While the Apple Watch Ultra Challenges Garmin's Enduro 2 Adventure Watch on many Fronts, it misses on Battery Life by a Country Mile
Apple introduced their all-new Apple Watch Ultra at their special September 7th event last week. Our report on the new watch presented five videos, with Apple's ad shown below being one of them.
While Apple Watch Ultra challenges the Garmin Enduro 2 Adventure Watch on many fronts, it misses on the battery life by a country mile.
A new report by mysmartprice listed the incredible leap in battery capacity for the Apple Watch Ultra as presented in the chart below. Apple's Ultra marketing page translates the 542mAh battery to being 36 hours of normal use and up to 60 hours on low power settings.
While the Ultra's battery capacity is significantly larger than that of the standard Apple Watch series 8, the Garmin Enduro 2 offers up to 34 days on normal use and 46 days with solar battery saver watch mode.
For most sports enthusiasts out for the day, the Apple Watch Ultra is sufficient and stylish. But if the adventurer is out hiking or climbing for days, the Enduro 2 is definitely the winner on battery life hands down.
And while the iPhone 14 offers satellite service for emergencies in an easy to use design, it's only good for about day. In contrast, Garmin's inReach Mini 2, although ugly as hell with a satellite antenna, can last up to 14 days which better supports the needs of sport enthusiasts and adventurers beyond 24 hours.
The Apple Watch Ultra is a fantastically exciting edition to the Apple Watch family that is supported by some great software and new well thought out hardware features. But when it comes to battery life, it's still more like a casual watch than an adventurer's watch. Clearly Apple has a ways to go to catch up to Garmin's high-end Enduro 2's battery life and perhaps that will be addressed in a key upgrade in late 2023.