Garmin Forerunner 245 Music

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You do the running. Forerunner 245 Music does the thinking. This GPS smartwatch doesn’t just tell you where you ran. It tracks your stats, crunches the numbers and gets to know all about your performance, your running form, your training history and even your goals. All you need to focus on is putting one foot in front of the other.

GPS Running Smartwatch with Advanced Training Features

  • Sync with music streaming services, such as Spotify®, to easily store and play your favorite songs right from your watch
  • Evaluates your current training status to indicate if you’re undertraining or overdoing it; offers additional performance monitoring features
  • Get free adaptive training plans from Garmin Coach, or create your own custom workouts on our Garmin Connect™ online fitness community
  • Provides advanced running dynamics², including ground contact time balance, stride length, vertical ratio and more
  • Safety and tracking features³, such as built-in incident detection, make it easy to share your location
  • Battery life: up to 7 days in smartwatch mode; up to 6 hours in GPS mode with music

Let the Music Play

If you can’t run without the perfect playlist, you won’t be able to run without Forerunner 245 Music. Sync your carefully crafted playlists from select music streaming services¹ — such as Deezer and Spotify — to your watch for ad-free listening. You can even store up to 500 songs right on your watch. It’s easy to transfer music from your computer and then queue up your favorite playlist for easy listening through headphones enabled with Bluetooth technology.

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    Rated 5 out of 5
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    Two weeks in with Garmin 245 Music

    I moved up from the Garmin 235 when the 245 Music came in and so far so good. Basically, the watch just works (if you're used to using a Garmin).

    A lot has been made about all the extra stats and whatnot now available on the 245 and yeah, they're all there, and yeah, I ignore them. 90% of my runs are based on heart rate, that's what I really need to know, and the monitor works (and seems to work well). It would have been nice if the screen configurations from my 235 ported over to the 245, so I wouldn't have had to reconfigure my run and cycling screens (can anyone really read the info on a 3 data field screen), but that's Garmin.

    Speaking of which, creating a workout and getting it reliably onto your phone still sucks.

    Now, for the music part. If you're a Spotify subscriber, you're good. You create playlists on your computer and then upload them to your watch, and it works pretty well. I haven't tried Spotify podcasts, because I don't use Spotify for podcasts. I might have to switch, though, or bug Pocketcast into making a Garmin app.

    Overall, I think this watch is a good upgrade. Is it worth over $500 after tax? Ehhhhh...I don't know. I sold my 235 and called in a debt to cover most of the price, but if I hadn't, I'm not sure if you aren't better off with a Forerunner 235 and an old iPod Shuffle.

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