Last Updated on April 19, 2022 by Jude Simeone
The Vantage V2 which is one of the best GPS smartwatches from Polar has a remarkable design, lots of activity tracking features, and a long battery life. It shares a lot in common with Garmin Fenix 6 which is also a sophisticated GPS smartwatch with great design, lots of features, and long battery life. Both smartwatches are priced relatively the same, so, which is better between the Vantage V2 vs Garmin Fenix 6? I have compiled the specs and features, compare them to find out the differences.
Please note that the Fenix 6 is available in three versions; Fenix 6, Fenix 6 Pro, and Fenix 6 Pro Solar. However, this comparison is between the Fenix 6 and Vantage V2. The other two Fenix 6 smartwatches are higher-end GPS smartwatches with trendline popularity routing, music storage, and ski.
Polar Vantage V2 vs Garmin Fenix 6 Full Specifications Compared
|Polar Vantage V2||Garmin Fenix 6|
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|Device name||Polar Vantage V2||Garmin Fenix 6|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport Smartwatch||Fitness/GPS smartwatch|
|Predessesor||Polar Vantage V||Garmin Fenix 5|
|Released date||October, 2020||August, 2019|
|Display type||MIP Transflective LCD||Transflective MIP LCD|
|Display size||1.2 inch||1.3 inch|
|Display resolution||240 x 240 pixels||260 x 260 pixels|
5 physical buttons
|5 buttons (Not touchscreen)|
|Customizable watch face||Yes||Yes|
|Dimension||47 x 47 x 13 mm||47 x 47 x 14.7 mm|
|Weight||52 grams |
Glass fiber reinforced polymer back
|Fiber-reinforced polymer with polymer rear cover|
|Bezel Material||Aluminum||Stainless steel|
|Interchangeable band||Yes, 22mm||Yes, 22mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass 3||Corning Gorilla Glass DX|
|Water resistant/Protection||Yes, 10ATM (MIL-STD-810G)||Yes, 10ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Memory card slot||No||No|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth v4.2 LE||Yes, and ANT+|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes|
|Menstrual cycle tracking||No||Yes|
|Under-water heart rate tracking||Yes||Yes|
|On-screen workout modes||__||Yes|
|Preloaded sport modes||Yes, 130||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor (HRM)||Yes||Yes|
|Operating system (OS)||_||Proprietary OS|
|Type of battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery||Non-removable Li-ion battery|
|Battery life||Mixed usage: 7 days|
GPS mode: 40hrs
|Smartwatch: Up to 14 days
GPS: Up to 36 hours
Max Battery GPS Mode: 72 hours
Expedition GPS Activity: 28 days
Battery Saver Watch Mode:48 days
|Charging type||USB cradle||USB charging cable|
|Charging time||About 1-2 hours||About 1-2 hours|
|Battery saver mode||Yes||Yes|
|Text response||No||Yes, (Android Only)|
|Payment system||None||Garmin pay|
|Compatibility||Android and iOS||Android 4.4+
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|Companion app||Polar Flow app||Garmin connect IQ store|
|Polar Vantage V2||Garmin Fenix 6|
|USB cradle||USB charging cable|
|Quick start guide||Quick start guide|
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|Official Site||Official Site|
Polar Vantage V2 Features
|Activity Tracking Features||Vantage V2|
Has a compass that allows you to know your exact orientation.
Automatically detects your heart rate, swimming style, distance, pace, strokes and rest times. Distance and strokes get tracked also in open water swimming.
|Fitness Level Test|
Test your fitness level easily in just 5 minutes without breaking a sweat.
|Breathing Session For Stress Management|
Relax your body and calm down your mind with the help of a guided breathing exercise
|Complete Sleep Monitoring|
Tracks your complete sleep cycle including stages and time spent in each.
Get motivating feedback immediately after training describing the effect of the session. Learn more
Check current weather info and a 2-day forecast straight on your watch
|Continuous Heart Rate Tracking|
Tracks your heart rate continuously to give you a comprehensive view of how your heart behaves during the day as well as calories.
Know exactly how many calories you’ve burned based on your weight, height, age, gender, your individual maximum heart rate (HRmax) and how hard you’re training.
Get a personal and adaptive training plan that fits you and your goals.
|Route Planning With Komoot|
Plan your route on Komoot, import it to your Polar Grit X and let the turn-by-turn guidance take care of navigation for you.
Upload your route to your Polar Grit X and stay on the right path with real-time guidance.
Get an estimate of your running VO2max and see how your running performance is developing.
|Training Load Pro|
Quantify the strain of your training session and see how your training strains the different parts of your body.
Get detailed data about your performance on the uphill and downhill sections of your session
Learn to refuel and maintain adequate energy levels during your long training sessions.
|FitSpark Training Guide|
Polar Grit X and the FitSpark™ training guide make sure you’re prepared for your pursuit to conquer the trails with ready-made daily workouts that match your recovery, readiness, and training history. Learn more
See how your body uses different energy sources during a training session. Polar Grit X divides your energy usage into carbs, proteins and fats.
Get more comprehensive insight into the intensity of your running sessions.
See how recovered your body is and get recovery feedback. Learn more
|Strava Live Segments|
Make your runs and rides more exciting with Strava Live Segments. Get alerts about nearby segments, see real-time performance data during a segment and check your results right after you finish.
It allows you to do multiple sports in one training session and seamlessly switch between sports without interrupting the recording of your training.
Built-in GPS provides accurate speed and distance measurement for a range of outdoor sports, and allows you to see your route on the map in the Polar Flow app and web service after your session.
|Leg Recovery Test|
The Leg Recovery Test tells you whether your legs are ready for high-intensity training.
|Running Performance Test|
The Running Performance Test helps you keep track of your progress and personalize your heart rate, speed, and power zones.
|Cycling Performance Test|
Helps you follow your progress, allows you to personalize your power zones, and tells you your personal functional threshold power. A compatible power meter required.
Polar Vantage V2 Pros
- Rugged and durable design.
- Lots of activity tracking features makes it indepth activity tracker.
- Battery life is impressive.
- Features training plans which can help you reach more fitness goals.
Polar Vantage V2 Cons
- Lakcs music storage.
- Lacks microphone and loudspeaker.
- Loss of connection while syncing with phone (restarting phone fixes the problem).
- Screen resolution isn’t great and the UI is somewhat shabby.
- Not a great choice for handling notifications.
Garmin Fenix 6 Features
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Garmin Fenix 6 Pros
- Sturdily built, premium and rugged design.
- Very impressive long battery life with battery saver modes that lets you go longer.
- Comprehensive activity trackers.
- The HRM and Vo2 max Sensor are somehow accurate.
Garmin Fenix 6 Cons
- Quiet expensive.
- Lacks microphone.
- Lacks onboard music storage.
- Notifications don’t show images, only text is shown.
- The companion app needs more improvement especially with regards to watch faces.
Which is Better?
In my opinion, Garmin Fenix is a more comprehensive GPS smartwatch. It features blood oxygen tracking – an important metric that allows you to see how well your blood utilizes oxygen. Fenix 6 also features incidental fall detection that allows the watch to call a preset emergency number when it detects a hard fall (phone must be nearby).
Overall, both smartwatches are durably built and well equipped to track your daily activities both indoor and outdoor.
Hi! I’m Jude, the chief editor at Smartwatchseries.com
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