Garmin Instinct is a rugged outdoor GPS smartwatch announced on October 11, 2018 via an official press release.
It’s built to the U.S. military standard 810G for thermal, shock, and water resistance.
The Garmin Instinct comes loaded with features too. For navigation and positioning there’s GPS, GLONASS and Galileo, and you also get Garmin’s unique ‘TracBack’ feature which leaves digital breadcrumbs to help you find your way back. A 3-axis compass and barometric altimeter complete the positioning package.
Elsewhere, the Instinct will track your heart rate and activity in real-time, automatically detect different activities and switch to them, send push notifications to your wrist from your phone, and hook up with other Garmin devices such as VIRB cameras so you can control them remotely. Perfect for shooting action video.
The Garmin Instinct is priced at $299.99 and comes in three different colours: Graphite, Tundra, Flame Red.
Update of March, 2019
On March 19, 2019 Garmin announced three new color options for its Instinct smartwatch: Sunburst, Lakeside Blue, Sea Foam.
Manufacturer: Garmin International, Inc.
Market Name: Instinct
Availability: since October, 2018
Available Styles/Colors (at launch): Graphite (010-02064-00), Tundra (010-02064-01), Flame Red (010-02064-02)
Available Styles/Colors (since March, 2019): Sunburst (010-02064-03), Lakeside Blue (010-02064-04), Sea Foam (010-02064-05)
Physical size: 45 x 45 x 15.3 mm
Weight: 52 g
Case Shape: Round
Case Material: fiber-reinforced polymer
Case Diameter: 45 mm
Case Thickness: 15.3 mm
Interchangeable: Yes (compatible with Garmin QuickFit)
Band Width: 22 mm
Fits wrists with a circumference of: 132-224 mm
Strap Materials: Silicone
Strap Closure: Single Prong Strap Buckle
Number of buttons: 5
Bezel with functions: NO
Operating System (OS): Garmin OS
Smartphones Compatibility: Android 4.4 or higher, Apple iOS 10.0 or higher, Windows 10 Mobile (x64, x86, or ARM)
Companion apps for smartphone:
Memory (for store the history of the activities): 16MB
Type: lithium-ion battery
Type of charger: USB cable
Battery Life: Smartwatch mode: Up to 14 days; GPS mode: Up to 16 hours; UltraTrac™ mode*: Up to 40 hours
* You can use UltraTrac mode for extended activities. UltraTrac mode is a GPS setting that periodically turns off GPS to save battery power. When GPS is off, the device uses the accelerometer to calculate speed and distance. Speed, distance, and track data accuracy are reduced in UltraTrac mode. The accuracy of the data improves after a few outdoor runs using GPS.
Charging Time: at least 80% in 1 hour
Sim-card slot: none
Bluetooth: Bluetooth® Smart Enabled / 4.0 Low Energy
GPS: Yes (GPS, Glonass, Galileo)
Accelerometer, Compass, Barometric altimeter, Thermometer, Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Built-in Microphone: No
Audio Jack: None
Built-in Speaker: None
Music control: Yes (only for files stored on the smartphone, NO internal storage on watch)
Water Resistant: 10 ATM (100 meters)
Activity Tracker: Yes
Sleep Monitor: Yes
Type of alert for notifications: on-screen + vibration
Hands-free calls: none
Running: Running, Treadmill Running, Indoor Track Running, Trail Running
Outdoor Recreation: Hiking, Climbing, Mountain Biking, Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing, Kayaking, Tactical
Cycling: Biking, Indoor Biking, Mountain Biking
Swimming: Pool Swimming, Open Water Swimming