This is PART 3 of a four-part series where we compare golf GPS top rated models. We have divided them up into categories, so that you can compare apples to apples.
Our four categories are:
- Full-Featured Golf GPS (Part 1)
- Mid-Featured Golf GPS (Part 2)
- Basic Golf GPS (Part 3 – You Are Here!)
- GPS Golf Watches (Part 4)
These units don’t have any graphics at all, but provide, at a minimum, distances to the front, middle and back of every green. Some will provide distances to hazards and doglegs and even have shot-measuring capabilities.
Our Pick: Bushnell neo+, Hands Down, for its features and low price.
Check out the comparisons below.
|Golf Courses||The Izzo Swami comes preloaded with over 19,000 golf courses, but charges for map updates. The Bushnell neo+ comes with over 16,000 plus free updates and the Garmin Approach S1 has over 14,000. Garmin has a free update that will get it to over 18,000.|
|Screen||All three have monochrome LCDs and we didn’t note any user complaints about being able to see them. The Izzo Swami 3000 appears to have the largest numbers.|
|Size / Weight||The Bushell neo+ is slightly smaller than the Izzo 3000, but both are very compact. Both women and men seem to use the Garmin S1 golf watch without much complaint about the size.|
|Battery Type||The Bushnell neo+ and the Garmin S1 are Li-ion rechargeable and Izzo doesn’t specify, but is also rechargeable.|
|Battery Life||The Bushnell neo+ claims 14-16 hours, while the Swami 3000 claims at least 12 hours. The Garmin S1 claims 8 hours in GPS mode and up to 3 weeks in regular watch mode.|
|Rainproof||The Garmin golf watch is waterproof and could survive you dipping your hand into the lake to grab your playing partner’s ball. The neo+ and the Swami 3000 are both water resistant, so a little rain wouldn’t hurt.|
|Other||The Bushnell neo+ is the only one of these basic devices that includes distances to hazards. You can also manually add targets or even whole golf courses with the neo+. The Garmin S1 and the Bushnell neo+ both have shot measuring and auto hole advance. The Bushnell neo+ requires registration via computer hook-up within 45 days of first use. The maps will be updated during registration.|
This category could soon be dominated by golf watches, as there are four new entries this year. Check out our Comparison of Golf GPS Watches.