Top positive review
Better than the Fenix 5s for the casual user
2 October 2018
Bought this to replace a fenix 5s, and for my needs, it's a better watch. The touchscreen makes the device far more usable, also the design makes the small screen look far better (this is the music variant) the steel bezel on the non-music and fenix range make the screen look silly, and although the casing may look like a watch, the screen is not good enough to carry it off, it just makes the screen look bad, so aesthetically I think this works better. It's a smartwatch/fitness tracker and not pretending to be anything else. It also adds features like NFC and music over the 5s, although the music bit currently doesn't work, so don't buy this watch for that feature. It states it'll work with deezer and iheart radio, but currently there's a glitch and it doesn't, however, that should get sorted in the future and it was not a deal breaker for me. The only reason for purchasing the music variant is I thought it was better looking. In the end I looked at everything available and ended up back at Garmin, their fitness is the best, and the feature set vs battery life is way ahead. The only thing that really lacks is the screen resolution, but I guess that's why the battery is good, I'd be pretty upset to spend £800 on the new fenix plus though and get that same screen. Overall I'm happy with the purchase and I will remain a Garmin user until android wear sorts its battery and other issues out, or Samsung removes Bixby and sorts out it's battery life as well. To sum up, I bought this for VO2 max, resting heart rate, sleep analysis, phone notifications, NFC, waterproof and 7 days battery life. One point to note, NFC card support is limited, I have a Starling card and it works perfectly, and I actually only looked into Starling because it was supported, I am so glad I did and it's now become my everyday account, signed up in 5 mins and just takes all the traditional headache out of banking, it's a revelation to me, and I bore friends about it, as you can probably tell.