Garmin Forerunner 245 muisc vs 645 music vs vivoactive 3 music compared

Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music Compared

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Featured in this comparison, the Garmin 645 music, Vivoactive 3 Music and the newly announced 245 Music which was released alongside the 245. These three devices certainly have one thing in common – significant onboard storage that lets you store some of your data on the device. Beyond that, they also share other attributes in common and just in case you are wondering what the differences are, we compare the Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music specs and features head-to-head.

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music Specs Compared

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
3.5 out of 5 stars (3.5 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Battery:
3.2 out of 5 stars (3.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.7 out of 5 stars (4.7 / 5)
Features:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Price:
4.3 out of 5 stars (4.3 / 5)
Average:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 245 MusicGarmin Forerunner 645 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 Music
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 235--Garmin Vivoactive 3
Successor----Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music LTE
Released dateApril, 2019April, 2018June, 2018
Ideal forUnisexUnisexWomen (Also a great choice for men)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inches 1.2 inches 1.2 inch
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels240 x 240 pixels
Density------
Input type5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)Touchscreen plus 1 physical button

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm42.5 x 42.5 x 13.5 mm43.1 x 43.1 x 13.6 mm
Weight38.5 grams 42.2 grams 39 grams
Casing materialThermoplastic polymerThermoplastic polymerThermoplastic polymer
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steel--
Strap size20mm20mm20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3Corning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, aqua, whiteBlack, cerise, sandstoneBlack, gray

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracks200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracks4GB
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+Bluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+
Wi-FiYesYesYes
NFCNoYesYes
GPSGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/GalileoGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNoNoNo
SIM slotNoNoNo
BandNoNoNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter--Yes--
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Barometer--YesYes
Gyroscope --YesYes
Ambient light----Yes
Other sensorsCompass and Pulse OximeterThermometer, CompassCompass and Thermometer

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSProprietary OSProprietary OS
Chipset------
CPU------
GPU------

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion batteryNon-removable Li-ion battery
Battery capacity ------
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 6 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 24 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode with music: Up to 5 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 14 hours
5 days+ on smartwatch mode , 4 hours+ with GPS and music on
ChargingCharging cradleCharging cradleUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemNoGarmin PayGarmin Pay
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid and iOSAndroid 4.4+ and iOS 8.0+
Companion appGarmin connect appGarmin connect appGarmin connect app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mmYes, 20mmYes, 20mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 245 MusicGarmin Forerunner 645 MusicGarmin Vivoactive 3 music
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $350About $450$250

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music Features compared

  1. Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music: Design

  2. The new 245 Music looks decent enough even while not being so stylish, the Vivoactive also looks decent and a bit classy, but the 645 Music obviously is the classiest and off course a more befitting match for high profile occasions.

    The stainless steel bezel gives it the classic appearance.
    From the sizes, the 245 Music is a bit sleeker than both the 645 and Vivoactive 3 Music. And as per durability, all three devices are made of durable materials.

    Talking about method of input, you’ll be doing almost everything on the Vivoactive 3 Music via the touchscreen support and the single physical button by the side, while the 245 and 645 both have five physical buttons for navigating the interface.

  3. Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music: Connectivity

  4. While both the Forerunner 645 and Vivoactive 3 come with an NFC chip that enables support for Garmin Pay – A contactless mobile feature that lets you make payment from any of these two. That feature isn’t available on the 245. Perhaps that’s why the 245 is cheaper compared to the 645 Music or Vivoactive 3 Music which both will cost you more to own.

  5. Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music: Battery Life

Each of these three has got an impressive battery life that is slight longer than what you get from close competitors such as the Fitbit Versa or the Apple Watch Series 4. However, the 245 Music has a slight longer battery life than both the 645 and Vivoactive 3. Perhaps as a result of the few missing features that are present on the other two.

Forerunner 245 Music vs 645 Music vs Vivoactive 3 Music: Which is Better?

From the appearances, the Forerunner 645 has the classiest design and no doubt the best choice for official outings with its somewhat premium design. Although more expensive than the other two. It has more features like the NFC and an altimeter sensor that makes it a great choice for climbers, a great choice for men.

The Vivoactive 3 Music also has a decent design that features the touchscreen support with a single button that leaves it with a stylish design that suits women more, and being the cheapest, it no doubt gives the best value for money.

The 245 Music on the other hand, is a nice alternative to the 645.

Here is a summary;

Garmin Forerunner 645 Music The classiest and most comprehensive choice. A great deal for climbers.
Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music A classy comprehensive fitness smartwatch with an impressive battery life. Gives great value for money and also the best choice for women.
Garmin Forerunner 245 A nice alternative to the 645.
Our Pick

The Forerunner 645 has the most decent design while also being a more comprehensive fitness smartwatch. Its indeed our preferred choice.

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