We can’t wait to do our Garmin Approach G8 Review, because we think it’s going to take the headache out of golf GPS for many users. It’s going to cost a little more, but imagine having the most up-to-date course maps all the time, WITHOUT having to hook up to a computer and WITHOUT paying any fees!
“Garmin Approach G8″
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At least in the beginning, the Garmin G8 is going to run about $100 more than the newly released Garmin G7. The Approach G8 is has a larger screen (3″ diag.), is slicker looking, and thinner than the G7, but the biggest difference is that it comes with Wifi. Of course it already comes preloaded with 30,000+ golf courses, so you probably don’t have to worry about making any updates right away, but you can get the updates and new courses without ever having to plug it into your computer. In our experience, that’s a big deal for many users.
The other feature that only the Garmin G8 has, is PinPointer technology, that will give you a line to the center of the green, for times when you can’t see it. If that is an easy to find feature, it will definitely benefit those who frequently play new courses.
- “Plays Like” distance, that estimates how far a shot is actually playing based on the elevation.
- Recommends a club based upon how far you hit it.
- Pairs with your iPhone to show text and email messages and other notifications.
- Can be switched into Big Numbers Mode, showing just three large numbers for distance to the front, center and back of the green. This might be a nice feature if you’re sharing the device with a spouse or someone who doesn’t need all the extra information that the G8 provides.
|Model||Garmin Approach G8|
|Course Download Fees||No|
|Pre-loaded with Courses||Yes|
|Battery Life||up to 15 hrs.|
|Measure Shot Distance||Yes|
|Screen Size||1.5 x 2.6|
|Display Type||Transreflec ColorTFT|
|Manual Pin Positioning||Yes|
|Computer Analysis Tools||Yes|
|Aerial Hole View||Yes|
|Green Rotates to your shot angle||Yes|
|Add Courses Manually||Yes|
|USGA Compliant (local rule)||No|
|Notes||Has Wifi for updating courses. “Plays Like” distance adjusts for elevation, recommends a club based on how far you hit the ball, displays texts, emails and notifications from your iPhone and has Big Number mode.|
Garmin Approach G8
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