An always-on display, GPS, heartrate monitor, step counting, calorie tracking, and sleep monitoring are a few things that the band can do, and unlike most other smartwatches or bands, it does almost everything pretty accurately. And it’s compatible with both Android and iOS devices.
Also, it has a very decent battery life – up to 10 hours with GPS actively running or up to four weeks when used with GPS off. Priced at $285, it might sound a bit expensive, but this is not for people who want a basic tracker, it’s for serious runners who want to get correct data.
The GPS is accurate and catches signals fairly quickly. And if you’re running indoors i.e. on a treadmill, its accelerometer has got you covered – though it’s not as accurate, but not too bad either. The heartrate monitor consists of a flickering green LED light, which is also pretty accurate.
What’s more, it can also track sleep, but the data isn’t as detailed as you get from Jawbone or Fitbit trackers. It doesn’t show how long did it take you to fall asleep or how well you slept, but only shows your movements during sleep.
As for the design, it’s big at 48mm – fairly bigger than the biggest 42mm model of the Apple Watch. But thanks to the round design, it doesn’t look odd. It has an always-on color display, which can be read easily in harsh sunlight.
The band is waterproof up to 5ATM, so you can wear it in the shower, in the pool or dive as deep as 50 meters under the water.
But then, just like any other product, it has its shortcomings. It comes with a proprietary charging dock – but it has pretty much become a norm in the wearable world. It’s available in only black color, and suits masculine wrists because of the chunky design. The heartrate tracking is limited to workouts. The data doesn’t get synced automatically – they probably skipped it to save battery life, but syncing manually is a sheer hassle. Sleep data isn’t as detailed and its mobile app isn’t great, to say the least.
In case you don’t want the heart-rate, but would rather like to save a few bucks, you should check out the Forerunner 220, which costs $249. The 220 is essentially a 225 minus heartrate monitor and extra bells and whistles. But at the end of the day, serious runners who also want to track hear-rate, won’t go wrong with the Forerunner 225.