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Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Smart Watch - Black £299.99 Delivered @ Argos
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Garmin Fenix 5S Multisport GPS Smart Watch - Black £299.99 Delivered @ Argos

£299.99£349.9914%Argos Deals
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Posted 6th Jul
Nice price drop, £350 most places, drop of £50 is good.


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  • Connectivity
  • 64MB memory.
  • Proprietary operating system.
  • Bluetooth 4 connection.
  • USB 2 connection.
  • Display information

  • 27.94mm Memory-in-pixel (MIP) screen.
  • Battery

  • 160mAh battery capacity.
  • Typical usage time of up to 4 days.
  • Low usage time of up to 7 days.
  • 2 hour charge.
  • Physical specification

Size: small.
  • Watch size H42, W42, D15.4mm.
  • Strap size L240, W20, T2mm.
  • Strap can be removed and replaced.
  • Weight 65g.
  • Features

  • Water resistant.
  • Swimproof.
  • Dust resistant.
  • Scratch resistant.

Read texts.
  • Receive social network notifications.
  • View calendar.
  • Displays weather.
  • Heart rate monitor.
  • Pedometer.
  • Distance.
  • Accelerometer.

GPS.
Calories.
Sleep.
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36 Comments
Good price. I just paid £400 for the 5s plus on eBay
airborne_skygod06/07/2019 10:44

Good price. I just paid £400 for the 5s plus on eBay


What's the main difference without googling please?
Slightly cheaper at millets and also available at this price at John Lewis and Currys.

Seems a decent price for a nice looking watch with a lot of features. Not sure how it compares to the competition.
smallsteve06/07/2019 10:46

Slightly cheaper at millets and also available at this price at John Lewis …Slightly cheaper at millets and also available at this price at John Lewis and Currys.Seems a decent price for a nice looking watch with a lot of features. Not sure how it compares to the competition.


Are you thinking of the standard fenix 5. The 5s is £349 at millets:
millets.co.uk/equ…02/
MrSwitch06/07/2019 10:49

Are you thinking of the standard fenix 5. The 5s is £349 at …Are you thinking of the standard fenix 5. The 5s is £349 at millets:https://www.millets.co.uk/equipment/289801-garmin-fenix-5s-multi-sport-gps-watch-silver-white.html/916102/


You are right. Scrub the reference to Millets
smallsteve06/07/2019 10:51

You are right. Scrub the reference to Millets


Noticed there was a price drop in John Lewis etc.
MrSwitch06/07/2019 10:52

Noticed there was a price drop in John Lewis etc.


Likely they have changed the prices to reflect what Argos have done.
Purchased a Garmin last week and was impressed with the amount of information that you can obtain from their website, when you upload your activity from your watch. There are allsorts of analyses and graphs on offer and I would imagine this would be enough for the vast majority of people.
One of the best looking smart watches I've seen have heat 🔥
harrerdarren06/07/2019 12:25

One of the best looking smart watches I've seen have heat 🔥


Yeah it's a good looking bugger
The standard Fenix 5 has also been reduced to this price...
argos.co.uk/sta…003
I can't decide between another Garmin (had to return a Vivoactive 3 Music recently because it was faulty) or an Apple Watch 4...

Ian
IW7406/07/2019 13:20

The standard Fenix 5 has also been reduced to this …The standard Fenix 5 has also been reduced to this price...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/8148043.htm?cmpid=APP003I can't decide between another Garmin (had to return a Vivoactive 3 Music recently because it was faulty) or an Apple Watch 4...Ian


Save the planet......Apple watch needs daily charging, this requires weekly charging.

'nuff said
Also, Blacks will pricematch and then take a further 10% off, thus circa £270.
pinnocchio06/07/2019 13:56

Also, Blacks will pricematch and then take a further 10% off, thus circa …Also, Blacks will pricematch and then take a further 10% off, thus circa £270.


I've still got £130 worth of Argos giftcards from the Vivo return, so would have to be Argos. On the plus side, their 30 day return policy is always excellent.
It says size s? Is that for small wrists?
MrSwitch06/07/2019 10:45

What's the main difference without googling please?


Google pay
PalG06/07/2019 16:28

It says size s? Is that for small wrists?


Size small is 42mm, so not that small
The standard size (47mm) is also available for the same price if you think the small size might be too small.
Fenix 5 Plus also adds onboard music and maps I believe, but think the battery life takes a bit of a hit as a result of the extra bits.
PalG06/07/2019 16:28

It says size s? Is that for small wrists?


It’s a unisex watch but it looks fine on my wrist. The standard 5 has better battery and a bigger display too if that matters. None of these have WiFi as that’s Sapphire only. Also this is 2 years old now.

IW7406/07/2019 13:20

The standard Fenix 5 has also been reduced to this …The standard Fenix 5 has also been reduced to this price...http://www.argos.co.uk/static/Product/partNumber/8148043.htm?cmpid=APP003I can't decide between another Garmin (had to return a Vivoactive 3 Music recently because it was faulty) or an Apple Watch 4...Ian


If you’ve narrowed it down to those two then you probably want the Apple Watch as Garmin is fitness-focussed and you’ll already know if you want it for that - e.g. the Apple Watch won’t even register as an option for fitness fanatics. If you want an all round smartwatch then AW4 is good.
plewis0006/07/2019 20:46

It’s a unisex watch but it looks fine on my wrist. The standard 5 has b …It’s a unisex watch but it looks fine on my wrist. The standard 5 has better battery and a bigger display too if that matters. None of these have WiFi as that’s Sapphire only. Also this is 2 years old now.If you’ve narrowed it down to those two then you probably want the Apple Watch as Garmin is fitness-focussed and you’ll already know if you want it for that - e.g. the Apple Watch won’t even register as an option for fitness fanatics. If you want an all round smartwatch then AW4 is good.


I'm actually thinking the opposite now. Read a lot of good things about the Apple Watch, but I think the battery life, and screen not always on would put me off.
I've got the original Vivoactive at the moment which has served me well. Really want the HR monitoring and the extra insights that brings. Had it briefly on the (faulty) Vivoactive 3 I had, and it offered a lot more detail on my runs. Just a bit put off by the last Garmin purchase being faulty!
IW7406/07/2019 20:59

I'm actually thinking the opposite now. Read a lot of good things about …I'm actually thinking the opposite now. Read a lot of good things about the Apple Watch, but I think the battery life, and screen not always on would put me off.I've got the original Vivoactive at the moment which has served me well. Really want the HR monitoring and the extra insights that brings. Had it briefly on the (faulty) Vivoactive 3 I had, and it offered a lot more detail on my runs. Just a bit put off by the last Garmin purchase being faulty!


Garmin devices are buggy, it’s a known joke among the fitness community as well as ‘never buy a Garmin 3 months after launch unless you like being a beta tester’. If you want always on and the Garmin insights then Fenix 5 is fine but I think the Plus adds a bit more to that. I’ve skipped the Plus as I didn’t need anything else it had, want the weaker battery or want to change the new Sony GPS chip and expecting something about the next-gen one soon. I’d try another Vivoactive 3 unless you need the features of a Fenix. Fenix looks good enough to wear daily. I’ve had it on my wrist for 2 years now.
plewis0006/07/2019 21:03

Garmin devices are buggy, it’s a known joke among the fitness community as …Garmin devices are buggy, it’s a known joke among the fitness community as well as ‘never buy a Garmin 3 months after launch unless you like being a beta tester’. If you want always on and the Garmin insights then Fenix 5 is fine but I think the Plus adds a bit more to that. I’ve skipped the Plus as I didn’t need anything else it had, want the weaker battery or want to change the new Sony GPS chip and expecting something about the next-gen one soon. I’d try another Vivoactive 3 unless you need the features of a Fenix. Fenix looks good enough to wear daily. I’ve had it on my wrist for 2 years now.


Some really valid points there As well as being faulty, the Vivo 3 felt very plasticky. The heavier Fenix appeals more, and the Vo2 Max / Training Load and Strava Live Segments would be good.
Any next gen model will probably be out of my price range for a while, so I may well take a punt on the Fenix and cross my fingers it works as it should!
Was about to bite, then realised only the 5x has maps and unfortunately it's a bit big for my wrist. Currently available for £338 from Garmin though.

buy.garmin.com/en-…-01
tek-monkey07/07/2019 17:03

Was about to bite, then realised only the 5x has maps and unfortunately …Was about to bite, then realised only the 5x has maps and unfortunately it's a bit big for my wrist. Currently available for £338 from Garmin though.https://buy.garmin.com/en-GB/GB/p/560327/pn/010-01733-01#maps


Similar size to a Fenix 3 but I got fed up of banging it into things when I had the 3. They look great but also like a Hublot-wannabe oversized watch. Went for the 5s for this reason and it’s the ideal size.
plewis0007/07/2019 20:03

Similar size to a Fenix 3 but I got fed up of banging it into things when …Similar size to a Fenix 3 but I got fed up of banging it into things when I had the 3. They look great but also like a Hublot-wannabe oversized watch. Went for the 5s for this reason and it’s the ideal size.


Yeah, the 5s is the right size for me too, but I want the maps if I'm spending that sort of money. My bip is starting to wander a bit on the GPS tracking so I want a better replacement.
tek-monkey07/07/2019 20:05

Yeah, the 5s is the right size for me too, but I want the maps if I'm …Yeah, the 5s is the right size for me too, but I want the maps if I'm spending that sort of money. My bip is starting to wander a bit on the GPS tracking so I want a better replacement.


I think asking for maps for this money is a bit much really. Even the Apple Watch and Samsung Gears don't have pre-loaded maps at this price range, that is purely a high-end feature that we have to pay for. You could go up to the Plus (and CeX have the 5s Plus starting from £290) but the 5s Plus has poor battery life and I've heard that the Sony GPS chipsets aren't as good as the 2017 Fenix 5 (non-Plus) range. This may change with optimisation.
plewis0007/07/2019 20:08

I think asking for maps for this money is a bit much really. Even the …I think asking for maps for this money is a bit much really. Even the Apple Watch and Samsung Gears don't have pre-loaded maps at this price range, that is purely a high-end feature that we have to pay for. You could go up to the Plus (and CeX have the 5s Plus starting from £290) but the 5s Plus has poor battery life and I've heard that the Sony GPS chipsets aren't as good as the 2017 Fenix 5 (non-Plus) range. This may change with optimisation.


I'm happy to pay the £338 for the 5X, I just don't like the size!
tek-monkey07/07/2019 20:11

I'm happy to pay the £338 for the 5X, I just don't like the size!


It is enormous, but attractive in a functional way.

What about this then:
uk.webuy.com/pro…d-b

I can't see Garmin having the 5X for £338, was that limited time?
plewis0007/07/2019 20:12

It is enormous, but attractive in a functional way.What about this …It is enormous, but attractive in a functional way.What about this then:https://uk.webuy.com/product-detail?id=sweagar5sp42mwsb&categoryName=wearables&superCatName=electronics&title=garmin-fenix-5s-plus-42mm-white-with-sea-foam-band-bI can't see Garmin having the 5X for £338, was that limited time?


Thanks for that, I'm quite tempted!

The 5x is on a student discount, see the link I posted a few posts up. Don't need to be a student to buy it though, as a mate already used my link to get herself the 735.
tek-monkey07/07/2019 20:14

Thanks for that, I'm quite tempted!The 5x is on a student discount, see …Thanks for that, I'm quite tempted!The 5x is on a student discount, see the link I posted a few posts up. Don't need to be a student to buy it though, as a mate already used my link to get herself the 735.


I saw the link but it didn't work for me, just said £519.99.
plewis0007/07/2019 20:20

I saw the link but it didn't work for me, just said £519.99.


Ah, interesting, worked for her. I got an NUS card for £12 a while back, and this was one of the benefits.
tek-monkey07/07/2019 20:23

Ah, interesting, worked for her. I got an NUS card for £12 a while back, …Ah, interesting, worked for her. I got an NUS card for £12 a while back, and this was one of the benefits.


I'd take the 5s Plus from CeX if I were you. I won't myself (even though my 5s Sapphire is from there) as I:

a) don't want to lose the Sapphire glass
b) don't want or really need any of the Plus features
c) want to suffer what I've heard is terrible battery life from the 5s Plus - and then the possible GPS issues too

My 5s is on the verge of what I can handle in battery life, it should scrape a fast Ironman whereas the 5s Plus can barely manage a marathon - bigger display and faster CPU don't help.
Think you've just about convinced me @plewis00 - some really helpful insights on here and on the amazon deal thread. How have you found the bezel and screen for scratches/nicks? I've reserved the Slate Grey model as the Silver isn't available locally, but read that damage to the bezel is more obvious on this one? I'm fairly careful with watches, so hoping it's nothing to worry about.
plewis0007/07/2019 20:31

I'd take the 5s Plus from CeX if I were you. I won't myself (even though …I'd take the 5s Plus from CeX if I were you. I won't myself (even though my 5s Sapphire is from there) as I:a) don't want to lose the Sapphire glassb) don't want or really need any of the Plus featuresc) want to suffer what I've heard is terrible battery life from the 5s Plus - and then the possible GPS issues tooMy 5s is on the verge of what I can handle in battery life, it should scrape a fast Ironman whereas the 5s Plus can barely manage a marathon - bigger display and faster CPU don't help.


Is the battery life really that bad? I'm used to a bip, that lasts 45 days as a watch/heart monitor and even using the GPS for a few hours a day I got nearly a week out of it on holiday last week.
IW7407/07/2019 20:57

Think you've just about convinced me @plewis00 - some really helpful …Think you've just about convinced me @plewis00 - some really helpful insights on here and on the amazon deal thread. How have you found the bezel and screen for scratches/nicks? I've reserved the Slate Grey model as the Silver isn't available locally, but read that damage to the bezel is more obvious on this one? I'm fairly careful with watches, so hoping it's nothing to worry about.


I can show you mine with 2 years use and other than a small scratch to the slate grey bezel near the bottom I have worn it every single day for every single event (including Spartan Trifecta and Tough Mudder) and you wouldn't see a lot of use on it at all. There's no chunks taken out of the bezel and I have banged it into stuff like you do with watches inadvertently. The glass is unmarked (mine is the Sapphire) but I think the mineral glass version is pretty resistant too - better than the Apple Watch anyway, as the bezel is proud of the glass.

tek-monkey07/07/2019 21:17

Is the battery life really that bad? I'm used to a bip, that lasts 45 …Is the battery life really that bad? I'm used to a bip, that lasts 45 days as a watch/heart monitor and even using the GPS for a few hours a day I got nearly a week out of it on holiday last week.


I don't know - but GPS on, with GALILEO and with music I've heard 3.5-4hrs is a push. You could probably get a week out of the Garmin with normal use. I haven't used the BIP before.
Edited by: "plewis00" 7th Jul
Thanks again @plewis00. I prefer the look of the Slate Grey, and from your comments and a friend who has it, I think that's put my mind at rest :-)
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