Product Comparison: Bushnell Excel vs Bushnell Neo ION

General Specifications
About the Product
Getting distances around the course just got even easier with the Excel Golf GPS Watch. Bluetooth integration with smartphone allows you to get course updates without needing to sync with a computer and you can receive call, messaging and calendar notifications on your watch.
Small, sleek comfortable design with long battery life. Preloaded with over 35,000 courses in more than 30 countries, no downloads and no membership fees ever.
Key Specs
Golfing Features
Yardage to F/M/B, Yardage to layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Hazards and course targets, Auto Course Recognition, Auto Hole Advance
Front/Center/Back distances, Round odometer, Shot distance calculator, Hazard/Layup Distances
Maps & Memory
Preloaded course maps: more than 35000
Preloaded course maps: more than 35000
What customers say about "Key Specs"
Bushnell Excel 2017 Golf GPS Watch
  • GPS takes way too long to sync up with satellites. Wait time is approx 5 min at the start of a round. Common Bushnell, that's no good!
  • I love my new watch but it seems to lose the signal in the middle of my golf game and I have to start over. Other than that I am happy with it!
  • Easy to use. Great visual of the yardages no matter light conditions. I like the ability of using the watch for more than golf.
  • Poor visibility of the watch even when you push a button to light it. Takes too many steps to play a round.
  • The golf functions are fine however you cant see the numerals for the minutes unless you look really close. All the numerals should be "white". The "blue" minute numerals are very difficult to see.
Bushnell Neo ION
  • Recognizes my home course quickly. Yardage to front/middle/back are accurate versus my son's Bushnell laser.
  • This gives you perfect yardage from everywhere. I wish it kept score but definitely worth giving that up for such an easy, intuitive device.
  • If you are looking for more than just distance to front, center and back of the green it does have distances to hazzaeds and layups
  • The yardages seem to be dead on. I compared it to other lasers and a golf cart gps.
  • I know it's accurate because when I first started using it I would stand on the yard markers to check the yardage.
Size & Weight
2.13 in.
2.13 in.
1.6 oz.
1.8 oz.
1.77 in.
1.77 in.
0.55 in.
0.59 in.
Display Type
Color LCD
Monochrome LCD
Display Size
1 in.
1.1 in.
What customers say about "Display"
Bushnell Excel 2017 Golf GPS Watch
  • The screen is not really as big is advertised, probably only about half the actual size.
  • It is also very dim, which is ok in bright sunlight, but not indoors. i suspect that has to do with their attempt to maximize battery life, but since it doesn't last two rounds it is a design decision "fail".
Bushnell Neo ION
  • I liked the watch because the display was large and easy to read.
  • I like the display and it is very accurate and very good battery life.
  • The watch model is very comfortable, simple to operate, and accurate to within a yard or two. Nice display size.
  • Very easy to use. Helped my round so much. It's incredible to see actual distances, and how far you REALLY hit clubs.
  • Sometimes it is hard to read the small display letters on the watch. Have to move the display to sunlight to read the font.
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
USB, Bluetooth
Battery Life
14 hours
16 hours
Bluetooth integration with smartphone, Integrated Fitness Step Counter, Stopwatch/Alarm/Timer
Auto hole advance, Auto course recognition, No Subscriptions Needed
Accesories Included
Charging Cradle w/USB Cable, Contact Cleaning Brush
Charging/data clip
What customers say about "Features"
Bushnell Excel 2017 Golf GPS Watch
  • Watch strap is too small and designed for anorexic people, I'm an average sized bloke and the clasp is on the 2nd last hole.
  • This watch is great and is a great casual sports watch too.
  • Works well with a much better battery life than my old sky caddie
  • It's unacceptably dim. Its charged 100% and its very hard to see the data. Not usable in my opinion and the primary reason I'm dumping this product
  • The hand side buttons keep being pressed by the golf glove during play. When I look down at the watch, its moved me either back to the previous hole of forward to the next hole so I have to change it to the hole I'm on.
  • Great when it works. After four separate rounds over several months it will not recharge
Bushnell Neo ION
  • Battery is excellent got over 3 eighteen hole rounds and still had battery left
  • The battery lasts much longer before a charge is needed. I recommend this .
  • I only use the watch for golf but I like the level of water resistance.
  • So far so good; the battery seems stronger than the Neo, I got close to 15/20 hours of use before it blanked out
  • Once you pick the course you don't need to hit another button. Good if your not good with tech.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacter warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
149.99 $

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