02 May 2019
The Garmin Forerunner lineup of smartwatches has received an upgrade in the form of five new smartwatches. These include the Forerunner 45, Forerunner 45S, Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music, and Forerunner 945. These share a number of features and specs but also come with unique offerings as each of them targets a specific type of audience.
Starting with similarities, Garmin has made use of lightweight materials so that these smartwatches can be worn for a longer period of time without any discomfort. Each smartwatch comes with five physical buttons to ensure that they can be used in any weather conditions and with/without gloves. There is "sunlight-readable" always-on display which is a boon, especially for those who like to go on a run or do most of their workout outside.
Other noteworthy common features include in-built GPS, Garmin Coach compatibility, heart-rate monitoring, and menstrual cycle tracking along with various relevant insights. Now, let's have a look at what makes each of these smartwatches different from each other.
The Garmin Forerunner 45 series of smartwatches are aimed at first-time runners and users. These are affordable entry-level watches for those who want to track their physical activities but don't want anything fancier or more advanced. These are capable of tracking pace, distance, and location via in-built GPS. It also has a native heart rate monitor to help users know their heart rate in the real-time. It is capable of doing all the common tasks like step counter, calories burned, and fitness goal tracking.
The Forerunner 45S is exactly the same as the Forerunner 45 except that it has a smaller 39-millimeter case. The standard smartwatch features a 45-millimeter case. Both watches are claimed to last for up to 7 days on smartwatch mode and up to 13 hours on the GPS mode. These are priced at $199.99 with sales starting this month itself.
The Garmin Forerunner 245 is the smartwatch for those who want some of the advanced features. It boasts features like VO2 Max monitoring and a wrist-based Pulse Ox sensor. The latter will help users know efficiently their body is using Oxygen. The watch is capable of showing training status with adjustments for heat, recovery time, and aerobic and anaerobic training effects.
On another hand, the Forerunner 245 Music brings everything that the standard edition has to offer but also adds music support. It features storage for saving up to 500 songs. The songs can be transferred either via PC (local collection) or downloading playlists from Spotify and Deezer. The watch also has WiFi connectivity support for the same reason.
Garmin says the watches can last up to 7 days on smartwatch mode, up to 24 hours on GPS mode, and up to 6 hours on GPS mode with music. The Forerunner 245 and Forerunner 245 Music have been priced at $299.99 and $349.99 respectively with sales already live.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is the most premium smartwatch in the lineup and is primarily aimed at professionals. It is essentially an upgraded Forerunner 245 Music with a few extra additions. It supports VO2 max, Pulse Ox sensor, training status, and all those vital and detailed insights. It also has music playback support but the storage capacity has been increased to store up to 1,000 songs.
It has Garmin Pay support for on-the-go payments via the smartwatch itself. The battery life has also been increased as it is claimed to last for up to two weeks on smartwatch mode, up to 36 hours on GPS mode, and up to 10 hours on GPS with music mode.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 has been priced at $599.99 for the smartwatch itself. It also has a combo package with Blue and Black bands, an HRM-Tri and HRM-Swim monitor, and a quick release kit that will cost $749.99. It is currently available for purchase.