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Last Updated on December 14, 2020 by Jude Simeone

Coros is one of the biggest brands as far as a GPS smartwatch is concerned, the company make some of the best GPS smartwatches and their latest addition is the Coros Pace 2 which succeeds Coros Pace. The Pace 2 is very durable and lightweight, yet houses lots of features with inbuilt GPS and a long battery life that lets you go long from a single charge. So also is Coros Apex – a relatively older smartwatch from the brand which boasts of a superior build consisiting of aluminum case, grade 5 titanium alloy bezel with sapphire glass covering the display. This post compares the differences between the cheaper Coros Pace 2 vs Apex (46mm) – read further to find out which is right for you.

Coros Pace 2 vs Apex (46mm) Full Specifications Compared

 Coros Pace 2Coros Apex (46mm)Coros Apex (42mm)
coros pace 2 full specscoros apex full specificationsCoros apex 42mm specs

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Price:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Design:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Battery:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameCoros Pace 2Coros Apex (46mm)Coros Apex (42mm)
Device typeFitness/GPS SmartwatchFitness/GPS SmartwatchFitness/GPS Smartwatch
PredessesorCoros Pace____
Successor__Coros Apex ProCoros Apex Pro
Released dateAugust, 2018October, 2018October, 2018
Ideal forUnisexMenUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeLCDLCDLCD
Display size1.2 inch1.2 inch1.1 inch
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels218 x 218 pixels
Pixel density______
Input type2 Physical buttons2 Physical buttons2 Physical buttons
Always-onYesYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension42 x 42 x 11.7 mm46 x 46 x 11.9 mm42 x 42 x 11.75mm
WeightSilicone: 35 grams
Nylon: 29 grams
45 grams (nylon)
55.3 grams (silicone)
49 grams (silicone)
38 grams (nylon)
Casing materialFiber reinforced polymerAluminumAluminum
Strap/band materialSilicone
Nylon
Nylon
Silicone
Nylon
Silicone
Bezel MaterialFiber reinforced polymerTitaniumStainless steel
Strap size20mm22mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla GlassSapphire GlassSapphire Glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 10ATMYes, 10ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black
White
Black
White
White
Black
Gold/burgundy

MEMORY

RAM______
Internal storage______
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYesYesYes
Bluetooth callingNoNoNo
Wi-FiNoNoNo
NFCNoNoNo
GPSGPS/GLONASS/Beidou/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/BDSGPS/GLONASS/BDS

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIMNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
WeatherYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep apneaNoNoNo
Sleep trackingYesYesYes
StepsYesYesYes
Floors climbedYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes
DistanceYesYesYes
StressYesYesYes
VO2 Max.YesYesYes
Blood oxygenNoNoNo
Blood pressureNoNoNo
Menstrual cycle trackingNoNoNo
Swim trackingYesYesYes
Under-water heart rate trackingYesYesYes
Preloaded maps__YesYes
On-screen workout modesNoNoNo
Triathlon modeYesYesYes
ECG TrackingNoNoNo
Preloaded sport modesYesYesYes
Safety trackingNoNoNo

MEDIA

AudioNoNoNo
Music streamingNoNoNo
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYesYesYes
Barometer/AltimeterYesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
CompassYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient light______
Pulse Ox.NoNoNo
ECGNoNoNo
ThermometerYesNoNo
Other sensors------

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)___
Chipset___
CPU___
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of battery______
Battery capacity ______
Battery lifeUltraMax GPS Mode: Up to 60hrs
Full GPS Mode: Up to 30hrs
Regular Usage: Up to 20 days
UltraMax GPS Mode: Up to 100hrs
Full GPS Mode: Up to 35hrs
Regular Usage: Up to 30 days
UltraMax GPS Mode: Up to 80hrs
Full GPS Mode: Up to 25hrs
Regular Usage: Up to 24 days
Charging typeCharging dockCharging dockCharging dock
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours
Battery saver modeYesYesYes
Solar powerNoNoNo
Rapid chargingNoNoNo

CLOCK FEATURES

Time/DateYesYesYes
StopwatchYesYesYes
AlarmYesYesYes

OTHER FUNCTIONS

Control camera___
Music control__YesYes
Find phone__YesYes
Text response___

MISC

Payment systemNoneNoneNone
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid and iOSAndroid and iOS
Companion appCoros AppCoros AppCoros App
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 22mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Coros Pace 2Coros Apex (46mm)Coros Apex (42mm)
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB cradleUSB cradleUSB cradle
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide
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Coros Pace 2 vs Apex Features Compared

 Coros Pace 2Coros Apex (42mm)Coros Apex (46mm)
SMART FEATURES
Breadcrumb NavigationNoYesYes
Back-To-Start NavigationNoYesYes
Quick Release/Fit BandYesYesYes
Waterproof5ATM10ATM10ATM
ACTIVITY TRACKING FEATURES
24/7 Heart Rate TrackingYesYesYes
Advanced Training Analysis (VO2max, Training Effect, Training Load, Threshold Pace, etc)YesYesYes
Recovery TimeYesYesYes
Interval, Triathlon, Multisport TrainingYesYesYes
Swimming Heart Rate TrackingYesYesYes
ANT+ Accessories (HR Chest Strap, Speed/Cadence Sensor, Bike Power Meter, Bike Trainer)YesYesYes
Sleep MonitoringYesYesYes
3rd Party Integration (Strava, TrainingPeaks, etc)YesYesYes
Structured Workouts & Training ProgramsYesYesYes
Running Power From The WristYesYesYes
Training PlanYesYesYes
Strength TrainingYesYesYes
Digital DialYesYesYes
Stryd CompatibleYesYesYes
Phone Notifications During WorkoutsYesYesYes
Winter Sports ModeNoYesYes
Mountain Climb ModeNoYesYes
24/7 Blood Oxygen MonitoringNoNoNo
Optical Pulse Ox MonitorNoNoNo
Altitude ModeNoNoNo
BATTERY LIFE
UltraMax GPS Mode50 Hours80 Hours100 Hours
Continuous GPS Tracking30 Hours25 Hours35 Hours
Regular Usage20 days24 days30 days

Which is Better?

Coros Apex is a better smartwatch than Pace 2. It has a more durable build made of aluminum case, titanium bezel with sapphire glass protecting the glass. It also has a higher waterproof rating of 10ATM against 5ATM of Pace 2, and as well has a slightly longer battery life than Pace 2. Coros Apex also features back-to-start navigation – a feature that comes handy and can help you find your way back especially when GPS signal is weak.

Thus, the extra durability, longer battery life, higher waterproof rating and more activity tracking features of Apex explains its higher price compoared to Pace 2 which is relatively cheaper, yet a decent GPS smartwatch.

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