Analysis and handling of the Fenix 5 from Garmin.

And to begin with…

Connected watches have become powerful.Some of them are oriented towards monitoring physical condition and even go as far as monitoring calories burned, others are more for office automation with e-mail synchronization.

Several weak points on this watch :
– The size of his screen
– Not enough functionality for good health monitoring
– Its daily use
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

In detail, here is what it is according to the use you will have of it.

The perfect watch for health monitoring?

Tracking systems for connected watches have become very sophisticated, and can perfectly provide information about your physical condition.They complement or replace the fitness monitoring devices you may be familiar with.
The Fenix 5 is a little outdated compared to the latest devices on the market.It may be used for simple information purposes only.

The operating system remains the weak point of the watches produced by Fossil; and this Fenix 5 is no exception.This choice induces a greater difficulty to handle the different buttons and icons present.We would have preferred something more conventional.
After a few weeks, you will be more comfortable with its handling.
If sleep analysis is your priority, you will need to look at another model.
This watch is not equipped with an accelerometer.A useful device when you want to keep track of the calories burned during the day.
It can monitor your heart rate, movements and then transmit this data to the associated application.
For those who need to analyze their heartbeat curve, you will have to choose another watch, as this model does not have one.

Interesting for everyday life?

Are you still sceptical about buying an intelligent watch because you doubt its real need?Besides, you don’t know if you’ll need it every day.For the Fenix 5, this is what you can expect.
The model designed by Garmin offers an entry-level product.She’s a long way from Apple Watch.
Among the list of interesting features is first of all GPS.Some users will never use it.On the other hand, you should note the decrease in battery capacity in active GPS mode.
Please note that when it comes to taking your shower, it is not waterproof.
It has an attractive round screen, more so than many other more expensive models.A most elegant design to go with your work outfit, and available in several colours.You will also be able to choose from the many colours available.
It would have been appreciated if this watch had been sold with a reinforced glass; accidents like scratches happen quickly.
We will regret the absence of a touch screen on this model.This watch does not support NFC function, so contactless payment is not possible with this watch.
Finally, even if it is not essential, we would have appreciated being able to listen to music.That wasn’t planned here.

The right model for analyzing his sports activity?

The connected watch offers an interesting alternative to tracking devices, which are only oriented towards sport or health.This tool allows you to combine the advantages of conventional products in a small format and can be connected to other devices such as your phone or laptop.And as far as the Fenix 5 is concerned, here’s the thing.
Athletes will find no interest in this new product.Installed applications do not track data or statistics.
The watch includes GPS support so you can track your runs.This will allow you to navigate easily, even when you are travelling.
You will not be able to read the tracking data on your watch; you will have to do this on your smartphone.However, this will mean a much longer battery life.
Its gyroscope will allow you to analyze the movements made during the day.
The altimeter function will be useful for those who want to analyse their performance in mountain sports.
Another positive point of the Fossil watches is the presence of heart rate monitoring.

However, if you like to listen to your music while you play sports, this watch is to be avoided.

The watch and possible applications

Depending on the type of smartwatch and its operating system, you will be able to install or use applications.This influences the number of applications that can be added, and the practical functionality that will result.These applications not only display notifications on your wrist, they can keep you entertained, track your fitness and health, and help you stay organized.
This model is not well placed in terms of applications.
Due to its proprietary operating system, you will not be able to add other applications to this connected watch.Also, apart from the original applications, there is no possibility of having any others.
Due to a screen size of 1.2 inches, some will have difficulty reading and analyzing the data displayed.Finally, as far as applications are concerned, you will have to contact you from the default; no possibility to add new ones.It is a basic watch, dedicated to simple uses.

The Fenix 5 in conclusion

At the end of our tests, we can only conclude that this watch corresponds to an entry-level product.It’s fast, inexpensive, and easy to replace if you see your need changes.
Here are a few weak points to watch out for:
– The size of his screen
– Little functionality for health monitoring
– Its daily use
– Not enough sport-oriented features
– The impossibility of putting new applications

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