Compare Garmin Fenix 6 Solar to Garmin Fenix 6
Garmin Fenix 6 Solar
- The watch charges itself using solar power and lasts up to 24 days.
- You can leave your wallet at home because this watch is suitable for contactless payments.
- You can gain insight into your fitness with the VO2 max reading, which measures the maximum oxygen consumption in your blood.
- The Garmin Fenix 6 Pro has more options, but isn't available in a solar version. This means you can't charge the Pro using solar power.
Comparison Garmin Fenix 6 Solar and Garmin Fenix 6
|Garmin Fenix 6 Solar||Garmin Fenix 6|
|Screen||1.3-inch OLED Power Glass||1.3-inch OLED|
|Battery||Solar (solar power)||Battery|
|Battery life||24 days||14 days|
|Weight||85 grams||80 grams|
Screen and glass
Garmin Fenix 6 Solar: OLED Power Glass
The screen of the Fenix 6 Solar is the same as that of its predecessor. It's a 1.3-inch OLED screen. The glass that covers the screen is different. though. The solar version of the Garmin Fenix 6 is equipped with Power Glass. This type of glass is about as strong as Gorilla Glass. It ensures that the solar thermal collectors in the watch absorb sunlight better. Other types of glass, such as sapphire glass, are less suitable for this. The Power Glass is scratch resistant.
Garmin Fenix 6: OLED Gorilla Glass
Like the screen of the Solar edition, the OLED screen of the Garmin Fenix 6 is always on. This means you can always see the time and your most important data. The OLED screen is covered with Gorilla Glass. This type of glass is stronger than the mineral glass used for most watches. It's less susceptible to scratches.
Garmin Fenix 6 Solar: up to 24 days
Because the Garmin Fenix 6 Solar charges itself using solar power, the battery lasts extra long. The solar technology allows you to use the watch up to 24 days on a single charge. In addition to this technology, Garmin has other useful functions to extend the battery life, such as the Expedition Mode and Power Manager. In combination with the light energy sensors in the screen, these functions provide an extremely long battery life of at least 24 days. This is useful if you don't like to charge your watch manually.
Garmin Fenix 6: up to 14 days
The Garmin Fenix 6 doesn't have a solar screen, but it does have Expedition Mode and the Power Manager function like the Solar version does. In expedition mode, the Fenix 6 does use GPS, but it uses less energy. The battery will last up to 28 days. Without expedition mode, the battery lasts 14 days. You can also minimize battery use with the Power Manager. The function shows how your settings use energy. You can easily adjust these settings for a longer battery life.
Garmin Fenix 6 Solar: heart rate measurement under water
While most functions of the Garmin Fenix 6 Solar are similar to those of its predecessor, there are some minor differences. For example, the Fenix 6 Solar can be used to measure your heart rate under water, which isn't possible with the Fenix 6. A great option if want to keep track of your heart rate while you swim. The Solar edition of the Fenix 6 is less suitable for golfers. The watch doesn't keep track of golf statistics.
Garmin Fenix 6: golf functions
While the Solar version of the Fenix 6 no longer has golf functions, the Fenix 6 can be used to track your golf sessions. You'll know how many meters it takes to get to the hole and you can keep track of your scores on a digital score card. In addition, the Garmin Fenix 6 still supports use with the iPhone 4S, but the Garmin Fenix 6 Solar only supports iPhone 5S and newer.
In terms of functions, the Garmin Fenix 6 Solar doesn't differ a lot from the Garmin Fenix 6, but it's a different story battery-wise. The Solar version charges itself using solar power. This function ensures the battery lasts up to 24 days. You use a charger to recharge the Garmin Fenix 6. You can monitor your heart rate under water with the Solar version, but the watch doesn't have golf functions anymore. Not a golf enthusiast and not a fan of charging your watch manually? The Garmin Fenix 6 Solar is a good choice.