Coros – Maps & More for Vertix 1 and Apex Pro
Must Read: Coros Vertix 2 Detailed Review
When Coros announced the new Vertix 2 a few weeks ago they surprised us all by confirming that the new offline Maps capability introduced to the Vertix 2 would also be rolled out to older watches, namely the Vertix 1 and Apex Pro.
We shall name no names but other companies would have used a significant new feature like maps to persuade owners of the older watches to upgrade rather than roll out the new feature to the older watches. Thus what Coros has done here is to instil confidence that they do the right thing for the long term viability of their products.
In addition to maps, we also see increased GNSS accuracy of PACE 2, APEX 42mm/46mm/Pro and VERTIX 1 with the introduction of support for the European GALILEO constellation of satellites. alongside Glonass, QZSS, GPS and Beidou.
The first 1000 users who want to try this in beta will be able to do so on Thursday, November 11th, with 22nd November cited as a target date for a general release.
Once the maps are fully live there will be a software interface to let you download the maps to the watch. There is currently a 4Gb space limit on the Apex and Vertix so you will need to selectively download just the maps you need with the new software. I had to do it manually!
Galileo Satellite Functionality
Choose the Galileo satellite option from “Back Button → Satellite Systems → GPS, Glonass, Galileo, QZSS” and you might see slightly improved GPS tracks. When Garmin first implemented Glonass/Galileo it initially made positioning worse but, over time, Glonass and Galileo (certainly the former) might now edge it in the accuracy stakes over GPS-only. The same might be true for Coros and I have not had a chance to test this.
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