Summary: I bought this watch hoping to replace my other Garmin devices as well as my everyday wrist watch. I planned to be able to use it for swimming, kayaking, biking, hiking and running. Sorry to say that it falls short in most of these in one way or another. It's a bit bulky for swimming and every day use and can catch on clothing as well as other objects you might come in contact.
Summary: I wore the watch today on a hike which I know to be less than 3 miles round trip. At the end of hike, it displayed 4.8 miles as the total distance traveled. I noticed that even when I was stopped, the odometer still kept going up. After downloading the track and plotting it in Basecamp, the track looked like it was jumping back and forth in one place. Basically, it thought I was walking around in circles when I was standing completely still due to GPS noise.
Summary: I'm not going to go into much detail about the features as, they are covered everywhere. Instead I'll generalize. FEATURES & MENU NAVIGATION - One important thing to consider is that there are a LOT of features and menu options in this watch. I have literally spent a week up to now just exploring and testing features and functions. There are so many options that quick access to data can be tedious if you don't know what you're doing.
Promise, but need Garmin to carry through with software
R. Warner, Amazon
31 March 2013
Summary: There is some good, and a lot of bad with this device. I have been using Garmin GPS units for 12-13 years, and besides this watch I have 3 active Garmin devices at the moment. And for full disclosure as you read the following: I own both Apple and Garmin stock. The good news: it is a good GPSR and seems to work well even in heavy forest. Once I figured out how to work this device it was rather straightforward to get things working and record my activities.
Summary: I hiked with a friend who had a Forerunner 110. She was very happy. I went on-line shopping and decided to jump in all the way and got the Fenix. The quick start guide and the owners manual seemed simple enough until I actually tried following the instructions. I hoped that Basecamp would show my route on a map. Nope, Just a green line on a blank white screen. If I knew then what I know now, I would not have purchased this product.
Summary: All in all, there are a lot of nice features with this watch, but there are some very strange and frustrating aspects to the watch. Time to locate satellites was very inconsistent, and on some of my runs I literally gave up. When I uploaded data to BaseCamp (Garmin's computer-based mapping software), all the averages for speed were in whole numbers. Not very useful for a runner as there is a big difference from an average of 6.1 to 6.9 MPH. It only report 6 MPH.
Summary: The watch itself is good quality and the various features are fairly straightforward. The available documentation is a bit lacking as far as setting up the screens and what each of the customization items specifically refers to. The available documenation at the Garmin site needs to be improved. The biggest problem with the watch is condensation.
Summary: I really wanted to like this product, but unfortunately it just didn't meet my needs. I am a bit of a weather buff and liked the barometer and temperature function of the watch. However, after an email exchange with the manufacturer I learned that the watch doesn't continually monitor temperature. As that was the primary reason for my purchase I had to return it. 3 Stars for everything working as described.
Summary: I've been disappointed in my Fenix. In the three weeks I've had it it has locked up twice and taken several hours to unlock. It appears when you begin to move to quickly thru commands the processor becomes bogged down and takes an extended time to recover. I am traveling to Peru and asked support if I needed an elecrical power converter to recharge my Fenix in Peru. Support told me I had to purchase a separate plug for $32.99 to safe gard my Fenix in Peru.
Summary: This is a nice gps gadget for hiking and multi sport but it does not replace a large screen GPS for a serious hiking and for multi sport in my opinion the 610 is a better choice. The size is somehow large for running or biking when compared with Garmin GPS. The menu are okay, but also not that easy to handle as 610 or even FR60.