Garmin may have made their name with GPS, but they’ve staked their flag on the wearable tech map as a force to be reckoned with right alongside Apple and Fitbit. With the Forerunner 645 Music, Garmin’s first wearable with onboard music, they continue to carve out their place not as an alternative to one of the big names but as one of them.
The Forerunner 645 has the needs of runners at the forefront of its design. In addition to music storage with Bluetooth playback, Garmin also added Garmin Pay, a contactless payment option that allows on-the-go purchases so you can leave your phone and wallet at home. The customizable watch face allows for downloads from the thousands of apps and widgets in the Garmin Connect IQ Store in addition to the standard default apps, giving you complete flexibility to put all the trackers and information you want right where you need them.
In Smartwatch mode, the battery will last up to 7 days, and you’ll get five hours in GPS mode with music. The 645 comes equipped with a 20mm silicone band, a chemically-strengthened glass lens, a 5 ATM water rating, and way too many smart features to list on one page. – $450
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