To start tracking an activity, press the upper right button to enter the activity menu. Choose an option and the watch will automatically connect to GPS. Not only does this watch have regular GPS, but it also has GPS+ Glonass or GPS + Galileo. Depending on what option you choose, the GPS will be more or less accurate.
The GPS signal picked up much quicker than the Forerunner 45 or Polar Ignite. The difference is the watch doesn’t tell you to wait until you have a GPS connection, it just tells you once the GPS is connected.
A nice feature is that four different data sets can be displayed on the screen during your run. You can adjust these easily to see basic information while running, such as heart rate, pace, distance, and time.
The scroll buttons allow you to easily move to other screens. This means that during your run you can switch to a different screen to see other displays, such as cadence, current time, calories burned, and average speed. It is like you have two screens with two other optional screens that only have the current time and heart rate. These can be changed to a different setting but the default setting is fine for me.
At 41 grams, the watch is lightweight and feels comfortable on your wrist. As mentioned earlier, the wristband looks low budget but it doesn’t rub or cause discomfort like other watches. Wristbands in the same category tend to be more rigid, so once you start running and sweating your forearm swells and it doesn’t feel good. But that is not the case with this watch.
The wrist heart rate sensor seems to be accurate and doesn’t lose information.
There are several options when it comes to notifications while running. You can choose a tone, buzz, or a combination of both. The watch can be adjusted for what notifications you want to hear or feel. Some options include when you hit a mile, laps, interval, and distance. Since this is the 245 Music, there is an audio option as well. If you have this setting enabled, you will get audio information on your runs, such as km time and distance.
The screen visibility is good even in bright sunlight. The numbers are easy to read and the screen lights up for the alerts you have set for various notifications settings. The background color can be adjusted as well.
Here is a brief overview of the settings during your run:
- Run Settings: The four different data screens can be customized to show the information you want. (two screens have a maximum of four split screens). During your run, you can switch to other screens by using the scroll buttons. Alerts can be added to show maximum heart rate, distance, laps, pace, etc. This will let you know when you reach or exceed specific thresholds.
- Training: The Garmin Coach option allows you to upload training sessions, which includes pre-programmed workouts on the watch. The settings on the training program can be adjusted for a more personalized plan. There are many options such as intervals, laps, races, distances, etc., all of which are based on your pace, time, heart rate, or a combination of these.
These settings are pretty easy to learn and I recommend trying out the watch to see how it works.
The training options by the Garmin Coach is an interesting option.
Garmin offers three distances for the training plan, which includes a 5k, 10K, or a half marathon. The training plan also has three timelines and three coaches who will help you complete your goal. After selecting your preference in the training plan, it is automatically uploaded to your watch the next time it syncs. The training program provides tips while using the app, which includes short informational movies and a coach who helps motivate you.
Finally, the watch offers an emergency option that alerts someone in case of an emergency. This feature only works when it is connected to your phone. There is also live tracking, but this only works when it is connected to your phone as well.