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Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S Compared

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The newly officially released Garmin Fenix 6 series consists of the basic editions that includes, 6 and 6s, and the Pro editions which includes the 6 pro, 6s pro, 6x pro and the 6x pro solar that can utilize solar energy to last a bit longer than the others.

The difference between the Basic and Pro editions is that the later comes with onboard music storage, wi-fi and maps (and features that come with it) which the Basic edition lacks. However, in this comparison, we’re comparing two of these basic editions, the Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S specs and features – which is better for you?

Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S Specs Compared

 Garmin Fenix 6Garmin Fenix 6S
garmin fenix 6 vs 6sgarmin fenix 6s vs 6

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Fenix 6Garmin Fenix 6S
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5Garmin Fenix 5S
Successor----
Released dateAugust, 2019August, 2019
Ideal forMen (will look good too on women.)Unisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.3 inches1.2 inches
Screen resolution260 x 260 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Input type5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension47 x 47 x 14.7 mm42 x 42 x 13.8 mm
Weight80 grams58 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
Strap materialSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel
Band size22 mm20 mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Water resistantYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Silver/black
Black/red nylon
Dark gray/black
Titanium
Titanium/orange
White/white
Silver/black
Black/black
Light gold/gray

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage64MB64MB
Memory card slot----

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Wi-FiNoNo
NFCYesYes
GPSYes, GPS/GLONASS/GalileoYes, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoneNone
SIM slotNoNo
Band----

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
Weather forecastYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
Distance coveredYesYes
Steps climbedYesYes
CaloriesYesYes

MEDIA

AudioNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNo
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

ThermometerYesYes
Accelerometer YesYes
CompassYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Other sensorsPulse Oximeter
(with Acclimation)
Pulse Oximeter
(with Acclimation)

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryLithium-ionLithium-ion
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeSmartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode:48 days
Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
ChargingCharging cableCharging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGarmin payGarmin pay
Compatibility Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNo

IN THE BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Fenix 6Garmin Fenix 6S
StrapsStraps
Charging cableCharging cable
User manualUser manual

PRICE COMPARED

Price (last checked)About $600
$800 (Sapphire edition)
About $600
$800 (Sapphire edition)

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S Features Compared
The difference between the Fenix 6 and 6s is that the later has a smaller case and display size, however has lesser battery life than the Fenix 6.

  1. Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S: Design

  2. Garmin tries to give their fans more options to choose from with the different sizes, and in this regard, the Fenix 6s just like the 5S is a more compact device with a smaller case size compared to the Fenix 6 with a quite moderate case size. The Fenix 6S is also slimmer than the 6 which makes it sleeker and a more attractive wear.

    However, the Fenix 6 with a slight bigger display size than the 6s will allow you see more at a glance.

    Moreover, Garmin has added a new widget feature that allows you add data fields such as features in the watch you like. The 6s with a smaller case size has up to 6 maximum data fields while the 6 with the wider display size has up to 8 data fields. This makes it easy to access your favorite features.

  3. Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S: Fitness Tracking

  4. The Fenix 6 series lineup is fitness focused, well equipped and loaded with features to give you the most comprehensive activity tracking experience, and the Fenix 6 and 6s being outstanding GPS multi-sport smartwatches are without doubt the very best choices for serious and comprehensive activity tracking.

    However, stating some of the activity tracking features available on the Fenix 6 and 6s pro, these two are well equipped to track your daily activities such as,

    • Steps, calories, fitness age, sleep monitoring, and all day stress tracking.
    • Available indoor gym activities include; indoor rowing, strength training and cardio training.
    • Training and planning features include training load, training effect, and activity history on the watch.
    • Running features include running, treadmill running, and trail running.
    • Heart rate sensor tracks your heart rate variability to give you insight on your heart rate zones, max heart rate and recovery time to help you manage the intensity of your training so that you can achieve more fitness goals without breaking down.
    • Outdoor recreational features include hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, xc skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, and jumpmaster. And cycling features such as biking, indoor biking, mountain biking, triathlon.
    • Loads of golfing features are also available.
    • In-depth swim tracking features including the newly added wrist base heart rate tracking that enable the Fenix 6 sets to track your heart rate while swimming resulting in better insight into your swimming activities.
    • Also featured, is the body battery energy monitor that uses data from heart rate variability, stress, sleep and other data to gauge when you’re ready to be active or when you may need to rest so that you train and achieve more without breaking down.
    • The incident detection feature introduced to the Forerunner series is also available on the Fenix 6 series which can help you get help when there’s an accidental fall. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.
    • Pulse ox sensor introduced on the Fenix 5x plus is also available and serves two functions; A. for altitude acclimation, where it can help you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing and B. sleep monitoring to help you see your sleep quality. The Pulse ox sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.
    • Added ClimbPro ascent planner that allows you choose from downloaded courses to see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.
    • Also added ABC sensor that can help you navigate your next trail with an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.

    Read more about the features present on the Fenix 6 series.

  5. Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S: Battery Life

Garmin boosted the battery life of the Fenix 6 sets – the Fenix 6 and 6s just like their respective predecessors and other Garmin GPS smartwatches have impressive battery life. But these lots will last even longer with the introduction of the intuitive battery management features that’ll keep you going for days longer. This is a similar feature that has been introduced to the Versa 2.

Garmin have added power manager feature that allow you adjust features based on your preferences that’ll see the device last longer. Power modes have also been added to allow you create custom power modes like you can with the new Gen 5 series from Fossil.

The expedition mode introduced on the MARQ series is also available on the Fenix 6 series. It’s a GPS low power reference feature that will see the Fenix 6 sets last for days. So also is the battery saver mode that will keep the Fenix 6 and 6s going for weeks.

However, the Fenix 6 has a quite longer battery life than the 6s.

Garmin Fenix 6 Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode:48 days
Garmin Fenix 6S Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Garmin Fenix 6 vs 6S: Which is Better?

Although these two are outstanding going by the design, features and long battery life that makes any of these a great choice for comprehensive activity tracking.

There’s no clear difference, it’s more about what size will look nice on you. And in that regard, the smaller and more compact Fenix 6 is a nicer wear for women and people with smaller wrist, while the bigger Fenix 6 will look nicer on men.

Although the Fenix 6 with a slight longer battery life is a better choice than the 6s, it’s the better companion for your next adventure and for anyone engaging in extreme workout activities.

Our Pick

We go with the Fenix 6 – Its has a longer battery life and wider display that lets you see more at a glance.

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