Garmin's latest Forerunner 645 Music smartwatch can store up to 500 songs

Garmin announced its first smartwatch for 2018 at CES (Consumers Electronics Show), the Forerunner 645 Music. As the name suggests, the wearable device is aimed at active people who like listening to music while running.

There are two selling points that make the Forerunner 645 Music a decent alternative to other smartwatches launched by bigger brands. The first one is the option to store up to 500 songs directly inside the Forerunner 645 Music so that you can listen to them while running.

The second advantage is the so-called Garmin Pay service, a contactless payment solution that allows Forerunner 645 Music users to pay for their purchases with their watch while on the move.

Besides that, Garmin's new smartwatch comes with high-end fitness, wellness and smart connectivity features which were available on previous models the company launched in the past.

You'll be able to download offline playlists from select music streaming services, including iHeartRadio, Deezer and others, or, as mentioned earlier, transfer music from a computer directly to the smartwatch.

It's got built-in GPS and GLONASS and a decent battery that offers up to 7 days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to 5 hours in GPS mode with music. According to Garmin, the Forerunner 645 Music is its first smartwatch to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display.

Now, the bad news is Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is not going to come cheap. The smartwatch is available with a black or cerise band for $445. On the bright side, Garmin is selling an option without the integrated music capabilities, with a black or sandstone band, for $399.99.

source: Garmin



1. Sparkxster

Posts: 1260; Member since: Mar 31, 2017

I always found the Garmin smartwatches to be interesting. How well do they stack up against the Gear watches and Android Wear?

2. Whitedot

Posts: 893; Member since: Sep 26, 2017

For the purposes of tracking activity and sports they are one of the best options around.

4. Landon

Posts: 1248; Member since: May 07, 2015

The target audience for a Garmin watch fits the more serious athlete. If you're doing marathons or are a serious runner, want to be notified of calls or text messages, and want closer to a week of battery life, then definitely consider a Garmin. If you want to respond to text messages or call people from your watch, then go with Gear or Android wear.

3. makatijules

Posts: 835; Member since: Dec 11, 2017

Taking a page from Samsung Gear. Every smart watch should have on-board storage and cellular.

5. RoboticEngi

Posts: 1251; Member since: Dec 03, 2014

ITS time to Make the Change from gear to Garmin...

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