Garmin Reacts to Apple Watch Ultra: ‘We Measure Battery Life in Months. Not Hours.’

Garmin Reacts to Apple Watch Ultra: 'We Measure Battery Life in Months. Not Hours.'

Friday September 9, 2022 9:20 am PDT by Sami Fathi

Garmin has reacted to Apple’s new rugged Apple Watch Ultra, saying in a tweet following the iPhone 14 and Apple Watch event that it measures battery life in “months” and “not hours,” promoting its latest Enduro 2 watch for athletes.


The tweet attempts to highlight how compared to the Apple Watch Ultra, Garmin’s Enduro 2 can last for months rather than hours. The Apple Watch Ultra has the longest battery life of any Apple Watch to date, with Apple promising up to 36 hours of normal use and up to 60 hours with watchOS 9‘s new Low Power Mode setting and other optimizations.

Despite Garmin’s claim that it measures battery life in months and not hours, the company does actually advertise the Endor 2 as having “up to 150 hours of battery life in GPS mode with solar charging” and “up to 34 days of battery life in smartwatch mode.” The Enduro 2 has a 1.4-inch solar-powered display, compared to the nearly 2-inch display on the Apple Watch Ultra that can reach a peak brightness of 2,000 nits, the brightest ever in an Apple Watch.

The Apple Watch Ultra also has a wide range of advanced sensors, including the ability to take an ECG, measure blood oxygen level, alerts for high and low heart rates, and a new body temperature sensor focusing on women’s health.

The Apple Watch Ultra is offered in a 49mm case and costs $799, while the Enduro 2 costs $1,099. The Apple Watch Ultra was made available for pre-order earlier this week and will begin shipping on Friday, September 23.

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