Leaks of some rather pretty images of the impending Garmin Forerunner 645 Music have finally surfaced.
As there is a 645+Music then so there is a 645 sans music.
There may be other functionally different variants too. We shall, no doubt, see soon enough.
Will there be cellular streaming of music like the Apple Watch 3 or just simply music storage like on the ‘high-end’ TomTom-Runners or something else?
These are the broad degrees of music playback types. The bet would be that the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music sits in option 2.
- Built-in SIM card (eSIM) enables streaming over your data allowance, inevitably with music caching of some sort
- Synchronisation with a computer-based music library (one or more 3rd parties)
- Simple, remote device to control your smartphone’s music playback
Options 1. & 2., of course, require that, for the first time, Garmin need to be able to playback the music over a bluetooth connection to paired bluetooth earbuds/headphones. This is one area to be mindful of when we assess the 645 as earbud BLE connections can be troublesome when a non-supported pair are used AND there are LOTS of earbud models. Garmin will not have checked them all for compatibility. Indeed there will probably be compatibility with an included pair that are much more likely to work than others.
Will it sneak into the Best Running Watch of 2017? Have a look:
We also need to consider what streaming service is supported. Is it your current one?…or the other one? Or a new Garmin one (doubtful)? If your local, ‘legacy’ computer-based music library is supported (I don’t think this will be the case) then which library software will/will not be supported?
On the one hand the circular-faced device looks like the normal sort of watch you can wear all day. Kinda handy if it’s going to have all these fancy functions on it such as the Samsung SmartThings as indicated in the image at the top.
But don’t you think it looks a bit soulless? As bland as a bland thing can be?
Sensible strap. Lots of buttons and possibly no touchscreen. Probably lightweright/cheap materials like the 935.In fact it looks not too dissimilar from the 935. But they look soulless and metaphorically grey. They do NOT look like running watches but rather ‘watches you can run with’ without them falling apart physically and functionally.
The Forerunner 645 is likely to be a candidate for the best running watch ever. Not that I wish to hype it up or anything 😉
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Rumour: Garmin only make one watch but keep turning bits of functionality off and changing the number and price on the front 😉 (not true of course, said jokingly)
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