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Garmin Forerunner 945 Full Specifications – The newly announced Forerunner 945 is a premium GPS smartwatch for triathletes and runners alike. Its succeeds the older Forerunner 935, and now comes with a few new additional features like NFC, Pulse Ox sensor, massive onboard storage and Garmin coach. The Forerunner 945 is comprehensive fitness tracker and has sizes that suggests another perfect fit for men.

Garmin Forerunner 945 Full Specifications

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EDITOR'S RATING

Design:
4.4 out of 5 stars (4.4 / 5)
Battery:
4 out of 5 stars (4.0 / 5)
Fitness tracking:
4.6 out of 5 stars (4.6 / 5)
Features:
4.2 out of 5 stars (4.2 / 5)
Price:
3.4 out of 5 stars (3.4 / 5)
Average:
4.1 out of 5 stars (4.1 / 5)

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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 945
Device typeFitness smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 935
Successor--
Released dateApril, 2019
Ideal forMen (will look good too on women.)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)
Display size1.2 inch
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels
Input type 5 buttons, not touchscreen

BODY

ShapeCircular
Dimension47 x 47 x 13.7 mm
Weight50 grams
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymer
Strap materialSilicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymer
Band size22mm
Screen protectionCorning® Gorilla® Glass DX
Water resistantYes, 5ATM
Color(s)Black

MEMORY

RAM--
Internal storageUp to 1000 songs
Memory card slotNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothBluetooth v4.2, ANT+
Wi-FiYes
NFCYes
GPSYes, GPS/GLONASS/Galileo

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

Technology--
SIM slotNo
Band--

NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYes
SMS alertYes
Calls alertYes
Event reminderYes
Weather forecastYes
Third-party App notificationsYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYes
Heart rate monitoringYes
Distance coveredYes
Steps climbedYes
CaloriesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYes
RadioNo
LoudspeakerNo
MicrophoneNo
CameraNo

SENSORS

AltimeterYes
Accelerometer Yes
Magnetometer Yes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)Yes
BarometerYes
Gyroscope Yes
Ambient lightYes
Other sensorsThermometer, Pulse Ox

PLATFORM

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

BATTERY

Type of batteryLithium-ion
Battery capacity --
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS mode with music: Up to 10 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 36 hours
ChargingUSB charging cable
Charging timeAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemYes
Compatibility Android and iOS
Companion appGermin connect IQ store
Customizable watch faceYes
Interchangeable band Yes,22mm
Voice commandNo

IN THE BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 945
Strap
USB charging cable
User manual

PRICE

About $600

Design

Although not the most outstanding design or rather most stylish considering its hefty price tag. However, the Forerunner 945 has got a decent appearance that looks compact and bold (a man’s kind of watch) and spots a very eye-catching bezel that’s well decorated to match those high profile occasions.

With a case size of 47mm, it’s quite bulky and the 13.7mm thickness size adds to its bulkiness, but surprisingly doesn’t make it heavier. The Forerunner 945 is actually lightweight at 50 grams compared to other high-end smartwatches like the Galaxy Watch which weighs 63 grams.

On the display, is the regular Memory-in-pixel display that powers the display on Garmin’s smartwatches. The transflective LCD display isn’t the most interactive like AMOLED, but it’s clearly more visible under sunlight which makes it a great deal for people who engage in outdoor sport activities. At least catching a glimpse in the middle of the action wouldn’t be a problem.

We don’t know exactly what material is used for the case, but it’s obviously thermoplastic while the silicone straps, fiber-reinforced polymer bezel and Corning Gorilla glass DX on the screen indicate top quality build which ensures it would last a little longer than a regular device.

You can swap the silicone straps if you don’t like them with compatible ones that measure 22mm, same also goes for the watch face. There’re available watch faces to choose from on the Garmin connect store. This off course will allow you define your style for the next outing.

Impressive Battery Life

Just like the 935, the Forerunner 945 also has an impressive battery life that allow you focus on what you need to achieve while letting you go long on a single charge.

According to the maker, you should expect about 2 weeks of battery life on smartwatch mode, while with GPS active and music in play, it’s about 10 hours and with only GPS active, it’s about 36 hours. You should bear in mind that these figures will vary among users, it could be less or even higher.

Waterproof Rating

The Forerunner 945 is rated 5ATM which means it water resistant up to 50 meters. So it’s swim-proof and with swim tracking features such as stroke count, pace, calories and swim efficiency (SWOLF) available, it’s certainly a great choice for swimmers who like to monitor their performance while swimming.

Activity/Fitness Tracking

From the fitness tracking features available on the Forerunner 945, its certainly one of the best fitness smartwatches on the market right now.
The Forerunner 945 is a GPS smartwatch featuring a robust list of sensors onboard which enables it to track quite a lot of activities.

The 945 can track your calories, steps, distance and many other related stats. Over 30 sport modes are available to choose from. You can as well create your own custom workout modes.

Garmin Coach is now available which provides guidance from expert coaches and free training plans that adapt to you and your goals. Also new, is Pulse Ox that measures blood oxygen levels – A feature that helps you see how your body is adjusting to certain conditions such as acclimation activities.

Also available is the full color map found on the Fenix 5X Plus. The Forerunner 945 features the full color topography map that does allow you navigate your way through easily.

Media

Garmin is quite choosy with information pertaining the internal storage available, but from what’s stated, you can store up to 1000 of your tracks on the watch an as well supports streaming of your favorite tracks from select services such as Spotify.

With music onboard, you can well be sure to be more focused and motivated while working out when you can enjoy your favorite tracks via a Bluetooth enabled device.

Notifications

Packed with a Bluetooth and Wi-Fi, the Forerunner 945 is able to keep you connected to all that matters to you. It’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices which when paired successfully to a compatible device is able to beam all notifications to your watch so you never miss those important updates.

There’s also the find my phone feature and the ability to control music on your phone.

Also available is an NFC chip that supports Garmin pay which supports mobile payment directly from the 945.

Pros
  • Outstanding premium design.
  • It is swim-proof.
  • A great choice for comprehensive activity tracking.
  • NFC and music storage available.
  • Impressive battery life.
  • Lightweight design.
Cons
  • Not touchscreen.
  • A bit pricey.
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