Bushnell Ion Elite Vs Garmin Approach S42 Watch Comparison
The Garmin S42 is about $100 more expensive than the Bushnell Ion Elite.
Is it worth the extra money? Find out which golf watch comes out on top in the following comparison.
Bushnell Ion Elite Overview
“The Bushnell Ion Elite has a 1.28” color touchscreen display.”
It also boasts features like a dynamic green view, hazard distancing, distance readout to specific targets on any given hole, and slope allowance.
It also automatically detects the course you’re on and has 38,000 preloaded courses. All of these features are helpful and you can even track your round data and send it to the Bushnell app for analysis.
But the plastic bezel feels a bit flimsy which is to be expected at a price point of $199. The Bushnell Ion Elite also lacks any fitness tracking features.
Garmin S42 Overview
“The Garmin S42 has a metal bezel and a 1.2” color touchscreen display.”
The battery of the S42 also lasts a couple hours longer than the Bushnell Ion Elite when in GPS mode.
The S42 has all the golf features that the Bushnell Ion Elite has with the additions of handicap scoring and Truswing compatibility.
The S42 also has fitness tracking features for running, cycling and a pedometer. I also liked the fact that the S42 can display push notifications from my phone.
But the S42 does sit rather heavy on my wrist at 43 grams. It’s nice to feel the substance of the metal bezel; but the added weight made it a bit cumbersome.
“Comfort counts for a lot to me so I give the Bushnell Ion Elite the slight edge in this comparison. It lacks a lot of advanced features but if you are simply trying to improve your game, it will work for you.”