Straightforward app connectivity
Heart rate monitor sometimes inaccurate
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Not for monitoring HR or Calories
I don't recommend one of these if you want accurate HR or Calorie monitoring. Consistently inaccurate & unreliable readings. I’ve hiked mountains with +250m vertical in less than 60mins with an av/HR of less than 100bpm according to my Garmin when my actual HR is +140bpm. Similar inaccuracy with Calories. I am an extreme fitness & adventure enthusiast.
Purchased in April 2018 for $600.00.
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.
Purchased in October 2018 at JB Hi-Fi for $900.00.
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.
Purchased in June 2020 at Garmin for $499.00.
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.
Purchased in January 2019 at Rebel Sport for $399.00.
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
Purchased in August 2018 at 99 Bikes for $950.00.
- Fenix 5X
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.
Purchased in April 2017 at 2XU Online store for $979.00.
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
Purchased in December 2019 at Rebel Sport.
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.
Purchased in October 2019 at Rebel Sport for $799.00.
- Fenix 5S
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
Purchased in September 2019 at JB Hi-Fi for $500.00.
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.!
Purchased in July 2017 at Rebel Sport for $899.00.
- Fenix 5X
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.
Purchased at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $1,000.00.
- Fenix 5S
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
Purchased in May 2019 at JB Hi-Fi Retail Stores for $399.00.
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 $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.
Purchased in December 2017 at Rebel Sport for $600.00.
- Watches in the Garmin Fenix 5 range include the Fenix 5, the Fenix 5S, the Fenix 5S Plus, the Fenix 5X, and the Fenix 5X Plus.
- They all have wrist heart rate technology that lets you monitor your rate without needing to wear a chest strap, as well as the ability to count steps, monitor sleep, and tell you how many calories you’ve burned.
- In addition to their running functions, the Fenix 5 watches also have features that help you with different kinds of sports and fitness, including swim training, skiing, golfing, and paddle sports.
- They all have GPS, but the 5S Plus, 5X, and 5X Plus also have TOPO Lite mapping, which shows you a detailed view of the contours and summit points of the terrain (as well as things like 4WD destinations and hydrographic features), making it great for trail runners.
- The case sizes are customisable; depending on the model, you can choose from a case size of 42mm, 47mm, or 51mm, letting you choose optimal comfort and style.
Points of praise:
- Most reviewers found that the watch had a high build quality, saying that it withstood bashing, crashing, and smashing, and different kinds of sports without sustaining a scratch.
- They also appreciated the long battery life of the watch - some reviewers said that it had over a week’s worth of charge, which made using it convenient.
- Reviewers also liked that it was highly customisable, as there were plenty of downloadable apps and widgets available, and it was easy to sync the watch with these apps and their phone.
A point of pain:
- Some reviewers noted that the watch’s heart rate monitor was inaccurate at times.
|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Connectivity||Bluetooth||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi||Bluetooth and Wi-Fi|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Gyro Sensor and Heart Rate Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Gyro Sensor and Heart Rate Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Gyro Sensor and Heart Rate Sensor||Accelerometer, Altimeter, Barometer, Compass, Gyro Sensor and Heart Rate Sensor|
|Interface||Touchscreen||Buttons and Touchscreen||Buttons and Touchscreen||Buttons and Touchscreen|
|Memory (RAM)||16 GB|
|Internal Storage||0.064 GB||16 GB||0.064 GB|
|Battery Life||14 days||12 days||9 days|
|Weight||85 g||98 g||67 g||96 g|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)||1 year(s)|
|Construction Material||Glass and Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel||Fibreglass and Stainless Steel||Stainless Steel|
|Colour / Finish||Slate Grey||Slate Grey||Rose Goldtone||Black|
- GTIN14: 00753759172046
- GTIN12: 753759176778
- MPN: KHGFEN5SEBLK
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