Garmin Forerunner 955 vs Coros Apex 2

Garmin Forerunner 955 was launched in June 2022 and Coros Apex 2 has been around since late 2022. We compare both watches from the runners’ perspective below.

  • Forerunner 955 supports multi-band or dual-frequency GPS. Coros Apex 2 has a single-band frequency mode. The GPS performance of the Forerunner 955 is better than Coros Apex 2.
  • Forerunner 955 supports GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks. Coros Apex 2 can support GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, QZSS, and BeiDou satellite networks.
  • Forerunner 955 has 32 GB internal storage. Coros Apex 2 has 8 GB internal storage.
  • Forerunner 955 uses 3rd generation DX-coated Corning Gorilla Glass in the display lens. Coros Apex 2 uses a Sapphire display lens.
  • You can make contactless payments through Forerunner 955. The Garmin Pay app provides NFC support on the Forerunner 955. Coros Apex 2 lacks NFC support.
  • Forerunner 955 offers Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and ANT+ wireless connectivity. Coros Apex 2 can only do Wi-Fi and Bluetooth and lacks ANT+ wireless connectivity.
  • Forerunner 955 supports incident detection or fall detection in special situations. Coros Apex 2 is missing the incident detection or fall detection feature.
  • Garmin Forerunner 955 lacks support for the Garmin ECG app. Coros Apex 2 has an electrocardiogram sensor. It can help in taking HRV or heart-rate variability readings. However, you cannot use the ECG sensor of Coros Apex 2 for detecting heart rhythm issues.
  • Garmin Forerunner 955 is priced at $499.99. Coros Apex 2 is priced at $349.99.

We look at these features in detail below.

Forerunner 955 initial setup

Forerunner 955 uses an MIP or memory-in-pixel screen. Coros Apex 2 has an LCD screen made of Sapphire glass. In terms of display resolution, there is not a great deal of difference.

The screen size of Forerunner 955 is 33 mm. Coros Apex 2 has a 30 mm screen.

The display specifications of the Forerunner 955 and Coros Apex 2 are compared below.

Display specificationsGarmin Forerunner 955Coros Apex 2
Display typeMIP (Memory-in-pixel)LCD
Display resolution260 x 260 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Display size1.3″ or 33 mm1.2″ or 30 mm
Color displayYesYes
Display glassCorning Gorilla Glass 3 DXSapphire Glass
TouchscreenYesYes

The DX-coated Corning Gorilla Glass 3 in Forerunner 955 offers improved readability under bright light and sunlight. The DX coating is an anti-reflective coating that helps to improve the display experience.

At the same time, the Sapphire glass in Coros Apex 2 in terms of providing a scratch-proof experience.

Essentially, you need to pick between the display readability requirements against the hardness of the Sapphire glass before picking a Forerunner 955 or Coros Apex 2.

Forerunner 955 offers a higher device storage (32 GB) than Coros Apex 2 (8 GB). The additional device storage is handy for downloading regional or topographical maps onto the smartwatch storage.

Forerunner 955 is also wider than the Coros Apex 2.

We look at the device specifications of the Garmin Forerunner 955 and Coros Apex 2 in brief below.

Physical specificationsGarmin Forerunner 955Coros Apex 2
Physical size46.5 x 46.5 x 14.4 (mm)43.0 x 42.8 x 12.8mm
Thickness14.4 mm12.8 mm
Weight52 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 storage32 GB8 GB

A good thing about Coros Apex 2 is that it is made of titanium alloy. This lends a premium appearance to the Coros Apex 2 in comparison with the fiber body of Forerunner 955.

Forerunner 955 comes with a multi-frequency positioning sensor. The sensor allows Forerunner 955 to fetch GPS data from multiple satellites at any given point in time.

The multi-frequency positioning sensor of the Forerunner 955 can provide multi-band GPS support or dual-frequency GPS support.

The multi-band GPS helps in improving GPS accuracy and reliability, especially in dense cities and remote terrains.

Coros Apex 2 can only offer single-band GPS support.

However, Coros Apex 2 supports QZSS and BeiDou satellite networks in addition to the GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks. This bolsters GPS performance for users in China and Japan.

Forerunner 955 does support GPS, GLONASS, and Galileo satellite networks.

NFC sensors help in enabling contactless payments on a smartwatch. You could swipe the smartwatch wallet over any NFC reader at any merchant location.

Forerunner 955 uses the Garmin Pay app to facilitate NFC or contactless payments at merchant establishments.

Coros Apex 2 lacks the NFC support as we write this. So, you cannot make any contactless payments through the Coros Apex 2 smartwatch.

Garmin has a Garmin ECG app. It was approved by the FDA in January 2023. The Garmin ECG app can be used to detect irregular heart rhythm conditions. It can help uncover Atrial Fibrillation cases.

As of writing this, the Garmin Forerunner 955 is not compatible with the Garmin ECG app.

Coros Apex 2 has an ECG sensor or an electrocardiogram sensor. But, this ECG sensor cannot take electrocardiogram readings. However, it can be used to detect HRV readings or heart rate variability data.

Coros Apex 2 has an ECG sensor with limited applicability.

Coros Apex 2 elevation level

Coros Apex 2 offers extended battery backup. Forerunner 955 also offers a reasonably long battery backup.

We compare the battery performance of Coros Apex 2 and Forerunner 955 in the comparison below.

Watch modeForerunner 955 battery backup
Smartwatch modeUp to 15 days
GPS ModeUp to 42 hours
GPS Mode with musicUp to 10.5 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-BandUp to 20 hours
All-Systems GNSS mode + Multi-Band and music:Up to 8.5 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

Both, Forerunner 955 and Coros Apex 2 offer decent battery backups. Both watches also support fast charging. So, you can go from a drained-out battery to full battery in less than 2 hours.

Garmin Forerunner 955 is priced at $499.99 and Coros Apex 2 has a cost price of $349. So, the Apex 2 is cheaper than the Forerunner 955 by $150.

So, the Forerunner 955 is costlier than the Coros Apex 2 by almost $150. For the additional money spent, you get the following additional capabilities:

  • Multi-band GPS in Forerunner 955
  • NFC or contactless payments in Forerunner 955 through Garmin Pay
  • Higher device storage of 32 GB in Forerunner 955
  • ANT+ support for wireless connectivity
  • Bigger display screen of 33 mm

In our personal experience, the Forerunner 955 gets GPS signals faster and offers better GPS performance.

If you are concerned about GPS accuracy, availability, and reliability pick a Forerunner 955 over the Coros Apex 2 smartwatch.

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