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Garmin Instinct

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Pros

  • This works really nicely
  • Very helpful and much appreciated
  • the notifications as well as the health and sleep tracking

Cons

  • The biggest missing features are offline music playback
  • Nationwide
  • does not currently support Garmin Pay

Key specs

  • 128, 128 px
  • no
  • no
  • MIP
  • Built-in
  • yes
  • yes

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Garmin Instinct - Pros & Cons

Garmin Instinct

Pros

  • This works really nicely
  • Very helpful and much appreciated
  • the notifications as well as the health and sleep tracking
  • which works quite nicely
  • improvements in the Instinct 2 model
  • sacrificing features and accuracy
  • Backcountry & Competitive Cyclist offer free 2-day shipping
  • It works well across both normal daily routines as well as things like sleep
  • straightforward slight ups and downs
  • look and features are great
  • built quality they are both very nice watches

Cons

  • The biggest missing features are offline music playback
  • Nationwide
  • does not currently support Garmin Pay
  • abrasive nail file or shop class throwback
  • inability to store music on the device means lugging your phone
  • Garmin Pay is only available on Solar editions
  • questionable texture of the metal detail encircling the watch s face
  • the Instinct 2 series does not feature preloaded maps
  • The buttons are a bit low and not as tactile
  • The strap is not a standard 20mm strap
  • Touch screens were not meant for running watches

Garmin Instinct - Technical Overview

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IconWaterproof depth
10 m
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52 g

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Garmin Instinct - Full Specifications

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Display
Screen resolution128 x 128 px
Touchscreenno
Colour screenno
Display typeMIP
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Design
Colour of productGraphite
Band materialSilicone
Protection featuresWaterproof
Waterproof depth10
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Connectivity
Bluetoothyes
GLONASSyes
GPSyes
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Dimensions
Width1.77 in
Depth0.6 in
Weight1.83 oz
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Features
Heart Rate MonitorBuilt-in
Calorie counteryes
Alarmyes
Barometeryes
Compassyes
Pedometeryes
Stopwatchyes
Temperature sensoryes
Timeryes
Vibration alarmyes
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Power
Battery typeBuilt-in
Battery life (standby mode)14.0 day

Garmin Instinct - Q&A (21)

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    alonso
    over 2 years ago
    Is The Garmin Instinct waterproof?
    milford
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, The Garmin Instinct is water resistance (rated to 100 meters).
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    ursula
    over 2 years ago
    Is the Garmin Instinct compatible with iPhone?
    devorah
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, The Garmin Instinct is compatible with iOS as well as iPhone.
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    philomena.armstrong
    over 2 years ago
    Can I shower with Garmin instinct?
    cinderella_kuhlman
    about 2 years ago
    Garmin Instinct is not going to be a problem with showering or shampoo.
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    javier
    over 2 years ago
    Does the Garmin Instinct have touch screen?
    darren.vandervort
    about 2 years ago
    No, there's no touchscreen on Garmin Instinct, so you have to use the it's side buttons to navigate menus.
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    josiah
    over 2 years ago
    How accurate is the Garmin Instinct watch?
    keneth
    about 2 years ago
    The GPS position reported by a Garmin Instinct should be accurate to about 3 meters or 10 feet, with a strong satellite signal.
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    bradly.fritsch
    over 2 years ago
    Is The Garmin Instinct heart rate accurate?
    roselee.wolf
    about 2 years ago
    Garmin Instinct heart rate monitor technology is state of the art, there are limitations with the technology. It may cause some inaccurate.
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    nathanael.schroeder
    over 2 years ago
    Can Garmin Instinct control Spotify?
    deloise
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, The Garmin Instinct can control Spotify.
    Helpful?
  • 0
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    sina
    over 2 years ago
    Does The Garmin Instinct have Golf?
    leon.gottlieb
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct has a Golf activity to be able to track distance.
    Helpful?
  • 0
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    shane
    over 2 years ago
    What does Garmin Instinct measure?
    marissa_thiel
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct is designed to monitor heart rate, the speed of the blood flow with optical light.
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    alden
    over 2 years ago
    Is Garmin Fenix 7 better than Garmin Instinct?
    edward.champlin
    about 2 years ago
    The Fenix 7 can display more data fields in more detail than the Garmin Instinct.
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    leo.leannon
    over 2 years ago
    Can The Garmin Instinct send SOS?
    tom.balistreri
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, you should only use the Garmin Instinct SOS function in a real emergency situation.
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    shea.conroy
    over 2 years ago
    Is The Garmin Instinct good?
    catherine_auer
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct is a great watch. It offers a brighter, more colorful case.
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    dylan
    over 2 years ago
    Can The Garmin Instinct answer phone calls?
    grover_feest
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, you can answer phone calls using the Garmin Instinct. But not directly.
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    kendall_padberg
    over 2 years ago
    Is The Garmin Instinct worth it?
    doug
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, Garmin Instinct is loved by military persons. As it is built to the U.S military standard 810G.
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  • 0
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    palmer_fritsch
    over 2 years ago
    Does The Garmin Instinct have pulse ox?
    marcelino
    about 2 years ago
    Yes, The Garmin Instinct has a pulse oximeter to gauge the saturation of oxygen in the blood.
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  • 0
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    fredric.predovic
    over 2 years ago
    Does The Garmin Instinct have Garmin pay?
    keelyz
    about 2 years ago
    Garmin Pay is easily accessible from your Garmin Instinct watch. Just Enter your passcode and select the right credit card.
    Helpful?
  • 0
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    terry_schmeler
    over 2 years ago
    Can The Garmin Instinct control music?
    nathanael
    about 2 years ago
    Garmin Instinct allows to control the music being played on paired smartphone while connected to the Garmin Instinct app.
    Helpful?
  • 0
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    kera
    over 2 years ago
    Is Garmin Instinct comfortable?
    doyle
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct is very comfortable to wear, and it comes with big enough screen.
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    jc
    over 2 years ago
    Can I talk to text on Garmin Instinct?
    eugenio.buckridge
    about 2 years ago
    If you receive a text notification on your Garmin Instinct, you can send a quick reply from a list of messages.
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    terry_schmeler
    over 2 years ago
    Can Garmin Instinct track sleep?
    jarvis
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct automatically detects your sleep during your normal sleep hours.
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    shaquita.mante
    over 2 years ago
    How tight should my Garmin Instinct be?
    timmy_macejkovic
    about 2 years ago
    The Garmin Instinct watch should be worn loosely, so that it can move back and forth on your wrist easily.
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Garmin Instinct Garmin - Editorial Reviews (11)

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Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct review
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TechRadar
Published: 14.05.2021
Garmin Instinct review
4.0

The Garmin Instinct is worthy of joining you on a long adventure

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct: A hefty smartwatch that can handle any adventure
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Mashable
Published: 21.07.2021
Garmin Instinct: A hefty smartwatch that can handle any adventure
3.8

The Instinct is ideal for serious navigators, ultra-athletes, and solo trekkers who spend a lot of time outside and in rugged conditions.

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct review
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Tom's Guide
Published: 28.07.2020
Garmin Instinct review
4.0

The $299 Garmin Instinct has the guts for any adventure the outdoors hold

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct GPS Watch In-Depth Review
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DC Rainmaker
Published: 11.10.2018
Garmin Instinct GPS Watch In-Depth Review

When it comes to looks, you’re either going to love or hate the new Garmin Instinct watch. There’s not likely to be much middle ground. If you like the looks of Casio watches, you’ll probably be pretty excited about this

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct
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ProductReview.com.au
Published: 22.06.2022
Garmin Instinct

Garmin Instinct (Smart Watch / Fitness Tracker): 3.4 out of 5 stars from 16 genuine reviews on Australia's largest opinion site ProductReview.com.au.

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct review
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Wareable
Published: 14.12.2018
Garmin Instinct review
4.0

The Garmin Instinct is a rugged outdoor sports watch that comes from the same wearable stable as Garmin's Fenix range. Built to withstand the toughest of e...

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: smartwatch promising unlimited battery life
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the Guardian
Published: 02.05.2022
Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: smartwatch promising unlimited battery life

Solar charging GPS watch has excellent health and fitness tracking and rugged design

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct 2 review: Built for more adventurers than ever
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Android Authority
Published: 03.03.2022
Garmin Instinct 2 review: Built for more adventurers than ever

The latest member of Garmin's adventure line packs a lot to like, and lasts a lot longer too. Find out more in this Garmin Instinct 2 review.

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: Rugged, colorful, long lasting, and fit for all
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ZDNet
Published: 09.02.2022
Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: Rugged, colorful, long lasting, and fit for all
4.7

The Garmin Instinct 2 builds upon the success of the Instinct while slimming down a bit, offering a smaller option for more wrists, and supporting more than 240 bezel and band design combinations fit for your unique lifestyle. It's one of the most significant software updates we have seen from Garmin and the watch is very affordable too.

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: Running on sunshine
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Android Central
Published: 29.08.2022
Garmin Instinct 2 Solar review: Running on sunshine
4.5

The battery isn't quite "Unlimited" in practice, but it's about as close as you could ever want.

Garmin Instinct Garmin Instinct Solar Review: A Great Backcountry Partner
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WIRED
Published: 08.07.2020
Garmin Instinct Solar Review: A Great Backcountry Partner
4.0

The Instinct Solar is a rugged outdoor watch that will help get you where you need to go in the backcountry.

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