Garmin Forerunner 945 Smartwatch Review
The Garmin Forerunner 945 is yet another impressive addition to this brand’s popular line of smartwatches. Although it’s slightly larger than its predecessors, it has the same simple design and includes all of the same features. Buyers are also treated to a number of extras that make workouts and everyday living a lot easier.
Those who run, bike, swim, and golf are offered plenty of tracking features, as are those who frequent the gym or the trails. Heart rate monitors are also present, as is a functioning GPS and full-colored mapping. Further convenience is offered with Garmin Pay, and playlists from Deezer or Spotify can be easily uploaded and stored.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 Smartwatch is in the big league of smartwatches. Our product review will cover the pros and cons, so check it out.
-Lightweight and comfortable
-Tracking and monitoring features
-Easy music play experience
-Access to quick payments
-Impressive battery life
-Very expensive price tag
-Some accuracy issues
-May require additional features
Those who partake in a wide range of sports will be glad to see that it's outfitted with special features for golfing, cycling, swimming and different forms of outdoor recreation from hiking and skiing to kayaking. Even different types of indoor workouts can be monitored and enhanced with this model. While it does come with a number of features for running, they can only be fully utilized when using the brand's running dynamics pod.
Even daily living is made more convenient with this watch thanks to its Garmin Pay app. Tracking and monitoring features are also included for heart rate, calories, steps taken, and distance traveled. And, of course, access to Deezer and Spotify allows buyers to take their music or podcasts with them wherever they go.
Aside from the fully-functioning GPS and GLONASS, other sensors are added for better planning and increased safety. These include a thermometer, compass, and a barometric altimeter for trailing, hiking, or basic traveling. And the brand's Elevate wrist heart rate monitor working in conjunction with the watch's monitoring features for easy tracking without the need for extra accessories.
Buyers who want the extra features, and convenience, have the option of purchasing the bundle pack. Along with the watch and the charging cable, they will also receive an HRM-Tri monitor, an HRM-Swim monitor, two extra sets of wrist bands, and a Quick Release kit for easy change-outs.
The Garmin Connect app is what tracks and displays the runner's statistics, tracks their routes, and connects the runner to their phone's contact list. It even provides a full-color mapping to give buyers a better idea of their routes and help them plan out their next training session.
Buyers are also grateful for this watch's safety features, which prove to be very reassuring when they partake in outdoor recreation. LiveTrack sends updates to the buyer's contact list of their current location, and Incident Detection alerts them to possible emergencies. Those with an Android smartphone also have access to Live Event Sharing.
However, a few buyers have reported that its heart rate monitors leave something to be desired. They've noticed questionable readings when looking over the tracker at the end of the day. For example, a higher heart rate will be displayed for a yoga session than for a long jog.
For the most part, buyers seem to be satisfied with how this feature works on their watches. They reported that it works consistently even after many months of use. With that said, however, there are some who have struggled with connecting it to their phones.
Garmin Pay is also offered for even greater convenience. All the buyer has to do is entire their credit card information into the watch, then select the app and hold it up to the card reader when making a purchase. Of course, they should check ahead of time to see if the business accepts this payment.
As an added bonus, buyers can sync up their playlists from Deezer or Spotify on this watch so they can take their music with them wherever they go. It can store up to 1,000 songs, which is more than enough for multiple training sessions or a full day of traveling.
While its silicone band is textured on the surface, it's completely smooth where it touches the skin. And the buckle feature allows most buyers to find their ideal fit, not too loose and not too tight. Even the watch itself is made with smooth materials that won't feel irritating when it's on the wrist.
While it might be a little bit larger than other watches in this line, it's only a difference of a few millimeters and is hardly noticeable once it's worn. And its weight on only 1.76 oz. ensures buyers that it will be very lightweight and easy to wear.
While the casing is always black, the band itself comes in two different colors depending on which set they purchase. The watch on its own comes in all black, which the watch that included in the tri-bundle is a bright blue. Buyers can also purchase another band in the colors red, yellow, orange, white, or tan from the Garmin website for only $50.
Its Corning Gorilla Glass DX lens is extremely resistant to almost all types of external damage, and it works along with the fiber-reinforced polymer bezel to keep the watch's inner workings protected. Its band is also made of silicone, which holds up much better against the elements and consistent use than leather.
One of this watch's most important features is 5 ATM water rating, which allows it to be used while swimming and during heavy rain or snow. However, while it can also function during activities such as kayaking, it may not be fit for surfing or scuba diving.
The screen measures 1.2 inches in diameter on its own and 1.8 inches in diameter with the casing. Its thickness is listed at just over half an inch, which is a bit substantial but still non-invasive. It also features the same five-button configuration found on other Forerunner models, and each one is labeled with their primary use.
This watch's display resolution is listed at 240 x 240 pixels, which might be considered low resolution on another device but works perfectly for a smartwatch this size. Buyers are also glad to know that it's sunlight visible and transflective, making it easy to read even in the bright sun.
It even comes with a QuickFit built, meaning that buyers can easily swap it out if it becomes damaged or if they simply want a different color. Although this one is available in either black or blue, buyers can also choose between yellow, red, orange, white, or tan. They are found on the Garmin website for $50 each.
Each band is listed as being 22mm, 0.87 inches, or wide for a fit that won't feel overbearing. Although its actual length isn't easy to find, the brand website states that it can fit any wrist with a circumference between 130 and 220mm, or from five to eight inches.
As for the band, its width is 22mm to ensure a secure fit that doesn't feel overbearing. Even though its length isn't easy to find online, this watch's listing on the Garmin website states that it can comfortably fit any wrist between five and eight inches around.
All in all, the entire watch weighs around 1.76 oz., making it an extremely lightweight yet durable accessory to have for workouts and throughout the day.
Ease of Use
Of course, those who are new to this technology might have some difficulty at first, particularly when it comes to the five-button configuration. Although each button is labeled, they all have multiple functions which could be hard to keep track of. Yet with time, patience, and a great deal of help from online instructional videos, most get the hang of it very quickly.
Buyers are extremely impressed by how long this watch's battery life is, as one two hour charge can provide up to two weeks of usage on smartwatch mode. Its GPS mode has two different lifespans depending on whether or not the buyer uses this watch for music. It will last up to 10 hours with music and up to 36 hours, or a day an a half, without it.
Despite this, it seems as if most buyers believe that this pricing is more than justified. Not only is it comfortable and versatile, but also brings more convenience and ease to both workouts and daily life. Multiple tracks and monitoring feature are offered for vital signs, travel, and various activities, and specialized apps are included for music-listening and easy payments.
However, only buyers who would fully utilize what this watch has to offer should consider making a purchase. Those who do not live an active lifestyle in any way would simply find it to be a giant waste of money.
-Full-color onboarding maps
-Activity tracking features
-Multiple heart rate monitors
-Garmin Connect and Garmin Coach
-Garmin Pay for easy payments
-Access to Deezer and Spotify
-Multinetwork satellite reception
-Corning Gorilla Glass DX lens
-Silicone band with QuickFit design
-2-hour battery life in smartwatch mode
-GPS mode with music lasts 10 hours
-GPS mode without music is 36 hours
Of course, this watch's incredibly expensive price tag would definitely scare people away from making a purchase. But if they're confident that they can use it properly and take advantage of its multiple features, then every dollar spent will be more than worth it.