Garmin has released two new smartwatches from Forerunner. Forerummer 945 LTE, as the name suggests, has 4G integrated via an eSIM. The Forerunner 55 doesn’t have it, but both watches have a navigation system.
The Forerunner 945 LTE is the successor to Normal 945, with the main plus point being that it has 4G on board. There are also many changes to the program. For example, it is possible to set up different activity profiles, such as a profile for running or swimming, or for performing breathing exercises. There is also an interval mode and the watch gives users a degree of sleep. Many jobs focus on improving athletic performance. For example, it is possible to synchronize training plans and see suggested exercises from other users. The watch is water resistant and therefore can also be used while swimming, while the heart rate monitor continues to function.
The smart watch also has an assistance function with which the athlete can immediately call for help. The watch has NFC and internal storage for listening to local music, although it is not known how much.
Garmin says the device has a maximum battery life of two weeks. In navigation mode, that’s up to seven hours. The watch has an eSIM, which allows the user to stay connected to a number of Garmin services, but the watch is not suitable for making calls on its own or using other data services. Users get a direct subscription with Garmin for €6.99 per month or €69.99 per year.
Garmin also launches the Forerunner 55. At 199 euros, it is a lot cheaper, but the various functions of the 945 LTE are not included. For example, local storage and NFC are missing, but some parts are also missing in the software, such as measuring training effects and preparing sports lessons. The Forerunner 55 also has sleep tracking, but there are no sleep points. The Forerunner 55 has a battery life of twenty hours in navigation mode and two weeks in normal mode.