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Garmin Forerunner 245 Running Watch - Slate
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|Human Interface Input||Touchscreen|
|Screen Size||1.2 Inches|
|Band Width||20 Millimeters|
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- Is Discontinued By Manufacturer : No
- Product Dimensions : 1.65 x 1.65 x 0.47 inches; 1.36 Ounces
- Item model number : 010-02120-10
- Batteries : 1 Lithium ion batteries required. (included)
- Date First Available : October 24, 2020
- Manufacturer : GARMIN
- ASIN : B07RCJV4PT
- Customer Reviews:
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o Der 245 ist kleiner als ältere Sportuhren, trägt sich angenehm und kann auch im Büro getragen werden
o Die Akkulaufzeit ist bei mir durchweg gut. Ich nutze keine Messages und auch nicht die SPOx-Funktionen. Da hält er gut 7 Tage durch
o Lädt schnell wieder auf und das Kabel zum Einstecken ist um Welten besser als die alten Klemmen
o Normales Tracking der Schritte und des Schlafes funktioniert gut und ist genau. Auch der Puös wird gut gemessen.
o Beim Laufen hat man ausser den normalen Werten wie Zeit, Distanz, Pace und Kadenz noch jede Menge Möglichkeiten
o VO2max-Werte scheinen mir im Einklang mit anderen Uhren. Es hilft, dass der Puls bei Laufeinheiten ziemlich gut gemessen wird.
o Werte wie Body Battery stimmen in etwa mit meiner eigenen Einschätzung überein.
Nicht so toll aber:
o GPS-Empfang. In der Stadt dauert es zu lang. Meine alten Garmins waren nicht nur schneller im Fix, sondern man kann dort auch sehen, dass sich etwas tut. Der 245 zeigt einen roten Progress bar, bei dem kaum irgendeine Bewegung auszumachen ist. Nach einer Weile denkt man, da passiert absolut nichts. Dann ist der Empfang plötzlich da. Im Vergleich: FR 235 im Durchschnitt 6 Sekunden bis zum Fix, FR245 zwischen 15 und 20. Für ein Gerät, dass fast 3 Jahre neuer ist, ist das schwach.
o Intensity minutes: eigentlich ein toller Wert, der z.B. aktive Minuten zeigt (Fahrrad zur Arbeit), nur funktioniert er absolut sporadisch. In einer Woche mal ganz normal (2xTag je 20 Minuten Fahrrad= 40 Intensivminuten), dann mal ab Mittwoch, dann mal gar nicht. Und das hatte ich auch schon vor 2 Jahren mit dem Vivoactive3. Fail.
o MoveIQ. Ebenfalls eine tolle Funktion, die Sporteinheiten und Zeiten höherer Aktivität erkennt und automatisch einen simplen Workout ohne Puswerte und Entfernungen anlegt. Sehr praktisch, wenn man sich aktiv bewegt. Das ist kein Hochleistungssport, ist aber für die Fitness sehr gut und damit wichtig. Auf der Fahrradfahrt zur Arbeit funktioniert es allerdings nicht zuverlässig. In vielleicht 6 von 10 Malen erkennt der FR die Fahrt als MoveIQ-Event. Fitbit ist dabei viel zuverlässiger (10/10).
Alles in Allem bin ich immer noch auf der Suche nach einer Uhr, die Fitnesseinheiten im Alltag gut und richtig erkennt und anzeigt, trotzdem aber auch als einigermaßen exakte Laufuhr genutzt werden kann. Der FR245 tut das nicht.
I moved from Fitbit to Garmin after a number of years of frustrating Fitbit ownership. Their software and hardware is so buggy. I had the app on both Android and iOS and it was awful. Not to mention devices that wouldn’t connect, GPS totally inaccurate, and numerous product replacements due to them dying and strap failures. In contrast my Garmin software has been completely stable and the device is built like a tank. Literally I have repaired the car whilst wearing my Forerunner 245 (covered it in oil and grease plus bashed about) with not a mark on it! Obviously I washed it down afterwards but it still looked like I had taken it out the box on day one. My Fitbit would have been scratched to pieces had I done the same, I once tapped it against a wooden door frame and it scratched the screen.
So my 245 I use mainly for running and as a heart rate device while cycling. I say as a heart rate device because I put it into heart rate broadcast mode while cycling and it pairs with my Garmin Edge 830 bike GPS device (the Edge does the tracking/activity recording). The pairing works without fault every time and the battery lasts well too. I believe it is ANT+ in this mode so may well connect with other devices as a HR receiver.
Modes on the 245 are: Run, walk, trail run, bike, breath work, pool swim, cardio, bike indoor, walk indoor, treadmill, row indoor, other, virtual run, track run, indoor track, strength, yoga, pilates, elliptical & stair stepper. You can also make your own activity if it is not one listed by default.
The 245 does not have Garmin pay but don’t let that worry you as it is useless in the UK (just like Fitbit pay) with only Santander supporting it. If you really must pay by watch then Apple and Android watches are better for payments.
iPhone notifications work brilliantly albeit with iPhone you can’t reply to messages. This is Apples restriction and not Garmin. You can however answer and end calls from the watch. I believe if paired to Android then you get pre defined text responses too. You can see all of a text message on the watch as well as clear the notification from your phone. My diary also syncs nicely to my watch with calendar and system notifications working just as well as texts, and stuff from all other phone apps. You can configure what notifications you receive and also put the watch into ‘do not disturb’ mode.
As for health tracking it does loads of stuff: pulse oxygen, heart rate, stress, respiration, body battery, active minutes, sleep and more. They all seem to be pretty accurate with loads of metrics to play around with on the Connect phone app.
The battery in the 245 comfortably lasts a week and that is with usually 3 x 5K runs, 1 x 10K run and a four hour bike ride in HR broadcast mode. Compare that to the Apple Watch that barely lasts a day! I never suffer battery anxiety and can easily go away for a few days minus the charging lead.
GPS is fantastic and really accurate considering this is a watch. I have also used the Komoot app with it and the arrow direction guidance was very accurate meaning that I did not get lost at all on my run. You can also use the device to save your parking location and navigate back with an arrow. On the subject of finding things if you lose your phone you can make it play a sound at full volume. If your phone is on silent the 245 will show Bluetooth signal strength to guide you to where your phone is hiding. You can also do it in reverse from your phone if you have lost your 245.
For offline music storage you need the 245M. The 245 will control playback from your phone only. It works very well with the following features: play/pause, skip forward/back, volume up/down, track title.
Other features are available in the Garmin Connect App Store such as Starbucks card, watch faces, compass, data fields etc. There are loads of extra apps, widgets, watch faces and data fields.
If you need a Garmin with on screen maps then you will need a Fenix device. If your primary focus is golf you need a Approach device. If you are a swimmer a Swim or Descent model. If you are a cyclist and runner like me then the Forerunner range is excellent.
Don’t let the lack of touch screen put you off. It is so easy to use and I don’t miss a touch device at all. There are no accidental screen activations while exercising with this thing (especially in water), but if having a touch screen is important to you then you might like the Venu or Vevoactive range. The screen is backlit (configurable to work when raised, during darkness etc.) and the screen is very clear in full sun. It might not be as pixel perfect as an AMOLED screen but it is very clear, very battery friendly and always on.
I could go on about the many features of this watch. I suppose it is important to add that the straps are watch industry standard so any of the correct width will fit (not stuck with Garmin only), it is waterproof to 5ATM, charges with a short proprietary to USB-A cable, and the Garmin standard UK warranty is 2 years from date of purchase.
In summary I highly recommend Garmin products especially this Forerunner 245. All the Garmin stuff I have works a treat, is way more stable/accurate than Fitbit, and the battery life blows Apple Watch out of the water.
I have also used it for hikes and bike rides, both of which it has recorded accurately. The heart rate monitor matches that of the Vivoactive 3 and seems to be very accurate. I have checked my heart rate manually a few times and it has agreed perfectly with my calculations, so I am happy that it is accurate. The information after a ride or walk has been very accurate including the GPS map which was accurate enough even to show which side of the road I was walking on.
Looks-wise, I don't think it is as nice as the Vivoactive 3 and I suspect the bezel will scratch fairly easily as it is plastic. I have a screen protector and a case on mine to protect it. My Vivoactive 3 just had a screen protector and survived well despite heavy use. I hope this will be as good.
The battery life seems to be good, though I haven't noticed a big difference from the Vivoactive 3. I like the additional function of the body battery, which appears to be pretty accurate.
One thing that did surprise me though, was the need to plug it into a laptop when I received it, to get the latest software update. I couldn't do this from my phone or Chrome book. I was also surprised that it had not come installed with a more up-to-date software version. However, once I realised what I needed to do, it was easy enough to follow the on-screen instructions and update it to version 5 rather than the version 2-point-something it had come with. Once that was done, I installed a few watch faces and chose one that I like.
The face is clear, even in low sunlight and without the backlit option. The strap is comfortable and fits without adjustment due to the number of holes running all the way around. There is plenty of adjustment so I cannot imagine that there are many people it would not fit.
All in all, it is a nice upgrade from the Vivoactive 3 which I have been very happy with. The added functions are great and I am pleased with it. At the price, I think it offers a good range of functions and is accurate.
Reviewed in Italy on November 8, 2020
I chose the non music model over the music version as I use amazon music streaming service and I was told by Garmin the watch only supports Deezer or Spotify.
The watch was lighter then expected, which is good.
Menu and terminology of apps, widgets, data screens can be a little confusing at first, but after a few days you get the hang of it.
After have my watch a little over a week, my battery is currently on 25% and have been on two 5k runs, four 4K rides and have been wearing it constantly.
The watch provides vast amounts of data that has kept me busy following and comparing.
On two occasions the connection between watch and phone has been lost and was unable to sync, but after restarting the Garmin connect app, the connection was restored. So this seems to suggest a bug with the current app and not the watch.