Published: Mon, January 08, 2018
Entertaiment | By Mabel Barber

Garmin's first smartwatch that can store music is the Forerunner 645

Garmin's first smartwatch that can store music is the Forerunner 645

Garmin's newly-announced Forerunner 645 watch, revealed at CES, stores music locally on the watch and pairs with Bluetooth headphones so you can run without your phone and still listen to music.

Previous Garmin devices would only let you control the music on your phone, so the 645 Music brings a new sense of independence. The Forerunner 645 Music comes with training features powered by Firstbeat, which will help you better prepare for a race by letting you know if you're training productively, peaking, or overreaching. The Forerunner 645 can store up to 500 music files, either transferred from a computer or downloaded as offline playlists from streaming services like iHeart Radio and Deezer.

The Forerunner 645 - the same thing but without the music player - is £349.99 and comes in a choice of black or sandstone band. One Garmin spokesperson said that mounting customer interest is what ultimately led to the decision, along with internal technological advancements.

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Also matching the Ionic, the 645 Music gets contactless payments, although that's not much use to those of us in the United Kingdom as Garmin Pay doesn't support any United Kingdom banks as yet. It comes with a metal bezel, an always-on Chroma Display, interchangeable bands, and weighs in at just 42 grams.

If all proceeds as normal with Garmin's devices, the Forerunner 245 Music will boast accurate and fast Global Positioning System tracking, reasonably accurate on-wrist pulse tracking, and data harvesting that varies from merely in-depth to, with the addition of a Garmin heart rate strap or foot pod, vaguely insane (cadence, ground contact time, stride length, that sort of thing). While rivals like TomTom have been offering the ability to take your music with you for a couple of years, Garmin is only just catching up. The battery life is reported to be 7 days - so it beats devices like the Apple Watch - but still offers smartphone notifications and customisation through Connect IQ.

It's also nicer-looking than Forerunners past.

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