Garmin just launched two new fitness-oriented smartwatches, both targeted at very distinct audiences – the explorers who need heavy specs and casual fitness enthusiasts who need only the basic tracking features.
The Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE is the heavy spec option, with connectivity at the forefront and a price tag to match – $649.
The GPS watch is connected with Garmin’s emergency response coordination center and can keep your friends and family updated on your location when you venture out into the wilderness.
It has a pulse oximeter for blood oxygen levels, comes with all the regular biometric readers, and also lets you store music from Spotify, Apple Music and Deezer to play offline.
With GPS enabled, the Garmin Forerunner 945 LTE goes for 7 hours if you also keep music and LiveTrack running. Without those, it has a 2 weeks battery life.
The other watch launched, the Garmin Forerunner 55, comes to mark Global Running Day and is as simple as it gets, satisfying runners’ needs and not much more.
“Featuring a wide array of health and wellness features from Garmin Firstbeat Analytics, the Forerunner 55 is intended to be worn 24/7. Athletes can track their stress and set relaxation reminders to do short breathing exercises, use the Body Battery™ energy monitor to track energy levels to find the best times for activity and rest, and gain insights into when and how intensity minutes are earned throughout the day. Additionally, women can track their menstrual cycle or pregnancy and log symptoms, receive exercise and nutrition education and more through the Garmin Connect app,” says the company.
It also has its own GPS, so you can leave your phone at home, plus the regular activity and heart rate monitoring.
You’ll have to keep your phone close by though to receive notifications or send alerts.
Since it’s a basic smartwatch, the Garmin Forerunner 55 is also a lot cheaper, coming in at $199.