Garmin Forerunner 645 GPS Watch Reviewed
Smartwatches were created to enhance both workouts and everyday life, and the Garmin Forerunner 645 does exactly that. Part of a long line of advanced watches, this particular model has the same simple design yet comes complete with several new features.
Buyers are given the same five-button configuration, silicone band, and Gorilla Glass 3 lens that’s transflective in harsh sunlight. Buyers also have access to Garmin Connect for complete control of its features, LiveTrack for added safety, and multiple tracking features for various types of workouts. Various heart rate features are also included, all of which are wrist-based and can be displayed at the end of the day.
But the most stand-out feature that this particular watch has is Garmin Pay, which is set up with the Garmin Connect app. There’s no need to worry about keeping cash or credit cards, as it can easily be used while on the go to make in-store purchases faster and more hassle-free.
-Lightweight and comfortable
-Perfect for an active lifestyle
-Highly durable materials
-Impressive battery life
-Tracks workouts and vitals
-Enables convenient payments
-Bluetooth, ANT+, and wifi connectivity
-Expensive price tag
-Occasional connectivity issues
Those who frequently run, cycle, hike, or swim are offered multiple tracking features that record time, distance, and overall progress. Even basic gym workouts are enhanced thanks to its activity profiles for cardio and elliptical, strength, floor climbing, stair-stepping, indoor rowing, and yoga. Furthermore, its safety features enable outdoor recreation enthusiasts to go about their activities at ease.
Even simple everyday tasks are made better with this particular watch. Sleep monitoring is available for those who need to keep track of their patterns. And, most significantly, easy payments can be made while on the go thanks to Garmin Pay.
In addition, buyers also have access to a thermometer and a compass as well as sunrise and sunset times. All three are able to aid runners and fitness enthusiasts, especially if they prefer different forms of outdoor workouts.
Speaking of, the Garmin Connect app is considered to be this watch’s main center for most of its advanced features. Not only does it enable various tracking and monitoring features for the buyer’s workout of choice, but it also provides smart notifications and allows the buyer to stay connected with their contact list while out on a run. This also plays a critical role in the watch’s LiveTrack feature, which lets Contacts know of the runner’s current route and location.
There’s no doubt that this watch’s standout feature is Garmin Pay, which is set up by using the Garmin Connect app. Once the buyer’s credit card information and specialized passcode are programmed, they can easily access the app and hold the watch in from of the card reader whenever they are making an in-store purchase. It should be noted that this payment method is not accepted in all countries, so be sure to double check before using this feature.
However, some have noticed a few inconsistencies when it comes to this watch’s heart rate features. When checking their records at the end of the day, a few online reviewers have pointed out that their heart rate was shown to be noticeably faster during more low energy activities.
Furthermore, those who purchase the Music version of this watch can play any music that’s stored onto the buyer’s smartphone. While there is a small handful of reviews that claim it’s connectivity stops working, these complaints seem to have more to do with the store that the buyer purchased from rather than the actual product.
Buyers also have access to the Garmin Connect IQ app, which allows them to better customize their device to mean their own individual needs or wants. These include Spotify playlists or keeping track of an incoming Uber ride. They can even choose from multiple watch faces and pick one that best fits their interests or style.
The silicone that forms its band gives a smooth feeling that will never dig in or rub against the bone uncomfortably. Its face and casing aren’t so substantial that they feel cumbersome, and the back of this watch is designed in such a way that it won’t rub or press against the skin and cause irritations.
It's color range depends entirely on which version the buyer chooses. The standard version is only available in black or sandstone, while the one that enables music is available in cerise or black with stainless steel, slate, or rose gold hardware. It should be pointed out, however, that the latter version does cost $50 extra.
Although the silicone band may still run the risk of wearing down or tearing overtime, buyers can easily find $30 replacement bands on the Garmin website. And its Quick Release design makes switching this feature out a breeze.
Buyers are especially happy to know that this watch is water resistant, as its listing states that it has a water rating of 5 ATM. However, this does mean that it comes with some limitations. As stated before, while it can definitely resist everything from light splashed and showering to swimming and diving, it’s not meant to be used during scuba diving or high-speed water sports.
Oddly enough, there are no listings that detail which material this watch’s casing is made out of. Based off of product photos alone, it looks to be constructed from either resin or a highly durable form of plastic. Either way, it’s clear that Garmin designed the entire unit to be resistant to scratches and accidental drops.
Its display resolution is listed at 240 x 240 pixels, meaning that it’s low resolution yet still quite advanced for a smartwatch. It’s also sunlight visible and transflective, meaning that buyers won’t have to worry about glare when reading the screen in bright and sunny conditions.
While it is durable enough to withstand everyday use and rugged environments, replacement bands are readily available on the Garmin website for only $30. Buyers could even select one made of leather, suede, or Italian leather if they do not use this watch for swimming. Furthermore, this band features a Quick Release design that allows it to be easily removed by releasing a small steel bar at the top and pulling it back.
Although a number of buyers prefer a watch with a metal or resin band, those options don't seem to be available anywhere for this particular model.
Furthermore, its silicone band measures in at 20mm, or just under 0.8 inches, wide. This makes for a comfortable fit that’s secure without being overwhelming. Its Garmin listing also states that it can comfortably fit any wrist that’s between five and eight inches around.
Ease of Use
However, those who are new to this particular setup may have some difficulty when it comes to setting up and learning how to properly use it. Although after a short amount of time, and with some help from a video tutorial on the Garmin website listing, most buyers seem to get the hang of it.
Furthermore, according to its listing on the Garmin website, this watch’s battery life is said to be particularly impressive. It can easily last up to seven days in regular smartwatch mode and up to 14 hours when set in GPS mode. While it’s not clear how long its charging time is, one reviewer did state that it was surprisingly fast.
Despite its extreme price tag, it’s still easy to see why so many would consider this watch to be worth it. It provides high levels of durability and comfort, plenty of tracking features to enhance workouts, and a brand new app that enables quick and easy payments. And its added safety features make it even more appealing to potential buyers.
It should be noted, however, that not everyone will be able to fully utilize all of this watch’s features and get their money’s worth. Therefore, only those who live a consistently active lifestyle should truly consider buying this watch.
-LiveTrack for Safety
-Advanced Running Dynamics
-Wrist-Based Heart Rate
-240 x 240 Pixels
-Water Rating of 5 ATM
-Corning Gorilla Glass 3 Lens
-Silicone Wrist Band
-7-Day Battery Life in Smartwatch Mode
-14-Hour Battery Life in GPS Mode
Buyers are especially happy with this watch's Garmin Pay feature, which allows them to make quick and easy payments whenever they're out. Various heart rate features are also included, and the brand's LiveTrack allows them to feel safe and at ease when running through rugged conditions.
Although a few issues have been brought up, such as inconsistencies in connectivity and accuracy, they don't seem to be very widespread. As a result, those who are willing to spend the money with definitely be given an incredible tool that will enhance their daily lives greatly.