garmin forerunner 945 vs fenix 5s plus vs 5x plus

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5S Plus vs 5X Plus Compared

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We compare, the Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus specs and features head-to-head, so you know what the differences are and which is ideal for you.

Garmin through their innovative technologies have earned a place for themselves as one of the best brands in the fitness tracking market, and with the release of the series of low price GPS smartwatches as well higher priced ones, there’re a lot of options to choose from.

Although, in these comparison we feature two heavy-weights; Fenix 5s Plus and 5x Plus, that have both remained some of the best premium choices for comprehensive fitness tracking. We pitch these two head-to-head against the new cheaper Forerunner 945 that’s a befitting match with regards to its long list of fitness tracking features.

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus Specs Compared

 Garmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 5X Plus
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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
2.5 out of 5 stars (2.5 / 5)
Average:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 5X Plus
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 935Garmin Fenix 5SGarmin Fenix 5X
Successor------
Released dateApril, 2019June, 2018June, 2018
Ideal forMen (will look good too on women.)UnisexMen (will look good too on women.)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.2 inch
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Input type5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension47 x 47 x 13.7 mm42 x 42 x 15.4 mm51 x 51 x 17.5 mm
Weight50 grams 65 grams 96 grams
Titanium version: 87 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymerFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
Strap materialSiliconeSilicone, suede, or steel Silicone, suede or steel
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steelStainless steel or titanium
Band size22 mm20 mm26 mm
Screen protectionCorning® Gorilla® Glass DXDomed chemically strengthened glass or sapphire crystaldomed sapphire crystal
Water resistantYes, 5ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)BlackBlack, white, rose-goldBlack, silver

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storageUp to 1000 songs16GB16GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCYesYesYes
GPSYes, GPS/GLONASS/GalileoYes, GPS/GLONASS/GalileoYes, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology------
SIM slotNoNoNo
Band------

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Facebook, third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

ThermometerYesYesYes
Accelerometer YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsPulse Oximeter--Pulse Oximeter

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryLithium-ionLithium-ionLithium-ion
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS mode with music: Up to 10 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 36 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS: Up to 11 hours
Smartwatch mode: Up to 20 days
GPS: Up to 32 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 8 hours
ChargingUSB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 20mmYes, 26mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

IN THE BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 945Garmin Fenix 5S PlusGarmin Fenix 5X Plus
StrapStrapStrap
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
User manualUser manualUser manual

PRICE COMPARED

Price (last checked)$600$700$800

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus Features compared

  1. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus: Design

  2. No doubt, the new Forerunner has got a very spectacular aesthetics that defines a true premium smartwatch. It features some of the most durable materials used on similar high-end smartwatches.

    Although, it falls short behind the smaller Fenix 5s Plus and even farther behind the 5x Plus which has the most sophisticated design that sees it having a stainless or titanium bezel including a sapphire crystal glass.

    The Forerunner has the least weight which is quite beneficial considering it’s not as heavy as the other two. It’s also the sleekest which adds to making it a more befitting wear for sport activities.

    Although the Fenix 5s plus with the smallest case size is a more befitting wear for women and people with bigger wrist.

  3. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus: Fitness Tracking

  4. Fitness tracking is at the core of the three contenders. Actually, these are some of the best choices on the market right now for a comprehensive activity tracking.

    All three devices are fully equipped and are capable of tracking quite a lot of activities that includes, steps, floor climbing, cycling, hiking, swimming, VO2max, heart rate zones, running dynamics, cadence, preloaded golf courses, elevated profile, plus even more. See all Fenix 5x Plus features

    You will also get full color map with treadline popularity on any of these three.

    However, the Fenix 5s Plus lacks pulse oximeter sensor that’s present in both the Fenix 5x Plus and Forerunner 945.

    With pulse oximeter, these two are able to monitor your blood oxygen level – A very essential feature that would come handy for anyone engaging in acclimation activities. The Pulse Ox will help you see how your body is adjusting to higher levels as you climb higher, helping you know when it’s not safe to continue.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus: Waterproof Rating

  6. While all three contenders are swim-proof, the Fenix 5s Plus and 5x Plus takes it further with their massive 10ATM water resistant rating that makes these two the best choices for deep water divers, and combining that to the full suit swim tracking features, it’s no doubt a great choice for tracking deep water activities.

  7. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus: Battery Life

These three boast of very impressive long battery life, and are undoubtedly some of the best GPS smartwatches with long battery life that lets you go long on a single charge.

That’s one feature that’s a major decider when buying a new activity tracker. With a long battery life, you can focus on what needs to be done, while also being the best choice for people that engage in extreme workout activities.

The Fenix 5x plus having the highest quality has the longest battery life that keeps you going for over two weeks, followed by the Forerunner 945 with about 2 weeks of battery life, while the Fenix 5s Plus has the least battery life which is still quite impressive.

And that’s why the Fenix 5x Plus is the best choice if you’re embarking on a new adventurous journey to your favorite sites, perhaps to Kilimanjaro.

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Fenix 5s Plus vs 5x Plus: Which is Better?

All three contenders in this bout have given good account of themselves, and leaves no doubt that these are some of the best choices for tracking your active life.

However, the Fenix 5x Plus is the best choice. It’s quite more expensive, but it’s worth every penny. It has the most sophisticated design that defines a true premium smartwatch. It’s most durable and has the longest battery life, and going by the size, it’s a better fit for men and people with bigger wrists.

Although lacks few features found on the Fenix 5s plus, the Forerunner 945 with pulse ox and a longer battery life is actually a big deal for serious fitness tracking. Why not forgetting it has an SOS detection features that detects accidental falls and would send a prompt to preset emergency contact.

The Fenix 5s plus is also an outstanding choice, it has a premium design, a decent battery life, and going by the size, it’s the best fit for women, and people with smaller wrists.

Here’s how they stack up;

Garmin Fenix 5X Plus The best choice, has the most sophisticated design with the longest battery life. A befitting match for men.
Garmin Forerunner 945 A smart alternative for runners with a very impressive battery life, and is the cheapest.
Garmin Fenix 5s Plus Also an outstanding choice, the best fit for women.
Our Pick

Although a bit more expensive, the Garmin Fenix 5X plus has the most sophisticated design, while also being a comprehensive fitness tracker with a decent battery life. We go with the Fenix 5X Plus.

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