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Garmin Tactix 7 vs Apple Watch Series 7

Garmin Tactix 7 vs Apple Watch Series 7

The Apple Watch Series 7 already has its own dedicated fan base. Garmin recently released their latest smartwatch from their “Tactix” lineup, the Tactix 7, and it has become an instant hit among the adventurers and military personnel who prefer a rugged, reliable smartwatch. However, considering how Apple gives Garmin a strong competition with their smartwatches, which one of these amazing smartwatches should you actually consider buying? 

Today, we will talk a bit about both of these watches to help you figure out the right choice for you. So, without further ado, let’s begin!

The Comparison

Garmin came up with the “Tactix” lineup with military personnel in mind, who need to dive deep into dangerous and unpredictable territories while being aware of their position, the weather, and most importantly, their health status. The Tactix 7 does an incredible job at that while scaling with the toughness of your environment and your spirit. It is fairly easy to use since you can utilize both the Sapphire lens and the traditional buttons in tandem with each other to suit your needs. Thanks to the overall rugged design and specialized materials, this watch will be well protected against drops, shocks, and challenging environments.


On the flip side, the Apple Watch Series 7 is a watch that looks mesmerizingly beautiful! In terms of design, the Series 7 boasts Apple’s largest, most advanced display they have ever made for a smartwatch. The design’s functionality is pretty minimalistic in classic Apple fashion, where you have a single, tactile and responsive knob you can turn and press for multiple functionalities, along with an always-on, super-bright Retina display!

For Apple, the premium factor doesn’t halt on the looks only. Apple claims that this is the most durable watch they have ever made, and it is hard to disagree given the features like crack-resistant crystal, WR50 water resistance level, and a certified IP6X dust-resistant rating! Speaking of being rugged, as you can see, the Tactix 7 is also built ruggedly while maintaining visual aesthetics, doing the word “premium” a proper justice. The watch has been tested against the MIL-STD-810 grade, which proves how well this watch performs under any stressful conditions or duress.

One of the best things about the Tactix 7 is that it comes with a dedicated “Stealth Mode”, which can be enabled to take the user completely off the grid- super useful in certain situations because sometimes, subtlety goes a long way. By enabling this mode, you can turn off track logging and any kind of wireless communication, turning yourself AWOL from GPS positioning. But don’t worry, your activities can still be monitored at the time, pace, location, and elevation, but will not be saved on your watch. And, for when the unthinkable happens and you need to wipe all information in an instant, Garmin also provides you with a “Kill Switch” that will wipe the device of all user memory, maintaining your cover.

With both of these smartwatches having super-premium features that focus on durability, we have to give the flag to Garmin for coming up with a watch that’s reliable, dependable and has multiple uses in the field. On the other hand, functionality-wise, Apple can be compared to a swiss-army knife that has a few extra features such as the Retina display, activity sharing, LTE Connectivity, Siri, and also with a comparatively more accurate health sensor. And the best part is, you get all that glorious Apple tech for only $399 dollars, whereas to get yourself a Garmin Tactix 7, you need to spend $1099 for the standard edition. It gets better, or worse depending on your finances, the Pro Ballistics edition will cost you an astonishing $1,599 dollars!

Our Verdict

If you’re in the market for a durable, reliable, and heavy-duty watch to maintain your cover while being functional during a mission in the enemy territory, Garmin Tactix 7 could, LITERALLY, be a lifesaver, which is why it’s not often meant for the general public. On the other hand, if that’s too expensive for you, and we’d completely understand if it is, you could easily go for the Apple Watch Series 7 since it packs more than enough features for the average joe while not costing a fortune.

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