IMO an Apple Watch is a better option if you're an iOS phone user. More apps, more interactivity, better UX. Map-based navigation on a watch simply sucks. Too small a display. I had both a Fenix 5 and a Fenix 6 and sold them both, and am happy now with an Apple Watch 4. You can even get a cellular plan if you don't want to have to carry your phone.
If you want a navigation device, get a Garmin 530 or 830 or a Wahoo. If you want a fitness device, the Apple Watch is hard to beat, and the ability to answer calls/respond to texts without taking my phone out is a useful feature.
Battery life on the Apple Watch is a bit of a showstopper for a lot of outdoor usage which is why people are glued to their Garmins. Navigation using wrist devices is pretty capable generally and the Garmin models that have mapping allow OpenStreetMap derived maps to be used which I find useful. No doubt Apple will sort that battery life out in the next cycle or two. Meanwhile the Fenix and Instincts are both available with solar charging at a premium price
if you are actually interested in accurate GPS tracking and Strava segment matching, Garmin is the one to get. A few mates have had Apple watches and they are utterly useless for getting a GPS fix in the trees when you are mountain biking, and looking at their rides after it was obvious to see, looking at rides we both did together: my line would be following the trail, their line would be jutting around all over the map and a random and haphazard fashion.
I've had a FR735 for 5.5 years now and it has been brilliant. after 2.5 years the display started flickering and Garmin swapped it with a new one for me, and the new one is still going strong.
the FR735 I have has been down to £160 on sale, there is the cheaper FR235 which is pretty similar except you can't log swimming activities with it.
I'm not upto speed with the newer versions if there are any, but from my understanding a lot of the higher end fenix watches have features which are just not appealing to me. But if you want a real altimeter(not just the the GPS version), or scratch proof glass, or the ability to dress it up like a nice watch then go for a Fenix bu they are about 3 times the price
I'd say the fenix (6) is perfectly fine for walking, navigation works well for that purpose (it doesn't for mountainbiking... small screen + wrist? nope). I liked the Apple Watch interface+integration, but could not live with daily charging.... I found myself skipping a few days here and there, and ended up not wearing it 4 days out of 5. Whereas the Garmin, I wear it all the time.Not really interested in Strava stuff for a watch, I've got a Garmin 530 for that.
It'd be used for a bit of biking, but I'm getting back into hillwalking and scrambling so more for that kind of thing, and as a watch
Battery life on these watches is lousy and the prices get astronomical quickly. If you can tolerate a proper GPS cyclecomputer, you can have the watch just handling your heart rate monitoring and maybe a couple of extra display fields. That way you could use a cheaper watch like a Vivoactive paired to the computer.As the title, I'm looking for an upgrade to my fitbit versa, with a few more features, gps and altitude would be nice.
There seems to be quite a few options around, so what do you guys recommend and why?
I agree on that, though once you've narrowed it down to what you need and forget about all the rest, it's quite OK.Garmin’s terminology is really confusing. You have routes, tracks, and courses. On a Garmin handheld GPS, you have a track, but on the watch its a course (I think). In fact I have no idea. Why they make this so confusing is a mystery. Sometimes I have no clue how to get a GPX onto the watch.
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