Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar Review: A Fun Multisport Smartwatch

While the Instinct 2S Solar launched as a ruggedly designed multisport smartwatch, the Instinct Crossover Solar adds a few upgrades. Visual enhancements include analog hands and a solar panel that allows the watch to be wound and powered indefinitely.

While the watch is pretty unique for a Garmin device, being the first smartwatch in their arsenal to combine the two, there’s a lot more to look at here, so let’s get started.

Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar Price In India

Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar comes in two variants. There is a base variant of the Instinct Crossover called the Standard Edition priced at Rs. 55,990. The second line is the solar variant which I must try and which is available for Rs. 61,990. As the name suggests, it is equipped with a solar panel.

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Crossover Solar Design and Specifications Both variants of the new Garmin Instinct Crossover have the same exterior but slightly different finishes. The Standard Edition comes in Blue Granite and Black finishes, while the Solar variant comes in Graphite and Tidal Blue. I received the previous color for review.

The design of the Garmin Crossover Solar is very similar to that of the previous Instinct 2 and Instinct 2S series, with a fiber-reinforced polymer housing with a stainless steel insert. Compared to the Instinct 2 series, the display glass is significantly taller and closer to the protective frame, which also makes it prone to scratches.

Fortunately, despite some close talks, the “Power Glass” 039; I only had a small scratch during my exam. While the watch is twice as thick as the Apple Watch Series 8 we tested, it feels sturdy and durable and can take a beating. The case size is 45mm and the thickness of the watch is 16.2mm.

The watch with a removable silicone strap weighs 65 g and is water-resistant to 10 ATM.It also has MIL-STD-810 durability certification. Despite the sturdy body and above-average weight compared to a regular smartwatch, the Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar was comfortable enough for everyday use. The 22mm silicone straps are long enough to fit wrists of all sizes, and Garmin sells several different color options separately. The bands share a quick release mechanism which is a bit tricky to access as the pins sit deep in the lugs and require the sharp
color tool to read the time.On the same plane are the watch’s hands, which are powered by Garmin’s Revodrive technology, which is said to be able to keep accurate time in all conditions (including violent impacts).

Finally, under the hands is a 1.28-inch monochrome transflective MIP (Memory in Pixels) display with a resolution of 176 x 176 pixels. Solar cells are integrated in and around this screen. The rear of the watch houses the usual health sensors, along with a four-pin connector that uses Garmin’s proprietary charging technology.The port is also used to download data to a computer or manually update watch software using the Garmin Express app.

There are five buttons on the sides of the watch that have a nice click and feel. In my opinion, this is the ideal and sensible way to use a smartwatch, especially if it was made for outdoor use.

Garmin doesn’t disclose the official battery capacity, but we do know its capacity, which sits at a meager 64MB. That’s fine considering most third-party apps (or activities) and watch faces are between 13KB and 150KB in size.

Performance of the Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar
Although the Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar is quite large, I initially found the monochrome screen to be on the small side, especially when my hands are covering it all the time. The Amazfit GTR 4 (test) is significantly larger in terms of case size, but still has a huge screen in comparison. After a week of use, I’ve come to love the button-based interface of the Instinct Crossover Solar software and the smooth movements of the hands that intelligently position themselves away from the displayed content.

The hands only get in the way when you look at the main dial of the watch. This meant I had to reach for my phone to check things like the date, as the hands sometimes tend to obscure them on the dial.Two weeks into installing and using the smartwatch, I’ve gotten used to the software, but I still think the screen is a bit lacking given the watch’s health monitoring and outdoor capabilities, as well as the fact that it’s also a smartwatch should be bigger. The
Garmin Instinct Crossover Solar
runs Garmin’s custom operating system, which is very light and responsive as it requires five buttons to operate instead of a touchscreen. What’s more, the screen resolution is quite low, so it doesn’t put too much strain on the watch. Actually there isn’t much of a user interface, but the button operating system is very well laid out once you get used to the navigation style.

Although this operating system is far from the most connected Apple Watch, it works very well even without having to connect to a smartphone.This is mainly because everything the watch can do (in terms of tracking and functionality) can be done and displayed on the watch itself. You don’t need to pair it with a smartphone unless you want to see your health data on a bigger screen.

The Garmin Connect Mobile app is required to set up the watch and send it regular smartphone notifications. The app works well on both iOS and Android smartphones, but I preferred using it with an Android phone as it also responds to notifications. This is not possible when connected to an iPhone.The app also offers an incident detection feature that automatically notifies three pre-selected contacts via SMS or email.

Setting up the alarm feature requires sending a message to each of your contacts through the application. But more importantly, the watch relies on the phone to send messages, so the user needs to be connected to the network for this to work. It won’t help you if you get lost in the desert, but it will help you if you fall or have an accident in the city.

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