It wouldn’t be a complete smartwatch without phone integration and notifications, though, so Garmin made it compatible with iPhones and Android devices. Pair it with your smartphone via Bluetooth, and you’ll be able to check your calendar and see your latest text messages right on the watch.
Again, all of the features are customizable, so you can set and see exactly what you want.
One of our favorite features on Garmin watches is daily goal setting. You can set goals for steps, calories burned, floors climbed and intensity minutes, and the watch alerts you when you’ve hit the goal. Don’t feel like setting them ahead of time? The Fenix determines some anyway based on your previous activity.
The Garmin Fenix 6 isn’t just for runners, though. The timepiece can also track:
- Gym workouts, like strength training or rowing machines
- Golf courses, including 41,000 pre-loaded courses around the world
- Outdoor recreation, like hiking, climbing, mountain biking and skiing
- Cycling, including road, indoor, mountain biking and triathlon
- Swimming, both pool swimming and open water
To be suitable for swimming, Garmin made the Fenix 6 fully waterproof. It has a 10 ATM water rating, which means it can withstand water pressures equivalent to being 100 meters underwater. The rating makes the watch ideal for just about every water sport you can think of—swimming, diving, snorkeling—although it’s not meant for scuba diving or free driving.
Our tester says the Fenix connects to GPS as quickly as any other Garmin watch he’s tried. The inherent limitation of any GPS device is that it can be difficult to find a signal when it’s cloudy or you’re around tall buildings or trees. Even on cloudy days, though, our tester says the watch found a signal and it tracked his runs with no problems.
Garmin made the Fenix 6 capable of connecting to GPS, GLONASS and Galileo satellite systems (the US, Russian and European Union navigation satellite systems, respectively), which can track your workout and sync the watch’s time to keep it on track.