Garmin has been slowly updating its smartwatches and fitness trackers in recent years, and 2019 seems to be the year of the Forerunner. Today, Garmin unveiled three new types of Forerunner smartwatches – the Forerunner 45 and 45S, the Forerunner 245 and 245 Music and the Forerunner 945 – all of which will replace one of their existing Forerunner product lines. The remaining device is the $ 449 Forerunner 645 Music, which came out about a year ago and was the first of Garmin's wearables to have music storage on board.
The new devices that make up the new lineup have a slightly new design and many new features. However, Garmin's naming system does not really help distinguish one smartwatch from another, so the devices are broken down here. The cheapest are the Forerunner 45 and 45S, each starting at $ 199. The "S" means a smaller case size, so users can choose between the 42mm Forerunner 45 and the 39mm Forerunner 45S.
Garmin says these are for beginners or beginners who are looking for a new exercise plan, the affordable price and the many features. Like most Garmin smartwatches, the Forerunner 45 and 45S can monitor activities and sleep throughout the day, send smartphone alerts to your wrist, and protect your eyes with a responsive, sunlight-friendly display. Although the Forerunner 45 watches are the cheapest, they still have a heart rate monitor and built-in GPS, so users without a smartphone can get help outdoors.
Other workout profiles are available on the watches as well as elliptical trainers and yoga, and it calculates the Garmin Body Battery Score, which shows you how to plan workouts and rest periods based on your current lifestyle. Both the Forerunner 45 and the 45S should be in smartwatch mode for a week with a single charge and up to 13 hours in GPS mode.
If you take everything with you, the Forerunner 45 watches can add Music Memory, Pulsox, and Run Dynamics Tracking to get the Forerunner 245 and 245 Music (which start at $ 299 and $ 349, respectively). This device is designed for runners who have slightly more miles under the belts, but are not yet training for triathlons. The 245 Music can record up to 500 songs from various partner platforms, including Spotify, Pandora and Deezer, as well as a user's personal tracks. The sensors in the Forerunner 245 watches measure VO2 max, aerobic and anaerobic workout effects, as well as Pulsox or how your body absorbs oxygen into your bloodstream.
It can also be connected to external sensors such as a running dynamics capsule and a heart. Evaluate chest straps to gather more run data during exercise. The Forerunner 245 watches have the same battery life of a week as the Forerunner 45 watches in smartwatch mode, but up to 24 hours in GPS mode or six hours using GPS and music at the same time.
The $ 599 Forerunner 945 can do everything the Forerunner 245 Music can do, and more. It can record up to 1,000 songs and offers even more training profiles on board, including skiing, hiking, golfing and more. The 945 will also have NFC for Garmin Pay, allowing users to pay for coffee, groceries and other things on their way home from a run without a wallet.
Garmin also added a new metric to this watch – syncing training When you load the focus, your last activity is sorted into different training categories based on the structure and intensity of these activities. In addition to colorful on-screen maps and traceable metrics that triathletes like, the Forerunner 945 should last up to two weeks in smartwatch mode, 36 hours in GPS mode or 10 hours using GPS and music. 19659007] The Forerunner family already had six devices and will continue to own six devices with this revision. However, the new smartwatches have a modern design that will appeal to fans of the Vivoactive series. You'll also better fall into the categories listed on Garmin's website: teammate, mentor, and expert. It's possible that more runners might want to try the Forerunner series now, and more users will be considering the series now, as it's better designed, with all of Garmin's latest handheld features across the board.
In addition to new devices Garmin announced a major change to the mobile app Garmin Connect – the tracking of women. Now, female users can enter menstrual cycle and symptom information into a special section of the Connect app to track their cycles. I have not got a chance yet to try out the new features, but the screenshots provided by Garmin show a cycle tracker similar to that of Fitbit and that of dedicated female health tracking apps. Garmin's technology also provides training and nutrition recommendations based on information provided by the users, and those wearing a Garmin wearable receive information on the cycling cycle and on the wrist as needed.
Fitbit recently introduced female health tracking to its mobile app for a year – while Fitbit's app has always been more user-friendly than Garmin Connect, it has become much more comprehensive for women by adding health tracking capabilities. Now that Garmin has a similar feature, female users have more options when it comes to smartwatches and fitness trackers that have companion apps where they can track all aspects of their health.
Menstrual cycle tracking will be available in the Garmin app soon via an update link. The Forerunner 45 and 45S will be available in May, while Forerunner 245, Forerunner 245 Music and Forerunner 945 will be available today on the Garmin website. Keep track of Ars for Forerunner Smartwatch over the coming weeks.
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