Bushnell Ion Elite Vs Garmin S12 Golf Watch Comparison
For many, Garmin represents the apex of gold watches.
But the new Bushnell Ion Elite may have something to say about that.
Bushnell Ion Elite Overview
“The Bushnell Ion Elite comes with a 1.28” color touchscreen display and weighs 38 grams.”
The Bushnell Ion Elite has a mostly plastic bezel that sits light on the wrist. It was comfortable during my swing which is vastly important.
But my favorite feature by far was the dynamic green view which gives you accurate distances to the green based on which side of the fairway you’re approaching from.
But the Bushnell Ion Elite also provides distances to any point on the green, manual pin placement, digital scorecard, distance tracking, slope calculation, auto-course detection, bluetooth connectivity and full hole maps.
It charges easily with a magnetic USB charger that simply latches onto the back of the watch face.
Garmin S12 Overview
“The Garmin S12 weighs 34g but does not have a color touchscreen.”
But the display is clearly readable in the sunlight which is very convenient on the course.
The S12 is preloaded with 43,000 courses, gives you distances to the front, middle and back of the green, distances to hazards and course targets, manual pin positioning, times your round and offers a digital scorecard.
As far as features go, the S12 and Ion Elite are very similar save for the dynamic green distance of the Ion Elite. But the S12 is operated entirely by buttons flanking the bezel – which is not ceramic.
“The Bushnell Ion Elite costs only about $30 more than the Garmin S12 and in my opinion, that extra money is worth it.
The touchscreen is much more convenient than buttons and the dynamic green distancing is a unique and helpful feature.”