Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro – Which is Right For You?

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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, prices, battery life, and activity tracking. Each of these three is durably built with some of the toughest materials and is 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.

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro
Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro – Apex Pro is the most sophisticated. It has SpO2 tracking, the longest battery life and the most durable design.

Note that Coros Apex is available in two sizes; 46mm and 42mm, however, featured in this comparison chart is the 46mm size. The 46mm Apex is slightly bigger than the 42mm. It also weighs less and has a more durable Grade 5 Titanium Alloy bezel compared to the stainless steel bezel of 42mm.

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro: Full Specifications Compared

 
 
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Price $199.99 $349.99 $499.00
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
Gender Unisex Unisex Men
Release date August, 2020 August, 2018 September, 2019
Predecessor Coros Pace Coros Apex
Successor Coros Apex Pro
Versions
BODY BODY BODY BODY
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)
Shape Circular Circular Circular
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
Durability test
Swim-proof Yes, recommended Yes, recommended Yes, recommended
Color Black, White Black, Gray, White Black, Silver
DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY DISPLAY
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
Pixel density
Always on Yes Yes Yes
Custom watch face Yes Yes Yes
Input type 2 Physical buttons 2 Physical buttons 3 Physical buttons, Touchscreen
CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY CONNECTIVITY
Bluetooth Bluetooth Bluetooth Yes, Bluetooth v4.2 LE
Bluetooth calling No No No
GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS BEIDOU, Galileo, GLONASS, GPS
NFC No No No
Wi-Fi No No No
MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY MEMORY
RAM
ROM
Memory card slot No No No
CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY CELLULAR CONNECTIVITY
Technology None None None
SIM type None None None
Band
NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS NOTIFICATIONS
SMS alert Yes Yes Yes
Calls alert Yes Yes Yes
Email alert Yes Yes Yes
Event reminder Yes Yes Yes
Third-party apps alert Yes Yes Yes
MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA MEDIA
Audio
Bluetooth music No No No
Loudspeaker No No No
Microphone No No No
Camera No No No
Radio No No No
SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS SENSORS
Accelerometer Yes Yes Yes
Altimeter Yes Yes Yes
Ambient light
Barometer Yes Yes Yes
Compass Yes Yes Yes
ECG No No No
Gyroscope Yes Yes Yes
HRM Yes Yes Yes
Pulse oximeter (SpO2) No No Yes
Thermometer Yes No Yes
Other sensors
ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING ACTIVITY TRACKING
Blood oxygen No No Yes
Blood Pressure No No No
Calories Yes Yes Yes
Distance Yes Yes Yes
ECG tracking No No No
Heart rate monitoring Yes Yes Yes
Sleep tracking Yes Yes Yes
Steps Yes Yes Yes
Floors climbed Yes Yes Yes
Stress Yes Yes Yes
Incidental fall detection No No No
Menstrual cycle No No
VO2 Max Yes Yes Yes
Swim-tracking Yes Yes Yes
Underwater heart rate tracking Yes Yes Yes
On-screen workout No No No
Sport modes 200+ 200+ 200+
BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY BATTERY
Battery type non-removable Lithium-polymer non-removable Lithium-polymer
Battery capacity
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
Solar power No No No
PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM PLATFORM
Chipset
CPU
GPU
Operating system Proprietary OS Proprietary OS Proprietary OS
MISC MISC MISC MISC
Companion app Coros App Coros App Coros App
Compatibility Android, iOS Android, iOS Android, iOS
Payment system None None None
Interchangeable strap 20mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes 22 mm, Yes
Voice command No No No
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
Price $199.99 $349.99 $499.00

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro – Design

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro design comparison
Apex Pro has the most sophisticated design.

As you can see from the table above, all three smartwatches have very durable build, decent battery life, and are loaded with lots of activity tracking features, especially for outdoor workout lovers.

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 (Note: diving from a very high height can damage this device).

In other words, Apex Pro has a more sophisticated design than both Apex and Pace 2.

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro – Fitness Tracking

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro Fitness Tracking Compared
Apex Pro has the most fitness tracking features – It features pulse oximeter

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.

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro: Battery Life

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex vs Apex Pro battery life comparison
Apex Pro has the longest battery life.

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.

Coros Pace 2 Features

coros pace vs pace 2
Coros Pace 2 has a faster processor than it’s predecessor, Pace and 4x more storage that allow you store more data on the watch.
  • It comes with a 1.2 inches always-on memory LCD display that is bright and colorful. Navigation is via 2 physical buttons.
  • The case is made of fibre reinforced polymer with Corning Gorilla Glass protection for the screen. The 20mm interchangeable straps come in silicone or nylon with the latter being lighter.
  • The watch face can be customized.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important notifications you receive on your phone.
  • Rated 5ATM, waterproof up to 50meters makes it swim-proof and ideal to wear to the pool or ocean.
  • You can get up to 20 days battery life on regular usage and up to 30 hours with continuous GPS tracking.
  • Features a night mode that leaves the backlight on for the entirety of your workout. This turns off automatically when you finish your workout.

Coros Pace 2 Fitness Features

  • Tracks your heart rate continuously to enable you monitor your heart rate in real-time.
  • Tracks your complete sleep cycle.
  • Inbuilt GPS enables you track your outdoor activities such as locations, distance and route.
  • Has a compass that enables you to find your orientation and direction.
  • Over 200 Preloaded workout exercises.
  • Features triathlon and multisport mode.
  • Records your heart rate, SWOLF, calories and more while swimming.
  • Features advanced training analysis such as VO2max, training effect, training load, threshold pace, etc.
  • Download, create custom workout plans and share with your loved ones and friends with the touch of your finger in the COROS app.
  • Tracks floors climbed, elevation, cadence, stride length, steps, etc. You can also track elevation and weather information.
  • Supports third-party integration for services such as Strava and TrainingPeaks.
  • Added: Muscle heatmap that allows you to see which muscle groups saw the most action in a daily, weekly, or monthly view to help you target the right muscles.

Pros

  • A lightweight and durable smartwatch.
  • 20 days long battery life.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.

Cons

  • Lacks loudspeaker and microphone.
  • No music storage.

Coros Apex (46mm) Features

Coros Apex is a beautiful smartwatch. It’s very lightweight and compact.
  • It comes with a 1.2 inches always-on memory LCD display that is bright and colorful. Navigation is via touchscreen support with 2 physical buttons.
  • The case is made of aluminum with Grade 5 Titanium Alloy for the bezel and Sapphire Glass protection for the screen. The 22mm interchangeable straps come in silicone or nylon with the latter being lighter.
  • The watch face can be customized.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important notifications you receive on your phone.
  • Rated 10ATM, waterproof up to 10meters makes it swim-proof and ideal to wear to the pool or ocean.
  • You can get up to 30 days battery life on regular usage and up to 25 hours with continuous GPS tracking.
  • Features a night mode that leaves the backlight on for the entirety of your workout. This turns off automatically when you finish your workout.

Coros Apex (46mm) Fitness Features

  • Tracks your heart rate continuously to enable you monitor your heart rate in real-time.
  • Tracks your complete sleep cycle.
  • Inbuilt GPS enables you track your outdoor activities such as locations, distance and route.
  • Has a compass that enables you to find your orientation and direction.
  • Over 200 Preloaded workout exercises.
  • Features triathlon and multisport mode.
  • Records your heart rate, SWOLF, calories and more while swimming.
  • Features advanced training analysis such as VO2max, training effect, training load, threshold pace, etc.
  • Download, create custom workout plans and share with your loved ones and friends with the touch of your finger in the COROS app.
  • Tracks floors climbed, elevation, cadence, stride length, steps, etc. You can also track elevation and weather information.
  • Supports third-party integration for services such as Strava and TrainingPeaks.
  • Added: Muscle heatmap that allows you to see which muscle groups saw the most action in a daily, weekly, or monthly view to help you target the right muscles.
  • Allows you to upload routes which is displayed on grid as a bread crumb trail with real time information on heading and elevation and alerts to help you get back on course.

Pros

  • A premium and sturdy smartwatch.
  • 30 days long battery life.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.

Cons

  • Lacks loudspeaker and microphone.
  • No music storage.
  • Limited access to apps.

Coros Apex Pro Features

coros apex pro specs
Apex Pro is the most sophisticated or the three watches. It’s a true premium GPS smartwatch.
  • It comes with a 1.2 inches always-on memory LCD display that is bright and colorful. Navigation is via touchscreen support with 3 physical buttons.
  • The case is made of aluminum which makes it very lightweight. This is paired with a Grade 5 Titanium Alloy bezel, while the screen is protected by Sapphire Glass. The 22mm interchangeable straps come in silicone or nylon with the latter being lighter.
  • The watch face can be customized.
  • Keeps you connected to all that matters to you, so you never get to miss important notifications you receive on your phone.
  • Rated 10ATM, waterproof up to 10meters makes it swim-proof and ideal to wear to the pool or ocean.
  • You can get up to 30 days battery life on regular usage and up to 40 hours with continuous GPS tracking.
  • Features a night mode that leaves the backlight on for the entirety of your workout. This turns off automatically when you finish your workout.

Coros Apex Pro Fitness Features

  • Tracks your heart rate continuously to enable you monitor your heart rate in real-time.
  • Tracks your complete sleep cycle.
  • Inbuilt GPS enables you track your outdoor activities such as locations, distance and route.
  • Has a compass that enables you to find your orientation and direction.
  • Over 200 Preloaded workout exercises.
  • Features triathlon and multisport mode.
  • Records your heart rate, SWOLF, calories and more while swimming.
  • Features advanced training analysis such as VO2max, training effect, training load, threshold pace, etc.
  • Download, create custom workout plans and share with your loved ones and friends with the touch of your finger in the Coros app.
  • Tracks floors climbed, elevation, cadence, stride length, steps, etc. You can also track elevation and weather information.
  • Supports third-party integration for services such as Strava and TrainingPeaks.
  • Muscle heatmap allows you to see which muscle groups saw the most action in a daily, weekly, or monthly view to help you target the right muscles.
  • Features SpO2 blood oxygen tracking that allows you to measure blood oxygen. This will help you see how your blood utilizes oxygen and can also come very handy when hiking.

Pros

  • Premium smartwatch with durable design.
  • 30 days long battery life.
  • A comprehensive fitness tracker.
  • 100 meters waterproof rating.

Cons

  • Lacks loudspeaker and microphone.
  • No music storage.

Our Verdict

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.

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