Garmin Fenix 5, 5s, 5x Differences — Comparison Review

Fenix 5, 5S and 5X are Garmin multisport GPS watches with heart rate based wrist bands. They are fully fitness featured and have interchangeable bands. It lets you have flexibly ovver changing usage approaches for example moving from work to exercising. The three models of Garmin Fenix series have a number of differences that should be taken into account when making decision on buying one of them.

Design

Garmin Fenix 5

Garmin Fenix 5

Fenix 5 is a 12 inch diameter and 0.6 inches thick watch weighing 87g. The heart rate sensor is equipped on the bottom of the device. Fenix 5 is made of stainless steel visible on the buttons and on the case. The device has a built-in memory of 64 Mb capacity and 54mb available for use. The body size of this watch is made up of the following dimensions: 1.9” x 1.9” x 0.6” (47.0 x 47.0 x 15.5 mm).

Garmin Fenix 5S

Garmin Fenix 5s

Fenix 5S has an exclusive design making it lighter. It is a handy watch for athletes because of its light weight. Fenix 5S weighs 67g. The display is made of 42 mm wide regular and sapphire glass. The gadget also has a built in memory capacity of 64mb and 54mb free space. The size of the watch body is 1.7” x 1.7” x 0.6” (42.0 x 42.0 x 14.5 mm).

Garmin Fenix 5X

Garmin Fenix 5x

Fenix 5X is a stylish watch made of metallic buttons and bezel with screws exposed. It comes in several colors and weighs 98g. The model’s screen is only made of the sapphire glass. This kind of glass is known to be highly scratch resistant. Model sizing: ‎2.0” x 2.0” x 0.7” (51.0 x 51.0 x 17.5 mm).

Features

Garmin Fenix 5

Fenix 5 has a number of exciting features. It starts with progress technology that monitors your workout in conjunction with a heart rate technology on the wrist band. It provides smart notifications and connects automatically to online fitness store.

Enhanced to accommodate different workout modes for different sports. It is able to track the distance covered in golf, swimming, running and other sports activities undertaken. It is also compatible with Android phones hence it is easy to transfer data to smartphones or computers. The maximum waterproof capability is set at 100 m. The applications compatible with the all three devices reviewed is called Garmin Connect and can be download from Android Play Market or iOS App Store.

Garmin Fenix 5S

Fenix 5S has an outdoor sensor with ability to connect to wireless network since its Wi-Fi enabled. Has the ability to send uploads automatically and connect to online fitness center. Some additional sensors are the barometric altimeter and the gyroscope. It has the same maximum of about 100m water depth resistance. What is interesting is that this model is also equipped with a barometer. This enables user to know the weather patterns as the barometer also effectively measures air pressure.

Garmin Fenix 5X

Fenix 5X is loaded with a number of sensors unlike Fenix 5 and Fenix 5s. It has the following sensors: GPS, gyroscope, thermometer, accelerometer and most importantly the heart rate technology on the wrist. The device is ready for uploading maps apart from the Bluetooth technology to transfer data. What makes this watch special is the fact that it is the only model that has a Performer Bundle although the other accommodates the HRM-Run chest strap. The Garmin Fenix 5X has a water resistant system with a proof resistance of up to 100m.

Battery life

Garmin Fenix 5

The battery life varies on different modes. Using the smart watch mode the watch battery life is at its longest with 2 weeks maximum standby. It is followed by the UltraTrac mode which enables the battery life to a maximum of 60 hours at most. It is then followed closely by the GPS mode which is the mode that loses battery life faster as compared to the other modes. Its battery life lasts for only 24 hours. The Garmin Fenix 5 uses rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Garmin Fenix 5S

The Fenix 5 S seems to have a long battery life. But this is also determined by the mode you are on. There are 3 battery modes under which the Garmin Fenix 5S operates under: UltraTac, GPS mode, Smartwatch mode. The smartwatch mode is the best at 9 days battery life followed closely by the UltraTrac battery saver mode which is up to 35 hours usage and the GPS mode has the minimum battery life with only 14 hours. The Smartwatch mode automatically becomes the best for a longer battery life. The device uses a standard rechargeable lithium-ion battery.

Garmin Fenix 5X

The Garmin Fenix 5X battery life also varies based on mode in use. The Garmin Fenix 5x battery has 2 modes: the smartwatch mode and the GPS mode. The Smartwatch mode battery life last longer for about 12 days followed by the GPS mode which lasts for 20 hours. From the above differences the Fenix 5 battery life lasts longer with a 2 weeks maximum on smartwatch mode.

Bands

The different variety of bands from metal band, silicone band and leather band enables flexibility from one activity to another. To avoid circulating around the same spot during different sporting activities the Garmin Fenix 5X is equal with a route tracker.

Garmin Fenix 5

Garmin Fenix 5 bands

Garmin Fenix 5S

Garmin Fenix 5s bands

Garmin Fenix 5X

Garmin Fenix 5x bands

Summarized characteristics table

fēnix 5Sfēnix 5fēnix 5S Sapphirefēnix 5 Sapphirefēnix 5X Sapphire
Watch face size42 mm47 mm42 mm47 mm51 mm
Display size, resolution1.1″ (218 x 218)1.2″ (240 x 240)1.1″ (218 x 218)1.2″ (240 x 240)1.2″ (240 x 240)
Elevate wrist-based heart rate
Smart notifications
10 ATM water rating (100 meters)
Built-in altimeter, barometer, 3-axis compass
Bluetooth Low Energy, ANT+
Scratch-resistant sapphire lens
Wi-Fi enabled
Preloaded topographic and cycling maps

Conclusion

The Garmin Fenix watches are so far rated the best with flexibility provision from one activity to another. Among the three Garmin Fenix watches Fenix 5S is specially built to accommodate users who appreciate light weight and compactness. Its size is smaller and was built in consideration of female users.

Garmin multisport GPS watches are some of the best watches available in the market. Indeed these watches have not only been designed to be long lasting but are also very appealing to the eye. Garmin has gone out of their way to design great watches that are of utmost quality. Moreover, Garmin is always developing some new colors, bands or even new models in Fenix series, let’s check for updates on their official website and continue using Garmin high quality products!

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