The Garmin Approach G8, at $399, is the more expensive of the two Approach models Garmin is releasing this spring.
The unit features a 1.5” x 2.6” (3.9 x 6.5 cm); 3.0” diagonal TFT multi-touch color screen, with a resolution of 240 x 400 pixels. That’s slightly larger than its sister G7 model.
The Approach G8 features:
Plays like Distance Gives The Golfer Distances To The Target, Adjusted For Uphill Or Downhill Shots
Smart Notification Receive Email, Texts And Alerts From Your Iphone (4S Or Later) Directly On Your Golf Handheld
Garmin Connect Online golf community lets you play, then share and compare your round
Club Advice Remembers how far you hit each club, and provides recommendations on which club to use based on your shot distances
PINPOINTER Provides blind shot assistance by pointing you in the right direction when you are unable to see the pin (G8 only)
Big Numbers Mode For easy viewing on your screen, increase the font size for distances to the front, back and middle of the greens
AUTOMATIC COURSE UPDATE Device automatically updates courses with a Wi-Fi connection for no additional charge (G8 only)
For me, the bigger screen and automatic course updates probably are worth the additional $100 premium over the G7.
This may very well be on my spring buying list.