Bushnell Neo Ion

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Bushnell Neo Ion Review Facts

The good news for golf lovers everywhere is that there are plenty of devices that will be able to help you be better at your game. Thanks to GPS watches, for example, you will be able to find information on thousands of different golf courses around your area and across the world, and you’ll get mostly accurate information on where the hole is, any hazards that lie between you and the hole, the distance you’ve covered, and more. These are perfect for anyone who wants to become better at their game and who wish to be able to get all the information they can about their different activities.

One GPS golfing watch that a lot of people recommended was the Bushnell Neo Ion. Plenty of golfers said that there was almost nothing about this device that they didn’t like. The only thing that might be perceived as a negative is that the watch face is not a touchscreen and you won’t be able to connect the watch using Bluetooth, but that makes the watch a lot easier to use in the end and you won’t have to worry about what to do if there is a bad connection.

In this review, we will discuss all the different features of the Bushnell watch, and why so many people believe that this is a product that all golf lovers should consider purchasing for their next tournament.

Editor's Pros & Cons
  • This watch has a battery life of 16 hours, which is good for being able to golf
  • This product is waterproof, so you will be able to use it if it’s raining
  • You have the opportunity to select any one of five languages for operation
  • You can receive information on all different factors on the golf course
  • This is the lightest version of the watch that the company has made
  • You will have information on over 35,000 different golf courses around the world
  • The watch face is not a touchscreen
  • You will not be able to connect this product with any smart device and it does not have a compatible app


This product, first and foremost, is meant for golfing. People who purchased it did not mention whether or not they used it for other activities, though some did consider using it as a regular, everyday watch. It does not have apps that will track your movement as you do other activities such as running, walking, and more, so you are mostly limited to golfing should you choose to purchase this product. You will be able to find information on over 35,000 different golf courses in several countries across the world, and you’ll be able to get accurate measurements about where you are, how far away from you the hole is, the distance you have traveled while on the course, any hazards that lie between you and the hole, and more. Overall, this is the ideal product for anyone who loves to golf.

Basic Features

This is a very basic watch that is simple to use, especially for people who might not be as tech-savvy and might not know how to use a more advanced watch. You will be able to use it as soon as you receive it in the box. It comes with an accurate GPS, and you can receive information on over 35,000 different golf courses in more than 30 countries. So, even if you’re traveling, you’ll certainly be able to find a golf course that this watch will recognize. And, it will automatically recognize the course you’re on, have up to 4 hazards per hole, and other important features. You’ll also have a stopwatch, an odometer, a pedometer, an alarm, and a USB cable. The watch features a battery life of 16 hours, so you’re sure to be able to spend a lot of time on the course with it.

Advanced Features

While the watch doesn’t necessarily have advanced features in the sense that you will be able to connect it to your smartphone, there are some features that it offers which other similar products don’t. For one, you will have the option of using it in one of five languages- English, Spanish, Italian, French, and German- so if your native language isn’t English, you don’t necessarily have to simply resort to figuring out what the watch says. Although plenty of modern devices do offer translations or some sort of settings where you can select the primary language, this isn’t necessarily a popular feature in watches that won’t connect to the Internet. It also has a lens that is scratch-resistant, and it’s waterproof, so if you happen to find yourself in rainy conditions, you won’t be in trouble.


This watch is not compatible with a wireless connection or Bluetooth, and it is as easy to use as simply turning it on. This can be a plus or a minus, depending on what it is that you are looking for in your golf watch. This also makes the watch a lot easier to use and a lot more practical for when you go out onto the golf course because you won’t have to worry about finding some sort of connection or worry about having a good connection when you’re busy playing. However, with that being said, you’ll be able to sync the watch up to the Bushnell website so you can register and update it if necessary.


Many people who purchased this product were pleased with how comfortable it is to wear. The watch features a silicone band, which also provides a lot of breathability. You’ll easily be able to wear it for hours at a time without feeling discomfort or irritation while on the golf course. Some even said that they’d consider wearing it as an everyday watch because it also offers you the option of turning off the features to preserve battery.


The watch face is 45mm, which is not too big when comparing it with those from other brands. This means that the product will look nice no matter how big or small your wrists are, and you won’t feel as though you are wearing a bulky product. The screen is not a touchscreen, which could be a problem for some people, and most of the navigation that you will have to do is through the buttons that are on the right and left sides of the watch face. While this is completely fine for some people, there are others who are a bit more tech-savvy and wish to be able to use a touch screen simply due to the fact that there isn’t as much to have to figure out with it. You will have a white background as the screen and black characters. You will be able to see what is written in both low light and bright light.

Overall, the face is easy to read and to navigate.


A lot of people were pleased with the watch band. For one, most said that it was perhaps the most comfortable out of all the ones that they had worn in the past. You will also be able to adjust the band according to a size that fits you well thanks to the holes in the band. You can also choose between different colors- white/blue, gray/yellow, and black/blue- to have something that might match with your personal taste a little bit better. Besides that, despite the fact that the band is made out of silicone, people agreed that it is highly breathable and won’t cause your skin to feel any irritation.

Battery Life

One of the main features that a lot of people appreciated about this device is that you will get a decent battery life with it. Most people noticed that they were able to play three rounds of golf without having to charge their watch, although you will get 16 hours of battery life with it, according to the company’s claims.

This is important because golf is a sport that takes quite a long time to play, so if you plan on wearing a watch that is meant to track your activity and give you updated information on what you are doing, then you will need something that will last you for the duration of your game. Luckily, that is something that you’ll be getting here with this Bushnell product. And, apparently, the watch doesn’t take too long to charge up, so if you’re participating in a tournament, you can rest assured that this product won’t fail on you at all.


Plenty of people gave this product high ratings due to the fact that it comes at an affordable price, especially in comparison to other similar products on the market. While it retails for $200, you will be able to find it for a lot less on some websites, with some offering it for as low as $130. Considering the fact that it isn’t a smartwatch, it will naturally be a bit less expensive than some of its counterparts, because smart watches are definitely in higher demand. However, most people agreed that this product doesn’t have too many negative points, so to find a watch that has such high ratings for such a low price is certainly not easy. If you’re looking for something that will fit into your budget, this is definitely an option to consider.


When you purchase the device, you will also get a charging clip along with it, which is what you will put on the watch dial’s back when you go to charge it. Most reviewers agreed that this is a decent quality accessory that you can attach and remove from the watch easily. There is also a USB jack on the cable, so you will be able to plug your watch into some kind of an adapter or to your computer if it needs to be charged.

Key Features

-The watch has recognition for over 35,000 courses in many countries across the world
-Many golfers lauded this watch as being one of the best on the market
-You will be able to use this product as soon as you take it out of the box
-You will have the option to use this product in one of five languages
-It’s lightweight and thin, which makes it very comfortable to wear
-This product has a long battery life of 16 hours, so you can wear it for several matches on the course
-The watch falls in accordance with all golfing guidelines and rules, so it can be worn during tournaments

Bottom Line

If you’re someone who loves to golf and has been on the hunt for a good GPS watch, then, according to many golfers, the Bushnell Neo Ion is one of the best products on the market. Most agree that it doesn’t have any negatives, but if you’re someone who wants a smartwatch with a touchscreen and a lot of the more modern features, then this might not be for you. Also, if you were looking for something that is compatible with a multitude of different activities, including running, cycling, and more, then this is also not it. However, if you simply want something that will help you to get all the information you need while on the golf course, including how far away the hole is, a full scope of the course, an accurate GPS measurement, hazards, an odometer, and more, then you don’t need to look any further. It falls in line with all the golfing legislation and rules, so you don’t have to worry about if you’ll be disqualified for cheating or anything if you’ll be participating in a tournament. Plus, you can set up the device so that it can be in one of five languages, which makes it easier to use for many people. You don’t have to worry about setting it up, either. There are tons of great features that this product has to offer, which makes it very clear as to why it’s one of the highest-rated of its kind on the market.