Both rigs look nice and come in at a great price point.
29 tires really do roll better, smoother over trails and rocks, etc
My advice is if your nearing 6 ft tall and near 200lbs you should seriously look at 29’ers. For the reach and fit as well as the trail rolling benefit.
Any of these well-equipped hardtail will get you on the trails. I rode a Marin Bobcat for a few months and they are cheap and handle rough trails fabulously.
Hope you get out there sooner rather than later, 🙂