If you like to splash the cash on wearable tech, the Garmin Quatix 6 Multisport Marine Smartwatch could be an extravagant purchase right up your alley:
(From now on we’ll just call it the Quatix 6).
Here are some quick things to know:
- The Quatix 6 is packed full of features. The vast majority you’ll never need.
- Despite the name “Marine”, it isn’t for Alaskan fishermen, isolated lighthouse keepers, or cross state runners. It is for people who like high-quality wearable tech.
- It has a price tag ranging from $800 to $1,000. Depending on which sale you bump into.
And the biggest question about the Quatix 6 is, is it worth it? The answer is, yes!
Who doesn’t like something stylish, collectible, and nerdy? We love it. And If you’ve got $935 for a smartwatch, you can pick it up on Amazon.com right now.
(The above links to the option that is solar-powered).
Read on for some of the smartwatches best features:
The Quatix 6 is much more than a “marine” watch. Like other variants from the brand, the Quatix 6 inherits design and features from the ever-popular Garmin Fenix 6.
This means it has all the fitness and sports profiles, including gym workouts, running, hiking, cycling, skiing, snowboarding, and an infinite amount more:
It even has 41,000 golf course profiles from around the globe!
(As we said earlier, the watch is loaded with features you’ll never likely need).
The Garmin Quatix 6 boasts:
- 1.3 Inch (260 x 260) pixel color display
- A fully loaded GPS and access to the GLONASS satellite system for alternative tracking
- 320 dpi makes sure the screen is visible in bright sunlight
- It comes preloaded with topographic maps, covering mountains, valleys, water bodies and many more
- And if you get lost, it includes the TracBack feature, which creates a return route and stores a breadcrumb trail.
Performance On The Water
At this point, we’d like to reel in what we said earlier about the smartwatch not being for people out at sea. It is packed with features suitable for people out at sea – but it is also a fancy piece of tech:
Tech we see it on the wrists of people in offices more so than on the docks. And that isn’t a criticism, just the reality of expensive wearables right now.
Despite our stereotyping above, the Quatix 6 is waterproof up to 100m, features premium BlueChart g3 maps (with integrated Navionics data). And, if your boat supports Garmin marine electronics, you can sync the boat data to manage boat speed, engine rpm, water depth, temperature, and other custom data from your wrist:
(That’s almost enough to make you want to buy a boat with this watch).
These features are super-helpful when it comes to being on the waterways, or out at sea. But that isn’t all, the watch has a built-in barometer, compass, and includes navigation data that makes it all the more soul-destroying, when your buddy owns one – and gets motion sickness from a 60-minute riverboat journey.
Another thing, the Garmin Quatix 6 includes waypoint marking that allows you to mark your way back. Perfect for my land-bound friend.
As already stated, the Quatix 6 is a “marine” version of the Fenix 6:
- It offers 14 days of battery life in normal mode and 7 days with GPS and heart rate tracker activated.
- The solar-powered hybrid lasts longer than the non-solar version.
- The watch features a power saving mode, just like a mobile phone, and it helps extend the battery to a whopping 48 days.
- The watch includes 32GB of storage which can store up to 2,000 songs
- It supports Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, allowing you to stream music online from platforms like Spotify, Amazon Music, and more.
The solar version of the Garmin Quatix 6 Multisport Marine Smartwatch is the best smartwatch on the market. The fact it has so many amazing features is mind-blowing. And every time I see it on my friend’s wrist, I go green with envy, just as he goes green swaying on a riverboat.
Verdict: If you’ve got the cash spare, buy it.