Garmin Forerunner 265 vs Coros Apex 2

Garmin Forerunner 265 continues to be most sought-after watch by runners and athletes. We compare Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 in this comparison study.

  • Garmin Forerunner 265 supports multi-band GPS. Coros Apex 2 lacks multi-band GPS capability.
  • Garmin Forerunner 265 has an AMOLED display. Coros Apex 2 uses an LCD screen.
  • Forerunner 265 has a much better and higher display resolution than the Coros Apex 2.
  • Coros Apex 2 supports GPS, Galileo, GLONASS, BeiDou, and QZSS satellite systems. Forerunner 265 supports GPS, Galileo, and GLONASS satellite networks.
  • Forerunner 265 uses 3rd generation Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens. Coros Apex 2 uses Sapphire glass in the display lens. Sapphire glass is harder and scratch-resistant in comparison with the Forerunner 265
  • Forerunner 265 supports ANT+ wireless connectivity in addition to Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. Apex 2 can only do Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
  • Garmin Forerunner 265 supports NFC or contactless payments through Garmin Pay app. Coros Apex 2 is not compatible with NFC payments or contactless payments.
  • Coros Apex 2 has an electrocardiogram sensor. You can take or track HRV readings through a Coros Apex 2. Garmin Forerunner 265 does not support the Garmin ECG app as of writing this.

We look at some core features and capabilities of Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 below.

Garmin Forerunner 265 with default watch face

Forerunner 265 has a brighter and better display than the Coros Apex 2. The AMOLED display technology allows the Forerunner to provide support for the Always-on-display mode as well.

The core display features are shared below.

Display specificationsGarmin Forerunner 265Coros Apex 2
Display typeAMOLEDLCD
Display resolution416 x 416 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.2″ or 30 mm
Color displayYesYes
Display glassCorning Gorilla Glass 3Sapphire Glass

The Sapphire Glass in Coros Apex 2 is a better glass than Forerunner 265’s Corning Gorilla Glass. But, the AMOLED display makes the screen more vibrant, bright, and lively than the LCD screen of Coros Apex 2.

For display considerations, the Garmin Forerunner 265 is better than the Coros Apex 2.

Garmin Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 are almost identical in physical size and features. We compare the main features of Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Forerunner 265Coros Apex 2
Physical size46.1 x 46.1 x 12.9 mm43.0 x 42.8 x 12.8mm
Thickness12.9 mm12.8 mm
Weight47 g53 g (Silicone)/42 g (Nylon)
Band size22 mm20 mm
Band materialSiliconeSilicone and Nylon
Water rating5 ATM or 50 meters5 ATM or 50 meters
Wireless connectivityANT+, Bluetooth, Wi-FiBluetooth, Wi-Fi
Bezel materialFiber-enforced polymerTitanium
Watch bodyFiber-enforced polymerTitanium alloy
Device storage8 GB8 GB

A big positive of Coros Apex 2 is the body made of titanium alloy. The bezel of Coros Apex 2 is also made of Titanium. This lends a premium look to the watch when you compare it against the Forerunner 265’s all fiber body and bezel.

Coros Apex 2 supports BeiDou and QZSS satellite networks in addition to GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks.

Forerunner 265 only supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks.

However, we believe that the GPS performance of Forerunner 265 is better than the GPS performance of Coros Apex 2. This has been made possible by the introduction of a multi-frequency positioning sensor in Forerunner 265.

The multi-frequency positioning sensor helps in providing the multi-band GPS functionality in Forerunner 265. With multi-band GPS, you can fetch GPS data from multiple satellites at any given point in time.

When you experience poor GPS connectivity or weak GPS signals, you can easily enable the multi-band GPS. This gets your GPS data from alternate satellites.

The multi-band GPS helps in improving GPS accuracy and reliability.

For serious runners, the multi-band GPS in Forerunner 265 is a compelling feature advancement. We suggest picking the Forerunner 265 for the multi-band or dual-frequency GPS capabilities.

Coros Apex 2 does not support contactless payments or NFC payments.

Garmin Forerunner 265 has a sensor to support NFC technology and contactless payments. You can add your wallet to the Forerunner 265 and use the wallet balance to make contactless payments at supporting merchant places.

Garmin Forerunner 265 uses the Garmin Pay app to provide end-to-end contactless payment services through the smartwatch interface.

NFC payments through Forerunner 265 is a big positive for contactless payments and overall customer experience. Coros Apex 2 lacks NFC support.

Coros Apex 2 has an electrocardiogram sensor that can take on the spot HRV or Heart Rate variability readings.

Coros Apex 2’s ECG sensor cannot track or monitor cases of Atrial fibrillation. In other words, heart rhythm issues cannot be checked through Coros Apex 2’s ECG Sensor.

However, you could easily track Heart-rate variability through COros Apex 2’s ECG sensor.

Garmin Forerunner 265 is not compatible with the Garmin ECG app as we write this. The Garmin ECG app is approved by the FDA.

It is useful in tracking conditions of irregular heart rhythm and Atrial Fibrillation.

The battery life of Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 are comparable.

Forerunner 265 has the following battery life in different modes:

Watch modeForerunner 265 battery backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 13 days
GPS ModeUp to 20 hours
GPS Mode with musicUp to 7 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-Band: Up to 14 hoursUp to 14 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-Band and music: Up to 6 hours

The battery life of Coros Apex 2 in different modes is as under:

Watch modeCoros Apex 2 battery backup
Daily useUp to 17 days
GPS ModeUp to 45 hours
GPS Mode with musicUp to 8 hours
All Systems GPSUp to 30 hours
All Systems GPS with musicUp to 7 hours

The discussion around the battery backup comparison of Garmin Forerunner 265 and Coros Apex 2 is inconsequential. This is because both smartwatches support fast charging. You can go from an empty battery to full battery backup in less than 2 hours.

Coros Apex 2 in pink nylon band and body

Garmin Forerunner 265 is priced at $449.99. Coros Apex 2 comes at a list price of $349.99. Forerunner 265 is pricier than the Coros Apex 2 by $100.

I will pick a Forerunner 265 over the Coros Apex 2 for the following reasons:

  • Multi-band GPS
  • AMOLED display
  • Much better display resolution
  • NFC or Contactless payments

You can pick a Coros Apex 2 over the Forerunner 265 for the following reasons:

  • It is cheaper by $100
  • It uses a Sapphire display lens
  • It does offer the options of silicone and nylon bands for the Apex 2 smartwatch.

On technical parameters, though, Forerunner 265 offers more advanced features than the Coros Apex 2.

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