Garmin fēnix Multisport GPS Smartwatch

Garmin fēnix Multisport GPS Smartwatch

Garmin fēnix Multisport GPS Smartwatch

  • Housing Material: fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
  • Strap Material: silicone, leather, titanium
  • Face Material: sapphire crystal
  • Pedometer: yes
  • Odometer: yes

Retaining all the same features as its predecessor, in addition to some serious upgrades, the Garmin Fenix 5S Plus Sapphire is an adventurer’s and athlete’s essential that now has onboard music, maps, heart-rate tracking, and contactless payments. This particular version has a slightly smaller face size that’s tailored towards those with smaller wrists for a comfy fit, as well as a sapphire crystal face for greater resistance to unsightly scratches and accidental bumps. The Fenix 5S Plus Sapphire features multi-network (GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo) satellite reception to track precisely in more challenging environments than GPS alone, as well as altimeter, barometer, and compass sensors to provide weather info and elevation data to accurately


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  1. 50 of 52 people found the following review helpful
    4.0 out of 5 stars
    Near perfect sports tracking device!, July 2, 2018

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    The Fenix 5 Plus is the first of the Fenix line to come with music built into the watch. I actually had ordered a Fenix 5X about 2 weeks before this device was announced and returned it, as music in my device is one of those check off items.

    We are a running, hiking, golf, and swimming type of family, and I like to run 5-6 miles a few times a week, and believe it or not this is my first Garmin device (I’ve been using Polar).

    Why this device over the 5x? I like to wear as few devices as possible when I run. Now with the 5 plus I wear the watch, my Jabra Sport Elite bluetooth earbuds, and sunglasses. Tracking is excellent and there are a ton of metrics for each run (too many to list, look at the product specs), plus the music streaming to the buds was perfect, never a dropped moment. I use Google Play for my music, and you simply need to load it manually on to the watch via USB cable.

    Oh and I did take it golfing already to my local course. You need to plan a little in advance as you need to download the course before you play, but that isn’t a big deal to me as you can do it via your smartphone or PC/MAC USB cable. Distances were accurate and on many holes I did find the center of the green on the device.

    Battery life is excellent even with runs/music in use…I can say “days” but haven’t tried to totally drain the battery yet. So far I have gone 5 days and 2 runs and it was still 37% when I plugged it in.

    Why is it so excellent? The stuff you need to accept and get used to helps the battery life.

    The vibrant contrast they show in the promotional photos is NOT the screen you get. I wish they would post some realistic looking photos of the screen as it is not backlit, and when you do push the back light button, it looks more like the 80’s LCD watches than a modern smartwatch. The only time this screen is close the promotional photos is outside as it uses bright light to reflect and illuminate the screen. So battery life is really long because there is no lamp on for the screen…unless you push a button (there is a gesture setting where if you twist your wrist the back light will automatically come on, however you use it so infrequently I turned this setting off).

    This is not a touchscreen watch, you use buttons to control all functions. Actually after going through a few Google Wear devices, I am actually okay with a non-touch screen. The 5 buttons allow you to navigate wherever you need, and there are much fewer navigation errors using buttons over the sometime twitchy touchscreens.

    The navigation I am still not used to it. The primary buttons there is a light, up/menu, down, enter, and previous screen. When I went to start my first run, I launched the run app, then selected the screen I wanted to see, and could not figure out how to start the run after the GPS locked in. After some fumbling I figured it out, but I am a computer gadget nerd and I am having a few issues…to the non-nerd this thing may be too many button sequences to figure out.

    I would give it a 5 out of 5 if this very expensive sports watch had some honest photos of what customers will see, and if the navigation was cleaner using the buttons. It is a kitchen sink device and so far working great…but it better for the money they want for it!!

  2. 22 of 22 people found the following review helpful
    5.0 out of 5 stars
    I would buy again, Garmin – you have a customer for life, July 21, 2018

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    In the last 2 years or so I’ve had a bunch of wearables —
    1- Garmin Vivosmart – gen1
    2- Garmin Vivosmart HR – gen1
    3- Samsung Gear Fit – gen1
    4- Samsung Gear S2
    5- Garmin Fenix 3HR Sapphire
    6- Garmin Fenix 5 Plus Sapphire/Titanium

    Of all the devices I’ve had, including the Fenix 3HR – they all felt like toys compared to the 5 Plus. It feels like a mature evolution of the line, a true upgrade in the time of diminishing returns on tech releases. I would have called it the Fenix 6 and would have partnered with Spotify for offline playback if I worked for Garmin. I cannot comment on direct comparisons with the 5 line, just the 3HR. Overall, I would weigh this watch 65% fitness/health tracking 35% smart watch right out of the box.

    EDIT: Garmin added Spotify offline playback on Fenix 5 Plus October 2018! It’s the perfect watch for me now.

    –The watch is significantly faster than the previous series’ offerings
    –Actually use the wireless pay – it’s easy to access and works as intended
    –Offline maps are amazing, Garmin has the infrastructure from their previous businesses which translates beautifully to this watch. If not used, at least there’s peace of mind there.
    –Music is a nice touch. But where is offline Spotify? C’mon Garmin, get it on the watch(es) you know it will push a TON of new customers over the edge and buy 🙂
    –Stress measurement is a good metric to have now. Accuracy seems suspect at times though.
    –Size down from 51mm (3HR) to 47mm for full featured kit. 51mm is BEEF brah.
    –Quick release bands are great. Not many vendors out there with aftermarket offerings right now, but enough to find something you would like.
    –As usual, stellar battery life. I get 7 days + with tons of notifications and short non-GPS or ultratrac records.
    –Plus the countless fitness tracking activities and possible sensor parings that this thing can do.

    Pricey? Heck yeah. Worth every penny? YES – I can’t recommend this watch enough. Eat beans for a month or two and get the watch.

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