garmin forerunner 945 vs apple watch series 4 vs samsung galaxy watch

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch

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Featured in this bout are; the newly released Garmin Forerunner 945 that has got a very spectacular aesthetic of a true premium smartwatch – It’s another high-end GPS smartwatch for professional runners that’s loaded with lots of fitness tracking features. We pitch it against two renowned heavy-weights, the Galaxy Watch and Apple Watch Series 4 -Both of which have consistently dominated the top spots on virtually every list from pundits alike since they were both released last year.

We compare specs and features of the Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch.

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Specs Compared

 Garmin Forerunner 945Apple Watch Series 4Samsung Galaxy Watch
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ABOUT DEVICE

Device nameGarmin Forerunner 945Apple Watch Series 4Samsung Galaxy Watch
Device typeFitness/Sport smartwatchFitness/sporty smartwatchClassic/Stanadlone smartwatch
PredessesorGarmin Forerunner 935Apple watch series 3Samsung Gear S3
Successor------
Released dateApril, 2019September, 2018August, 2018
Ideal forMenMen (44mm)
Women (40m)
Men (46mm)
Women(42mm)

DISPLAY

Display typeTransflective memory-in-display (MIP)LTPO AMOLEDsuper AMOLED
Display size1.2 inches1.78 inches1.3 inch (46mm)
1.2 inch (42mm)
Screen resolution240 x 240 pixels448 x 368 pixels(44mm)
324 x 394 pixels (40mm)
360 x 360 pixel
Density--326 ppi--
Input type5 physical buttons (not touchscreen)Touchscreen, 1 button and a digital crownTouchscreen plus 3 buttons
Multi-touchNoYesYes

BODY

ShapeCircularSquare/curvedCircular
Dimension47 x 47 x 13.7 mm44 x 38 x 10.7 mm (44mm)
40 x 34 x 10.7 mm (40mm)
46 x 49 x 13 mm(46mm)
41.9 x 45.7 x 12.7 mm(42mm)
Weight50 grams40 grams (40mm, stainless steel)
48 grams (44mm, atainless steel)
36.7 grams (44mm, aluminum)
30.1 grams (30mm, aluminum)
63 grams(excluding straps)(46mm)
49 grams(excluding straps)(42mm)
Casing materialFiber-reinforced polymerStainless steel frame and all ceramic and sapphire crystal backStainless steel/glass reinforced with polycarbonate
Strap/band materialSiliconeElastomerLeather/silicone
Bezel MaterialFiber-reinforced polymer--Ceramics
Band size22mm125 - 210mm22mm (46mm)
20mm (42mm)
Screen protectionCorning® Gorilla® Glass DXSapphire crystal glassCorning Gorilla glass DX+
Water resistantYes, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATMYes, IP68, 5ATM
Color(s)Black,Black, silver goldBlack, silver, rose-gold

MEMORY

RAM-->768MB1.5GB LTE, 0.75GB non-LTE
Internal storageup to 1000 tracks16 GB4 GB
Memory card slotNoNoNo

CONNECTIVITY

BluetoothYes, and ANT+Bluetooth v5.0Bluetooth v4.2
Wi-FiYes, Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Yes, Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
Yes, Wi-Fi
802.11b/g/n 2.4GHz
NFCYesYesYes
GPSYes, GPS/GLONASS/GalileoYes, A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO/QZSSYes, A-GPS/GLONASS/GALILEO

CELLULAR TECHNOLOGY

TechnologyNone2G/3G/4G2G/3G/4G
SIM slotNoneYes, electronic SIMYes, Nano-SIM
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NOTIFICATIONS

Email alertYesYesYes
SMS alertYesYesYes
Calls alertYesYesYes
Event reminderYesYesYes
Weather forecastYesYesYes
Facebook, third-party appsYesYesYes

FITNESS TRACKING

Sleep trackingYesYesYes
Heart rate monitoringYesYesYes
Distance coveredYesYesYes
Steps climbedYesYesYes
CaloriesYesYesYes

MEDIA

Audiomp3/mp4mp3/mp4mp3/mp4
Bluetooth musicYesYesYes
RadioNoNoNo
LoudspeakerNoYesYes
MicrophoneNoYesYes
CameraNoNoNo

SENSORS

AltimeterYesYes--
AccelerometerYesYesYes
Magnetometer YesYesYes
Heart rate monitor (HRM)YesYes, + ECG sensorYes
BarometerYesYesYes
Gyroscope YesYesYes
Ambient lightYesYesYes
Other sensorsPulse Oximeter----

PLATFORM

Operating system (OS)Proprietary OSWatchOS 5.0Tizen OS 4.0
Chipset--Apple S4, 64bitExynos 9110
CPU--Dual coreDual core 1.15GHz
GPU--PowerVR--

BATTERY

Type of batteryNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ionNon-removable Li-ion
Battery capacity ----472mAh (46mm)
270mAh (42mm)
Battery lifeSmartwatch Mode: Up to 2 weeks
GPS mode with music: Up to 10 hours
GPS mode without music: Up to 36 hours
Standby : 4 days+
Mixed usage: 1 day+
Standby :5 days+
Mixed usage: 2days+
ChargingUSB charging cableMagnetic charging cradleWireless based charging dock
Charging timeAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hoursAbout 2 hours

MISC

Payment systemGarmin PayApple paySamsung pay
Compatibility Android 4.4 or later
IOS 10.0 or later
Bluetooth 4.0 or later
Check if your device is compatible
iPhone 5s or later with iOS 12 or laterAndroid 5.0 and above, IOS 9.0 and above
Companion appGarmin connect IQ storeApple watch appSamsung Gear app
Customizable watch faceYesYesYes
Interchangeable band YesYesYes, 20mm and 22mm
Voice commandNoYesYes

BOX CONTENTS

Garmin Forerunner 945Apple watch series 4Samsung Galaxy watch
StrapStrapStrap
USB charging cableMagnetic charging cradleCharging dock
--USB adapterQuick starter guild
User manualUser manualUser manual

PRICE

About $600About $350About $330

What’s the Difference?

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch Features compared

  1. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Design

  2. All three devices are premium choices with their respective sophisticated design that’s places these three on the high-end ladder.

    However, the Apple Watch Series 4 has the most innovative design, yet. With a moderate case size that’s smaller than the other two surprisingly has the widest display that allows you see more at a glance.

    It’s also the sleekest, while having the least weight which are attributes of a true fitness smartwatch that’s comfortable to wear all day long.

    Although, the 50 grams Forerunner 945 is also light weight, thanks to the fiber-reinforced case. Unlike the Galaxy watch that’s quite heavy at 63 grams.

    The more interactive and lively AMOLED powers the display on both the Galaxy watch and Series 4, but it can be hard to read under direct sunlight. Unlike the Transflective memory-in-pixel LED display of the 945 which isn’t as interactive as AMOLED is quite very easy to read outdoors.

    And this is one reason why the Forerunner 945 is the best choice for outdoor activities that allows you catch a glimpse easily while on the go.

  3. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Cellular Connectivity

  4. The Galaxy watch and Apple watch with cellular connectivity are standalone smartwatches which makes these two more comprehensive choices that gives your phone some rest.

    With these two, you can make and receive calls, and as well perform other functions that would have required your phone.

    The Forerunner 945 lacks this feature, and as a result can’t initiate calls nor receive.

  5. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Fitness Tracking

  6. These three are fitness focus considering the fitness tracking features and all the built in sensors. Each is well equipped to track your active life comprehensively.

    The Galaxy Watch offers 39 sport modes to choose from, and can detect a good number of those, while the Apple watch series 4 also has quite extensive list of fitness tracking features including the ECG tracking feature that can help in detecting atrial fibrillations – a form of irregular heart rhythm that can lead to heart problems.

    The Forerunner 945 being a GPS smartwatch features a full color map with trendline popularity that helps you navigate the most difficult terrains.
    The Forerunner 945 also features a pulse ox sensor that comes handy for anyone who engages in acclimation activities.

    The pulse oximeter monitors your blood oxygen level while giving you insight on how your body is adjusting to higher heights. The 945 helps you know when it’s not safe to continue climbing.

  7. Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Battery Life

All three devices have got a decent battery life, although the Series 4 isn’t all that impressive with about a day or two battery life. No thanks to the 1.78 inch AMOLED display.

The Galaxy watch has quite more impressive battery life that sees you through 2 days or more from a single charge, while the Forerunner 945 has the most impressive battery life that last about 2 weeks.

That’s a long battery life that tracks the most extreme workout sessions. A major reason it’s the best companion for your next exploration adventure.

Garmin Forerunner 945 vs Apple Watch Series 4 vs Samsung Galaxy Watch: Which is Better?

All three contenders in this bout are outstanding choices – these three are undoubtedly some of the best smartwatches on the market right now.

However, the Apple Watch Series 4 with the most sophisticated design is the best choice for anyone using an iPhone.

On the other hand, the Galaxy watch that’s a more comprehensive smartwatch than the 945 is a great choice for Android users.

While, the Forerunner 945 with the longest battery life and extensive list of fitness tracking features is the best choice for fitness tracking especially for professionals who want a comprehensive activity tracker that goes days on a single charge.

Here’s how they stack up;

Apple Watch Series 4 Has the most sophisticated design, while also being a comprehensive choice for fitness tracking. Its, the best choice for iPhone users,
Samsung Galaxy Watch A premium smartwatch with a decent battery life , and is also a great choice for comprehensive fitness tracking.
Garmin Forerunner 945The best choice for fitness tracking with the longest battery life featuring full color map with trendline popularity.
Our Pick

The Galaxy Watch is half the price of the Forerunner 945, it however is a standalone smartwatch with a decent battery life while also being a great choice for tracking your daily activities. And being compatible with both Android and iPhone makes it a great bargain.
We pick the Samsung Galaxy Watch.

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