If you are a smartwatch user, one of your primary concerns is the short battery life. The Garmin Instinct 2 Solar offers a true solution with its claimed unlimited battery life. It comes with a built-in solar panel to convert sun energy into usable power. The Instinct 2 Solar is a rugged wearable with proper fitness and health tracking features. If you regularly stay in the sun, there’s no worry about running out of battery life. This makes the wearable suitable for hikers, campers and outdoor professionals who may spend days outside. The standard model of the smartwatch has 45mm case and no solar panel. However, it may last nearly a month without being charged, which about 15 times longer than the Apple Watch. For a version with unlimited battery life, you will get a 40mm model with a solar panel that covers the panels around the screen and the screen itself. If you want to get a full day of battery charge, you will need to spend about 3 hours doing outdoor activities.

This means, Instinct 2 Solar may not be suitable if you hardly spend time outside. For highly efficient operation, the Instinct 2 Solar has monochrome transflective MIP LCD display. It has 20 or 22 mm quick band. Depending on the variant, the smartwatch weighs 42 or 53 grams. As an outdoor device, the Instinct 2 Solar is properly waterproofed with 100 meters of water resistance or 10 atm. Built-in sensors include heart rate, pulse, compass, thermometer, Glonass and GPS. Connectivity options include ANT+ and Bluetooth. For non-solar version, the charging port is located at the back of the case. Other for charging, you can also sync the Instinct 2 Solar with your laptop or PC. Over its fancier cousin, Garmin Fenix 7, the Instinct 2 Solar doesn’t look as fancy. The display also lacks touchscreen feature, but it’s buttons are straightforward and fast.

Great for keeping Fit

Compared to other smartwatches, another missing feature is the absence of offline music playback. There’s no offline map, so you still need to navigate your way with a smartphone. There’s a trail plotting feature, which points to certain destinations, but it is very basic compared to full-fledged mapping feature on high-end smartwatches. If you are an active individual, the Instinct 2 Solar may track various activities, including HIIT, cardio, strength, swimming, cycling, walking and running. Fortunately, there are stillcommon smartwatch features in Instinct 2 Solar, including music control, notifications, calendars, weather, alarms, timers and stopwatches. The solar model includes Garmin Pay feature, so you can perform contactless payments. However, you need to check whether your bank supports Garmin Pay. This feature is useful if you don’t bring cash or credit card. The solar version of the smartwatch is available for $450, while the regular version with battery is more affordable at $350.

The Instinct 2 Solar may be less capable than regular smartwatches, but if you were previously a user of traditional mechanical wristwatch, the solar version of the model is great option. It still comes with a wealth of features compared to regular wristwatches. The monochrome display is also easily usable even under direct sunlight.

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