Garmin Forerunner 945 Smartwatch Review

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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.

Editor's Pros & Cons
Pros

-Highly durable

-Lightweight and comfortable

-Tracking and monitoring features

-Easy music play experience

-Access to quick payments

-Impressive battery life

-Extremely versatile

Cons

-Very expensive price tag

-Some accuracy issues

-May require additional features

Activities
Activities

Activities

The Forerunner 945 wouldn't be a true Forerunner if it wasn't fit for a wide range of outdoor activities. Between its multiple tracking features and high levels of durability, this watch can accompany and assist the wearer with everything from a simple walk or job to a full-blown triathlon or snowboarding session.

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.
Basic Features
Basic Features

Basic Features

All standard smartwatch features are readily available on the Forerunner 945, including all of the usual clock features such as an alarm, stopwatch, timer, and automatic daylight savings time. Daily tools, like the calendar and weather, are also present to help buyers plan out their day.

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.
Advanced Features
Advanced Features

Advanced Features

As stated before, the Forerunner 945 offers the buyer a wide range of tracking and monitoring features for multiple activities. They are primarily for running, swimming,cycling, golf, outdoor recreation, and indoor fitness. Some of these features go into specific acts such as yoga, elliptical, strength training, climbing, skiing, snowboarding, and rowing.

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.
Accuracy
Accuracy

Accuracy

The Forerunner 945 level of accuracy varies depending on which feature the buyer is using. When it comes to the GPS and GLONASS, this watch is able to correctly track and record the runner's location and routes and display them on its full-color map. This also seems to be the case with some of its other sensors and trackers, such as the step counter.

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.
Connectivity
Connectivity

Connectivity

As far as connectivity goes, the Forerunner 945 is compatible with Bluetooth, ANT+, and WiFi. This powers the tracking and monitoring features, primarily the GPS, and allows the buyer to receive notifications for calls, texts, or social media when they are away from their phones. As will all the others, it works in conjunction with iPhone or Android smartphones and is incredibly easy to connect to a mobile device.

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.
Apps
Apps

Apps

When buyers purchase the Forerunner 945, they're given access to a wide range of apps that enhance both workouts and day-to-day living. The most notable one is Garmin Connect, which allows the buyer to check their, stats, overall progress, and connect to their contact during workouts. There is also Garmin Coach, which provides access to personalized training routines based on the buyer's goals and performance.

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.
Comfort
Comfort

Comfort

Aside from being durable and functional, an athletic watch also has to provide comfortable wear. And just like all of its predecessors, the Forerunner 945 achieves this thanks to its chosen materials and careful engineering.

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.
Style
Style

Style

The Forerunner 945 has the same general design as all other watches within this same line, although its dimensions are larger by just a couple of millimeters. It's face and casing still have the same smooth and sleek design, and it features a silicone in the exact same style as what's found on all of its predecessors. Even the five-button configuration is exactly the same as before, from the placement to all the designated functions.

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.
Durability
Durability

Durability

Since it's meant to be used during many rugged activities in a wide range of harsh environments, from dusty and muddy trails to snowy hills and saltwater, the Forerunner 945 has to be incredibly durable. Based on reviews alone, it's fairly safe to say that this watch achieves that perfectly.

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.
Face
Face

Face

The Forerunner 945's lens is made from Corning's Gorilla Glass DX for enhanced levels of durability, allowing it to resist chips, cracks, and shattering. A fiber-reinforced polymer bezel is used to hold in in place, and both materials work with each other to keep the watch's inner workings completely protected.

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.
Band
Band

Band

Just like all other watches in this same line, the Forerunner 945 utilizes a silicone band for added durability and comfort. It features the standard sleek design for Garmin models, which prevents it from digging into the skin, and its buckle allows for easy fastening and adjustments.

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.
Size
Size

Size

The Forerunner 945 fits within the standard size range for a wristwatch, which is very impressive considering just how much is packed into it. Its screen is 1.2 inches in diameter, and the watch's dimensions are listed as 47 x 47 x 13.7 mm. While this seems thick to some, it actually feels very light and non-intrusive once it's worn.

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
Ease of Use

Ease of Use

Buyers who are used to smartwatches, especially those that are in this same line, would find the Forerunner 945 to be relatively simple to use. It's very easy to charge, with help from a USB cable, and the watch itself guides the buyer through set-up as they enter all of their basic information, from age and weight to their preferred system of measurement.

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.
Power Source
Power Source

Power Source

Just like all of the smartwatches, the Forerunner 945 comes with its own charging cable to keep it powered up throughout the day. It attaches to the back of the watch face and can easily be plugged into the buyer's laptop or a wall plug. It can also be used with a portable charger whenever the buyer is on the go.

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.
Price
Price

Price

After reading over so many online reviews, it appears that the Forerunner 945's only major downside is its extremely expensive price tag. On the Garmin website and other online retailers such as REI and Moosejaw, it's set at a whopping $600. And this is only for the watch itself, as the bundle pack can run as high as $750 on major websites.

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.
Key Features
Key Features

Key Features

-5 ATM water rating
-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
Bottom Line
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

Considering the long-running success of this line, it's no real surprise to buyers that Garmin's Forerunner 945 smartwatch is so widely praised. With its comfortable wear, simple design, and a long list of tracking and monitoring features, it's the perfect accessory for those who live an incredibly active lifestyle and need the added convenience.

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.