Gear & EquipmentNovember 6, 2013

Rangefinder watch receives texts, email

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By John Strege

The evolution of GPS rangefinders has not abated, to wit the new Garmin Approach S4 golf watch capable of pairing with an iPhone and receiving text messages and email.

Of course, it also provides the pertinent golf information -- yardages to the front, middle and back of greens and layup yardages to hazards and doglegs. It also has a digital score keeper, can track statistics and provide shot distances.

The S4 comes pre-loaded with more than 30,000 courses internationally and has a high-resolution touchscreen that is sunlight readable. It has a rechargeable lithium-ion battery that will last up to 10 hours in golf mode.

The Smart Notification technology allows the golfer to stay connected while leaving his iPhone in the golf bag.

Technology comes with a price, and this one is $350. But there are no annual subscription fees and course updates are free.

It also tells time.

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