Garmin Instinct 2 Crossover vs Instinct 2

Garmin Instinct 2 Crossover is one of the best hybrid smartwatches around. It is a solid, rugged watch with extended battery life. The instinct 2 standard edition watch remains one of the most sought-after rugged smartwatches.

Garmin Instinct 2 Crossover was released in November 2022 and Garmin Instinct 2 was released in February 2022.

We look at the features, capabilities, and main points of distinction between the Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2.

Main differences

  • Instinct 2 Crossover comes at a list price of $399.99 while the Instinct 2 standard edition has a cost price of $349.99.
  • Instinct 2 Crossover has analog hands on the watch.
  • Instinct 2 Crossover has higher device storage than Instinct 2. (64 MB against 32 MB of Instinct 2)
  • Instinct 2 Crossover supports contactless payments through Garmin Pay. NFC or contactless payments are not supported on Instinct 2 standard edition.
  • Instinct 2 Crossover does support the Stocks app. You will need to get it from the Connect IQ store.
  • Instinct 2 Crossover also has the safety feature of Live Event Sharing. This is in addition to the LiveTrack feature and Incident detection alerts.

Display specifications

There is hardly a difference between the Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 in terms of the display specifications. Both do remind you of the Casio watches when it comes to the display.

We look at the display specifications of Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 below.

Display specificationsInstinct 2 CrossoverInstinct 2
Display lensChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glass
Display sizeCustom, with a center hole: 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)Custom, two-window design; 0.9” x 0.9” (23 x 23 mm)
Display typeMonochrome MIP (Memory in Pixel)Monochrome MIP (Memory in Pixel)
Display resolution176 x 176 pixels176 x 176 pixels
Pixel density124 ppi124 ppi
Color displayNoNo
LED FlashlightNoNo

Now, Instinct 2 Crossover does have a hole in the center of the screen. In comparison, Instinct 2 offers a custom double window in the display.

Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 have identical display specifications.

Garmin Instinct 2 Crossover

Physical specifications

The biggest differentiator in the hardware specifications of Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 is the presence of analog hands on the Instinct 2 Crossover.

There are device storage constraints on both watches. We look at the hardware capabilities of both watches below.

SpecificationsInstinct 2 CrossoverInstinct 2
Watch size45 x 45 x 16.2 mm45 x 45 x 14.5 mm
Thickness16.2 mm14.5 mm
Watch weight65 g52 g
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymerFiber-enforced polymer
BezelStainless steelFiber-enforced polymer
Band size22 mm22 mm
Band materialSiliconeSilicone
Recommended wrist circumference135-230 mm135-230 mm
Device storage64 MB32 MB
Water rating10 ATM (100 Meters)10 ATM (100 Meters)
Swimming profilePool Swimming, Open Water SwimmingPool Swimming, Open Water Swimming
Multi-band GPSNoNo
Wireless ConnectivityANT+, BluetoothANT+, Bluetooth
Garmin Elevate Heart SensorYesYes
Garmin PayYesNo
Pulse Ox SpO2 monitoringYesYes
Barometric altimeterYesYes
Ambient light sensorNoNo
iOS compatibleYesYes
Android compatibleYesYes

You may want to note that the Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 do not support Wi-FI connectivity. Both watches can use Bluetooth or ANT+ wireless connectivity.

Instinct 2 Crossover supports NFC payments through Garmin Pay. Also, Instinct 2 Crossover is relatively thicker.


Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 watches have very limited device storage. So, we cannot store any music or audio content on the watch.

This implies that both watches have limited music functionality.

Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 can control music on the paired smartphone. These watches are not meant for offline music listening because we cannot store any tracks on the device storage.


Instinct 2 Crossover offers marginally higher battery backup than the Instinct 2 smartwatch. The backup offered by each watch in different watch modes is shared hereunder.

Watch modeInstinct 2 CrossoverInstinct 2
Smartwatch modeUp to 28 daysUp to 28 days
GPS modeUp to 25 hoursUp to 30 hours
Max Battery GPS ModeUp to 111 hoursUp to 70 hours
Expedition GPS ActivityUp to 40 daysUp to 32 days
Battery Saver Watch ModeUp to 71 daysUp to 65 days
Instinct 2 standard edition smartwatch from Garmin.

Final verdict

For the additional $50 spent on the Instinct 2 Crossover hybrid smartwatch, I am getting:

  • Analog hands
  • Thicker watch
  • Steel bezel
  • Almost 20 percent longer battery backup
  • Garmin Pay for contactless payments

Needless to say, my choice between the Instinct 2 Crossover and Instinct 2 standard edition would be the Instinct 2 Crossover edition smartwatch.

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