Earlier this month at CES, Garmin announced their expanded line of premium multi-sport smart watches with the new Garmin Fēnix 5 lineup. Offering a similar format as the Fēnix 3 and the Fēnix Chronos, the Garmin Fēnix 5 iterates with multiple sizes, more options, and increased mapping abilities. While the bulk of the “wearables” market is still proving its mettle, Garmin has been steadily producing a wide range of techy sport watches designed for a host of activities from hiking to running, swimming, and more.
I’ve used both the Fēnix 3 and the Fēnix Chronos and at 51.5mm and 49mm, respectively, they have always been very functional but quite large. The new Garmin Fēnix 5 lineup inlcudes the 42mm Garmin Fēnix 5S, the 47mm Garmin Fēnix 5, and the 51mm Garmin Fenix 5X. Being Fēnix models, all three versions offer fitness tracking, on-wrist heart rate monitoring, full ABC (altimeter, barometer, compass), GPS navigation, and smartphone connectivity for notifications and app integration.
The base Garmin Fēnix 5S comes in silver or white, while the “Sapphire Edition” offers champagne or black coloring along with an optional metal bracelet (presumably steel, but not specifically stated). Beyond the coloring, the Sapphire Edition adds a sapphire crystal and Wi-Fi connectivity. The Garmin Fēnix 5S’s 42mm case houses a 1.1” always-on 218 x 218 pixel color display, a rechargeable battery offering up to 9 days of battery life (less while tracking with the GPS), and a heart rate monitor.
The 47mm Garmin Fēnix 5 comes in slate grey or silver, with the Sapphire Edition adding the option of a slate grey metal bracelet or a black case. The larger case size receives a larger 1.2” display (240 x 240 pixels) and a larger battery for up to two weeks in smartphone mode.
Finally, the monster 51mm Garmin Fēnix 5 x in sapphire version can only be in the stone gray, black silicone strap or metal bracelet. This model retains the same screen as the Garmin Fēnix 5 but offers a 12-day smartphone battery mode and ups from 12 MB of storage space (Garmin Fēnix 5) with 64 MB. Why so much space? Garmin Fēnix 5 x offers full-color Venetian flat-bottom fishing vessels USA More advanced map routing and GPS capabilities, including bike maps and more than 40,000 golf courses worldwide.
The software features a huge feature list for the entire Garmin Fēnix lineup, specific features for measuring and tracking running, cycling, swimming, golfing, skiing, hiking, mountain climbing, triathlon, boating, and general performance. In addition, Garmin Fēnix watches can be connected to smartphones via Bluetooth and Garmin to connect applications that allow users to change settings, load new face watches (digital dial layout), and even install custom applications from the Jiaming IQ platform.
I have been using Fēnix 3 more than a year, and dazzling choice. If you really hike into sports and fitness, or want a simple GPS tracking platform Garmin Fēnix platform, not without flaws, it is really impressive.