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Garmin Approach S4 Review

Posted on: 07 Dec, 2013

The Golf GPS Like No Other

Garmin Approach S4 is the latest addition to Garmin's outdoor segment, which focuses on developing technologies and innovations to enhance users' outdoor experiences. Whether it's golfing, hiking, hunting or geocaching, Garmin outdoor devices are becoming essential tools for outdoor enthusiasts of all levels.

Garmin Ltd announced the Approach S4 GPS golf watch-a feature-packed golf watch to expand the already popular Approach Series. Garmin Approach S4 has a high-res touchscreen display that is sunlight readable and offers a dedicated Green View button. It boasts a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that can last for up to 10 hours in golf mode.

The Approach S4 also has Smart Notification technology when paired with a compatible Apple smartphone. This allows the watch to wirelessly receive information from the phone's notification center such as emails, text messages, so golfers can leave their phones in their bags while on the course. Like other Garmin Golf GPS devices, the S4 gives precise distances to the front, middle and back of the green, and incorporates layup, dogleg and shot distances all while keeping score and tracking statistics on the digital scorecard.

Besides, Approach S4 has a fashionable and functional design that is great on the golf course, and as a stylish everyday wristwatch. "The Approach S4 is the natural evolution of wearable golf technology," said Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales. "The hi-res touchscreen display makes it easier than ever for golfers to stay on top of their game, and the Smart Notification functionality allows them to stay connected while on the course.

Product Comparison

Approach S4

Approach S3
Unit dimensions, WxHxD: 1.83" x 2.41" x 0.58" x (4.6 cm x 6.13 x 1.48) 1.8" x 2.7" x 0.6" (4.5 x 6.9 x 1.4 cm)
Display size, WxH: 1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter 1.0" (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH: 128 x 128 pixels 128 x 128 pixels
Display type: monochrome LCD monochrome LCD
Weight: 2.06 oz (58.4 g) 2.06 oz (58.5 g) with batteries
Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 6 weeks (watch mode); 10 hours (GPS mode) 4 weeks (watch mode); 8 hours (GPS mode)
Waterproof: Yes (10 meters) Yes (IPX7)
GPS-enabled: Yes Yes
High-sensitivity receiver: Yes Yes
Interface: USB USB
Preloaded course maps: Yes (over 30,000) Yes (over 30,000)
Touchscreen: Yes Yes
Touch-targeting (touch target on display to see the distance to any point): No No
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
Course preview (see detailed, hole-by-hole preview): No No
Tracks stats (putts per round, greens & fairways hit, average distance): Yes No
Save locations (mark course points of interest for future reference): 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
Additional: Dedicated GreenView button: yes NA


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