garmin forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S compared

Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S Compared

Spread the love

Featured in this comparison are the new duo from Garmin; Forerunner 45 and 45S joined by the older Forerunner 35. The new 45 and 45S announced last month succeeds the 35 and would be replacing it. The 45 and 45S come in slight different designs which are more stylish and also include few new additional features which aren’t present on the 35. We compare the Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S specs and features so you know what’s new and perhaps an upgrade maybe necessary.

Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S Specs Compared

 Garmin Forerunner 35Garmin Forerunner 45Garmin Forerunner 45S
garmin forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45Sgarmin forerunner 45 vs 45S comparedgarmin forerunner 45 vs 45s compared

EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Battery:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Features:
3.3 out of 5 stars (3.3 / 5)
Price:
3.9 out of 5 stars (3.9 / 5)
Average:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Design:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Price:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Design:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.5 out of 5 stars (4.5 / 5)
Features:
3.8 out of 5 stars (3.8 / 5)
Price:
3.7 out of 5 stars (3.7 / 5)
Average:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)

WHERE TO BUY

BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT AMAZON BUY AT AMAZON

ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 35Garmin Forerunner 45Garmin Forerunner 45S
Device typeSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatchSporty/Fitness smartwatch
Predessesor--Garmin Forerunner 35Garmin Forerunner 35
SuccessorGarmin Forerunner 45----
Released dateAugust, 2016April, 2019April, 2019
Ideal forUnisexUnisexUnisex

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)Transflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size0.93 inch 1.04 inch 1.04 inch
Screen resolution128 x 128 pixels208 x 208 pixels208 x 208 pixels
Density------
Input type4 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)5 Physical buttons (not touchscreen)

BODY

ShapeCircularCircularCircular
Dimension35.5 x 40.7 x 13.3 mm42 x 42 x 11.4 mm39.5 x 39.5 x 11.4 mm
Weight37.3 grams 36 grams 32 grams
Casing materialThermoplastic polymerThermoplastic polymerThermoplastic polymer
Strap/band materialSiliconeSiliconeSilicone
Bezel MaterialThermoplasticThermoplasticThermoplastic
Strap size22mm22mm22mm
Screen protectionChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glassChemically strengthened glass
Water resistant/ProtectionYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATMYes, 5ATM
Swim-proofYes, recommendedYes, recommendedYes, recommended
Color(s)Black, limelight, blue, whiteBlack, redWhite, purple

MEMORY

RAM------
Internal storage--200 hours of activity data200 hours of activity data
Memory card slot------

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth smart v4.1 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LEBluetooth smart v4.2 LE
Wi-Fi------
NFCNoNoNo
GPSGPSGPS/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

Audio------
Bluetooth musicNoNoNo
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoNoNo
MicrophoneNoNoNo
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

Accelerometer YesYesYes
Altimeter------
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYesYes
Barometer------
Gyroscope ------
Ambient light------
Other sensors------

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 9 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
ChargingCharging cradleCharging cradleCharging cradle
Charging timeAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hoursAbout 1-2 hours

MISC

Payment systemNoNoNo
Compatibility Android and iOSAndroid and iOSAndroid and iOS
Companion appGarmin connect appGarmin connect appGarmin connect app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band Yes, 22mmYes, 22mmYes, 22mm
Voice commandNoNoNo

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 35Garmin Forerunner 45Garmin Forerunner 45S
StrapsStrapsStraps
USB charging cableUSB charging cableUSB charging cable
Quick start guideQuick start guideQuick start guide

PRICE COMPARED

PriceAbout $120About $200About $200

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S Features compared
Meanwhile, the difference between the Garmin 45 and 45S is that the former is bigger and heavier than the 45S which is more stylish with its thinner bezel.

  1. Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S: Design

  2. With the arrival of the 45/45S, Garmin has moved from the box shape of the Forerunner 35 to a more stylish circular shaped 45 and 45S that looks more like a real watch.

    Although the 35 is smaller and certainly finds itself as a favorite among people with smaller wrist, but the new duo; 45 and 45S which are sleeker and lighter spot more decent appearances that’s obviously more stylish than the 35 even while being moderately sized too.

    Also, you’re getting five buttons instead of 4 buttons to help navigate the non-touchscreen wider 1.04 inches screen sizes of the 45 and 45S.

    Body materials remains same reinforced thermoplastic material on all three devices, while the sunlight visible transflective memory-in-pixel display powers the display on all three devices. However, the display on the 45 and 45S are now colored which is quite more interactive than the monochromic display of the 35.

    Overall, from the design, the 45 and 45S look more stylish than the 35 and are clearly nicer choices.

  3. Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S: Battery Life

  4. Battery life hasn’t changed that much, it’s almost same battery life that sees the Forerunner 35 bearing a slight advantage with its longer battery life. Perhaps that’s the price to pay for that slight wider display.

    While the 35 would last about 9 days on smartwatch mode, the 45 and 45S have got about 7 days. However, with GPS active, its same battery life. Not such as big difference, moreover all three devices have long battery life that’s a little more than what you get from close competitors such as the Fitbit Versa and the Fossil Gen 4 Sport.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S: Activity Tracking

Just like all Garmin smartwatches, all three devices are fitness focused and are all spectacular choices for keeping tab on your active life. However, the 45 and 45S comes with a few additional fitness tracking features that certainly makes these two better choices for fitness tracking compared to the 35.

For a start, there’s now the all-day stress monitoring made possible by the body battery energy monitor. Also new, is Garmin coach which offers personalized coaching right on the watch with adaptive plans that helps you achieve more fitness goals.

Elsewhere, is the introduction of an incident detection feature that’s able to detect when an incident has occurred and will send a message with your location to a preset emergency contacts. This feature is also available on the Garmin Vivoactive 3 Music.

Garmin Forerunner 35 vs 45 vs 45S: Which is Better?

All three devices are entry level smartwatches, but obviously the new 45 and 45S are better choices than the 35.

However, that’s in respect to the appearance and few additional features in which the 35 also spot a quite decent design, also a nice choice for fitness tracking with its longer battery life and its far more cheaper.

For anyone on low budget, the 35 is a nice alternative and certainly is one of the best fitness smartwatches that does a great job in helping track your active life.

I don’t think an upgrade is that necessary. However, if you want better design, and off course new fitness tracking features, then the 45 and 45S are great choices with the 45S being a nicer fit for women while the bigger 45 is a great choice for men and people with bigger wrist.

Here is a summary;

Garmin Forerunner 45 A stylish and sleek comprehensive fitness tracker. A great choice for men.
Garmin Forerunner 45S The most stylish, a comprehensive fitness smartwatch. The best choice for women.
Garmin Forerunner 35 A nice alternative with longer battery life.
Our Pick

The 45 and 45S spot nicer designs and come with newer features. The Forerunner 45/45S are our preferred choices.

READ ALSO  Zeblaze Thor 4 vs Lemfo LEM 7 Compared

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *