Garmin Forerunner 645 Music
The Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is a comprehensive fitness watch that also streams music to Bluetooth headsets so you can leave your phone at home. Its connection to earbuds is occasionally finicky, though. Unless playing music without bringing your phone is essential, the audio feature isn’t worth the extra $50 over the regular Forerunner 645, which is a significant improvement over early models.
- Long-lasting battery
- Improved /more comfortable design than older models
- Legible screen
- Tracks wide variety of exercises
- Finicky Bluetooth connection
- Limited music app compatibility
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- User Reviews (4)
- 76AVERAGE CRITIC SCORE7 ReviewsPC Mag80Garmin Forerunner 645 MusicThe Garmin Forerunner 645 Music is an excellent standalone fitness tracker for outdoor exercise enthusiasts looking for a wealth of metrics.Tom's Guide80Paying a Premium for MusicThe Forerunner 645 Music is a versatile sports-focused smartwatch that is perfect for serious athletes who need to track a variety of workouts.Ars Technica80The high price of tunes on a runner's toolThere's no doubt that the Forerunner 645 Music is a powerful device and one that could intrigue all types of users—runners or not. It has all of the stellar features of the Vivoactive 3 along with additional run-tracking capabilities and music storage. The latter two features and the inclusion of Garmin Pay could make it an obvious choice for hardcore runners who have yearned for a Garmin device that lets them leave their smartphones at home during training.But that's not every runner, and Garmin knows that. The company sells two types of Forerunner 645 devices—the $449 device we tested with music storage and a $399 device without that internal storage. While it's great that Garmin took different users' preferences into account, I still believe the 645 Music is slightly overpriced.TechRadar60Garmin Forerunner 645 Music reviewThe Forerunner 645 Music is a watch that can track a huge variety of sports and look good while doing it. However, the headline music playback feature feels very half-baked and the battery life isn't as good as we've experienced on other Garmin watches.Wareable80Garmin Forerunner 645 Music reviewThere are smartwatches out there can offer a more complete music player experience for less money, but lack what Garmin offers as far as giving you those rich metrics. So if your fitness data means as much to you as the music, then the 645 Music could well be the one for you.Digital Trends70Garmin Forerunner 645 Music reviewGarmin’s Forerunner 645 Music lets you leave your phone behind, but not your fitness goals.DC Rainmaker80Forerunner 645 Music GPS Running Watch In-DepthFor a lot of people this watch will hit its mark, and especially do so over time as Garmin matures its music offerings. It’s finally getting the pieces in place for Garmin to eventually be able to compete in the core feature checklist of having music. Undoubtedly we’ll see them eventually bridge the music portion to other devices, it’s most just a matter of when.
- 73AVERAGE USER SCORE4 ReviewsRob90March 27, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!This is my first smart watch so take that into account. I still think the industrial design is beautiful. Overall I'm happy with it. I really enjoy the statistical detail I get after a run or workout.However I do have a few things that seem like they could use some work.I historically have used MapMyRun and Google Fit, but unfortunately there isn't real integration with either one that I've been able to find. So I'm left with either siloed information between those services or manually entering it.The software navigation is a little confusing. There are some menus that are hard to find because they're only accessible from some screens, and multiple screens looks similar but don't give access to the same menus. I've mostly gotten use to this though.I do wish the audio functionality was easier to use. I almost exclusively listen to podcasts. I tried using the Runcast service but it always seemed cumbersome. I have resorted to mostly using the watch to control the media on my android phone. That brings a whole new level of headache because between my Bluetooth headphones, my phone, and the watch, I'm often having connection issues. It's a real bummer because one of the main reasons I wanted this model was because I wanted to run without my phone and listen to audio from my watch. Overall I do enjoy it. I just would love to see some of the software problems get resolved.John90March 27, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!I've had mine for a few months and love it. The battery lasts forever compared to an Apple watch. I use the music when I run. I have Spotify and aftershokz headphones and have had no issues with Bluetooth. I tried Amazon music and syncing my own music, but Spotify seems the best in my opinion. My only complaint is that the UI is a bit counter-intuitive.George90March 26, 2020Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!So I'm a college distance runner, run 50+ miles a week, and I just upgraded a few days ago to the 645 from a forerunner 25 due to one of those sales you were talking about. It was $291 on Amazon, cheaper than the 245 even! Albeit that's newer. The 245 has a plastic bezel and no barometric altimeter though so that's basically how I made my decision. Being I've only had this a couple days I might not be the best reviewer for durability or battery life but I just got done with my third run in it and I love the accurate heart rate tracking since I've never had that. I keep the watch on all the time and my heart rate dips into the 30's every night when I sleep so that's cool. Now about the music function, I downloaded some of my Spotify playlists and tried it out with my sisters cheap mpow earbuds yesterday and it worked perfectly with no cutting out. Looking to get my own pair of some aftershokz because I hate little rubber plugs in my earholes and I need some more awareness running on the roads around my village. Overall, I would say it's worth getting this still if you want the music function, if not, save the $30 or whatever it is now and get the regular 645. It's still cheaper than the 245, 935, 945. Garmin's basic line is still all most people need though I can't lie, especially since they added heart rate in with the 35.c20August 1, 2019Feedback submitted!Unable to submit feedback!Don’t waste your money, or more importantly, your time. Syncing between the watch, the Garmin Connect app and music options is super glitchy. So many times I’m ready to head out (with a limited time window) and the music function is not functional. I wish I never would have bought this device. Plus their customer service takes 8-10 days and no chat function. Online FAQ is a waste of time.