Skip to main content

Digital Trends may earn a commission when you buy through links on our site. Why trust us?

Garmin Quatix 5 marine watch is designed for open waters

Garmin Vivo review rear band logo
Image used with permission by copyright holder
If you’re the type who prefers the open water to the open road, Garmin wants your business. The wearable company’s Quatix 5, the newest in its line of “marine” watches, packs compatibility with onboard boat systems, high-precision navigation tech, and more activity-tracking features than most sea captains can shake a compass at.

True to the Quatix 5’s seafaring nature, it works with boat systems. If you happen to have one of Garmin’s electronic chartplotters aboard your schooner, it’ll offer features like remote autopilot control, racing assistance, and waypoint marking. Alternatively, it will stream stats like speed, depth, temperature, and wind to your wrist, and automatically track pre-programmed activities like swimming, rowing, and paddle boarding. And when it’s time to let loose on the water, it will pair with Garmin’s Fusion Link Lite app to control onboard StereoActive entertainment systems.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

The Quatix 5 is a capable navigator, too — and a fishing aid. It will feed you a stream of up-to-date tide data downloaded for your region, and will save the data for seven days. It’s equipped with useful tools like an anchor calculator that knows the proper length of line to put out. And when you cast a net for sea creatures, the Quatix 5 will keep track of the fish you’ve caught and the time remaining before getting back to weigh-in.

Unsurprisingly, the Quatix is a rugged smartwatch. Its 47mm stainless steel bezel, buttons, and rear case are “more compact” than previous models, Garmin said. In addition, it’s rated at 100 meters, and boasts a bright, “sunlight-readable” color display with an LED backlight. An omnidirectional stainless steel antenna and high-sensitivity GPS (and GLONASS) delivers high-precision location tracking in the remotest waters. And perhaps most impressive of all, the Quatix 5 doesn’t sacrifice great battery to deliver all that — it lasts up to 24 hours in GPS mode, 60 hours in activity-tracking UltraTrac mode, and up to two weeks in smartwatch mode.

The Quatix 5 isn’t just for sea legs. Landlubbers can use it on shore, too, and can record calories from jogs, cycling routes, hikes, and more. Garmin’s proprietary Elevate heart-tracking technology measures your exertion, and smart notifications from a paired smartphone keep you abreast of text messages, phone calls, emails, and social media updates.

Image used with permission by copyright holder

All that data can be piped to Garmin Connect, which enables automatic backups via Wi-Fi without the need for a nearby smartphone. And Connect IQ, Garmin’s open third-party development platform, lets you create and download apps, widgets, data fields, and watchfaces.

“From fishermen chasing billfish or bass to canoeists, kayakers, and big sail and power boaters, the Quatix 5 was designed for life on the water,” said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of global consumer sales. “It combines feature and design qualities from our popular Fenix 5 multisport watch series with boating, fishing, cruising, and sailing capabilities to deliver the most sophisticated and connected general-purpose marine smartwatch on the market today.”

As you might expect for a watch of the Quatix 5’s caliber, it isn’t cheap. The scratch-resistant Sapphire variant, which packs a crystal lens and includes a stainless steel band and a blue silicone QuickFit band, will retail for $850 when it goes on sale in June. The cheaper, non-sapphire Quatix 5 will sell for $600.

Editors' Recommendations

Kyle Wiggers
Former Digital Trends Contributor
Kyle Wiggers is a writer, Web designer, and podcaster with an acute interest in all things tech. When not reviewing gadgets…
The Moto Watch 100 might skip out on Google’s Wear OS entirely for a custom OS
moto watch 100 wear os no motorola leak 2

A new Motorola-branded smartwatch, the Moto Watch 100, has been in the works for months now, with the chip shortage being a major factor in its delay. Now, the wearable is on the cusp of launch -- and a new leak from Evan Blass (@evleaks on Twitter) says it may not be running Google's Wear OS as expected.

The Moto Watch 100 is a cheap Motorola-branded watch by CE Brands that's had some of its specifications leak earlier. As far as hardware goes, it will be quite standard, should the rumors pan out. It'll be a light watch at 29 grams, with a 355mAh battery and support for Bluetooth 5.0. All the old familiar sensors, from accelerometers to gyroscopes, are there, and it'll be a fitness-focused watch. What is interesting about this watch is the alleged choice of operating system. Rather than adopting Google's Wear OS as expected, the Motorola Watch 100 will, according to Blass, run an all-new Moto Watch OS.

Read more
Apple WatchOS 6 tips and tricks
apple watch stroke study series 5 ecg

While it may have been superseded by WatchOS 8 and WatchOS 7, it's worth remembering the huge impact WatchOS 6 delivered. An always-on display, the Apple Watch App Store, Health features like period tracking, Health Trends, and the Noise app were added, becoming the mainstays we see today.

Of course, if you're rocking an Apple Watch Series 3 or newer, you've probably upgraded past WatchOS6 now, making this guide outdated. Check out our list of the best WatchOS8 tips and tricks if that applies to you -- but if you're using an Apple Watch Series 2, you're now stuck with WatchOS 6. That's why we've rounded up the best WatchOS 6 tips and tricks to help you get the most out of your Apple Watch.
How to turn off the always-on display (Apple Watch Series 5 onwards only)

Read more
The 5 best apps to test your 5G connection on Android and iOS
5g super bowl marketing weird verizon speed test

So you've picked up one of the best 5G phones (or one of the cheapest 5G phones), and you're ready to give this whole 5G thing a whirl. Except, well, how do you know you're getting the full benefit of 5G? Sure, the little "5G" symbol pops up sometimes, but what's the actual impact of that? Are you really getting your faster 5G speeds? Or, if you live outside of a 5G area, where should you go to experience the next big mobile network?

Whether you're after a tool to put your new 5G connection to the test or a map that shows you where to go to access your 5G network coverage, here's a list of the best apps to test your 5G connection on Android and iOS.
Meteor by OpenSignal

Read more