The Garmin Fenix 5 lineup is a really great one for anyone that likes a watch built to take any sport while also looking pretty good on the wrist! Garmin chose to make it a bit confusing with the new “Plus” naming last year (which should probably have been the “6” model) so make sure you do know which one you pick!
Great Deals on the Garmin Fenix 5 Watches
Differences Between the Garmin Fenix 5 and Garmin Fenix 5 Plus
Before we get to the deals, here are some of the notable differences between the Garmin Fenix 5 and the updated Garmin Fenix 5 Plus (remember, each series also comes in the “S” model, the regular model, and the “X” model).
The Plus version of the Fenix 5 lineup offers better smartwatch features that include things like music storage (the original Fenix 5 will allow for playback control of your phone’s music), the ability to respond to texts on Android phones, and Garmin Pay for contactless payments.
The music features of the Plus also now offer Spotify for those that are among the millions of subscribers that like to mix up their music.
The Plus models now also all have built-in mapping, a feature that only the original 5X had. This allows you to use the mapping to plan routes on the go. To still offer something to go along with its larger size, the Fenix 5X Plus now offers Pulse-ox that is good for mountain adventurers.
The increased features of the Plus models do take away from the battery a bit. That means that the original Fenix 5 will give you a better overall battery life experience but you are still going to get at least 5 times longer smartwatch battery life than the Apple Watch delivers. That also translates to GPS usage up to almost 20 hours (on the 5 Plus, the 5S Plus gets less battery life).
One area where the Fenix 5S Plus is a definite upgrade (in physical terms) from the original Fenix 5S is the display size. The bezels on the 5S Plus have shrunk and it definitely improves the usability of the 5S Plus for those that want more screen space. Except for the battery life (and the small, single band that comes with it), the 5S Plus would have been my perfect Fenix watch.
The Garmin Fenix 5 Deals
So, here it is in basic terms – all Fenix 5 and Fenix 5 Plus models have a $150 discount! That brings the basic Fenix 5 models down to as little as $349 and the Fenix 5 Plus models down to $599. Both of them are great deals! Click either link below and then you can select your favorite versions of each on the Amazon page (these are affiliate links that pay the site a small commission if you purchase – thanks for the support!):
Which Model Should You Buy?
If you are someone that always works out with your phone with you, I would suggest going for the Garmin Fenix 5 original. Getting it for $349 brand new is an awesome deal and many of the upgraded features are things that your phone can handle for you anyway (contactless payments, music storage, mapping, etc).
Plus, that savings of $150 over the Fenix 5 Plus models could be put towards an eventual Fenix 6 which should bring some of the features of the new Marq Athlete to the sub-$1,000 market. But, they won’t be cheap so every little dollar could help! 🙂
One more thing to keep in mind – the $599 Fenix 5 Plus has a sapphire display vs the $349 Fenix 5 having a glass display. The Fenix 5 glass version does not have WiFi capability and could also be more prone to scratching/breaking. So, consider that as well!