Garmin unveiled a trio of smartwatches, part of its Forerunner series that is specifically geared towards runners, none of which runs Android Wear. The new watches are:
The Garmin Forerunner 230, which builds on the earlier model (Forerunner 225), allowing users to track their activities throughout the day with little extra fuss. Except for the all-important VO2 metric which is seldom included in such wearables.
The Garmin Forerunner 630 is the best of the bunch, packing more sensors for data collecting and analysis.Next, there’s the Forerunner 235 which is pretty much the Forerunner 230 plus a heart rate sensor. This sensor isn’t the one Myo makes (used in Garmin’s earlier devices), but an in-house one dubbed “Elevate heart rate technology.” It should provide improved readings, while also helping Garmin keep a larger chunk of profit (since there are no licensing involved).
Finally, the Forerunner 630 is the best of the bunch, packing more sensors for data collecting and analysis. Seasoned runners will get things like stride length and vertical ratio, expanding on the existing cadence and oscillation metrics. Also, there’s the VO2 metric, and actionable advice to athletes, calculating recovery times, lactate thresholds, as well as warnings for runner condition to limit the risk of injury. For some reason, this unit lacks a heart rate sensor, and Garmin suggests pairing it up with a more precise chest strap.
All three of the new Garmin wearables sing along the updated Garmin Connect app that got a nicer user interface and should thus be easier to use (than previous version).
The Garmin Forerunner 630 is obviously the most expensive of the three watches, costing a whopping $399.99 for the tracker alone or $449.99, bundled with a heart-rate monitor. The 235 and 230 are priced at $329.99 and $249.99, respectively.