Garmin has added two new running watches to its hunting board, with a significant upgrade for its affordable GPS watch and new LTE device.
Garmin Forerunner 55 replaces popular and popular Forerunner 45 (probably the best running watch today), with the same price tag of 199.99 euros. I loved the Forerunner 45’s sleek construction, clear display, and effort to do the essentials. The Forerunner 55 picks up the torch but offers much more advanced racing features for the same price.
The Forerunner 55 has a color display, but the dimensions are the same as the original, which already makes it a worthwhile upgrade.
It offers 20 hours of GPS tracking and 2 weeks of autonomy in “ smartwatch ” mode. ‘, and you’ll receive notifications on your wrist – though there’s no music or Garmin Pay storage here. For race track, things are much more advanced. In addition to tracking pace, time and distance, there are also cadence measurements. Plus, a cadence alert lets you know if your steps per minute don’t meet your goal.
Garmin has added support for Garmin Coach, which means you can perform guided running exercises from your wrist. In addition, the company has also added the PacePro function, which guides the pace of races and routes taking into account the height difference.
Finally, Forerunner 55 emphasizes recovery and advises you on the rest period to observe after a session. This is a much more advanced feature set than the Forerunner 45.
Forerunner 945 LTE
In addition, Garmin is also launching an LTE edition of the Forerunner 945. It’s a slightly different version of Samsung and Apple’s LTE integration, which puts more emphasis on security.
LTE Edition users can use the security features if they are in trouble or just don’t feel safe, which will allow them to connect to the Garmin IERCC, which will provide two-way communication with emergency services that will help resolve the situation and get help if needed.
Likewise, the LTE connection makes it possible to take advantage of Garmin LiveTrack, allowing a beacon of your location to be displayed, which will be of enormous interest to trail runners and cyclists. Of course, the Forerunner 945 is the most advanced of the lineup, with a plethora of sport modes.
The Forerunner 945 will be available this summer for 649.99 euros and will require an additional subscription. Subscription and plan details are a bit hazy, as is the extent of LTE functionality. For example, music streaming always seems to be done offline, and press documents make it clear that incoming calls are still handled by a paired smartphone.