Garmin Forerunner 630

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Garmin Forerunner 630 Review Facts

The Garmin Forerunner 630 is the gadget that every runner is looking to have wrapped around their wrist. With high-end analytical features and a great look to match, it is a watch that most people would love to have not only on their morning jog but also as they run errands during the day. Even though the price might dampen your appetite to get this new shiny piece of gadget, it does have the features and the quality to demand a good portion of the price attached.

As a successor of the FR620 model the newer 630 model features sharper and more customizable features with more factors being analyzed during exercise.

Pros
  • High-resolution touchscreen for easier display even when running
  • Built with runners in mind with advanced running dynamics that provide all the essential data that you will need during your training session.
  • Long lasting battery with up to 16 hours of battery life in training mode and up to 28 days in watch mode
  • Water proof for up to 50 meters
  • Features automatic Garmin connect
  • Smart notifications displays alerts when the device is paired with your phone or computer
  • Is compatible with a heart rate chest strap
Cons
  • The backlight is a little dim and can make it cumbersome to view data at times
  • While the watch is able to monitor heart rate, it does not have a built-in heart rate monitor
Size/Weight

Size/Weight

The Forerunner 630 comes in at 44grams. Compared to the competitors it is on the weightier side. However, it can easily be forgiven considering the wide range of features that it has to offer. The narrower straps and smaller face give it a smaller and snuggle look with a stylish look that will ensure you keep the watch past your exercise hours. The watch measures 45.0×45.0×11.7mm and has a display resolution of 215×180 pixels.
Heart Rate Monitoring

Heart Rate Monitoring

Unfortunately, the device does not feature a built-in heart rate monitoring device. However, it does have the infrastructure installed in the software and is capable of pairing with different heart rate monitoring hardware including chest straps for more accurate readings.
Sport Modes

Sport Modes

The Garmin Forerunner 630 has been primarily built for running but can also support other sports like cycling because it has a cadence sensor. With regards to running, the watch has a simple set up and allows you to set up your running mode in a short period. The GPS is very accurate and requires less than 30 seconds to be set up successfully.

The watch is able to keep track of other activities like the number of steps you take and will also remind you when you remain inactive for too long. The watch is waterproof for up to 50 minutes and can be used to monitor heart rate however, this is limited and the watch has been built to largely support running.
Notifications

Notifications

The device features a number of different notifications and employs vibration to ensure that you’re in the know and because it might go off while you’re in the office, this ensures that you don’t disturb your colleagues. The watch will vibrate while on your run to let you know when you have completed a mile. Depending on the settings and the running mode, it might also vibrate to let you know a variety of other running metrics.

To help you better achieve your goals, this fitness watch will also vibrate when you remain inactive for too long.
Personalization

Personalization

There is not much to customize about the watch. However, Garmin has come with a great way of giving your watch a personal touch without making it overwhelming or reducing its capacity and ability to analyze and record data. The face of the watch can be changed. By simply popping out the current face and pop in your preferred face to give the watch more of a personal touch.

In terms of software, the user can also customize and personalize the widgets, apps and data fields which make it much easier for you to view the data that you need easily especially considering the different types of data that the interface is able to display.
Metrics and Analytics

Metrics and Analytics

There are quite a number of features and metrics that this watch measures which is more than enough to put most of the other running watches to shame. Other than measuring the distance, the device is also able to keep tabs on your heart rate, standard pace, timing and even speed. It also offers data on stride length, cadence, vertical oscillation, vertical ratio, average ground contact time and GC time balance. While you might not need all these information, there is no doubt that you’re not sure where your quest for fitness will take you next and even though the data might not be helpful now, it can be helpful in future.
Social Media Sharing

Social Media Sharing

It is always a great feeling if you can share your progress with the online world. The Garmin Forerunner 630 has created a feature that allows for this called the Live Track. It allows you to share your data on social media or even email it to friends.
Apps & Widgets

Apps & Widgets

With this purchase, you get access to Garmin Connect. Plenty of users has expressed their dislike to the app because it has become shorthanded with some turning to other compatible options like Strava. However, the alternatives lack quality features like the training tools and built-in training plans and custom reports.

To resolve these problems, there is the Garmin Connect App (v3.0) that has attempted to sort to bring back the competitive edge and bring in among other features available in all smartphone and Windows 10 platforms.
Real Time Data Tracking

Real Time Data Tracking

There is plenty of real time data that is available in the interface. From the distance that you’re covering to how long your foot stays in contact with the ground, this watch is a maestro when it comes to real time data. Garmin Forerunner 630 is able to keep tabs on your current speed, the distance you have covered and is able to give you notifications.

While you might not be able to keep an eye on all the aspects that are being measured, it is possible to get representations on the data once the device has been paired with your phone. If you have paired it with a heart rate monitoring device, you will also be able to get up to the second update on the state of your biological ticker.
Key Features

Key Features

• Has 2nd generation running dynamics
• Delivers audio prompts for lap times
• Sends customized training plans
• can sync with a smartphone
• measures vertical oscillation and ground contact time
• Smart notifications
• Extended physiological measurements
Activity tracking capabilities
• Touch screen interface with a split screen
Bottom Line

Bottom Line

There is no question that the price tag of this watch is higher than most of the other options that are available in the market. However, with such a wide range of features and functionality, you would expect nothing less.

The fitness watch offers comprehensive analytics and with the easy connect and uploading features, you have unlimited access to your recorded data and you can easily track your progress. The screen could use a little more brightness to make it easier to use especially at the height of day time but honestly put, there are very few areas of error that you can be able to pick out from this watch.

Garmin Forerunner 630 offers value for money and is a true partner to anyone that is serious about their fitness and would like to have a gadget that is able to tabulate and record their progress. The additional features like the ability to get your records via email come up with customized training courses and so on are highly welcome in making the most with what technology has to offer.