Reviewed Product: Bushnell Neo iON GPS Watch
Ratings: 4.025 out of 5 stars.
- Over 35,000 preloaded international courses in over 30 countries
- 3 rounds of golf in GPS mode on one charge.
- Auto course recognition and auto hole advance.
- Easy to read front/center/back distances.
- Up to 4 hazard and layup distances.
- Shot distance calculator.
- Very accurate distances to key spots.
- Lackluster style
- Circumference to display ration
Performance Rating: 4.4 of 5 stars.
Build Quality Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars.
Look & Feel Rating: 3.5 out of 5 stars.
Price Rating: 4.2 of 5 stars.
The Bushnell Neo is a follow up to Bushnell’s 2014 release, the Bushnell Neo XS GPS watch. What made the Bushnell Neo stand out in a relatively new golf wearables market was the fact that it was incredible slim and lightweight, as well as very use to use right out of the box. The Bushnell Neo iON keeps both of these main qualities. While not as compact on the wrist as the Neo XS, the Neo iON still has a great user interface that makes navigating its many features a breeze.
- Sporty design.
- Shows distance to hazards.
- Comfortable wristband
- Over 35,000 preloaded international courses.
- 3 rounds of golf in GPS mode on one charge.
- Auto course recognition and auto hole advance
- Easy to read front/center/back distances
- Up to 4 hazard and layup distances
- Shot distance calculator
Bushnell Neo iON GPS Watch Review:
When it comes to golf watches, this watch offers golfers just what they need. It’s price accurately reflects its features, and there are little to no areas that leave room for disappointment. The band is comfortable, the watch build is durable, and the functionality has little margin for error. What the watch lacks in off-course style, it makes up for with on-course reliability.
It’s pretty neat how Bushnell aimed for a “straight out the box” functionality, as the Neo iON comes fully charged and is ready to use immediately. It also automatically detects your course the minute you get to the first tee, and will automatically navigate holes without further instruction from you (in some instances when it doesn’t, a single button will bring it up to speed). It comes with the standard golf wearable functionality including hazard and dogleg information, as well as the usual front, middle, and back distances.
Performance Review of the Bushnell Neo iON Golf Watch:
While the Bushnell Neo iON is an awesome asset to have on the course, it does take some course foresight to get the full functionality. Golfers who are golfing on a course for the first time might have difficulty implementing the information from the GPS watch, but after using the Bushnell Neo iON for a while, it starts to become more natural. The Bushnell Neo iON gives up to four hazards per hole and gives golfers some hard data to support whatever visual they have on the hole.
The battery life of the watch is fairly on par with what golf watches around this price range are capable of, and it can last for roughly three rounds. This is useful for those golfers that tend to forget that their watch needs to be charged. However, with the charging clip that comes with the Bushnell Neo iON, juicing this watch up is not a problem at all.
Bushnell Neo iON Watch Look and Feel:
The watch comes with an incredibly soft, flexible strap that fits comfortably on the wearer’s wrist. The strap tends to fit snugly, yet bends with every stroke without any discomfort. This is something that is incredibly important in a GPS watch. Some bands look great and stylish, but can be a very uncomfortable and throw off your game significantly. The Neo iON band is perfect because the golfer will hardly be aware of it while swinging or walking.
However, the Bushnell Neo iON doesn’t really win any style points as it looks like an inexpensive digital watch. The watch face isn’t as stylish as other options, but it gets the job done on the course. It passes the test as an aesthetically pleasing golf watch, and it also doesn’t look half-bad off the course. When compared to other options, this watch is reminiscent of a cheaper, yet functional, sports digital watch.
Bushnell Neo iON Watch Golf Features
Overall, the Bushnell Neo iON scores a “B”. Many golf smartwatches that have a few extra features tend to charge a premium in excess of 50% to 100% of what this watch costs, and if you are simply buying a golf watch for the golfing functionality, it seems silly to pay that much more for features you don’t necessarily need. With over 35,000 preloaded courses, the Neo iON doesn’t leave much off the table in terms of course information. The Bushnell Neo Ion uses the iGolf database that is regularly updated, and if a specific course isn’t on there, users can submit a course request.
The Neo iON comes with the added options of a pedometer to help measure steps and an odometer for distance, allowing for some non-golf functionality such as tracking steps and distances throughout the day and other athletic activities. The face has a wide 45mm circumference, but with a square display that is less than half at 21mm. It just seems like a miss to provide users with a better and clearer interface with bigger fonts and make use of more of the relatively wide 45mm circumference.
The Bushnell Neo iON is moderately priced and offers a modest set of features. It is currently trending between $160 and $200, which is a pretty fair price for what you get. It’s simple, durable, comfortable, and won’t disappoint those with moderate expectations. While the Bushnell Neo iON does come with some extra features, there isn’t anything that really stands out, and that’s not necessarily a bad thing.
You can learn more about this GPS golf watch by reading what others are saying at Amazon.com. Amazon is a great website for reading other reviews by actual users, so be sure to check out other reviews there before making your decision.
Til next time,
Hit em straight!