When it comes to smartwatches, Garmin releases some pretty hefty hardware, and the Fenix 7 series is the company’s latest. Following on from the Fenix 6 series, the Garmin Fenix 7 series retains many of the same features of the older models. But it bolsters things by adding some decent improvements to the watches that will make them even more useful than they already were.
From battery life to extra features, the Garmin Fenix 7 Series watches are among the most capable smartwatches you can find. Part of this this time round comes down to more options for solar variants. But Garmin is also making progress by adding things like built-in flashlights and touchscreen displays.
The Fenix 7 is not your typical smartwatch, but is more aimed at people with quite active lifestyles. Anyone can use them of course. However, they are not cheap. And many users may find it a waste to spend so much money on things they will never use.
That said, let’s dive into the watch more. This handy guide will break down many of the important details about Garmin’s latest wrist-worn wearables.
What is the Garmin Fenix 7 Series?
The Garmin Fenix 7 series is the latest range of sports watches from Garmin with numerous smart functions. If you know Garmin, you know how much emphasis the company puts on sports and fitness features. Things like built-in GPS are a mainstay with Garmin devices. But these take things to the next level with added features like altitude tracking on your outdoor adventures. And that’s just one of the many things these watches offer.
But once you’re up to it, the Fenix 7 series is a sports and fitness focused smartwatch with plenty of out-of-the-ordinary features.
In which sizes is the watch offered?
Garmin offers three sizes of the Fenix 7. The Fenix 7S, the Fenix 7 and the Fenix 7X. These correspond to the small (42 mm), medium (47 mm) and large (51 mm) sizes of the watch. But they also determine which models you can pick up. For example, you can get a standard model with fewer features (and a lower price) in the 7S and 7 Series watches. But not with the 7X, which is only available in the Solar and Sapphire Solar models.
How many models are there?
You can pick up the Garmin Fenix 7S and the Fenix 7 in a standard model, as well as a solar model and a solar model with a sapphire display. You can pick up the 7X in a solar model or a solar model with a sapphire display.
These will all have different prices. Based on the model you choose. The solar models will cost more, and the solar models with sapphire display will cost the most. So consider what kind of watch you want if you’re considering getting one.
What’s New in the Garmin Fenix 7 Series
The Garmin Fenix 7 adds a lot of new changes that are worth the upgrade. Even if you come from a Fenix 6. While some things have stayed the same, that’s for the better too. For example, the Fenix 7 series uses the same type of MIP display that helps with visibility in bright sunlight. So these are perfect for when you’re out in a sunny climate, be it a day hike or a run.
As for new stuff, these screens are now touchable. While some prefer using side buttons for all their interaction, the touchscreens make it quite easy to navigate through everything. Garmin does not force you to use the touchscreen, however. The side buttons on all models of the Garmin Fenix 7 series of watches allow you to navigate and interact with the device. So you can use whatever method you like best.
As mentioned above, you can also get any size watch with solar charging. This allows you to charge the watch normally as often as possible. But you can also charge the battery with solar energy. This will cost more, but it can come in handy if you live in an area that gets a lot of sun, even if only for part of the year.
Improved GPS is another new feature in the Fenix 7 series. And you get this on all models. And do you remember the flashlight we mentioned above? You get that option when you pick up one of the Fenix 7X models. With multiple mode options that change the light to a dimmable white LED, a red LED, or a strobe mode that syncs with the swing of your arms.
Can you disable the touchscreen?
Yes. You can choose to disable the touchscreen if you don’t really like using it. This is also useful if you don’t want the accidental touches to show up. To turn off the touchscreen, press and hold the bottom left and top right buttons simultaneously for a few seconds. This will disable the touchscreen capabilities and make all future interactions usable only with the side buttons.
You can also re-enable the touchscreen anytime you want to start using it by long-pressing the same two buttons.
How long does the battery life last?
This depends on which model you buy. With something like the Solar or Sapphire Solar model of the Fenix 7X, you can get up to 37 days of battery life in Smartwatch mode. While the Sapphire Solar and standard models of the Fenix last 7 to 18 days, the Sapphire Solar lasts up to 22 days with the solar charging function.
Even the standard model of the 7S can last up to 11 days. The thing is, the battery life of all these watches is long. So you can take them with you on your excursions knowing they have to be in order. But if you want to be extra safe and plan on staying out for weeks, the Sapphire Solar Fenix 7X is the way to go.
What are the specifications?
The specs will vary slightly by model, but for the most part you’re looking at quite a few similarities. For example, all watch models are supplied with a silicone strap material as standard. They also all have a water rating of 10ATM and all feature the same health monitoring capabilities such as heart rate, daily resting heart rate, body battery, all day stress, sleep and more.
Each model also has largely the same sensors. Includes GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Compass, Gyroscope and others. The only sensor that is exclusive is the multi-frequency positioning that you can find on the Sapphire Solar edition of the Fenix 7 and Fenix 7X.
If you want the full specs, you can check out comparisons of the different models in the image gallery below.
How Much Do Garmin Fenix 7 Series Watches Cost?
As mentioned above, prices vary based on the model you choose. That said, prices start at $699, which is for the standard edition of the Fenix 7S. The Solar Edition increases the price to $799 and the Sapphire Solar Edition increases the price to $899.
The starting prices are exactly the same for the Fenix 7. If you jump to the Fenix 7X, the Solar edition starts at $899 instead of $799, and the Sapphire Solar edition starts at $999.
Can I listen to music on these watches?
Yes. All models come with support for three different music apps, so you have the choice of which one to use. These include Amazon Music, Deezer or Spotify. There is no support for options such as Apple Music, YouTube Music, Pandora or other streaming music services.
Though you will find native apps for all three supported services listed above.
Are there any new training features?
Yes. There are two new training features with the Garmin Fenix 7 series watches. This includes real-time stamina and visual race predictor. Real-time endurance allows you to track your body’s endurance using potential or current endurance estimation values.
Potential stamina is the value you get at the start of your activity. The watch will then monitor this level and you will see it decrease over time for that activity. Current stamina, meanwhile, gives you an estimated amount of time for how long you can sustain your activity at the intensity level you are currently at.
Both can be helpful, depending on how you like to track your exercise.
Visual Race Predictor
With the Visual Race Predictor, Garmin visualized the existing Race Predictor feature data. So instead of having to navigate to a separate page to view this information, everything is presented in a nice and neat little graph right on the watch screen. This should make it easier to stay on top of that data during races as you can access it more easily.
Can I still download apps to the watch?
Yes! And Garmin has simplified this process by introducing Connect IQ On Device. You no longer have to download apps to the watch from your smartphone or a connected PC. Instead, you can find apps and watch faces on the watch itself and download them directly to the watch through its own interface.
Saves you time and generally makes the experience more enjoyable with less hassle.
What colors are the Garmin Fenix 7 series watches available in?
Garmin offers different color options for each model of the watch. Although not every model will come in every color. For example, you can pick up the Sapphire Solar edition of the Fenix 7 in Black DLC Titanium with a black strap, Mineral Blue Titanium with a Whitestone strap, and Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with a black strap.
Meanwhile, you can pick up the Sapphire Solar Edition of the Fenix 7S in Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with a Black strap, Cream Gold Titanium with a Light Sand strap, and Dark Bronze Titanium with a Shale Gray strap.
The Fenix 7X comes in Slate Gray with a black strap in the Solar edition, and in Black DLC Titanium with a black strap, Mineral Blue Titanium with a Whitestone strap, and Carbon Gray DLC Titanium with a black strap.
Where can I buy Garmin Fenix 7 series watches?
You can purchase the Garmin Fenix 7 Series watches from a number of retailers, both online and in-store. Includes Garmin’s own website, Amazon, GameStop, Adorama, ABT Electronics and Best Buy.
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