This watch was great up until the waterproofing failed after owning it for a bit over a year.
The watch was perfect for running with and I used it regularly to swim with until one day after swimming the screen was glitching and appeared to be water damaged. I attempted to dry it off but unfortunately this was unsuccessful and the watch died completely and wouldn’t restart. I would’ve hoped that after owning it for just over a year that the it would’ve maintained it’s waterproof seal.
Bad battery life
I have been an owner of Garmin watches for many years, & I am very disappointed with the low battery life of Fenix 5S. I used it for first time yesterday on a 3-5 hour bike ride & the battery drained down to 64% , after starting with 100%. My instinct watch has always remain in the 80% After the same length of time.
I do not have notifications or Bluetooth turned on, only the data on the ride screen. Very disappointed in this watch.
On me every minute!
Excellent watch, can't fault it.
It's on my wrist for almost the entire day. Tracks just about everything.
I use it mainly for ocean swims, runs, and biking. The Garmin connect app supplements the watch and is very helpful to gain crucial insights into your workout!
Must buy for any sporting fanatic.
Excellent watch for virtually every use
Received as a gift 18 months ago.
Has served as an excellent smart watch for tracking activities and statistics. Heart rate, steps, sleep for every day tracking, and more activities/sports specific tracking (both outdoor and indoor, and even gym equipment like treadmill and elliptical machines) all track pretty accurately. GPS function, while draining the battery a lot faster, also keeps good track for outdoor activities. Synchronises well with Garmin Connect app.
Other functions, such as alerts, reading messages/emails, calls etc are handled...well, but can be a bit too much - takes a little bit of effort, but using the Garmin Connect app to choose and authorise specific apps definitely helps if you tend to get too many random alerts from apps you rarely use. Waterproof: great to keep on at all times, whether showering, at a swimming pool, or at the beach. Battery life could be a little better, but does tend to last long enough if not used for many activities. Lighting and screen are great in most circumstances. Default watch faces are good, but downloading customised ones from the Garmin app help make use of most of the empty space if you prefer having more information on one face.
Purchased in November 2018.
Can't live without it
Great sport watch for triathlon
Accurate tracking with running swimming and riding
Over a week's worth of charge when not doing any activities and after 2 years still getting 12 hours of activity
- Fenix 5X
- Verified purchase
Built Like a Rock
I have had one of these watches for a long time and I wear in every minute of the day (except when charging) and it is a beast. Great features for day to day life, sports and best of all it has been bashed, crashed and smashed but not a scratch. I couldn't be happier.
I got this watch as Christmas present because my wife knew I was chasing it since 1 year . The size 51mm of the watch is great . It works perfectly , connect to the phone very easy . You get lots of info which makes your life easier . The 2 apps are fantastic , you can change faces so you don t get bored of it .
Absolutely suggest it
Faulty backlight functions
Love Garmin and I've owned several devices, but despite its great features, like built-in music etc, the backlight problems began only a couple of months in. For the price it is simply unacceptable to have no backlight at all, with the screen is barely visible during the day, let alone at night. The interface is also not as intuitive as other Garmins. From my expereience I wouldn't recommend this model.
- Fenix 5S
- Verified purchase
This watch is great
I love this watch, it syncs really well with the iPhone, it holds the charge for over 1 week and has some great features like sleep tracker and you can see whos calling your iPhone on the watch face. Only thing Id say needs improvement is the screen light, it goes dim when in screen saver mode so no LED backlight
Almost perfect- just a bit heavy
Love the look of this watch, I gave my old Garmin away to buy this. I love how many functions it has and how pretty it can be (I bought the 5s gold). I just wish it were thinner and lighter. It is way to bulky on my wrist, and completing long runs with it is annoying. Have been swimming with mine, and wear it out for dinner too! I also wish the Garmin app were better. It is such a terrible app compared to others out there- so syncing data and reviewing daily activity isnt as great as what it could be.!
- Fenix 5X
- Verified purchase
A perfect product for daily use
Love the quality and features of this watch. Battery lasts for 10-12 days after 2 years, GPS works perfectly and I don't have almost anything to complain. Sadly I bought it and in 2 months they released a model with NFC and I cannot allow myself to spend another 1,500 to get another watch just for NFC. I think they should've done NFC from version 3, not to wait to release 5x then 5x plus.
- Fenix 5S
- Verified purchase
Buttons excel touch screens in wet conditions!
- fast charging and good battery life
- waterproof is a huge bonus and keeps device clean
- Can easily personalise everything just like an Android phone
- Light weight and not too bulky for small wrists like mine
- the SUP mode is great for paddling sports
The reviewer stated that an incentive was offered for this review
HR software issue - accurate.... whenever it decides to start working
HR Sensor (Software) - Absolute GARBAGE
Battery life - Great
Usability - Great
HR Sensor (Hardware) - Very Accurate
This watch is a very expensive item and like anyone who has purchased one, I expect to get what I pay for.
The HR sensor has a major issue in the HR software, it has an undetermined time lag in detecting increased HR when exercising. ...
Purchased in April 2018 for A$950.00.
Perfect for Tri training
Perfect for Swimming Running Jogging
Counts swimming laps
Times sets and rest periods
Works in open water swims
Gives pace as you run
Alert every 1km running
Heart Rate distance Speed for Riding
Keeps all your training organised on Web
The Alarm is easy to set and good for every day Use.
Good outdoors watch, with health benefits!
Bought this primarily for GPS functionality so have been disappointed. The Garmin etrex units I have previously purchased work straight 'out-of-the-box', not this one, had to down load 'widgets' or something to get usable grid co-ordinates for my paper maps (Australia) and even have to mentally adjust co-ordinates, depending on the map. When the price for the watch is about AUD $1,000 that's not good enough. The maps on the fenix5X watch face are too small (for a grumpy old man (GOM) like me) and the screen maps lack any detail in remote areas,...so marginaly useable. Garmin seem to have little interest in purchasers who use paper maps. Battery life is fantastic, just did a ten day trip in remote Tassie without a re-charge, using the GPS, very successfully, daily but only from time-to-time. The altimeter is really flaky unless you are constantly in the wild. I have to constantly re-calibtate it, even when returning to or at home! Garmin need to fix this or withdraw it. The five buttons are pretty intuitive even for a GOM like me and reasonalby user friendly. I know you can get cheaper fitness watches, but with the steps and floors counters I have lost weight and can monitor my activity, and have that incentive to keep active. Conectivity to smart watch is an unexpected delight (ok, I didn't know!, dergh!)
Absolutely the best ever tracks weight, heart beet, Stes ... Will be getting a 6
I would highly recommend this and syncs very nicely to my iPhone very good and worth the money
Purchased in January 2018.
New watch damaged from the box
I purchased a brand new Garmin Fenix 5 plus sapphire and when I opened the box the unit's bezel was damaged in 4 places.
The unit was send back to Garmin for inspection and they informed me that the damage is cosmetic and are not covered under warranty.
I paid a lot of money for a unit not charged or worn and has 4 scratches on the bezel. If you pay that amount of money for a watch, surely it should come out of the box damage free?
I expected a lot better customer service from Garmin and really disappointed in their response.
Needless to say I will think twice in supported their products in the future.
Fenix 5 is the premium multisport GPS watch with wrist-based heart rate, advanced fitness features and interchangeable bands you can go from workplace to workout. Whatever sport you want to track, fenix 5 has it covered, thanks to built-in activity profiles and performance metrics plus smart notifications.
Wear it every day
Easy to use, great battery life great tool for tracking fitness activity’s the gps makes running workouts easy no more driving around in the car to find distances for intervals, built well wear it every day for the past year and a half as a mechanic and it has not failed
5 s plus goes flat in 3 days max and bluetooth constantly not connecting
I've been having issues since I bought this watch a couple of months ago. The battery is supposed to last a week and I am lucky to get three day not even using it as a sports watch AT ALL. Also it regularly won't connect to bluetooth. It's apparently a known problem and Garmin will not replace for me.
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