Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review: GPS sports watch with integrated music

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Company Garmin presented a wearable mid-level watch Garmin Forerunner 245 Music.

Watches are ideal for professional runners of middle and high class.

Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music have moisture protection, respectively, can be used for tracking swimming lessons. Plus there is a dynamic tracking function and pulse oximeter. Version 245 Music has additional storage for music for more than 500 songs. The size of the display is 42 mm. Autonomy – up to 7 days in normal mode, up to 24 hours with GPS on and up to 6 hours with GPS and music on.

The summer season is coming and the runners are facing a hotter environment, with the help of the Forerunner 245 Music their training will become more comfortable.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music: Specifications

Lens MaterialCorning® Gorilla® Glass 3
Bezel Materialfiber-reinforced polymer
Strap materialsilicone
Quick Release Bandsyes (20 mm, Industry standard)
Size42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 (mm)
Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm
Display size1.2-inch (30.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution240 x 240 pixels
Display typesunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight38.5 g
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Water ratingSwim, 5 ATM
Memory/History200 hours of activity data
ConnectivityBluetooth®, ANT+®, Wi-Fi®
Music Storageup to 500 songs
Smartphone compatibilityiPhone® and Android™

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music: Design

Since the box is a normal hardware carton, it is not specially introduced. The Forerunner 245 classified as a middle-end stopwatch family also has a music version of Forerunner 245 Music with a body size of 42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm, weight 38.5 g. To display information, the watch is equipped with a 1.2-inch touch screen. The bezel is made of fiber-reinforced polymer. The mirror is made of tempered glass. There is no male or female model on the exterior. This time, the main out-of-box color is white.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

This outbox is based on Forerunner 245 Music. After that, it will be worn in the black version. In addition, there are blue and light gray options. The battery life can be up to 7 days if the smart mode is enabled. The GPS and music modes can be simultaneously open up to 6 hours, simply turn on the GPS to run, not open the music for up to 22 hours, and personally think it is enough.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

In order to make the runners run better, the sun-visible transflective high-end display screen (MIP) is used. However, the music mode you care about is not bad. The built-in storage space can collect about 500 songs. The focus is on Supporting offline music playback is quite convenient, which means you don’t have to carry a mobile phone when you go out for running.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

With a waterproof rating of 5ATM, the built-in memory can record 7 timekeeping activities, 14 days of activity tracking, and the screen is not a blue diamond surface but a durable tempered glass. Forerunner 245 Music is different from other generations. The bezel does not use metal materials such as white steel. The fiber reinforced polymer material is more durable, which can also reduce the possibility of GPS misalignment and make the appearance sleeker.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

There are no touch screens, there are five physical buttons. After all, for the runners, the slippery fingers during the movement may make the operation more difficult, and the physical buttons are more practical. The right button can enter the sport mode menu. In addition to the backlight button on the left, a comprehensive option will appear for a long time, such as brightness viewing status and music control.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Garmin Elevate wrist heart rate detection technology is widely acclaimed. Forerunner 245 Music not only uses wrist heart rate technology but if you pay attention to it, you will find that the type of detector is different from previous generations. The Forerunner 245 Music of the third-generation optical heart rate sensor has no foreign body sensation, is comfortable overall, and the data collection is more accurate.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The silicone strap accommodates a wrist diameter range of 12.7-20.4 cm, which is more than enough for the author’s slightly thicker wrist. The quick release strap system “Quick release” is very convenient, allowing the user to change the direction of the left and right hands according to the usage habits.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music charging wire contacts are also four metal contacts. According to the usual practical experience, the “bite type” will be stronger than the “clip type” charging hole, and it will not appear to be unplugged, resulting in no electricity found the next day.

After reading the hardware specifications, I found that the content has a sense of evolution, and has a high-level advanced running dynamic record function. The training status key functions are even brighter, such as the touch-time balance, stride, and movement parameters. Can be used as training reference data, the plastic material of the bezel may also improve the problem of unstable positioning.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music:  Function introduction

Then look at the feelings of real wear, Forerunner 245 Music looks quite “neutral”, the main “push performance” put in place, not limited to male and female students, and “Forerunner 645 Music” size is not much different, but the appearance is not too. Just looks are not too catchy.

Forerunner 245 Music running for a total of four tests, the measured time is nearly three weeks, the initial wear is like the silicone rubber strap, the skin does not produce allergies after sweating, and the third generation heart rate detector is smoother, Very close to the bending of the wrist.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The weight is very light, I put on the Forerunner 245 Music and began to study the music playback function, such as using offline music playback, and the software that only KKBOX can choose in the past. Now Spotify officially joined, it is a bit moving, and the integrated operation is quite intuitive. Not complicated, as long as you have a personal account, you can link and download.

Can store up to 500 songs, many professional runners will not run a mobile phone, through the Bluetooth headset and watch connected to listen to music, personally feel the capacity phase ~ when ~ enough ~ use, the current pair of Bluetooth headsets can be matched The more the connection, the more stable the actual connection process is than the original one, and the situation of easy disconnection is fully improved.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

If you want to deal with the professional sports stopwatch for “Road Run” or “Training”, Forerunner 245 Music is very suitable, and the newly added “Connect IQ App” offers a variety of customized surfaces. If you are not lazy, you can Direct download, of course, want to use Face It to make your own surface is not a problem.

In addition to running, there are monitoring indicators that provide a number of physical conditions, effective assessment of training conditions to help understand whether training is insufficient or excessive, other sports modes such as indoor treadmills, yoga, aerobics, muscle training, riding Bicycles are included.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The most special feature is the “Running Security Sensing Function”, which is a built-in event detection notification function. If there is a sudden accident (such as a fall, a stall or an injury), the watch will detect the current physical condition. And you can share your location and quick notifications with your contacts, but you must first make settings from your mobile app.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Users can use the Forerunner 245 Music to track the deep sleep period, REM rapid eye movement and turn-over dynamics, using the third generation (Gen 3) optical wrist heart rate sensing to make the heart rate value more accurate, built-in “Pulse Ox blood oxygen sensing function You can also calculate the blood oxygen concentration in the body. You can view the daily sleep statistics by simply connecting to the mobile app, but using the sleep blood oxygen sensing function will reduce the battery power usage time.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Next, share some experience of running, the forerunner 245 Music road running experience is carried out four times, each time the shortest distance of 5K, up to 10K, the average pace is 5 minutes and a half average speed, with the latest running interface to share with you, It can be seen from the picture below that the recorded picture is quite “intuitive”, it is very easy to operate, and it is not far from the use mode of most stopwatches.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The “GPS” bar will appear at the top of the positioning. It will be “red” before the positioning is successful. The “Green” will be displayed when the positioning is completed. The first test may be a weather factor. After the run, the data is not returned. After that, it will gradually stabilize, but the average GPS positioning will take about five minutes.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Comprehensively providing advanced running dynamic information is a very eye-catching performance, such as a variety of indicators such as touch time balance, stride, and moving parameters. The most special thing is that you can see the map route trajectory after running, and have anaerobic training results and The total exercise time is also at a glance, and the interface is fairly readable.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Just connect the watch before you can set it from the app, use the free “Garmin Coach Adaptive Training Plan”, you can set according to your own goals and current conditions.

Back to the daily use situation, if you are unable to answer the phone by bicycle or commute, the Forerunner 245 Music can view the message from the Bluetooth pairing. The situation in the sun is clear and readable. If it is a WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook and Line, etc. Read directly, but the watch can only receive and reply to the newsletter simply, and there is no way to input it by itself or use voice to transmit the message.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The situation in the sun is clear and readable. If the information such as WhatsApp, WeChat, Facebook and Line can be read directly on the watch, it is really convenient to view the calendar and weather functions. The usual urgent E-mail message is quite complete. If you can’t find your phone in a moment, the actual usage of looking for a phone is very high.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music battery life is really good, in a lot of hardware and software adjustment and replacement to make more power-saving, the actual use of “wisdom watch mode” can be more than 7 days, but compared with high-end stopwatch or mobile payment models, there is no Garmin Pay and all-in-one card payment are really a pity, after all, it is a key feature that people like very much.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music: Conclusion

Forerunner 245 Music is classified by the brand as a professional five-button stopwatch. Although it is a “medium” or “high-end” stopwatch, it has a complete data record and exercise module function, and the price is relatively close to the people.

For the purely full-featured stopwatch, the forerunner 245 Music series is very useful. In addition, this highlight feature and “Spotify” are fully settled. After all, it is a music player with a high market share and download rate. It is absolutely very happy to be fully open.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

The complete replacement of the third-generation optical heart rate sensor is also a key highlight of the watch fans. The actual use is more energy-efficient. The training state that can be observed is not only detailed, but also the free Garmin Coach Adaptive Training Plan can be used in the Garmin Connect community. Customized training, advanced running dynamics is even more powerful for professional runners.

Aside from the professional stopwatch function, I believe that Forerunner 245 Music is not only suitable for friends who love to run, but also clearly shows that the screen elders should also like it. Although it is not a touch panel, physical buttons are not easy to touch, facing swimming and jogging.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Compared to other smartwatches, the individual feels that Forerunner 245 Music is more suitable for friends who need to exercise. The comprehensive experience and experience are fairly common. In the past, the heart rate monitoring belt must be connected to obtain accurate information. Nowadays, it is completely complete. Simplified, the body volume is also lighter, and the rich and diverse sports application mode is really sufficient.

You can still use the Running Dynamics Pod running dynamic sensor clipped on the belt to get more key data of physical status, but the positioning speed of GPS needs to be strengthened. Personally, think that it is too long for more than five minutes! The built-in event detection notification function is also a newly added function. When a sudden accident occurs, it can share the location with the contact person and should become a fixed function.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music review

Forerunner 245 Music: Price

Today smartwatches Forerunner 245cost $ 299, and the Forerunner 245 Music version can be purchased for $ 349.

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