Garmin Fenix 5 available now on Amazon, what’s new and different

We’ve been patiently waiting for the next iteration in the Fenix series for over 18 months now. To our delight, Garmin announced not one, but three new watches at CES 2017 in Las Vegas. Although not shipping yet, it shouldn’t bee too long as the ultimate outdoor adventuring watch is now available on Amazon.

Here is what’s new and different with Garmin Fenix 5.


New Sizes

One of the most talked about design features of the Fenix 3 line was its bulkiness. Unsurprisingly, this was especially unappealing to female users considering their smaller sized wrists. This year, its all about making the Fenix series more appealing to a broad userbase.

The new line packs bumped up specs into a slightly slimmer body. You can now choose between multiple models that vary in size to fit every wrist and every workout.

The series includes the Fenix 5, a more compact version of the Fenix 3 HR (diameter is down from 51mm to 47mm), that still packs in all the sensors we’ve come to expect from the range. This includes an optical heart rate sensor, GPS and GLONASS, multisport and daily activity tracking functionality, and the ability to show smartphone notifications.

Garmin Fenix 5
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The 5S is Garmin’s first Fenix watch designed with the female sports enthusiast in mind. It sports a smaller footprint for smaller wrists (42mm diameter), without compromising on any multisport features. Finally, the Fenix 5X packs even more functionality, but sports a larger, 51mm diameter.

All three watches are rated to 100-meter water resistance and come in a variety of stainless steel finishes and colorful watch band combinations. There is also a a WiFi enabled scratch-resistant sapphire lens version.

The screen is still the transflective LCD from the Fenix 3, but its gone through a few tweaks and is more sharp and vibrant now. The display has gone from 218×218 pixels to 240×240 pixels (except 5S, which stays at 218×218), while the colors have increased to 64, from 16 on Fenix 3.


Interchangeable Bands

The next generation Fenix also comes equipped with new QuickFit bands, which let users change between formal leather or metal bands to silicone bands.

No tools are required to make the transformation. Just swap, click and go.


Golfing

Featuring a wide variety of sport profiles, including running, biking, swimming, hiking, triathlons, climbing, skiing, rowing and paddle boarding, the Fenix line has become a preference for sports and outdoor enthusiasts. A wearable for those who are into multi sports and want to be able to track everything.

The Golf mode now gives you yardage to the front, back and middle of the green for any single course you’ve downloaded. It also adds enhancements such as stat tracking (fairways hit, etc.), Green View, AutoShot detection and auto measure. Garmin has also added mountain biking, and separated some categories such as ski and snowboard, and treadmill and indoor track.


Mapping

The Fenix 5X is the daddy of the three, and is the only one that comes pre-loaded with topographical maps of the US. The watch uses satellite signals to provide route mapping and current location.

There are also some more advanced features. The Round-trip Run and Round-trip Ride routing options give runners and cyclists the ability to enter a distance they want to travel and have the watch suggest appropriate courses. The Around Me feature displays locations of interest nearby in a simplified graphical interface. GroupTrack allows you to keep tabs on your buddies.


Longer battery life

The Fenix 5 can run for about two weeks in smartwatch mode and a day with GPS switched on. Owing to its smaller size, the Fenix 5S has the shortest battery life of the lot, 8 days in smartwatch mode and 13 hours when using GPS. Finally, the Fenix 5X comes with a battery that keeps going for 12 days in smartwatch mode and 20 hours with GPS switched on.

For comparison purposes, the Fenix 3 HR is good up to 16 hours in GPS training mode, and up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (with 24/7 HR monitoring).


Price and release date

Garmin is sitting on a winner here. Its come out with much more of an everyday device, not just one you wear when it’s time get get active.

Due to be rolled out in Q1 2017, Fenix 5 and 5S come with a suggested retail price of $599.99, while the Sapphire versions of the two and Fenix 5x will set you back $699.99. The watches are available for pre-order on Garmin’s website, and now from Amazon as well.

 


Side by side comparison

 Garmin Fenix 3 HRGarmin Fenix 5Garmin Fenix 5SGarmin Fenix 5X
Tech specs 
Size51.5 x 51.5 x 16.0 mm47.0 x 47.0 x 15.5 mm42.0 x 42.0 x 14.5 mm51.0 x 51.0 x 17.5 mm
MaterialPlastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire and Chronos version.Plastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire version.Plastic with silicon band. Also comes in a Sapphire version.Sapphire with Silicon band.
ChargingYesYesYesYes
Battery300mAh lithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ion
Battery lifeUp to 40 hours in UltraTrac mode; up to 16 hours in GPS training mode; up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (with 24/7 HR monitoring)Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to 75 hours in UltraTrac battery saver modeUp to 9 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 14 hours in GPS mode, and up to 40 hours in UltraTrac™ battery saver modeUp to 12 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode, and up to 50 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
Water-resistance10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
Weight86.1 gramsWith silicone band: 3.0 oz (85.0 g); Sapphire version: 3.1 oz (87.0 g)With silicone band: 2.4 oz (67.0 g)With silicone band: 3.5 oz (98.0 g)
SensorAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASSAccelerometer, optical heart rate sensor, barometric altimeter, electronic compass, GPS, GLONASS
Display205 x 148 pixels; transflective MIP color; sapphire lens240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display218 x 218 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colorful display
Screen size30.4 mm diameter30.5mm diameter27.94 mm diameter30.5mm diameter
ColorsGray. Also comes in a Sapphire and Chronos version.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.Slate Gray, Silver, Champagne - comes with interchangeable bands in various colors.
OtherPLATFORM: Proprietary OS
PROCESSOR: Single Core Processor
MEMORY: 32MB
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth Smart, ANT+, Wi-Fi
PLATFORM: Proprietory
PROCESSOR: N/A
MEMORY: 64 MB; available 54 MB
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth, WiFi
PLATFORM: Proprietory
PROCESSOR: N/A
MEMORY: 64 MB; available 54 MB
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth, WiFi
PLATFORM: Proprietory
PROCESSOR: N/A
MEMORY: 64 MB; available 54 MB
CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth, WiFi
Activity tracking 
StepsYesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYesYes
ActivityYesYesYesYes
FloorsYesYesYesYes
SleepYesYesYesYes
Heart rate24/724/724/724/7
Vo2MaxYesYesYesYes
Stress & recoveryYesYesYes
UV exposure
Skin temperature
Galvanic skin response
GPSGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabledGPS and GLONASS enabled
Running featuresvirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racerVirtual pacer, VO2 max estimate, recovery advisor, race predictor, running dynamics, calculates distance for indoor workouts, personal records, virtual partner/racer
Swimming featureslengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workoutsLengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories; stroke type identification; open water swim metrics; swim workouts
Smartphone notificationsYesYesYesYes
Other - Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 100 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 32 MB; available 23 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 200 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 64 MB; available 54 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- Remembers 200 hours of activity data
- built in memory: 64 MB; available 54 MB
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
Maps: Preloaded topographic and cycling maps, plus more than 40,000 golf courses around the world
- Multi sport
- Music control, find my phone
- Features physiological measurements (stress score, performance condition and lactate threshold)
- built in memory: 12 GB.
- hunt/fish calendar, sun moon information, area calculation
- many other features...
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Amazon US rating4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars4.3 out of 5 stars
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