A GPS using watch that’s attractive too

January 4, 2017 - running watch

You can be forgiven for meditative that a Garmin Fenix Chronos is an analogue timepiece.

But it is indeed a GPS using watch with a built-in, wrist-based heart-rate guard (HRM).

Everything about a looks advise otherwise.

It has a neat stainless-steel bezel with tachymeter markings on it. The GPS receiver is pronounced to be embedded around a bezel for a faster accepting of GPS signals.

Around a bezel is a 1.2-inch round arrangement (218 x 218 pixels) with turquoise potion to strengthen it. It comes with a relating 316L stainless-steel band. The Chronos can unequivocally be a dress watch for marriage dinners or black-tie events. It is usually good-looking.

To serve worsen a oppulance factor, a watch comes in a pleasing wooden box. Also enclosed is a black silicone watch rope we can swop with a stainless-steel band.

I find a silicone watch rope to be some-more unsentimental for many occasions. Plus, it does not revoke a Chronos’ wow factor.

But a good looks comeat a price. At $1,599, it is a lot some-more costly than many using watches and smartwatches in a market. That said, we can’t consider of any other using watch or smartwatch with a sleeker design.


  • PRICE: $1,599


    CONNECTIVITY: Bluetooth and ANT+

    WEIGHT: 99g (with silicone watch band)


    FEATURES: 5/5

    DESIGN: 5/5




    OVERALL: 4/5

The Chronos packs a built-in altimeter, barometer and compass to yield real-time information about your surroundings. It is H2O resistant down to 100m, and it can lane your runs, swims, cycles and other exercises.

It also doubles as a aptness tracker and a smartwatch that displays notifications when interconnected with your smartphone (Android and iOS).

So, notwithstanding a cost tag, it sounds like a ideal timepiece, smartwatch and aptness tracker all rolled into one. However, a Chronos is injured by one emanate – Garmin’s unwieldy interface.

The Chronos’ arrangement is not touchscreen. So, all is tranquil around a buttons. There are 3 buttons on a left and dual on a right. Pressing a center and bottom buttons on a left toggles by a digital compass, calendar, barometer, altimeter, thermometer, aptness tracking and notifications panels.

To get to a examination page, strike a tip symbol on a right. To corkscrew adult and down to name a workout, use a center and bottom buttons on a left side.

To start, press a top-right symbol again.

While a interface now feels faster than a predecessor’s, it is still confusing. During my time with it, we kept dire a left bottom symbol to go behind when a movement is indeed for scrolling going down.

The Garmin Connect app is no better. Changing a watch settings entails going by a few sub-menus from a categorical page of a app.

And while it is good to change a watch face of a Chronos, a app does not make it easy for we to do so. You need to find a Connect IQ Store, that is dark underneath a More option. When we download a watch face, it does not get commissioned on a watch immediately. You need to sync it to do so.

Thankfully, a watch shines when we take it outdoors. It took adult usually 10sec (Fenix 3 HR took 30sec) to tighten on to GPS signals from a streets of my HDB estate. Plus, a stretch tracking was spot-on, with a small 10m disproportion from a tangible stretch of my common travel using route.

In terms of heart-rate monitoring, it differed by no some-more than 5 beats per notation during times, when compared with a readings of a Wahoo Bluetooth HR chest-strap HRM or my Apple Watch Nike+. But, many of a time, readings were flattering tighten to both.

As a aptness tracker, a step tracking valid rather unchanging – with usually a disproportion of adult to 4 per cent compared with my calibrated Fitbit Charge 2.

Battery life is flattering good as well. When connected to my smartphone constantly, with arrangement during full liughtness and all notifications incited on, it lasted scarcely 4 days before it had to be recharged.

•Verdict: The Garmin Fenix Chronos is a glorious aptness watch and classical watch rolled into one. If we can bear with a unwieldy interface and a large cost tag.

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