Garmin Approach S2 vs S3

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A product comparison between Garmin Approach S2 and S3 Golf Watches GPS. Comparing differences and similarities between the two Garmin.

Note: This comparison by GPSCompared is a basic guide based on published specifications and features at Garmin official website. And by no means that this comparison is definitive. There might be other similarities and differences which are not covered here.

Garmin Golf GPS
Approach S2Approach S3
ModelsApproach S2
Garmin Approach S2
Approach S3
Garmin Approach S3
Introduction DateGarmin Approach S2 is a model that was announced by Garmin on January 2013Garmin Approach S3 is a model that was announced by Garmin on April 2012
View the latest price from AmazonGarmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide CourseGarmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch
What's Difference
Display resolution, WxH:64 x 32 pixels128 x 128 pixels
Weight:1.8 oz (52 g) with batteries2.06 oz (58.5 g) with batteries
Battery life:3 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)4 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)
Waterproof:yes (10 m)yes (IPX7)
Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage):NoYes
Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference):NoYes
What's Common
Unit dimensions, WxHxD:1.8" x 2.7" x 0.6" (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)1.8" x 2.7" x 0.6" (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)
Display size, WxH:1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter
Display type:monochrome LCDmonochrome LCD
Battery:rechargeable lithium-ionrechargeable lithium-ion
High-sensitivity receiver:YesYes
Preloaded course maps:yes (worldwide)yes (worldwide)
Course capacity:unlimitedunlimited
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course):YesYes
What's Unavailable
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point):NoNo
Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview):NoNo
Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance):NoNo
Digital scorecard:yes (scoring options include Stroke Play for a single player)yes (scoring options include Stroke Play and Stableford for a single player)
Computer scorecard review (save and review scores on computer):YesYes
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site. Read more about Garmin Approach S2 at garmin.comRead more about Garmin Approach S3 at
Amazon’s Customer Reviews
inclusive of the most helpful favorable review and the most helpful critical review (if applicable)

Note: Amazon will lump together the customer reviews for all models that belong to one particular Garmin series into one section. For example, models eTrex 10, eTrex 20 and eTrex 30 (new eTrex Series) will be lumped under one customer reviews section. So when you read a review, do look at which model the review refers to.
Click here to read the reviews on Garmin Approach S2Click here to read the reviews on Garmin Approach S3
Demo Video
Relevant video found at YouTube.comNA Click here to watch demo of the Garmin Approach S3 at
Price Check
View the latest priceClick on this link Garmin Approach S2 GPS Golf Watch with Worldwide CourseClick on this link Garmin Approach S3 GPS Golf Watch

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