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THE GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO HAS A BETTER BATTERY LIFE AND BATTERY MANAGEMENT OPTIONS
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro can last up to 10 hours in GPS+music mode compared to the Apple Watch Series 5’s 3 hours. This means that the latter won’t last for the duration of a longer run/bike ride. On one charge, even without intense use, the Apple Watch Series 5 will only last 18 hours maximum, compared to the 14 days (!) the Fenix 6 Pro can muster.
Using the most extreme battery saving option, the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro will last up to a month and a half. It won’t track much with any precision in this mode, though.
The Apple Watch Series 5 might track general health parameters better, but the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro has more options for sport activity-related health metrics. Some of the features include Garmin’s blood oxygen monitoring system called PulseOx and the Body Battery feature that measures your body’s energy levels and recommends training (or rest) accordingly.
The Fenix will even adjust its readings to take into account the temperature and altitude at which you train.
THE GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO HAS A MORE RUGGED CONSTRUCTION
Regardless of the price, you won’t mind taking the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro for a trail running session or a mountain bike ride. The casing feels solid and the Sapphire glass on all but the most basic models is indeed scratch proof.
The Fenix also has physical buttons that make control easier when you’re on a run – even with gloves on. The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro is also waterproof to 10 ATM and can track heart rate underwater. Interestingly, the Apple Watch also seems to be able to do this for some people, but Apple does not officially claim it as a feature.
THE GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO CAN TRACK MORE NICHE SPORT ACTIVITIES
With the Apple Watch Series 5, you can track up to 12 different fitness activities, including walking, running, cycling and even HIIT training (the 12 includes an ‘Other’ option too).
The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, on the other hand, can track anything from trail running, running, hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand-up paddle boarding, rowing, kayaking, Jumpmaster, tactical and more.
On the Fenix 6 Pro, these modes are all pre-loaded on the watch, so there is no need to search the Connect IQ app store for Garmin and third-party apps.
THE GARMIN FENIX 6 PRO HAS BUILT IN GOLF COURSE AND SKI RESORT MAPS
Garmin is well known for its golf watches, and the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro has all the tricks you’ll find on them. Maps for over 41,000 golf courses worldwide are on the watch, straight out of the box. That means you can calculate distance to the pin with ease, with club suggestions to help you pile up the birdies.
Other golf-specific features on the Fenix 6 Pro include button targeting and the PlaysLike Distance feature, which accounts for elevation changes on the course and shows an adjusted distance to the green.
There are also more than 2,000 ski resorts mapped on the Fenix 6 Pro. These features can be added to Apple Watch, but only via paid-for apps.