Leave The Phone at Home With Garmin Forerunner 645 Music Wearable

center_img Garmin this week introduced its first GPS running watch with integrated music.The Forerunner 645 Music, as its name suggests, gives wearers the freedom to listen to tunes during a run or workout—sans smartphone.While I rely on Netflix to get through breathless cardio sessions at the gym, I’ve longed for the ability to track my pace and follow a podcast during Sunday morning outdoor jogs, without sweating up my iPhone.This wearable promises to do just that.Store up to 500 songs on your wrist by transferring music from a computer directly to the watch, or downloading offline playlists from select streaming services (iHeartRadio, Deezer).Users can also tap into performance monitoring tools, customizable functions, and the manufacturer’s proprietary contactless payment solution, Garmin Pay.“Listening to music helps most of us keep our momentum going during those long or particularly difficult runs,” Dan Bartel, Garmin vice president of worldwide sales, said in a statement. “Now, with the addition of integrated music and Garmin Pay, the Forerunner 645 Music will help give athletes the independence they’ve been looking for while still providing them with the quality and accuracy of our other running products that they have come to rely on.”Go for a run, walk, ride, or swim: Firstbeat training keeps athletes in line with their goals; in the pool, the Forerunner 645 Music tracks distance, pace, stroke, and personal goals.Promising seven days of battery life in smartwatch mode and up to five hours in GPS mode with music, this is the first Forerunner to feature a stainless-steel metal bezel and always-on Garmin Chroma Display.At $449.99, the new device is a bit pricey compared to other music-playback options (TomTom, Samsung, Polar, New Balance, LG, Motorola, and even Apple boast cheaper alternatives).Don’t need tunes? Garmin also announced the Forerunner 645, on sale for $399.99 without integrated music capabilities.last_img