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Garmin Descent G1 vs Instinct 2 Tactical vs fenix 7 | Dive Watch vs Tactical GPS Watch Comparison


Compare the New Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch vs the Instinct 2 Solar Tactical vs the fēnix® 7 Solar:

 

Need a rugged GPS watch that let's you do what you love above and below water? The Garmin Descent G1 watch-style dive computer could be your new everywhere wearable.

Bonus—not only does it blend the best of all your worlds (from topside to below the surface)—it's more afffordable compared to the Descent Mk2 series and other Garmin high-end watches, like fēnix 7, epix (Gen 2), and Forerunner 945.

So how does it hold up next to the Instinct 2 Solar Tactical and the fēnix 7? Read on to compare these watches and find out what makes this new Garmin dive GPS watch so unique! Note that the Descent G1 and the fēnix 7 each offer solar- and nonsolar-charging options, while the Instinct 2 Solar Tactical has only the solar-charging option.

Garmin Watches Comparison | Table of Contents

New Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

You're a diver underneath. Land or sea, this compact dive computer is built for both of your worlds.

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

This watch is equipped with tactical-specific features and has solar charging to keep you going.

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Premium Outdoor GPS Watch

Combining the best features of our fitness and outdoor watches. Blends design and performance.

Watch Design

Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

Featuring an easy-to-read, high-contrast display and 45mm watch case, the G1 Series introduces a new compact design into the dive lineup that is purpose built in both form and function. Water rated to 10 ATM (100 meters) and tested to engineering standard EN133319 for dive compliance with leakproof inductive buttons and a sapphire lens, the Descent G1 Series is rugged and ready for excursions above and below the water’s surface. Available in multiple color options and compatible with Garmin QuickFit® bands, divers can switch between long and short straps for wearing over wet suits when needed, or switch up their style in a snap to take their timepiece from a dive to dinner.

Watch Design

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

In addition to its new vibrant color options, Instinct 2 Series offers a slimmer profile, as well as two sizes—a traditional 45mm bezel and a new Instinct 2S with a smaller 40mm bezel, providing a more comfortable fit for individuals with smaller wrists and women (note: the Instinct Solar Tactical is only available in the 45mm size). A new high-resolution, easy-to-read display protected by chemically strengthened, scratch-resistant glass helps customers feel confident knowing they are ready for any challenge. Paying homage to the rugged Instinct and Instinct Solar Series, Instinct 2 remains built to military standard 810 for thermal and shock resistance and is water rated to 100 meters.

Instinct 2 Series is compatible with the Garmin Connect IQ™ store, an all-in-one platform for further personalizing Instinct 2 Series with free downloads of apps, widgets, watch faces, data fields, and more.

Watch Design

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Premium Outdoor GPS Watch

Built for rugged reliability from premium materials like titanium and sapphire, fēnix 7 Series comes in three sizes and has been redesigned for ultra-durability with reinforced lugs and metal button guards. Trusted button controls are matched with a responsive new touchscreen interface for dual utility, improving daily smartwatch interaction, and map navigation. The powerful 5-buttons and touchscreen interface enables quick and intuitive engagement with the topographical maps, offering confident “off-grid” situational awareness. With the introduction of Sapphire Solar models, users do not have to choose between solar capabilities and a scratch resistant sapphire lens, as they had done previously for the fēnix 6 Series. The updated fēnix design maximizes solar surface area for increased efficiency including doubling solar gains from fēnix 6 to fēnix 7 in smartwatch mode.

Fēnix 7 Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar:

- Display Size: 1.3"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 47 x 47 x 14.5 mm

Fēnix 7S Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar:

- Display Size: 1.2"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 42 x 42 x 14.1 mm

Fēnix 7X Solar & Sapphire Solar:

- Display Size: 1.4"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm

Fēnix 7 Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar

- Display Size: 1.3"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 47 x 47 x 14.5 mm

Fēnix 7S Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar

- Display Size: 1.2"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 42 x 42 x 14.1 mm

Fēnix 7X Solar & Sapphire Solar

- Display Size: 1.4"

- Physical Dimensions (W x H x D): 51 x 51 x 14.9 mm

Battery Life

Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

- Dive mode: Up to 25 hrs

- Smartwatch: Up to 21 days/4 months with solar

- Battery saver watch mode: Up to 48 days/Unlimited with solar

- GPS: Up to 26hrs/39 hrs with solar

- Max Battery GPS mode: Up to 56 hrs/Unlimitedwith solar

- Expedition GPS activity: Up to 27 days/Unlimited with solar

Battery Life

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

- Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/Unlimited with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 65 days/Unlimited with solar

- GPS: Up to 30hrs/48 hrs with solar

- Max Battery GPS Mode: Up to 70hrs/370 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS Activity: Up to 32 days/Unlimited with solar

Battery Life

Garmin fēnix 7 Premium Outdoor GPS Watch

- Smartwatch: Up to 18 days/22 days with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 57 days/173 days with solar

- GPS Only: Up to 57 hrs/73 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems: Up to 40 hrs/48 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 23 hrs/26hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 10 hrs

- Max Battery GPS: Up to 136 hrs/289 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS: Up to 40 days/74 days with solar

Fēnix 7S Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar:

- Smartwatch: Up to 11 days/14 days with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 38 days/87 days with solar

- GPS Only: Up to 37 hrs/46 hrs with solar

- All Satellte Systems: Up to 26 hrs/30 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 7 hrs

- Max Battery GPS: Up to 90 hrs/162 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS: Up to 26 days/43 days with solar

 

Fēnix 7X Solar & Sapphire Solar:

- Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/ 1+ year with solar

- GPS Only: Up to 89 hrs/ 122 hrs with solar

- All Satellte Systems: Up to 63 hrs/ 77 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 36 hrs/ 41hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hrs

- Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hrs/ 578 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/ 139 days with solar

Fēnix 7S Standard, Solar & Sapphire Solar

- Smartwatch: Up to 11 days/14 days with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 38 days/87 days with solar

- GPS Only: Up to 37 hrs/46 hrs with solar

- All Satellte Systems: Up to 26 hrs/30 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 7 hrs

- Max Battery GPS: Up to 90 hrs/162 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS: Up to 26 days/43 days with solar

Fēnix 7X Solar & Sapphire Solar

- Smartwatch: Up to 28 days/37 days with solar

- Battery Saver Watch Mode: Up to 90 days/ 1+ year with solar

- GPS Only: Up to 89 hrs/ 122 hrs with solar

- All Satellte Systems: Up to 63 hrs/ 77 hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Multi-band: Up to 36 hrs/ 41hrs with solar

- All Satellite Systems + Music: Up to 16 hrs

- Max Battery GPS: Up to 213 hrs/ 578 hrs with solar

- Expedition GPS: Up to 62 days/ 139 days with solar

GPS, Maps & Navigation

Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

The Descent G1 will automatically mark surface entry and exit points in the water using multi-GNSS satellite support and log it in the companion Garmin Dive app so divers can easily review a detailed analysis of each dive activity including max depth and bottom time. Use the Garmin Dive App to configure settings on the Descent G1 Series, or plan the next trip by viewing popular sites that have been rated and reviewed by other users.

For navigation, the Descent G1 provides point-to-point navigation, reat-time bread crumb trail, Back to Start, and TracBack.

GPS, Maps & Navigation

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

Whether you’re hiking, mountain biking, trail running, or skiing, the Instinct 2 series provides access to multiple global navigation satellite systems (GPS, GLONASS and Galileo) to track in more challenging environments than GPS alone. Plus, point-to-point navigation, reat-time bread crumb trail, Back to Start, and TracBack.

GPS, Maps & Navigation

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Series

 

Packed with Garmin’s full suite of navigation features, the fēnix 7 series supports all major satellite systems along with the additional L5 frequency range for improved accuracy in challenging GPS environments. All fēnix 7 watches are preloaded with the SkiView™ maps and 42,000 golf courses. Standard and Solar models allow for downloadable TopoActive maps from any region around the world. Sapphire Solar models are preloaded with TopoActive maps for your region and also allow users to download any region from around the world. Save precious time on race day with the new Up Ahead feature that provides exact locations of aid stations, trails, next turn, etc. At user-defined checkpoints, a data page displays performance metrics which includes upcoming distance and elevation— with a summary of the last split with optional rest timer—all in an effort to help athletes manage their time during competition.

Health Features

Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

Garmin’s full suite of wellness features including:

- Wrist-based heart rate

- Daily resting heart rate

- Abnormal heart rate alerts

- Respiration rate (24/7)

- Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturated

- Fitness Age

- Body Battery energy monitor

- All-Day Stress

- Relaxation reminder

- Relaxation breathing timer

- Sleep

- Sleep score and insights

- Hydration

- Women's Health

- Health Snapshot

Health Features

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

Garmin’s full suite of wellness features including:

- Wrist-based heart rate

- Daily resting heart rate

- Abnormal heart rate alerts

- Respiration rate (24/7)

- Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturated

- Fitness Age

- Body Battery energy monitor

- All-Day Stress

- Relaxation reminder

- Relaxation breathing timer

- Sleep

- Sleep score and insights

- Hydration

- Women's Health

- Health Snapshot

Health Features

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Series

 

Garmin’s full suite of wellness features including:

- Wrist-based heart rate

- Daily resting heart rate

- Abnormal heart rate alerts

- Respiration rate (24/7)

- Pulse Ox blood oxygen saturated

- Fitness Age

- Body Battery energy monitor

- All-Day Stress

- Relaxation reminder

- Relaxation breathing timer

- Sleep

- Sleep score and insights

- Hydration

- Women's Health

- Health Snapshot

Daily Smart Features

Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

Provides a rich package of daily smart features, including:

- Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity (fēnix 7 also has Wi-Fi)

- Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)

- Smart Notifications

- Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)

- Calendar

- Weather

- Battery saver (customizable low power watch)

- Controls smartphone music

- Plays and controls watch music (fēnix 7 only—stores 2,000 songs)

- Find My Phone

- Find My Watch

- VIRB Remote

- Smartphone compatibility

- Pairs with Garmin Golf app

- Pairs with Garmin Connect Mobile

- Garmin Pay

Daily Smart Features

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

Provides a rich package of daily smart features, including:

- Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity (fēnix 7 also has Wi-Fi)

- Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)

- Smart Notifications

- Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)

- Calendar

- Weather

- Battery saver (customizable low power watch)

- Controls smartphone music

- Plays and controls watch music (fēnix 7 only—stores 2,000 songs)

- Find My Phone

- Find My Watch

- VIRB Remote

- Smartphone compatibility

- Pairs with Garmin Golf app

- Pairs with Garmin Connect Mobile

- Garmin Pay

Daily Smart Features

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Series

 

Provides a rich package of daily smart features, including:

- Bluetooth and ANT+ connectivity (fēnix 7 also has Wi-Fi)

- Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)

- Smart Notifications

- Text response/reject phone call with text (Android only)

- Calendar

- Weather

- Battery saver (customizable low power watch)

- Controls smartphone music

- Plays and controls watch music (fēnix 7 only—stores 2,000 songs)

- Find My Phone

- Find My Watch

- VIRB Remote

- Smartphone compatibility

- Pairs with Garmin Golf app

- Pairs with Garmin Connect Mobile

- Garmin Pay


New Garmin Descent G1/G1 Solar Dive GPS Watch

$649.99

Garmin Instinct 2 Solar Tactical Rugged GPS Watch

$799.99

Garmin fēnix 7/7S/7X Premium Outdoor GPS Watch

$499.99

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