Garmin Fenix 5x and Fenix 5 key differences

The Garmin Fenix 5 series beings a host of new features and both the Fenix 5x and Fenix 5 have similar features but both have some key differences between them.

At first glance, Fenix 5x doesn’t look much different from Fenix 5. It keeps the classic round face, stainless steel bezel, silicone band and 5 physical buttons on the side of the device. With Connect IQ supported, you can customize the watch face with any photo from your smartphone.

Garmin Fenix 5 spec’s

  • Size: 47mm with colour screen (not touchscreen)
  • Screen Size: 1.2” (30.5 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colourful display
  • Weight: With silicone band: 85.0 g
  • Battery Life: Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 24 hours in GPS mode, and up to 60 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
  • Connectivity: Smart Bluetooth, ANT+ and wifi only on the Sapphire option
  • Social: Sträva and Strava Segments and Garmin Connect

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Garmin Fenix 5 links

Amazon UK  – http://amzn.to/2lKc6gj

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/2o9PScz

Wiggle UK- http://www.awin1.com/cread.php?awinmid=1857&awinaffid=300989&clickref=&p=http%3A%2F%2Fwww.wiggle.co.uk%2Fgarmin-fenix-5-gps-watch%2F

Garmin Fenix 5x Specs

  • Size: 51mm with colour screen (not touchscreen)
  • Screen Size: 1.2” (30.5 mm) diameter
  • Display resolution: 240 x 240 pixels; sunlight-visible, always-on, low power, colourful display
  • Weight: With silicone band: 85.0 g
  • Battery Life: Up to 12 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings), up to 20 hours in GPS mode, and up to 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode
  • Connectivity: Smart Bluetooth, ANT+ and wifi only on the Sapphire option
  • Social: Sträva and Strava Segments and Garmin Connect

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Garmin Fenix 5x links

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/2oiOVht

Amazon US – http://amzn.to/2oiSi89

Amazon uk – http://amzn.to/2npw19n

 

Check out this video of the key features of the Garmin Fenix 5 and Fenix 5x

GARMIN FENIX 5X AND 5 DESIGN AND SIZE

One of the key differences between the Fenix 5 and the Fenix 5x is the size if the devices. The Fenix 5 is 47mm and the Fenix 5x is 51mm. The other differences are the screen materials as the Fenix 5x comes with a sapphire screen as standard and the Fenix 5 this is an option extra. The other difference is the size of the bands which in the Fenix 5x is 26mm and the Fenix 5 is 22mm

Garmin Fenix 5x pool swimming

BATTERY DIFFERENCES

The main differences with the battery are

Fenix 5

  • Up to 2 weeks in smartwatch mode (depending on settings)
  • up to 24 hours in GPS mode
  • up to 60 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Fenix 5x

  • Up to 12 days in smartwatch mode (depending on settings)
  • up to 20 hours in GPS mode
  • up to 35 hours in UltraTrac battery saver mode

Garmin Fenix 5x Screen

GARMIN FENIX 5X MAP’S AND NAVIGATION

  • Colour TOPO maps
  • Routable cycling maps
  • Turn by turn navigation

Whether you’re in the city or on the trail, an array of fēnix 5X on-watch mapping and navigation features help keep you oriented and on-course at a glance.

  • Full-colour country recreational mapping that comes preloaded; map data is optimised for at-a-glance navigation and location tracking on your wrist
  • Round-trip routing options give runners and cyclists the ability to enter a distance they want to conduct and the watch will suggest appropriate courses
  • Easy-to-read guidance cues provide banners on the display that show upcoming turns
  • Around Me map mode displays locations nearby in a simplified graphical interface that increases awareness and ease when navigating in unfamiliar environments
  • Data overlays on the map highlight key information so you don’t have to switch screens while in an activity
  • GroupTrack4 allows you to keep tabs on your buddies for adventures such as skiing; LiveTrack allows friends to follow your adventures in real time2

Ok, that is the highlights but I feel a number of features fall short.

  • Full colour topo maps – These are not as detailed as I would like and certainly in the UK and Europe you don’t get contoured maps. These have to be purchased separate, but you check out this cheaper alternative
  • The data overlays on the maps take half the screen and gives you only half a map. This is no use when cycling or moving at speed. Listen up Garmin these are not overlays!
  • I have found turn by turn navigation hit and miss and does not always warn you before a turn.

I think the mapping features are a big step up, but for me are still work in progress.

 

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