Garmin Fenix 5S


Garmin Fenix 5S review: specs and price

Garmin Fenix 5S

Why is Garmin Fenix 5S better than the average?

  • Waterproof depth rating

  • Height

  • Waypoints

  • Width

  • Languages supported

  • Volume


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The device is dustproof and water-resistant. Water-resistant devices can resist the penetration of water, such as powerful water jets, but not being submerged into water.
sweat resistance
Garmin Fenix 5S
Resistance to sweat makes it ideal for use while doing sports.
Has a display
Garmin Fenix 5S
The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.
Damage-resistant glass (such as Corning Gorilla Glass or Asahi Dragontrail Glass) is thin, lightweight, and can withstand high levels of force.

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Resolution is an essential indicator of a screen's image quality, representing the maximum amount of pixels that can be shown on the screen. The resolution is given as a compound value, comprised of horizontal and vertical pixels.
Watch band is replaceable
Garmin Fenix 5S
The watch band is removable and can be replaced by any standard watch band of the correct size, allowing you to customise it to your liking.
has a touch screen
Garmin Fenix 5S
You can operate the device easily, by pressing the screen with your fingers.
We consider a lower weight better because lighter devices are more comfortable to carry. A lower weight is also an advantage for home appliances, as it makes transportation easier, and for many other types of products.
The waterproof depth rating indicates how well the device is protected against water ingress and water pressure. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.


has GPS
Garmin Fenix 5S
GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.
Has a heart rate monitor
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A heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.
Your blood oxygen level is a measurement how much oxygen is reaching your muscles. It is important because low levels mean that you will become easily fatigued during exercise. The more exercise you do, the better your blood oxygen levels will become.
Has a barometer
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This measures barometric air pressure. It can predict weather changes, for example a sudden drop in air pressure could mean a storm is coming. When calibrated correctly it can be used to determine altitude, which helps GPS devices to lock on quicker and with greater accuracy.
has an accelerometer
Garmin Fenix 5S
An accelerometer is a sensor used to measure the linear acceleration of a device. A common application is detecting when a device changes between vertical and horizontal positions.
has a compass
Garmin Fenix 5S
A compass is useful for gaming, maps, and navigation software.
Has a temperature sensor
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With a temperature sensor you can monitor changes in temperature to measure your exertion levels and avoid hyperthermia.
Has a cadence sensor
Garmin Fenix 5S
A cadence sensor measures the number of pedal revolutions per minute when you are cycling. It enables you to monitor how fast you are pedaling.
has a gyroscope
Garmin Fenix 5S
A gyroscope is a sensor that tracks the orientation of a device, more specifically by measuring the angular rotational velocity. Initially, they were built using a spinning rotor to detect changes in orientation, like twisting or rotation.

Activity tracking

With a route tracker you can add your route onto a map. It is helpful if you plan to do the same route again, or want to share it with your community.
Provides activity reports
Garmin Fenix 5S
Your activity data is analysed to give you reports, available to view through the app or website. This allows you to see how active you have been and to help you make improvements.
Tracks distance
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It tracks how far you travel.
Measures pace
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Measuring pace shows how much time it takes to travel one kilometer or one mile. For example, in running, a 4 minute kilometer would be a very good pace.
This is useful if you are on a strict training diet or if you are trying to lose weight. It can also help to boost your motivation.
Has trackback mode
Garmin Fenix 5S
This feature enables you to track your route and reverse it in order to guide you back to where you began your journey.
Tracks your sleep
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It can track your sleep, such as how long you sleep for and the quality.
Has multi-sport mode
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A multi-sport mode allows you to easily switch between tracking different sports such as running, cycling, and swimming. This feature is ideal for those who need to change quickly between various activities (e.g., triathletes).
Has goal setting
Garmin Fenix 5S
Allows you to set your own goals, such as reaching 15,000 steps in a single day.


Is compatible with iOS
Garmin Fenix 5S
It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.
Is compatible with Android
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It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.
Bluetooth is a wireless technology standard that allows data transfers between devices placed in close proximity, using short-wavelength, ultra-high frequency radio waves. Newer versions provide faster data transfers.
Syncs wirelessly
Garmin Fenix 5S
The device syncs all of your data wirelessly, without the need for cables.
Automatically syncs
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The device automatically syncs your data when in range of your computer or smartphone.
supports ANT+
Garmin Fenix 5S
ANT+ is a wireless protocol similar to Bluetooth Smart, and is very power efficient. It is mainly used for fitness monitoring devices such as heart rate monitors and cadence sensors to connect to other devices (e.g., sports watches, smartphones, and cycling computers).
supports Wi-Fi
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The device can connect to Wi-Fi.
supports Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n)
Garmin Fenix 5S
Wi-Fi 4 (802.11n) is a wireless standard released in 2009. It has faster transfer rates and improved security compared to its predecessors – a, b, and g.
has NFC
Garmin Fenix 5S
NFC (near-field communication) allows a device to perform simple wireless transactions, such as mobile payments. Note: this feature may not be available in all markets.


battery power

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Battery power, or battery capacity, represents the amount of electrical energy that a battery can store. More battery power can be an indication of longer battery life.
With a longer battery life, you don’t have to worry about charging the device as often.
There is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.
battery life in training mode

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With a long battery life, you can train for several hours a week and only have to recharge the device every few weeks.
charge time

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The time it takes to fully charge the battery.
has wireless charging
Garmin Fenix 5S
It supports a wireless charging standard such as Qi. To charge the device, you simply put it down on a compatible charging pad.
An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.
Has a solar power battery
Garmin Fenix 5S
A solar battery takes its energy from light, and stores it in a self-recharging battery which never needs to be changed.
In power save mode you can still check what time it is and other basic functions. A long battery life is good if you wear the device day to day.


Can upload maps
Garmin Fenix 5S
You can upload different maps to your device. It is handy for people who like to explore new places.
Has vibrating alerts
Garmin Fenix 5S
Vibrating alerts have a variety of uses, such as interval training.
Has a stopwatch
Garmin Fenix 5S
With a stopwatch you can time yourself.
Locates your phone
Garmin Fenix 5S
The device has a feature that allows you to find your smartphone if you have misplaced it.
Has silent alarm
Garmin Fenix 5S
The device can wake you using vibration, so as not to disturb anyone else sleeping in the room.
Through continuous heart rate monitoring, the device is able to detect an irregular heartbeat and alert the user.
has fall detection
Garmin Fenix 5S
Fall detection is a feature that relies on accelerometers and other sensors to differentiate between regular movement and a fall. If the wearer falls, the device can perform functions such as sounding an alarm or displaying an alert.
Your tracking data is uploaded via your smartphone or computer, and is available to view on the manufacturer’s online portal in the form of reports and graphs.
Has notifications
Garmin Fenix 5S
If you get a notification such as a call or message, the device will vibrate on your wrist or make a noise to alert you.


It can determine when you have stopped working out and pause your current workout tracking until you start moving again.
You can share your workout progress live, for example allowing your friends to see where you are on your running route.
You can add widgets to the home screen. This allows you to have more flexibility and to see information at a glance, without going into the app.
It supports third-party heart rate monitors to incorporate your pulse data.
You can listen to your own music when working out. This can make exercising more enjoyable and motivate you to push yourself further.
These services are ideal if you want to use the app while sat down at your computer, as well as on-the-go.
The app has a community and exercises tailored specifically towards women.
You can sync your data to standard calendar apps, such as Apple’s Calendar or Google Calendar.
It is compatible with smart scales such as the Fitbit Aria and Withings range. These scales transmit information such as weight and BMI to connected services over Wi-Fi.

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