Here’s the situation: you’re looking for a new smartwatch. Specifically, you’re looking for a new smartwatch that will help you get in shape for the summer, with plenty of fitness and health tracking features. You’ve narrowed your shopping list down to Apple and Garmin. So basically you’ve done everything but decide: should you get the latest Apple Watch, the Apple Watch Series 7? Or should you buy one of Garmin’s new smartwatches, like the Fēnix 7 series? This is where we come in. We’re here to help you find the model that’s right for you.
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Why the Apple Watch Series 7 is the best smartwatch for you
If you’re an Apple iOS-compatible household, the Apple Watch Series 7 is a no-brainer. You are already set up to integrate your smartwatch with your Apple devices. This should make it easier to track your fitness goals through your iPhone, for example. The Apple Watch Series 7 is available in two sizes: the 41mm and the 45mm.
Apple Watch Series 7 (41mm)
The Apple Watch Series 7 with a 41mm case offers 20% more display area than the Apple Watch Series 6. It functions as an activity tracker and can monitor your sleep. Download apps to check your blood oxygen and administer an electrocardiogram to measure heart rate. Take advantage of her yoga, meditation, and other workout routines via AppleFitness+. (AppleFitness+ is a subscription service. It costs $9.99 per month; Apple Watch buyers get the first month free.)
Apple Watch Series 7 (45mm)
The 45mm version of the Apple Watch Series 7 basically does everything the 41mm version does, except it does it bigger: it’s the biggest Apple Watch yet. Both 41mm and 45mm versions are compatible with a number of models sold separately, which look cool.. (Click here for our guide to .)
Why a Garmin smartwatch is the best smartwatch for you
If you want a hardcore exercise partner that’s easy to work out with, a Garmin smartwatch might be the wearable for you. Unlike the Apple Watch, which can only be paired with an Apple iPhone, a Garmin smartwatch can work with an iOS or Android device through the Garmin Connect app. (There are compatibility requirements for the app; you can find them on the Garmin site.)
Garmin Instinct 2 series
The Garmin Instinct 2 series was launched in February. It is designed not just to be worn, but to be actively worn. This is an outdoor, heat and shock resistant GPS smartwatch with damage and scratch resistant glass. It measures your heart rate, stress level, sleep metrics, blood oxygen, fitness age and more. It provides daily workout prompts, comes with built-in workout and sports apps, and even tracks your mountain bike stats when available. Download apps from Garmin’s Garmin Connect IQ store to up the watch game even further and track everything from hydration to menstrual cycles. The battery will last up to 30 hours in GPS mode and up to 28 days in smartwatch mode. Or get the solar version for what Garmin says is unlimited battery life.
The Instinct 2 series is available in two case sizes: 40mm and 45mm. It’s also available in a range of editions, from standard to surf and more. The image above shows the 40mm Solar Instinct 2 Standard Edition in Mist Grey. This version of the watch lists for $450.
Typically, the Garmin Instinct 2 series costs $350 and up.
The top-of-the-line Garmin Epix, launching in January, isn’t just another outdoor-ready Garmin smartwatch, it’s an outdoor-ready Garmin smartwatch with a luxurious look. Touted as a “premium multisport watch”, the Epix has an AMOLED display and, in a nice touch, comes with preloaded maps of thousands of golf courses and ski resorts around the world. It has a number of health and fitness monitoring powers and includes features that will help you on the next ski run or surf wave. The battery lasts 16 days in smartwatch mode and 42 hours in GPS mode. The Garmin Epix lists at $900 and up. The Sapphire-White Titanium model (pictured) costs $1,000.
Garmin Fenix 7 series
The latest iteration of Garmin’s Fēnix line of multisport smartwatches, the Garmin Fēnix 7 series, launched in January, features a touchscreen display, multi-LED hands-free flashlight and offers what Garmin says is an upgraded “l daily smartwatch interaction and map navigation.” It comes with several Garmin benefits, including built-in workouts, performance metrics, health and wellness sensors, ski route maps, golf course maps and mountain bike trail tracking.
Like the Garmin Instinct 2 series, the Garmin Fēnix 7 series is available in a solar-powered model – a model that can provide up to five weeks‘ battery life in smartwatch mode (and up to five days in GPS mode).
The Garmin Fēnix 7 series is available in three case sizes: 42mm; 47mm; and, 51mm. And there are three editions to choose from: standard; solar; or the high-end sapphire solar version. The Watch List for $700+. Shown is the 42mm Solar Powered Fēnix 7S in Rose Gold. It goes for $800.
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