The GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus is finally available on the market and I thoroughly tested this Smartwatch in 2018.
I got the GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus in our review, and in this article, we will look at all the features and functions of smartwatches from GARMIN.
These are the first watch that we do a review and at the moment the price for them is about $1050. And to be honest the price for a watch is big, but we’ll figure out why it’s so high. So, let’s see the main specs of Fenix 5X Plus.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Specifications
|GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus:||Specs|
|Display:||1.22 inches LCD with 240 x240 pixels|
|IP rating:||10 ATM|
|Standby time:||18 days|
|Charging Time:||4 hours|
|Shape of the dial:||Round|
|Health tracker:||Drinking reminder,Heart rate monitor,Pedometer,Sedentary reminder,Sleep monitor|
|Size:||251.0 x 51.0 x 17.5 mm|
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Desing and Appearance
The GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus in the analisis looks very powerful the first time you pick it up. Almost huge and yet extremely light.
Completely with tape, it weighs just 87 grams and thus little more than e.g. an Apple Watch Series 3. Here, the complete workmanship is more than very high quality.
Because in addition to very stable and resistant titanium for the housing, scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass is used in the display.
The three heads, which all have a function, are made of stainless steel and titanium. So nothing about cheap. Fenix is at the top of the list, which is reflected in the price for the time being.
The strap has the standard width of 26 mm and is changeable. The supplied silicone bracelet is pleasantly soft, has a very wide adjustment range and does not smell.
The pin buckle of GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus is made of stainless steel and fits the value rest.
On the back, you can see the pins for the charger and the optical pulse sensor, which also allows continuous measurement.
With me, the battery with its 350 mAh has lasted a good 5 days. Depending on how often you travel with GPS.
So a 4-hour hike directly engulfed almost 30% battery. Sounds a lot, but is much better than an almost identical Fossil Q Explorist 3rd Gen.
The holds in GPS use not even half a day through. And even without any sporting activities, the Fossil charges just once a day.
In waterproofness, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus in the test is at the forefront. It is waterproof up to 100 meters deep.
Whereby there is something of IP68, according to which they would only dust and splash-proof.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Display
Speaking of the display. It is an LCD touchscreen with 1.22 inches diagonal and resolves with 240 x 240 pixels.
It makes colors very rich and strong. When the sun is shining outside, it is easily readable.
But with automatic brightness control, it seems too dark. Very pleasant in the evening and night, but during the daytime, the brightness control system would like to get on with it.
Since you can adjust the brightness manually in 5 steps, this is bearable. Unfortunately, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus also has this “flat tire” effect.
This refers to this black area at the bottom of the display. This is where the brightness sensor hides and this looks like a flat tire.
The indicated bezel is not rotatable, but you can press the three buttons. So these are not dummies.
With the middle one selects, with the other two you navigate back and forth or up and down.
So you can choose whether you want to control the clock on the buttons or the display. Personally, I make it over the buttons now, because faster and more intuitive.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Connectivity
As one of the few smartwatches, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus has a built-in GPS, GLONASS and Galileo modules.
Means that you do not have to take a cell phone with you and still the tracks are recorded.
This worked really well in the test and above all exactly, even though it always took up to 30 seconds until a GPS signal was received.
When connecting the clock to the outside world, you have the choice between Bluetooth and WLAN.
Yes, the watch also has a WLAN module and can be used completely independent of the watch.
The internal memory has a size of 16 GB and of these are just over 12.5 GB left and can be filled with music. An appropriate player is available.
To transfer simply connect the watch with the charging cable to a PC, where it is then recognized as memory.
And if you want, you can even pair a Bluetooth headset directly with the watch. Everything without a phone. Absolutely awesome.
What I miss is the ability to control the music playback of services like Spotify. That would be the icing on the cake.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Application
The matching app is called GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus in the analisis and is available for free for Android and iOS.
After installation, start the watch by holding down the power button. It appears as a QR code that can be scanned for the app, who has not yet.
After that, the setup of the Fenix 5X Plus is self-explanatory or explained on the display.
Once you have created an account with Fenix, you can directly enter the personal data and get started.
The app itself is clean and tidy. In the main screen, you can see all important data such as steps, battery, heart rate and sleep last night at a glance. When tapping, you can view the details.
Sporting activities can be seen in Sport. Also here comes by tapping in the respective detail view.
And here is a bug is hidden, because it will display the correct GPS history, but no map. There are plenty of details to look at.
Unfortunately, there is currently no way to upload your data to Google Fit, Strava or other providers.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Features and Functions
I really like the many pre-installed watch faces. There is something for everyone and who changes the watch itself, can also adjust some things such as backgrounds, borders, pointers and/or the arrangement of the ads.
And if that still is not enough, you can select your personal favorites from thousands of watch faces on various pages and easily copy them to the watch with your PC.
Also very useful that you can create different alarms directly on the watch, activate and also disable. Or the stopwatch or timer.
If you want, you can also create an interval training and load it on the watch.
If you want, you can pair the watch directly with a Bluetooth headset. So it does not need an extra smartphone.
Also possible is a connection to chest straps that are connected via Bluetooth to the Bluetooth headsets. Updates are installed via WLAN connection directly, so OTA.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: First experience
For runners, there are all sorts of data that the watch collects and displays.
First of all, you can choose between several different “training goals”, such as various programs for fat burning, cardio training in different intensities, improve fitness, etc., as well as various goals such as distance, calories or time.
Anyone who wants to can set various alarms such. Pulse and then what, where indicated on the clock and reported.
Interesting for hikers is the ability to import and run routes in GPX format, including a simplified navigation with a simple map view, which currently shows no map in Europe. But it works.
Alone the fact that the battery lasts easily 5 days, makes it nice to me. I have already tested some “real” smartwatches like the Asus Zenwatch and I was annoyed that they have to be loaded every day.
Of course, the Garmin Fenix 5X Plus does not come close to the 18 days of an Amazfit Bip, but I have a lot more features and a much better display on the Fenix 5X Plus.
It’s really handy for me to be able to control important functions such as the alarm clock, stopwatch or timer directly via the Fenix 5X Plus and not have to take my phone with me every time.
The fact that you can change the bracelets and every standard bracelet fits with 26 mm, of course, is also a brilliant thing.
Such a tracker should primarily count and measure correctly. And that’s exactly what the GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus does.
If you want to concentrate on running, you will also find a “Training Center” where you can train at various levels, such as beginners, at various distances, right up to the marathon. One knows only of much more expensive models.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Conclusions and Reviews
Is the GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus recommended? Yes, even if at the moment there is the global version.
But that’s it, because it offers everything and a little more, what constitutes a modern smartwatch. Super processed great materials, many features and last but not least a huge community, which will allow in the future still a lot of modding.
For my part, I can and will recommend the Fenix 5X Plus to everyone and continue to wear it now.
GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus: Price and Where to buy cheaper?
At this point, you can already buy GARMIN Fenix 5X Plus watch at a good price for only $1052.30.
They get high-quality materials and you will have many useful functions and specs. They are good for both sports and business, also for your life it is a good choice for many years.