Garmin Fēnix 7 Sapphire Solar smartwatch review

Garmin's new multisport watch promises longer battery life and improved GPS

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Cycling Weekly Verdict

Highlights of the Fēnix 7 include genuinely impressive battery life, with weeks of charge-free use offering uninterrupted data. The heart rate accuracy proved to be extremely reliable, too, something rarely considered the case in a wrist-based device. Garmin appears to have made some substantial improvements to GPS tracking, too. This is a fully loaded smartwatch, and it's worth ensuring that you'll use at least most of the features before shelling out. Finally, if I could ask one thing from Garmin, I'd request a smaller, lighter package, as I still find sleeping in the Fēnix a struggle.

Reasons to buy
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    Heart rate accuracy

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    Impressive battery life

Reasons to avoid
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    Some inaccuracy in swim data

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    Size is still large on a small wrist

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The Fēnix 7, like the Fēnix 6, is a pretty sophisticated device, suited to athletes who dabble in sports outside of cycling, or, those who cycle only but also want to monitor their health and lifestyle choices via typical smartwatch features.

Available in the standard, S (small) and X (fully loaded) models, the Fēnix 7 retails from £599.99/$699 (Fēnix 7, no Sapphire, no Solar). The Fēnix 7 Sapphire Solar - the model which I have on test - costs £859.99/$899, with a standard strap. A Sapphire Solar with Titanium strap will set you back £1,149.99 and the 7X costs a bit more too; the Sapphire treatment is anti-scratch and offers greater durability. 

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