Looking at that dc rainmaker article, there are some type of smart device that have no offline method. One thing I don't like it that the 9/10 the garmin connect software wont even load on my phone, it just crashes. It should be able to work in an offline mode, and a, show the status of the garmin services....and b, be able to at least back up my watch to the phone (so a fit file is on watch and phone).
Next step, I'd prefer that the watch was smart enough to be able to send a fit file places....it's has it's own wifi connection, and/or bluetooth it should be able to send at least via email out either of those connections.
Yeah I'd be pretty annoyed if I had one of those.
My watch seems to work OK currently for all the stuff I do on the watch (and still seems to be recording workouts without issue, notifications, HRM monitoring, etc etc all seem to work - I haven't yet tried the workarounds to manually sync workout data to strava though) - The Connect app starts OK on phone but shows a "down for maintenance" message - and I can't seem to do much with it... though it does still show notifications on watch etc so some things still seem to work through it.