Garmin Forerunner 745, which takes almost anything from the top model of the brand and squeezes everything into one, is the newest multisport smartwatch from Garmin.
The smartwatch comes with a decent quality regular 22 mm silicone strap, which makes it comfortable to wear. Like other Garmin watches, Forerunner 745 fits well with numerous customizable long-press shortcuts to access the interface and monitor operations.
- Screen: 1.2in (30.5mm) transflective MIP (240×240 pixels)
- Case size: 43.8mm
- Case thickness: 13.3mm
- Band size: 22mm standard
- Weight: 47g
- Storage: 500 songs
- Water resistance: 50 metres (5ATM)
- Sensors: GPS/Glonass/Galileo, compass, gyro, thermometer, altimeter, heart rate, pulse Ox
- Connectivity: Bluetooth, ANT+, wifi
Charging, battery life, syncing
Most Garmin Forerunner 745 synchronizes via Bluetooth with the Garmin Link app on an Android or iPhone. But you can also use the built-in wifi to synchronize the watch directly to the internet.
The Forerunner 745 will last approximately a week between charges in general smartwatch mode without exercise. Battery life lasts up to 16 hours if you’re running or cycling with your GPS turned on. But if you play offline music as well, the battery life is shortened to only six hours.
You would have to charge it every few days if you practice many times a week. The watch lasts about four days with two 25-minute runs of music while being used as a smartwatch. That’s considerably shorter than the battery life of the larger Forerunner 945 for 1.5 to 2 weeks.
It takes about two hours until the watch is fully charged.
Specialists repair Forerunner 745 with a fee. However, Garmin usually replaces damaged devices with refurbished models. The battery is rated to last regular charging cycles for a few years while maintaining at least 80% power but is not user-replaceable. Corning’s scratch-resistant Gorilla Glass DX, equivalent to a smartphone, protects the screen. Garmin did not comment on the use of the watch with recycled materials.
Garmin also provides trade-in systems and complies with WEEE and other local laws for recycling electronics.
The Garmin Forerunner 745 has all the tracking features. Hence, the smartwatch suits best for running, cycling, and swimming. It can also track all three at once for multisport activities such as a triathlon, something that can not be achieved by other smartwatches.
The GPS trace of runs is about as precise as you can get, matching very well all routes and speed to a map. It was also fast and secure to obtain a GPS lock, even in rainy weather.
The optical heart rate monitor is very effective, matching the best in the industry. But if you want more sensitive monitoring (such as sudden high-intensity bursts), a chest strap and a number of other Garmin and third-party accessories can also be linked via Bluetooth or ANT+ for added flexibility.
Advanced features are helpful, such as automated training schedules, recommended exercises, training mentors, and mid-run performance state analysis. Via personalized workout schedules such as interval training, the watch can also direct you.
Garmin Forerunner 745 also has a thermometer and altimeter that can provide you with heat and altitude acclimatization analysis, plus Garmin’s ClimbPro feature that works out a route’s elevation intensity to help you cope with hills, and PacePro that does the same thing for races.
The one thing missing on this watch, however, is the full onboard charts. If you know where you’re going, that’s perfectly good. But if you’re blazing new trails, the watch can’t support you much if you get lost.
Smartwatch Features, General Health
The Forerunner 745 has a detailed overall monitoring of health and behavior, including steps, distance, moving warnings, all-day heart rate, saturation of blood oxygen, stress, cycle recording sleep tracking and menstrual cycle tracking. It also has irregular alarms of heart rate. But it also lacks the ability to record the electrocardiogram (ECG).
The Garmin body battery system is one of the best to interpret general health data with a simple input and output metric, demonstrating the present rest and energy state of your body.
Smartwatch features are restricted to alerts for calls and app updates on your iPhone. But certain notifications, such as fast responses, can be activated on your Android phone. The weather, the calendar and other basic items are also there. The Garmin gets the basics right, but for intelligent features, an Apple Watch or Samsung Galaxy Watch will not challenge it.
Another great multisport watch from Garmin is the Forerunner 745, which takes much of what makes its top model the industry leader, minus the onboard charts, and condenses it into a smaller , lighter and cheaper box.
Slim, compact, comfortable and reliable, the watch is ready to record everything from running , cycling, swimming, skiing, a gym session or just a stroll. It has a long enough battery to get through a marathon, can play offline music from Spotify or other facilities, and records more details than most people know what to do with.
It also protects all the basic bases of health monitoring and manages quick alerts from smartphones. For proper sport monitoring, the bright screen that is easy to read in all conditions plus physical buttons trounce the conventional smartwatch crowd. With no extra subscription costs, the Connect app is one of the very best to fully evaluate and monitor your training and results. But it’s the size and fit of the watch that I like best, but it’s the perfect spot between being large enough to see, but tiny enough to forget that it’s there before you need it.
The battery life, including the more expensive Forerunner 945, is shorter than some of the competition, but it is the price that makes the Forerunner 745 the biggest drawback.
Overall, the Forerunner 745 is a fantastic new multisport watch full of features but lightweight that ticks almost every box for those looking for an advanced running, training or triathlon-tracking gadget.