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garmin fenix sapphire 5S

The creative engineers from Garmin have done it again. They have designed one of the best fitness smartwatches available on the market – Garmin Fenix  5S Sapphire. Featuring an aggressive design, with bold curves and features, the Fenix  5S Sapphire can help you make quite an impression among your friends, colleagues and passerby.

This GPS multisport watch is angled to both men and women who like something smaller on their wrists, unlike the famous Garmin 5X who is definitely aimed only to men who like big, masculine watches. Compared to Fenix 3, that has a larger 51 mm face and has a bulkier design, the 5S Sapphire comes with a smaller 42 mm face. The Sapphire version is as feminine as it gets, with a sheer-black face and shiny silver frame.  

Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire

One could conclude that this smartwatch is for women alone, but the truth is that it is an excellent choice for men who prefer smaller watches over big, bulky ones. However, we’ll let you decide if this smartwatch is the right choice for you by looking at its features and capabilities.

Overall Design & Comfort of Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire

Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire is undoubtedly a light smartwatch, that looks fragile enough so that it can be worn by women who love outdoor activities. At 42 mm, this is the smallest smartwatch in the Garmin series, being ideal for thin wrists. The screen comes with a resolution of 218 x 218, offering great image quality. The screen is very easy to read in various light conditions, so you can use it for any type of outdoor activity.

As for comfort, the Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire is as comfortable as they come. Its standard silicone band is extremely comfortable and fits great on your wrist. You can buy several other bands with unique colors and materials and switch between them whenever you like. However, note that this is not an universal smartwatch band, so make sure you buy other variants only from approved sellers.

Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire

Main Features of Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire

The Garmin Fenix 5S does quite a lot, maybe even more than the Garmin Forerunner series. From watersports and skiing to cycling and jogging, this smartwatch can tackle an impressive number of activities. It even lets you add a new activity on the list, either by installing a personalized app or by typing the activity manually on your smartwatch and selecting the desired parameters.

Starting a workout is extremely simple with Fenix 5S. All you have to do is to tap the top button, scroll to the desired activity and choose the metrics. The amount of granularity and personalization are impressive with this smartwatch. Plus, if you are an avid gym goer or professional trainer, you can take advantage of the VO2 Max stat, together with the Training Load feature to ease your work.

As for drawbacks, Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire has inherited all of the Garmin smartwatches’ inability to properly interact with a smartphone. The Garmin Connect app is also quite terrible, offering you limited features and coming with a multitude of bugs. The notification interaction is quite unreliable and not real-time, so you can’t really track your efforts on your mobile device. On the positive side, this device works with any OS, from Android and iOS to Windows and even Linux.

Performance of Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire

In terms of performance, this device is quite impressive. Its GPS is extremely accurate and can record detailed events. The Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire is able to consistently track any type of activity and is being able to keep up with high-intensity peaks. This unit is prone to freezing and even crashing, making for a vital companion for all of your exercises.

The battery life is very good. Expect to use it for 6-7 days without experiencing any problems whatsoever. This includes 14 hours in GPS and 20 hours of continual tracking.


Despite having quite a lot of connectivity and notification flaws, the Garmin Fenix 5S Sapphire is an extremely reliable smartwatch that does its job flawlessly. You can use it to track any parameter for any of your favorite sports. Its clear, light design makes for a very good choice for women or men with small wrists. Take advantage of the deep analytics and long battery life to track your performance and skyrocket your activity level.

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