Garmin Changes Smartwatch from Geek Gadget to Status Symbol

Garmin's Fenix Chronos Changes Smartwatch from Geek Gadget to Status Symbol

Smartwatches are still somewhat of a niche product, but that hasn’t stopped manufacturers from creating premium versions with some hefty price tags. The Fenix Chronos by Garmin (NASDAQ:GRMN) takes the proven and highly acclaimed functionality of the  company’s Fenix 3 line of smartwatches and adds some luxury for high-end customers.

The adoption rate of smartwatches is growing. Business people are using them because of the convenience they offer. Not having to take your smartphone out to see text and emails is a great feature, and if the watch looks professional like the Chronos line, so much the better.

However, the price might be a bit much for most people. The price Garmin has set can buy you a decent analog watch that will not become obsolete. It will continue to work years from now without having to worry about connectivity issues, end of life support, batteries and more. But if you can afford it, the Chronos line is a high end watch with smart device functionality.

Garmin Fenix Chronos Details

The Fenix Chronos is a stainless steel sapphire watch available in three different settings:

  • Fenix Chronos with leather band: $899.99
  • Fenix Chronos Steel: with stainless steel band: $999.99
  • Fenix Chronos Titanium: with brushed titanium case and forged titanium links and buttons: $1,499.99

Garmin's Fenix Chronos Unboxing

Garmin dominates the activity smartwatch segment with a wide range of products used by everyone from professional triathletes to sailors, pilots and more. And making a watch users don’t have to remove when they go back to work or out for the night ma add to its appeal with some business users.

The Chronos line is basically the same as the Fenix 3 HR, and just like that watch it has some important features to consider. The difference is the crafted premium jeweler’s grade materials which includes durable metal housing and a high-strength, scratch-resistant sapphire lens.

The metal housing contains within it the EXO omni-directional GPS and GLONASS antenna in the bezel, along with Garmin’s latest outdoor navigation and fitness training features. All of the information the watch provides is displayed on the 1.2-inch always-on, sunlight-readable color Garmin Chroma Display. You can view emails, texts and alerts as well as daily activity tracking, smart notifications, activity profiles and more.

The Fenix Chronos Display

The battery life for the Chronos will greatly depend on how you use it, and according to the company, you can expect up to 25 hours with the UltraTrac battery saver mode, up to 13 hours in GPS mode, and one week in smart watch mode depending on the setting. Some of the other features include, 32MB of storage that can track up to 100 hours of activity data, Bluetooth 4.0 LE for connectivity and a 10ATM (100m) water rating.

What makes the Garmin line of activity smartwatches stand out are the applications that take advantage of the technology. Connect IQ automatically lets users upload their data, start a LiveTrack session, and share their activity on social media. Some of the activity profiles include run, bike, lap swim, open water, SUP, row, golf and more. Users can also monitor their heart rate 24/7, the number of steps they have taken throughout the day, calories burned, stairs climbed, and use the sleep mode to see how well they sleep at night.

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If you like going on long hikes, the nifty TracBack feature makes getting lost a thing of the past. The GPS plus ABC (altimeter, barometer and 3-axis compass) sensor features let you navigate back to your starting point the same way you began your journey. It does this by creating a bread crumb trail as you move. The sensor can display heading, elevation and weather changes, while letting you mark locations such as start/finish line, your vehicle, campsite or other point of interest for future visits.

Gamin's Fenix Chronos - GPS Features

Garmin is not the only company addressing this high-end market. Traditional watch makers such as TAG Heuer, Tissot, Movado, Hublot and Bulgari have products out in the market or have announced they will be releasing products in the future.  While these companies are well established in the luxury market, Garmin has a head start with the technology the company has been developing in the activity segment. The question is, will customers settle for Garmin when they can have brands like Bulgari and Hublot on their wrists?

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Young computer geek Grant Manser admitted the charges

A babyfaced computer geek designed programmes which helped cyber-hackers crash 224,000 websites around the world .

Grant Manser created the damaging software from his bedroom and sold it on the ‘dark web’ to customers around the globe for as little as £4.99, a court heard.

The then 16-year-old’s “stresser” program worked by bombarding websites, servers and email addresses with so much information they crashed.

Among the victims were companies, schools, colleges and government departments,the Birmingham Mail reported .

Manser, now aged 20, from Pear Tree Close, Kidderminster, pleaded guilty to six charges under the Computer Misuse Act and four under the Serious Crime Act.

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Judge Nicholas Cole sentenced Manser to two years youth detention suspended for 18 months with the requirement to perform 100 hours unpaid work and also pay £800 costs.

But he was spared jail after the judge accepted that he only did it for financial gain and was “young and naive”.

Birmingham Crown Court heard how Manser’s scheme operated over a four year period between January 2012 and November 2014.

The case was heard at Birmingham Crown Court

Raj Punia, prosecuting, said the defendant was arrested at the family home in November 2014 by officers from the Regional Cyber Crime Unit and computer equipment seized.

It was found to contain four systems called Dejabooter, Vexstresser, netspoof and Refinedstresser, known in the computer world as DOS – “denial of service” software.

When deployed these DOS programs flooded a chosen website, server or email address with so much data they could not cope, causing them to temporarily crash.

Manser sold the software via the ‘dark web’ – the hidden internet only used for criminal purposes – at prices ranging from £4.99 to £20.

Miss Punia said Manser had 12,800 registered users and, of these, just under 4,000 had bought DOS packages. They had then carried out 603,499 attacks on 224,548 targets.

One UK victim was Harrogate and Hull College which saw its entire computer network crash for 14 hours after a disgruntled student brought one of Manser’s packages because he was unhappy at being kept behind for detention.

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Miss Punia said Manser accepted payment by PayPal and had a turnover of £50,000 during the period he was operating.

She said although it was widely acknowledged that “stresser” programs could be used legitimately by companies to test their own vulnerability, in this case Manser’s software was “only designed for illegal criminal purposes”.

By the time he was arrested, Manser’s business was doing so well he had started to advertise for staff.

The programme helped cyber-hackers crash 224,000 websites around the world

During police interviews, the teenager said he had got the idea after working for someone in the United States and seeing how much money he made from the scheme.

Among the victims his customers targeted were companies, councils and government departments across the world, including Poland, France, other EU countries, the United States and the Netherlands.

Jamie Baxter, defending, said his client only designed and sold the systems to make money. “He is not a hacker, the system doesn’t take or hack any information from the websites being attacked,” he said.

And he said he had built safeguards into the program to ensure that organisations on a “blacklist” were not attacked. These included banks, any healthcare organisation, the police and the FBI.

“He was only 16 when he started to do this and it was his immaturity and naivety which led him to commit these offences,” Mr Baxter said.

His client had not spent the £50,000 extravagantly, but on updating his computer equipment and also on his hobby of his motorbike.