The Garmen Forerunner 645 Music is a new smartwatch available for purchase. Starting at $449, it features onboard music storage, which is a new feature for smartwatches. Instead of having to use your phone’s storage, the Garmin Forerunner has storage capacity. Garmin designed the watch for runners in mind, however with all of its features it can be compared to the Apple Watch or other serious smartwatches. Is this the right watch for you? Let’s take a closer look.
The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music features sensors typical of fitness trackers and smartwatches. It features an accelerometer, gyroscope, thermometer, compass, heart-rate monitor, barometric altimeter, and GPS. The watch can also receive notifications from your iPhone or Android smartphone. While Android users can select which notifications to receive, iPhone users are stuck with either seeing all of their notifications, or none at all. The watch also features contactless payments using the Garmin pay app and you can download up to 500 songs to the watch. It recognizes music from different sources, including iHeartRadio. You can also use the Garmin desktop app to copy files from your computer to the watch. You can then access the music through Bluetooth headphones. This can be a neat feature if you do not carry your phone with you when you run. However, if your phone is always with you, this feature may not be a strong selling point. Garmin also sells another version of the Forerunn645 Music without the music storage for $399, so if you want to use your phone for music, this can be a better option. watch has a battery life of seven days in smartwatch mode or five hours in GPS mode.
The Forerunner 645 allows you to create different sport profiles depending on the type of activity you are doing. You can choose from running, biking, pool swim, strength, cardio or create a custom workout. These profiles also include the ability to recognize repetition in lifting and strength activities and recognize your exercise efforts. Combined with the Garmin Connect app, the watch can determine the sort of activities you’re doing. If the watch cannot recognize the exercise, the Garmin Connect app has a large library of exercises available that you can use to identify your activities. The Garmin Connect app features an in-depth review of your exercise stats. You can review daily and weekly data at a glance or tap further to see more fine-tuned stats.
In a custom setup, made through the app, you can decide what sort of workout you want. This can be particularly useful if you’re following a strict regimen or working with a trainer. You can set up the intervals for the warm-up, exercise interval, and cool-down interval as you please. If you’re running, the Forerunner 645 Music can connect via a clip to your waistband, allowing the watch to track your running cadence, stride length, ground-contact time and other running metrics. The app does not come with prefabricated workouts however. If you’re not sure what sort of workout you want to do, you will have to look passed the Garmin Connect app and come up with your own workouts to program into the app instead. If you’re starting to work out and don’t know where to start, the Garmin Connect app won’t be very helpful, unfortunately.
If you are serious about running then consider the Forerunner 645 Music. With its design, workouts, and music storage, it’s geared for the person who likes to go on long runs. If you want to leave your phone at home while you work out, check out the Forerunner 645 Music. This watch could be your best running companion.