Garmin Fenix 6 Price List October, 2021 & Specs in Philippines
Cheapest Garmin Fenix 6 Price in Philippines is ₱ 45,995.00
The Garmin Fenix 6 is now available in Philippines. The cheapest Garmin Fenix 6 price in Philippines is ₱ 45,995.00 from Galleon. Garmin Fenix 6 price details are updated October 2021.
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Garmin Fenix 6 Specs
|Display Resolution||260 x 260pixels|
|Display Material||Corning Gorilla Glass DX|
|Heart Rate Monitor||Yes|
|Water Resistant Depths||100m|
|Windows Phone Compatibility||Yes|
|Processor Core||Dual Core|
|Dimensions (W x H x D)||47 x 47 x 14.7mm|
|Body Material||Stainless Steel|
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: A performance-focused upgrade
The launch of Garmin’s Fenix 6 range was met with both excitement and confusion. Excitement because the company has updated the watches to be even more impressive when it comes to sports tracking. Confusion because there are 19 new watches to pick from and some of them don't have features that were available on the Fenix 5 Plus Series, such as music storage and on-board maps.
To simplify things, it’s best to view the Pro watches in the new Fenix 6 range as the successors to the Fenix 5 Plus series. I’ve been testing out the Fenix 6 Pro and 6X Pro watches and they are a considerable upgrade on the 5 Plus, offering a bigger screen, longer battery life and new features that improve the sports tracking and training analysis on offer.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: What you need to know
As I mentioned above, the Fenix 6 range contains 19 watches, which are divided into three sizes – 6S (42mm), 6 (47mm) and 6X (51mm) – and three categories – standard, Pro, which has music and maps, and Pro Solar, which has music, maps and the ability to gain extra battery life through solar panels in the display.
The Fenix 6 is only available in the 6S and 6 sizes and although it gets the new features like PacePro and the training load analysis introduced with the Marq Athlete and Forerunner 945, it loses the maps and music you get with the Fenix 5 Plus series. It’s more of a direct update to the Fenix 5 watch, which Garmin has continued to sell up to this point.
The Pro variants of the 6S, 6 and 6X watches all offer music storage including Spotify support and colour maps that you can use to create routes on the fly. Then there’s the Fenix 6X Pro Solar, which is the most advanced version of the watch and has solar panels in the display that can improve the battery life of the watch by up to 10%. To throw an extra fly into the ointment, there are also versions of the Pro watches that have scratch-resistant sapphire screens, which will add £100 to £200 to the price.
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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: Price and competition
The Fenix 6 range starts at £530 for the 6 and 6S watches, rises to £600 for the cheapest Pro devices, and tops out at £1000 for the 6X Pro Solar with a titanium band, though you can also get it with a silicone band for £850.
In terms of competition, the only watches that can hold a candle to the Fenix 6 Pro range are other Garmins, mainly the Forerunner 945 (£520). The 945 has a lighter, plastic build that’s more comfortable but not as sophisticated-looking as the Fenix 6 Pro, and it either already has or is due to get all the new features on the Fenix 6 Series. You might have to wait a couple of months for PacePro, though, so if want to use it right now, it’s only available on the Fenix.
Outside of Garmin’s own products the competition is rather lacking. Suunto’s flagship watches, the Suunto 9 (£359) and 9 Baro (£629), offer similarly excellent battery life to the Fenix 6 Pro, but aren’t close to as impressive when it comes to sports tracking or training analysis, and don’t offer music or maps.
Polar’s Vantage V (£439), on the other hand, offers an innovative new feature that estimates running power and has great recovery and training load analysis, but sadly I’ve found it to lack accuracy when it comes to GPS and heart rate tracking. There are also no smart features to speak of, either, with the exception of smartphone notifications. Right now, Garmin is a long way clear of the competition when it comes to high-end sports watches, both in terms of features and performance.
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: Design and features
The Fenix 6 Pro watches all have the same five-button design you’ll find on most Garmins, and the overall look hasn’t changed much from the Fenix 5 Plus series. The watches are chunky, and have exposed screws on the bezel. However, Garmin has increased the screen size on all of the watches besides the 6S versions, which still have the same 240 x 240 1.2in panel as the Fenix 5S. The 6 and 6 Pro watches have a 260 x 260 1.3in screen and the 6X Pro and 6X Pro Solar both have the same impressive 280 x 280 1.4in display.
While they can’t compete with bright screens you get on a smartwatch, the Fenix 6 Pro is easy to read in all conditions, and by using transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) technology Garmin is able to offer extra-long battery life across the range. The 6 and 6 Pro offer up to 36 hours of GPS and 10 hours of GPS and music, while the 6X Pro delivers a hardly believable 60 hours of GPS and 15 hours of GPS and music. Even the smaller 6S and 6S Pro offers 25 hours of GPS and six of GPS and music, according to Garmin.
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Garmin’s new Power Manager feature also lists how much battery you have left in hours and days, rather than just a percentage. At the start of each activity, you’re told how many hours of juice you have left, and you can alter your settings to extend that, by turning off the heart rate monitor, for example. Should you come close to running out of battery during an activity, the watch will alert you to disable some features you’re using so you can get to the end of your session.
That’s a nice touch and similar to what is offered by the Suunto 9. However, besides ultramarathon runners and Ironman triathletes, the battery life in the watch’s regular mode is more than sufficient. Indeed, I found the Fenix 6 Pro needed a charge around every 10 days even when running every day, while the larger 6X Pro went two to three weeks between charges comfortably.
The Fenix 6 Pro is waterproof to 100m (10ATM) and can accurately track your position using GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellites. It comes with a whole complement of sensors including Garmin’s Elevate heart rate sensor, a barometric altimeter and a PulseOx sensor, the latter of which measures blood-oxygen saturation so you can see how well you’re acclimating at altitude. As you’d expect, you can also pair the Fenix with a variety of external sensors via ANT+ and Bluetooth, including heart rate monitors, footpods and cycling power meters.
Garmin’s music features are now available across a number of its watches, including the £180 Vivoactive 3 Music, so it’s easy to get a little blasé about them. However, it’s worth noting that no other serious sports watch brand offers music, and even some smartwatches like the Fitbit Versa 2 and Apple Watch don’t offer Garmin’s level of integration with Spotify – in other words, they won't let you wirelessly store your playlists on the watch to listen to offline.
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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: Sports tracking and performance
Where Garmin focused on adding smart features with the Fenix 5 Plus, it’s all about sports performance with the Fenix 6. There are three new features I’m especially enamoured by – one small, one that’s new to the Fenix but has already been seen on other Garmin devices, and one new biggie.
The small one is that Garmin now allows you to show more data fields on a screen during an activity – up to six on the Fenix 6 and 6S and eight on the 6X. Not only that, but you can now have a heart-rate gauge at the top of your screen, meaning you can easily see which heart rate zone you’re in using a colour-coded chart, which is great for judging the effort of your runs.
The biggie is PacePro, which essentially turns the watch into a smart pacing band for your runs, giving you targets for each mile or kilometre based on the terrain you’re running on, all with your specific time goal in mind. The best way to explain the benefit of PacePro is through a practical example, and luckily enough I ran a half marathon race on undulating terrain just ten days after getting my hands on the Fenix 6 Pro.
First, I grabbed a GPX file of race route and uploaded it into Garmin Connect to create a course. After that, I was able to create my PacePro target. You set an overall time or pace goal, and then choose whether you want to run a positive split (where you slow down during the course of the race) or a negative split (where you speed up) plus how much effort you want to exert on uphill sections.
With that information PacePro creates your race plan with target times for each kilometre based on the gradient and other information you’ve provided. During the run, you then get a simple data screen with your target split time, your actual split time, how much distance is left in the split, plus how far ahead or behind your target pace you are for the whole race.
I have always paced my races using kilometre splits, so PacePro instantly appealed and I loved using it in my race. At the start of each kilometre, I could see how fast I was expected to go, and see at a glance how hilly it was going to be. Though I actually ran faster than my target time for the race, it was still a hugely useful tool for judging how to approach each split.
Of course, it’s a feature that’s especially useful for undulating races, and from this standpoint, it’s more useful than using running power to judge your effort in my opinion. However, it also has a place in pacing a negative split in flat races, helping you to finish your run strong. The concerns I have with PacePro all relate to what might happen should you enter the course incorrectly, or when the GPS tracking proves unreliable. That hasn’t happened to me yet, but it could throw your entire plan out of whack instantly. However, in that situation, you can easily switch to your normal run screen anyway.
Advanced training analysis has also been added to the range, having previously only been seen on the Forerunner 945 and Marq Athlete watches. One part of this is an assessment of how well you’re acclimatising to heat or altitude with your training, but more useful is how it breaks down your last four weeks of training into anaerobic, high aerobic and low aerobic categories, using this data to tell you if you need to tweak the balance of your training to be more effective.
It’s a smart feature that can help to balance your training, encouraging you to concentrate on your easy running at low aerobic effort, for instance, rather than pushing yourself too hard all the time, which can lead to overtraining. This feature does rely heavily on accurate heart rate tracking, however, and I’ve had slightly mixed results on that front with both the 6 Pro and 6X Pro watches I’m testing.
On about a third of my runs, the heart rate has been consistently too high, throwing the training effect and analysis off considerably. In general, using a chest strap tracker is wise if accuracy is important to you, but I have been able to run with the Forerunner 945 without these issues, probably because its lighter design sits more securely against the wrist during activities than the Fenix.
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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: Activity and sleep tracking
Everyday activity tracking might not be the main focus of the Fenix 6 Pro, but it doesn’t sell you short on that front. You can track all the standard metrics such as steps, active calories, active minutes and floors climbed, and the watch also has Garmin’s Body Battery feature, which provides a rating of your overall energy reserves out of 100 based on several factors including your heart rate variability. This rating can be useful for sporty types when gauging how ready you are for an intense training session because a low rating might suggest you should opt for a rest day instead.
The watch also offers sleep tracking and will measure your blood oxygen saturation levels throughout the night. It’s not obvious how beneficial this might be unless you’re at altitude and checking your acclimatisation, or if you suspect you might suffer from a condition such as sleep apnoea. I often find Garmin’s sleep tracking is somewhat inaccurate, anyway, in that it marks down any periods where you’re very still as light sleep, even if you’re reading a book for example.
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Garmin Fenix 6 Pro review: Verdict
The distance between Garmin and its competitors of late means that if you want to know what the best sports watch available is at any time, all you have to do is check out the newest high-end Garmin.
That trend has continued with the Fenix 6 Pro. Garmin’s latest flagship offers a brilliant array of features that can help you improve your training and then shine on race day, backed up by useful smart features such as music and maps. If you’re looking for the best sports watch money can buy, look no further – the Fenix 6 Pro certainly justifies the extra £70 premium over the regular Fenix 6.
Garmin Fenix 6 review: long live the sports watch king
The Garmin Fenix 6 is the middle child of the Fenix 6 series family. It's the version of the outdoor watch that we imagine current Fenix owners, or those on the hunt for a new sports watch, will be casting an eye over first.
Sitting in between the Fenix 6S and the hulking Fenix 6X, the 6 gives you pretty much all of the same features in a 47mm frame.
You can track runs, hikes, rounds of golf and even your time on the slopes. In terms of the breadth of activities tracked it's in a league of its own, but nearest natural competitors are the Suunto 9, Polar Grit X and Garmin's own (cheaper) Vivoactive 4, which offers similar sports tracking with far less data and battery life.
Going for the Fenix 6 Pro model gives you mapping and navigation features will keep you on the right track when you're out adventuring, and you've got plenty of battery life to keep you away from that charger for weeks or even months.
There's a whole lot going on with the new Fenix, but is it enough to make it the go-to watch for outdoor lovers?
Update (10 August 2020): Garmin has added a new solar edition of the Fenix 6 and added new software features to all watches including a new sleep tracking widget and new sports profiles, since we first reviewed the Fenix 6 in October 2019. This update reflects our continued testing of those new features.
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Garmin Fenix 6 key features
- From £529
- Available in 6 and 6 Pro models
- 47mm case
- 1.3 inch, 240 x 240 display
- Available with steel, titanium bezel
- Interchangeable 22mm bands
- Up to 36 hours GPS battery
- Includes Pulse Ox sensor
- Waterproof up to 100m
- 24/7 activity tracking
- Multisport profiles
- PacePro running feature
- Battery saver mode
Fenix 6 models explained
Left to right: Fenix 6X Pro Solar, Fenix 6S, Fenix 6 Pro
The Garmin Fenix 6 comes in multiple flavors and price points, so we'll just break them down here first.
- Garmin Fenix 6/Pro/Pro Solar – The standard 47mm version, adds music, Wi-Fi, maps – £529/£599/£739.99
- Garmin Fenix 6S/Pro/Pro Solar – A smaller 42mm case with slightly lower battery life, adds music, Wi-Fi, maps – £529/£599/£739.99
- Garmin Fenix 6X – Bigger screen, slightly better battery, music, Wi-Fi, maps as standard – £649
- Garmin Fenix 6X Pro Solar – Solar panels for extra battery life, music, Wi-Fi, maps as standard – £849
Garmin Fenix 6: Design and interface
The Fenix 6 isn’t too much of a break from the overall design language of the range – but it has been improved in nearly every way. Whether you go regular, pro or solar, it weighs in 83g for the steel version or 72g with a titanium case to make it lighter than the Fenix 5
The buttons feel subtly more premium too, and at last the Fenix 6 doesn’t feel like a beast on the wrist and will suit a variety of wrist sizes and shapes.
The screen is still the transflective LCD, which helps keep battery life to a maximum, but it’s been given a boost to 260x260 pixels (previously 240x240) and it does show. Visuals are noticeably crisper – aided by a slight boost in screen size too.
Away from the hardware, Garmin has been making improvements on the operating system front that will change the way you interact with the Fenix 6. In a good way. The menus have been given a lick of paint making them more useful than before.
Scrolling down through your daily data offers more of an overview, so instead of cycling through single screens for every metric (training status, weather, calendar, heart data), they're presented as a list so information is more glanceable.
You can still dive into each segment by hitting the main button, and these menus have also been given an overhaul to show data better. If you want to customize what's displayed here too, you do have that option as well.
Garmin has sought to make the Fenix a nicer, more comfortable watch to wear all day and we think it's certainly achieved that.
Garmin Fenix 6: Mapping and navigation
TOPO mapping is a major feature of the Fenix range, and while it’s been given some new themes on the Fenix 6 (high contrast, popularity, marine, dark, and outdoor), it’s still lacking as a proper mapping experience.
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When out on an activity you can navigate to a map of your surroundings, to add a little context to what’s around you. It’s basic stuff though, which shows major trails and roads, but doesn’t have the full detail of an Ordnance Survey map, and isn’t too helpful when really off the beaten track.
The pictures show us trail running in deepest Devon, with the path missing from the mapping. In fact, according to the Fenix 6 we were lost within a sea of white with no hope of escape.
In addition, zooming in and out is a painful experience on the watch, requiring a combination of button bashing not witnessed since entering Mega Drive cheat codes. There’s no pinch and zoom as the Fenix isn’t touchscreen, so having a quick zoom out requires serious effort.
If you’re mapping yourself via a GPX, it does make the experience a lot better, but it’s one that ironically works better with the sprawl of roads in built up areas, rather than out in the wilderness. Where previously we’ve struggled to navigate through cities using GPS waypoints, that’s improved immeasurably by the mapping.
You can navigate to points of interest, hospitals and other landmarks using the built-in mapping – but we’ve never had cause to do that.
Garmin has now also sped up the process of getting those GPX files onto your watch from third party apps like Strava and Komoot, which is definitely a welcome change.
In short, the mapping is still a feature that sets the Fenix range way above rivals, but it’s far from an experience that we’d rely on without maps.me or an OS map in our pocket.
Garmin Fenix 6: Running
The great thing about the Fenix is that it puts everything you get from Garmin's Forerunner watch range into a more durable and robust design. The big difference between something like the Fenix and Garmin's top end Forerunner has been the difference in size. But that difference in stature is not as extreme as it once was.
While the Fenix 6 still looks bigger than wearing a Forerunner 945, it has a far more compact feel than the Fenix 5 Plus or the 3. It's comfortable to run with too and the screen is the ideal size and resolution to review your run data in real-time.
Sample run data from Garmin Fenix 6
When it comes to tracking a run, it's all going to feel very familiar. Press that top right button, select Run, wait for that GPS signal bar to go green and then get moving. There's plenty going on in the training settings too, letting you select power modes, choose a training session or switch on the navigation to make use of the Fenix 6's mapping features.
Data fields are all customizable and there's now room for more. If you want to fill that screen with running metrics, you have the ability to do that. You still get the option of richer running metrics if you're willing to invest in Garmin's Running Dynamics Pod or a footpod like Stryd.
On the whole it's still a great experience running with this Fenix, indoors or outdoors. There's plenty in terms of the metrics you can pore over and GPS signal pick-up is nice and speedy. If you're buying the Fenix to be your primary running watch, you're not going to be disappointed.
Garmin Fenix 6: PacePro
To add to its run tracking prowess, Garmin introduces something it's calling PacePro racing strategies. If you do a lot of racing or you're keen to see if you can get faster, this is a feature for you.
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Its a feature that has now rolled out to Garmin watches like the Forerunner 245 and 945 as well as being available on its Marq range of watches.
PacePro involves offering you guidance on your pace on your watch during a run in real-time, based on your elevation data and ideal pace strategy. You also have the ability to customize data fields based on your desired uphill effort and negative split preferences.
To get it all set up you'll need to head to the Garmin Connect app, then to the Training section where you'll find the appropriate menu screen. From there you can create your PacePro strategy based on an existing course or a race distance.
In our test, we had the opportunity to us it in a race environment and took the option to select an existing course, which are currently user generated course profiles. The immediate problem we found is that many of these user generated courses are not from the most recent versions of races, so may not account for the most recent course profile.
You can select your goal time and goal pace and adjust pacing strategy – whether you want to keep a consistent pace throughout or finish quicker and with negative splits. You can also define how hard you want to be working on the hilly parts of the course.
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Once you've created your strategy and synced it to the watch, you'll be able to select the strategy from the settings in the run tracking profile. During a race, turns in the course will be pointed out to you on the watch and a + or - sign against your time will let you know whether you're sticking to your target pace. You can still access the standard running watch data fields by hitting those physical buttons on the side.
On the whole, PacePro worked really well. It takes you away from thinking about your time and more about thinking about your running. But it's not perfect. In our test, the two-year old user generated course didn't match the latest version of the course so pointed out turns that didn't exist. That meant adding a good few minutes onto our strategy, which mentally was hard to digest.
By the time we crossed the finish line, it had managed to level itself out and the strategy pretty much panned out as planned.
As an alternative to racing based on heart rate or even power, Garmin has managed to come up with a pace-based strategy that on the whole works really well, and is one we'll be taking advantage of again.
Garmin Fenix 6: Hiking
In terms of hiking tracking, there’s not too much new over the Fenix 5. Fire up a hike and you’ll get data tracked: distance, time, elevation, calories. All pretty self explanatory and we found it to be accurate too.
But it’s the additional features that add to the experience.
Hiking is really where you can make use of the UltraTrac hiking features and the TOPO mapping. The Fenix 6 will also warn of incoming storms, using the barometric trend indictor. The watch uses a barometer to gauge your altitude, but a sudden drop in atmospheric pressure can indicate a storm.
ClimbPro kicks in when you start climbing, and that’s been given a mini overhaul on the Fenix 6. When it senses you ascending, a new screen kicks in that shows your vertical speed. If you’re following a pre-loaded GPX route, it will also tell you how much you have remaining and show the profile of the slope.
Garmin Fenix 6: Heart rate accuracy
The Fenix 6 houses Garmin's latest generation Elevate heart rate sensor tech, which is put to work for a whole host of things. It's harnessed for fitness tracking features like its Body Battery energy monitor, advanced sleep monitoring and stress tracking. It'll also dish out heart rate readings during the day to give you a snapshot look at your current state of fitness.
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Its primary use though is for training, letting you view heart rate zones in real time, broadcast HR over ANT+ compatible devices and receive HR alerts whether you're out on a run or on your bike. It also feeds into metrics that aim to give you a better overview of your training load and and help to suggest when you're in best shape to tackle another tough session in the gym.
You do also have the ability to pair external chest straps, which can offer additional workout metrics like lactate threshold and perform HRV stress tests.
For the majority of those uses, the Fenix 6 is more than competent. Readings during the day were always in line with other wrist-based heart rate monitors we compared it to. It generally matched up with a chest strap for resting heart rate data as well.
During workouts, for an activity like running, it generally coped well with the intensity of running a hard, even tempo race where the jump up in heart rate is not as frenetic as a HIIT workout for instance.
Sample HR data from a indoor rowing session: Fenix 6 (left) and Forerunner 945 with chest strap (right)
When put to the high intensity test, we found the Fenix 6 offered a very similar experience to what we found with the Fenix 6X. It seemed to be quite slow in falling into place with the chest strap data. The sample above is from an indoor rowing session where we rowed hard for one minute, and then rested for 30 seconds throughout the workout.
While the screenshots of the workout display similar average and max heart rate readings, the story of the actual workout was very different. The Fenix 6 just seemed slower to jump up when the intensity of the workout ramped up.
The Fenix 6 seems fine for general workouts, but for anything that requires tracking heart rate where there are rapid changes in intensity (HIIT, running intervals, a spin class), you will still want to grab that external heart rate chest strap.
Garmin Fenix 6: Fitness tracking and smartwatch features
As well as being your go-to watch for the great outdoors, the Fenix 6 also wants to act as your fitness tracker and your smartwatch too. And it's giving you everything Garmin watches can offer on this front.
As a fitness tracker, you're getting basic step counting, sleep monitoring and all-day stress tracking. On top of that, you've got Garmin fitness tracker staples like its Move Bar, Body Battery energy monitor and adaptive auto step goals to offer more motivation to move and bring greater context to your data.
On the watch itself, the UI changes mean you can use the up and down physical buttons to glance at your step data and your progress towards your daily goal. Hit the physical button in the top right and you can see weekly step totals and distance covered. From within the watch settings you have the ability to add additional fitness tracking data including Body Battery, calories, floors climbed and stress.
Out of the box, the Fenix 6's fitness tracking skills are pushed into the background, but if you want them more front and center, you do have the option to do that.
Sleep tracking compared: Garmin Fenix 6 (left) and Withings Sleep bed monitor (right)
In terms of accuracy, we put it up against the step counting on the Samsung Galaxy Watch Active 2 and the Withings Move and generally found the totals to be in the same ballpark. For sleep, we generally found data like sleep duration was around the same as what the Active 2 and Withings' Sleep bed monitor dished out. Sleep breakdown graphs largely matched up too.
If you switch on the Pulse Ox sensor during sleep, you can generate richer sleep insights, though at the expense of battery life.
Garmin has now added a dedicated sleep tracking widget, which means you can dive into your night's sleep directly on the watch. This gives you a surprising amount of data to view including a graph showing a breakdown of sleep, sleep score and quality data and a note to tell you whether your sleep was good or very bad.
On the smartwatch features front, there's plenty going on here. You have the ability to read notifications and respond to them when the watch is paired to an Android phone.
You've also got Garmin Pay and a built-in music player with the ability to store up to 2,000 songs plus support for downloading offline playlists from the likes of Spotify and Deezer. Those apps can be found and downloaded from Garmin's still quite clunky Connect IQ store, where you can also find additional watch faces, data fields and other apps to bring extra functionality to the Fenix.
Day-to-day, it's the notification support that most came into play for us. They'll pop up as frequently as they do on your phone and you can control whether or not they interrupt your training sessions. Once you've negotiated your way through the setup, music features impress too, though music streaming will impact on watch battery life.
Is it as slick a smartwatch experience as an Apple Watch? We'd say probably not, but it does enough that it should satisfy those who demand proper smartwatch features.
Garmin Fenix 6: Battery life
Garmin's Fenix watches have always been well regarded for going big on battery life, giving you plenty of power for a few days or even weeks away from your charger.
The claimed Fenix 6 battery life is up to 14 days in smartwatch mode and up to 36 hours when using GPS. In maximum GPS battery mode, you can expect 72 hours. When you factor in music playback with GPS tracking, that drops down to 10 hours.
Garmin also offers an expedition GPS mode giving you up to 28 days while a battery saver mode gets you up to 48 days.
If you go for the solar Fenix 6 (see below), you can expect those numbers to be beefed up considerably if you spend enough time out in the sun on a daily basis.
The addition of the new battery saver modes and displaying battery in days as opposed to a percentage is very telling here. As Garmin adds more features, it is going to invariably impact on battery performance. Thankfully, we didn't see any worrying drop offs in our time with the standard Fenix 6 or 6 Pro and it will on the whole live up to those claimed battery life performances.
As we've mentioned in other reviews, the addition of music streaming on Garmin's watches does impact on battery life in quite a noticeable way, so that's something to keep in mind. It certainly pays off to think about what features you'll make use of to prolong that already impressive battery life.
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Garmin Fenix 6: Solar edition
After rolling out a solar version of the Fenix 6X, the Fenix 6 and the 6s now get solar editions.
The idea is that solar offers a battery life when you spend more time outdoors.
Garmin has added in the same Power Glass lens material, which is identifiable by a ring that you can see surrounding the display. Design-wise, not a lot has changed, though we have noticed that the Start button is now slightly more raised compared to the standard and Pro 6.
You need 3 hours in really strong sunlight (50,000 lux) to get the full effects, and a solar intensity widget on the watch, will show spikes of exposure during the day and you can view that as a graph in the Garmin Connect app. But proper exposure will give you:
- Smartwatch mode: 16 days (up from 14 days)
- Full GPS mode: 40 hours (up from 36 hours)
- Maximum GPS mode: 93 hours (up from 72 hours)
- Expedition mode: 36 days (up from 28 days)
In a sample 1 hour run, we pitted it against the Fenix 6 Pro, both set up with the same settings and found battery drop off was 5% on the Fenix 6 Pro and 3% on the Solar. Extrapolate that over a whole say outside and it will make a difference.
But we should also talk about the price here. The standard Fenix 6 Pro costs £599 with the Fenix 6 Pro Solar coming in at £739.99. It's a steep price hike for those extra solar powers.
And we'd argue that the benefits of the Fenix 6 Solar over a standard model aren't as dramatic as the Instinct Solar.
Two more days of smartwatch use, or four more hours of normal GPS won't be worth the price hike for most people. The battery life is already fantastic.
For those looking at Max Battery or going on long multi-day treks then yes, Solar offers tangible benefits. But for the normal user, it's not worth the extra.
The Fenix 6 may not instantly feel like a massive leap forward from the Fenix 5, but the more time you spend with it the more you appreciate the subtle changes Garmin has made to the design and the software. It's an all-round nicer sports watch to live with with better battery, more control over battery modes and improved data. While you can save some money going for the standard Fenix 6, the addition of maps alone is reason to go for the Pro. Whichever model you go, you'll get one of the best sports watches you can wrap around your wrist.
- Improved all-day wear
- Incredible battery life
- World beating choice of sports
- PacePro a nice addition for runners
- Optical HR isn't suited to high intensity
- Mapping is a bit basic
- Solar editions don't offer enough for the cost
- Very pricey
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