Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs. Garmin Fenix 7: Which one is better?

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro (left) vs Garmin Fenix 7 (right) Comparison

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro (left) vs Garmin Fenix 7 (right) Comparison

Garmin offers the best smartwatches for athletes as well as good ones for general customers too. The Garmin Fenix 7 is the successor to the Fenix 6, which launched in 2023. Garmin Fenix 6 Pro comes with tonnes more features than the Fenix 6.

So here we are going to compare the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro and the Garmin Fenix 7 and find out which one is better for everyone. We’ll be choosing the 42mm and standard editions of these watches in this comparison.

If you are wondering why not the other sizes because there are no difference between the watches other than the size so i choose the less expensive one. Without further ado, let’s go.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs. Garmin Fenix 7: Price and Comparison

Garmin Fenix 7 starts at $649 for the standard version and goes up to $899 for the Sapphire Solar edition. It also comes in three size options: 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm. It also comes with tonnes of colour options, depending on the edition you choose.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro starts at $749 and goes all the way up to $949. There are 3 sizes available: 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm, along with 3 editions: Standard, Sapphire, and Solar. Users can choose between these, in which case you get different colour options.

 

GENERAL Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
PRODUCT TYPE Sport watch Sport watch
SUPPORTED HOST DEVICE OS iOS, Android iOS, Android
ACTIVITY/SPORT Multisport
WEARING STYLE Watch style Watch style
WIDTH 47 mm
HEIGHT 47 mm
DEPTH 14.7 mm
WEIGHT 60 g With band: 79 g
Case only: 56 g
BODY DETAILS
BODY MATERIAL Stainless steel, fibre-reinforced polymer Stainless steel, fibre-reinforced polymer
PROTECTION Waterproof Water-resistant
CLOCK DISPLAY Yes Yes
FEATURES Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
SENSORS Accelerometer, barometric altimeter, pulse oximeter, 3-axis compass, optical heart sensor Accelerometer, thermometre, gyro sensor, barometric altimeter, electromagnetic compass, optical heart sensor, Pulse Ox sensor
TRACKING DATA Distance, calories burned, activity, sleep activity, heart rate, steps taken, blood oxygen saturation Distance, speed, calories burned, activity, sleep activity, heart rate, steps taken, blood oxygen saturation, pace, stress level, respiratory rate, active time, water balance, temperature
GOAL SETTING Yes Yes
FEATURES Bluetooth Smart technology, store & play music Music remote handling, find phone function, VIRB control, inactivity alert, Move IQ, Find my Device, Downloadable workouts, store & play music, rejecting a call, LiveTrack, Physio TrueUp, PacePro pace guidance, animated workouts, weather information, dual grid coordinates format, Body Battery Energy Monitor
NOTIFICATIONS SMS, social apps, incoming calls Calendar, SMS, Email, social apps, incoming calls, high and low heart rate
VIBRATING ALERT Yes Yes
FEEDBACK TYPE Audio alert, vibration alert, visual interface
NAVIGATION (GPS) GPS/GLONASS/Galileo receiver GPS/GLONASS/Galileo receiver
PAYMENT TECHNOLOGY Garmin Pay Garmin Pay
CONNECTIVITY Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
WIRELESS INTERFACE Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+ Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, ANT+
DISPLAY Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
TYPE Memory-in-Pixel LCD – colour – transflective Memory-in-Pixel LCD – colour – transflective
RESOLUTION 260 x 260 pixels 260 x 260 pixels
SCREEN SIZE 1.3″ 1.3″
SCREEN PROTECTION Corning Gorilla Glass 3 (scratch resistant glass) Corning Gorilla Glass DX (scratch resistant glass)
INPUT DEVICE Touch buttons Touch sensitive screen, push buttons
CASE Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
CASE SIZE 47 mm 47 mm
CASE SHAPE Round Round
BEZEL Stainless steel
CASE BACK Metal Metal
CASE DETAILS Black Silver
BAND Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
BAND TYPE Band Band
BAND WIDTH 22 mm
FITS WRIST WITH CIRCUMFERENCE 125-208 mm 125-208 mm
CHANGEABLE Yes
CLASP TYPE Buckle Buckle
BAND MATERIAL Silicone Silicone
BAND COLOUR Black Graphite
STORAGE Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
STORAGE CAPACITY 32 GB 16 GB
BATTERY Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
TECHNOLOGY Lithium Ion Lithium Ion
BATTERY LIFE DETAILS Smartwatch mode – up to 14 days
GPS mode – up to 36 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode – up to 72 hours
Expedition GPS Mode – up to 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode – up to 48 days
GPS with Music mode – up to 10 hours
Smartwatch mode – up to 18 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode – up to 57 days
GPS mode – up to 57 hours
All satellite systems mode – up to 40 hours
All satellite systems with music mode – up to 10 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode – up to 136 hours
Expedition GPS Mode – up to 40 days
RECHARGEABLE BATTERY Yes Yes
MISCELLANEOUS Garmin fēnix 6 Pro Garmin fēnix 7
INCLUDED ACCESSORIES Charging/data cable Charging/data cable
SAR VALUE 0.3 W/kg (body), 0.3 W/kg (limb)
MAX DEPTH OF WATER RESISTANCE 100 m 100 m
MAX OPERATING TEMPERATURE 45 °C
MIN OPERATING TEMPERATURE -20 °C

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Garmin Fenix 7: Design and display

Both watches come in a circular design with a stainless steel bezel and fibre-reinforced polymer with a metal rear cover. There are 3 sizes available: 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm. There’s a Sapphire Solar and a Solar edition available for these watches.

These also come with five buttons—two on the right and three on the left—and a Garmin signature design that is not only stylish but also designed for sports. If we talk about straps, you get a silicone strap as standard, but you can choose between nylon, metal, or leather bands.

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Both watches boast a 1.3-inch, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) display with a 260 x 260 resolution. They also come with Corning gorilla glass protection. Both are bright, crisp, and easy to read, even in direct sunlight. The only difference here is that the Garmin Fenix 7 comes with a touchscreen and the Garmin Fenix 6 does not.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Garmin Fenix 7: Health tracking and features

Both of these watches are identical when it comes to health features. You get wrist-based heart rate, respiration rate, blood oxygen saturation, body battery, relaxation breathing, sleep, hydration, and women’s health.

The only difference is that you get a Garmin Elevate V4 sensor on the Garmin Fenix 7 that gives you the ability to take a health snapshot, which basically records key health metrics such as breathing, heart rate, stress level, and oxygen saturation while you hold still for two minutes plus a jet lag advisor.

There’s also an activity tracking mode that includes running, biking, hiking, yoga, boxing, snowboarding, swimming, HIIT, and so much more.

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Two new features Garmin’s Stamina and Up Ahead are only available on the Garmin Fenix 7. The new Stamina feature tracks and manages your exertion on a ride or run. And Up Ahead is for ultrarunners; it shows course points along with aid stations, trails, and turns. These are not groundbreaking features to have.

Garmin Fenix 7 and Garmin Fenix 6 Pro feature a recovery time that tells how well you recovered, ready for your next workout or not. Plus, training statistics use HRV status, your recent exercise history, and performance metrics to show detailed information about your performance.

There’s also some features added to assure users safety, including incident detection, assistance, livetrack, group livetrack, and life event sharing.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Garmin Fenix 7: Smartwatch Features

First, let’s talk about the similarities, as these devices are identical and share almost all their features.

Both devices are capable of Bluetooth, ANT+, and Wi-Fi connectivity. With that, both have smart notifications, text response/reject phone calls (Android only), morning reports, calendars, weather forecasts, control music and phone music, find my phone and watch, smart trainers, and much more.

Several other features, such as Garmin Pay for contactless payments and the ability to store songs, are also available. Both watches have support for 10ATM for dust and water resistance.

The only difference here is that the Garmin Fenix 7 offers touchscreen support, which makes it easier to scroll through the screen or use it while running or hiking. It also makes it easier to zoom in on the map or scroll through the map.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Garmin Fenix 7: Battery Life

Garmin Smartwatches are known for their amazing battery capacity. With that said, the Fenix 7 has a battery life of up to 11 days in smartwatch mode, which is less than the massive 21 days of battery life in the Fenix 6 Pro.

In GPS mode, the Fenix 7 wins with a 57-hour battery life compared to 36 hours on the Fenix 6 Pro. In battery-saving mode, the Fenix 6 Pro can last up to 80 days between charges, while the Garmin Fenix 7 can last for 57 days.

Both have massive battery life and can last up to days before you need to charge them again, but the Fenix 6 Pro does offer more battery life, which is worth considering.

Garmin Fenix 6 Pro vs Garmin Fenix 7: Verdict

As we have seen in this comparison, most of the advanced features that a user needs are available on both of these watches. Each device is capable of showing health and performance metrics, tonnes of sports modes, and awesome battery life.


The price is also the same: $649 for the 42mm Standard Edition. This is why the Garmin Fenix 7 will be a great choice for you. The improved Garmin Elevate V4 sensor, health snapshot, touchscreen support, jet lag advisor, stamina, and up ahead are some of the notable features.


I don’t think battery life is the factor in choosing the Garmin Fenix 6 Pro, as both watches do have awesome battery life, and I think 57 days is still enough for most people, and I don’t think anyone needs more than that, so the Garmin Fenix 7 still wins.

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