Product Comparison: Bushnell Neo ION vs Garmin Approach S2

General Specifications
Approach S2
About the Product
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.
Approach S2 is a stylish and comfortable GPS golf watch with a high-sensitivity GPS receiver giving precise yardage to the front, back and middle of greens.
Key Specs
Golfing Features
Front/Center/Back distances, Round odometer, Shot distance calculator, Hazard/Layup Distances
Yardage to F/M/B, Yardage to layups/doglegs, Measures shot distance, Digital scorecard, Round timer/odometer
Maps & Memory
Preloaded course maps: more than 35000
Preloaded course maps: more than 40000
What customers say about "Key Specs"
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.
Garmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide Courses (Black)
  • Small, lightweight, easy to read, and always on and have distances right there with you without having to wake the device or advance holes.
  • This Garmin has an improved replaceable strap. It gets a GPS signal much faster than my old one.
  • It gives accurate yardage to the green, it's a snap to use, it's very comfortable to wear.
  • This watch is very accurate - I have checked it against GPS devices in golf carts.
  • The GPS picked up the signal right away I pressed the "ok" button to start the round and off we go.
Size & Weight
2.13 in.
2.72 in.
1.8 oz.
1.9 oz.
1.77 in.
1.77 in.
0.59 in.
0.55 in.
Display Type
Monochrome LCD
Monochrome LCD
Display Size
1.1 in.
1 in.
Display Resolution
64 x 32 pixels
What customers say about "Display"
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.
Garmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide Courses (Black)
  • The screen also has better contrast and is easier to read.
  • The function buttons are more responsive and screen is clearer.
  • The pixels are fine. I had no problem seeing the distances in the sun or the shade and found the resolution just fine.
  • It shows the green area very clear and also it is very easy to read the display.
  • Setup is easy and the display is large and easy to read. I'm very pleased with this item.
Black / Red
Battery Type
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Rechargeable Lithium-Ion
Battery Life
16 hours
8 hours
Auto hole advance, Auto course recognition, No Subscriptions Needed
GPS Time Sync, Automatic daylight saving time
Accesories Included
Charging/data clip
Charging/data clip
What customers say about "Features"
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.
Garmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide Courses (Black)
  • I really like this. The battery life is great. Before the round I turn it on, it finds the course I am on and downloads it.
  • After my round i think it used about a third of the battery, so if we were to plays another 18 i think the watch would perform just fine.
  • Great product. Very simple to operate and very accurate! Shot measurement, score keeping and pedometer are great bonus features.
  • The USB charging allows the batteries to be recharged anywhere!
  • Durable design survives water, sweat, sand and other elements.
  • The device worked very well during the first 12-15 months. Then, the battery started dying after just 2 to 3 hours of play.
Warranty / Certifications
Manufacter warranty
1 year(s)
1 year(s)
Other Information
179.99 $

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