Coros make some of the best GPS smartwatches that compete favorably with the likes of Garmin and Polar GPS smartwatches. The Pace 2, Apex, and Apex Pro are some of the best Coros GPS smartwatches that vary to a great extent with slight differences in design, battery life, and activity tracking. Each of these three is durably built with some of the toughest materials and as well equipped with lots of sensors that enable activity tracking for lots of activities. Featured in today’s comparison is Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro – which is right for you? Compare the differences to find out.
Note that Coros Apex is available in two sizes; 46mm and 42mm, however, featured in this comparison chart is the 46mm size.
Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro: Full Specifications Compared
Coros Pace 2 Full Specifications, Features and Price
Coros Apex (46mm) Full Specifications, Features and Price
Coros Apex Pro Full Specifications, Features and Price
|ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE||ABOUT DEVICE|
|Device name||Coros Pace 2||Coros Apex (46mm)||Coros Apex Pro|
|Device type||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch||Fitness/Sport smartwatch|
|Release date||August, 2020||August, 2018||September, 2019|
|Predecessor||Coros Pace||—||Coros Apex|
|Successor||—||Coros Apex Pro||—|
|Dimension||42 x 42 x 11.7 mm||46 x 46 x 11.9 mm||47 x 47 x 13.4 mm|
|Weight||29g (nylon), 35g (silicone)||45g (nylon), 55.3g (silicone)||49g (nylon), 59g (silicone)|
|Case material||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Aluminum||Aluminum|
|Strap material||Nylon, Silicone||Nylon, Silicone||Nylon, Silicone|
|Bezel material||Fiber-reinforced polymer||Titanium||Titanium|
|Strap size||20 mm||22 mm||22 mm|
|Screen protection||Corning Gorilla Glass||Sapphire glass||Sapphire glass|
|Water resistance||Yes, 5ATM||10 ATM||10 ATM|
|Swim-proof||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended||Yes, recommended|
|Color||Black, White||Black, Gray, White||Black, Silver|
|Display size||1.2 inches||1.2 inches||1.2 inches|
|Display type||Memory LCD||Memory LCD||Memory LCD|
|Display resolution||240 x 240 px||240 x 240 px||240 x 240 px|
|Custom watch face||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Input type||2 Physical buttons||2 Physical buttons||4 Physical buttons, Touchscreen|
|Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Bluetooth||Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE|
|GPS||BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS||BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS||BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS|
|Memory card slot||No||No||No|
|CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY||CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY|
|Third-party apps alert||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING||ACTIVITY TRACKING|
|Heart rate monitoring||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Incidental fall detection||No||No||No|
|Battery type||non-removable Lithium-polymer||non-removable Lithium-polymer||—|
|Battery life||GPS Mode: 30 hours, Regular: 20 days||GPS Mode: 35 hours, Regular: 30 days||GPS Mode: 40 hours, Regular: 30 days|
|Charging type||Charging dock||Charging dock||Charging dock|
|Charging time||1-2 hours||1-2 hours||1-2 hours|
|Operating system||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS||Proprietary OS|
|Companion app||Coros App||Coros App||Coros App|
|Compatibility||Android, iOS||Android, iOS||Android, iOS|
|Interchangeable strap||20mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes||22 mm, Yes|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes||Yes|
|Box content||Charger, Coros Pace 2, Manual, Straps||Charger, Coros Apex, Manual, Straps||Charger, Coros Apex Pro, Manual, Straps|
Which is Right For You?
As you can see from the table above, all three smartwatches have a very durable build, decent battery life, and loaded with lots of activity tracking features.
- Apex Pro has the most sophisticated design
- Apex Pro has the most fitness tracking features – It features pulse oximeter
- Apex Pro has the longest battery life
Apex Pro which is the most expensive of the three no doubt has the most durable build, it has a titanium bezel, aluminum case, and silicone straps with sapphire glass covering the screen. Apex follows up with a stainless steel bezel, aluminum case, and silicone or nylon straps with sapphire glass covering the display. Pace 2 on the other hand, is also durably built with a fiber-reinforced polymer case and bezel, silicone straps, and corning gorilla glass covering the screen.
Looking at the display, all three smartwatches have an always-on memory LCD display which isn’t so colorful when compared to AMOLED, but easy to read outdoors. However, only Apex Pro is equipped with touchscreen support in addition to three physical buttons, while Apex and Pace have two buttons each. The additional button on Apex Pro is a dedicated backlight button which the other two lack.
While Pace 2 is rated 5ATM, Apex Pro and Apex are both rated 10ATM which represent a 100meter waterproof rating. So, these two will allow you to dive even deeper and comes in handy for pro swimmers.
In other words, Apex Pro has a more sophisticated design than both Apex and Pace 2.
When you look at the fitness tracking features present in all three smartwatches, you’ll notice that Apex Pro has the most fitness tracking features. Although, all three smartwatches are well equipped with inbuilt GPS, heart rate sensor, accelerometer, gyroscope, compass, and barometer that enable any of these three to track your steps, calories, routes, locations, training effect, training load, threshold pace, floors climbed, elevations and more. All three smartwatches are also equipped with preset sport modes and can also track your heart rate while swimming.
However, Apex Pro is equipped to measure your blood oxygen which Apex and Pace 2 cannot. It also features route back navigation which can help you find your way back especially when the GPS signal is weak.
It is good to note that all three smartwatches will allow you to go long from a single charge. With each of these three, you can get weeks-long battery life. Apex Pro however has the longest battery life, it offers about 30 days on normal usage compared to 30 days of Apex and 20 days of Pace 2. With continuous GPS tracking, Apex pro can last up to 40 hours compared to 35 hours of Apex and 30 hours of Pace 2.
Apex Pro is no doubt the best choice out of these three, it has the most sophisticated design. it also features more activity tracking features and the longest battery life. It however will cost you more. It’s followed up closely by Apex which also has a premium design, lots of features, and a decent battery life.
On the other hand, Pace 2 is a cheaper alternative. It’s very lightweight, has a very long battery life, lots of fitness tracking features, and a durable build.