A PC on your wrist
Garmin fēnix 5 Sapphire
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.