Garmin Forerunner 245 review

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  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245
  • Garmin Forerunner 245

Specs / Features


Warranty (Months) 12 months
Release date 30-April-2019
Size 4.23 x 4.23 x 1.22 cm (1.7 x 1.7 x 0.5 in)
Weight 38.5 grams
(1.36 ounces)

Critic Reviews


Expert Reviews

Everything a runner needs

from Expert Reviews

It’s a brilliant all-round running watch, and runners who won’t be satisfied by its features will be few and far between. Not only does it help shape your training, providing useful insight into every run, but it also delivers excellent accuracy in terms of both GPS and heart rate, along with superb battery life.

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It’s a brilliant all-round running watch, and runners who won’t be satisfied by its features will be few and far between. Not only does it help shape your training, providing useful insight into every run, but it also delivers excellent accuracy in terms of both GPS and heart rate, along with superb battery life.

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Tom's Guide

The best running watch you can buy

from Tom's Guide

At $349, the Forerunner 245 Music is nearly as expensive as the Apple Watch Series 4 ($399), but its in-depth tracking features and much better battery life makes it the better choice for serious runners. If you want to save some money, the Forerunner 245 ($299) has all the same features as the F...More

At $349, the Forerunner 245 Music is nearly as expensive as the Apple Watch Series 4 ($399), but its in-depth tracking features and much better battery life makes it the better choice for serious runners. If you want to save some money, the Forerunner 245 ($299) has all the same features as the Forerunner 245 Music, but without the onboard music storage.

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Wired

Offers the best value for your money

from Wired

Since you have to carry a phone to use the safety features anyway, I suggest saving yourself $50 and going with the cheapest version of the Forerunner 245. Oh, and it’s cheaper than the Series 4 too, for now.

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Since you have to carry a phone to use the safety features anyway, I suggest saving yourself $50 and going with the cheapest version of the Forerunner 245. Oh, and it’s cheaper than the Series 4 too, for now.

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Business Standard

Ideal companion for fitness aficionados

from Business Standard

This premium smartwatch, geared for those fitness aficionados who take their data seriously, ticks all the right boxes in tracking important metrics.

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This premium smartwatch, geared for those fitness aficionados who take their data seriously, ticks all the right boxes in tracking important metrics.

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Wareable

Offers a strong mix of sporty and smartwatch features

from Wareable

The Forerunner 245 Music is another formidable running watch from the Garmin stable. It's taken nearly everything we liked about the 235 and made it better. We say nearly everything because the battery life has dropped slightly and the heart rate monitor still falters in the high intensity test....More

The Forerunner 245 Music is another formidable running watch from the Garmin stable. It's taken nearly everything we liked about the 235 and made it better. We say nearly everything because the battery life has dropped slightly and the heart rate monitor still falters in the high intensity test. But in every other department, it does a better job. Sports tracking features work well as do the smartwatch features, and they're now wrapped up in an even slimmer design.

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Digital Trends

All a runner needs to measure performance

from Digital Trends

The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a well-rounded fitness smartwatch that tracks all the important metrics that are geared toward the semi-serious to serious runners. The only area the watch stumbles is in elevation measurements — without a barometric altimeter, elevation tracking is not as accurate.

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The Garmin Forerunner 245 is a well-rounded fitness smartwatch that tracks all the important metrics that are geared toward the semi-serious to serious runners. The only area the watch stumbles is in elevation measurements — without a barometric altimeter, elevation tracking is not as accurate.

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Android Authority

Striking the right balance

from Android Authority

With the Forerunner 245 Music, Garmin struck the right balance between features and affordability. For $350, you're getting an accurate, feature-packed device that has many of the same running features as the higher-end models. The lack of Garmin Pay and an altimeter is annoying, but aside from t...More

With the Forerunner 245 Music, Garmin struck the right balance between features and affordability. For $350, you're getting an accurate, feature-packed device that has many of the same running features as the higher-end models. The lack of Garmin Pay and an altimeter is annoying, but aside from those gripes, we don't think you can go wrong with the Forerunner 245 Music.

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Ars Technica

New features, better price, few sacrifices

from Ars Technica

The Forerunner 245 is an intentional wearable with broad appeal among the most active among us. While I'm still peeved about its lack of altimeter, that doesn't change the fact that many runners and other athletes will find everything they need in a wearable in the Forerunner 245 smartwatches.

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The Forerunner 245 is an intentional wearable with broad appeal among the most active among us. While I'm still peeved about its lack of altimeter, that doesn't change the fact that many runners and other athletes will find everything they need in a wearable in the Forerunner 245 smartwatches.

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DC Rainmaker

A solid watch

from DC Rainmaker

In any event, altimeter annoyances aside – the FR245 is a solid watch and has been working well for me. The music bits are exactly what folks have been asking for that didn’t want the nearly button-less Vivoactive 3 Music, and I suspect some of the additional surprise features (like 4 data fi...More

In any event, altimeter annoyances aside – the FR245 is a solid watch and has been working well for me. The music bits are exactly what folks have been asking for that didn’t want the nearly button-less Vivoactive 3 Music, and I suspect some of the additional surprise features (like 4 data fields per page or course support) will just be icing on the cake.

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ZDNet

Powerful running watch with integrated music and extensive customization

from ZDNet

The Forerunner 245 Music is comfortable, lightweight, and well constructed. It lasts for several days, even with regular running, and also seemed to charge up fairly fast. It is priced at $349.99, but if you don't want the music capability you could also pick up the Forerunner 245 for $50 less.

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The Forerunner 245 Music is comfortable, lightweight, and well constructed. It lasts for several days, even with regular running, and also seemed to charge up fairly fast. It is priced at $349.99, but if you don't want the music capability you could also pick up the Forerunner 245 for $50 less.

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