Garmin’s new epix Professional and fenix 7 Professional wish to pull me away from my Apple Watch Extremely

I’m solely six months into my relationship with the Apple Watch Extremely, and Garmin is making an attempt to tug me away from it once more.

As we speak, the corporate introduced the newest generations of its epix and fēnix watches and each are actually going “Professional” by way of options…and worth. The epix Professional and fēnix 7 Professional will begin at $799 and $899, respectively, which means that Garmin’s choices will begin at after which exceed the price of the Apple Watch Extremely.

So, do you get extra out of Garmin’s choices than an Apple Watch Extremely, particularly because you’ll be paying extra money for one? Oh yeah, however that’s at all times been the case with Garmin’s choices. With the fēnix 7 Professional, the corporate added “extra mapping capabilities, around-the-clock well being and wellness monitoring, a built-in LED flashlight,” and a “photo voltaic charging lens on each mannequin that gives as much as 37 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and as much as 139 days in expedition mode.”

For the epix Professional, it now comes filled with “a crystal-clear AMOLED show, rugged design and spectacular battery life. Touting as much as 31 days of battery life, epix Professional Collection is loaded with all-day well being monitoring and health metrics to assist customers keep energetic. Plus, with three sizes to select from – 42mm, 47mm, and 51mm – and a built-in LED flashlight on every one.”

Along with the {hardware} options, Garmin is understood for packing much more outdoor-focused options into their smartwatches, particularly within the space of maps. The brand new epix Professional and fēnix 7 Professional each get all of these advantages. The brand new watches additionally are available in quite a lot of totally different sizes, one thing that can also be nonetheless lacking from the Apple Watch Extremely.

Regardless of all of this, I’ll nonetheless stick to my Extremely for now. It’s nonetheless an ideal companion to my iPhone and that walled backyard has me fortunately locked in. I’ve sufficient options between Apple’s and third-party apps to get what I want out of my runs and hikes.

If I used to be ever to modify to Android, nonetheless, I’d be shopping for a Garmin quicker than you might say Apple fanboy.