Garmin Fenix 7 vs Forerunner 955

Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 were released by Garmin in 2022. Fenix was launched in January 2022 and Forerunner 955 was unveiled in April 2022.

Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 have a committed following. Which of the two smartwatches would you consider?

We look at a comparative study of Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 to help you pick the right one. For this study, we have compared Fenix 7 standard edition and Forerunner 955.

Main differences between Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955

  • Fenix 7 costs $699.99 and Forerunner 955 costs $499.99. There is a good $200 difference between the two watches.
  • Forerunner 955 supports multi-band GPS, a feature missing on Fenix 7.
  • Fenix 7 has a better water resistance rating than Forerunner 955.
  • Forerunner 955 uses DX coated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 while the Fenix 7 uses Corning Gorilla Glass.
  • Forerunner 955 has better storage on the watch than Fenix 7.
  • Fenix 7 has a better battery backup than Forerunner 955.

Essentially, it is a mixed bag when it comes to picking the Fenix 7 or Forerunner 955 watches. This is the reason, in our experience, the Forerunner is more appropriate for runners.

We look at these differences in more detail below.

Fenix 7 standard edition smartwatches

Display

Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 use MIP or memory-in-pixel screens. Both watches have the same display resolution.

However, Forerunner 955 uses Corning Gorilla Glass 3 DX. It is a 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass that has been coated with an anti-reflective DX coating. DX coating helps in improving screen readability under the sun.

A brief comparison of display features and specifications is shared hereunder.

Display specificationsFenix 7Forerunner 955
Display diameter33 mm or 1.3″33 mm or 1.3″
Display lensCorning Gorilla GlassCorning Gorilla Glass 3 DX
Display typeMIP (Memory-in-pixel)MIP (Memory-in-pixel)
Display resolution260 x 260 pixels260 x 260 pixels
Pixel density200 ppi282 ppi
Color displayYesYes
TouchscreenYesYes

Physical specifications

The physical specifications of Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 are almost similar.

Overall, the hardware specifications of both watches are compiled and shared below.

SpecificationsFenix 7Forerunner 955
Watch size47 x 47 x 14.5 mm46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 mm
Band size22 mm22 mm
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Recommended wrist circumference125-208 mm130-220 mm
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymer with metal rear coverFiber-enforced polymer
BezelStainless steelFiber-enforced polymer
Weight56 g53 g
Device storage16 GB32 GB

The important point to note here is that the Forerunner 955 has a higher device storage or internal storage than the Fenix 7 watch.

Battery

Fenix 7 offers higher battery backup than Forerunner 955. The difference in battery capacities is decent enough to warrant a look.

On different watch modes, Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 offer the following battery backup duration.

ModeFenix 7 backupForerunner 955 backup
Smartwatch modeup to 18 daysup to 15 days
GPS modeup to 57 hoursup to 42 hours
All satellite systems with musicup to 10 hoursup to 10 hours
All systems with multi-mode GPS and musicMulti-mode not availableup to 8.5 hours
Ultratrac modeNot availableup to 80 hours
Forerunner 955 white color for running

GPS

GPS performance of a Forerunner 955 is better because of the multi-frequency positioning sensor. Forerunner 955 sensor for multi-band GPS allows you to fetch GPS data from multiple satellites at the same time.

This improves the accuracy of GPS data.

Additionally, Forerunner 955 has SatIQ technology to toggle between multi-mode GPS and simple GPS automatically. It helps in conserving battery because SatIQ will initiate multi-mode GPS if the quality of GPS data is not good at a specific location.

For the multi-mode GPS availability, Forerunner 955 must be preferred over the Fenix 7. Especially, if you are serious about your running regime and tracking of activity data.

Water rating

Fenix 7 has a water rating of 10 ATM and Forerunner 955 has a water rating of 5 ATM.

10 ATM rating means that the watch can sustain pressure equivalent to 10 atmospheres. In other words, the Fenix 7 watch can handle the depth pressure of water at 100 meters depth below the water surface level.

5 ATM rating means that the watch can sustain a depth pressure at under 50 meters below the water surface level.

5 ATM and 10 ATM ratings imply that the Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 can be used while swimming.

Both watches come with in-built profiles for swimming. The profiles include pool swimming and open water swimming.

However, we do suggest that Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 must not be used for deep water sports or activities. Also, both watches must be avoided for snorkeling.

Other Miscellaneous features

There are some trivial features that are different between the Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 smartwatches. We list some of these below.

  • Forerunner 955 supports the safety feature of spectator messaging. Live Track followers can send you text or audio messages through the spectator messaging feature. Spectator messaging uses your paired smartphone’s network connectivity to get the messages.
  • Forerunner 955 can send relaxation reminders.
  • Cardio workouts are available on Fenix 7. Forerunner 955 lacks cardio workouts.
  • Fenix 7 has additional profiles for cycling and outdoor recreation.

Cost

  • Forerunner 955 costs $499.99
  • Fenix 7 standard edition comes for $699.99

You can see that the difference in the list price of Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 is $200.

The incremental cost of Fenix 7 can be attributed to the additional mult-frequency sensor and better display screen of the watch.

Final verdict

The choice between Fenix 7 and Forerunner 955 would depend upon your end goals.

For runners, Forerunner 955 is better as it has multi-mode GPS and DX coated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 for improved display readability while you are outdoor.

Fenix 7 offers a decent proposition to people who want a rugged and nice looking smartwatch with all-round capabilities.

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