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Comparison Garmin Fenix 7 vs Fenix 6: the differences, which one to choose?

by Philippe Baudoin © Copyright (published 28/01/2022)
Garmin Fenix 7 versus Fenix 6 Comparison

2 high-end watches for outdoor and performance. Should you buy the new model?

Garmin offers almost every year a new model of its Fenix. In January 2022, the manufacturer announced the Fenix 7, a replacement for the Fenix 6. This new model offers a touch screen, record battery life and a plethora of new features. What are the differences between Fenix 6 and Fenix 7? Should you buy the Fenix 7 or take advantage of the Fenix 6's price drop? Here's a detailed analysis of the differences and our advice on how to choose.

The Fenix series of watches is Garmin's top-of-the-range sports watch. Designed for outdoor and performance use, these models are the most comprehensive in terms of functionality on the market today. Garmin continues to innovate every year, adding new features, new sensors, improved components, including the screen, design, robustness and autonomy.

The new Fenix 7 is an improved version of the excellent Fenix 6. Here is an overview of its novelties followed by a detailed comparison between the 2 watches and our opinion at the end of the article.

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Fenix and 7Fenix 6: 2 high-end watches for outdoor and performance

Garmin Fenix 6: a new screen, better autonomy, more features and a solar version

fenix 6

The Garmin Fenix 6 is a stylish, high-end multi-sport and triathlon watch designed to be worn on a daily basis in addition to sport. Improved version of the Fenix 5 Plus, it comes in different versions (including a solar version) and several case sizes to fit all wrists. It offers comprehensive sports functions (advanced performance analysis tools, athlete assistance, physiological measurements, etc.) and excellent health monitoring (stress, blood oxygen, respiration, hydration, recovery and more). The mp3 player and mapping are optional to offer a cheaper model for people who don't need it.

Read our detailed Garmin Fenix 6 review and opinion
Buy the Garmin Fenix 6
 

Garmin Fenix 7 : an extra touch screen, huge battery life and new features

The Fenix 7 has the same features as the Fenix 6 but with a sleeker design, new components and features and improved battery life. The range has been simplified to make it easier for users to find their way around. Available in 3 case sizes, it comes in 3 versions (Standard, Solar and Sapphire Solar) with different glass qualities (Corning Gorilla DX or sapphire). All models now include mapping, an MP3 player and WiFi. For the first time, Garmin is offering sapphire glass on a solar model. The screen becomes touch-sensitive. The autonomy explodes, increasing from 50 to over 100% depending on the model. Garmin adds useful new sports features. Multi-GNSS and multi-frequency GPS, which are more accurate, are offered on certain models. Finally, the 7X model includes a LED torch.

Read our Fenix 7 review and opinion< br>Buy the Garmin Fenix 7
 

Fenix 7 versus Fenix:6 the differences in brief

The Fenix 7 inherits all the features of the Fenix 6 and has some interesting new features. It also inherits the latest features offered on the recent Garmin connected watches (Vivoactive 4 and (5. 100Venu 2)) that the Fenix 6 will not have.

In addition, Garmin has added a touch screen to the watch (which can be deactivated) and slightly changed the design for an even more elegant look. It was also necessary to gain space to increase the surface of the photovoltaic sensor of the solar models without impacting the size of the watch and the screen and this was obtained by thinning the bezel. The autonomy is significantly improved and now rivals the Coros Vertix 2.

Here are the main differences between the Fenix and7 the Fenix 6. You will find a summary of these differences in comparison tables later in this article.

  • A revised design: refined bezel, attachment to the watch lugs.
  • A new touch screen with the ability to use the buttons as before.
  • A simplification of the range: still 3 case sizes but only 3 editions with or without solar charging, differing in the quality of the glass (Corning Gorilla DX or sapphire) and offering all the same options (except for a few details, read more below). Garmin offers a solar watch with a sapphire crystal, a first.
  • New sensors: new optical wrist heart rate monitor and oximeter (4th generation).
  • Mapping, MP3 player and WiFi across all models. World mapping pre-loaded on Sapphire models.
  • Ski and cross-country maps and golf courses pre-loaded on all models with trail names and difficulty.
  • A significantly improved autonomy: +50% to +100% depending on the model, up to 122 h in GPS mode for the Fenix 7X. Solar autonomy becomes really interesting.
  • A multi-GNSS GPS on all models and dual frequency on Solar Sapphire models.
  • New features including Real-time Stamina (endurance level), Up-ahead, a screen summarising performance and useful information around you, the Trend Race Predictor which displays the evolution of running performance over the last 4 weeks, the recovery time which takes into account new parameters, the Daily training suggestions , already present on recent Garmin models and also present on the Fenix 6, a health check displaying the main metrics after a test. New sports profiles (HIIT and water activities mainly) are added as well as animated exercises for training.
  • Display improvements (graphical displays in particular)
  • Memory: down to 16GB (from 32GB) except on the Sapphire Solar edition.
  • The addition of a LED torch to the Fenix 7X to see and be seen, especially when trail riding at night.
  • Full watch setup from Garmin Connect with real-time 2-way sync.
  • Access to the Connect IQ shop directly on the watch to load widgets, apps and mapping directly from the watch without going through the phone.
Fenix 7
The Fenix 7 takes the features of the Fenix 6 but with a touch screen, a very large autonomy, new features and, depending on the model, a more accurate dual frequency GPS and a torch. The range is getting simpler. All models include mapping, an MP3 player and WiFi and come pre-loaded with worldwide ski and cross-country maps.

You can find more information on these new features in our Garmin Fenix 7 Review.

Note that Garmin still does not offer an ECG on this model, nor a native power sensor on the wrist (like Polar and now Coros), nor a microphone and speaker. The definition of the screen does not evolve either.

Characteristics66 Pro7 Standard7 Solar7 Sapphire Solar
Touchscreen
X
X
MP3 player
X
Mapping
X
On-board map
X
X
X
Dual-frequency GPS
X
X
X
X
Solar charging
X
Sapphire glass
X
X
Titanium bezel
X
X
Garmin Pay
Key feature differences between Fenix 6 and Fenix 7
 Optional or depending on model

 

Fenix 7 versus Fenix 6: the differences reviewed in detail

Design, weight and dimensions

Garmin offers the Fenix 7 in 3 case sizes (42mm, 47mm and 51mm), as with the Fenix 6, to fit even the thinnest of wrists. The screen remains the same size (1.2", 1.3" and 1.4") and the same definition.

The range is simplified. The Fenix 6 offered an ?a carte watch with options (cartography, MP3 player, Wifi), different glass qualities, solar models (but no sapphire glass on these models). The Fenix 7 comes in 3 models available in the 3 sizes (except for the Fenix 7X) and offering the same or almost the same functions:

  • Standard: DX Corning Gorilla glass, steel bezel, 16GB memory
  • Solar: Standard model + solar charging (Power Glass in DX Corning Gorilla)
  • Sapphire Solar: Solar model + sapphire crystal (Power Sapphire) + titanium bezel + 32GB memory + dual frequency GPS

There are the Fenix 7S/7 Standard, Fenix 7S/7/7X Solar and Fenix 7S/7/7X Sapphire Solar models.

On the Fenix 6, the solar-charged models were equipped with Power Glass made of Corning Gorilla Glass. Sapphire was not offered as Garmin did not have the technology to include it in its Power Glass. The Fenix 7 changes all that. The Power Sapphire offers both ultra-resistant sapphire glass and solar charging. This makes for a complete and more robust watch.

Fenix 7 :StandardSolarSapphire Solar
GlassCorning Gorilla DXCorning Gorilla DXSapphire
BezelSteelSteelTitanium
Solar charging
X
Multi-GNSS
X
Dual frequency GPS
X
X
X
Preloaded world map
X
X
X
Memory16 GB16 GB32 GB
Summary of the differences between the 3 Fenix 7 models

The design has evolved. The bezel has been lengthened to be fixed to the lugs of the watch, either by gluing (Fenix 7S) or by means of screws (Fenix 7 and 7X). Garmin has also slimmed down the bezel to save space for a larger photovoltaic sensor area. See our photo below juxtaposing the Fenix 6 and Fenix 7.

Fenix 6 (left) and Fenix 7 (right) compared: Garmin keeps the same case and screen size but refines the bezel to increase the surface area of the sun sensor (visible between the screen and the bezel). The Fenix 7's bezel is now attached to the watch's lugs.

The Fenix 7 is a little thinner. On the other hand, the Fenix 7X gains a little weight (7 g) in the titanium version, making it almost as heavy as the Fenix 6X steel.

FeaturesFenix 6SFenix 7SFenix 6Fenix 7Fenix 6XFenix 7X
 Fenix 6SFenix 7SFenix 6Fenix 7Fenix 6XFenix 7X
WristEndFineStandardStandardLargeLarge
Weight (steel bezel)60-61g63 g83-85 g79 g93 g96 g
Weight (Titanium bezel)-58 g72-73 g73 g82 g89 g
Case (mm)424247475151
Thickness (mm)13,8-14,214,114,7-15,114,514,914,9
Screen (mm)30,430,433,0233,0235,5635,56
Screen (")1,2"1,2"1,3"1,3"1,4"1,4"
Definition (px)240x240240x240260x260260x260280x280280x280
Wristband width20 mm20 mm22 mm22 mm26 mm26 mm
Fenix 6 vs. Fenix 7: weight and dimensions

Price and technical specifications. A new touch screen.

The price of the Fenix 7 starts at €699, compared to €599 for the Fenix 6, with the extra €100 justified by the presence of the mapping and MP3 player now standard. The price is the same for the same features, but you lose the option of buying a cheaper model if you don't need these functions.

The big new feature of the Fenix 7 is its touch screen, which is very useful for map manipulation. It is very responsive and sensitive. The function can be disabled. The buttons remain unchanged and allow the watch to be used as before.

The Sapphire Solar model has 32GB of memory which allows it to come with a pre-loaded world map. On the other models, you have to download the maps in the 16 GB of memory available. The download is free and is done from the watch.

The Fenix 7 can be fully configured from Garmin Connect (and not just from the watch): data fields, profile customisation, widget settings, watchface, etc. Synchronisation is done in both directions and in real time.

SpecificationsFenix 6 Standard (Solar)Fenix 6 Pro (Solar)Fenix 6X Pro (Solar)Fenix 7 StandardFenix 7 SolarFenix 7 Sapphire Solar
 Fenix 6SFenix 6Fenix 6XFenix 7Fenix 7Fenix 7
Price (€)450-700580-730630-900700800-900900-1200
BezelSteelSteel or TitaniumSteel or TitaniumSteelSteelTitanium
GlassCorning Gorilla or Sapphire or Power GlassCorning Gorilla or Sapphire or Power GlassCorning Gorilla or Sapphire or Power GlassDX Corning GorillaPower Glass (Corning Gorilla)Power Glass (Sapphire)
Screen typeMIPMIPMIPMIPMIPMIP
Color Screen
Touch screen
X
X
X
Memory64 MB32 GB32 GB16 GB16 GB32 Gb
Solar Recharge
X
Interchangeable bracelet without tools20 mm20 mm22 mm22 mm26 mm26 mm
Water resistance10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM10 ATM
ConnectivityBluetooth Smart
ANT+
Bluetooth Smart
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Smart
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Smart
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Smart
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Bluetooth Smart
ANT+
Wi-Fi
Setting up from Garmin Connect
X
X
X
Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7 Comparison: Price and Specifications
 Depending on the model (Solar or not)

 

The main tools

While the Fenix 7 does not add any new sensors, it does offer, depending on the model, a multi GNSS and dual frequency GPS as well as a torch (3 LEDs, white or red illumination and a user-defined operating mode).

FeaturesFenix 6 StandardFenix 6 ProFenix 7
GPS
Dual frequency GPS
X
X
Wrist cardio
Pulse oximeter
ECG
X
X
X
MP3 player
X
Mapping
X
Wi-Fi
X
LTE connectivity
X
X
X
Barometric altimeter
Flashlight (LEDs)
X
X
Compass
Thermometer
Garmin Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7 : tools compared
 Dual frequency GPS on Sapphire Solar model only. Flashlight on the 7X model only.

 

Sensors: a more accurate GPS according to the Fenix 7 model

The Fenix 7 has a new optical heart rate monitor on the wrist (4th generation). The GPS is also improved. It becomes multi-GNSS, meaning it can connect to multiple satellite systems simultaneously, improving reception quality. On the Fenix 7 Sapphire Solar, it is multi-frequency, which makes it possible to correct certain errors, including those linked to the reverberation of signals against surfaces (mountains, buildings, trees). Read our explanation of the multi-frequency GPS.

FeaturesFenix 6Fenix 7
GPSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSSGPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, IRNSS
Multi-GNSS
X
Dual frequency GPS
X
Wrist cardio
Underwater wrist cardio
Barometer
Barometric altimeter
Manual altimeter calibration
Compass
Gyroscope
Accelerometer
Thermometer
Pulse oximeter
ECG
X
X
External sensorsANT+, BluetoothANT+, Bluetooth
Home trainer control (ANT+ FE-C)
NFC chip (contactless payment)
Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7: sensors
 Sapphire Solar model only

 

Autonomy: +50% and up to twice as much with solar charging

Garmin increases the autonomy of its watch by about 50%. Solar charging, still modest on the Fenix 6, becomes really interesting on the Fenix 7 thanks to the increase in the surface of the photovoltaic sensor. The Fenix 7 (the mid-size model) can thus last for almost 90 hours in GPS mode with a recording every second and another 33 hours if the watch is exposed to direct sunlight during the ride.

Note a significant drop in autonomy with the GPS in multi-GNSS and dual frequency mode, the latter being particularly energy consuming.

ModeFenix 6S (+Solar)Fenix 6 (+Solar)Fenix 6X (+Solar)Fenix 7S (+Solar)Fenix 7 (+Solar)Fenix 7X (+Solar)
Connected watch (*)9d (+1,5)14d (+2)21d (+3)11d (+3)18d (+4)28d (+9)
GPS (GPS only) (**)25h (+3)36h (+4)60h (+6)37h (+9)57h (+16)89h (+33)
GPS (multi GNSS) (*)---26h (+4)40h (+8)63h (+14)
GPS (multi GNSS, dual frequency) (**)---15h (+1)23h (+3)36h (+5)
GPS UltraTrac (**)50h (+14)72h (+21)120h (+28)90h (+72)136h (+153)213d (+365)
GPS (multi GNSS) + Music6 h10 h15h (+1)7h10 h16 h
Shipping (*)20d (+6)28d (+8)46d (+10)26d (+17)40d (+34)62d (+77)
Battery saving (*)34d (+25)48d (+32)80d (+10)38d (+49)57d (+116)90d (>1 year)
Garmin Fenix 6 versus Fenix 7 : the autonomy compared
(*) Solar capture, with daily use, 3 hours per day outdoors, in full sunlight (50 000 lux)
(**) Solar collection, with a use in full sun at 50 000 lux

 

Sports features

Garmin has taken all the features from the Fenix 6, added sports profiles (these will also be available on the Fenix 6) and added or improved some features. For a detailed explanation of what's new, see our Garmin Fenix 7 Review.

Stamina
The new Stamina function evaluates in real time, during an activity, the resources available

The user interface is improved. The screens available during sports recordings can now display graphs of certain data. On-board mapping allows the Climb Pro and Pace Pro functions to be used without having to load and follow a route first.

The new Stamina function is an interesting aid for athletes to better manage their running (indicator of available energy evaluated in real time).

Both Fenix 7 and Fenix 6 benefit from the daily workout suggestions and improved recovery time assessment (taking into account additional parameters) already offered on recent Garmin models (e.g. Forerunner 945 LTE).

For trail runners, the Fenix 7 displays running and walking times separately.

ModelFenix 6Fenix 7
No. of sports55+55+
Multi-sport (sequences)
Suggested daily workout
Animated exercises
X
Downloadable training programs
Race time predictor
Audio instructions
Real time stamina
X
Displays walking time (Trail)
X
Workout download
Fractional
Training follow-up
Effort test
Physical condition
Virtual partner and racer
Strava (tag, dynamic segments)
Segments (Live, Garmin)
Ski power (with sensor)
X
Auto Lap
Manual lap
Configurable track alerts
Virtual Partner
Virtual Racer
Strava functions
Automatic pause
Automatic and manual multi-sport
Heat and altitude acclimation
Popular routes generator(1)
Round trip course generator(1)
ClimbPro™ function(2)
PacePro(2)
Elevation profile
Golf Features
Preloaded golf courses(1)
Coupling with Garmin Golf app
X
Fenix 6 and Fenix 7 Comparison: Sports Features
(1) On Pro model only
(2) Standard model (provided you are following a programmed route) & Pro model

 

ModelFenix 6Fenix 6 ProFenix 7
PacePro
Running dynamics (e.g. cadence, stride length...)
Running training
Running time predictor
Stride sensor compatible
Stryd power sensor compatible
ClimbPro (climbs, descents)
Trendline (heat maps)
Garmin Fenix 6 versus Fenix 7 running features
 On condition that you follow a programmed route

 

ModelFenix 6Fenix 6 ProFenix 7
Popular Path Generator
X
Round trip course generator
X
ClimbPro™ function
Road and bike maps
X
Cadence sensor compatible
Varia compatible
Power sensor compatible
Vector compatible
Advanced Vector support
Cycling dynamics   
Sitting and dancing position
Power phase (PP)
Offset from the center of the platform
Right/left balance
Mountain bike dynamics   
Consistency
Difficulty
Garmin Fenix 6 versus Fenix 7: Cycling Features
 Provided you follow a programmed itinerary

 

ModelFenix 6Fenix 7
Swim metrics
Swim type detection
Swim efficiency (SWOLF)
Workout recording
Swim workouts
Open water swimming metrics
HR measurement and tracking
Measure HR at the wrist underwater
Garmin Fenix 6 versus Fenix 7 differences: swimming features

 

Functions for outdoor and GPS navigation

ski map
All Fenix 7 models are pre-loaded with ski and cross-country maps for 2000 resorts worldwide

The Fenix 7 allows you to download any map of the world for free from the Garmin website. The download can be done directly from the watch. Thanks to its huge memory, the Sapphire Solar model has the advantage of being pre-loaded with a world map.

Garmin offers ski and now cross-country maps for over 2000 ski resorts worldwide. These maps are pre-loaded on all Fenix 7 models.

The new Up-ahead function allows you to see, on a single screen, performance metrics, split times, distance and altitude, as well as useful information previously defined when programming the route: distance to the next refuelling point, distance to the finish, next difficult turn, distance to the next viewpoint, etc.

ModelFenix 6Fenix 6 ProFenix 7
GPS track on the watch
Route tracking
Trackback to the start
Turn-by-turn guidance
Voice guidance
Snap to route GPS
X
X
X
Mapping
X
Preloaded mapping
Bike lanes
X
Ski trails
X
ClimbPro
Up-ahead
X
X
Vertical speed
Distance to destination
"Around me" mode
X
Total ascent/descent
Altitude profile
Future altitude profile
X
Round trip generator
X
Trendline (popular routes)
X
Projected waypoint
Fishing & hunting calendar
Tide information
Moon/sun information
XERO position (archery, rifle sight)
Garmin Fenix 6 versus Fenix 7: outdoor and GPS navigation features
 On Sapphire Solar models only

 

 

Physiological measurements

Garmin offers an adjusted VO2max estimate for trail rides. Blood oxygen level monitoring improves for high altitude rides with more complete and practical indications.

FeaturesFenix 6Fenix 7
VO2max (running)
VO2max (trail)
X
Run time prediction
Aerobic Training Effect
Anaerobic training effect
Recovery time
Training load
Training status
Training load target
VFC Stress Test
Fitness (resting test)
Primary benefit (Training Effect labels)
Lactic threshold
Breathing Rate 24/7
Blood oxygenation (SpO2)
Breathing rate during activity
Heat and altitude acclimation
Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7: Physiological measurements
 With a cardio belt

 

 

Connected and safety functions

The Fenix 7 can be used to control a home trainer. In addition, the watch's settings can now be made from Garmin Connect. All settings that can be changed on the watch can be changed on a smartphone or computer with real-time synchronisation from the application to the watch and vice versa.

FunctionFenix 6Fenix 7
Smart notifications
Call answer/reject with SMS (Android only)
Smartphone music control
MP3 player
Music capacity2000 tracks2000 titles
Contactless payment
LTE / 4G connectivity
X
X
Incident detection
Support
Support Plus (IERCC)
X
X
LiveTrack, Group LiveTrack
LiveTrack, Group LiveTrack without Smartphone
X
X
Home trainer control
X
Calendar
Weather
Find my phone function
Find my watch function
VIRB camera remote control
Sync watch settings
X
Fenix 6 vs. Fenix 7 comparison: connected and security features
 On Pro models only

 

 

Activity and health monitoring

The Fenix 7 has a new feature that performs a health check using a 2 minute resting test. The data taken into account is heart rate, heart rate variability, breathing rate, stress level and blood oxygen level. By regularly performing this test, a graph can be obtained showing the evolution of the data over time and better monitor the evolution of health parameters.

FunctionFenix 6Fenix 7
Number of steps
Step goals based on previous activities
Calories burned
Intensive minutes
Stages climbed
Detailed sleep analysis
Physical age
Body Battery Monitor
Daily effort monitoring (stress)
Breathing frequency 24/7
Relaxation exercises
Health check-up
X
Fenix 6 vs Fenix 7: Activity and health tracking

 

Our opinion: Fenix 7 or Fenix 6? Which one to choose?

The Fenix 7, more complete than the Fenix 6, is clearly the best choice if you have the budget. Otherwise, it all depends on your objectives. The Fenix 6, ultra complete and less expensive, remains an excellent model, especially for sportsmen who do not use the cartography

Fenix 6: take advantage of the price reduction!

Fenix 6X Pro Solar sports watch

With the release of the Fenix 7, the Fenix 6 is now cheaper and a great buy, especially for sportsmen and women who are not interested in mapping. It has a comprehensive range of features and outstanding sports and outdoor functions. If you don't need mapping, the basic model will save you at least €100 on the Fenix 7 (which is sold with mapping on all models). It can be found today for around €450 (see our current best deals).

The Solar models of the Fenix 6 are not very interesting. They only increase the battery life of the watch by a small amount and only if you can expose it to direct sunlight. If battery life is important to you, the Fenix 7 is the best choice.

 

Fenix 7 for outdoor, mapping, GPS navigation, GPS accuracy and autonomy

We recommend the Fenix 7 for the mapping available on all models, even the Standard model. Its touch screen makes navigation much easier. The map can be moved with one finger and zoomed in with a double tap of the screen. If the touchscreen is an inconvenience for some sports, you can turn it off and use the buttons as on the Fenix 6.

The Up-ahead function is also a plus on this model, displaying essential data and distance to points of interest around you (pre-programmed with the route).

Fenix 7X Solar Sapphire Cobalt
The Fenix 7 is perfect for the outdoors with its comprehensive features, mapping, touchscreen and, on the Sapphire Solar model, ultra-accurate GPS

For sportsmen and women who are looking for performance, who train often or who compete, the Fenix 7 provides some useful functions such as the Stamina function. For trail runners, the VO2max calculation has been optimised for this sport. The Fenix 7 also takes into account walking and running times. These functions are not necessarily a sufficient criterion for choosing the Fenix 7, but they can tip the balance if you are hesitating between the old and the new model.

The Fenix 7 is also to be preferred for its autonomy, especially if you are doing very long outings. The solar charging system, which is much more efficient than that of the Fenix 6, should also be taken into account, depending on the range you are looking for.

Finally, the Fenix 7's GPS is more reliable than the Fenix 6's thanks to the multi-GNSS which allows you to receive different satellites at the same time. This is a plus for outings where the signal is poor. On the Sapphire model, the dual-frequency GPS also adds superior accuracy by correcting for reverberation errors. The gain will be most noticeable in sensitive environments such as cities, forests and mountains where there are many reflective surfaces.

Fenix 6S/7S, 6/7 or 6X/X7?

The choice between the different sizes of Fenix depends primarily on the size of your wrist but also on the autonomy you want.

It's best to choose a model that fits your wrist size: 6S or 7S for a thin wrist, 6 or 7 for a medium wrist, 6X or 7X for a large wrist. But if the battery life, the comfort of the screen (size and definition) or the few extra functions offered by the larger model are important to you, the Fenix 6X or 7X is the one to choose. It's best to try it out before you buy it, as this model is not only large but can be uncomfortable on a small wrist.

Fenix 7 Standard, Solar or Sapphire Solar?

The choice of model here depends above all on the quality of the materials, i.e. the robustness, but also on the quality of the GPS and the weight of the watch.

The standard model, the cheapest and without solar refill, offers a quality, highly resistant lens and a steel bezel. This model is sufficient for most sportsmen and offers the best value for money.

The Solar model has the advantage of offering solar charging but the interest is limited on the 7S model (adapted to small wrists). Solar becomes interesting on the 7 and especially 7X models.

The Sapphire Solar model is the best in the range and offers quality materials. Its titanium bezel is robust and ultra-light. Its sapphire crystal is ultra-resistant (scratches, shocks), therefore more suitable for sports where shocks are commonplace (mountain, trail, climbing, etc.) but slightly more matte than the Corning Gorilla that equips the other two models. If you want your watch to last over time, this is the model to choose. This model also has a dual-frequency GPS, which is more accurate in environments where there is a lot of reverberation. By choosing the 7X model, you are opting for a watch that combines the advantages of all the models: better autonomy, ultra-resistant materials, quality GPS, torch... but, on the other hand, an imposing size, a somewhat high weight and a maximum price!

If you do a lot of sport, are looking for the most robust watch possible for your activity or like quality and budget is not a concern, the Sapphire Solar model is what we recommend. Alternatively, the Standard model. The Solar model is a good compromise between the two if autonomy is an important criterion of choice.

Summary table of advantages and disadvantages (pros and cons)

Fenix:AdvantagesDisadvantages
6Lower priceNo mapping, no MP3 player, no Wifi
6 ProPrice down, Mapping, MP3 player, WifiLess interesting price/performance ratio than the Fenix 7 Standard
7S StandardValue for money, weight, compactnessGlass a little less robust than sapphire
7 StandardValue for money, autonomy, weightGlass a little less robust than sapphire
7S SolarSolar autonomy, weight, compactnessGlass a little less robust than sapphire, limited interest of Solar
7 SolarSolar autonomyGlass a little less robust than sapphire
7X SolarGreat autonomy, solar, flashlightGlass a little less robust than sapphire, bulky
7S Sapphire SolarSolar autonomy, weight, compact, quality of materials (glass, bezel), more accurate dual frequency GPSPrice, glass a little more matte
7 Sapphire SolarSolar autonomy, quality of materials (glass, bezel), more precise dual frequency GPSPrice, slightly more matte glass
7X Sapphire SolarGreat autonomy, solar, quality of materials (glass, bezel), flashlight, GPS dual frequency more accuratePrice, glass a little more matte, bulky
Advantages and disadvantages of the 2 models

 

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400,00 €
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419,00 €
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549,99 €
429,99 €
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