Looking for the best fitness tracker watch? Read this Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 review and find out which one is better for a buy.
Both Garmin and Casio have done a great job with these two adventure sports watches. Both the Garmin Instinct Solar and the Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 are very popular watches right now. Each one has its pros and cons so which one is better? This is the comparison of the Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000. We are going to get you out of doubts about which watch you should buy.
Why can you trust this comparison? We have tested both watches and can tell first hand what advantages and disadvantages each watch offers. Let’s see it.
First of all. If you want to read a detailed comparison of each model, you just have to visit the following entries:
But in this post we are going to see its manufacture, design and functionalities point by point so that you know the best attributes of each one.
Eye! Maybe you should also take into account if you want a Casio G-Shock or Casio Pro Trek with its ABC sensors: Casio G-Shock vs Casio Pro Trek: Comparison Which watch should I buy?
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Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 Review
To put ourselves in context, let’s start the Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 review by looking at the main characteristics of each one.
Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000: Features
- Casio Module: 3475 (PDF and HTML instructions)
- Dimensiones: 63 mm x 55 mm x 20,4 mm
- Weight: 101 grams
- Solar power system and cable charging
- In clock mode the battery lasts up to 12 months
- Even with the use of GPS the solar charge is sufficient
- Exact GPS time
- Resin case and strap
- Mineral crystal
- Shock resistant and 20 bar water resistance
- 4 daily alarms
- automatic LED light
- Automatic calendar
- Lap memory 100
- Step counter
- VO2max recovery time, training analysis
- GPS speed / distance measurement
- Compass, Barometer (260 / 1,100 hPa), Thermometer (-10 ° C / +60 ° C), Altimeter 10,000 m
- Calculation of calorie consumption (CAL)
- Target heart rate alarm and optical heart rate measurement
- Bluetooth y Phone Finder
- Notifications from smartphone
- Stopwatch, alarm clock, universal time
- Training Planner
- Available in various colors
The highlights of its features are its impressive battery life: 12 months in clock mode and enough battery to use the GPS and not have to charge in most situations. In 1 year of use we have never charged it with cable. AWESOME. So we can say that that it’s the best smartwatch for GPS navigation on the market.
Also noteworthy is its 200 meter resistance to water and tremendous resistance to falls (common to all G-Shock). It has a GPS, altimeter, barometer, compass and thermometer. It also has a step counter, training planning (very simple, running) and bluetooth connectivity. Both the strap and the case are made of resin.
Garmin Instinct Solar: Features
- Cristal Power Glass
- Fiber-reinforced polymer housing
- Designed to US Military Standard 810
- 22mm silicone strap
- Case size: 45 x 45 x 15.3 mm (for wrists with a circumference of 132-224 mm)
- Transflective monochrome display with pixel-level memory (MIP)
- Screen size: 23 x 23 mm with resolution 128 x 128 pixels
- 10 ATM water resistance (100 meters)
- 16 MB memory
- Weight of 53 grams
- Battery life:
- Smart watch mode: up to 24/54 days with solar charging function
- Energy saving mode: up to 56 days / unlimited with solar charging function
- GPS mode: up to 30/38 hours with solar charging function
- GPS mode with maximum battery use: up to 70/145 hours with solar charging function
- GPS expedition activity: up to 28/68 days with solar charging function
- With GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO
- With heart rate sensor
- Point-to-point navigation and trackback
- With blood oxygen saturation check and sleep monitoring
- With altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer
- With step counter, calories burned
- Sports and training profiles: outdoor, running, trekking, swimming, cycling, triathlon, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, rowing, strength, cardio, yoga, sailing and many more.
- Bluetooth and ANT + connectivity
- Compatibility with Android and iOS smartphones: With smart notifications
- Available in various colors: yellow, blue, black, red, coral
In this case we also have solar charging, but the battery life is less than with the Casio, although good enough not to have to charge it with cable with normal use (Garmin says that it has to give it direct sunlight for 3 hours to to get it).
It is a watch with a much lower weight and with smaller dimensions, we can leave it on at night to control sleep. Its resistance to falls is good, but probably not as good as in the Casio del Casio. It can be submerged to 100 meters.
In a nutshell, its strong point is the large number of sports that you can track, sleep control and point-to-point navigation and trackback.
Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 Features Comparison Table
|Garmin Instinct Solar
|Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000
|45 x 45 x 15,3 mm
|63 x 55 x 20,4 mm
|Monochrome MIP with Corning Gorilla glass and Power Glass technology
|MIP Monochrome with mineral glass
|Up to 24/54 days
|Up to 12 months
|US Military Standard 810
|Falls of 10 meters or more
|YES (GPS, GLONASS and GALILEO)
|YES (GPS and GLONASS)
|With altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer
|With altimeter, compass, accelerometer, thermometer
|Heart rate and SpO2 sensor
|outdoor, running, trekking, swimming, cycling, triathlon, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, rowing, strength, cardio, yoga, sailing and many more.
|Point-to-point navigation and trackback
|NO (in the app we have altitude navigation – you can load GPX data with control points)
|External sensors (ANT +)
|YES (very complete)
|Training sphere only
|Sunrise and sunset data, moon phases
Manufacturing and Design
Both watches are very well made, but here you have to give Casio the upper hand. The Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 is a resistant G-Shock with a powerful design, very striking. There is no watch stronger than a G-Shock right now. The strap and case are made of resin.
The price to pay is to have a fairly large watch on your wrist (63 x 55 mm vs 45 x 45 mm), quite thick (5 mm more than the Instinct Solar). It is not for everybody. It is almost twice as heavy as the Garmin model (over 100 grams vs. 53 grams). We already know what to expect with a G-Shock watch. It is what you have. It is part of its appeal.
The quality of manufacture has a higher point in the Casio watch than in the Garmin, and this is also evident in the hardness of the strap, which is much more rigid.
The Garmin Instinct Solar is also a tough watch (MIL-STD-810G) but it has a much simpler design. It will not win any awards in this regard, but Garmin must be recognized that it is a really functional watch, that you do not even notice that you have it on your wrist. You can carry it with you in many more situations than the Casio model.
As soon as you see the watch it reminds you of a Casio G-Shock. It looks like Garmin has decided that the Japanese have done a good job and that a few things are worth ‘copying’ giving it a style of its own. They have done a good job. And it is a completely unisex model, while Casio’s is clearly for men.
Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000: Functionalities
Both watches are loaded with sensors. They have GPS, step counter, heart rate sensor, altimeter, compass, accelerometer, and thermometer. They also offer smartphone notifications. We can’t complain, but the Garmin model offers so much more thanks to its excellent software.
- The accuracy of GPS and sensors is very good in both cases.
- Garmin has translated everything into Spanish. Casio is only in English.
The Casio watch is designed to control walking or running, but this is it. Nothing more. With the Garmin model we can control and collect data from many sports activities: outdoor, running, trekking, swimming, cycling, triathlon, fishing, hunting, skiing, snowboarding, rowing, strength, cardio, yoga, sailing and many more.
The Garmin also offers us sunrise and sunset data, moon phases, storm alerts and we can load GPX maps (head over to Wikiloc) thanks to the Garmin Explore app (they come out black and white with a simple line, but they are more than enough to follow the route with their notices). In the case of Casio, in its G-Shock Move app, we can send control points to the watch, but that’s it. The subject is underdeveloped.
With the Garmin Instinct Solar you can load GPX maps and perform point-to-point navigation and trackback.
We can also consult in detail the quality of sleep or apply detailed training plans or a very interesting thing, acclimatization by pulse oximetry. Casio does not offer these things, but we can check the recovery time and our blood oxygen rate (with the Garmin we can also check the blood oxygen rate, something that the Instinct does not have).
In the Garmin model we can also personalize the watch face much more and we can even put it in positive. Why doesn’t Casio offer this feature? In addition, the Garmin watch offers interesting graphs of different types in various sections and modes. Quite explanatory. Casio only offers very simple bar graphs.
Something that both watches have in common is that you cannot add extra apps.
More features that the Garmin watch offers that the Casio watch doesn’t?
- Expedition GPS activity to save battery
- Much more detailed battery monitoring with solar charge statistics
- It has storm alerts thanks to its barometric altimeter
- It tells you the sunset and sunrise and moon phases
- Offers you navigation to a MOB (Man Overboard) location
- It has area calculation (you will never use it, sure)
Casio Apps vs. Garmin Apps
In this case, Casio loses by a landslide compared to Garmin. Casio’s applications for its watches do not have very good ratings in the app stores. Something is missing. They are functional, but could offer so much more.
Casio G-Shock Move (Android or iOS) has nothing to do with Garmin Connect (Android, iOS), or Garmin Explore. In addition, Garmin offers the possibility of consulting your data on its web pages:
And to synchronize the clock with desktop apps (Garmin Express).
In the following images you can see how we have loaded a Wikiloc GPX route in the Garmin app and then we have transferred it to the watch (it does not offer color maps like the Garmin 6 Fenix Pro on the watch):
The data that their applications show (and much more on their web pages) are extremely detailed and very useful for athletes. Casio may not have improved in this regard because they have focused on running and trekking, we will never know. Let’s say your app is functional, period.
Firmware updates for Garmin watches tend to be constant throughout the year and always offer lots of improvements. With Casio things are a bit slower.
The truth is that they move in the same price range, although right now you can get the Garmin Standard model for less than $300 compared to 399 euros for the Casio watch.
Garmin gives you the option of getting special models like the Tactical, Esports, Camo and Surf. They are somewhat more expensive than the normal model ($399). What are the differences between them? Regarding design, none (well, changes in strap and case colors). Everything is at the software level. Depending on the model you will find more options to control your activity.
The truth is that it depends a lot on your needs. At Gouforit we are very fans of Casio. We have tested most of their watches, and the truth is that the Casio G-Shock are watches forever, with little maintenance, very resistant and reliable. You catch one with solar charge and you forget even to charge them.
- If I fell from a plane in a jungle I would want to have the Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000. He would surely come out of the expedition unscathed.
- For normal sports activities, to control all kinds of sports, to load Wikiloc routes or to monitor your health, we choose the Garmin Instinct Solar.
Both watches have a very good build quality, but the Casio model is noted with a higher quality point (hardness). And it has a spectacular battery life. It has no rival. But it is something big and heavy. It is not unisex.
The Garmin watch is perfect to always wear. You don’t even notice you’re wearing it. And their software is outrageous. It offers very detailed statistics. You can really improve your sports activity if you use it.
With the Garmin model you can customize the screens and the data that are displayed, something you cannot do with the Casio. You can even choose between negative and positive display.
Price is not an important factor in deciding between one and the other. It is quite similar.
In short, the Garmin Instinct Solar is a much superior watch in terms of functions to the Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000, but the resistance of the latter has not yet been overcome. Casio has to put the batteries to improve its software. Hope this Garmin Instinct Solar vs Casio G-Shock GBD-H1000 review will help you in choosing the better option between the two smart watches.