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    Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    I was waiting for a Pro Trek from Casio in that form factor, with heart rate, GPS, activity metrics, ABC, Etc. .. not considering the massive WSD F20. Turns out Garmin beat Casio to it.

    I have been happy with it so far. Besides the usual Garmin feature goodies, the B/W screen is super visible when in sun light without backlight. Battery lasts two weeks.

    What do fellow Casio fans think about this competition for $300?

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    I agree, it's a direct competition for ABC Protreks. Is lacks maps though, so the smart Protreks have and advantage. It also lacks the solar charging of the RangeBeast. The $300 price tag is sweet, you don't get a GPS Casio for that much. Form factor is better, cool factor is worse, and I trust the reputation of Casio better than claims by Garmin. Never owned a device from them but plenty of broken watches at acquaintances.

    So, in my opinion, it is a poor man's RangeBeast.

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    Sorry, but to me the Instinct is way too basic and cheap looking. I guess Garmin was trying to make a simple and cool looking watch, but ended up instead with something that looks like one of those $15 look alike smart watches.
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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    Looks for me are as important as functionality............so IMO no.

    [Casios' looks are my idea of a tough watch..........and Garmin cannot hold a candle in that department]

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    What I don’t understand about Instinct is why the display doesn’t go all the way to edge of bezel, rather leaving a lot of empty spaces in odd shape around it? It’s not for solar panels for sure so seems to me a lot of good real estate wasted.

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    i'm tempted to get this, but i'm also tempted by the protrek wsd-f30 thats coming out jan 2019...so i'll probably just not get anything :P

    btw, for the sunrise / sunset...i'm guessing there are no options for say civil or nautical?

    Quote Originally Posted by Eric.S View Post
    What I don’t understand about Instinct is why the display doesn’t go all the way to edge of bezel, rather leaving a lot of empty spaces in odd shape around it? It’s not for solar panels for sure so seems to me a lot of good real estate wasted.
    usually its where garmin places the gps antennaes.

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    They differ by 57 seconds. Which is correct?

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    Battery life....2 weeks versus 20+years for a solar Casio? I rest my case.

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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    Garmin is enlarging the offer, big range in prices, value received from customers, features, for men and women, for professional and everyday use, the battery life is one of the best improvements, display readability, sensors precision. Garmin is the best meeting for sport smart and ABC watches. The smartphone application is simply perfect, compared with Casio Suunto Polar, notifications library is complete 100 %,.
    I compare this INSTINCT with the Rangeman, first and last edition, Protrek digital, and I do not find technical reasons to prefer CASIO.
    Garmin is opening the offer, Casio is pushing to metal watches, analog top quality market, not focused in smartwatch...
    The Instinct will drop to 250 € online, difficult to resist.

    I'm using two Garmin, Fenix 5, model 2017, battery life 8 days, Fenix 5X Plus duration 25 days, no competition is possible against Garmin. Range 450-850 €.
    You can prefer G-Shock style, but if the focus is on features, the winner is only one.
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    Re: Is the Garmin Instinct wading into Casio Pro Trek/G-Shock territory?

    Quote Originally Posted by GrouchoM View Post
    They differ by 57 seconds. Which is correct?
    GARMIN does not use radio signal but smartphone connection, the difference is the same you have in phone network time and atomic station.
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