I have been testing out Garmin’s premium GPS watch, the Fénix 5, and it is without doubt the best all round GPS watch of its kind I have reviewed. If there’s a type of activity to be tracked, rest assured there’s a setting to allow for it on this watch. In addition to the features the all round design and feel of the Fénix 5 is something to behold. Here’s all the details you need to know.
Unboxing the watch is not overly exciting, although you do get a first glimpse of the Fénix 5 watch face and display. Contained within the box:
- Fēnix 5
- Charging/data cable
The first thing that strikes me about the watch is it’s design. With activities ranging from walking, running and swimming to skiing, cycling,and snowboarding, it’s clear that this watch is built to withstand heavy use. Some of the main design features include:
A full list of the specifications can be found here.
Beyond the design there are so many features that come jam packed into this watch. As alluded to earlier you can pretty much track any activity. You can tailor the menu to display the main activities that you prefer. Listed below are just a snapshot of some of the main features available:
- Preloaded activity profiles for all of your sports and adventures.
- Put key stats at your fingertips with the performance widget that shows the effects and progress of your workouts.
- Connected features include smart notifications, automatic uploads to Garmin Connect online sport community and personalisation through free watch faces and apps from the Connect IQ store.
- Outdoor sensors, including GPS and GLONASS satellite positioning, barometric altimeter, 3-axis compass with gyroscope.
- Fēnix 5 Performer Bundle adds HRM-TRI monitor for advanced running dynamics and heartrate during swimming.
- A wrist based heart rate monitor that allows you to control the intensity of your workout.
- Ability to easily interchange wristbands to go with any sport or activity.
- Custom apps and watch face display.
Another impressive aspect was the battery life. I was able to get at least two weeks out of the watch before I needed to re-charge it. This was despite me using it a couple of times for running and receiving numerous smart notifications on a daily basis. This ties in with the promise on Garmin’s website.
Battery life: up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode or up to 75 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver mode.
For more information on these and the many other features, just click here.
The Fénix 5 is a fantastic all round Smart GPS watch. If you are an outdoor, sporty person and need a rugged, durable watch to keep track of multiple activities then this is the watch that you need.
It’s hard to find fault with what the Fénix 5 has on offer. Perhaps the price tag which ranges from €615 to upwards of €900 depending on whether you want the Sapphire edition and if you want maps included. If that doesn’t put you off then head over to Garmin to buy now.
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