GPS watches generally appeal to those who put navigation capabilities first and aesthetics a distant second. But with its new fēnix, Garmin has managed to squeeze a backpack full of functionality into a subtle watch design.
In fact, Garmin claims the fēnix is its first watch to include similar GPS navigation functionality as its handheld units, letting users create and follow pre-planned routes, bookmark up to 1000 unique waypoints and store up to 10,000 tracking points. So if you head out on a random bushwalk, you can easily retrace your steps and find your way back.
The fēnix also boasts built-in ABC capabilities, which is short for altimeter, barometer and compass. Combined with the GPS, they’ll not only help keep you on the right path, but also give you a rough idea of what the weather will be like in the coming hours so you can plan accordingly. You’ll also find Bluetooth and ANT wireless connectivity for communicating with a PC, other navigation devices or an optional external temperature sensor. It’s waterproof to a depth of 50 metres, has enough battery life to provide GPS functionally for up to 50 hours, and it can be yours later this year for $US400.