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Garmin Fenix 5/ 5x and 5s GPS accuracy

Garmin Fenix 5 , 5x and 5S GPS accuracy – whats the issue with it

Many people have been commenting on my YouTube videos and other channels crying about the GPS accuracy of the Garmin Fenix series and I wanted to share my experience and thoughts on this subject. I have also put together this video on my YouTube channel, so please check that out!

Checkout these other articles on the Garmin Fenix 5 and Fenix 5x

>Garmin Fenix 5x stock update

Garmin Fenix 5x hands on review

> Garmin Fenix 5x full colour topo contour maps

Garmin Fenix 5 GPS accuracy issues?

As I have said a number of people are talking about the GPS accuracy of the Fenix 5 series and based on my use and tests the Garmin Fenix 5 series is pretty accurate when you are talking about GPS. I am unsure what people are measuring a device that is 51mm in size with a consumer grade GPS chip with? Sure you can get better GPS accuracy with another device, but we are talking military grade or aviation grade GPS tracking chips and you are not going to get this in a device that is around £500.

The bottom line on the Garmin Fenix 5 series it tracks well and will work for many that want a good GPS track and to know where they are in the world when outdoors. But if you are are the type of person that need to know which lamp post you managed to run around or which bin you avoided then you are going to be disappointed. If you require better GPS tracking then I suggest you strap one of these to your wrist and let me know how you get on!

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  1. This is the 2nd Fenix 5x. I complain about the accuracy issue with Garmin. They were kind enough to replace the first Fenix 5x. Just a fyi, 735xt didnt have these type of issues. I had both GPS & Glonass turned on, I ran 6.5 miles, it gave me about 8.5 miles. It calculated one mile at 1.5 min/mile pace. The map shows I ran into the ocean… into buildings and even squibbly routes… Very weird and disappointed. When it uploaded to Strava, their team mentioned there’s tons of error in the uploaded data. This happened many times but seems to happen certain part of the city and time of the day.

    • Please tell me why? I use this device daily for cycling and other activities and dont have any issues. Turn on GLAONASS and GPS at the same time and you wont have any issue


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Jon Ratcliffe
I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years and I like combining this with fitness. My reviews will talk about how the product works in reality and not just what the marketing departments want you to think.You can contact Jon on Twitter @ActiveJR1

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