The Garmin Fenix 6 is one of, if not the best multi-sport smartwatch money can buy, bringing performance and adventure tracking as well as GPS-based mapping to just about every outdoor activity Garmin Fenix 6X Black Friday Deals 2021 you can think of. However, there’s a downside. It comes with a big price tag that will put most people off.The Garmin Fenix 6 sits right at the top of the extensive tree of Garmin watches, and represents the best of everything the company has to offer right now.
The Fenix series is a family of fitness trackers that pretty much has it all when it comes to outdoor fitness and adventure tracking. Stepping things up a notch, Garmin released the Fenix 6 range in August 2019, offering users a slight update in design and some welcome new features over the Fenix 5 Plus.
We always see some excellent discounts on sports tech on Amazon Prime Day, and we’d be surprised if this year’s Prime Day deals don’t include an offer on the Fenix 6. It’s a great opportunity to pick up one of the most powerful sports watches around at a bargain price.The sixth series comes in what seems like a million different skews depending on what you’re looking for in a multi-sports or running watch. It starts with the standard Fenix 6 model, which is the one being reviewed in this article and for comparison’s sake, has a 47mm case.Under this is the slightly more compact Fenix 6S, which has a 42mm case and thus a slightly lower battery life. There’s also a Pro version of these models available, which adds music compatibility, maps and Wi-Fi connectivity. Above that, there’s the more powerful Fenix 6X, which has slightly better battery life alongside music, Wi-Fi and maps as standard.
Finally, there’s a super top-spec version of the 6X called the Pro Solar and this boasts a super light all-titanium body along with solar panels around the watch face’s rim that give an extra boost in battery life.While things haven’t changed that much since the Fenix 5 Plus that came before it (expect the same big, bold and, yes, quite bulky design), there is a lot to love about the latest upgrade.
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From triathlon tracking to skiing, the Fenix 6’s sport-specific smarts are extensive to say the least, with advanced training features that will suit everyone and anyone, from amateurs to athletes.The Garmin Fenix 6 is out now in the UK, US and Australia, but it doesn’t come cheap, with a price ranging from £529.99 / $599.99 / AU$949 all the way up £999 / $1,149.99 / AU$1,549 depending on what you opt for However, it’s worth bearing in mind that the lowest spec model is significantly cheaper (£70/$200/AU$200) than the Fenix 5 Plus was when it first landed just over a year earlier.The prices vary based on your choice of model, color, and strap, but generally speaking the base Fenix 6 is the cheapest with the 6S and 6X being a step up in terms of price. The most expensive is the Fenix 6X Pro Solar, which offers everything the 6X does plus solar charging and a lighter body.
The differences in price vary greatly because of the sheer number of added extras available, each of which is targeted at different kinds of users.Overall, it still looks quite bulky when compared to most other smartwatches on the market, and even other
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Garmin ranges like the Vivoactive or Forerunner series. While there’s good reason for this extra bulk (ruggedness and battery life) it’s still 1.1mm slimmer than the Fenix 5 Plus model, measuring 14.7mm thick, which is down from 15.8mm.Alright, this isn’t noticeably slimmer on the wrist but it does feel slightly lighter – weighing 7g less than the previous equivalent model. This is a welcome improvement for a smartwatch known for being rather cumbersome.The biggest design upgrade, however, can be seen on the display, which is now 17% larger, jumping from a 1.2-inch, 240 x 240 resolution display to a larger 1.3-inch, 260 x 260 offering. While that doesn’t sound like much, it does mean that fitness information is displayed in a much more intuitive way than before as it can now show extra (customizable) data fields.
For instance, you can now fit eight activity measurements of your choice around the edges of the circular watch face screen instead of six, thanks to the slightly larger screen real estate. This allows you to see more of your data at a glance without having to scroll through endless menus. The resolution upgrade also means data is just that tad bit sharper, which helps a lot with this kind of display.
If you’re familiar with Garmin devices, you’ll know the firm doesn’t achieve display brightness through a super powerful backlit AMOLED screen as seen on many other smartwatches. Instead, it uses transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) tech which relies on external lights to illuminate when in well-lit conditions.
The first criterion could be the case size: ∅ 42 mm, ∅ 47 mm, ∅ 51 mm. Depending upon your wrist – whether tenderly or strongly – there might be a fenix for everyone. However, the design of the fenix is not exactly feminine, but rather something for male
To make the selection even more complicated: The two cheapest watches of the “6S” and “6” series are “basic” wearables with less memory (64 MB instead of 32 GB) and accordingly without music and without (pre-installed) maps as well as without Wi-Fi and because of the missing maps with slightly less navigation functions.
If you have now decided on a size and “Base” or “Non-Base”, the bezel / lens / strap materials (and thus the colors) can be the next selection criterion.
There are bezels made of stainless steel or titanium and some with a DLC coating. DLC is a fine carbon layer (DLC = diamond like carbon). According to Garmin, the DLC coating offers protection against scratches and wear.
But the lens material is much more important: there is a choice between Corning Gorilla Glass DX and sapphire crystal. An exception are the two “solar” models, in which so-called “power glass” is used (this is a power glass solar charging lens that is glued between the display and a protective Gorilla Glass DX).
Sapphire glass is considered to be particularly scratch-resistant and break-proof. The scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass DX, on the other hand, is supposed to provide optimized readability thanks to reduced surface reflections and better contrast ratios.
We can only confirm the scratch resistance of sapphire: with a fenix 5X in use since the beginning, the sapphire crystal still looks like on the first day!
When selecting our test copy, however, we opted for the “Gorilla” version. Reason: In direct comparison to the “Sapphire” version the readability is slightly better, the display
Let’s start with the display. One of the most remarkable new features is – with the same case dimensions compared to fenix 5 – the larger display area (except for the “6S”), which is especially great when reading the map; the maximum possible number of data fields has increased as well.
The “6” has grown from 1.2″ (30.4 mm) to a diameter of 1.3″ (33.02 mm), and the “6X” from 1.2″ (30.4 mm) to 1.4″ (35.56 mm) – an increase of 18% and 36%, respectively.
The general readability of the MIP display is great even under difficult light conditions
We didn’t measure the runtimes in our Garmin fenix 6X Pro Garmin Fenix 6X Black Friday Deals 2021 review because there are too many different parameters. But the fenix 6X Pro seems to last forever; tours of several days are possible without charging.