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The Tactix Delta is the latest addition to the rich lineup of Garmin Smartwatches. It’s a premium multisport GPS smartwatch and succeeds the Tactix Charlie. As expected, the Delta comes with new features that you’ll not find on Charlie. The Delta is more rugged, slimmer, has a wider display, higher onboard storage and a longer battery life than the Charlie. In addition, it comes with more fitness tracking features. In this comparison, we compare the Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Delta specs and features to find the differences between these two premium GPS smartwatches.

Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Delta Specifications Compared

 Garmin Tactix Charlie
Garmin Tactix Delta
garmin tactix charlie full specificationsgarmin tactix delta full specifications

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.1 out of 5 stars (3.1 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Battery:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.8 out of 5 stars (4.8 / 5)
Features:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Price:
3.1 out of 5 stars (3.1 / 5)
Average:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Tactix CharlieGarmin Tactix Delta
Device typeFitness/GPS smartwatchFitness/GPS smartwatch
Predessesor__Garmin Tactix Charlie
SuccessorGarmin Tactix Delta--
Released dateMarch, 2018January, 2020
Ideal forMenMen

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective MIP LCDTransflective MIP LCD
Display size1.2 inch1.4 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels280 x 280 pixels
Pixel density----
Input type5 buttons (Not touchscreen)5 buttons (Not touchscreen)
Always-onYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircular
Dimension51 x 51 x 17.5 mm51 x 51 x 14.9 mm
Weight90g97g
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear coverFiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover
Strap/band materialSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialDLC coated steelDLC coated steel
Strap size26mm26mm
Screen protectionDomed sapphire glassDomed sapphire glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)BlackBlack

MEMORY

RAM----
Internal storage16GB32GB
Memory card slotNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+ Yes, and ANT+
Bluetooth callingNoNo
Wi-FiYesYes
NFCNoYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNo
SIMNoNo
BandNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYes
SMS alertYesYes
Calls alertYesYes
Event reminderYesYes
WeatherYesYes
Third-party appsYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYes
StepsYesYes
Floors climbedYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYes
CaloriesYesYes
DistanceYesYes
StressYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYes
Blood oxygenNoYes
Blood pressureNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingYesYes
Swim trackingYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYes
Preloaded mapsYesYes
On-screen workout modesNoYes
Triathlon modeYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYes
Safety trackingYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Music streamingNoYes
Bluetooth musicYesYes
RadioNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNo
MicrophoneNoNo
CameraNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes
CompassYesYes
Gyroscope YesYes
Ambient lightYesYes
Pulse Ox.YesYes
ECGNoNo
ThermometerYesYes
Other sensors____

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset----
CPU----
GPU----

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ----
Battery lifeSmartwatch mode: Up to 12 days
GPS/HR mode: Up to 20 hours
UltraTrac™ mode: Up to 35 hours
Smartwatch: Up to 21 days
GPS: Up to 60 hours
GPS and Music: Up to 15 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 120 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 46 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode: 80 days
Charging typeUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYes
Solar powerNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYes
StopwatchYesYes
AlarmYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control cameraYesYes
Music controlYesYes
Find phoneYesYes
Text responseYes, (Android Only)Yes, (Android Only)

MISC

Payment systemNoneGarmin pay
Compatibility Android 4.4+
IOS 10.0+
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Android 4.4+
IOS 10.0+
Bluetooth 4.0+
Check if your device is compatible
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeGarmin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 26mmYes, 26mm
Voice commandNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Tactix CharlieGarmin Tactix Delta
StrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guide
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What’s the Difference?

Garmin Tactix Charlie vs Delta Features Compared

  • Design

  • Generally, both the Charlie and Delta have got a sophisticated aesthetics that makes these two very sturdy and durable smartwatches. However, the Delta being a newer and more advanced device is a more rugged smartwatch. It’s certified MIL-STD-810 – a US military grade rating that makes this watch more rugged and ready to withstand harsher weather conditions.

    The Delta is also a sleeker and more stylish smartwatch than the Charlie, it’s 14.9mm thick compared to the Charlie that’s 17.5mm thick (very thick). But surprisingly, the Charlie weighs a little less than the Delta. The case of both watches is still the same fiber-reinforced polymer used on other Garmin smartwatches and as well the same silicone straps. On the screen is domed sapphire crystal material and the bezel, DLC material – all very durable materials that make these two some of the most rugged smartwatches on the market.

    The display of both watches is the regular transflective MIP display used on most Garmin smartwatches expect the Venu (AMOLED), and it’s very easy to read outdoors. However, the Delta with a 1.4-inch display is wider than the Charlie with a 1.2-inch display which means you get to see a little more on the former. Moreover, the Delta features night vision mode that allows you to easily switch between daytime view and nighttime view with a screen that can be read by night-vision goggles.

  • Storage

  • Another improvement is the onboard storage capacity, the Tactix has twice the storage capacity of the Charlie which off course allows you to stream or take more of your favorite tracks along with you.

  • Battery Life

  • The battery life of both the Charlie and Delta is very impressive as each of these will keep you going for over a week from a single charge with smartwatch mode. However, the Delta has a longer battery life than Charlie, it has been tested to last up to 21 days which is far longer than Charlie with 12 days. Moreover, the expedition GPS only tracking mode of the Delta will see it last over a month which makes it a better choice for tracking extreme activities.

  • Fitness Tracking

Each of these two is fitness oriented and well equipped to track your activities comprehensively with lots of fitness tracking features built-in. Each of these two features preloaded TOPO maps, as well as lots of outdoor activity tracking and analysis tools.

However, the Delta houses more activity tracking features which may come to the Charlie in subsequent upgrades. But for now, the Delta features animated onscreen workout modes that can save you money on subscriptions, respiration tracking, under-water heart rate tracking, and pulse Ox. sensor that monitors blood oxygen level. These are some of the activities tracking features present in the Tactix, but not in the Charlie. The table below highlights some of the differences in activity tracking between Charlie and Delta.

 Tactix CharlieTactix Delta
Safety Tracking Features
Safety tracking features include;

  • Livetrack.

  • Group livetrack.

  • Live event sharing.

  • Incidental fall detection and assistance.

Lacks;

  • Live event sharing.

  • Incidental fall detection and assistance.

Yes
Basic Activity Tracking Features

  • Calories burned.

  • Floors climbed.

  • Distance traveled.

  • Intensity minutes.

  • Fitness age.

  • Stress tracking.

  • Body battery energy monitor.

YesYes
Battery energy monitor

A feature that access your overall fitness level to help you find the perfect time to train
NoYes
Gym and Fitness Equipment
Available gym profiles include;

  • Cardio and elliptical training.

  • Strength.

  • Stair Stepping.

  • Floor Climbing.

  • Indoor Rowing.

  • Pilates and Yoga.

YesYes
Tactical Features

  • Stealth mode.

  • Night vision mode.

  • Dual grid coordinates.

  • Kill switch.

Lacks kill switch and stealth mode.Yes
Training, Planning and Analysis Features
Training and planning features include,

  • GPS speed and distance.

  • Customizable activity profiles.

  • Advanced workouts.

  • Downloadable training plans.

  • Heat and altitude acclimation.

  • Vo2 max.

  • Training load, effect and status.

YesYes
Trendline popularity routing.

Allows you to find the best possible route to follow from thousands of routes.
YesYes
Heart Rate Features
Heart rate tracking features includes;

  • Heart rate zones

  • Heart rate calories.

  • Heart rate alert.

  • Recovery time.

YesYes
Running Features
Available running features include, running, treadmill running, indoor track running and trail running.YesYes
Tracks stride length, cadence, lactate threshold, GPS based time, distance and pace.YesYes
PacePro

Keeps you on pace with grade-adjusted guidance as you run a course
NoYes
Golfing Features

  • Preloaded golf courses worldwide.

  • Digital scorecards, custom targets, full vector maps, and pinpointer.

  • Handicap scoring.

  • Round timer.

YesYes
Outdoor Tracking Features
Available profiles include,

  • Hiking, climbing, mountain biking, skiing, snowboarding, XC skiing, stand up paddleboarding, rowing, kayaking, jumpmaster, tactical

YesYes

  • Point-to-point navigation.

  • Bread crumb trail in real time.

  • Elevation profile.

  • Around me mode.

  • Distance to destination.

  • Barometric trend indicator with storm alert.

  • GPS coordinates.

  • Total ascent and descent.

YesYes
Prelaoded topographical map

Helps you navigate your way safely.
YesYes
Preloaded Ski Resort Maps

Over 2000 ski maps to choose from.
NoYes
Cycling Features
Available cycling profile include, biking, indoor biking, mountain biking and triathlon.YesYes

  • Alerts you when you've reached a goal.

  • Cycle maps.

  • Preloaded courses.

  • And more.
YesYes
Swim Tracking Features
Available swimming profiles includes, pool swimming, open water swimming and swimming/runningYesYes
Open water metrics include, distance, pace, stroke, stroke count, stroke distance and SWOLF.YesYes
Pool swim metrics include, lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, calories. and SWOLF.YesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingNoYes
Other Activity Tracking Features
Menstrual Cycle Tracking

A feature that allows you to track you cycle from the app and can help you detect changes
YesYes
Animated workout modes

Saves you money on subscription with lots of preloaded workout modes to choose from.
NoYes
Respiration tracking

Monitors how well you're breathing during sleep and other activities
--Yes
Hydration tracking

Monitors your daily fluid intake to help you stay hydrated
--Yes
ABC Sensor

Navigate your next trail with ABC sensors, including an altimeter for elevation data, barometer to monitor weather and three-axis electronic compass.
YesYes
Pulse Ox. Sensor

For altitude acclimation or sleep monitoring, a Pulse Ox2 sensor uses light beams at your wrist to gauge how well your body is absorbing oxygen.
NoYes

Which is Better?

Clearly each of these two is a fine multisport fitness smartwatch that can track your active life comprehensively and improve your fitness goals significantly. Perhaps some of the best smartwatches for tracking outdoor activities.

However, the Delta with more activity tracking features, longer battery life, increased storage capacity and better design is clearly a better smartwatch than the Charlie. It a more comprehensive smartwatch and offers better value for money.

On the other hand, the Charlie remains a fine alternative if you’re low on budget.

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