As an avid Garmin owner (VivosmartHR, Forerunner 610, Vivoactive) I was very keen to get my hands on the Garmin Forerunner 630. I have had the watch on test now for 3 months and will be going back to Garmin UK in the next month.
The 630 has a noticeable absence of the new wrist hear rate sensor but the model I receive did come with the new updated heart rate ‘run’ strap. As the top of the forerunner range I guess most people will be using this as a pure running watch. I have to say that its size and sleekness does allow it to be a daily watch also.
It boasts the same features as many of the other watch’s in the range with smart notifications, step count, control over your media player with the added bonus of a light/sleek big screened watch.
From getting it out of the box it could not be simpler. If you have a Garmin connect app and account it will sync via Bluetooth with your phone and will set up immediately with no need to plug into a computer.
It will sync with your phone when in rage automatically which is great if you are wearing it as a day to day watch but even better when by the time you have taken on fluid and stretched at the end of a run, it has already uploaded you data to the connect app and any 3rd party fitness tracking software you use! (I use Strava).
Where the 630 sets itself apart from other brands and models are the features and functionality of the device. I have only scratched the surface of what it can do and tell you but the data you receive after a run will fulfil any statto runner out there. (When used with the heart band)
The GPS receiver upgrade is very noticeable; no longer do you need to do the Satellite shuffle at your start point! You navigate to the activities screen, tap the touch screen to run and within a nano second you’re ready to go. It remembers satellite positions too so if you run from a regular point it is super quick.
The mix of buttons and touch screen is great. It means you’re able to navigate screens simply but also able to lock the screen to stop accidental stoppage. The colour screen in bright and easy to read and you can customise what you want to see via the connect app. I also love the new IQ feature where you can download from Garmin extra apps/widgets or even clock faces.
It has a good accelerometer so there is no need for a foot pod when you are forced indoors also. I have got hooked on the VO2 max estimate, looking for improvements constantly but I feel the recovery advisor is a little out!
As well as the standard features you normally find on a Garmin: pace predictor, auto scroll, auto lap and auto pause. I love the virtual racer where you can race a route on a previous run as well as a virtual partner to keep you honest on those long runs. You can also set up bespoke sessions including intervals which I love as it saves me taking 2 watches.