Updated 18 Sep 2018

Garmin

Fenix 5

Snapshot: The Garmin Fenix 5 is waterproof and has GPS. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Fenix 5
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$699

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Test results

Overall score
71
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • Good for fitness functions.
  • Accurate fitness sensors.
  • Good for smart functions.
  • OK to use.
  • Good battery.
  • Very good features.
  • Can be worn while swimming.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.

But

  • Just OK for apps.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sleep tracking and assessments of fitness apps. Also includes Sensor accuracy which assesses the precision of sensors such as heart rate monitors and step counters.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a September 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$699
Type
Fitness watch

More test results (/10)

Apps
4.6
Features
8.0
Sensor accuracy
7.9
Heart rate accuracy
7.3

Brand survey results

Brand reliability (%)
84
Brand satisfaction (%)
58

Specifications

Weight (g)
83
Battery life (tested, hours)
441
Time to fully charge from 0% (mins)
166
Charge gained from 0% in 30 minutes (%)
22%

Features

Heart-rate monitor
Yes
Sleep tracker
Yes
Water resistant
Yes
Can swim with
Yes
Bluetooth
Yes
NFC
No
GPS
Yes
Works with iOS
Yes
Works with Android
Yes
Touchscreen
No
Clock display
Yes
Text message notification/read/reply
Yes / Yes / No
Make and receive calls
No
Music control
Yes
Navigation
No
Control phone camera
No