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Apple Watch Ultra vs. Garmin Enduro 2: Exploring the key differences

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It’s a testament to Garmin’s efforts over the decades that Apple finally released the Apple Watch Ultra, designed to compete and meet the needs of endurance athletes. I’ve reviewed and tested watches from both companies before and it’s really exciting to see the two finally grow on each other, with Apple bringing more advanced sports tracking capability while Garmin offers advancements in smartphone-connected experiences.

Although this article pits Apple’s latest watch against Garmin’s best GPS sports watch, the Enduro 2, I’ve reviewed enough of Garmin’s cheaper but very capable watches to recommend them to your consideration as well. For now, and based on specs and features alone, here are the clear and distinct reasons to buy one laptop over another.

After: Apple Watch Ultra: Everything you need to know about Apple’s rugged watch


Garmin Enduro 2 Apple Watch Ultra
Display 1.4-inch 280 x 280 pixel resolution, sunlight-viewable transflective pixel memory with Power Sapphire lens 49mm 410 x 502 LTPO OLED Sapphire Glass Touchscreen
Materials Fiber reinforced polymer case material with titanium bezel and back cover Titanium case and three band options
Storage 32 GB of internal storage 32 GB of internal storage
Water resistance 10 ATM (100 meters) 100 meters
Connectivity Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+, multi-band and dual-frequency GNSS LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, ANT+, multi-band and dual-frequency GNSS
Sensors Optical HR, Barometer, Compass, Altimeter, Pulse Ox Optical HR, Barometer, Compass, Altimeter, Pulse Ox, Skin Temperature, Water Temperature, Depth Gauge
Battery Up to 46 days with solar charging, up to 150 GPS hours with solar Up to 36 hours
Dimensions 51 x 51 x 15.6 mm and 70 grams 49 x 44 x 14.4 mm and 61.3 grams
Price $1,099 $799

You should buy the Garmin Enduro 2 if…

Garmin Enduro 2-5

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1. Extremely long battery life is vital

The Garmin Enduro 2 has the longest battery life of any Garmin watch, with extended battery life thanks to a Power Sapphire glass display that converts solar power into battery charge. The Enduro 2 can last up to 34 days in smartwatch mode, up to 110 hours with GPS, up to 78 hours with all satellite systems and up to 20 hours in GPS mode with music playback are possible with the ‘Enduro 2. These numbers exclude the extra hours and days of battery you get back from passive solar charging.

Although the Apple Watch Ultra has significantly increased battery life over existing watch models, 36 hours is still pretty low compared to the Enduro 2. We’ll have to see how long the battery lasts. battery in various practical scenarios for better understanding. Apple’s claims.

2. Many customizable data fields are needed

Apple’s latest version of WatchOS includes several new options for data fields, including operating power, but Garmin is known for its extensive support for customizable data fields in everything of its sports included. There are even third-party data fields in the Garmin Connect store to further expand the options for athletes beyond the sports and modes offered by the company.

If you want to improve certain areas of your fitness, you can include these metrics in your Garmin watch. Additionally, users can bring up multiple fields on the main watch face so that the workout experience is tailored to your needs.

3. Mapping on the watch is desired

One of the most compelling features of the Garmin Enduro 2 is the extensive topographic map support which includes the new NextFork feature. helping guide you to the right path on outdoor adventures. The touchscreen and buttons make mapping easy, while the Enduro 2’s large screen makes it convenient to navigate right on the watch.

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You should buy the Apple Watch Ultra if…


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1. Connectivity and security are your priority

First, the Apple Watch Ultra only connects to the iPhone, so Android phone users should look elsewhere. However, if you are an iPhone user, Apple has taken connectivity to the next level with cellular support provided by default. This means of connectivity supports the new Collision Detection, Fall Detection and Emergency SOS features. You can call and text, stream music, get directions, and gather information through Siri.

For awareness, Apple Watch Ultra provides an 86-decibel siren designed to draw attention if you find yourself in trouble on the trail.

2. Smartwatch functions are vital

At its core, the Apple Watch Ultra is an Apple Watch, so all of the smartwatch features that make the Apple Watch the best smartwatch available are present on the Ultra. Extensive third-party app support, seamless connectivity to an Apple iPhone, and more are provided.

All of the health and wellness features that are part of the Apple Health ecosystem are present on the Ultra, so the watch offers everything you love about the Apple Watch in a larger package.

3. You go diving

Garmin only offers a few watches focused on diving experiences, so it was interesting to see how far Apple has gone with Apple Watch Ultra support in this niche market. The Ultra serves as a complete dive computer in combination with the Oceanic Plus app. Air condition, ascent/descent tracking, etc. are provided in a simple and easy to understand format. It helps that the new Apple Watch Ultra design has a sturdy design with tactile buttons and a new ocean band for aquatic environments.

More: Apple Watch Ultra: Everything you need to know about Apple’s rugged watch

Alternatives to consider

There are other GPS sports watches and smartwatches to consider if none of them meet your needs. Consider these devices recommended by ZDNET: