And that’s not all – features not found on the Garmin Approach G7 (and Garmin Approach G6) are the ability to point you to the center of the green if you have a blind shot, and the ability to download course updates via Wi-Fi.
The Approach G8 has the same battery life as the rest of the family (an estimated 15 hours), multiple scoring options for up to four players, and the ability to track statistics such as fairways hit and putts.
One key item we would change is the somewhat random nature of when distances to mapped targets are displayed, and where distances are positioned relative to the point where you are touching the screen (these should be moved a bit to make them easier to read and not be obscured by your finger).
We also wouldn’t mind a text-only view of hazard and layup information – hey, there is a text view of green information, why not take advantage of other Garmin data?
The Garmin Approach G8 retains the sleek design of the prior generation Garmin G6, providing distances to the front/center/back of the green, selected hazards and doglegs and the ability to pinpoint the distance to any target on the course.
To help plan your attack, the G8 can display layup arcs at 100, 150, 200 and 250 yards.
There are a number of user interface elements, however, that drove us batty, including an inability to easily access your scorecard, the need to manually exit the scoring screen and return to the hole view in order for the device to auto-advance to the next hole, and the requirement to type in a new player name if you (accidentally) select the player on a certain screen.Most of the main features listed below can be turned on and off through the main screen.