The Garmin Forerunner 630 is a unique addition to this popular line of smartwatches. It does not include several of the tracking features that one would find in its predecessors, including those for swimming, outdoor recreation, or various forms of indoor workouts. And while it is able to track and monitor the buyer's heart rate, the buyer will have to purchase this device separately or get the bundle package for an extra cost.
However, unlike earlier versions, this watch is able to be utilized with a touchscreen. Not only does this make for easier set-up, but it also proves to be a great option for those who are still getting used to smartwatches. It also includes advanced running dynamics, tracking features for cycling and daily activities, and customizable workouts via Garmin Connect.
-Lightweight and comfortable wear
-Highly durable materials
-Great levels of accuracy
-Long-lasting battery life
-Bluetooth and WiFi compatible
-Simpler and easier to use
-Expensive price tag
-Some connectivity issues
-Not made for cold temperatures
-Fewer features than previous models
Even during downtime, buyers can still keep track of how many steps they've taken or how many calories they've burned throughout the day. It even comes with features that allow buyers to keep track of their sleeping patterns.
Furthermore, its water rating of 5 ATM allows this watch to be used while swimming, diving, or even jogs through heavy rain. However, it's not intended to be used while scuba diving or during high-intensity water sports. In addition, unlike other watches within this line, it comes with no designated tracking features for swimmers.
It includes all of the features that one would expect from their modern watch, including a stopwatch, timer, and automatic daylight savings time. Calendar and weather features are also included for better day-to-day planning, and the watch's GPS and compass allow runners to have a clearer direction of their running and cycling routes.
Unfortunately, unlike its predecessors, it does not come readily equipped with heart rate tracking features. Buyers who are looking for this can either purchase the brand's HRM-Run separately or get the bundle option for an extra $50. With this, runners are able to track their heart rate throughout the day and get access to other important factors such as recovery time and stress levels.
As usual, this watch can be further set up and utilized by using the Garmin Connect app. Not only is this how buyers receive access to tracking and monitoring, but it also gives them free and customizable training plans and allows them to connect with other users. Added safety and peace of mind is also offered via the LiveTrack app, which lets the buyers contacts know of their workout route as it's playing out in real-time.
While most buyers seem to be satisfied with how it functions, a few have claimed that its overall connectivity doesn't always function properly. They've claimed that has some syncing issues when connecting to their laptop, and that its touchscreen responsiveness is inconsistent. It's unclear if this has anything to do with how they're tapping it or some sort of manufacturing error.
Buyers also have access to the Garmin Connect IQ Store, which enables them to find and download additional apps that they could use throughout the day. It also provides different watch faces to the buyer can further customize their own watch. They can even use a picture from their smartphone's photo library if they download the Face It app.
With that said, there are a few buyers who have claimed that it digs into their skin and leave them with irritation as they wear it. Although this may have more to do with their individual wrist shape or how tight they have fastened the band than the actual watch itself.
Instead of the usual five-button configuration, this watch only has four buttons in total along with its touchscreen compatibility. It's also only available in either black or midnight blue, and both options include white along with the inner band.
As stated before, this watch's water rating is listed at 5 ATM. This means that it can be worn while swimming, diving, snorkeling, or even during a shower or heavy rain. However, it's not meant to withstand activities such as scuba diving or high-speed water sports.
However, there are some reviews which indicate that this watch's inner workings aren't always as durable. The occasional connectivity issues that it starts to have over time can be attributed to either a manufacturing error or simply not enough attention paid to making this watch properly function for longer.
This watch's display resolution is 215 x 180 pixels, which is noticeably lower than many other smartwatches that are on the market. Despite this, most buyers seem to be very impressed with its touchscreen features. Not only does this make the watch stand out amongst other in the same line, but it also allows easier overall usage.
It should also be mentioned that the wrist band can be replaced if need be. Compatible bands can be bought on the Garmin website or even on Amazon for around $30, and they even come complete with the tools needed to remove and attach them.
In addition, its weight is listed as being at 1.6 ounces. While this may be just slightly more than other models within this line, its still matches it's simple and lightweight design. It also adds greatly to this watch's incredibly versatile wear.
The only obvious downside is that the touchscreen feature may not work for certain finger sizes. Those who have thick fingers or prefer to wear long nails may find this watch more difficult to operate.
Buyers are especially impressed with how long this watch's battery life is. According to multiple listings and reviews, it can last as long as four weeks while on Smartwatch Mode. As for its GPS Mode, this model can last as long as 16 hours. So it's quite safe to say that, depending on how they use it, runners can go for up to a month without having to worry about making sure it's charged up.
A number of buyers can easily justify this smartwatch's expense cost by looking at its overall build and versatile usage. Not only is it highly durable, able to resist scratches and water damage, but it can also be worn during daily activities and high-intensity outdoor workouts. And the fact that it allows buyers to customize their runs and training sessions makes it even more worth the price.
However, it should be pointed out that it does not come with several of the features that are already included on its predecessors. These include tracking features swimming as well as the heart-rate monitors. And since some of the earlier versions were priced at $300, many question whether it would be worth it to pay more for less.
-Advanced running dynamics
-Garmin Connect IQ
-Water Rating of 5 ATM
-Silicone wrist band
-Chemically-strengthened glass lens
-4-week battery life in Smartwatch Mode
-16-hour battery life in GPS mode
-Heart-rate monitor sold in bundle
However, it still includes quite a few noticeable drawbacks. Not only does it cost more than several of its predecessors, but it also offers them less than before. There are no swimming features, only two features available for outdoor recreation, and the heart rate monitor has to be purchased separately.
In conclusion, this watch is definitely meant for those who are more active yet don't want too many additional features. As long as they know how to fully utilize it, they can easily get their money's worth for a long time.