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Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music Full Specifications – Last month Garmin officially announced the release of the Forerunner 245 and 245 music – the two long awaited successors to the older Forerunner 235 which brings to the table onboard music storage, are even more durable and stylish, plus a longer battery life while being great choices for comprehensive fitness tracking.

These two are well equipped the right technologies that include heart rate sensor, accelerometer, pulse ox and inbuilt GPS multi satellite system that makes them a great deal for runners. However, you will have to spend a bit more for the additional onboard music storage feature.

A bit pricey at $350.

Garmin Forerunner 245/245 Music Full Specifications

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 245 Music
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 235
Successor--
Released dateApril, 2019
Ideal forUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inches
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels
Density--
Input type5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)

BODY

ShapeCircular
Dimension42.3 x 42.3 x 12.2 mm
Weight38.5 grams
Casing materialThermoplastic polymer
Strap/band materialSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap size20mm
Screen protectionCorning Gorilla glass 3
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, aqua, white

MEMORY

RAM--
Internal storage200 hours of activity data/up to 500 music tracks (245 music)
200 hours of activity data (245)
Memory card slot--

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.2 LE, ANT+
Wi-FiYes
NFCNo
GPSGPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNo
SIM slotNo
BandNo

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
Weather forecastYes
Third-party appsYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
Distance coveredYes
Steps climbedYes
CaloriesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYes
RadioNo
LoudspeakerNo
MicrophoneNo
CameraNo

SENSORS

AccelerometerYes
Altimeter--
Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
Barometer--
Gyroscope --
Ambient light--
Other sensorsCompass and Pulse Oximeter

PLATFORM

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

BATTERY

Type of 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
ChargingCharging cradle
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemNo
Compatibility Android and iOS
Companion appGarmin connect app
Customizable watch faceYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 20mm
Voice commandNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 245 Music
Straps
USB charging cable
Quick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $350 (245 music)
About $300 (245)

Design

The Forerunner 245 and 245 Music aren’t the most stylish smartwatches on the market, but they both look decent enough to grace your wrist for even official outings. Although, these two come in sporty design they’re actually stylish while also being fitness focus just like most Garmin smartwatches.

While having decent designs, these two are now more durable with the Corning Gorilla glass manning the screen. It could well takes some hard knocks and it’s no big deal. Garmin didn’t specify what the casing is made of, but it’s obviously a thermoplastic material, perhaps polycarbonate, and the silicone straps are comfortable to wear.

The display still features Garmin’s transflective colored memory-in-pixel which offers a clear display that’s not so lively, but somewhat interactive and also easy to view under sunlight.

The 45mm case sizes are a lot more moderate compared to the older Forerunner 235 and at 12.2mm thickness size, its isn’t bulky.

The watch faces are also customizable, although not the most stylish as you’d find on a Samsung Galaxy watch. You can choose a watch face of your choice from the Garmin Connect store.

So, basically the difference between the Forerunner 245 and 245 Music is the availability of a significant onboard storage on the later that allows you store and play your favorite tracks on the go. You can as well stream your favorite tracks from streaming services such as Spotify.

Long Battery Life

According to Garmin, the Forerunner 245 and 245 will last about 7 days on smartwatch mode. If we should go by their words, it’s a longer battery life than their closest competitors such as the Fitbit Versa and Samsung Galaxy Watch Active.

And with the GPS active, it’s up to 24 hours which is also impressive. A great deal for longer distance runners and fitness minded folks alike that engage in extreme workout activities.

Waterproof Rating

Both the 245 and 245 Music are rated 5ATM which means these two are water resistant up to 50 meters under water. So, these two would survive when they are accidentally beaten by rain or perhaps you might want to wear it to the pool or ocean.

Activity/Fitness Tracking

Fitness Tracking is still at the forefront of Garmin smartwatches and the new dou; 245 and 245 Music are fantastic choices for keeping tab on your active life.

Both the Forerunner 245 and 245 music come with a heart rate sensor, accelerometer, including a pulse oximeter and compass support while also housing support for GPS multi satellite system that certainly makes these two some of the hottest deal for fitness tracking.

The aforementioned sensors enable the 245 and 245 Music to track your steps, calories, sleep with tracking support for quite a number of activities.

Also featured, is the Garmin Coach that provide guidance from experts coaches and free training plans that adapt to your goals. You can as well create custom goals to fit your style.

There are a lot more on what the 245 and 245 music can track. You check it all out here.

Media

The difference between the 245 and 245 Music is that the later has enough onboard storage space to contain your favorite tracks (about 500 or more).

This comes handy for runners when its becomes inconvenient carrying your phone along with you, you can then listen to your favorite tracks via a Bluetooth enabled earbud. However, for this feature, you will have to part ways with additional $50.

Notifications

The Forerunner 245 and 245 Music are capable of keeping you connected to all that matters to you.

With Bluetooth and Wi-Fi supported and compatible with both Android and iOS devices, the 245 will alert you when there’s a new notification on your phone. So that email, calls, and other alerts from both third-party and native Apps are just a beep away.

Pros
Cons
  • Insignificant onboard storage on 245
  • Lacks NFC.
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