While smartwatches may seem the rage nowadays, Garmin has kept things in-house focussing primarily on sports watches and other devices. They seem to do well with it too, dominating the market and I have loved all their products I have reviewed from the Garmin Fenix 3 to the Garmin Edge 1000.
However, in a bid to bring things inline with the market, Garmin has been launching more smart features on their watches in the past year. The Vivoactive 3 was one of the first to be released, it doesn’t have Android but continues to use Garmin’s own software. However, it does have things like Garmin Pay allowing you to make payments via NFC.
Garmin is now following this up with the Forerunner 645 which takes things a little further.
The new GPS running watch comes in 2 varieties, with or without music. The option with music allows you to download up to 500 songs to your watch, and connect with Bluetooth headphones for phone-free listening. For runners like myself, it will be great not having to lug around a bulky and expensive smartphone.
As with the Vivoactive, it Includes the Garmin Pay Ready contactless payment method which lets you make convenient payments with your watch so that you can leave your cash and cards at home.
Once paired with your smartphone you’ll be able to receive and respond to text messages and see social media updates, emails and more right on your wrist. You can even use it to find your phone. Or access music controls. And let friends LiveTrack your runs.
The new watch will be available in the first quarter of 2018, and it will set you back £349.99 without music, or £399.99 with.