The dust has settled on all the Black Friday and Cyber Monday shopping and it’s time to welcome the new wearables. Specifically the new Garmin Forerunner 645 Music, the apparent successor to the Forerunner 630.
Traditionally, the Garmin Forerunner 600 series has been running- focused with the more recent models sporting touch enabled coloured screens. The Forerunner 645 Music carries on the runner focused tradition but heaps on music playing capability and Garmin Pay.
Garmin Forerunner 645 Music features:
- All day activity tracking
- GPS/GLONASS enabled with Bluetooth, ANT+, WiFi
- Barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer
- Sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) Chroma display
- Physical size: 42.5 x 42.5 x 13.5 mm, 42.5g
- Stores up to 800 songs and connect with Bluetooth® headphones (sold separately) for phone-free listening
- Syncs music from select streaming services for offline listening
- Garmin Pay enabled
- Advanced running dynamics with compatible HR strap or Running Dynamics Pod
- Wrist based HR measurements
- Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; 5 hours in GPS mode with music
- Tracks pool swim distance, pace, stroke count and more
- Monitors training status , anaerobic training effect , and training load
- Connect IQ compatible
- Receive and even respond to text messages when connected to compatible smart phones (android only)
- Water resistant to 5 ATM
Bluetooth compatibility has now ventured beyond peripheral fitness devices to include earphones. The leaked press announcement did mention a 50% discount for a pair of Method Wireless earbuds by Skullcandy when purchased with the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music.
The specs list doesn’t read too impressive given a manageable battery life of only 5 hours with GPS and music. (Didn’t state whether it’s every second recording or if wrist HR measurements are turned on)
Garmin has a concise chart comparing the Forerunner 735XT, the Forerunner 935 and the Forerunner 645 Music. Put bluntly, if you don’t care about music, prefer more features and the occasional golf or multi-sport venture, go for the Forerunner 935. If music and Garmin Pay are high on your consideration lists and you mainly run and nothing more, then the 645 Music would seem a suitable fit.
The price tag is a whopping $449.99, just $50 shy of the impeccable Forerunner 935. I’m just glad I wasn’t lured by the weekend deals and held back for what’s to come; almost did a Suunto Spartan Wrist HR Copper. Now that we’ve gotten a good glimpse (full view actually) of the 645 Music, let’s see what the Forerunner 245 brings up.