Posted on September 06 2019
Garmin Fenix 6 : Is This The Best GPS Watch yet?
The ultimate mother of GPS watches
I have never been a fan of smart watches, but lately health issues have been plaguing my mortal body and it seems that only exercise is the cure. In my fitness endeavours, I have met many friends who also enjoy running and cross fit and during our conversations, Garmin always seems to pop up. Being a watch retailer, I do of course carry Garmin in my shops but I have never owned one, partly because their General Manager haven’t sponsored me one yet. However, their recent Fenix 6 really caught my eye. Big, black and bad-ass looking, this monstrous piece of beef looks good for anyone who likes big watches. It also have a super powerful battery life (comparing to other smart watches of course), large displays, unfortunately also a mad price tag of $929 to $1799 SGD, which can be seen on our website link, https://h2hub.com.sg/collections/garmin?_=pf&page=5
First Impressions: Size Matters
The size of the Fenix 6X Pro Solar makes it the most attractive watch. At 51mm, it is a serious wrist watch packed with a slew of functions. It also has an optical heart rate sensor as well as a charging port, the latter of which appears to be the same as on other recent Garmin GPS watches, such as the Forerunner 245.
The 6X Pro Solar’s case is made of titanium, which still weighs a hefty 54 grams (1.9 ounces). For those with daintier features, the Fenix 6S has a 42mm case, and weighs a lighter 1.5 ounces. The weight could be due to the heart rate sensor, the larger casing and other extra functions it is carrying.
With a large 1.4 inches screen, the Fenix 6X has a lot of road to cover. As with its other running watches, the Fenix uses a trans-reflective display, which uses sunlight to make things easier to read. It’s a lot more effective than LCD displays outdoors, and saves you from having to crank up the brightness of a screen all the way, which has a negative effect on battery life and really drains the energy from your eyes.
The one downside to the Fenix’ display is that it looks a bit more pixelated than LCD and AMOLED screens. The Fenix 6X has a resolution of 280 x 280 pixels, which is lower than that of the Apple Watch Series 4 (368 x 448 OLED).
Each Garmin watch is available in a variety of case and band colors; bands can now be swapped out more easily, via a quick-release mechanism that allows for a change in new refreshing colours according to your outfit.
Battery Life, With Solar Power Charging
The Fenix 6X Pro Solar’s key attribute is the solar panel built into the display of the watch. Garmin estimates that you’ll be able to get an extra 28 hours of battery life, on top of the battery’s 120 hours of play when the device is in normal GPS mode. If you’re using GPS in expedition mode (where it pings satellites less frequently and saves energy), the 6X Pro Solar should last up to 46 days, with 10 days on top of that with the solar charging mechanism.
The only drawback to the Solar edition is that you can’t get it with a sapphire case (it has Gorilla Glass instead), which makes it slightly less scratch-resistant, but nevertheless still sturdy and very durable.
Garmin Fenix 6 Series and its New Features
Runners who want to ensure that they’re pacing themselves properly during a race can use the new Pace-Pro feature in the Fenix 6 series of smartwatches. After creating a plan (either on the watch or in the Garmin app), they’ll be able to keep tabs on their target split pace, and if they’re ahead or behind on the pace they’ve set.
The Pro and Sapphire versions of each Fenix watch also have up 32GB of storage, and come preloaded with more than 41,000 golf courses as well as more than 2,000 ski resorts. The on-board storage can be used to download songs to the watch itself, and can be synced with Spotify and Amazon Music.
While the battery life on the new Fenix 6 watches seems pretty epic, a new power manager can be customized to a wearer’s needs, and lets them see how each of the watch’s sensors and features affect battery life. Plus, power saving modes can be adjusted on the fly.
Will I buy it, yes I probably would. Battery life has always been an issue for smartwatches, and though Garmin’s previous Fenix devices have been known for their long battery life and good functionalities, the addition of solar power to the Fenix 6X could result in a watch that almost never needs to be recharged or charged less frequently, which is a huge plus point. The only drawback is that the size might make some female customers shun from it and the price tag is really too hefty, otherwise this is a really good watch for any fitness guy. We carry this in our stores and please visit www.h2hub.com.sg to purchase your Garmin watch from an authorised sources. It quite sad if you buy from parallel sources as smart watches are hard to service. Anyway, click here to view all Garmin watches directly https://h2hub.com.sg/collections/garmin?_=pf&page=5
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