Garmin S12 Vs Garmin S40 Comparison And Review 2021
The S40 was released as an intial mid level premium golf watch in 2020 and the S12 is an upgrade of the very popular S10 entry level watch. Both watches are competitive in the space and will suit different types of golfers.
The s40 is a mid level watch with a color touchscreen that was released in 2020 and has subsequently been upgraded by the s42, albeit at a higher price point, while being almost the exact same watch.
The S12 is a black and white golf gps watch that is not in color or a touchscreen but it is fast, responsive and reliable with an absolutely unbeatable battery life.
Garmin S12 Overview
The S12 does what it says on the tin. It has plenty of features for an entry level watch but not as many as the huge swathe of premium features you get with the S62.
It is a simple watch with a black and white interface, controlled by 4 buttons, 2 at either side of .9″ x .9″ display. It is extremly easy to set up and use so a good option for seniors or less tech savvy players.
The watch is also high pixel meaning it is easy to read in the sunlight.
Flicking through the watches features using the side buttons you will find distances to the front middle and back of the green, green view, distance to hazards etc and things like your digital scorecard.
You get 42,000 courses that load quickly when you arrive at the course you are playing and the watch is among the most accurate and fast in the market.
You get Autoshot with access to the free Garmin App which tracks your progress over time and is compatible with the CT10 sensors as well to take your game tracking to the next level.
The batter life is insane in the S12, it will last a whopping 20 hours in GPS mode or about 4 rounds, it will last almost forever in watch mode.
It looks quick compact and slick as a sports watch and it comes in white and black.
The price of $200 is a little bit high at the moment and we are hoping it drops a little bit as it as a fantastic entry level number.
Garmin S40 Overview
The S40 came along in 2020 and at the start we weren’t overly impressed with the watch as it was priced a little high at $300.
That price has come down now and what you are left with is an extremely slick looking color touchscreen watch and it comes in three colors, Black, Grey and white with gold trim.
The watch has a larger 1.2″ x 1.2″ face and it gives distances to the front, middle and back of the green.
It also has green view feature in which you can manually place the pin on the green.
You get the same fast and accurate performance with the S40 as you can expect with any of the newest Garmin golf watches.
It has 42,000 courses along with autoshot and direct access to the Free Garmin golf app to track your progress with the game of golf.
The S40 comes without a slope feature making it legal for tournaments unlike other premium Garmin watches which come with slope.
Quick change bands and downloadable interfaces make this watch one of the slickest on the market right now.
It has 10 hours battery life which is only going to guarantee you at least one full round in GPS mode.
The S12 and the S40 are both similarly priced making the decision of which one you want a matter of preference.
Do you want the simplicity and long battery life of the S12 or the slick design and epic touchscreen of the S40.
For us we find the features of the S40 to be slightly better value right now but if you could afford the S62 which is a little bit more expensive, we would recommend that you go with that.
Aidan Lehane here, I’m a Mid-low handicap golfer who has made tremendous progress in breaking 90 in just over 1 year of playing golf seriously.
I get out to the course or range as often as possible and review all the equipment I’ve come across on this blog.