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Garmin Forerunner 15 Review

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Today we briefly look at the Garmin Forerunner 15, which is the latest edition to the budget GPS range. The Garmin FR15 builds on the previous Garmin FR10 model, which now features activity tracking. Read on for the Garmin Forerunner 15 review.

Garmin Forerunner 15 review

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Garmin Forerunner 15

Like the previous FR10 model, the Garmin Forerunner 15 is aimed at runners who are looking for an affordable budget GPS running watch that works straight out of the box at the press of a button, while keeping the stylish looks. The Garmin FR15 allows users to easily monitor and track their distances, pace, calories burned and also heart rate when paired with a heart rate strap.

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Garmin Forerunner 15 (Blue/Black)

What else is new with the Garmin Forerunner 15 is the activity tracker, which allows users to monitor their activity between runs such as steps and calories burned. With the growing popularity of activity trackers, Garmin have chosen to incorporate this so users don’t have to wear a separate device. What’s also neat about the activity tracker is the Garmin FR15 can remind you to move on if you’ve been sitting for more than an hour.

The Garmin FR15 is also compatible with an optional foot pod so users can train indoors. Like most other Garmin watches, users can upload their data to Garmin Connect, which allows runners to track and monitor their progress and fitness treads.

With prices ranging from approx. $169.99 to $199.99 for the watch only and heart rate monitor models respectively, and available in five different colour combinations (black/blue, red/black, black/green, teal/white and violet/white).

For any runners looking for a stylish, inexpensive and easy to use GPS running watch, the Garmin FR15 is definitely worth a look.

Positives
1. Tracks essential stats like distances, pace, calories and heart rate (with optional heart rate strap).
2. Activity tracker, which allows users to count their steps, calories and distances between runs.
3. Stylish and easy to use straight out of the box
4. Compatible with foot pod for anyone that likes to train indoors
5. Battery life of up to 8 hours in GPS mode or up to 5 weeks in watch or activity tracking mode
6. Track, monitor and share activities via Garmin Connect

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Negatives
1. Priced at the upper end of budget GPS watch market – $199.99 for the full heart rate model.

Specifications
Physical dimensions:

  • Small: 1.58” x 2.05” x 0.62” (4.0 cm x 5.2 cm x 1.6 cm)
  • Large: 1.79” x 2.25” x 0.62” (4.6 cm x 5.7 cm x 1.6 cm)

Display size:

  • Small: 0.81” x 0.77” (2.1 cm x 2.0 cm)
  • Large: 0.98” x 0.94” (2.5 cm x 2.4 cm)

Display resolution: 55 x 32 pixels
Weight:

  • Small: 36 g (1.3 oz)
  • Large: 43 g (1.5 oz)

Battery: rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: 5 weeks in watch mode; 8 hours in training mode
Water rating: 5 ATM
GPS-enabled: Yes
High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
History: 7 activities
Heart rate monitor: Yes (Some versions)
Foot pod: Yes (optional)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation: Yes
Customizable screen(s): Yes
Sport watch: Yes
Virtual Pacer™ (compares current running pace to target): yes
Personal records: Yes
Run/walk feature: Yes

(Source: Garmin.com)

What’s in the Box?

Watch only
1 x Garmin Forerunner 15
1 x Charging/data cable
1 x User manual

Heart rate version
1 x Garmin Forerunner 15
1 x Heart rate monitor
1 x Charging/data cable
1 x User manual

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Conclusion
For anyone looking for a simple and easy to use GPS running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 15 definitely ticks the right boxes. Stylish and relatively inexpensive, Garmin are looking to strengthen their budget range.

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Garmin Forerunner 15

With the introduction of an activity tracker, users can also track their activity throughout the day without the need for a separate device. Also with the optional heart rate strap, users can monitor their heart rate during their workouts.

Where to Buy?
Due to be released in late May, you can pre-order the Garmin Forerunner 15 directly from Garmin or from Amazon. Prices range from approx. $169.99 to $199.99 for the watch only and heart rate monitor models respectively, and available in five different colour combinations (black/blue, red/black, black/green, teal/white and violet/white).