The $900 Garmin Tactix Delta should only be bought by Super Army Soldiers

A truly over-the-top device that happens to include a 'kill switch'
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Are you a burgeoning army type aggressively seeking the most unnecessarily military-grade commercial smartwatch on the market? The hunt is over - Garmin has made the Tactix Delta.

The wildly-priced $899.99 watch is the latest in the company's line of outdoor-focused devices, which has now, against the odds, spanned four generations.

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The highlights of the latest model include the new 1.4-inch color display, and the addition of Garmin's power management feature, allowing you to see battery predictions based on what settings you have turned on. And, for previous fans of the series, some of the tactical features also make their way across from older generations.

Looking at the spec sheet, it all seems like a fairly standard Garmin affair - until you get to the some of the more hardcore features.

For the privacy-cautious and downright paranoid, turning on 'stealth mode' disables the storing and sharing of any information (also known as 'airplane mode'), while a 'kill switch' will erase all device memory (also known as 'restoring a device factory settings').

When the military juggernaut owner of the Tactix Delta is done taking advantage of these staples, he/she can also enjoy Garmin Pay (just in case you need to quickly and securely pay for a snack during a tactical operation), storage space for up to 2,000 songs and the ability to receive notifications, like, "Hey, hope the ultra-secret mission goes well *smiley emoji*".

According to Garmin, the Tactix Delta will be able to deliver 21 days of battery life - though we imagine this will vary greatly depending on how many times you need to, say, use that fabled kill switch - and it's available to buy now from Garmin.

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Conor Allison


Conor moved to Wareable Media Group in 2017, initially covering all the latest developments in smartwatches, fitness trackers, and VR. He made a name for himself writing about trying out translation earbuds on a first date and cycling with a wearable airbag, as well as covering the industry’s latest releases.

Following a stint as Reviews Editor at Pocket-lint, Conor returned to Wareable Media Group in 2022 as Editor-at-Large. Conor has become a wearables expert, and helps people get more from their wearable tech, via Wareable's considerable how-to-based guides. 

He has also contributed to British GQ, Wired, Metro, The Independent, and The Mirror. 

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