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Garmin Fenix 5 Performer Bundle Slate Gray with Black Band

Last Updated: 2 Jan 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.3
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Review Summary - 590 recent, verified reviews

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Battery Life
 98
life, watch, days, lasts, week
+95%
-5%
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" ...  Lots of technology in a lightweight package, and the battery lasts for at least 10 days.  ...  "
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" ...  I especially like the comparatively small size and the battery life lasts for days unless you keep GPS on.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s rugged but stylish with a battery that you think about once a week or so.  ...  "
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" ...  * Battery Life - Very good, have to charge only every couple of weeks, even when using GPS a good amount (running) .  ...  "
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" ...  I am sad to report that at my almost 50 years of age, I outlasted the Fenix 5X battery. ... I walked for 16 hours. ... I've attached a snapshot of the disappointing battery performance, the watch shut down with about 30% of my hike still ahead.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery lasts for more than 10 days with my GPS usage and general use, so you are never stressed to charge it.  ...  "
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" ...  Pretty, a lot of features and has a very good battery life!  ...  "
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" ...  Oh and the battery life is unreal!  ...  "
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Software Platform
 82
app, garmin, maps, apps, garmin connect
+71%
-29%
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" ...  Garmin -- once the gold standard for navigation products that worked flawlessly, now pushes junk out on the market before it is properly tested and debugged.  ...  "
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" ...  - Not as sleek as Apple Watch and doesn't have a crisp smartphone type display  ...  "
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" ...  good app and beatiful watchfaces.  ...  "
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" ...  incredible weapon for my life, all te apps for me is very important  ...  "
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" ...  sync perfectly with ios 10 but metal face ring of the watch gets scratched easily.  ...  "
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" ...  The phone app is far superior to any other fitness app I researched prior to purchasing. ... There are many 3rd party apps you can add to the phone as well. ... Other Garmin apps I find very useful on this watch are the Sun/Moon app and Tides.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want navigation and a ton of info while your running this is for you.  ...  "
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" ...  frankly using BT to connect to the phone app all you need. ... Maybe the free downloadable Garmin Express app for the computer will improve the WIFI usefulness. ... No data loss after restarting watch.  ...  "
GPS
 77
garmin, accurate, tracking, garmin fenix, battery
+83%
-17%
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" ...  GPS widget was great when I was out land navigating and given a general direction of “West” to follow.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my first foray into the GPS watch world, and after a lot of research, decided on the Garmin Fenix 5. ... The ability for it to track essentially everything that you can possibly think of is a testament to Garmin. ... I have yet to take it out hiking, however, have tested the GPS on runs and can say that it works really well.  ...  "
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" ...  The map feature on the watch itself is nice in a pinch, i.e.  ...  "
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" ...  GPS pickups 10x faster, the running app on it is sufficient for everything I need while I run.  ...  "
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" ...  Best GPS watch out there.  ...  "
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" ...  GPS tracking and mapping work great.  ...  "
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" ...  I upgraded from Fenix 3HR and I'm happy with the new features, in particular maps.  ...  "
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" ...  Maybe 2-3 weeks without GPS.  ...  "
Band
 66
wrist, bands, metal band, fenix, watch
+79%
-21%
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" ...  The white case and white band is very stylish and the quick click band replacement is cool.  ...  "
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" ...  Are you concerned with getting perfect emojis on your wrist?  ...  "
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" ...  The band is also perfectly long enough even for my very large wrist and it changes out very quickly with Garmin's ingenious design.  ...  "
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" ...  Love everything about it, from customized watch faces, wrist based heart rate monitoring to swappable wrist band straps  ...  "
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" ...  I love the removable bands though at this time I have no replacement straps yet.  ...  "
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" ...  The band is waterproof, and you can easily find your fit since there are narrowly spaced notches.  ...  "
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" ...  It never leaves my wrist, and is the best all-around fitness watch money can buy.  ...  "
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" ...  With that being said it doesn't change my rating i think the watch is built great, looks great, the change able band system works awesome.  ...  "
Apps
 58
apps, watch, garmin, garmin connect app, garmin connect
+79%
-21%
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" ...  good app and beatiful watchfaces.  ...  "
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" ...  Loads of features and free apps you can download  ...  "
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" ...  I love all the data that the Fenix 5S gives-- elevation, Max VO2, training load, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  The apps are all more sophisticated now.  ...  "
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" ...  As with all Garmin products, the customization and availability of third party apps is outstanding.  ...  "
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" ...  The smart notifications from my iPhone are consistent which is more than I can say for the apple watch I had in the past.  ...  "
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" ...  The app connection works great.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the download-able watch faces and tracking on Garmin Connect.  ...  "
Comfort
 58
watch, wear, wrists, straps, 5x
+93%
-7%
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" ...  It's comfy.  ...  "
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" ...  Usually, I need to purchase XL straps.  ...  "
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" ...  That’s if you want a watch that looks great both for casual wear and formal and a watch that will improve your performance and keep you in “the know” when you get a text, email or whatever notification you want.  ...  "
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" ...  The straps on this one are removable and replaceable.  ...  "
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" ...  I am not sure after wearing the 5 how much I would want a larger watch, so I will be keeping this one for a while.  ...  "
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" ...  While it doesn't have the sophisticated feel of an apple watch it looks and feels more like a real watch. ... However, it actually feels lighter than my apple watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Stylish enough to wear as my office work watch.  ...  "
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" ...  For smaller wrists the 5S fits very nicely and is slightly larger than my Citizen watch and lighter. ... Bottom line if you are looking for a sports watch that you can also wear as a smart watch and have it look like a nice watch then this is for you. ... Hands down it is the best sports watch on the market and paired with the HRM it will give you more than enough data to help you improve in just about any sport.  ...  "
For Running
 56
training, treadmill, biking, hiking, bike
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Accurately beeps at every mile I run.  ...  "
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" ...  Pretty soon I have the opportunity to run it through some serious triage to get a good feel of how it holds up to EXTREME stress, but from what I've dealt with before I feel like I will be adding more to this review.  ...  "
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" ...  I am not an athlete, I just love to lift weights and occasionally will ride a bike and an upright bike.  ...  "
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" ...  Road/trail bike/run great.  ...  "
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" ...  I run and workout almost every day, and this watch has all the features I needed.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought the watch primarily for running but have found that I use it more day to day than I thought I would.  ...  "
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" ...  Got this for for Ironman training and it got the job done!  ...  "
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" ...  Pairs with my old Run-HRM from the FR620.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 56
connect, garmin connect, garmin, apple watch, sync
+71%
-29%
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" ...  It connects easily, with zero problems.  ...  "
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" ...  I would recommend this watch over an overpriced apple watch.  ...  "
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" ...  This is one sexy watch/device.  ...  "
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" ...  Data transfer is seamless and the app on my phone is great.  ...  "
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" ...  The connectivity feature with your phone and through the Express program on your computer is another feature where I believe Garmin has the upper hand.  ...  "
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" ...  While super pricey, I really love this watch/computer.  ...  "
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" ...  I've owned several Garmin devices over several years. ... Also happy to see that the Fenix sync's with both Blue Tooth and ANT+ devices.  ...  "
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" ...  It can take a long time for it to pick up that the Fenix 5X is connected via USB. ... - Garmin Connect for Android needs work.  ...  "
Heartrate
 55
hr, hr monitor, heart rate monitor, wrist, chest
+76%
-24%
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" ...  With the strap heart monitor I can get the advance measurements which are so helpful in improving my running form.  ...  "
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" ...  It's been very useful in helping me reach heart rate goals.  ...  "
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" ...  Heart rate monitor is fantastic, as are the associated data.  ...  "
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" ...  Pros: great design, battery life is good (up to 10 days), good accuracy on HR monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  As a functionality bonus, the more frequent HR sampling on the Fenix 5 does a good job "normalizing" my HR data throughout the day (it takes a reading every few seconds rather than every few minutes like on my 235).  ...  "
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" ...  The heart rate monitor is as good or better than the Mio I was using.  ...  "
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" ...  The smart phone notifications are awesome, the GPS is crazy accurate and the heart rate monitor (which I thought was stupid at first) is a pretty cool addition, and I have found to be accurate to within a beat or two per min.  ...  "
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" ...  This was the first time I wanted to look specifically for a watch that could be a “do everything” watch - constant HR monitoring, GPS enabled for running/hiking/biking, but also small and subtle enough that it could be worn with my daily office attire (suit + tie most days). ... This immediately improved the watch’s HR tracking accuracy during activities.  ...  "
Build Quality
 51
metal, looks, metal band, bezel, straps
+75%
-25%
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" ...  It is extremely durable and looks like a high-end chronograph as opposed to a typical sport watch.  ...  "
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" ...  The Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire is sturdy and stylish, good quality.  ...  "
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" ...  Rugged, and the strap size is perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  The shiny all-black metal of the sapphire version actually looks like plastic instead of like metal. ... On the other hand, the slate gray definitely looks like what it is: steel. ... But the Fenix 5 solves both issues for me, with its premium metal look and 47mm size.  ...  "
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" ...  Solid piece of technology.  ...  "
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" ...  And it really is rugged, I dropped it recently about 8 ft high onto tile floor n still works without a scratch!  ...  "
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" ...  I also was looking for a HR device that had a metal band since the silicone ones give him a rash. ... Could I put the metal band on a less expensive model?  ...  "
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" ...  Garmin has finally released a nice fitness watch that actually is worth the investment and it looks like it will be durable and flexible enough to last several years and still be useful.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 50
screen, resolution, battery life, backlight, garmin
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Everything in this watch is great except the screen resolution.  ...  "
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" ...  When they finally put a better screen on the device, it will be an easy 5/5 rating.  ...  "
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" ...  Outdoor-readable display  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is amazing, the software has been great.  ...  "
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" ...  So as much as possible I keep the background black and backlight at off setting most of the time to keep the screen blending with the rest of watch color.  ...  "
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" ...  I thought the bezel might be too big, but I've gotten used to it.  ...  "
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" ...  Physically, the watch is a good size with an incredible color screen, and the band is very comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is clear and easy to read in any light.  ...  "
Design
 50
watch, rugged, bezel, metal, classy
+96%
-4%
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" ...  My husbands 5X was just too big and this one looks great.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the ease of choosing and changing watch faces (I know - silly) but cool.  ...  "
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" ...  But I returned the sapphire version for 1 main reason: The shiny all-black bezel of the sapphire version actually looks *cheaper* than the slate gray non-sapphire version. ... The shiny all-black metal of the sapphire version actually looks like plastic instead of like metal. ... On the other hand, the slate gray definitely looks like what it is: steel. ... But the Fenix 5 solves both issues for me, with its premium metal look and 47mm size.  ...  "
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" ...  It's beautiful and elegant, but a bit rugged, which is exactly what I was hoping for in a sports watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Have had this watch for 6 months and love the size, the looks and the “feel”.  ...  "
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" ...  It's exactly what I wanted, looks so sharp and understated.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks good with any wardrobe.  ...  "
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" ...  I have the white, champagne sapphire 5s. ... it's very subtle. ... The white is very feminine and pretty.  ...  "
Features
 44
watch, training, still learning, smart watch features, smart
+95%
-5%
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" ...  Quite pleased with the performance, features and options.  ...  "
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" ...  As for the features, the watch has a ton, more than what I would use.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a TRAINING watch that looks great even in a suit, and has some smart watch features.  ...  "
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" ...  It has so many features, so much you can do with this watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall a great watch with lots of cool features.  ...  "
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" ...  Features that continue to surprise me.  ...  "
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" ...  It has features well beyond my expectations, many of which I've adopted in my training.  ...  "
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" ...  Hasn’t complained yet and still learning to use all of its features.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 43
months, month, weeks, died, 3 weeks
+65%
-35%
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" ...  but no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  being using it for about a month now with zero issues.  ...  "
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" ...  but mine typically lasts 5 - 6 days.  ...  "
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" ...  I will update again once my watch has finally died but it has exceeded my expectations so far.  ...  "
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" ...  I've had it for several weeks and can honestly say this is probably one of the best devices I've ever worn on my body.  ...  "
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" ...  I have had the watch for about 3 weeks now and I love it.  ...  "
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" ...  Working as expected  ...  "
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" ...  Been using it for about 6 months now.  ...  "
Pedometer
 39
fitness, step, garmin, accurate, fitness tracker
+74%
-26%
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" ...  I used it to train for a 5k and improve my overall fitness.  ...  "
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" ...  It tracks almost all kinds of activity.  ...  "
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" ...  You'll appreciate the fitness functionality!  ...  "
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" ...  as a runner, biker,swimmer,hiker, this thing has been great.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly the fitness device I've been looking for.  ...  "
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" ...  Will typically read 50 to 100% higher than my Fenix 3 in calories burned during exercise. ... Very disappointing since other parts of the watch are a definite improvement over the 3 but what good is it for a Fitness Tracker if I can't trust the data?  ...  "
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" ...  As far as functionality, I love that it adjusts my step goal to my activity level over the last few days. ... I also like that it calculates my active calories against My Fitness Pal, which helps me stay on track during the day.  ...  "
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" ...  I do enjoy getting 10K steps a day, I enjoy seeing how many calories I have burned, and I enjoy reaching my target intensity minutes.  ...  "
Price
 27
worth every penny, worth, worth the price, worth the money, well worth
+89%
-11%
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" ...  Not cheap, but well worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  Especially with the price.  ...  "
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" ...  it's worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  If you can swing the price, I say go for it.  ...  "
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" ...  Best watch ,valeu for money👍👍👍  ...  "
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" ...  It is worth every penny!  ...  "
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" ...  Without question all of this comes at a price, but in my case I would say this was worth the investment I made in the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Price is a bit high,but worth the money。  ...  "
Ease of Use
 26
easy to use, difficult, watch, features, menus
+85%
-15%
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" ...  but same face on non sapphire is very easy to read.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to share with my kids who also use this device.  ...  "
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" ...  Another is that the main menu interface is allot simpler now and definitely more user friendly.  ...  "
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" ...  - Very easy to start activities.  ...  "
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" ...  Fantastic watch, easy to use and very freindly  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use and to configure!  ...  "
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" ...  Once you figure out the buttons its easy to navigate around the different features.  ...  "
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" ...  Even though I liked the quick connect I think I would rather have a more secure connection that is more difficult to use.  ...  "
Charging
 25
watch, charging, charged, week, days
+76%
-24%
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" ...  Now I use the included USB cable to charge and sync to laptop and ignore the WiFi functionality.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery lasts a very long time, I have gone as long as 20 days without a charge.  ...  "
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" ...  I might have to charge it every couple of weeks but could go longer if I chose.  ...  "
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" ...  Sometimes if you disconnect the usb, when it isn't fully charged, after you disconnect it will say 100%, this is irrespective of what it was connected to (computer without ejected media, computer after you eject media, as well as a simple wall charger).  ...  "
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" ...  The battery easily lasts one week without charging.  ...  "
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" ...  The thing is incredibly well built, and even with 1 workout a day using GPS, you'll need to charge this maybe once every two weeks.  ...  "
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" ...  It is a terrific sports/activity tracker that keeps a decent charge, is intuitive, and performs all the functions I require for my workouts and daily activities.  ...  "
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" ...  and the I'm on my 4th charge since buying this.  ...  "
Accuracy
 24
accuracy, gps, steps, barometer, hr
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Used it on a hike and it accurately tracked distance and trail points. ... The golf function was great and accurate as well.  ...  "
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" ...  The GPS in that watch was very accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  I've found the heart rate to be accurate enough for my needs (basic zone training) and the barometer is pretty accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  Tracking is accurate, intervals galore, oodles of data.  ...  "
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" ...  The watch was very accurate - the course is measured at 101.85 miles and the watch measured 101.8.  ...  "
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" ...  So far the GPS seems to be 90% accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  Treadmill mode works well and is accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  Having accurate map gps on your watch as a backup is a huge.  ...  "
Sleep Tracking
 21
tracking, track, tracker, sleep patterns, mapping
+90%
-10%
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" ...  Does almost everything it advertises, but one thing I had trouble with was the sleep tracker.  ...  "
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" ...  The sleep tracking is better, the mapping is very useful (and fun), and the alerts are now actionable.  ...  "
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" ...  I have been using all day including to sleep and it lets me know how stressed I was during my sleep.  ...  "
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" ...  I now can confidently say it is the BEST Running , Activity Tracking , Sleep Tracking, Heart Rate , GPS , Mapping, Sunset /Sunrise Tracking, Temperature, Elevation, Compass , Barometer, Vo2 Max,  ...  "
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" ...  Sleep analysis is interesting as is average resting heart rate and steps.  ...  "
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" ...  The app is easy to use and provides all the vital information, including sleep patterns that I monitor.  ...  "
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" ...  Running, sleep, the gym, on trips (it keeps track while you're flying @30k feet), and all things in-between.  ...  "
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" ...  Heart rate, sleep and stress tracking also very insightful and seems pretty accurate.  ...  "
Marketplace
 19
amazon, sellers, described, shipping, review
+58%
-42%
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" ...  I bought my watch from this group which Amazon ships directly for.  ...  "
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" ...  In fact, I have rarely reviewed any item.  ...  "
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" ...  Product as described.  ...  "
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" ...  They can both be found on Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  Watch works as described  ...  "
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" ...  Received item on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Good on you for making the mistake seller.  ...  "
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" ...  ORIGINAL REVIEW BELOW  ...  "
Water Resistance
 19
pool, swim, shower, running, biking
+95%
-5%
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" ...  So far this watch has survived swimming in the the water, crawling through mud and water and rocks and obstacles.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it for bike riding, walking, stacking wood, swimming and that is only some of what it is capable of.  ...  "
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" ...  i love the functionality and had fun while skiing with it last week.  ...  "
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" ...  Running/swimming/riding?  ...  "
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" ...  I have used it for Running, Treadmill Running, Biking, and Pool Swimming. ... Pool swimming is nice as you tell it what length of pool you are swimming in and it will keep track of how many laps you do and how far you swim. ... Typical shower will yield about 400 steps that I do not take.  ...  "
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" ...  In a week have hike, swim, run (indoor and outdoor), downloaded all my records from the forerunner230.  ...  "
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" ...  It has stood up to austere living in Afghanistan, back country trekking in the Cascades, swimming, a dog that is pretty mouthy and day to day use.  ...  "
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" ...  It would have been perfect if the HRM worked in water, like the (Apple Watch 2) without needing the HRM chest strap.  ...  "
Size
 15
bulky, smaller, perfect size, 5s, watch
+87%
-13%
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" ...  I initially thought the 5s would be great due to the smaller size but the silver ring around the watchface and smaller size did not appeal to me. ... I decided to go with the regular Fenix 5 size.  ...  "
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" ...  durable and not too big.  ...  "
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" ...  I picked the 5S for a thinner & smaller device.  ...  "
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" ...  It's a great size for a woman, still a bit bigger but not nearly as bad as the regular unisex version.  ...  "
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" ...  its well function and perfect for the loss weight journey for me .  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect size and stats.  ...  "
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" ...  It's also not super bulky (I'm 5'3") and super easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Size - I'm a small guy with small wirst.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 14
sapphire glass, screen protector, sapphire, glass, scratched
+71%
-29%
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" ...  One aspect I'm very happy to have included with my purchase was a bump up for the Sapphire glass option.  ...  "
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" ...  The simplistic, sleek design of the bezel combines with the sharp edges and tough looks of the straps and the overall shape.  ...  "
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" ...  Without it my watch screen would be very scratched up, but the sapphire has held up amazingly well.  ...  "
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" ...  I suggest getting an anti-glare glass protector though it makes it look great and will keep it from getting scratched.  ...  "
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" ...  Note: I did put a glass screen protector on it even though it's the sapphire edition. ... For the price you can't go wrong with a little extra protection (meaning the screen protector).  ...  "
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" ...  I'm very happy with the Sapphire glass.  ...  "
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" ...  Has weathered well (no scratches on face yet!)  ...  "
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" ...  That also included the Screen protector, and most of the screen setups.  ...  "
Delivery
 13
shipping, received, expected, excellent, everything
+92%
-8%
comment
" ...  Received item on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Everything received as expected  ...  "
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" ...  excellent product and fast delivery, highly recommend  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Product was received promptly and in excellent condition.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipping was on time and everything i expected.  ...  "
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" ...  Excellent product and delivery service  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect delivery time.  ...  "
Controls
 12
button, menus, watch, press, navigate
+58%
-42%
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" ...  Yes, you can lock the keys.  ...  "
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" ...  I is easy to use once you learn the buttons.  ...  "
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" ...  You can control your music and calls also.  ...  "
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" ...  I am still figuring out all the controls!  ...  "
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" ...  Command buttons work well and efficiently once mastered.  ...  "
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" ...  The watch looks really cool and I like the feel of the buttons - they are easy to press while sweaty and are hard to press by accident.  ...  "
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" ...  Once you figure out the buttons its easy to navigate around the different features.  ...  "
Fit
 12
fits, 5s, straps, smaller, lighter
+92%
-8%
comment
" ...  good fit, feel, and look.  ...  "
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" ...  This is where the Garmin fits in.  ...  "
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" ...  It fits beautifully!!  ...  "
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" ...  I initially thought the 5s would be great due to the smaller size but the silver ring around the watchface and smaller size did not appeal to me.  ...  "
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" ...  The simplistic, sleek design of the bezel combines with the sharp edges and tough looks of the straps and the overall shape.  ...  "
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" ...  To be absolutely truthful, I thought it might be a little too big, but nope, it fits me perfectly.  ...  "
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" ...  For smaller wrists the 5S fits very nicely and is slightly larger than my Citizen watch and lighter.  ...  "
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" ...  Training dynamics and data are far superior to my previous fit bit  ...  "
Returns
 11
returned, back, replacement, sold, service
-100%
comment
" ...  Returned immediately and placed an order with REI.  ...  "
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" ...  Most likely going to return item.  ...  "
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" ...  i left with no choice but to return it .  ...  "
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" ...  and they now want $130 to repair.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to send it back in.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd like to return it though and go back to my S2.  ...  "
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" ...  I did get a full refund.  ...  "
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" ...  I am returning it.  ...  "
For Travel
 10
trip, trail, track, running, hikes
+100%
comment
" ...  Road/trail bike/run great.  ...  "
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" ...  From hiking the hills in California, to biking in Dallas, to running the Chicago city streets - I've put it through its paces and it's performed flawlessly.  ...  "
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" ...  It will track your running (road, trail, track or treadmill), hiking, climbing (of course it tracks your altitude), swimming, cycling, downhill skiing, cross country skiing, rowing (indoor or outdoor), golf, and even stand up paddle boarding!  ...  "
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" ...  Great on outdoor runs, hikes, mountain biking, treadmill and stepper  ...  "
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" ...  I never have to bring a charger with me when I go on a weekend trip.  ...  "
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" ...  It has stood up to austere living in Afghanistan, back country trekking in the Cascades, swimming, a dog that is pretty mouthy and day to day use.  ...  "
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" ...  Running, sleep, the gym, on trips (it keeps track while you're flying @30k feet), and all things in-between.  ...  "
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" ...  Great piece if you plan on hiking in the mountains. ... I bought this and left for my 1st trip hiking in the Vail area of Colorado.  ...  "
Color
 9
black, colors, screen, pictures, light
+89%
-11%
comment
" ...  The colors are great.  ...  "
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" ...  Paid the extra $100 primarily for the black/black color.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the color and receive many compliments over it.  ...  "
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" ...  So as much as possible I keep the background black and backlight at off setting most of the time to keep the screen blending with the rest of watch color.  ...  "
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" ...  I like that I can customize the colors.  ...  "
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" ...  It can get bright but that display is not crisp when the light is used in the dark.  ...  "
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" ...  A smaller pro is that it comes with a second yellow band which is cool, I don't see myself liking that color but it has one none the less!  ...  "
Call quality
 9
watch, voice, text, phone, messages
+78%
-22%
comment
" ...  You can control your music and calls also.  ...  "
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" ...  It would also be nice if it can be voice activated but that is just and add on to an already amazing watch.  ...  "
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" ...  I don't want all the crazy functions from smart watch like texting, calling . ... I see people texting on their iWatch and laugh.  ...  "
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" ...  Limiting the phone-integration to just calls/messages is all I really care for, and keeps things simple.  ...  "
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" ...  It truly is a daily workhorse: I never miss a call, text, email, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  I love to receive my texts, emails, and calls on my wrist.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 8
bluetooth connectivity, wifi, watch, fenix 5, disconnect
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  Wifi connection is great but the Bluetooth can be shaky on occasion. ... The weather function on the watch seems to require a constant Bluetooth connection to your phone.  ...  "
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" ...  Also happy to see that the Fenix sync's with both Blue Tooth and ANT+ devices.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the watch faces, wifi and bluetooth connectivity, and many ore features.  ...  "
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" ...  Automatically connects with WiFi when I come in to range of home network and same with Bluetooth for phone.  ...  "
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" ...  It can connect to both Bluetooth and Ant+ conponent, to include Di2.  ...  "
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" ...  To me it has the strongest Bluetooth connectivity of the entire Fenix 5 line. ... And the 5X is also perfect from a greater distance with its Bluetooth connectivity than the regular Fenix 5. ... If you enjoy not having to worry about battery life, if you enjoy strong Bluetooth connectivity, if you love a big, solid, rugged, extremely well built watch, and if you enjoy monitoring steps, calories, and you enjoy recording heart rate, intensity minutes, and calories burned during a workout, this watch is the watch to buy.  ...  "
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" ...  Instead of at least 20-30 feet (and through walls) with the 235 for bluetooth range, the Fenix 5 barely makes it 10 feet with line-of-sight to my iPhone before it disconnects. ... Other than wifi (good only for auto-syncing without bluetooth at home), the functionality of the two versions is identical.  ...  "
Notifications
 7
notifications, watch, etc, messages, calendar
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  I use the watch for time, date and reading texts.  ...  "
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" ...  Notifications & Calendar + so extra is 100% of what I need.  ...  "
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" ...  It truly is a daily workhorse: I never miss a call, text, email, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  Gets alerts etc from my IPhone 7 +.  ...  "
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" ...  Note: I do have most of the "smartwatch" phone-related notifications turned off (text alerts, calendar events, etc) since my phone is with me most of the time anyway.  ...  "
Setup
 6
instructions, easy, watch, use, plug
+83%
-17%
comment
" ...  Even though I liked the quick connect I think I would rather have a more secure connection that is more difficult to use.  ...  "
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" ...  One of my favorite upgrades is the plug, it is so much easier to plug in.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use and to configure!  ...  "
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" ...  Setup if you take a little time and read the instructions is easy. ... My technical level is above average but setup is easy if you follow the instructions.  ...  "
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" ...  I've already added a few things (new watch face and a couple golf courses) and the initial connectivity and set up was easy.  ...  "
Watchfaces
 6
watch, watch faces, ok, cool, apps
+100%
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" ...  I enjoy the various downloadable apps and watch faces.  ...  "
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" ...  Love the ease of choosing and changing watch faces (I know - silly) but cool.  ...  "
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" ...  In very short time I have downloaded new watch faces very easily.  ...  "
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" ...  its ok for stock faces, but for customized faces, with a lot of data, hard to read.  ...  "
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" ...  There are some good watch faces available.  ...  "
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" ...  Having the ability to download watch faces is pretty cool.  ...  "
Overall performance
 6
watch, job
+100%
comment
" ...  This watch has helped me push myself and work harder, and gives GREAT feedback about your performance.  ...  "
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" ...  i love it and recommend it to everybody who is looking for something that is not too fancy but does the job.  ...  "
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" ...  It performed flawlessly but I wanted to upgrade. ... Great job on this product.  ...  "
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" ...  Absolutely an amazing watch, does it all when you want performance .  ...  "
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" ...  All have given me great data and performance.  ...  "
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" ...  Not only does it provide you with all the necessary performance stats it does things I never expected.  ...  "
As Gift
 5
husband, loves, bought, anniversary, received
+100%
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" ...  I purchased the Garmin product as a gift for my husband because the previous one my husband had for 10 years.  ...  "
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" ...  This was a gift very well received.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this as a gift and my wife loves it!  ...  "
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" ...  Got this as an anniversary gift for my husband and he loves this watch .  ...  "
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" ...  I bought it as a gift for my husband (who was appalled at the expense, to be honest) for our major anniversary.  ...  "
Firmware
 5
latest, garmin, version, updates, software
+40%
-60%
comment
" ...  I decided to wait for a new version or give garmin time to figure this out with firmware updates.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 5
touch, touch screen, screen, smart, feature
+80%
-20%
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" ...  Fantastic watch with a feminine touch.  ...  "
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" ...  This is a perfect smart watch for those who don't want the touch screen or gimmicky gestures.  ...  "
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" ...  The watch face choices are a nice touch.  ...  "
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" ...  I also really appreciate that the watch does not rely on a touch screen, or attempt to be a full-on smart watch.  ...  "
Wifi
 5
wifi sync, wi fi, special, feature, characters
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  Worth getting sapphire/Wi-fi version.  ...  "
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" ...  The automated wifi sync saves me a lot of time and hassle .  ...  "
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" ...  Wifi connection is great but the Bluetooth can be shaky on occasion.  ...  "
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" ...  Seamless wifi sync after workouts and tracks every type of statistic you could possibly want.  ...  "
Capacity
 4
office, good, around, work, steps
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  One day it had me at 66,000 feet.  ...  "
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" ...  the elevation in my room varies from 450 ft to today saying 1117 ft. it tells me i reach my goal in steps when standing in place.  ...  "
Display Size
 4
style, size, perfect size, display, bezel
+100%
comment
" ...  If you like a large size bezel then go for it.  ...  "
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" ...  However, I wanted a bigger screen with some features like V02 max, etc.  ...  "
Network
 4
wifi, range
+25%
-75%
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" ...  And it has a VERY short range for connection to the smartphone, which causes an annoying buzzing when I walk out of range of the phone and then back into range.  ...  "
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" ...  I am also unable to connect it to the wifi.  ...  "
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" ...  WIth SRM the connection keeps dropping, ending in a lot of gaps on data capturing.  ...  "
Other
 3
sensor, hr, fenix, 5x
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  Only issue is around connectivity with some sensors, like power meters.  ...  "
Packing
 3
package, one, also
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  You could also tell that from the box and the packing it was also missing one of the books that comes with it I know this because I bought a new one from Best Buy and everything was in place as it should be and it was for the United States.  ...  "
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" ...  It's missing from the packaging.  ...  "
Defective Delivery
 3
received, watch, excellent
+33%
-67%
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" ...  Got it, opened the box and immediately noticed small scratches on the buckle.  ...  "
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" ...  I just received the watch yesterday and it already has scratches.  ...  "
Cleaning
 3
extremely, clean, face, easy, cleaning
+67%
-33%
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" ...  Using buttons only will save the face of the watch in the long run, and keep it clean.  ...  "
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" ...  For example I did yard work/cleaning and ended up doing a lot of sweeping. ... Overall I'm extremely glad I purchased this watch and I never take it, except to wipe it down after a workout.  ...  "
Weight
 3
light, perfect
+100%
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" ...  its well function and perfect for the loss weight journey for me .  ...  "
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" ...  It is substantial in feeling, but still light weight and unobtrusive when you play sports.  ...  "
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" ...  My son is training for a triathlon , he loves this watch for that reason, works perfectly, and he likes the size, and light weight.  ...  "

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