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COMPARE GARMIN SOLAR SMART WATCHES

Here’s a comparison of the current Garmin watch models:
fenix, Instinct, tactix & quatix

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fenix 6s solar
fenix 6 pro solar
fenix 6x pro solar
instinct solar
instinct solar surf
instict solar tactical
tactix solar
quatix 6x solar
Lens Material
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Solar-charging Power Sapphire ™ lens
Solar-charging Power Glass™ lens
Bezel Material
Stainless steel
Stainless Steel or
Titanium or
Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coated Titanium
Titanium or
Diamond-Like Carbon (DLC) Coated Titanium
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer
Diamond-like Carbon (DLC) coated titanium
titanium
Case material
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover and knurled buttons
fiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
QuickFit™ watch band compatible
included (20)
included (22)
included (26)
yes (22 mm)
yes (22 mm)
yes (22 mm)
included (26 mm)
included (26 mm)
Strap material
silicone
silicone or titanium
silicone or titanium
silicone
silicone
silicone
nylon and silicone
titanium and silicone included
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
10 ATM
Physical size
42 x 42 x 14.2 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 108-182 mm
Suede band: 108-175 mm
Fabric band: 108-189 mm
Metal band: 108-180 mm
47 x 47 x 15.1 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 125-208 mm
Leather band: 132-210 mm
Fabric band: 132-210 mm
Metal band: 132-215 mm
51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Leather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 135-225 mm
45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm
51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Fits wrists with the following circumference:
Silicone band: 127-210 mm
Leather band: 135-213 mm
Fabric band: 135-213 mm
Metal band: 135-225 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
internal rechargeable battery
internal rechargeable battery
Display type
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
monochrome, sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
monochrome, 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)
Display size
1.2" diameter
1.3" diameter
1.4" diameter
custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
1.4” (35.56 mm) diameter
Display resolution
240 x 240 pixels
260 x 260 pixels
280 x 280 pixels
128 x 128 pixels
128 x 128 pixels
128 x 128 pixels
280 x 280 pixels
280 x 280 pixels
Color display
x
x
x
Night vision mode
x
x
x
x
x
Stealth Mode
x
x
x
x
x
x
Kill Switch
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Memory/History
32 GB
32 GB
32 GB
16 MB
16 MB
16 MB
32 GB
32 GB
Battery life
Smartwatch: 9 days / 10.5 days with solar*
GPS: 25 hrs / 28 hrs with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 6 hrs
Max battery GPS mode: 50 hrs / 64 hrs with solar**
Expedition GPS activity: 20 days / 26 days with solar*
Battery saver watch mode: 34 days / 59 days with solar*
Smartwatch: 14 days / 16 days with solar*
GPS: 36 hrs / 40 hrs with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 10 hrs
Max battery GPS mode: 72 hrs / 93 hrs with solar**
Expedition GPS activity: 28 days / 36 days with solar*
Battery saver watch mode: 48 days / 80 days with solar*
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/24 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar*
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar*
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 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 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 21 days/24 days with solar*
Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 80 days/120 days with solar*
GPS: Up to 60 hours/66 hours with solar**
GPS + Music: Up to 15 hours/16 hours with solar**
Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 120 hours/148 hours with solar**
Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 46 days/56 days with solar*
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*
  *Assuming all-day wear with 3 hours per day outside in 50,000 lux conditions
**Assuming use in 50,000 lux conditions
fenix compare
fenix 6s solar
fenix 6 pro solar
fenix 6x pro solar
instinct solar
instinct solar surf
instict solar tactical
tactix solar
quatix 6x solar
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™
Sensors
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Barometric altimeter
Compass
Gyroscope
x
x
x
Thermometer
Pulse Ox
yes (with Acclimation)
yes (with Acclimation)
yes (with Acclimation)
Daily Smart Features
Connectivity
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Bluetooth®, ANT+®
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Bluetooth® Smart, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
x
x
x
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
Calendar
Weather
Battery Saver - customizable low power watch
Controls smartphone music
Plays and controls watch music
x
x
x
Music Storage
Up to 2,000 songs
Up to 2,000 songs
Up to 2,000 songs
x
x
x
Up to 2,000 songs
Up to 2,000 songs
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB® Camera Remote
Smartphone compatibility
iPhone®, Android™
iPhone®, Android™
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)
Sleep monitoring
Calories burned
Floors climbed
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
TrueUp™
Move IQ™
Fitness Age
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
yes (in app)
All-day Stress Tracking
Safety and Tracking Features
LiveTrack
Group LiveTrack
x
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
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
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 and Yoga
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
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
Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing, Pilates and Yoga
Cardio workouts
Strength workouts
Yoga workouts
x
x
x
Pilates workouts
x
x
x
On-screen workout animations
x
x
x
Automatic rep counting
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
Customizable activity profiles
Auto Pause®
Interval training
Advanced workouts
Downloadable training plans
Power Modes - customizable in-activity battery settings
Auto Lap®
Manual lap
Configurable lap alerts
Heat and altitude acclimation
x
x
x
V02 max
x
x
x
Training Status
x
x
x
Training Load
x
x
x
Training Effect (aerobic)
x
x
x
Training Effect (anaerobic)
x
x
x
Customizable alerts
Audio prompts
Finish time
Virtual Partner
Race an Activity
Auto multisport activities
x
x
x
Manual multisport activities
x
x
x
Course guidance
Segments (Live, Garmin)
x
x
x
Strava features (Beacon, live segments)
Round-trip course creator (running/cycling)
x
x
x
Touch and/or button lock
Hot keys
Auto scroll
Activity history on watch
Heart Rate Features
HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
% HR max
% HRR
Recovery time
x
x
x
Auto max HR
HRV stress test
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Records heart rate while swimming
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
x
x
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)
Respiration rate (during exercise)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Running Features
Preloaded run profiles
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running, Virtual Running
Running, Treadmill Running, Trail Running
GPS-based distance, time and pace
Running dynamics
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Vertical oscillation and ratiode length)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Ground contact time and balance
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Stride length (real time)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)
Performance condition
x
x
x
Lactate threshold
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
PacePro Pacing Strategies
x
x
x
Run workouts
Race predictor
x
x
x
Foot pod capable
Golfing Features
Yardage to F/M/B, layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital Scorecard & more. 
x
x
x
Full vector map
x
x
x
PinPointer
x
x
x
PlaysLike distance
x
x
x
Handicap scoring
x
x
x
Outdoor Recreation Features
Preloaded outdoor recreation profiles
Hiking, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Hiking, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Jumpmaster, Tactical
Hiking, Indoor and Outdoor Climbing, Bouldering, Surfing, 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, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical. Plus, Jumpmaster in Tactical Edition and Surfing in Surf Edition
Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical, Surfing
Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Fishing, Hunting, Tactical, Jumpmaster
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
Bread crumb trail in real time
Back to start
TracBack®
UltraTrac mode
Around Me mode
x
x
x
x
Elevation profile
Distance to destination
ClimbPro™ Ascent Planner
x
x
x
Trail run auto climb
Vertical speed
Total ascent/descent
Future elevation plot
Projected waypoint
Sight 'N Go
Area calculation
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendar
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
x
x
x
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon information
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
yes (via Connect IQ™)
Dual grid coordinates
Expedition GPS Activity
XERO™ Locations
Cycling Features
Preloaded cycling profiles
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking, Triathlon
Courses
MTB Grit & Flow
x
x
x
x
Bike lap and lap maximum power (with power sensor)
x
x
x
Race an activity
Time/distance alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goal)
FTP (Functional Threshold Power)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
yes (with compatible accessory)
x
x
x
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
x
Power meter compatible
x
x
x
Advanced Vector support
x
x
x
x
x
Compatible with Varia Vision™
x
x
x
Compatible with Varia™ radar
x
x
x
Compatible with Varia™ lights
x
x
x
Speed and cadence sensor support (with sensor)
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)
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, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming, Swimming/Running
Pool swim metrics, stroke type detection, SWOLF, Drill Logging, Open water workouts
Underwater wrist-based heart rate
Heart rate (real-time during rests, interval and session stats during rests, and automatic heart rate download post-swim)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
x
x
x
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
yes (with HRM-Tri™ and HRM-Swim™)
Boating Features
Available Boating Profiles
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Boating, Sailing, Sail Racing
Anchor Alarm
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Autopilot Control
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Boat Data Streaming
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Virtual starting line
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Countdown timer
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Tack assist mode
x
x
x
x
x
x
x
Built-in barometer and tide tables
x
x
x
x
x
x
yes (downloadable tides)


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