Coros goes face to face with Garmin’s highest-end health watch lineup. Providing 60-day battery life and first-of-its-kind GPS monitoring options, the brand new Coros Vertix 2 is the corporate’s manner of telling the world there’s a substitute for the Garmin Fenix line and Suunto 9 sequence. I truly assume Coros succeeds in some ways, surpassing the competitors in methods I didn’t assume have been attainable. However there are some unlucky downsides to the brand new watch, which some athletes might need a tough time wanting previous. Learn all about it in our Coros Vertix 2 evaluation.

About this Coros Vertix 2 evaluation: I examined the Coros Vertix 2 for over two weeks. It was working software program model 2.61. The Coros Vertix 2 evaluation unit was offered to Android Authority by Coros.

What you should know concerning the Coros Vertix 2

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  • Coros Vertix 2: $699 / €699.99 / £599 / $949 CA / $1,149 AU / $1,239 NZ

The Coros Vertix 2 is a high-end health look ahead to adventurers and athletes that need minimal compromises with their wearable. It’s an enormous, no-nonsense watch that gives basically each function Coros has ever put right into a wearable, after which some.

In our eyes, the Vertix 2 has three major promoting factors. Twin-frequency satellite tv for pc communication means the Vertix 2 can speak to all 5 main navigational programs on the similar time — a primary for any health watch. Assist for world offline mapping means irrespective of the place you’re on this planet, you’ll be capable to pull up a map of your area to comply with a route. The Vertix 2 may also final an astounding 60 days on a single cost, no solar energy required.

On prime of that, it has primary smartwatch options, help for onboard music storage (although no streaming service help), the largest show ever seen on a Coros wearable, and Wi-Fi help for software program updates.

The Coros Vertix 2 is out there from Coros.com, SportsShoes.com, and (at instances) Amazon beginning at $699. It’s obtainable in two colorways — Obsidian and Lava — with 5 further strap colours: Coral, Gray, Yellow, Black, and Inexperienced Navy.

How’s the design?

Coros Vertix 2 review vs Garmin Fenix 6 Pro

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Left to proper: Coros Vertix 2, Garmin Fenix 6 Professional

The Coros Vertix 2 is constructed like a tank. It’s manufactured from titanium and has a sapphire glass lens, making it one of the vital sturdy health watches you should purchase. It’s gentle on the wrist, too, which is shocking contemplating its huge dimension. Nevertheless, it’s barely heavier than its predecessor.

Talking of which, the Vertix 2 solely is available in one 50mm dimension, which dwarfs most wrists. When you’ve got average-sized wrists like me, it is best to critically contemplate how usually you’ll wish to put on a watch of this dimension day-after-day. I’d have preferred to see Coros provide two fashions — one for big wrists and one for smaller ones — like Garmin does with its Fenix sequence.

The Vertix 2 is an enormous, well-built sports activities watch.

Again to the positives. The silicone straps that ship with the Vertix 2 are snug and don’t carry numerous mud. Coros additionally cribbed Garmin’s QuickFit mechanism to make swapping straps extraordinarily straightforward. Hey, I’m not complaining.

The 1.4-inch show provides a 16{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} increased decision in comparison with the unique Vertix. It’s an honest show, although it may well look washed out on sure screens — notably when it’s attempting to point out brilliant colours. I’m giving Coros factors right here as a result of it’s straightforward to learn open air in direct daylight, the place it actually counts.

How lengthy can the battery final?

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Battery life is without doubt one of the Vertix 2’s major promoting factors, and it doesn’t disappoint. With 60 days of “commonplace use” or ~90 straight hours with all navigational programs turned on, the Vertix 2 provides the perfect battery life you’ll get on a non-solar-powered health watch. Right here I’m, penning this paragraph after every week of intense testing, and the Vertix 2 is sitting at 75{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24}. Battery life is simply one thing you don’t want to fret about.

The Coros Vertix 2 provides the perfect battery life you will get on a non-solar health watch.

For readability, right here’s what the Coros Vertix 2 is able to when it comes to battery life:

  • Day by day (commonplace) use: 60 days
  • Customary use w/ GPS (GPS/QZSS): 140 hours
  • Customary use w/ GPS + music: 35 hours
  • All programs on (GPS/QZSS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou): 90 hours
  • All programs on + music: 30 hours
  • All programs + dual-frequency on: 50 hours
  • UltraMax: 240 hours

What about offline maps, dual-GNSS, and total accuracy?

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The Vertix 2’s dual-frequency GNSS chipset permits the watch to entry all main satellite tv for pc programs — GPS, GLONASS, Beidou, QZSS, and Galileo — on the similar time. This, in principle, ought to make it essentially the most correct out of doors navigation watch, as it may well entry considerably extra satellites at one time than another watch. You may see this first-hand by opening the Satellite tv for pc Sign app, which reveals all the closest satellites to your location and which of them your watch is linked to. Very, very cool.

Accessing all the main satellite tv for pc programs means the Vertix 2 ought to present larger accuracy in closely forested areas, areas surrounded by tall buildings, and on the facet of mountains.

In apply, I’ve discovered the Coros Vertix 2 to be extra correct than competing gadgets when it comes to total location accuracy. All through the evaluation interval, I examined the Vertix 2 with dual-GNSS turned on always. Beneath are some examples of a ~4.5-mile run with the Vertix 2, Apple Watch Sequence 6, and Garmin Venu 2.

Coros Vertix 2 review GPS vs Garmin Venu 2 Apple Watch Series 6 4

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It’s a small factor, however within the screenshot above, the Vertix 2 was the one gadget out of the three to truly put me on the sidewalk for this complete stretch of street. I all the time run on the sidewalk on this a part of my route, and nearly each different gadget misses the mark. Kudos!

The Vertix 2 was additionally in a position to not fully freak out below bridges. Beneath, you possibly can see the Vertix 2 stayed straight whereas the Apple Watch and Garmin… didn’t.

Coros Vertix 2 review GPS vs Garmin Venu 2 Apple Watch Series 6 3

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Subsequent up is a very tough space for any GPS working watch. The a part of the course you see beneath has heavy tree protection and a good quantity of twists and turns. Once more, the Coros watch caught to the trail effectively nearly the whole time. It wasn’t excellent, but it surely was much better than my different two watches.

Coros Vertix 2 review GPS vs Garmin Venu 2 Apple Watch Series 6 1

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The Coros Vetix 2 isn’t all the time correct. Within the screenshot beneath, the Apple Watch caught extra intently to my path than the Vertix 2. Once more, this was an space of heavy tree protection, making it a very difficult space for any watch, however Apple’s wearable got here out on prime for this stretch.

Coros Vertix 2 review GPS vs Garmin Venu 2 Apple Watch Series 6 2

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The Coros Vertix 2 is without doubt one of the solely health watches to help world offline mapping, making this one of the vital engaging wearables for individuals who not often hike, bike, or run in the identical place greater than as soon as. Offline maps are supplied in panorama, topo, and hybrid modes. I’ve been utilizing the hybrid mode for almost all of my testing.

To be clear, solely world panorama maps are pre-loaded on the Vertix 2. You have to obtain region-specific topo maps from Coros.com and switch them manually by way of a USB cable. It’s not the best course of, but it surely works.

Coros Vertix 2 review maps navigation hybrid

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First, the positives. Opening up a map of your area in your watch is usually a bit gradual, however navigating across the interface is extraordinarily straightforward. The Vertix 2’s touchscreen kicks in (extra on this later) so you possibly can transfer across the map freely. The touchscreen may be very responsive. It’s also possible to zoom in/out with the rotatable crown.

Sadly, you possibly can’t navigate with the Vertix 2’s mapping knowledge. You’ll primarily use the maps for breadcrumb navigation. The watch will help you comply with a course and let you know should you veer off, but it surely received’t let you know precisely the place to go on a path. It’s not as superior as different types of navigation on competitor watches.

There are additionally no labels of any variety on Coros’ offline maps: no avenue names, no landmark or river names, and no path names. This alone might be an enormous caveat for some customers.

How’s the brand new coronary heart fee sensor?

Coros Vertix 2 review heart rate sensor

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The Coros Vertix 2 is critically nice in lots of areas most different wearables crumble. Nevertheless, the watch has some unlucky downsides it is best to find out about.

As hinted at earlier, the Vertix 2’s new optical coronary heart fee sensor shouldn’t be as dependable as I had hoped. It’s not inconsistent always, however sufficient in order that I wouldn’t strap this on my wrist if I’m attempting to get essentially the most correct coronary heart fee knowledge throughout a HIIT session or interval run.

Even throughout essentially the most correct classes total, the Vertix 2 nonetheless fell behind opponents just like the Garmin Fenix 6 Professional and Apple Watch Sequence 6. See beneath for a 50-minute indoor biking exercise in comparison with the Apple Watch Sequence 6 and Polar H10 chest strap.

Coros Vertix 2 review heart rate vs Polar H10 Apple Watch Series 6 indoor cycling

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On this exercise, the Coros Veritx 2 strayed a bit from the Apple Watch and Polar H10, and in addition had difficulties maintaining to start with. There have been three details of inaccuracy from the Vertix 2, two of that are identified by the pink arrows.

Not all exercises have been this correct, nevertheless. Generally, the Vertix 2’s coronary heart fee sensor simply wouldn’t cooperate in any respect. Beneath, you possibly can see a 4.5-mile out of doors run with the Vertix 2, Apple Watch Sequence 6, and Polar H10 chest strap. It’s just like the Coros watch was on a special wavelength the whole time.

Coros Vertix 2 review heart rate vs Polar H10 Apple Watch Series 6

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I’ve seen this problem with just a few of my exercises over the past couple of weeks. The Vertix 2 would get “caught” in a better coronary heart fee zone and fail to acknowledge that my coronary heart fee shouldn’t be, actually, sitting at 160bpm+ for half-hour. Through the time within the increased coronary heart fee zone, it could comply with the overall peaks and valleys reported by my chest strap and different wearables. It’d simply be, , 20bpm off the whole time.

This occurred quite a few instances throughout intense yoga classes, out of doors runs, and bike rides. My principle is that the Vertix 2 is having extra bother in colder environments than different wearables I’ve examined.

We’re hoping a few of these coronary heart fee points are fastened over time with software program updates. It’s fully attainable to tweak algorithms after the very fact, however one concern stays: the Vertix 2 has a special coronary heart fee sensor than the unique Vertix. It’s not a Sony sensor, although Coros is staying quiet on revealing who makes the Vertix 2’s sensor.

Additionally learn: One of the best coronary heart fee screens you should purchase

You may nonetheless pair exterior coronary heart fee sensors to the Vertix 2 should you don’t wish to gamble together with your knowledge. You’ll simply have to ensure your accent is Bluetooth Sensible-enabled since Coros intentionally eliminated ANT+ help from the Vertix 2. If you happen to’re a bike owner and use an ANT+ bike coach, you’ll wish to look elsewhere.

Nonetheless with regards to coronary heart fee, Coros claims the Vertix 2 has an ECG. Nevertheless, this isn’t the identical medically licensed ECG you’d discover on an Apple Watch or Withings ScanWatch. The ECG sensor is simply used to document a fast coronary heart fee variability (HRV) worth.

It’s misleading. When most individuals assume ECG, they consider a full ECG recording they will share with their physician. Truly, it’s simply an app on the watch known as “HRV take a look at.” After sitting nonetheless for a minute and recording what appears to be like like an ECG, the watch will solely offer you an HRV index studying for that minute of time. The precise ECG knowledge is nowhere to be discovered. Granted, an ECG sensor is a fantastic strategy to document HRV knowledge.

Once more, the ECG monitor isn’t medically licensed (therefore the dearth of ECG knowledge post-test). Coros says it’s not pursuing a medical certification for the sensor, so HRV is all it’ll ever be capable to do.

Anything?

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  • 32GB of storage: The Vertix 2 has 32GB of onboard storage for music. It’s not appropriate with any music-streaming companies, sadly, however 32GB is loads of room to retailer just a few of your favourite albums or playlists for offline listening. Talking of which, the Bluetooth connection between the Vertix 2 and my Pixel Buds A-Sequence has been stable all through the testing interval.
  • Blood oxygen sensor: The Vertix 2 has an SpO2 sensor for recording on-demand blood oxygen readings. The sensor has not obtained FDA or CE clearance, so it shouldn’t be handled as a medical gadget. Nevertheless, SpO2 readings have been spot-on with my Fenix 6 Professional and Withings ScanWatch.
  • Coros app: For me, the Coros app leaves loads to be desired. Navigating away from the house tab makes for a jarring expertise. Faucet on any metric out of your day — be it coronary heart fee, sleep, even one thing so simple as steps — and also you’re thrust into panorama view, whether or not you’ve it enabled in your telephone or not. There’s no digging by means of knowledge in portrait mode.
  • Motion cam management: You may management your GoPro 9, 10, Insta360 One X2, or Insta360 One R with the Vertix 2. I don’t personal an motion digicam, so I used to be unable to check out this function. Nevertheless, different reviewers say it really works reliably.
  • Operating energy on the wrist: Operating energy has turn into an essential metric in coaching for runners. Often, you’d want a separate accent like a Stryd pod or Nurvv Run insoles to trace it, however Coros built-in it natively onto the Vertix 2.
  • Touchscreen (form of): The Vertix 2 has a touchscreen show. Oddly, it’s not enabled for all elements of the working system. It’s fairly useful once you’re shifting round on a map or controlling music playback, however you’ll need to depend on the rotatable crown to scroll by means of menus and widgets. Touching the display screen merely doesn’t do something once you’re on the house display screen or within the settings menu. And, there’s no indication as to which screens help the touchscreen. It’s like reliving Apple’s Power Contact guessing sport yet again.
  • Complicated on-device software program: The on-device software program on the Verix 2 could be tough to determine. Clicking the crown button allows you to select from all of the completely different exercises supplied by the watch, however Coros additionally throws in sections to view your earlier exercises, coaching plans, or bounce into system settings. These non-workout features appear misplaced right here. Pull up the Toolbox (long-press the underside button), and also you’ll see a scrollable listing of just about all the pieces else: apps, fast settings, watch features like SpO2 and HRV checks, maps and navigation, and once more, an choice to leap into the system settings. All of it simply appears a bit of sloppy.
  • Rotatable crown: A lot of the navigation across the software program takes place utilizing the rotatable facet button. I don’t love utilizing it. Scrolling by means of widgets is fairly gradual. Bodily rotating the crown is nowhere close to the extent of high quality you’d count on from a $700 watch — it pales compared to Apple’s Digital Crown. Additionally, the crown protrudes out a bit an excessive amount of for my liking. On a number of events, I’ve unintentionally unlocked the gadget utilizing my wrist (and consequently began a exercise), even with the long-press to unlock perform enabled.
  • Smartwatch options: As regards to software program, you don’t purchase a Coros look ahead to its smartwatch options. Apart from primary smartphone notifications, onboard music, and the paltry number of watch faces, the Vertix 2’s focus is on health, not good performance.
  • No REM sleep monitoring: The Coros Vertix 2 doesn’t observe REM sleep, which is an more and more essential metric to trace when it comes to reminiscence, temper, and total restfulness.

Coros Vertix 2 specs

Coros Vertix 2
Show 1.4-inch always-on reminiscence LCD
280 x 280 decision
Dimensions and weight 50.3 x 50.3 x 15.7mm
89g

Strap: 26mm fast match band

Construct supplies Lens: Sapphire glass
Bezel: Grade 5 titanium alloy with PVD coating
Cowl: Titanium alloy with PVD coating
Strap: Silicone / nylon
Battery Day by day (commonplace) use: 60 days
Customary use w/ GPS (GPS/QZSS): 140 hours
Customary use w/ GPS + music: 35 hours
All programs on (GPS/QZSS+GLONASS+Galileo+BeiDou): 90 hours
All programs on + music: 30 hours
All programs + dual-frequency on: 50 hours
UltraMax: 240 hours

Charging time: >2 hours

IP score 10ATM
Sensors All-satellite dual-frequency GNSS chipset
GPS, QZSS, GLONASS, Galileo, BeiDou
Optical pulse oximeter
Optical coronary heart fee sensor
Electrocardiogram sensor
Barometric altimeter
Accelerometer
Compass
Gyroscope
Thermometer
Connectivity Bluetooth 5.0
Wi-Fi
Storage 32GB
Compatibility Android, iOS
Smartwatch options Smartphone notifications
Onboard music help for offline streaming
Don’t disturb mode
First-party watch faces

Worth and competitors

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Coros Vertix 2

Twin-frequency GNSS and 60-day battery life

Coros’ Vertix 2 pulls out all of the stops. It has an enormous touchscreen show, a battery that may last as long as two months on a cost, and the power to connect with a number of positioning programs without delay.

The Coros Vertix 2 is a premium health watch and is priced as such. It’s obtainable for $700 and has but to see a value drop since its debut.

Coros’ largest competitors is Garmin’s Fenix 6 sequence of out of doors watches. Particularly, the Fenix 6X Professional provides offline mapping, three weeks of battery life, and total stable coronary heart fee and GPS accuracy. Usually obtainable for $700, it’s on sale in the course of the holidays for $200 off, bringing the worth down to only $500.

You may spend a couple of dollars greater than the Vertix 2 and improve your choose to the Fenix 6X Professional Photo voltaic, which has all the identical options along with photo voltaic charging, considerably growing the battery life.

The Suunto 9 sequence additionally shouldn’t be neglected. Out there in two sizes, the Suunto 9 Peak (small) and 9 Baro (giant) provide better-than-average battery life and onboard music. They’re notably lacking offline mapping, although. These gadgets are additionally less expensive than the Vertix 2.

Coros Vertix 2 evaluation: Ought to I purchase it?

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The Coros Vertix 2 is a fantastic wearable for the adventurers amongst us, however sadly, it doesn’t stick the touchdown on all of its most essential options. The guts fee monitor must be dialed in, and whereas world offline mapping is sweet to have, the navigation options are fairly primary and will use some extra element. These will little question sway some would-be consumers from selecting the Vertix 2 over Garmin’s Fenix line.

However you received’t get two-month-long battery life with Garmin’s journey watches (not counting the Intuition sequence). Not having to fret about battery life actually in any respect is a good feeling. Plus, I do assume Coros’ dual-GNSS function supplies higher accuracy total than the competitors. If you happen to’re out there for one thing that’ll preserve observe of your location precisely and reliably, the Vertix 2 is a good choice for you.

It is onerous to think about a purchaser that will be glad with 100{2d266c2b7f7b21b9d5247541775384085ff4c78fbe34d1f6195ea0b207eacd24} of what the Coros Vertix 2 provides.

The $700 asking value is kind of excessive, although, particularly contemplating competing watches begin at round $550 (and even much less in the course of the holidays). These hoping Coros would go the Tempo 2 route and provide one thing that competed when it comes to options and value are out of luck.

The Coros Vertix 2 will fulfill some consumers however will let others down. If battery life and GPS accuracy are essential to you, the Vertix 2 received’t steer you fallacious. But when total worth, coronary heart fee monitoring, or a number of dimension choices are what you’re after, try what Garmin or Suunto have to supply.

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