Garmin has fired its first shot towards Apple Watch Ultra by putting out a tweet that it does not measure the battery life on its Endoru 2 watch in hours, but in months. Enduro 2 provides one of the best in class battery lives for GPS sports watches, with up to 250 hours of battery life thanks to solar charging.
Apple Watch Ultra is clearly competing in the same arena as Garmin and Coros, with features that are targeted toward high-performance athletes and adventurers. While the Apple Watch Ultra provides the complete set of smart features that watchOS offers, its battery life does not have the same endurance as Garmin’s offering.
In its tweet, Garmin says “We measure battery life in months. Not hours.” which is clearly aimed towards Apple Watch Ultra which offers 36 hours of battery life, and 60 hours with Low Power Mode, which is coming soon after launch.
— Garmin (@Garmin) September 8, 2022
Garmin Enduro 2 vs Apple Watch Ultra
When you go into the details, Enduro 2 provides 34 days of battery life in its “smartwatch mode”, while the 150 hours with solar charging is based on 3 hours a day of use in sunlight.
When compared one-to-one in terms of features, Garmin’s smartwatch features music apps, contactless payments, notifications, safety and tracking features, and a store for adding additional watch faces, apps, and widgets to the watch. However, Apple Watch Ultra competes well by offering the same set of features while using a display that is lightyears ahead of the Enduro 2 with retina display resolution, and up to 2000 nits of brightness. The Enduro 2 has a display with just 280 x 280 pixels resolution.
Apple Watch Ultra also features ECG support, blood oxygen level readings, body temperature readings, as well as advanced heart rate monitoring, which are not available on Garmin’s offering.
It is also important to note that despite all the advanced health features, and a beautiful display, Apple Watch Ultra significantly undercuts the Enduro 2’s price by costing $799, while the latter costs $1,099.
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