I previously had the Samsung s3 which was good but the battery life was pathetic.
I wanted a fitness tracker which provided tracking functions for heart beat, calorie burn, steps etc. with a battery life to match.
This watch is great.
I don’t have it connected all the time to my phone and it usually lasts me around 2 weeks.
The technology used by Garmin on the screen is awesome. You can point the watch to any light source and you can easily read the info on the screen. I think it reflects light which makes the stuff on the screen visible and legible.
It does however have a backlight function.
I bought a Garmin vivo active 4 but I was quite disappointed with it.
Purchased in September 2020 at Officeworks.
This is a good affordable watch
I bought a Garmin Instinct mainly because I wanted to keep track of my heart rate post surgery.
Apart from that, the list of features it has, is astounding!
This has all the features that more expensive watches have but not at the expensive price tag.
Oh, did I mention that it looks really good too.
I'm more than happy.
Purchased in June 2020 at Rebel Sport.
- Instinct Original
The watch is okay but still on the fence
Previous to this watch I had the Garmin Vivoactive HR. It was promoted as 5 ATM, meaning that it should have been fine going swimming or snorkelling in shallow waters. But disappointingly it died on a swim and Garmin will only offer a replacement for a reduced price, as it was outside the warranty period. I was reluctant to get another Garmin but it is one of the small number of brands which connects to certain apps like strava. It doesn't have touchscreen like the vivoactive HR but setting the alarm or changing the layout of the screen are easy to work out.
Great initially....build quality is questionable
I got the Instinct in May 2019 just after it was released. I am currently on my 2nd watch as Garmin had to give me a "new" one (ie refurbished). The issue I had, one that many others have had, is when you get a notification, the vibration ended up making something loose inside the watch so it would rattle with every notification. The other issue I had was that the GPS was wildly inaccurate at times. On a 5km run it would measure 4.8km. The battery is great though, the lack of bells and whistles sure does make it last longer than you would think.... For the sale price of $299, it would be hard to pass up. Feels bombproof and well suited to someone who doesnt need all the optional extras and loves the outdoors. Lots of reported issues with the Altimeter too, but I am yet to have the issue so far. Just a shame that the build quality isnt quite there.
Purchased in May 2019 for $349.00.
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Perfect smartwatch for outdoors
Had my Garmin Instinct for just over a month now. I have really enjoyed the upgrade to this smart watch.
It's a basic enough watch with enough features to make it great value in my opinion. It's rugged, the band is comfortable, screen has ample size. The stepper is pretty accurate. HR monitor is reasonably accurate mostly.
Battery life is extremely good for a smart watch. I went 10 days, no GPS use and only lost 2 bars of battery. I think that is pretty good. GPS usage can drain it with prolonged use, to be expected I guess. I've used the G...PS for walking and bike rides and found it extremely accurate when synced with my phone to review where I've been. Overall I'm happy with the purchase. Paid $299 at HN and don't feel disappointed i didn't by the Fenix 5x that was on special for $550. Having owned the instinct, it more than surpasses the features I need and buying the Fenix would have been a waste for me.
Purchased in December 2019 at Harvey Norman Retail Stores - Appliances for $299.00.
|Category||Smart Watches / Fitness Trackers|
|Sensors||Accelerometer, Barometer and Heart Rate Sensor|
|Interface||Bezel (Physical), Buttons and Touchscreen|
|Battery Life||14 days|
|Manufacturer Warranty||1 year(s)|
|Construction Material||Glass and Plastic|
|Colour / Finish||Graphite, Tundra, Flame Red, Sunburst, Lakeside Blue, Sea Foam, Black, Coyote Tan|
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