Garmin Edge 520 Plus Buy, this is current, although may be replaced in 2019. Too similar to the old 520 to be a safe bet
Garmin Edge 530 Summer 2019, expect a single model with maps like the 520 plus
Budget 2xx & 1xx Garmin Edge 200 Don’t buy, this is very old (2011)
Garmin Edge 130 Buy, this is new in April 2018 and a great little computer.
Garmin Edge 140 Not before May 2020, probably May 2021
Basic Garmin Edge 20 While this is current, it’s due for replacement in 2018. It’s possible this replacement will be pushed back though, as there’s very little to change on these devices. With the Edge 130 this range may disapear altogether, or just hang around as an ultra low cost alternative
Garmin Edge 25 While this is current, it’s due for replacement in 2018. It’s possible this replacement will be pushed back though, as there’s very little to change on these devices. With the Edge 130 this range may disapear altogether, or just hang around as an ultra low cost alternative

6 Comments

  1. What about the Descent MK1?

    • It’s impossible to say. I imagine a mk2 is in the works based on 5X Plus hardware (or maybe 6!). The problem is that the safety critical nature of the Descent means longer test and development cycles, possibly more paperwork to release too. As such it’s hard to even guess what hardware platform will be used or when that might appear. It certainly looks like they’ve sold enough to justify the continued existence of the line.
      That said, Garmin could very easily fold diving back into the Fenix 6 by adding a single sensor. I’d welcome that change, but it might slow down firmare releases.

  2. And Edge Explore?

    • The Explore series always follow closely behind new Edge units so I don’t list them on here.

      • Ok, but I don’t refer to 820 explore or 1000 explore, I say the Edge Explore, I think that it’s enough different. Thank you anyway.

        • I’ll get it added in next month 🙂

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