Garmin Fenix 6 Pro: A Detailed Review
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro Is A Multi-Faceted Outdoor Sports Watch That Revolutionizes The Way You Do Sports.
REASONS TO BUY
- Top-notch offline maps and POV navigation features.
- Introduced a new PacePro app to supercharge your runs.
- Updated maps and music with Spotify integration.
REASONS TO AVOID
- A bit expensive
- Issues with heart rate tracking
Garmin introduced the much-awaited Fenix 6 Pro series. This mega-rugged Fenix multisport watch offers sophisticated design, GPS-based mapping, POV navigation, music compatibility, Wi-Fi connectivity and constant updates. Due to its heavier casing, it looks a little bulky and does not feel light on the wrist. The Fenix 6 Pro watch had a hefty price tag initially, but it’s affordable now.
The Fenix series enthusiasts are a bit confused in choosing the right watch from the nineteen new varieties. Overall, the Fenix 6 Pro series can be deemed the successors of the Fenix 5 Plus series. This smart watch is worth your money; it has a bigger screens, extended battery life, and excellent new features that radically improve sports tracking and training analysis.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: WHAT YOU NEED TO KNOW
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro series comprise watches that are divided into three sizes 6S (42mm), 6 (47mm), and 6X (51mm). They are categorized as Standard, Pro (offers music and maps) and Pro Solar (offers music, maps, and the latest solar panel feature to charge battery efficiently)
It has three sizes (6, 6S & 6X) and the latest features, such as PacePro and training load analysis, along with Marq Athlete and Forerunner 945. However, it is devoid of maps and music that were available in the Fenix 5 Plus series. The Fenix 6 can be seen as a direct update of the ever-popular Fenix 5 watch.
Considering the 6S, 6, and 6X watches pro variants, they are full-fledged watches which comes handy when you store and sync music from Spotify. They also have color maps to create routes. The most technologically advanced watch of the Fenix Pro Series is the Fenix 6X Pro Solar. It is equipped with ultra-efficient solar panels on its display that improves battery life by up to 10%. Other variants of Pro watches have sapphire screens that offer scratch resistance. They cost an additional £100 to £200.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: PRICE AND COMPETITION
Garmin Fenix 6 price tag starts at £224 for the 6 and 6S watches (£239). The cheapest pro watches cost £259. The series' most expensive watch is the 6X Pro Solar, with a titanium band that tops out at £424.
Now talking about competition within Garmin's watches, Fenix 6 Pro series competes best with Forerunner 945, which costs £279. It has a plastic build that is more comfortable but has a less sophisticated appearance than the Fenix 6 Pro. Also, the Forerunner 945 does not have as many features as those in the Fenix 6 Pro. If you wish to use PacePro, you can rely on the Fenix series.
Not to mention, the Fenix series has no parallel when it comes to comparison. Suunto’s flagship watches, offers best battery life. However, Suunto's watches are not as impressive as the Fenix 6 Pro in having training load analysis, impressive sports tracking, and music support.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: DESIGN AND FEATURES
Considering Fenix 6 Pro series design, they all have the same signature five-button design that reflects Garmin's watches. The latest watches have a heavily rugged design. Garmin did some design upgrades by offering slightly bigger display. The 6S variants have the same 240 x 240 1.2” panel like the Fenix 5S. The other 6 and 6 Pro watches have a 260 x 260 1.3” screen. The 6X Pro and 6X Pro Solar both have the same 280 x 280 1.4” resolution display.
The Fenix 6 Pro offers a bright screen using transflective memory-in-Pixel (MIP) technology. It has the best clarity in all environments, just like smartwatches. There exists a significant difference in the GPS and music time in all variants of the Fenix series. According to Garmin,
6 and 6 Pro offers:
- Up to 36 hours of GPS.
- 10 hours of GPS and music.
6X Pro offers:
- 60 hours of GPS.
- 15 hours of music.
The 6S and 6S Pro offers:
- 25 hours of GPS.
- 6 hours of GPS and music.
Garmin has also introduced an impressive Power Manager that helps you identify how much battery is left in terms of hours and days. If you begin any activity, the Power Manager tells you how much battery level is left so you can optimize the settings to extend the battery life. If your battery level declines during the activity, the Power Manager alerts you to toggle off some features to sustain the battery life.
The Fenix series is equipped with a plethora of sensors such as Elevate Heart Rate sensor, barometric altimeter, and PulseOx sensor. You can also pair them with external sensors via Bluetooth. The Fenix 6 Pro is waterproof up to 100 m, so you can easily wear it underwater. The watch can also track your location using GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellites.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: SPORTS TRACKING AND PERFORMANCE
The best features that Garmin has introduced in the Fenix 6 Pro are sports tracking, PacePro, and advanced training analysis. PacePro helps set targets for each mile based on the terrain. You set the pace, time, and whether you want to run a positive or negative split. Based on the information you provide, PacePro helps you check how many miles you are left and your pace. Another excellent feature is advanced training analysis. It allows you to categorize your workouts and helps you balance all your training.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: ACTIVITY AND SLEEP TRACKING
The Fenix 6 Pro allows you to track steps, calories, and active minutes. It also has the Body Battery feature provides a rating of your overall energy reserves out of 100 based on factors such as heart rate variability. It also offers sleep tracking that measures your blood oxygen levels throughout the night.
GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO REVIEW: VERDICT
Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is a multi-faceted sports watch that has set the bar high. With its exceptional and advanced features, you can stay ahead of your game and improve your training. Play Spotify music on the go and set targets with PacePro. If you want a sports watch that offers you a diverse range of features and a true value for money, then Fenix 6 Pro is the right choice for you.