A comparison chart of product features and specifications between Garmin Approach S5 and S6 Golf GPS watch.
Note: This comparison by GPSCompared is a basic guide based on Garmin published specifications and features at their official website. And by no means that this comparison is definitive. There might be other similarities and differences which are not covered here.
|Garmin Approach Golf GPS Watch|
|Garmin Approach S5||Garmin Approach S6|
Garmin Approach S5
Garmin Approach S6
|Introduction Date||Garmin Approach S5 was announced by Garmin on January 20, 2015||Garmin Approach S6 was announced by Garmin on June 19, 2014|
|View product availability and current price||Garmin Approach S5 Golf GPS Watch at Amazon||Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch at Amazon|
|SwingTempo (measures backswing and downswing times as a ratio)||No||Yes|
|TempoTraining (audible tones convey ideal 3:1 backswing to downswing ratio)||No||Yes|
|SwingStrength (measures how hard you swing)||No||Yes|
|Physical & Performance|
|Physical dimensions||1.8" x 1.8" x 0.56" x (4.5 cm x 4.5 x 1.42 cm)||1.8" x 1.8" x 0.56" x (4.5 cm x 4.5 x 1.42 cm)|
|Display size, WxH||1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter||1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter|
|Display resolution, WxH||180 x 180 pixels||180 x 180 pixels|
|Display type||High-res color touchscreen||High-res color touchscreen|
|Weight||1.6 oz (46.6 g)||1.6 oz (46.6 g)|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium-ion||Rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Battery life||20 weeks (watch mode); 10 hours (GPS mode)||20 weeks (watch mode); 10 hours (GPS mode)|
|Water rating||5 ATM (50 meters)||5 ATM (50 meters)|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||Yes||Yes|
|Maps & Memory|
|Course maps||38,000 (preloaded)||38,000 (preloaded)|
|Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point)||Yes||Yes|
|Manual pin positioning (tap and drag flag on green for precise yardage)||Yes||Yes|
|Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course)||Yes||Yes|
|Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)||Yes||Yes|
|Yardage to layups/doglegs||Yes||Yes|
|Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance)||Yes||Yes|
|Digital scorecard||yes (scoring options include Stroke Play and Stableford 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)||Yes||Yes|
|Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference)||Yes||Yes|
|Additional||Dedicated GreenView button: yes||Dedicated GreenView button: yes|
|Official Specs and Features|
|Learn more from the manufacturer site.||Read more about Garmin Approach S5 at garmin.com||Read more about Garmin Approach S6 at garmin.com|
|Amazon's Customer Reviews|
|inclusive of the most helpful favorable review and the most helpful critical review (if available)||Click here to read Garmin Approach S5 reviews from Amazon.com customers||Click here to read Garmin Approach S6 reviews from Amazon.com customers|
|Where To Buy|
|View product availability and current price||Click on this link Garmin Approach S5 Golf GPS Watch at Amazon||Click on this link Garmin Approach S6 Golf GPS Watch at Amazon|
Introduction To Garmin Approach S5
Garmin Approach S5 Golf Watch came about seven months after the more featured S6 had been released. It sounds strange that the company did not actually bring S7, but it moved back instead to fill the gap left between the Approach S4 and S6.
It is not, however, a surprising strategy because it seems that Garmin simply wants to reach more golfers by bringing a similar device but with lower price tag.
There are some missing features from the previously released Garmin Approach S6, but most of the hardware specifications and functions remain the same.
Approach S5 Design
The recently announced Approach S5 looks very similar to the previously released Approach S6. Either of them measures at 1.8-inch H x 1.8-inch W x 0.56-inch D; each also weighs the same 1.6 oz.
The screen is 1.0-inch color touchscreen producing 180 x 180 pixels resolution. The GPS-enabled golf watch is powered by rechargeable Lithium-ion battery that provides up to 20 weeks of watch mode or 10 hours of life when GPS function is activated.
This new Garmin’s golf watch is still featuring USB interface and 5 ATM water rating.
Compared to Approach S6, the newly announced Approach S5 has some missing features such as swing dynamics including SwingTempo, SwingStrength, and TempoTraining. It does not have PinPointer function too. Features that remain are briefly outlined below.
Despite the seemingly strategically backward movement from Garmin, the Approach S5 is still a feature-pack capable golf watch for most.
Most golfing features are still present and build quality is intact as well. The missing features are basically for personal skill development, so it does not really lose the essential golfing functions.
Approach S5 comes with more than 38,000 international golf courses pre-loaded, and there are free updates available.
Its color touchscreen will display any of those maps and allow user to see more detailed information about it including doglegs, water hazards, green shapes, and bunkers.
When GPS is activated, Approach S5 will automatically detect the courses nearest to your position, so you can select the proper course from the provided list.
Some functions are touchscreen-based such as viewing data of every hole and manual pin positioning. It is good to know that the screen is glove-friendly.
Green View feature makes it possible to see not only flag position, but to manually drag-and-drop the flag to get better approximation of yardage.
With Green view, the screen displays the actual layout and shape of the green, not a simple representation of how it looks. As the flag is relocated, the distance between where you stand and the flag will be automatically updated.
In addition to detailed course information, Approach S5 records score and player’s statistics such as input strokes, fairways hit, puts per round, etc.
All these statistics and score can be uploaded to Garmin Connect community for more accurate reviewing and progress tracking.
Apart from being a feature-packed golf watch, Garmin Approach S5 functions as smartwatch with the ability to display notification on your Bluetooth-connected compatible phone.
Notifications may include email, text messages, and other types of alerts. There is an odometer function to measure how far you actually walk down the course and how long it takes for you to finish the entire 18 holes.
It is worth mentioning that Garmin Approach S5 is tournament-legal under PGA regulations.
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