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You need a simple, affordable GPS smartwatch that can keep up with you — work, errands, even sports. This is just your style.

You want a bit more than the basics on your run at an affordable price, and this GPS running smartwatch will help you hit your stride.

General

Lens Material

Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3

chemically strengthened glass

Bezel Material

stainless steel

Case material fiber-reinforced polymer with stainless steel rear cover
Quick Release bands yes (20 mm, Industry standard)
Strap material

silicone

silicone

Physical size

43.4 x 43.4 x 11.7 mm

Fits wrists with a circumference of 127-204 mm

45 x 45 x 11.7 mm

Touchscreen
Color display
Display size 1.2" (30.4mm) diameter 1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter
Display resolution 240 x 240 pixels 215 x 180 pixels
Display type sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP) sunlight-visible, transflective memory-in-pixel (MIP)
Weight

43.0 g

42 g

Battery life Smartwatch mode: Up to 7 days
GPS mode: Up to 13 hours
Smartwatch Mode: Up to 9 days
GPS mode: Up to 11 hours
Water rating 5 ATM 5 ATM
Memory/History 7 timed activities, 14 days of activity tracking data 200 hours of activity data

Clock Features

Time/date
GPS Time Sync
Automatic daylight saving time
Alarm clock
Timer
Stopwatch
Sunrise/sunset times

Health Monitoring

Wrist-based Heart Rate (constant, every second)
Daily Resting Heart Rate
Abnormal Heart Rate Alerts yes (high)
Fitness Age yes (in app)
All-day Stress
Relaxation breathing timer
Sleep yes (Advanced) yes (Advanced)
Hydration yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget) yes (in Garmin Connect™)
Woman's Health yes (in Garmin Connect™ and optional Connect IQ™ widget) yes (in Garmin Connect™)

Sensors

GPS
GLONASS
Galileo
Garmin Elevate™ wrist heart rate monitor
Barometric altimeter
Compass
Accelerometer
Thermometer

Daily Smart Features

Connectivity Bluetooth® Smart and ANT+®
Connect IQ™ (downloadable watch faces, data fields, widgets and apps)
Smart Notifications
Text response/reject phone call with text (Android™ only)
Calendar
Weather
Controls smartphone music
Find My Phone
Find My Watch
VIRB® Remote
Smartphone compatibility iPhone®, Android™ iPhone®, Android™
Pairs with Garmin Connect™ Mobile
Garmin Pay™

Safety and Tracking Features

LiveTrack

Activity Tracking Features

Step counter
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)
Calories burned
Floors climbed
Distance traveled
Intensity minutes
TrueUp™
Move IQ™

Gym & Fitness Equipment

Available gym activity profiles Strength, Cardio and Elliptical Training, Stair Stepping, Floor Climbing, Indoor Rowing and Yoga
Cardio workouts
Strength workouts
Automatic rep counting

Training, Planning and Analysis Features

HR zones
HR alerts
HR calories
% HR max
Recovery time
HR Broadcast (broadcasts HR data over ANT+™ to paired devices)
GPS speed and distance
Customizable data pages
Customizable activity profiles
Auto Pause®
Interval training
Advanced workouts
Downloadable training plans
Auto Lap®
Manual lap
VO2 Max (Run)
Training Effect
Custom alerts
Audio prompts
Finish time
Touch and/or button lock
Auto scroll
Activity history on watch
Physio TrueUp

Running Features

Available run profiles

Running, Indoor Track Running, Treadmill Running

yes

GPS-based distance, time and pace
Cadence (provides real-time number of steps per minute)
Run workouts
Race predictor
Foot pod capable

Golfing Features

Yardage to F/M/B (distance to front, middle and back of green)
Yardage to layups/doglegs
Measures shot distance (calculates exact yardage for shots from anywhere on course) Automatic
Digital scorecard
Stat tracking (strokes, putts per round, greens and fairways hit)
Garmin AutoShot™
Green View with manual pin position
Hazards and course targets
PinPointer
Round timer/odometer

Outdoor Recreation

Available outdoor recreation profiles

Skiing, Snowboarding, XC Skiing, Stand Up Paddleboarding, Rowing

Back to start
Distance to destination yes (for back to start)
Total ascent/descent
Area calculation yes (via Connect IQ™)
Hunt/fish calendar yes (via Connect IQ™)
Sun and moon information yes (via Connect IQ™)

Cycling Features

Alerts (triggers alarm when you reach goals including time, distance, heart rate or calories)
Available cycling profiles

Biking, Indoor Biking

yes

Compatible with Varia™ radar (rear-facing radar)
Compatible with Varia™ lights
Speed and cadence sensor support

yes

yes

Swimming Features

Available swim profiles

Pool Swimming

Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count, swim efficiency (SWOLF), calories)
Stroke type detection (freestyle, backstroke, breaststroke, butterfly) (pool swim only)
Basic rest timer (up from 0) (pool swim only)
Time and distance alerts

Kid Activity Tracking Features

Toe-to-Toe™ Challenges app yes (optional Connect IQ app) yes (optional Connect IQ app)