84points

Garmin Fenix 5X

48points

Magellan Switch

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Garmin Fenix 5X vs Magellan Switch

Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Why is Garmin Fenix 5X better than Magellan Switch?

  • Is compatible with Android
  • Has Bluetooth
  • Has a route tracker
  • Has vibrating alerts
  • Syncs wirelessly
  • Has an accelerometer
  • Is compatible with iOS
  • Has silent alarm

Why is Magellan Switch better than Garmin Fenix 5X?

  • 29g lighter
    69gvs98g
  • Has trackback mode
  • 0.5mm thinner
    17mmvs17.5mm
  • Includes access to online portal
  • Has an altimeter
  • Has a cadence sensor
  • 6mm narrower
    45mmvs51mm
  • Has a removable battery

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Design

1.weight

98g

69g

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2.resolution

240 x 240px

144 x 168px

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300 x 320px

3.waterproofing maximum depth

100m

50m

These devices will not experience water damage, e.g. in the shower. Devices which can withstand more water pressure are better for swimming or diving.

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200m

4.Has a display
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The device has an electronic display to present information to the user.

5.thickness

17.5mm

17mm

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9.6mm

6.Is dustproof and water resistant
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Dustproof/water resistant at depth equal to or greater than 1 meter.

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Sensors

1.has GPS
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

GPS enables global positioning, useful in map, geo-tagging or navigation apps.

2.Has a heart rate monitor
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

A heart rate monitor can help show your fitness levels, enabling you to calculate a suitable intensity of exercise.

3.Has a barometer
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

4.has an accelerometer
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

5.Has a 3D compass
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

3D compass is a compass that will show accurate readings also when the compass is tilted. Therefore you don’t need to keep the compass on level ground to get steady readings.

6.has a compass
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

A compass is useful in games, map and navigation software.

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Activity tracking

1.Provides activity reports
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

2.Has a route tracker
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

3.Tracks distance
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

It tracks how far you travel.

4.Has goal setting
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Allows you to set your own goals, such as reaching 15,000 steps in a single day.

5.Has multi-sport mode
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Multi-sport mode allows you to easily switch between tracking different sports such as running, cycling and swimming. This is ideal for those who need to change quickly between different activities, eg. triathletes.

6.Measures pace
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

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Connectivity

1.Is compatible with Android
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

It is compatible with a range of Android devices such as smartphones and tablets.

2.Has Bluetooth
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Bluetooth is a wireless technology that allows you to easily transfer data between different devices, such as smartphones, tablets and computers.

3.Syncs wirelessly
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The device syncs all of your data wirelessly, without the need for cables.

4.Is compatible with iOS
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

It is compatible with a range of iOS devices such as iPhones, iPads and the iPod Touch.

5.Supports ANT+
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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, eg. sports watches, smartphones and cycling computers.

6.Has WiFi
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The device can connect to WiFi.

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Battery

1.battery life with GPS on

24h

8h

There is less chance that you will run out of battery during an adventure.

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50h

2.has a battery level indicator
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

An indicator shows you when the device has low battery.

3.has a rechargeable battery
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The battery can be recharged and used over again.

4.has a removable battery
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The battery is removable and can be replaced by the user if broken.

5.Alerts you to low phone battery
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

When your paired smartphone is running low on battery, the smartwatch will notify you.

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Features

1.Has vibrating alerts
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

Vibrating alerts have a variety of uses, such as interval training.

2.Has silent alarm
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The device can wake you using vibration, so as not to disturb anyone else sleeping in the room.

3.Has inactivity alerts
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

The device detects when you have been idle for too long, and alerts you to encourage you to stay active.

4.Has notifications
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

5.Includes access to online portal
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

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.

6.Has a stopwatch
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

With a stopwatch you can time yourself.

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Miscellaneous

1.Can upload maps
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

You can upload different maps to your device. It is handy for people who like to explore new places.

2.Has trackback mode
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

This feature enables you to track your route and reverse it in order to guide you back to where you began your journey.

3.Has an altimeter
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

An altimeter can track elevation, ascent and descent using GPS or air pressure. It is particularly useful if you travel on hills or mountains.

4.waypoints

1000

10

Waypoints are locations or landmarks worth recording and storing in your GPS. These are locations you may later want to return to, for example favorite restaurants, bars etc.

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1000

5.Provides the sunrise/sunset time
Garmin Fenix 5X
Magellan Switch

It can provide you with the exact time when the sunset or sunrise will take place. This feature will help you to plan your day by knowing when daylight starts and finishes.

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