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Garmin Fenix 6S VS 6S Pro Compared

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The Fenix 6 sets are the latest multisport GPS smartwatches from Garmin that’ll be succeeding the Fenix 5 series. It consists of the Fenix 6, 6 pro, 6s, 6s pro, 6x pro and 6x pro solar. This can be further divided into two; the Basic and the Pro editions.

The Basic editions lack Wi-Fi, onboard music storage and map which are all present on the Pro edition. In this comparison, we comparing the Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro specs and features. These two will succeed the Fenix 5s and 5s plus respectively.

Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro Specs Compared

 Garmin Fenix 6SGarmin Fenix 6S Pro
garmin fenix 6s vs 6s progarmin fenix 6s pro vs 6s

EDITOR'S RATING

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)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Price:
3 out of 5 stars (3.0 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Fenix 6SGarmin Fenix 6S Pro
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Fenix 5SGarmin Fenix 5S Plus
Successor----
Released dateAugust, 2019August, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inches1.2 inches
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Input type5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension42 x 42 x 13.8 mm42 x 42 x 13.8 mm
Weight58 grams58 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with metal rear cover
Strap materialSiliconeSilicone
Suede
Nylon
Bezel MaterialStainless steelStainless steel or
DLC coated steel
Band size20 mm20 mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla Glass 3Corning Gorilla Glass 3
Sapphire Crystal
Water resistantYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)White/white
Silver/black
Black/black
Light gold/gray
Rose-gold/white

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage64MB32GB
Memory card slot----

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Wi-FiNoYes
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

AudioNomp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicNoYes
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 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
GPS and Music: Up to 6hrs
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, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNo

IN THE BOX CONTENTS

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

PRICE COMPARED

Price (last checked)About $600
$800 (Sapphire edition)
About $700

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro Features Compared
The difference between the Fenix 6s and 6s pro is that the latter has onboard music storage capacity, Wi-Fi, and map including features that come with the map functionality that the former lacks.

  1. Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro: Design

  2. The Fenix 6s pro and 6s have similar appearance, as well same case and display size. However, the Fenix 6s pro is built with more durable materials. In this case, a more durable DLC coated titanium bezel which will cost you more.

    Moreover, while the Fenix 6s comes with silicone straps, the 6s pro gives you more options with silicone, nylon and the more decent looking suede strap materials. Although, the Fenix 6s is available in more colors like white/white, silver/black, black/black, and light gold/gray, while the 6s pro is available in rose-gold/white (first color = case color, second color = strap color).

  3. Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro: Storage

  4. The Fenix 6s pro also has a higher storage capacity than the 6s with a non-significant storage capacity. The 6s pro with 32GB allow you take about 2000 of your favorite music tracks with you which isn’t possible with the 6s with 64MB storage. This is very beneficial for those of us who like their music in their ears and can off course be a source of motivation.

  5. Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro: Fitness Tracking

  6. Just like all Garmin’s GPS smartwatches, the Fenix 6s pro and 6s are fitness focused and well equipped to offer you the most comprehensive fitness tracking experience. These two are no doubt some of the best GPS smartwatches on the market.

    The Fenix 6s pro and 6s are well equipped to track your daily activities such as steps, calories, fitness age, distance, sleep monitoring, and all day stress tracking.

    Each of these two also feature indoor gym activities such as indoor rowing, strength training and cardio training, including in-depth training and planning analysis features that includes training load, training effect and activity history on the watch.

    These two also get running features such as running, treadmill running and trail running, plus heart rate sensor that tracks your heart rate variability and capable of showing 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.

    The Fenix 6s pro and 6s have outdoor recreational features that 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, including in-depth golf and swimming features.

    Also available on these two is the body battery energy monitor feature 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.

    Also available is ClimbPro ascent planner with downloaded courses to help you see real-time information on your current and upcoming climbs, including gradient, distance and elevation gain.

    The incident detection feature introduced to the Forerunner series is also available on the Fenix 6s pro and 6s which can help you get help when there’s an accidental fall. It sends your location to preset emergency contacts.

    Also added to these two is swimming wrist based heart rate tracking. With the Fenix 6s pro and 6s you can track your heart rate while swimming which can help you get better insight into your swimming activities. This feature is new and for now is exclusive to the Fenix 6 series.

    Pulse Ox sensor introduced on the Fenix 5x plus is also available on the Fenix 6 series. The pulse ox sensor 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 quality of sleep. The Pulse ox sensor achieves these functions by monitoring how well your body absorbs oxygen.

    However, the Fenix 6s pro with map which isn’t available on the 6s has features that come with the map functionality that the 6s lacks.

    Garmin Fenix 6S Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
    Lacks trendline popularity routing visibility pro. Trendline popularity routing visibility pro available on the 6s pro adds more features to the TOPO map allowing for more visual and analytic features to help you find the best route.
    Lacks Pacepro. Garmin added PacePro to the 6 Pro sets which includes the 6s pro. The PacePro feature enables grade-guidance that can improve your running experience.
    Lacks Ski resort maps. Skii resort maps is available on the 6s pro with over 2000 ski resorts worldwide to choose from.

  7. Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro: Battery Life

The Fenix 6s pro and 6s have impressive battery life that’ll see you through days on a single charge. Although these two have same estimated battery life. However, the Fenix 6s with fewer features is expected to go a bit longer than the 6s pro.

Garmin introduced new battery saver features that include the power modes which allow you create custom batter saver modes, as well as the expedition mode featured on the MARQ series – an ultralow powered GPS reference that will keep the Fenix 6s pro and 6s going for weeks, and the battery saver mode that will keep both the Fenix 6s pro and 6s going longer for weeks.

Garmin Fenix 6S Garmin Fenix 6S Pro
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
Smartwatch: Up to 9 days
GPS: Up to 25hrs
GPS and Music: Up to 6hrs
Max Battery GPS Mode: 50hrs
Expedition GPS Activity: 20 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 34 days
Garmin Fenix 6S vs 6S Pro: Which is Better?

Garmin over the years have continue to give their fans more reasons to like their lineup of GPS smartwatches, and the new Fenix 6 series is no exception as these lots are sophisticatedly built, loaded with fitness tracking features and boost a very long battery life that only a few smartwatches on the market can boost of. In that regard, the Fenix 6s and 6s pro are clearly outstanding GPS smartwatches.

However, the Fenix 6s pro is clearly a better choice than the 6s. It has more features and quite more durable than the 6s. Although more expensive, the Fenix 6s pro with onboard music storage capability, a wifi that keeps you connected to all that matters to you and a map feature for a more enhanced navigation experience is a better deal.

On the other hand, the Fenix 6s is a nice alternative, a great choice if you’re low on budget.

Our Pick

We choose the 6s pro – It’s a more comprehensive activity tracker and has more features that the Fenix 6s lacks.

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