The Coros Apex 2 and Coros Apex 2 Pro have landed, and they feature specifications that rival some of the best running watches at the moment. Coros have always been an underdog compared to class giants, such as Garmin, and while we haven’t yet had a chance to fully review the watches, at least one of them will likely end up in our group. Best running hour List if their spec sheets are anything you should go through.
Designed to enhance multi-band satellite communication for pinpoint accuracy, the Coros Apex 2 and 2 Pro are specifically designed for track and third-party events. Durable raised bezel, with sapphire glass and titanium alloy case, the digital “knob” on the side of each watch, like the feature on the Original Apex And the new Apple Watch Ultra, designed to work with gloves on the go.
Both are 5ATM water resistant (suitable for surface activities like swimming and surfing, but not for diving) and also offer downloadable topographic maps. Many of the features are taken from the top-tier Vertix line to a slightly lower price point, in terms of cost $499 in the US, £319 in the UK, AU$859 in Australia for the Pro, $399, £399 and AU$699 for the Apex 2. Although our official verdict is yet to come, the Coros Apex 2 and Apex 2 Pro make solid entries in the sub-$500 running monitoring category.
But if the watches really seem to shine in one area, it’s battery life. The Coros Apex 2 Pro claims that it will last on the smartwatch mode for 30 days, while the Apex 2 states 17 days. With all GPS systems launched, the hours are said to last 45 hours (for Apex 2 Pro) and 30 hours (for Apex 2). For context, the Garmin Forerunner 955 Solarour choice Health and fitness apparatus of the year And a close match at this price point, clocks in at just 22 hours even with the Solar Power Glass extended.
Analysis: a test of success
Coros has always been a solid buy when it comes to choosing a fitness watch, but it’s a relatively young brand that’s always crowded with the more popular and famous Garmin, not to mention the big bite of the smartwatch market taken by Apple and Samsung.
However, if the Coros can create a well-designed all-around fitness watch (which it almost always does) and claims battery life that beats Garmin when the Forerunner 955 Solar does well, that’s a great indication of things to come. Vertix has already done something similar to Garmin’s massive Enduro line of luxury fitness watches, which has positioned itself as a battery to beat.
We’re looking to put both the Apex 2 and Apex 2 Pro into peace of mind to see if these battery life claims are really what they sound like.
Is Garmin in trouble? not yet. It’s too big, and frankly too good, and the mistrust around some Chinese manufacturers like Huawei could push the Coros back. But Coros is intent on continuing to make hardware good enough to challenge Garmin’s dominance, which can only benefit watch fans because we have more great technology to choose from.