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Matthew Swainston (@StraightlineBoy)
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What next from Garmin, a diamond encrusted 910XT for anyone who doesn’t think premium editions of an 18 month old watch isn’t crazy enough? (I know the F3HR isn’t that old but the standard F3 was announced at CES in Jan 2015) At least Apple makes the premium editions available at launch. This scattergun release schedule from Garmin makes me very jittery about buying anything new from them

Race Leader
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first off. I agree with you. and yes such a premium option wouldperhaps be better targeted to the start of the life of the product. but from a financial point of view it makes sense to eek value out of the range. that makes some of us feel how you describe. HOWEVER against that it has to be said that Garmin WERE GREAT at adding new features to the F3 throughout its life. I’m still not sure that Garmin has the distribution to actually sell this type of product-similar argument to the vivomove thingy

Matthew Swainston (@StraightlineBoy)
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Yeah the distribution of them may be a challenge for Garmin…I can’t imagine seeing them in my local running shops as they’ll be just too niche.
It just seems that compared to other tech companies they have the product life cycle back to front. You normally wring the life out of early adopters and then release cheaper models for the masses. I guess it’s awkward because the optical HR stuff became available midway through the Fenix 3 life cycle.
Wonder if the release of these means the F4 is a little further away than we might have guessed?

Race Leader
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wel I was guessing between NOW and 2 weeks time…so certainly further away than my guess 🙁