Made for fitness enthusiasts who like to listen to their favourite tunes while running, the Forerunner 245 Music is the successor to 2015’s Forerunner 235 and is priced at ₹34,990.
Though it costs as much as any premium smartwatch, it is far from one and skips many of the features that users expect from them. But then Garmin’s Forerunner watches have always catered to users who are more concerned about keeping track of fitness rather than getting news updates, etc.
The watch has been designed for comfort. It retains a large circular display yet feels light. The bands are flexible, bendable and very comfortable on the wrist. It is also water resistant up to 50 metres.
Navigating the watch with the five physical buttons feels like a step back from touchscreens. However, Garmin has added text on the edge of the screen, depicting what each button do es.
The display is coloured but without many apps, it largely looks plain and bland.
The Forerunner’s key highlight is the motley of running and tracking features, allowing users to track their run, treadmill workout, cardio, yoga, biking, swimming. It can measure running metrics like stride length, cadence and ground contact time providing users the insights they won’t get on other watches.
The icing on the cake is the music playback support that allows users to connect music streaming apps like Spotify or Amazon Music, save songs on the device and then play them from the watch via Bluetooth.
The smartwatch also tracks heart rate actively. Its assistance alert feature lets users send out text messages for help to the emergency contact from the watch.
At the given price point, the Garmin watch feels a bit pricey considering that one can get a fancy smartwatch from Apple or Huawei at the same price. But, it has a lot going for runners and athletes.