Forerunner 225by Garmin

  • Forerunner 225
  • Forerunner 225
TECHWALLA
VERDICT
Clearly above average. Only a couple of issues keep this from being best in class.
87%
TECHWALLA SCORE
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PROS

  • The color-coded screen tells the user's heart rate zone (and heart rate) at a glance.
  • The timer automatically pauses when the user stops at an intersection, beeps when the user completes a certain number of miles, and beeps to start a new interval in interval training.
  • For a wrist-sized heart rate monitor, it is comfortable and reliable.

CONS

  • The heart rate monitor only works during exercise, not throughout the day.
  • Some users had trouble telling whether the charger was attached and working properly.
  • The Forerunner 225 is not designed to display smartphone notifications.
Garmin’s Forerunner 225 is an exercise watch with a built-in heart rate monitor and GPS. With the GPS and heart rate monitor turned off, the watch lives for about four weeks. If both are running, the watch won’t last more than 10 hours. This isn’t a problem because both are only useable during exercise. The Forerunner 225 counts steps throughout the day and calculates daily step-count goals. One of the coolest training features is the color-coded screen that marks the user's heart rate zone. The bad news is the exercise watch does not display smartphone notifications.
NameForerunner 225Spark Cardio + MusicActivite PopVivoWatchMicrosoft Band
ManufacturerGarminTomTomWithingsAsusMicrosoft
Techwalla Score
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100%

Pound for pound it’s probably the best wrist-based heart rate running watch you can buy right now.

Pound for pound it’s probably the best wrist-based heart rate running watch you can buy right now.

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98%

It’s NOT the most technical sports watch, but it’s not supposed to be.

It’s NOT the most technical sports watch, but it’s not supposed to be.

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94%

Sleep data is captured, but the presentation of that data is lame. You only see a rather strange graph that shows you how low to high moveme…

Sleep data is captured, but the presentation of that data is lame. You only see a rather strange graph that shows you how low to high movement was captured with a total time of sleep. There is no information on light vs heavy sleep, how many times you were awakened, or any other statistic we see in other ecosystems.

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90%

The 225 automatically adjusts your daily steps goal based on your recent activity, a welcome motivational tool that not all activity tracker…

The 225 automatically adjusts your daily steps goal based on your recent activity, a welcome motivational tool that not all activity trackers bother with. You can also set the watch to give you a gentle vibrating reminder, a move-your-ass alert, if you've been stationery for too long.

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90%

Ever since I started incorporating my heart rate into my training regimen, I've become a lot more efficient with my running.

Ever since I started incorporating my heart rate into my training regimen, I've become a lot more efficient with my running.

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89%

The watch includes all the essential features you would need as a runner including Auto Lap, Auto Pause, tracking your distance, speed, pace…

The watch includes all the essential features you would need as a runner including Auto Lap, Auto Pause, tracking your distance, speed, pace, doing interval runs and being waterproof up to 50 meters so it can be worn in torrential rain, in the shower and in the pool.

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80%

A big plus is that both the controls and the menus are intuitive enough to learn without reaching for the user manual.

A big plus is that both the controls and the menus are intuitive enough to learn without reaching for the user manual.

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80%

I like that it can connect with MyFitnessPal to help monitor calorie intake, and I find the running data to be adequate. It's when you start…

I like that it can connect with MyFitnessPal to help monitor calorie intake, and I find the running data to be adequate. It's when you start to view your activity data that you see just how far behind the Connect app is compared to Fitbit and Jawbone.

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80%

The strap is extra wide and chunky – I have to say it does not have the greatest aesthetic appeal to me and it felt a bit unwieldy to wear a…

The strap is extra wide and chunky – I have to say it does not have the greatest aesthetic appeal to me and it felt a bit unwieldy to wear all day.

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80%

The HR sensor on the FR225 works reliably and doesn't get it your way. Just so you know, this is mostly a running watch and therefore you wo…

The HR sensor on the FR225 works reliably and doesn't get it your way. Just so you know, this is mostly a running watch and therefore you won't really need to worry about the accuracy of the HR sensor outside of running (although I've tested it elsewhere and it's accurate).

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80%

I see it more as an entry- to mid-level runner's watch than a fitness tracker, especially in its looks. Runners will find it captures more t…

I see it more as an entry- to mid-level runner's watch than a fitness tracker, especially in its looks. Runners will find it captures more than the bare minimum of data for their sport, but not as much as high-end units, such as the Garmin Forerunner 620, the 920XT, and the Fenix 3.

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Current pace is very accurate and I would go as far as saying that this helped me towards a half marathon PB in 1:23:30. I have always taken…

Current pace is very accurate and I would go as far as saying that this helped me towards a half marathon PB in 1:23:30. I have always taken current pace with a pinch of salt previously but this has been consistently accurate.

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I have caught myself paying attention to steps throughout the day a bit more, but not yet to the point where that truly influences much of m…

I have caught myself paying attention to steps throughout the day a bit more, but not yet to the point where that truly influences much of my day to day (same for sleep, although it has been interesting to look at duration and quality of my sleep in relation to how the following day’s run went).

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The unit clips in nice and secure – it would pass the ceiling fan test easily (in that you could attach it to a ceiling fan and it’d stay cl…

The unit clips in nice and secure – it would pass the ceiling fan test easily (in that you could attach it to a ceiling fan and it’d stay clipped on).

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The rubber ring is easily removed and replaced. Also, because of the rubber ring the readings are more accurate when you don’t have the watc…

The rubber ring is easily removed and replaced. Also, because of the rubber ring the readings are more accurate when you don’t have the watch on tightly, moreover, you don’t have to put it on tightly, making it more comfortable to wear.

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The rubber strap feels comfortable considering the materials, and while the watch face may be deemed too large for some, we think it provide…

The rubber strap feels comfortable considering the materials, and while the watch face may be deemed too large for some, we think it provides ample viewing space for a quick glance when out on a run.

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With the forerunner 225 you can glance down and look at a color coded display to tell you what zone you are in.

With the forerunner 225 you can glance down and look at a color coded display to tell you what zone you are in.

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It was clear Garmin had designed the watch to be used by runners exclusively, as there is no alternative activity tracking like cycling, hik…

It was clear Garmin had designed the watch to be used by runners exclusively, as there is no alternative activity tracking like cycling, hiking or non-cardio workouts. Sure, you can switch these activities in Garmin’s Connect recording software (more on that in a moment), but it’s a pain in the ass and not something that is user friendly in the slightest.

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Like I said, this watch can become an excellent training partner but it requires a bit of work on the user’s part to fully exploit the full …

Like I said, this watch can become an excellent training partner but it requires a bit of work on the user’s part to fully exploit the full potential of this amazing piece of fitness gear.

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