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Garmin fenix 5 Plus, Premium Multisport GPS Smartwatch, Features Color Topo Maps, Heart Rate Monitoring, Music and Contactless Payment, Black with Black Band
|Color||Black W/Black band|
|Batteries||1 Lithium Polymer batteries required. (included)|
|Display Size||1.2 inches|
|Human Interface Input||Buttons|
|Product Dimensions||1.9 x 0.6 x 1.9 inches; 3.04 Ounces|
|Connectivity Technology||Bluetooth, Wi-Fi|
|Battery Life||288.0, 8.0, 18.0 Hours|
|Memory Storage Capacity||16 GB|
About this item
- Premium multi sport GPS smartwatch that estimates heart rate at the wrist and includes color TOPO maps featuring trend line popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
- Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel or diamond like carbon (DLC) Titanium bezel, buttons and rear case
- Easily store and play up to 500 songs on your watch, and connect with Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) for phone free listening
- Garmin Pay
- Built in navigation sensors include 3 axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite system (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
- Battery performance: Smartwatch: Up to 12 days; GPS: Up to 18 hours; GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours; UltraTrac mode: Up to 42 hours
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fēnix 5 Plus
For athletes and outdoor adventurers, the fēnix 5 Plus Series watches are the high-performance way to beat yesterday and bring your maps and music along. These rugged, premium-crafted watches feature routable color mapping, estimated wrist-based heart rate, storage for up to 500 songs and ourGarmin Pay contactless payment solution(available for supported cards from participating banks).
Multisport GPS Watch With Maps, Music, Metrics and More
- Premium multisport GPS smart watch that estimates heart rate at the wristand includes color TOPO maps featuring Trendline popularity routing to help you find and follow the best paths
- Fit for adventure with rugged design that features stainless steel or diamond-like carbon (DLC) titanium bezel, buttons and rear case
- Easily store and play up to 500 songs on your watch, and connect with Bluetooth headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
- Garmin Pay contactless payment solution (available for supported cards from participating banks) lets you make convenient payments with your watch
- Built-in navigation sensors include three-axis compass, gyroscope and barometric altimeter as well as multiple satellite system (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) network capability to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone
- Battery performance: up to 10 days in smartwatch mode and 8 hours in GPS mode with music
Your Roadmap to Success
Whether you’re in the city or on the trail, all fēnix 5 Plus Series watches provide built-in mapping and navigation features to help keep you oriented and on course. Full-color TOPO mapping comes preloaded with map data optimized for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking. For runners and cyclists, the device also features Trendline popularity routing, which uses billions of miles of Garmin Connect data to help you find and follow the best trails and routes.
Every fēnix 5 Plus Series watch features multinetwork (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) satellite reception to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. In addition to map-based guidance, each watch also provides a set of ABC (altimeter, barometer and compass) sensors for outdoor navigation. The built-in altimeter provides elevation data to accurately monitor ascent and descent for activities such as hiking, while the tilt-compensated three-axis electronic compass keeps your bearing — whether you’re moving or not.
Advanced Performance Metrics
When you’re pushing your limits, you need a decisive edge. fēnix delivers with sophisticated training features to monitor your form and performance. Tap into physiological metrics, running dynamics and more to track your workout stats, measure your progress and fine-tune your form. Training status automatically evaluates your recent exercise history and performance indicators to let you know if you’re overtraining, maintaining or peaking. You can also view your overall training load, which measures your exercise volume from the last 7 days and compares it to the optimal range for your fitness and recent training history. Special preloaded activity profiles are provided for swimming, running, biking, hiking, skiing, rowing, paddle boarding and more. For added motivation, download advanced workouts and training plans from Garmin Connect.
Wrist-based Heart Rate
On your wrist, Elevate wrist heart rate technology lets you monitor your heart rate without wearing a chest strap. In addition to counting steps and monitoring sleep, the watch uses heart rate to provide calories burned information and quantify the intensity of your fitness activities. It also measures your heart rate variability to calculate a stress score that helps you assess what level of activity your body is ready for.
A Little Traveling Music
Got a power song that gets you pumped up for a race or tough workout? Now you can have up to 500 songs stored right on your watch, for phone-free listening on the go. It’s easy to transfer music from your computer and then queue up your favorite playlist for easy listening through compatible Bluetooth headphones (sold separately). You can even sync your carefully crafted playlists from select music streaming services (May require premium subscription by a third-party music provider) to your watch for more ad-free listening. So leave your phone behind when you head out for a run or ride, because the music that keeps you moving is right there on your wrist.
Pay with a Wave of Your Hand
To help keep pace with your active lifestyle, fēnix 5 Plus devices feature our Garmin Pay contactless payment solution. Use it to pay for purchases so you can breeze through checkout lines while leaving your cash and cards at home. Try it anywhere there’s a scanner for contactless payments.
Stay Smartly Connected
All fēnix 5 Plus Series models support smart notifications when paired with a compatible device. Receive emails, texts and alerts right on your watch — whether you're on the trail, on the golf course or simply away from your desk. Other connected features include automatic uploads to our Garmin Connect online fitness community, live tracking, GroupTrack and social media sharing through our free Garmin Connect and Garmin Connect Mobile applications.
Premium Materials, Robust Performance
Built for rugged adventures and crafted of the finest premium-grade materials, fēnix 5 Plus Series watches are available in a variety of finish choices, including PVD-coated stainless steel bezel and DLC titanium bezel version. A bright, high-resolution, full-color Garmin Chroma Display with LED backlighting assures readability in all ambient conditions. And transflective technology that reflects and transmits light at the same time enables the watch face to become even more readable under intense sunlight. For added scratch resistance, a high-strength domed sapphire lens is available on several fēnix 5 Plus Series models.
Custom Apps, Watch Faces and Bands
You can customize any fēnix watch with free downloads from our Connect IQ store. Change your watch face, add data fields or get apps and widgets for information at a glance. There’s also a wide selection of QuickFit bands in your choice of premium leather, metal or silicone — so it’s easy to mix and match styles to go with any sport or activity. No tools are required to make the transformation. Just swap, click and go. With Garmin, you can add personality to your watch that’s uniquely you.
Add power data to your training by downloading our Running Power app from the Connect IQ store onto your compatible watch. Developed by Garmin Labs, the Running Power app taps into metrics — such as pace, vertical oscillation, grade and even local wind conditions — to determine the amount of power you’re applying at the ground as you run. When you know how much power you’re expending from minute to minute and mile to mile, you’re better able to pace yourself, which can help keep you from tiring out too quickly. The best news? If you already own the right Garmin devices, adding power to your run is free. All you need is a fēnix 5 and one of these accessories: HRM-Run, HRM-Tri or the Running Dynamics Pod. Learn more.
Garmin fēnix 5 Plus
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|Are batteries included?||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Are batteries required?||Yes||Yes||No||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Item Dimensions||1.9 x 0.6 x 1.9 inches||1.85 x 1.85 x 0.58 inches||2 x 0.7 x 2 inches||1.7 x 1.7 x 0.5 inches||0.5 x 1.8 x 2.1 inches||1.7 x 0.6 x 1.7 inches|
|Item Weight||3.04 ounces||2.88 ounces||3.36 ounces||1.34 ounces||1.76 ounces||4.00 ounces|
|Sport Type||running;golf;swimming;cycling;hiking||Camping & Hiking, Exercise & Fitness, Cardio, Running, Training||—||Running, Cardio, Cycling, Exercise & Fitness, Training||running;cycling;swimming||running;hiking;golf;swimming|
|Style||Sapphire||6 Sapphire||Sapphire||Music||Base||Watch Only|
1. 2" Color Display with Sapphire Lens Wrist-Based Heart Rate Monitor Activity and Multi-Sport Tracking Full-Color U. S. TOPO Mapping, Bluetooth, ANT+, Wi-Fi GPS/GLONASS Water-Resistant to 10 ATM Up to 12-Day Battery Life Garmin Connect IQ Software Platform. Smartphone compatibility with iPhone and Android. The device is not compatible with windows 95, 98, me, windows and Mac OS 10. 3 and earlier. Memory 16 GB.
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What's the problem, then? Garmin Connect.
Search for issues connecting Fenix watches to the iPhone, and you'll find threads full of people with watches that refuse to connect reliably despite repeated resets, reinstalls, etc. Add to this that the watch does not allow things such as activity screens to be customized in the app or backed up online, and you're potentially looking at a lot of work just to keep the thing connected and in sync. This is an $850 watch, and part of the deal here is the phone and online connectivity.
Garmin, your app needs to be 100% reliable, not constantly failing to connect or sync with no tools provided to even diagnose let alone fix the sorts of issues people are having. It's great that your app just automatically, magically connects when everything is working, but just maybe you'd have been better off at least leaving the management of the Bluetooth connection itself to the usual OS UI, and working on top of that rather than trying to roll your own, apparently quite broken solution.
If you're considering buying this watch, do yourself the courtesy of Googling Fenix 5x+ reboot issues. There had been a few mentions of minor issues in December when I bought mine but it looks like there's been an uptick in these types of issues in the past few days. Knowing how their CS reacted and seeing a bigger population of people running into issues the past few days, I have to wonder what happened.
Update: after spending probably 1.5 collective hours in a chat window with Garmin Customer service, they offered to do a prepaid shipping where they'll ship the new watch as soon as they see that the old one is in transit. Will still take 3-5 days (according to the rep) but it's a lot better than their "ONLY TWO" exchange options that they insisted they had.
Long story short, I really love this watch when it works but seeing the lack of support Garmin provides on a $800 product, I probably wouldn't buy it again and I'd look for another option priced much, much cheaper. Even if it has issues, you won't kick yourself nearly as hard for the lack of utility or support.
10 Day Update (4/12/19):
Still don't have a replacement. Garmin used DHL who, in turn, apparently uses USPS to deliver. Received a notification that my replacement was on the way on April 5th. Immediately clicked the tracking number link and was greeted with a notification that there was already a delay in the delivery process and would result in an additional 24-48 hour delay. Since checking on the 5th, I noticed an update at 3:37 AM on 4/8 on DHL's site that it had been turned over to USPS. Check the USPS tracking number and their last update was still 4/6 stating that they were waiting for it. At 1:43 AM on 4/12, neither has updated since the 8th. When I've contacted DHL and USPS (multiple times now... including one call to DHL were the automated system told me the package with my tracking number was delivered to Egg Harbor Township - not on any of the updates or anywhere near it's supposed to be... brought that up to both DHL and Garmin and they glossed over it completely), I was advised to check with the shipper (Garmin) to find out where it is. When I contacted Garmin after that, I was told:
"I'm not sure why you can't get a definitive answer from DHL or USPS, but it could be the result of poor communication between the carriers. It does appear the package is in the process of being handed off to USPS since DHL has provided the USPS tracking number."
and that's been it. Garmin's not backing up their product, making zero effort to help in any way, shape, or form, or even to try and provide any kind of answer.
I've bought quite a bit from Garmin in the past and present - other trackers, satellite communication devices, GPS units, etc... - but it's going to be very difficult to buy anything from them again after this experience and I'd advise other potential customers to seek alternatives as well. At the very least, have your eyes wide open if you're set on one of their products. Even if it's under warranty they're not going to support it.
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I’ve had this watch for about 24 hours when I write this. There is lots of features I haven’t explored yet, but I will update the review when I do. The stats I get from this watch are amazing! Can’t wait to take it on one of my workouts.
A few things I don’t like:
What’s the deal with the cheap screen? An expensive watch, almost as expensive as a smart phone, with a screen to make a $100 smartphone proud. This is a Low-Resolution LCD display with a dim backlight circa early 2000s in a world where even cheap smartphones have bright "retina" OLEDs, which are both sharper, more energy efficient, and better-looking. This is the weakest part of this watch IMO and it is so weak it threatens the primary function of a watch: to tell the time at a glance. The screen is hard to see!
The watch has very limited documentation. Important details, such as how to turn the watch on and off, is barely mentioned. And of course the part about it not turning on at all on unless its battery is charged to a certain % I had to find out the hard way. A real bummer when you just got the watch and you have no idea that the battery is completely flat. Everyone who has ever gotten burned by a cheap chinese knockoff knows the experience. Which this watch is most certainly not.
There was also no mention what the desktop software for this watch is: I downloaded a whole bunch on macOS from the App Store, a comedy of horrors of bad and poorly-functioning software, until I stumbled on the one that works. For everyone reading this, get Garmin Express off the Garmin site, don’t even bother with the App Store. Once I did that the watch finally updated. On the mobile app front, the iOS app is for a smartphone, it does not function correctly on a tablet, which means you need your desktop to read all the stats on a big screen. Also, the second important app for this watch, the Connect IQ, wouldn’t even work until the watch is fully-updated. They could have mentioned that in the documentation, which barely exists. They could have also fixed the strange errors on Connect IQ that keep popping up when I try to download something. In short, Garmin is not Apple, not even close. Which is unfortunate as the Apple Watch is the main competitor for this watch and is turning heads even though it is inferior.
Garmin Pay doesn’t work in Canada. The banks supported in Canada are so few and so obscure, no one basically can use this feature. Why market it in Canada then?
There is a lot of little details that could have made this watch great. Garmin has great hardware (except for the screen, which is inexcusably bad), but poor software.
My advise to all who read this is to wait. User experience cannot get much worse, so it can only improve from here. Maybe Garmin listens and might even fix the screen. And if they don’t, Apple might come up with a better watch.
EDIT (3 days in): I figured out how to brighten the screen, then I figured out how to make it turn on only when I am trying to read the time at a glance. No help from the documentation there, I randomly stumbled on the Settings menu, tried different features and after lots of trial and error, I made it work. I found out that the watch is pretty customizable. I still think the screen is inexcusable, but at least I can use the watch without any restrictions. It works, after a fashion.
Software is still bad, but the error in the iOS Connect IQ cleared somehow. Not sure what happened, or why it was there to begin with. The biggest gripe with the iOS software now is that every once in a while it randomly resets my widgets with no warning. Also, a lot of the stats clearly collected by the watch, are not actually accessible from the watch itself. Movement data? Nope! Sleep cycles? Nope! What's the deal with that?
I took the watch to one of my swimming lessons: the watch is all over the place without its chest band: the calories burned are way off, the heart rate data is missing, the number of steps taken is very very wrong (I am swimming, not walking!), it is unable to keep track of my laps correctly... I only figured out how to use the feature to time my sets after the lesson: once again, no help from the documentation, which is next to nonexistent. I am going to try again with the chest band later today. Hoping that would fix it: I picked up an HRM-Swim chest band with the watch, but wanted to see what I can get without it.
I am finding I am going back to my original opinion about smartwatches: It's a watch which aims to replace your smart phone, while requiring your smart phone to do it. Caveat emptor ("buyer beware" in latin).
6 MONTH'S REVIEW:
All of the above still remains true. Nowadays I find the hardware and the cheap LCD functional, but I am still complaining about the software. My biggest complains is the metrics are often inaccurate.
Yes, it counts my steps remarkably well, but it often gets confused and miscounts. This becomes particularly obvious when kayaking: the motion of my arms throws it off. To give an example on one occasions I got into my kayak with a step count of about 2,000 and paddled for a few hours without ever leaving the kayak. When I got out my step count was about 12,000. Where exactly did I do 10,000 steps while on water and sitting in a kayak? Did Garmin think I walk on water by any chance? Sometimes I see this when driving my car as well, but not nearly as pronounced.
This feature tends to favour certain activities over others: while different activities do have different levels of stress, this feature tends to measure continued high heartbeat over the course of my week. Resistance training, for example, makes it go wild. So does running. Kayaking not so much. The surprise was swimming: intensity count is 0 despite my heart beat being continuously well over 160 for almost an hour. I know heart rate data is unavailable to the watch when underwater, but that's what the HRM Swim is for and it gets uploaded to the watch eventually. Problem is, its data is never incorporated into the intensity calculation. Why not? My watch counts me walking about as "intensity minutes", but the best workout known to man doesn't count. Does this make sense to you?
Navigation / Compass / Maps:
As a kayaker it is important to me to have as many independent ways to establish my location as possible. My kayak has a compass, I carry a compass as well, and my watch has a compass. The compass on the watch is no better than that of a smartphone - a simple hall effect sensor that gets thrown off by the presence of any and all metal nearby. Funny thing, the watch is made of steel... GPS works pretty well, but not too reliably: when kayaking reception is somewhat spotty as my hands get wet: sometimes it shows me jumping about at very high speed, when in fact I was kayaking in a straight line. My distance travelled is then completely off as I was kayaking faster than some cars on the highway apparently. I tried to enable Galileo to fix this, but I still see it sometimes. This should be pretty simple to fix in software, but alas obviously bad data is not being filtered. The maps are... well, inaccurate. I go kayaking in rural areas and on many occasions the island I am standing on is not present on the maps, or some feature is missing etc. Also, I would really like to have some marine charts on the watch with tide data, but no dice.
This measurement demands I do something very specific in order to give me anything meaningful. I have to run twice for half an hour outdoors. Easier said than done in the middle of winter. Running on a treadmill doesn't work. Swimming doesn't work. Kayaking doesn't work.
I honestly don't think Garmin has any idea what people do during some of these activities they list: sea kayaking is not about strokes/minute. This isn't a race (usually). I would, however, very much like to know where I am and how my body performs. Swimming is not about performing a fixed activity all the time with no variation: I have no way to tell the watch what I am doing while in the pool, I can only do it on my computer at home. Resistance training is about training different muscles of the body, and once again I have no way to choose what I am doing while I am doing it. How useful is that?
I think this watch is very expensive for what it is. If you want to get good at something, your money is better spent on lessons. I expected more, or at least more accurate measurements. Sometimes I just want the watch to just give me all the raw data so I can analyze it myself, but no. So one of two things would happen: either Garmin is going to realize that their excellent idea is being ruined by bad software and stupid usability decisions and get serious about fixing it, or else Apple with its inferior hardware is going to start offering things Garmin can't match with their focus on the user.
We couldn't get it charged.
Not good experience after bring excited for a $650 watch.
Ordered the watch the second time. This time the package got lost. No call or notification from Amazon or UPS.
NOT RECOMMENDED AT ALL.
Bad customer service.
Reviewed in Mexico on December 5, 2018
Best fitness watch since Spotify was added
I Use with AirPods and is so liberating to run with this watch and listen to music without my phone or wires
Currently training for marathon and I live in northern Ontario... so treadmill time
I use with both a garmin foot pod and garmin chest strap
Fairly accurate treadmill readings compared to GPS
As promised and more
Use mainly for running and planned to use only when running however love it so much I wear all the time
Battery life is very good too, requiring a full recharge only every 3 days on average considering I run 65-80 km a week with music and 2 accessories connected
Can’t praise enough and the running dynamics are amazing
Paired nicely with my iPhone
Titanium was also worth the extra cost .... I’ve banged it inadvertently many times into to walls etc without any visible damage.
Had the fenix 5 briefly and was noticeably heavier with no music
This is the fitness watch to get hands down
As for sizing, the 5 plus is perfect unless you need an oximeter then 5X plus
A male friend has the 5S and I always thought of it as more of woman’s size
I am thin ( 6 ft , 172 lbs) with average wrists and could wear the 5X without it looking too big
If you are looking for the best fitness watch that also has many smart watch functions, this is the watch to get
No comparison to the Apple Watch 4 for real fitness capabilities ( my partner has the Apple Watch 4 - better smart watch but limited for exercising )
The Garmin is the one you marry. Not to flashy, but the world is easier with it on your wrist. It’s not flashy, but it does everything you need (not everything that you want) in a graceful and elegant manner. It’s low maintenance (charge when you want and not when it wants), gets along with everyone including the in-laws (iPhone), easy to to talk to (best interface on the planet) and best of all, it has MAPS (I back-pack).
So, it’s not a hottie like the iwatch or Samsung, but it’s the one you wish you brought to the prom and wish you married. I could have saved a ton of cash by laying out early in the process instead of going through a ton of expensive mistakes. This one is a keeper.