Last Updated: 15 Dec 2018

Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire Performer Bundle Black with Black Band

8.3
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
955
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
102
Yes
GPS

Review Summary - 853 recent, verified reviews

Detailed Mode
Battery Life
 142
battery, days, lasts, gps, week
+94%
-6%
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" ...  I'm very happy with the battery life, it stated 10 days in smart watch mode.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazing battery life.  ...  "
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" ...  With daily exercise and no gps, I charge the watch about once ever 14 days, which works for me.  ...  "
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" ...  When I put the watch on the charger the watch was at 22% charged.  ...  "
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" ...  Awesome battery life compared to other brands.  ...  "
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" ...  One of my favorite parts about this watch is the fact that it can go without charge for DAYS, roughly a week and a half to two if employed correctly, and it only takes a little over ONE HOUR to fully charge.  ...  "
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" ...  I love this technology, the battery last for ever and it is a beautiful time piece.  ...  "
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" ...  Being able to ride several times a week without having to charge after every ride, not having my rides capped by a battery is a big bonus for me. ... There is something nice about getting off the bike after a 3-4 hour ride and still seeing 80 percent battery remaining.  ...  "
Comfort
 103
wear, wrists, wearing, watch, strap
+87%
-13%
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" ...  And for me it's a big difference because I don't need the chest monitor,and the size it's perfect for my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  Let's start with the least important feature (to me), its attractiveness and comfort.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The feel of the rubber on my wrist is better than I expected.  ...  "
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" ...  It has become my primary device on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  It never leaves my wrist, and is the best all-around fitness watch money can buy.  ...  "
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" ...  My wife loves this watch for trail running and just wearing it day to day. ... She has very small wrist and it fits perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  I absolutely love this watch (fenix5s sapphire) it's perfect for everyday use and fits nicely on my small wrist.  ...  "
Band
 102
bands, strap, straps, metal band, chest strap
+77%
-23%
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" ...  Exchanging the bands is super easy too.  ...  "
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" ...  The watch band on THIS model is much more comfortable. ... The watch band that comes on the Sapphire Crystal version, while softer feels “cheaper”. ... You notice that once you put them on and “pull the strap” to tighten the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  I love the Amp Yellow band as well. ... The watch itself looks great and I wear it to work, to church, and for recreation.  ...  "
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" ...  The band was plenty long for my big wrist. ... Usually, I need to purchase XL straps.  ...  "
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" ...  It seems to have the same issues that all these watches with wrist based HRM have.  ...  "
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" ...  I also purchased the Garmin brown leather band to help dress it up for the office, and it looks great.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
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" ...  as have the white bands. ... I was skeptical the white bands would hold up being white, but so far so good.  ...  "
GPS
 95
garmin, maps, garmin fenix, topo maps, glonass
+78%
-22%
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" ...  Best GPS watch out there.  ...  "
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" ...  The definitive GPS watch for sports and fitness tracking and data.  ...  "
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" ...  Garmin offers something more destinguished and unique.  ...  "
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" ...  gps data this is the one.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Garmin is known for avionics in aircraft, so I expected an accurate altimeter.  ...  "
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" ...  This is the fifth Garmin wearable device I've used (my first 3 were FR610s, my forth F5, and fifth F5S). ... 7) As a result, I found the Garmin Fenix 5S a welcome alternative to the F5/F5X. ... My first impression of Garmin Fenix 5 devices is that they are precision made, especially in comparison to many other GPS watches. ... I still occasionally experience a GPS track issue that causes a wild GPS track in valleys (I will upgrade rating when/if the issue is resolved).  ...  "
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" ...  I have up on Garmin GPS trackers a couple of years ago. ... I had three different GPS watches that all had random problems.  ...  "
Design
 95
sapphire, looks great, champagne, metal, bezel
+96%
-4%
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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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" ...  It looks better. ... I'm a big guy and it doesn't look too big.  ...  "
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" ...  A stylish do it all watch.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks quite classy for a sports watch and I can wear it literally everywhere.  ...  "
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" ...  Now those look like toys in comparison.  ...  "
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" ...  but they feel good.  ...  "
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" ...  I enjoy having my workout watch face during the day and a classic looking watch face for the evening.  ...  "
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" ...  I highly recommend for any athletes who are looking for the go to watch that gives most, if not all metrics you could be looking for.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 92
garmin connect, garmin, notifications, smart watch, fenix
+74%
-26%
comment
" ...  It replaced my Garmin edge computer, and apple ... It can connect to both Bluetooth and Ant+ conponent, to include Di2. ... Syncs my tuning, swimming and cycling data to Strava  ...  "
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" ...  My favorite watch.  ...  "
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" ...  This watch got me hooked on the Garmin Fenix line, and I'll be looking forward to the next iteration of the Fenix line of watches!  ...  "
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" ...  Automatically connects with WiFi when I come in to range of home network and same with Bluetooth for phone. ... I believe that garmin will add more functionality to smart notifications over time.  ...  "
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" ...  Phone interface is awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  I use the watch for time, date and reading texts.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
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" ...  The Android Garmin Connect app is fantastic and when paired with the Garmin Index Smart Scale, provides all of the data that you've been craving for in one easy to use dashboard.  ...  "
Heartrate
 88
hr, heart rate monitor, hr monitor, wrist heart rate, accuracy
+78%
-22%
comment
" ...  I was concerned that the heart rate data wouldn't be as good if I wore it on the inside of my wrist so I wore it on the outside.  ...  "
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" ...  It was fairly accurate in tracking my heart rate during workouts.  ...  "
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" ...  For running &cycling you need to have the chest strap for accuracy but the wrist HRM works great for everyday use.  ...  "
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" ...  What really sent me over the moon was the VO2 max as well as the heart rate zones ... it tracked my heart rate as well as time spent in this activity.  ...  "
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" ...  He loved it he use it for run and check his heart rate  ...  "
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" ...  This watch gives me so much more data and cool charts to look at when paired with the heart rate strap or the clip on accelerometer for running.  ...  "
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" ...  And Fenix in its turn does whatever your heart desires in terms of physical activity.  ...  "
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" ...  Love everything about it, from customized watch faces, wrist based heart rate monitoring to swappable wrist band straps  ...  "
Apps
 83
garmin connect, maps, software, connect app, widgets
+78%
-22%
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" ...  With the same app, you can also download widgets and add them to your watch and the order they appear.  ...  "
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" ...  Additional bonus features for Hikers with TOPO Maps.  ...  "
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" ...  I do not use the maps, or many of the other features.  ...  "
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" ...  Last thing that i love is the app and its integration. ... It has so many capabilities and it works with so many of my other health apps.  ...  "
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" ...  In addition, the transition to the new watch was instant - I simply added the new watch to the Garmin Connect Mobile app on Android: There are pre-installed widgets in the app that can easily be uploaded to the watch: altimeter, barometer, compass, thermometer, sunrise/sunset clock with twilight indicator, etc .  ...  "
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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. ... If you monitor tides for your ocean activities, the Tide app is an excellent tool.  ...  "
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" ...  The Android Garmin Connect app is fantastic and when paired with the Garmin Index Smart Scale, provides all of the data that you've been craving for in one easy to use dashboard.  ...  "
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" ...  The apps are all more sophisticated now.  ...  "
Software Platform
 72
software, maps, garmin connect, topo maps, fenix
+56%
-44%
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" ...  The Garmin Apps are the best and constantly being upgraded!  ...  "
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" ...  - Garmin Connect for Android needs work.  ...  "
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" ...  Google Earth view maps, uber and so many cool features and watch faces.  ...  "
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" ...  HELLO COLOR MAPS Awesome Feature  ...  "
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" ...  The Garmin Connect app is great and really lets you dive into the functionality of the watch - lots to explore there.  ...  "
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" ...  Phone interface is awesome.  ...  "
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" ...  With the same app, you can also download widgets and add them to your watch and the order they appear.  ...  "
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" ...  You need smart watch with features that keep you connected with the world > Apple (or Samsung).  ...  "
Build Quality
 72
watch, straps, sapphire, rugged, wrist
+83%
-17%
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" ...  Nice hefty piece of purposeful kit.  ...  "
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" ...  This thing is awesome and solid.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this watch for my boyfriend because he wanted a smartwatch that was tough.  ...  "
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" ...  Solid piece of technology.  ...  "
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" ...  It has survived banging into things as well as being dragged across things. ... It does not interfere with my wrist motion especially in the bent position.  ...  "
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" ...  It is such a nice looking engineered piece it needs a chance.  ...  "
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" ...  And will reveal the silver metal underneath - feedback from Garmin forums.  ...  "
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" ...  Bashed it on doors, scrapped against trees, knocked it, scuffed it and its crystal clear still.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 65
weeks, owned, 2 weeks, garmin, 2017
+57%
-43%
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" ...  I’ve owned it 5 months now and it’s simply amazing!  ...  "
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" ...  After 30 days, I liked my F5S enough to keep it. ... ---------- IMPRESSIONS AFTER 120 DAYS ----------  ...  "
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" ...  Two months in to using the watch and I am loving it!  ...  "
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" ...  I bought mine two weeks ago .  ...  "
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" ...  Has been my favorite "watch" of any kind that I've had in the last 5+ years. ... It will be very interesting to see what happens in the next few years, because AW is definitely getting better and adding more functionality in the fitness realm and I think will continue to do so, but Garmin has led this category for a long time and AW has a ways to go before they can compete head to head with Garmin in fitness, in my opinion.  ...  "
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" ...  I've owned several Garmin devices over several years.  ...  "
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" ...  Been using it for about 6 months now.  ...  "
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" ...  So far so good no problems.  ...  "
For Running
 60
biking, golf, hiking, treadmill, training
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Bought it from Amazon (US) for running and cycling.  ...  "
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" ...  - Can withstand 9-10 days ON and with 7 running events (I always do 5km and 7km)  ...  "
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" ...  My sports and specially triathlon activities and this is a great watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Better overall for outdoor activities and daily use.  ...  "
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" ...  I workout so if I am going for a bike ride or a run this is perfect.  ...  "
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" ...  Even used it for a few other indoor workouts (strength, cardio), but I will probably rely on my Polar devices for the majority of those.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Great watch if you're a runner, biker, or hike all the time. ... It doesn't really track CrossFit work outs well or any time of gym workout.  ...  "
Features
 58
watch, functions, feature, still learning, smart
+97%
-3%
comment
" ...  3) All the 'smart' features are great.  ...  "
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" ...  I love this watch and it's MANY features!  ...  "
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" ...  Plus it has a light function.  ...  "
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" ...  BTW - the map mode is really cool  ...  "
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" ...  They are smart watches with sports features added on.  ...  "
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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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" ...  - Packed with features ... I would rather have more 'global' settings than to set each profile/activity independently.  ...  "
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" ...  More features than you know what to do with.  ...  "
Display Clarity
 56
bright, backlight, screen, touch screen, resolution
+79%
-21%
comment
" ...  A super watch with stunning display which is paralyzed with mal-functioning sensors and probably software too. ... The display is stunning and once you get around - it is the only watch you will want around.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is just excellent. ... You can read watch even under bright sunlight.  ...  "
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" ...  The different screens can be personalized.  ...  "
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" ...  I was quite confused when the face wasn't touch screen, but now I really appreciate it.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is clear and easy to read in any light.  ...  "
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" ...  The ability to customize watch faces is pretty cool - I customized two different faces that I like to switch between, including a simple, negative display analog face for business hours and an easy-to-read, positive digital display for the rest of the time.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Same with screen clarity.  ...  "
Sleep Tracking
 53
activity, tracking, track, fitness, heart rate
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Very workout/activity focused.  ...  "
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" ...  It reads everything including how you sleep and your stress day.  ...  "
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" ...  Walking and sleep recordings seem to the limit of wrist based readings.  ...  "
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" ...  Heart rate, sleep and stress tracking also very insightful and seems pretty accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  And Fenix in its turn does whatever your heart desires in terms of physical activity.  ...  "
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" ...  The sleep, step and floor climbed function all work as to be expected.  ...  "
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" ...  The watch is blazingly fast when starting an activity. ... ), and then resume it later, so your Strava activity/GPS track will be one activity, rather than multiple activities on the same day.  ...  "
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" ...  * Sleeping - Accurately measures sleep patterns, including as soon as I fall asleep, when I momentarily wake up in the middle of the night, when I fall back asleep and wake up the next morning.  ...  "
Price
 50
worth, worth every penny, expensive, worth the money, worth the price
+78%
-22%
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" ...  At first, I felt overwhelmed that I spent this much money on this.  ...  "
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" ...  I was hesitant to spend the money, but I am very happy I did.  ...  "
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" ...  it's worth every penny.  ...  "
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" ...  I was skeptical at first, but am now a believer.  ...  "
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" ...  Amazing watch--Well worth the cost.  ...  "
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" ...  At full price, the Descent at $300 more would have been my choice.  ...  "
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" ...  the extra cash is worth it ! ... put the extra bucks !  ...  "
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" ...  worth the buy, I already have the fenix 3  ...  "
Ease of Use
 48
easy to use, learn, intuitive, interface, features
+88%
-13%
comment
" ...  it's super easy. ... Yes, there is a learning curve .  ...  "
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" ...  Great watch with good features and realy easy to use!  ...  "
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" ...  I am new to Garmin but the Fenix 5S was easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  Probably the best on the market so far, very easy to use and none issue so far.  ...  "
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" ...  But it is rather intuitive and easy.  ...  "
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" ...  Still getting used to all the features and remembering how to access them.  ...  "
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" ...  And, it's the small things that went into the design - like the ability to configure your own screens to display any of the number of measurements.  ...  "
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" ...  It takes a few time to learn how to use it , but then it’s great .  ...  "
Pedometer
 44
miles, fitness, accurate, mile, step count
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Exactly the fitness device I've been looking for.  ...  "
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" ...  Steps counted seems much more accurate than with other fitness trackers I have used, which always seemed to overestimate pretty badly (e.g. ... telling me I’d walked several hundred steps overnight when in reality I may have gotten up and gone across the hall to use the bathroom once).  ...  "
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" ...  Besides that, it is the perfect watch for an avid runner.  ...  "
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" ...  You will love it whether you are runner, swimmer, cyclist, paddler, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  It also has my calendar, phone notifications, HR, steps, floors climbed, stress, calories burned.  ...  "
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" ...  This is my 3rd Garmin and an upgrade from my Forerunner 405.  ...  "
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" ...  On several runs and based on my effort, I figured I was running around 7:45 to 8:00 per mile.  ...  "
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" ...  I also like that it calculates my active calories against My Fitness Pal, which helps me stay on track during the day.  ...  "
Accuracy
 43
steps, altimeter, tracking, accuracy, gps
+79%
-21%
comment
" ...  It's pretty accurate for stationary activities too like treadmill running and rowing - only slight calibration differences in distances than the metrics on the machines.  ...  "
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" ...  So far the GPS seems to be 90% accurate.  ...  "
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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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" ...  It is very accurate even on the treadmill.  ...  "
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" ...  It has seemed very accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it for running, hiking, golf, and tracking my steps and heart rate, but there are many other functions I have not tried out yet.  ...  "
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" ...  It's instruments are accurate (pressure temp, altitude) and I was surprised at how accurate the cadance is even on a treadmill.  ...  "
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" ...  Experienced good accuracy with regards to pacing, HR, etc.  ...  "
Marketplace
 42
amazon, watch, expected, received, shipping
+52%
-48%
comment
" ...  The Playbetter store has amazing customer service and shipping!!!  ...  "
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" ...  They can both be found on Amazon.  ...  "
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" ...  Waited till 2018 to purchase but was worth it .  ...  "
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" ...  Received item on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Better than expected:  ...  "
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" ...  Shipping was on time and everything i expected.  ...  "
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" ...  I have no association with Garmin or any other seller.  ...  "
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" ...  Good product, good supplier  ...  "
Controls
 32
button, scroll and select, press, menu button, pause
+59%
-41%
comment
" ...  I am still figuring out all the controls!  ...  "
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" ...  Must turn on light to read inside.  ...  "
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" ...  I is easy to use once you learn the buttons.  ...  "
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" ...  The 5 buttons on the side of the watch feel very good when you press them. ... You can choose whether or not to have haptic feedback when you press the buttons as well as a tone/chime  ...  "
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" ...  Button functions seemed logical and rugged with advanced features such as programmable hot-key/long-press button re-assignment. ... In addition to that, the Music widget lets you control Volume, Pause, Play, and Skip music on your paired mobile device. ... Thus, you can control a whole home sound system's Volume, Pause, Play, and Skip music. ... Text, Email, Calendar Notifications display on watch, with easy read/delete functions. ... a) Long Press Up/Menu button. ... a) Long Press Up/Menu button. ... h) Long Press Up/Menu button.  ...  "
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" ...  tell Siri to turn on or off the lights, start a timer, etc., was very convenient.  ...  "
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" ...  The band and overall size is comfortable and it's been easy to maneuver through the options with the edge buttons.  ...  "
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" ...  There are some things that for security I want to have control over and I don't.  ...  "
Water Resistance
 29
pool, swim, shower, hiking, bike
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  I swim, shower and do everything else and it just works.  ...  "
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" ...  I intended it for hiking and sports but ended up wearing it all the time.  ...  "
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" ...  Running/swimming/riding?  ...  "
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" ...  I took it into the pool with no issues but have not had a chance to track a swim workout yet. ... I wore it on the wrist on a mountain bike ride with good results.  ...  "
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" ...  Both were excellent multi-sport watches, but this one knocks it out of the park.  ...  "
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" ...  i love the functionality and had fun while skiing with it last week.  ...  "
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" ...  The swimming features are great and it does a very good job of tracking all of your activities.  ...  "
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" ...  I have used it for Running, Treadmill Running, Biking, and Pool Swimming. ... Biking is same as 310XT. ... 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.  ...  "
Charging
 28
watch, charging, charged, week, days
+89%
-11%
comment
" ...  I might have to charge it every couple of weeks but could go longer if I chose.  ...  "
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" ...  Charging once a week alone is worth the cost difference.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I think I could get well over a week between charges, but it charges very quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  - Quick charging, e.g.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life could easily last a week with GPS turned off and charges super fast with just a simple USB 2.0 connection to my computer.  ...  "
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" ...  I recently vacationed 4 days without a charge, and I ran every day.  ...  "
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" ...  Finally a watch I don't have to charge everyday .  ...  "
Fit
 26
5s, wrist, smaller, lighter, garmin
+85%
-15%
comment
" ...  For smaller wrists the 5S fits very nicely and is slightly larger than my Citizen watch and lighter.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen protectors for the F5S fit great.  ...  "
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" ...  It fits beautifully!!  ...  "
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" ...  This is where the Garmin fits in.  ...  "
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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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" ...  I have a small to midsize wrist and the 47mm is a perfect fit.  ...  "
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" ...  Training dynamics and data are far superior to my previous fit bit  ...  "
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" ...  Without it my watch screen would be very scratched up, but the sapphire has held up amazingly well.  ...  "
For Travel
 20
hikes, trail, hike, trip, snowboarding
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  So i bought this more for hiking and snowboarding purposes (as well as the gym), but mainly because of the map feature on here. ... As i mentioned earlier i took this on a hiking trip, i had hit 3 national parks for 3 days straight using the GPS function on each of my 5-6hr hikes.  ...  "
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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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" ...  wait, how about for 'Hike'?  ...  "
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" ...  Road bike and mapping works well.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it primarily for hiking and trail running to either map my Hike/Run or to follow maps I upload to it.  ...  "
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" ...  Great on outdoor runs, hikes, mountain biking, treadmill and stepper  ...  "
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" ...  Other than that, I am still happy with my purchase and still recommend the watch -- only not for long hikes. ... I hike a lot. ... I have to choose All Activities to see my hikes.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this for mountain biking and wilderness exploration.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 17
glass, screen, screen protector, sapphire, scratched
+88%
-12%
comment
" ...  I started off with a Fenix 3 without HR and without Sapphire glass.  ...  "
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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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" ...  The sapphire glass does seem to be worth it.  ...  "
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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 suggest getting an anti-glare glass protector though it makes it look great and will keep it from getting scratched.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen protectors for the F5S fit great.  ...  "
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" ...  That also included the Screen protector, and most of the screen setups.  ...  "
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" ...  The Sapphire glass is pretty amazing.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 16
bluetooth connectivity, connect, disconnect, connects, bluetooth connection
+56%
-44%
comment
" ...  frankly using BT to connect to the phone app all you need.  ...  "
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" ...  The latest firmware has solved the random bluetooth disconnect problem :) ... It would connect for 10-20 seconds then disconnect for 20-30 seconds.  ...  "
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" ...  It can connect to both Bluetooth and Ant+ conponent, to include Di2.  ...  "
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" ...  Also happy to see that the Fenix sync's with both Blue Tooth and ANT+ devices.  ...  "
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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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" ...  Hopefully they can optimize BT range with a software update. ... Other than wifi (good only for auto-syncing without bluetooth at home), the functionality of the two versions is identical.  ...  "
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" ...  Furthermore pairing it with my iphone was a breeze (it did it automatically), so notifications working on this phone unlike the forerunner.  ...  "
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" ...  It connects easily, with zero problems.  ...  "
Returns
 15
watch, returned, back, send, replacement
+7%
-93%
comment
" ...  Returned for replacement. ... Returned that one.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I ordered this watch, and I've decided to return it.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If I could return them, I would return them, but I'm in a country where I can not return.  ...  "
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" ...  I did get a full refund.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I was able to return under Amazon's return policy.  ...  "
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" ...  Had to send it back in.  ...  "
comment
" ...  i left with no choice but to return it .  ...  "
comment
" ...  But it had to go back  ...  "
Delivery
 15
shipping, received, everything, delivered, expected
+93%
-7%
comment
" ...  Shipping was on time and everything i expected.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Received item on time.  ...  "
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" ...  Perfect delivery time.  ...  "
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" ...  Shipping was extreme fast ( I have chosen AmazonGlobal Priority Shipping).  ...  "
comment
" ...  (Edit)-my black sapphire just arrived.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Well, it arrived today and I could not be more happy.  ...  "
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" ...  Delivered on time as promised.  ...  "
comment
" ...  but I REALLY like getting an alert that my Amazon package was delivered.  ...  "
Size
 15
bulky, smaller, big, 5s, watch
+80%
-20%
comment
" ...  Perfect size and stats.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Now the 5S is perfectly for women of a medium to small builds.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Very nice and far more comfortable than expected for its size.  ...  "
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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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" ...  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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" ...  Size - I'm a small guy with small wirst.  ...  "
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" ...  - Fit - Nice size, weight  ...  "
comment
" ...  I picked the 5S for a thinner & smaller device.  ...  "
Network
 14
signal, gps, elevation, upstairs, trees
+57%
-43%
comment
" ...  The one thing I've noticed is that over the years, the acquisition of the GPS signal has gotten much quicker  ...  "
comment
" ...  For me the size of this watch is great, I'm 5'9 feet.  ...  "
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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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" ...  It is very accurate for elevation according to the maps at over 13,000 feet.  ...  "
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" ...  You can also add multiple-screens to an activity, so I added a GPS screen to show GPS signal strength, longitude, latitude, and elevation ... As mentioned above, my altimeter accuracy per 1000 foot is now within 2% (within 20 feet per 1000 foot gain, and often is within 10 feet).  ...  "
comment
" ...  Bashed it on doors, scrapped against trees, knocked it, scuffed it and its crystal clear still.  ...  "
comment
" ...  actually about half as good around my house. ... 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.  ...  "
Setup
 11
easy, instructions, watch, took, think
+91%
-9%
comment
" ...  Within 15 minutes of setup, I found the watch friendly and easy-to-navigate.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Even though I liked the quick connect I think I would rather have a more secure connection that is more difficult to use.  ...  "
comment
" ...  You think Garmin would have a simpler setup.  ...  "
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" ...  I am new to Garmin but the Fenix 5S was easy to set up.  ...  "
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" ...  TOLD ME EVERYTHING I NEEDED TO KNOW.  ...  "
comment
" ...  If you are an OCD person like me, this watch can be hell to setup, LOL.  ...  "
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" ...  They were very helpful fixing the situation.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Notifications
 11
alerts, text, messages, calendar, texts
+64%
-36%
comment
" ...  I use the watch for time, date and reading texts.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Notifications & Calendar + so extra is 100% of what I need.  ...  "
comment
" ...  In all honesty, I could live without the notifications but they also work really well.  ...  "
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" ...  I do not use much of the technology in the watch regarding notifications, messaging but assume they would work well.  ...  "
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" ...  It truly is a daily workhorse: I never miss a call, text, email, etc .  ...  "
comment
" ...  I get a lot of work email while I ride, so the notifications from my phone let me easily tell if its something I can ignore.  ...  "
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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.  ...  "
Color
 11
colors, black, background, pictures, display
+82%
-18%
comment
" ...  The sales pictures show a bright display—it is not.  ...  "
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" ...  The colors are great.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Paid the extra $100 primarily for the black/black color.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The champagne isn't as yellow as yellow gold, but definitely more yellow than silver.  ...  "
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" ...  Go with slate grey if you want darker.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I like that I can customize the colors.  ...  "
comment
" ...  And the ability to invert the background color was just the icing on the cake I needed.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It can get bright but that display is not crisp when the light is used in the dark.  ...  "
Call quality
 11
watch, voice, texts, texting, text messages
+73%
-27%
comment
" ...  In practice, the device chirps when it gets to your turn, and does it loudly enough that I can hear it even on a fast descent.  ...  "
comment
" ...  -I like the function that allows you to read text messages and hang up calls.  ...  "
comment
" ...  You can control your music and calls also.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It would also be nice if it can be voice activated but that is just and add on to an already amazing watch.  ...  "
comment
" ...  - The voice announcements via the phone speaker are configurable and useful, e.g.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I don't want all the crazy functions from smart watch like texting, calling . ... I see people texting on their iWatch and laugh.  ...  "
comment
" ...  The phone notification is awesome.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Limiting the phone-integration to just calls/messages is all I really care for, and keeps things simple.  ...  "
Firmware
 10
software, garmin, new firmware, latest, fixes
+50%
-50%
comment
" ...  I hope is a software issue and in that case will update this review immediately, but if this is a permanent hardware thing I will return this watch very soon.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I have loaded all updates, reset the factory setting multiple times and it is still very, very sketchy.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I decided to wait for a new version or give garmin time to figure this out with firmware updates.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I'd like to think this is a bug that will get fixed, but Garmin has released several versions of the firmware and it hasn't changed, and they haven't given any indication it ever will.  ...  "

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Specifications

Connectivity
GPS:  Yes