by Anura Guruge
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So, from the very first time I powered up my new Fenix 6 Sapphire, i.e., Tuesday, September 24, 2019, I knew there was something different about the display. I was aware that it was fractionally bigger than that of my Garmin MARQ Explorer (i.e., 1.3″ vs 1.2″) and had a marginally higher resolution (i.e., 260×260 vs 240×240). But, you could tell that there was something different and APPEALING about the Fenix 6 Display.
When I came around to doing the settings I noticed a big difference. In my old age I like a bright display. So, over the last 2-years or so I had the brightness on my Fenix 5, Fenix 5+ and MARQ Expedition all set at 70%. I was kind of used to 70% being my default setting — and, yes, I needed to charge my watches every couple of days (and having continuous PULSE Ox on the MARQ didn’t help). With the Fenix 6 when I got to 50% I was happy! Big difference. You can see that on the top picture: 70% vs. 50%.
Then, yesterday, I installed ActiFace on the Fenix 6 and was studying them side-by-side. See middle picture above.
That is when I noticed it and you can see it in the two top pictures. The display background on the Fenix 6 is deep black — like you would get on an AMOLED-display. That is what makes all the difference. It makes everything else POP. Notice that the fonts are also smoother. A better overall display. You can’t deny that.
Then the last picture is the final proof. The Fenix 6, with brightness at 50%, is brighter than the MARQ at 70%.
To be honest, I would no longer buy a MARQ Expedition! Get the titanium body Fenix 6 Sapphire and a $22 leather strap from Amazon and you can save yourself $500!
by Anura Guruge