NO.1 F5 VS Garmin Fēnix 5, Comprehensive Comparison

January 10th, 2018


Last week, we went for a run with the NO.1 F5 and the Garmin Fēnix 5. Actually you will find many common ground between them. Here I’ll make a comprehensive comparison.

As you see, their appearances are similar, but F5 is much portable while Fēnix 5 is a bit big and heavy.  Both of them support removable straps, in the straps you can find the convenient design to replace them.

Fēnix 5 is not touch screen, but there are five buttons, light, page up/down, enter, exit. NO.1 F5 is touch screen (actually there is only a touch key) and there are two buttons, enter, exit. The touch key is fully used, you can one click to switch or long press to go to the previous option. With the other two buttons, you can handle it well.

OK, let’s talk about the functions. Both of them support altimeter, barometer, thermometer and of course, GPS.

First, the altimeter. We did a test last week, we went to the elevator. Go to the altimeter section, reset the altimeter. You can directly reset it in F5, but in Fēnix 5, there are two options, you can use GPS to calibrate it or manually enter the height. So after reset, the height of both is 0. I reset it in 21th floor, the result will be negative number. The result is the same, but Fēnix 5 doesn’t support real-time display, only when you are still. (Later I’ll post it on the Youtube)

altimeter altimeter2

Second, the temperature. Garmin doesn’t have thermometer, while F5 has built-in thermometer, you can check our previous videos here. But Garmin can receive the phone’s data, you can get the temperature after you connect to Garmin Connect.

Third, the pedometer. Both of them has a chart for daily steps. But F5 has a steps section, you can check the steps, calorie burnt, distance. That is good, you can have a clear look at your daily steps and the calorie burnt, so you can set a goal to complete the training goal.

steps steps1

How about the GPS function?

Both of them support multi sport mode. Running, cycling, climbing, etc. And some of  them use the GPS for speed, pace, trajectory, etc. So I wore both of them to start a run.

Go to running section, click start, wait for a positioning. It takes 30 seconds for Fēnix 5 to locate, while F5 needs two minutes. In this point, Fēnix 5 is better than F5.

After about 14 mins running, I ran back to the start. And I tried to connect them to my phone, F5 is very convenient, it will reconnect automatically, but it is difficult to connect Fēnix 5 to Garmin Connect. I followed the tutorial and tried many times, still no success. Anyway finally I managed to pair up and this is result. The trajectory is the same, you can see the distance, time, calorie in both of them. Fēnix 5 supports pace recording, but F5 does not, you can only check the pace in the watch while running.

F5 Garmin

After sports, I checked my heart rate. As you can see, they are similar, both of them support continuous heart rate monitoring and the chart of your heart rate change. This is very useful.

heart rate

Please wait for the full video. Any questions feel free to ask.


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