- Garmin Instinct, thoughts and options please.
Arrived this afternoon, seems pretty easy to setup. Only bit I can’t work so far is seeing email as a widget. I get mail when it comes in on gmail and can read then, but there doesn’t appear to be a mail widget to view later, like there is with text messages. Any pointers ?Posted 6 months ago
Nope, haven’t had chance to really get to grips with much of it. The reason I bought it was for the breadcrumb trails – I’ve pushed a course to it and try it out tomorrow – though I suppose it’ll work like any non-mapping Garmin, ie fine when there’s an obvious turn coming up, but 50/50 for forks so you end up running a fair way up the wrong one until you realise you wanted the other. Still, better than stopping and digging the phone out.
IIRC, only displaying the incoming number and not the name is how my 520 does it too, though it does show the name for Whatsapps.Posted 6 months agojamesozSubscriber
Mine shows the callers name. iPhone SE if it makes any difference.Posted 6 months ago
The Bluetooth connection has been perfect compared to my Edge 25 which was 50/50 at best.
Would be nice if the ‘move’ prompt was disabled when driving, I guess that would require the phone to tell it I’m driving when it connects to the hands free kit. In all reality I’ll probably just turn it off as usually if I’m not moving around, it’s because I have no choice.
A question for other Instinct owners-
I went for a run the other night and my elevation went a bit scatty. It had me drop below sea level 2 or 3 times and as a result added about 600ft to my 400ft run. Do I need to turn something on or off? Or is it just a random glitch?
TIAPosted 5 months agooldtennisshoesSubscriber
Check the altitude is being autocalibrated with the gps. Even with that on, I can get weird readings if the weather is changing (low pressure). There might be a way to correct the elevation data (to a base DTM) in the web version of Garmin connect – I don’t think that will also fix associated stats though, eg calories burned etc.Posted 5 months ago
Hello instinct owners….
Quick question – if you use the GPS + galileo option during activities (as opposed to purely gps), do you find the battery life terrible?
Garmin say the battery should last 16 hours in gps mode. when I tried with GPS +galileo it only lasted something like 5 hours, just wondering if this is to be expected or a bug in the garmin firmware.
In gps mode it looks like it will go the full 16 hours. I was expecting some increase in power consumption using galileo, but not 3 times the power usage.
It is running the latest firmware (v2.80)Posted 4 months ago
Didnt think Galileo was fully operational yet?
not all the satellites are running yet, I think there’s something like 25 out of a total of 30 up and running.
I wouldnt have expected a lower number of satellites to affect the battery life on the impact though, but maybe if it was spending most of its time trying to find a signal it might.
Will switch to gPS + glonass and see how it goes.Posted 4 months ago
Haven’t created any courses yet, but I have downloaded some as GPX from Wikiloc, Strava etc. They’ve worked fine, forest/mountain tracks, and across open ground (no path).
I don’t have Garmin Express (or whatever it’s called), so upload to COnnect website, then sync to the watch using the phone app.
Talking of sync, it often doesn’t. Have to turn off the watch, restart the phone, eventually it syncs, though real time HR is displayed in the app. COuld equally be a phone bug.Posted 4 months ago
Have to turn off the watch
Sorry, can’t help re syncing but, dumb question, how do you turn off the watch?
On a side note fwiw, I’ll add i prefer the cheap replacement straps…they are slightly more stretchy than the genuine straps and ive found this helps keeping the watch in place on your wristPosted 4 months ago
Vivo active 3 has more features/functionality than instinct, payment features, vo2 max estimates, colour screen etc.
But instinct has better battery life (looks like it will last twice as long as vivo active 3), is tougher and more water resistant than vivo active3
And obviously there is a styling difference.Posted 4 months ago
Cant find the boring colour one for cheap at the moment though so prce difference is close to £100. Millets have the orange for £220 but want to be able to wear it for work and that is a bit bright. So it is almost full retail which is £100 more expensive than a Vivoactive 3.Posted 4 months ago
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