Coros Apex 2 Pro review

The Coros Apex 2 Pro is a solid GPS sports watch. However, the similarly priced Garmin Forerunner 955 offers better maps, popular music streaming services, Garmin Pay, third-party app support, and more accurate GPS results.

In order to compete with other companies’ costs, COROS does a great job of packing a tonne of practical functions into its reasonably priced running watches. The “issue” with this is that the firm could have run out of “premium” features to add to the Coros Apex 2 Pro as the Coros Pace 2 and Apex 2 give you a tonne of benefits at the $200 and $400 tiers, respectively.

We gave the Coros Apex 2 a very favorable evaluation, complimenting it for its comprehensive metrics, robust construction, extended battery life, and extras like All-Systems GNSS tracking while cautioning that its clumsy design might not be suitable for everyone. The Apex 2 Pro, however, is the more robust older sibling with a longer battery life and more precise GPS data if you are willing to spend a little more, but strangely, it doesn’t have many other distinctions to justify the Pro designation.

Given that the APEX 2 and Pro share 90% of the same features and specifications, that APEX 2 review will provide you with a tonne of helpful background to compare with this Pro review. In order to assist you choose whether or not you require those few upgrades, this COROS APEX 2 Pro review will touch on some of the same territory while concentrating on them.

Coros Apex 2 Pro review: Design

The Apex 2 Pro features a larger screen (1.3 in./33 mm vs. 1.2 in./30.5 mm) and is slightly chunkier than the Apex Pro (49 g vs. 53 g). The touchscreen is sapphire glass, and the bezel is made of titanium alloy with a stainless steel cover. The housing is made of plastic. Coros employs a digital crown on its watches, which you can press and spin to access its menus, as opposed to the five buttons that Polar and Garmin prefer to use on their devices. The Apex 2 Pro’s crown is located in-between two buttons: a backlight button and a back/lap button.

The Apex 2 Pro’s waterproof rating has decreased from 10ATM to 5ATM, but it is still more than capable of withstanding any activity you would subject it to. It also operates in a temperature range of -22°F to 122°F (-30°C to 50°C). The nylon band that comes with the Apex 2 Pro is made by Coros and is lightweight, comfortable to wear, and surprisingly quick to dry after being wet. In overall, the Apex 2 Pro is a stylish, comfortable watch that you can wear all the time. It looks better than the Coros Pace 2, the entry-level watch in the Coros line, which is made entirely of plastic.

The watch’s antennae have been updated to accommodate dual-band GPS tracking for increased accuracy and to improve GPS performance. The Apex 2 Pro can measure your blood oxygen saturation and perform heart rate variability tests thanks to a revamped optical heart rate sensor. A compass and a barometric altimeter are additional sensors.

Coros Apex 2 Pro review: Display

Top-notch components are used in the build specs. Both watches contain sapphire glass touchscreens with memory LCD displays that are always on. The cover is also made of titanium, while the bezel is made of Grade 5 titanium with a PVD coating. And I adore the “Quick Fit Band” made of nylon and Velcro. The strap is cosy, incredibly adjustable, and maintains its tightness. One of my major pet peeves with several brands, especially Suunto, has been the bands. With this watch band, COROS excels. The end result is a gorgeous timepiece that can withstand temperatures between -22 and 122 degrees Fahrenheit. It is resistant to water up to 5 ATM, or 50 metres in depth.

Coros Apex 2 Pro review: Tracking

While receiving notifications or using standard GPS tracking, it won’t truly last that long until the battery runs out. With other watches, you would need to be in maximum battery mode, which checks location every minute rather than every second, to last that long. And with true GNSS tracking, it can last 75 hours in GPS mode.

The APEX 2 and APEX 2 Pro both have All-Systems GNSS tracking, which allows for simultaneous usage of GPS, QZSS, Beidou, GLONASS, and GALILEO and averages the findings to provide more precise location data during workouts. Your watch receives signals from two angles thanks to joint L1 and L5 satellite frequencies in the event that one is obstructed by your environment (aka a mountain peak, building, or cliff face).

In actual use, the APEX 2 has experienced certain tracking errors in All-Systems Mode. I hope that these issues will be rectified with OTA updates, but I can’t guarantee it. The APEX 2 Pro has the advantage of providing a more precise reading for routine runs with dual-frequency, resulting in fewer instances of my exercise line veering off the path and into streets and waterways.

Coros Apex 2 Pro review: Battery life

The major event is now here: battery life. The Coros Apex 2 Pro’s battery life is incredibly long, rivalling that of the Fenix 7X and the Enduro 2. In All Systems On mode, the 75-hour battery life of the GPS is cut to 45 hours. The Apex 2 Pro only employs the GPS/QZSS systems in the earlier mode, whereas All Systems On mode continuously tracks position using all five positioning systems (GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, Beidou, QZSS).

The battery life of the watch is considerably decreased when playing music. Battery life with music in Standard GPS mode is just 17 hours (down from 75!) and in All Systems On mode is 14 hours. Battery life is reduced to 26 hours without music and 11 hours with music while using dual-frequency mode, which also uses all five satellite systems (the Apex 2 lacks the dual-frequency chip). In smartwatch mode, the battery life can last for up to one month.

Naturally, I didn’t have to recharge the Apex 2 Pro again for a solid three weeks after completely charging it at the start of the test period. To be completely honest, I hardly never use duplicate capabilities, such blood oxygen monitoring, when testing smartwatches to save battery life. I also frequently turn off the always-on display because it wasn’t necessary in this case. After finishing the London Marathon, I began evaluating the Apex 2 Pro, and I wasn’t overusing the GPS.

Price and Availability

The Coros Apex 2 Pro debuted alongside the Coros Apex 2 on November 3, 2022, and is now offered for sale through Coros at a suggested price of $500/£500/AU$860. You may also get the smaller, less expensive Coros Apex 2 for $400, £420, or AU$700. For the best prices, look at the price widget at the top and bottom of this review.

The Coros Apex, the watch’s forerunner, is still offered by independent merchants and costs a little less than the Apex 2. As you may be aware, the original Apex was available in two diameters (42 mm and 46 mm) and cost roughly $350/£350. Check out the widgets at the top and bottom of this Coros Apex 2 Pro review for the best deals.

Conclusion

The Coros Apex 2 Pro is another another trustworthy multisports watch that offers a reliable overall sports monitoring experience and works well as a training partner. Regarding an improvement over the original Apex Pro, the dual-frequency support will undoubtedly appeal to outdoor enthusiasts who desire more accurate tracking, however the ECG addition seems more like a feature that needs to change in order to become more practical on a daily basis.

Although the battery life increases when you’re in tracking mode, you can still get well over a week of tracked activity out of this watch. It’s difficult to see a rationale to choose Coros over the Garmin Forerunner 955, which is more affordable and offers a feature set that is stronger overall, with the possible exception of small battery life improvements.

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The Apex 2 Pro has a larger screen (33 mm versus 30.5 mm) and is slightly heavier than the Apex Pro (49 g versus 53 g). The touchscreen is made of sapphire crystal, and the bezel is made of titanium alloy with a stainless steel cover.Coros Apex 2 Pro review