Garmin is one of the top manufacturers of GPS, Navigation, and Fitness devices, this month they have released a new series of smartwatches for sportsmen and explorers. Garmin Fenix 5S Plus, Fenix 5X Plus and Fenix 5 Plus are the three latest models which we can get hands-on in a while.
These models are an upgrade to the previous Fenix 5 series as the name suggests. So let’s dive into the specs of the devices to know what improvements Garmin have done.
Garmin Fenix 5 series is available in three sizes with Fenix 5S Plus at 42mm, Fenix 5 Plus at 47mm and last Fenix 5X at 51mm. Sapphire Edition comes with a scratch resistant lens, and these lenses are of such a high quality that you never need to worry about the scratches. Garmin Fenix Smartwatches are available in 15 different colors.
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Pulse Oximeter is the most important feature we should be discussing in new Garmin Series. This will read the blood oxygen saturation levels and lets the user know how well the body is adjusted to the high altitude.
This feature could be a saviour to people who are not stable at higher altitudes when on a hiking trip, skiing or mountaineering.
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Garmin previously had a few devices that can store a good amount of songs directly on the smartwatch, and they have added the same feature to the Fenix 5 Series. Users can save up to 500 songs to listen whenever you need. Garmin Pay is another upgrade which is similar to Apple Pay and can pay easily with the built-in NFC.
Coming to the regular GPS features it had most of them as it is with a multi-satellite reception that is GPS, GLONASS & Galileo, barometric altimeter sensors and electronic compass.
These features don’t have any notable upgrades as Garmin had the best navigation and GPS related specs in the industry already. These features are very much needed in a hiking GPS device.
Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series had the heart rate monitor, smart connectivity feature and activity tracking features. The 1.2” display is not only sharp with 240×240 pixels but also sunlight readable.
Coming to the battery life it can be used for seven days on smartwatch mode, 25hrs on UltraTrac Mode, 11 hrs as a GPS device and 4.5hrs on GPS & Music usage. Overall it had a pretty decent battery life when compared to the similar devices on the market.
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If you are a Golfer, then the device also had a lot of Golf related features, notably yardage to the front, back and middle, measuring shot distances, digital scoreboard, hazards and bunkers, and TruSwing Compatibility. These are the most required features for Golfers and thus making it one of the best golf GPS smartwatch.
Finally, Garmin Fenix 5 Plus series smartwatches are one of the most feature-rich smartwatches in the market, and the Fenix 5 Plus devices cover a vast number of niche markets. These devices are suitable as hiking GPS, Fishing GPS, Golf GPS, Swimmers, Bike GPS, Climbing, Skiing, Kayaking, Tactical GPS, running GPS, Fitness Trackers, Heart Rate monitors and more.