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Garmin fēnix 5 Sap­phire

HWM (Malaysia) - - UNLOCKED - by Bryan Chan

CON­CLU­SION This wear­able has every­thing an ath­lete needs, and then some.

Those who are se­ri­ous about sports will likely want a way to track their per­for­mance, and one of the best ways to do so is by get­ting your­self a wear­able that's equipped with var­i­ous sen­sors. A great ex­am­ple is Garmin's fēnix 5 Sap­phire, which is equipped to the brim with fea­tures any ath­lete would find use­ful.

For starters, this wear­able has a built-in heart rate mon­i­tor that makes use of Garmin's 'El­e­vate' tech­nol­ogy, which pro­vides ac­cu­rate heart rate mon­i­tor­ing, with­out the need for a chest strap. Thanks to this mon­i­tor, the fēnix 5 is able to track your sleep pat­terns, as well as es­ti­mate the amount of calo­ries burned.

Where the fēnix 5 shines though, is how it al­lows you to keep track of all of your sports ac­tiv­i­ties. It comes pre-loaded with a num­ber of ac­tiv­ity pro­files, such as 'Run­ning', 'Hik­ing' 'Swim­ming', and even 'Golf' – to name a few. Nat­u­rally, each pro­file tracks dif­fer­ent vari­ables of your work­out and ac­tiv­ity to pro­vide the vi­tal in­for­ma­tion you'll need to stay on top of your game.

If you’re some­one who loves the out­doors, then you'll love the fact that the fēnix 5 comes not only with GPS, but GLONASS as well. Both of th­ese work in tan­dem to give you pre­cise lo­ca­tion track­ing, and to help you plan your hikes and runs. In ad­di­tion, there's also a builtin elec­tronic com­pass to help you nav­i­gate your way in the event that you get a lit­tle lost.

As with any other wear­able, you'll need to pair the watch to a smart­phone to un­leash its full ca­pa­bil­i­ties. You'll need the 'Garmin Con­nect Mo­bile' app, which is avail­able on the iOS App Store, Google Play and Mi­crosoft Store. Once con­nected (via Blue­tooth), your smart­phone will be able to push no­ti­fi­ca­tions to the fēnix 5, and au­to­mat­i­cally up­load your fit­ness data to the cloud, if you so choose. More im­por­tantly, you'll get ac­cess to ad­di­tional watch faces and apps.

In terms of us­abil­ity and com­fort, we found the fēnix 5 to be no heav­ier than your av­er­age smart­watch. This means that it doesn't get in the way of your work­out, but in terms of us­abil­ity, the fēnix 5 loses some points as this de­vice doesn't have a touch­sen­si­tive dis­play.

We men­tioned ear­lier that this smart­watch can track your swim­ming ac­tiv­i­ties, and this nat­u­rally means that it has some form of wa­ter seal­ing. It has a rat­ing of 10 atm, which means that it of­fers bet­ter seal­ing than your av­er­age IPX7 de­vice, but shouldn't be used for scuba div­ing.

Down­load the 'Garmin Con­nect Mo­bile' app to gain ac­cess to the fēnix 5's full fea­tures.

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