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Garmin Instinct Rugged Outdoor Watch with GPS Features GLONASS and Galileo Heart Rate Monitoring and 3 axis Compass Graphite

Last Updated: August 14, 2019 (Refresh Now)
8.7
SCORE
/10
Total Reviews
376
Old Reviews
0
Unverified
37
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GPS
3937.01 meters
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Review Summary - 339 recent, verified reviews

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Battery Life
 73
life, watch, days, charge, lasts
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Still amazed by the battery life on this unit.  ...  "
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" ...  I would say my favorite thing about this watch is the battery life I go about 10 days with out having to charge.  ...  "
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" ...  It's light, has great battery life, is rugged, comfortable, looks good, and features are on point. ... Battery life is consistently 14 days, and I could probably eek a few more if needed.  ...  "
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" ...  -Up to 2 weeks battery life.  ...  "
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" ...  I do like the decent battery life beween charges.  ...  "
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" ...  The main selling point for me on this watch was the battery life and getting notification. ... Rugged, long battery life and I get my notification.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is as advertised.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery charges quickly and lasts a long time.  ...  "
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GPS
 70
garmin, accurate, battery life, tracking, garmin instinct
+93%
-7%
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" ...  This watch does everything Garmin Promised it'll do.  ...  "
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" ...  I have camped once, and went for multiple “GPS” hikes plus a mountain bike ride. ... That being said I think the GPS is spot on.  ...  "
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" ...  Never going back to fitbit, this suits my needs better, it does steps/activity, has gps amd compass for hunting, all i need.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is about 2 weeks with workouts/GPS work, and if I'm being lazy it'll go 16-ish days.  ...  "
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" ...  GPS has been accurate for me.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery life is accurate, 2 weeks (without using the GPS). ... I used the GPS yesterday on my hike.  ...  "
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" ...  Things that are extremely important to me are an accurate altimeter, barometer, and GPS. ... Garmin realeased the Instinct. ... I am still testing the accuracy of the GPS tracking and ABC sensors but so far it is looking great.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the different GPS options for outdoor activities  ...  "
Display Clarity
 46
watch, screen, screens, easy to read, instinct
+91%
-9%
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" ...  It is very easy to read and reminds me a lot of the Fitbit type of lighting on the display.  ...  "
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" ...  The biggest plus in comparison to a true touchscreen smart watch is that I love not having to charge it so often.  ...  "
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" ...  By far the brightest screen I have seen in the Garmin line.  ...  "
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" ...  The screen is very customizable and navigation to different aspects of the watch, is quickly learned.  ...  "
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" ...  Screen is easy to read, information is clear and enough.  ...  "
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" ...  Get one, and learn how to customize the display -- you can't go wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  I think it makes it more visible in bright light than color screens. ... If this had blue leds instead of liquid crystal type display, that would be sweet.  ...  "
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" ...  The display is great in day light so the back light is not needed.  ...  "
Comfort
 46
wrist, wear, wearing, watches, wrists
+83%
-17%
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" ...  As I mentioned I did not wear a watch before this one, and I find it comfortable to wear despite a history of disliking things on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  Trust me, it's a rare feat for a watch to last more than a few months on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  And I' mean with the watch properly snugged to skin (not loose).  ...  "
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" ...  Also, I love the fact that this watch actually looks like a watch, and not some big square on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  Lol It’s easy to operate and looks very nice on his wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  I wear it everyday and am very pleased with this watch!  ...  "
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" ...  I work on industrial machinery, very hands on.  ...  "
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" ...  It's very unassuming and most people think that you're just wearing a G-Shock.  ...  "
Software Platform
 44
watch, garmin, apps, garmin connect app, apple watch
+93%
-7%
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" ...  The apps for these excercises are great for a 74 yr old male.  ...  "
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" ...  Fortunately, you can reverse it in the app.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the apps and functionality of the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Excited to use this tracker and all of its applications!  ...  "
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" ...  I was looking for a Garmin watch to use with Garmin app workout group. ... 6) Pairs easily with Garmin app.  ...  "
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" ...  Connect to pc and upgrade to latest software !  ...  "
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" ...  I have tried many different supposedly smart watches and most are gimmicky that have various ported smart phone apps for your watch but they are either pointless or just not intuitive enough to use. ... To me it is the watch to beat if Apple Watch or Android Wear can make a watch this durable and with this battery life and offer either version like is or maybe smart watch mode like this with only the necessity features I might look at them again.  ...  "
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" ...  You can really whip through the widgets and settings to get where you want.  ...  "
Apps
 42
watch, apps, garmin, garmin connect app, widgets
+93%
-7%
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" ...  Although it has the same capabilities such as GPS, smart notifications, music control, etc, it's user interface and accesability transltes well for every day wear to serious sports tracking.  ...  "
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" ...  You can create workouts on the Garmin Connect app and send them to your watch to have them saved right on your wrist, for access anytime! ... I refused to buy an Apple Watch or a fancy smart watch with tons of apps, games, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  If i was a husky fireman or running a marathon the last thing i need to do is check my tumblr or facebook account.  ...  "
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" ...  The app really helps to keep you on track of your goals.  ...  "
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" ...  I have tried many different supposedly smart watches and most are gimmicky that have various ported smart phone apps for your watch but they are either pointless or just not intuitive enough to use.  ...  "
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" ...  The iPhone app is a joke as far a navigating the watch's features, setting up routes, navigating etc. ... Garmin just needs to provide better manuals showing how the many features work and on how to access, and program those features, mostly the exercise and GPS navigation features, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  App is clear and to the point.  ...  "
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" ...  Fortunately, you can reverse it in the app.  ...  "
Heartrate
 38
heart rate monitor, hr, accurate, monitor, heart
+87%
-13%
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" ...  My last watch was the Fenix 3 HR.  ...  "
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" ...  Other features including heart rate and ABC are functioning well.  ...  "
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" ...  Heart rate high and lows ... 3. daily heart patterns  ...  "
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" ...  What I want is a simple Timex with a step counter, heart rate monitor, and a few surprise niceties like weather and altitude.  ...  "
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" ...  The fact that the Instinct has 24/7 heart rate tracking, GPS, and is built like a beast are nice bonuses. ... I walk 2 miles about 2-3 times per week, and like to keep an eye on my lap time and heart rate, and control a podcast during that walk. ... The heart rate monitor on the Instinct is rated as "24/7 continuous", and it definitely is. ... I have the heart rate monitor on my watch face and it updates every single second. ... I have: heart rate, day of week with date number, number of uncleared notifications, and battery level. ... The heart rate sensor will still work and activities will still be tracked. ... If you want to buy this watch as a super rugged G-shock type of watch but with great heart rate and activity monitoring, with the option of one day going completely independent of a phone or app, this is also a great choice. ... I haven't noticed any difference in the accuracy of the heart rate monitor between wearing it on the 13th or 14th hole.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m rough on watches, hopefully it holds up like the rugged fireman :) Heart rate monitor not super precise.  ...  "
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" ...  The HRM(Heart rate monitor) accuracy, gorgeous design, accuracy of steps tracked, flawless pairing and great workout tracking abilities.  ...  "
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" ...  You can customize your "everyday" watch face, and you can scroll through different screens for things like heart rate, calorie count, steps, intensity minutes, floors climbed, weather, notifications, etc.  ...  "
Build Quality
 38
durable, rugged, feels, casio g shock, band
+87%
-13%
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" ...  This smartwatch is very light and sturdy.  ...  "
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" ...  Have been a big Casio G-Shock fan (like the styling) and still love them.  ...  "
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" ...  It looks and feels a lot like the Casio G-shock that I used to have which I like.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s a sturdy watch and has gotten banged around and no scratches or damage of any kind.  ...  "
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" ...  Super durable, I can say so being in the army it gets a beating and it’s held up perfectly fine.  ...  "
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" ...  And it looks like a nice, rugged watch. ... It's lightweight and rugged, yet has everything you need and more (without being overbearing).  ...  "
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" ...  This watch is durable and suits all my needs.  ...  "
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" ...  The construction is good and resistant.  ...  "
Features
 34
watch, smart, fenix, watches, smartwatch
+100%
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" ...  This watch had all the features I wanted at a price point that was reasonable.  ...  "
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" ...  Features are great.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s no flashy, and has great features.  ...  "
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" ...  I thought I will never find a better tough watch than a Gshock, but this one has almost all features needed for outdoor activities, you can compare it to the new protrek or the fenix 5 which has maps and is a little bit more expensive.  ...  "
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" ...  Overall very pleased and it has more features than I'll use.  ...  "
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" ...  Many good features that are easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  Not as robust in features compared to the Fenix 5, but it is more durable which is what I was looking for.  ...  "
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" ...  You can read up on it's features and functions elsewhere, but a few things I will point out as exceptional.  ...  "
Accuracy
 30
gps, tracking, accuracy, compass, altimeter
+90%
-10%
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" ...  Got me back 45 mins later So accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  It has remained super accurate with my distances.  ...  "
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" ...  The wrist based HR is also a lot more accurate than other watches I've tried!  ...  "
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" ...  Things that are extremely important to me are an accurate altimeter, barometer, and GPS. ... Tracking appears to be very accurate. ... Attitude has been accurate for daily use and when you are tracking an activity. ... -Accurate ABC Sensors and Tracking  ...  "
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" ...  10 digit grid is pretty accurate but not 100%  ...  "
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" ...  The compass comes in handy but not as accurate compared to a traditional compass. ... Mine seemed as accurate as our larger Garmin device.  ...  "
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" ...  The GPS is very accurate and records steps, distance, pace, and speed accurately as well.  ...  "
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" ...  The HR is very accurate to, and the stuff like step counter and compass are cool!  ...  "
Design
 30
watch, rugged, grey, casio g shock, black
+100%
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" ...  and wrap a round rugged bezel around it .  ...  "
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" ...  It looks and feels a lot like the Casio G-shock that I used to have which I like.  ...  "
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" ...  I love that it is black and white.  ...  "
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" ...  Plus it looks badass.  ...  "
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" ...  Attractive and sporty.  ...  "
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" ...  And the color black looks so freeing cool.  ...  "
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" ...  this watch has similar sporty looks.  ...  "
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" ...  Its a rugged looking watch with everything you need.  ...  "
Charging
 29
charging, watch, battery life, days, charges
+90%
-10%
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" ...  Average of 2 weeks between charges is well beyond what I expected from any smart watch.  ...  "
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" ...  The Apple Watch is fantastic and I love it, but it's a huge deal to have to charge the Apple Watch daily vs. this every 7-10 days. ... When the Apple Watch starts lasting a week+ between charges, I can see myself switching back to that, but until then .  ...  "
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" ...  Right now I'm testing the battery life with out charging it, all the way till it dies.  ...  "
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" ...  The battery charges quickly and lasts a long time.  ...  "
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" ...  make two versions, a city watch that you can charge with a usb, and a real rugged solar version without the phone notification software and the usb charging port on the back and use that space for a solar screen, if your on the trail for several days or months that last thing you need to worry about is finding power to charge up, I can get about 7 days battery life with just the watch with the heart function so a solar version would be fantastic.  ...  "
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" ...  Battery has great life and charges quickly.  ...  "
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" ...  It also charges up really fast so you're not without for long.  ...  "
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" ...  Was able to turn it off and connect again only while charging, but still flashing Garming logo showed up.  ...  "
Ease of Use
 26
features, operate, easy to use, easier, user friendly
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Very rugged and easy to clean.  ...  "
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" ...  With all the basic and use full tools.  ...  "
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" ...  This makes it easier to see details.  ...  "
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" ...  It's perfectly simple.  ...  "
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" ...  Easy to use.  ...  "
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" ...  It was an easy decision.  ...  "
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" ...  It reconnects quick & easy when you get close again.  ...  "
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" ...  The user interface with actual buttons is super user friendly.  ...  "
Band
 26
band, wrist, watches, wear, hr
+85%
-15%
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" ...  I bought a $10 band and it’s comfy and easy to change out. ... The band it comes with is pretty awesome as well.  ...  "
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" ...  Wears comfortably and looks like a regular watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Trust me, it's a rare feat for a watch to last more than a few months on my wrist.  ...  "
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" ...  The wrist based HR is also a lot more accurate than other watches I've tried!  ...  "
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" ...  And I' mean with the watch properly snugged to skin (not loose). ... My 2002 vintage Polar HRM still works, and it is nearly as accurate as any hospital EKG because it uses the old-fashioned chest strap.  ...  "
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" ...  I was initially worried about the durability of the band b/c it's very flexible (and therefore comfortable), but aside from some very, very faint scuff marks it shows no signs of wear.  ...  "
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" ...  The quick fit bands are good, but not the best for wrist comfort and watch stability. ... -band is pliable and adjustable, and with the design it keeps the watch right where it needs to be(unlike quick fit bands)  ...  "
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" ...  Back when my Pebble fell apart, this was the list I made in order of importance for my ideal smart watch: ... The bands are easy to swap, but I'm going to stick with the one that came with the watch. ... Final thoughts update: I realized that I didn't even bother to comment on the band comfort, and I think that's because it's so comfortable that I hardly noticed it. ... There are many adjustment points on the band and it's an incredibly soft & matte silicone material.  ...  "
Sleep Tracking
 25
tracking, gps, activity, workouts, sleeping
+96%
-4%
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" ...  Considering I should only have to charge every couple of weeks, this means I can sleep with it on every night and its going to become my daily alarm.  ...  "
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" ...  It connects to an app that tracks your sleep, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  If your needs are based around tracking your activity, workouts, hikes, runs, sleep, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  HR, sleep, and GPS tracking have all been top notch.  ...  "
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" ...  It does a really good job at automatically switching over to do not disturb mode when it senses that I'm sleeping.  ...  "
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" ...  -For the fitness fanatics: this tracks workouts, heartrate, steps, stairs, weather, and GPS if you want it to  ...  "
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" ...  and still get the Garmin accurate GPS, heart rate, stress and sleep tracking?  ...  "
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" ...  I haven’t used it to track my sleep. ... The battery typically lasted a week with some frequent exercise tracking.  ...  "
Pedometer
 25
steps, fitness, miles, garmin, tracking
+92%
-8%
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" ...  Tracking appears to be very accurate. ... Attitude has been accurate for daily use and when you are tracking an activity.  ...  "
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" ...  4 daily steps.  ...  "
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" ...  GPS, compass, and step tracker seem to be very accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  -For the fitness fanatics: this tracks workouts, heartrate, steps, stairs, weather, and GPS if you want it to  ...  "
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" ...  It works great and tracks his calories.  ...  "
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" ...  Best fitness watch I have owned.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this for running/trail running and sometimes other exercise, plus just as a daily watch and activity tracker.  ...  "
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" ...  The rep counter isn’t very accurate when exercising.  ...  "
For Running
 24
run, workouts, hiking, instinct, coarse
+92%
-8%
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" ...  I'm using it on hikes and other general workouts, and I'm really happy with it.  ...  "
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" ...  I use this for running/trail running and sometimes other exercise, plus just as a daily watch and activity tracker.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it for three workouts - walking, bike riding and lifting weights.  ...  "
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" ...  Lots of information of your workouts.  ...  "
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" ...  I recently bought a Garmin Instinct to replace a Fore Runner 230 that I have been using for running and general fitness tracking for about 3 years. ... The Instinct has worked well as a replacement in most of its features but I did start to notice that the distance I was running was shorter than before. ... So it appears as though the Instinct didn't measure my distance accurately while running but did while driving the same coarse. ... Needless to say, regardless of how good the watch may be in other features, being off by around 10% in its accuracy for running is a show stopper. ... So I rate this watch a 1 and would suggest steering away from it if you plan to use it for anything like running or hiking or basically much of what it was designed to do.  ...  "
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" ...  I am an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, backpack, hike, bike, and occasionally run.  ...  "
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" ...  One I did smash against some weights in the gym.  ...  "
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" ...  This helps a lot with first aid stations during Ultra runs.  ...  "
Water Resistance
 24
swimming, shower, pool, hiking, waterproof
+92%
-8%
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" ...  The bottom line, I consider the Garmin Instinct, with its roughed outdoor construction and ability to function in wet environments or in swimming sports, an Outstanding smart watch choice.  ...  "
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" ...  Water resistant, and easy to read screen in dim light and direct sunlight.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it mostly hiking and swimming.  ...  "
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" ...  It's super tough, comfortable, lightweight, and you can clean it off with yourself in the shower.  ...  "
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" ...  Waterproof, Military spec, a tough watch from Garmin. ... May options for hikes, biking, swimming, etc.  ...  "
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" ...  I mainly run, bike, walk, hike and swim and was interested in a watch without a touchscreen.  ...  "
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" ...  I work around water.  ...  "
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" ...  I had a Fitbit blaze which I loved but succumbed to a swimming pool. ... After my Fitbit died I started researching similar watches that are waterproof. ... This thing does it all with the comfort of knowing it will withstand a simple shower to jumping in a pool.  ...  "
Product Reliability
 22
watch, update, month, days, instinct
+91%
-9%
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" ...  Coming from a Garmin Fenix 2 that stopped working after years of use, I knew that I wanted something similar.  ...  "
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" ...  I’ve had this watch for over 6 months now, love it.  ...  "
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" ...  I have only had the watch for a few days, and will update this in a few months.  ...  "
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" ...  this thing is super reliable  ...  "
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" ...  Got it about a week ago, and so far so good.  ...  "
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" ...  I like it 100 more than the Suunto Core I’ve had for the last 8 years.  ...  "
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" ...  I wore it everyday for a couple months.  ...  "
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" ...  I have had my Garmin Instinct for roughly 3 months now and I I absolutely love it!  ...  "
Price
 21
watch, money, worth, value, price point
+81%
-19%
comment
" ...  Pay the extra money for a better model.  ...  "
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" ...  Just the right amount of tech, without the overkill and huge price.  ...  "
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" ...  And the price point seems totally reasonable given what you're getting for your money.  ...  "
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" ...  I was tempted to buy the Fenix Sapphire, but the price just seemed to be too much.  ...  "
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" ...  For the money in my opinion you can't do better.  ...  "
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" ...  All at a great, affordable price!  ...  "
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" ...  It doesn't look as fancy as the Fenix models, but the Instinct is so much better as a practical smartwatch for the price.  ...  "
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" ...  I really liked it and for what you get it is an excellent value.  ...  "
Device Compatibility
 21
watch, notifications, connect, syncs, smart watch
+86%
-14%
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" ...  I can connect it to several Garmin apps simultaneously.  ...  "
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" ...  Great watch & tracking device.  ...  "
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" ...  Connect to pc and upgrade to latest software !  ...  "
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" ...  Relatively easy to learn, syncs with phone and computer with no problems.  ...  "
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" ...  Can control my phone (which is paired via Bluetooth to a speaker) via the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Two things that might help someone: Pairing with an iPhone was super easy but I wasn't getting alerts, which initially caused me concern. ... Whatever alerts you want on your phone, simply go into Notifications in your iPhone settings and make sure you select the option for "Notification Center" for each app (Messages, Mail, etc.).  ...  "
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" ...  Connect brings all of the watch's data into a readable format.  ...  "
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" ...  I can't comment on the phone connection as I do not have them paired, but battery life is great, even with daily running/biking using GPS.  ...  "
Controls
 16
button, controls, watch, pebble 2, accidental
+81%
-19%
comment
" ...  Get one, and learn how to customize the display -- you can't go wrong.  ...  "
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" ...  I’m a huge fan of the four button operation to control the entire watch, as well as the type of screen that is used.  ...  "
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" ...  You can set hot-keys to make the UI even more user-friendly.  ...  "
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" ...  The user interface with actual buttons is super user friendly. ... And one button click and I can get my full week of data, stress levels etc.  ...  "
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" ...  I love being able to control my phone music while in the pool (volume and next song).  ...  "
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" ...  The 5 button navigation system is easy to learn with a little practice, but allows quick access to all data.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want a watch that has the most smart functions, such as voice control, etc .  ...  "
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" ...  It's button driven (no touch screen accidental presses) just like my G Shock heck it looks like my G Shock but has everything I want (GPS, MIL standard, 100M water proof, HR, Smart Notifications, Alarm, Back light, pairs with Bluetooth sensors on my bike, and all the other fancy sensors, sunset\sunrise notifications)  ...  "
Color
 12
black, watch, really, white, high contrast
+100%
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" ...  I own the Tundra & really like the color.  ...  "
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" ...  I got the Instinct in graphite color, which isn't entirely black but is more of a shadow/grey and is really nice looking.  ...  "
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" ...  Exactly what I was looking for, except for the color .  ...  "
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" ...  I like the color of the watch. ... I think it makes it more visible in bright light than color screens.  ...  "
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" ...  7) Good high contrast screen, not color, but with backlight.  ...  "
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" ...  I will say, the seafoam blue color is a much brighter blue than the slate blue pictured, but I like it just as well.  ...  "
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" ...  And the color black looks so freeing cool.  ...  "
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" ...  I think the very readable graphics and even more so in black and white.  ...  "
As Gift
 10
bought, husband, christmas, birthday, watch
+100%
comment
" ...  This was a gift for my husband and he loves it.  ...  "
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" ...  Got this as an early birthday gift for my boyfriend.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this as a birthday gift and he loves it !  ...  "
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" ...  Bough this as a gift for my boyfriend.  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this for my husband for Christmas.  ...  "
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" ...  I bought this for my husband for Christmas 2018.  ...  "
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" ...  Gave as a gift.  ...  "
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" ...  I think the watch is about 15 years old, received as a gift.  ...  "
Screen Protection
 10
screen protector, watch, glass, protector, display
+60%
-40%
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" ...  I have a bad habit of catching my watches on every doorknob (idk how I manage it) but the glass is unscathed thus far and despite getting the White colored watch I haven't had any issues with colors rubbing off on it.  ...  "
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" ...  Definitely get a few screen protectors, they're worth getting.  ...  "
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" ...  Also, dont forget the glass protector, it makes it even better looking!  ...  "
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" ...  2. make the screen brighter  ...  "
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" ...  The biggest impressions I have after a few weeks of use (and switching from the vivosport) is that I much prefer the screen navigation with the Instinct.  ...  "
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" ...  It sure was nice going back to an always-on screen, being able to glance at it whenever I needed to see the time or an alert, especially from being used to an Apple Watch for months. ... Silly of me, but I did install a rounded 31mm screen protector just in case, which fit the 32mm screen perfectly. ... I like to protect the screens of all of my devices, and since this isn't a sapphire display, I'd like to keep the screen looking new.  ...  "
Size
 10
rugged, lightweight, tough, light, heavy
+100%
comment
" ...  Nice size and good tough body.  ...  "
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" ...  I like the size & weight of the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd compare it's size and general look to the G-Shock. ... It's lightweight and rugged, yet has everything you need and more (without being overbearing).  ...  "
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" ...  I like it's size, it's not huge feeling, and it's light.  ...  "
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" ...  -Perfectly sized case.  ...  "
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" ...  In fact, it is surprisingly lightweight.  ...  "
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" ...  I have a Casio tough solar gshock, one of those smaller size classic models. ... I use it when I travel.  ...  "
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" ...  The rugged offer all the basics and powerful tool that I need.  ...  "
For Travel
 9
bike, mountain, camping, strapped, ride
+100%
comment
" ...  I mostly use this feature on vacation at the beach or at parties.  ...  "
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" ...  Makes hiking easier, safer, and more enjoyable.  ...  "
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" ...  I am a scout leader and am often hiking and camping.  ...  "
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" ...  I am an avid outdoorsman who likes to hunt, backpack, hike, bike, and occasionally run. ... I've now had this watch for a few weeks and have taken it on several hunting trips.  ...  "
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" ...  Looking forward to taking it in the ocean and on a bike ride.  ...  "
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" ...  I use it when I travel. ... Download the offline map on your phone when you go hiking, camping or backpacking.  ...  "
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" ...  Great for hiking.  ...  "
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" ...  Secondly I purchased this primarily for hiking and being in the outdoors.  ...  "
Returns
 9
sent, decided, back, amazon, returned
+33%
-67%
comment
" ...  If not I will return it immediately.  ...  "
comment
" ...  I sent it back  ...  "
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" ...  Have been in a battle to receive my refund on return! ... It will be returned.  ...  "
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" ...  I'd like a partial refund  ...  "
comment
" ...  I’ve sent the watch back.  ...  "
Call quality
 8
answer, text, watch, texts, phone call
+100%
comment
" ...  Wanted a watch that would vibrate when I got notifications on my phone because I regularly silence my phone in meetings.  ...  "
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" ...  You can still answer phone calls and texts on it.  ...  "
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" ...  shows me phone calls and text messages efficiently, and the battery life is great.  ...  "
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" ...  This watch does everything a regular smart watch does without cellular phone talking which I didn't like.  ...  "
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" ...  If you want a smartwatch that is better for receiving texts and calls or using smartpay this is not it.  ...  "
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" ...  Makes answering my phone so much easier.  ...  "
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" ...  -Heck, you can even answer calls or control music on your smartphone.  ...  "
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" ...  Great to get texts and calls to assess if want to answer on phone.  ...  "
Weight
 8
light, love, features, great battery life
+100%
comment
" ...  The Instinct has all the features I was looking for in a light weight watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Looks good and is light-weight.  ...  "
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" ...  I have found it to be very accurate and love the light weight, ruggedness, and readability (indoors and out).  ...  "
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" ...  It's also remarkably light weight for the size - yet still feels durable.  ...  "
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" ...  It is so light weight and comfortable.  ...  "
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" ...  Arrived early, very light weight, and fairly simple operation.  ...  "
Notifications
 7
notification, text, texts, instinct, watch
+86%
-14%
comment
" ...  And this is my first watch with notifications from my phone, but boy that is nice.  ...  "
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" ...  Wanted a watch that would vibrate when I got notifications on my phone because I regularly silence my phone in meetings.  ...  "
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" ...  plus general smartphone link for texts and alerts.  ...  "
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" ...  I have an iPhone, so the watch does just what it should for notifications.  ...  "
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" ...  -You get simple simple notifications on things like email or text (and can even read them, if you want)  ...  "
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" ...  Notifications mirrored from my phone without any issues. ... I can go into the notification and scroll through more of the text, but there does seem to be a character limit, before I need to pick up my iPhone and see more information. ... Or if I cleared a notification on my iPhone, it remained in the list of notifications on my Pebble 2. ... However, while I can clear notifications from the Instinct, I can only clear them one at a time. ... Another aspect of the smart notifications, is the ability to notify you with tone or vibration, or both tone and vibration. ... For notifications that actually need a response or interaction, I just pick up my phone. ... You just obviously wouldn't get any of the smart features such as notifications, calendar, weather, etc.  ...  "
Marketplace
 7
real, order, much, looks, deal
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  Pretty much as the picture looks.  ...  "
comment
" ...  But, still, looks even better in real than on the pic.  ...  "
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" ...  Decided to order.  ...  "
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" ...  This was a heckuva deal!  ...  "
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" ...  No big deal!  ...  "
Cleaning
 7
watch, rugged, easy, box
+71%
-29%
comment
" ...  I work outside, digging in the dirt and have had no issues.  ...  "
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" ...  I install appliances for a living and have yet to scratch the face or damage this watch in any way.  ...  "
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" ...  It’s rugged, clean, responsive, and confidence inspiring.  ...  "
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" ...  It is durable enough I wear it cutting concrete, cleaning equipment, or anything else my job or home life requires.  ...  "
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" ...  Very rugged and easy to clean.  ...  "
Fit
 5
fit, watch, perfectly, gps, trails
+100%
comment
" ...  -Perfectly sized case.  ...  "
comment
" ...  It also fits fine under fitted sleeves.  ...  "
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" ...  This watch fits me great and I would buy again.  ...  "
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" ...  Silly of me, but I did install a rounded 31mm screen protector just in case, which fit the 32mm screen perfectly.  ...  "
For Kids
 4
use, loves, kids, bought, son
+100%
comment
" ...  I bought it for my grandson for his graduation .  ...  "
comment
" ...  I can even turn it off if I want to use one of my old school watches for the day.  ...  "
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" ...  granddaughter loves her new watch and is learning how to use all of its benefits!  ...  "
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" ...  Bought this watch for husband and he loves it .  ...  "
Watchfaces
 4
watch
+100%
comment
" ...  For the price of watch, there should be support for customised watch faces . ... but watch faces provided with instinct are also good .  ...  "
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" ...  Although I can’t fully customize the faces, I can change the widgets to be exactly what I want.  ...  "
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" ...  The main screen is completely customizable with twelve different watch faces.  ...  "
comment
" ...  Other thoughts - watch faces:  ...  "
Clock
 4
watch, wake, tone vibrate, option, notifications
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  Between the vibration and sound, the alarm does a good job at waking me up too.  ...  "
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" ...  I need a watch always on display that is easy to read all the time, a good buzzing alarm to wake me, notifications and some health features of which this has plenty.  ...  "
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" ...  The alarms have the option to make tone, vibrate, or both tone & vibrate, as well as custom repeat days of the week. ... It woke me without any problem as I had both the tone & vibrate enabled, but just the vibrate would likely wake me up - and possibily even a deep sleeper. ... You just obviously wouldn't get any of the smart features such as notifications, calendar, weather, etc.  ...  "
Overall performance
 4
100
+100%
comment
" ...  this thing is super reliable  ...  "
comment
" ...  I like it 100 more than the Suunto Core I’ve had for the last 8 years.  ...  "
Touch Sensitivity
 4
swiping, menus, instinct, fancy, watch
+75%
-25%
comment
" ...  I wanted a touch smart watch for an outdoorsman.  ...  "
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" ...  As well as what it doesn't do, like color it touch screen, then you will be happy with it.  ...  "
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" ...  It's button driven (no touch screen accidental presses) just like my G Shock heck it looks like my G Shock but has everything I want (GPS, MIL standard, 100M water proof, HR, Smart Notifications, Alarm, Back light, pairs with Bluetooth sensors on my bike, and all the other fancy sensors, sunset\sunrise notifications)  ...  "
Setup
 3
operate
+100%
comment
" ...  May purchase one for my Engineer Daughter.  ...  "
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" ...  There are some good tutorials now on YouTube on setting up and navigating the Instinct which were very helpful - more so that the instructions provided by Garmin. ... Nothing wrong with their PDF but I prefer a video demo.  ...  "
Sound Quality
 3
volume, controls, able
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  I love being able to control my phone music while in the pool (volume and next song).  ...  "
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" ...  Something that looks cool and makes payments, can stream music, etc .  ...  "
Other
 3
+100%
comment
" ...  I don't have a way to check the accuracy of all the sensors though, Navigation clearly helps me to find trail route or the car parking spot.  ...  "
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" ...  Sensor for climbing stairs isn't always 100% accurate.  ...  "
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" ...  With the speed sensor the difference is much smaller and I recommend it if you are going to use this on a bike.  ...  "
Product As Described
 3
much, looks, watch, picture, color
+67%
-33%
comment
" ...  Pretty much as the picture looks.  ...  "
comment
" ...  But, still, looks even better in real than on the pic.  ...  "
Bluetooth
 3
phone, range, connectivity, watch, paired
+100%
comment
" ...  Can control my phone (which is paired via Bluetooth to a speaker) via the watch.  ...  "
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" ...  Bluetooth range is pretty good when paired to my phone and sync time with the Connect app only takes about 30 seconds.  ...  "
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" ...  Other thoughts - bluetooth connectivity: ... My Apple Watch would fall back to Wifi if out of range of bluetooth, so it was nice to walk around my entire house without having to keep the phone in range, but the Garmin Instinct only has bluetooth connectivity to your phone. ... I found the bluetooth range on the Garmin Instinct to be similar to that of my Pebble 2.  ...  "

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Specifications

Body
Size:  3937.01 meters
Connectivity
GPS:  Yes 
Yes
GPS
3937.01 meters
SIZE