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COMPARE GARMIN AQUATIC SMART WATCHES

Here’s a comparison of the current Garmin watch models:
Swim 2, Instinct Surf, Descent Mk2 & quatix

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aquatic compare
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swim 2
instinct solar surf
descent mk2
quatix 5
quatix 6
quatix 6x solar
Lens Material
chemically strengthened glass
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
sapphire crystal
glass or sapphire crystal
Corning® Gorilla® Glass DX or sapphire crystal
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Bezel Material
N/A
fiber-reinforced polymer
Stainless Steel or Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium
stainless steel
stainless steel or titanium
titanium
Case material
N/A
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover and knurled buttons
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatible
x
yes (22 mm)
yes (26 mm)
yes (22 mm)
included (22 mm)
included (26 mm)
Strap material
silicone
silicone
silicone or titanium
silicone or steel
titanium or silicone
titanium and silicone included
5 ATM
10 ATM
Dive (100 meters)
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
Physical size
42 x 42 x 11.4 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 129-197 mm
Larger replacement bands are available as an optional accessory. Large bands fit wrists with a circumference of 151 - 219 mm
45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
52 x 52 x 17.8 mm
47 x 47 x 15.5 mm
47 x 47 x 14.7 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 125-208 mm
Metal band: 132-215 mm
51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm
Battery
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
Display type
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Display size
1.04" (26.3 mm) diameter
custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
1.2” (30.4 mm) diameter
1.3” (33.02 mm) diameter
1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
Display resolution
208 x 208 pixels
128 x 128 pixels
280 x 280 pixels
240 x 240 pixels
260 x 260 pixels
280 x 280 pixels
Color display
x
x
Memory/History
50 hours of activity data
16 MB
32 GB
64 MB
32 GB
32 GB
Battery life
Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Pool and OHR mode: up to 72 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 24 days/54 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 56 days/Unlimited with solar*
GPS: Up to 30 hours/38 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70 hours/145 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 28 days/68 days with solar*
Smartwatch: Up to 16 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 50 days
GPS: Up to 48 hours
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 96 hours
Dive mode: Up to 80 hours
Dive mode with Descent T1: Up to 32 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: up to 35 days
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS/HR mode: Up to 24 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 60 hours without wrist heart rate
Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days
GPS mode: Up to 36 hours
GPS and music: Up to 10 hours
Max battery GPS mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS activity: 28 days
Battery saver watch mode: 48 days
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days plus 3 days *
GPS: Up to 60 hours plus 6 hours **
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours plus 1 hour**
Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours plus 28 hours**
Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days plus 10 days*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days plus 40 days*
aquatic compare
swim 2
instinct solar surf
descent mk2
quatix 5
quatix 6
quatix 6x solar
Clock Features
           
Time/Date
GPS time sync
Automatic Daylight Saving Time
Alarm Clock
Timer
Stopwatch
Sunrise/Sunset times
x
Maps & Memory
           
Basemap
x
x
x
Preloaded topographical maps
x
x
x
Preloaded ski resort maps
x
x
x
Downloadable cartography support
x
x
x
Compatible with BaseCamp™
x
Sensors
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Accelerometer
Barometric altimeter
x
Compass
x
Gyroscope
x
x
Thermometer
x
Depth sensor
x
x
x
x
x
Pulse Ox
x
yes (with Acclimation)
x
Health Monitoring            
Wrist-based heart rate (constant, every second)
Daily resting heart rate
Abnormal heart rate alerts
x
(high and low)
✔ (high and low)
x
(high and low)
✔ (high and low)
Respiration rate (24x7)
x
x
x
Pulse Ox Blood Oxygen Saturation
x
yes (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)
x
yes (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)
yes (spot-check, and optional all-day acclimation and in sleep)
Fitness Age
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
Body Battery energy monitor
x
All-day Stress Tracking
Relaxation reminders
x
x
Relaxation breathing timer
x
Sleep monitoring
✔ (advanced)
✔ (advanced)
✔ (advanced)
Hydration
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
Woman's health tracking
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
✔ (in Garmin Connect)
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity
Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®, Subwave in Mk2i
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi® with sapphire editions
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
✔ (watch faces only)
x
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
x
x
Calendar
Weather
Battery Saver - customizable low power watch
x
x
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls watch music
x
x
x
Music Storage
x
x
Up to 2,000 songs
x
Up to 2,000 songs
Up to 2,000 songs
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB® Camera Remote
x
Smartphone compatibility
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
Compatible with Garmin Connect™ Mobile
Garmin Pay™
x
x
x
Activity Tracking Features
Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Floors climbed
x
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
TrueUp™
Move IQ™
Safety and Tracking Features
LiveTrack
x
Group LiveTrack
x
x
Live Event Sharing
x
x
x
Incident Detection during select activities
x
x
x
Assistance
x
x
x
Fitness Equipment/Gym
Preloaded gym activity profiles
x
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga
Indoor Rowing
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga
Cardio workouts
x
x
Strength workouts
x
x
Yoga workouts
x
x
x
Pilates workouts
x
x
x
On-screen workout animations
x
x
x
Automatic rep counting
x
x
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
✔ (swim only)
Customizable activity profiles
x
Auto Pause®
Interval training
x
Advanced workouts
✔ (pool swim only)
Downloadable training plans
x
Power Modes - customizable in-activity battery settings
x
x
Auto Lap®
Manual lap
Configurable lap alerts
x
Heat and altitude acclimation
x
x
x
V02 max
x
x
Training Status
x
x
Training Load
x
x
Training Effect (aerobic)
✔ (swim only)
x
Training Effect (anaerobic)
✔ (swim only)
x
Customizable alerts
x
Audio prompts
x
Finish time
x
Virtual Partner
x
Race an Activity
x
Auto multisport activities
x
x
Manual multisport activities
x
x
Course guidance
x
Segments (Live, Garmin)
x
x
Strava features (Beacon, live segments)
x
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)
x
x
x
Touch and/or button lock
Hot keys
x
Auto scroll
x
Activity history on watch
Heart Rate Features
HR zones
HR alerts
x
HR calories
% HR max
x
% HRR
x
Recovery time
x
x
Auto max HR
x
HRV stress test
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Records heart rate while swimming
x
x
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
x
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices)
x
Respiration rate (during exercise)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Running Features
Preloaded run profiles
Outdoor Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running
Running, Indoor Running, Trail Running
Running, Indoor Treadmill and Track Running, Trail Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratiode length)
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time)
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)
x
Performance condition
x
x
Lactate threshold
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro Pacing Strategies
x
x
x
Run workouts
x
Race predictor
x
x
Foot pod capable
x
Golfing Features
Preloaded with 42,000 courses worldwide
x
x
x
Yardage to F/M/B, layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital Scorecard & more. 
x
x
Full vector map
x
x
x
Yardage to layups/dogleds
x
x
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)
x
x
Automatic
Automatic
Digital scorecard
x
x
Custom targets
x
x
x
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
x
x
Garmin Autoshot
x
x
Auto courseview updates
x
x
x
Green view with manual pin position
x
x
Hazards and course targets
x
x
Truswing compatible
x
x
PinPointer
x
x
x
PlaysLike distance
x
x
x
Handicap scoring
x
x
x
Round timer/odometer
x
x
x
Automatic club tracking compatible (requires accessory)
x
x
x
Outdoor Recreation Features
Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles
x
Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical, Surfing
Hiking, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Hiking, Climbing, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Point-to-point navigation
x
Bread crumb trail in real time
x
Back to start
x
TracBack®
x
UltraTrac mode
x
Around Me mode
x
x
x
x
Elevation profile
x
Distance to destination
x
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner
x
x
x
Trail run auto climb
x
Vertical speed
x
Total ascent/descent
x
Future elevation plot
x
x
Projected waypoint
x
Sight 'N Go
x
Area calculation
x
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendar
x
x
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon information
x
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Dual grid coordinates
x
Expedition GPS Activity
x
x
XERO™ Locations
x
x
Cycling Features
Preloaded cycling profiles
Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Courses
x
MTB Grit & Flow
x
x
x
x
x
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)
x
x
Race an activity
x
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
x
x
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Garmin Cycle Map (routable cycling-specific street map)
x
x
x
Compatible with Vector™ (power meter)
x
x
Power meter compatible
x
x
Advanced Vector support
x
x
x
x
x
Compatible with Varia Vision™
x
x
Compatible with Varia™ radar
x
x
Compatible with Varia™ lights
x
x
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)
x
yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
yes (ANT+® and Bluetooth® Smart sensors)
Swimming Features
Preloaded swim profiles
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Open-water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, stroke distance, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Pool swim metrics, stroke type detection, SWOLF, Drill Logging, Open water workouts
Stroke Type Detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Drill logging (POOL SWIM ONLY)
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (POOL SWIM ONLY)
"Repeat On" rest timer (POOL SWIM ONLY)
x
x
Auto rest (POOL SWIM ONLY)
x
x
x
x
Time and distance alerts
x
x
x
Pacing Alerts (POOL SWIM ONLY)
x
x
x
x
Countdown start (POOL SWIM ONLY)
x
x
Pool swim workouts
Critical swim speed
x
x
x
x
Underwater wrist-based heart rate
x
Heart rate from external HRM (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
x
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
Boating Features
Available Boating Profiles
x
x
Boating
Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing
Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing
Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing
Anchor Alarm
x
x
x
Autopilot Control
x
x
x
Boat Data Streaming
x
x
x
Virtual starting line
x
x
x
Countdown timer
x
x
x
Tack assist mode
x
x
x
Built-in barometer and tide tables
x
yes (downloadable tides)
yes (downloadable tides)
Diving Features
Dive activity maximum operating depth
x
x
100 meters
x
x
x
Single-gas mode
x
x
x
x
x
Multi-gas mode
x
x
x
x
x
Gauge mode
x
x
x
x
x
APNEA mode
x
x
x
x
x
APNEA hunt mode
x
x
x
x
x
Decompression model
x
x
Bühlmann ZHL-16c with gradient factors
x
x
x
Nitrox support
x
x
x
x
x
Trimix support
x
x
x
x
x
Closed Circuit Rebreather (CCR)
x
x
x
x
x
Gas mixes
x
x
Air, Nitrox and Trimix, up to 100% O2; 1 bottom gas and up to 11 deco and/or backup gasses.
x
x
x
PO2
x
x
Up to 2.0 with customizable deco PO2 setting
x
x
x
Subwave™ Support
x
x
in Mk2i
x
x
x
Air integration
x
x
via Subwave in in Mk2i
x
x
x
Number of transmitters supported
x
x
5 in Mk2i
x
x
x
Gas time remaining
x
x
in Mk2i
x
x
x
Gas consumption rate
x
x
in Mk2i
x
x
x
Auto start/end dive
x
x
x
x
x
Custom end-dive timeout
x
x
yes (20s to 10 m)
x
x
x
Safety Stop
x
x
yes (customizable off/3min/5min)
x
x
x
Deep Stops
x
x
yes (using custom gradient factors)
x
x
x
Customizable conservatism
x
x
yes (low/medium/high or custom using gradient factors)
x
x
x
Dive ascent/descent rate indicator
x
x
x
x
x
Automatic altitude adjustment
x
x
x
x
x
No fly time
x
x
yes (with 24hr countdown)
x
x
x
Dive planner
x
x
yes (basic NDL + multi-gas deco planner)
x
x
x
Tides
x
x
x
x
x
Backlight
x
x
yes (configurable time and intensity; auto-on at depth)
x
x
x
Automatically saves dive entry and exit locations
x
x
x
x
x
Custom dive data screens
x
x
x
x
x
Sync dive log to Garmin Dive™ Mobile app
x
x
x
x
x
Alerts & alarms
x
x
Audible and vibration alarms for ascent rate, PO2, CNS/OTU, NDL, deco, gas switching, (tank pressure, gas consumption rate - in Mk2i). Customizable (up to 40) audible and/or vibration per dive mode, based on depth or time
x
x
x
3-axis dive compass
x
x
yes (with adjustable heading, quick change to 90R, 90L and reciprocal). Indicates degrees and direction back to set heading
x
x
x
Missed Deco Lockout
x
x
yes (can be disabled prior to dive with user acknowledgement)
x
x
x
Residual Tissue Loading Reset
x
x
yes (on the surface with user acknowledgement)
x
x
x
Surface diver status widget
x
x
yes (surface interval, N2/HE loading, CNS, OTU and tissue compartment status)
x
x
x

*Solar charging, assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Solar charging, assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions



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