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Garmin Forerunner 620 Review

Today, we’ve been lucky enough to finally get our hands on the latest and most advanced touchscreen GPS running watch from Garmin – the Forerunner 620.

As well as the usual running features that you’ve come to expect, the Garmin FR620 also features a recovery advisor, race predictor and VO2 max estimator, allowing runners to train smarter. But is the Garmin FR 620 any good? Read on for the Garmin Forerunner 620 review to find out.

Garmin Forerunner 620 Review

Overview

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Garmin Forerunner 620

At first glance, the Garmin Forerunner 620 is a smart looking watch that you could happily use as your daily watch. The watch is very light and the wristband is pretty comfortable to wear for long periods. With a color display and a responsive touchscreen, users can easily track distances, pace and heart rate data with the optional heart-rate monitor.

If you opt for the optional heart-rate monitor model, the Garmin FR620 can provide feedback on your running form by displaying your cadence, ground contact time and vertical oscillation. And if you prefer to train in-doors, you don’t need a separate foot pod as the Garmin Forerunner 620 features a built-in accelerometer that allows you to track your distances.

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Garmin Forerunner 620 Color Gauge

As well as tracking your distances, pace and heart rate data, the Garmin FR620 can also estimate your VO2 body’s maximum oxygen consumption by displaying a color gauge on the watch to estimate how your VO2 compares with other runners of the same gender and age.

This is useful for indicating the maximum volume of oxygen your body can consume per minute, per KG of body weight at your max. performance. With all this information, the watch can predict your race times for several distances (very scientific stuff!).

Another cool feature of the Garmin Forerunner 620 is the recovery advisor, which uses the color gauge to indicate when you’re good to go for a run or when you should take a rest day to recover.

Like all previous Forerunner watches, data can wirelessly be sent to Garmin Connect, which features live tracking, social media sharing and GPS satellite fix updates. You can also pair the watch with your iPhone with the Garmin Connect Mobile App to transfer and upload data.

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Garmin Forerunner 620 (blue/black and orange/white)

The Garmin Forerunner 620 is available in blue/black and orange/white color combinations and is priced from approx. $399.99 for the watch only model or approx. $449.99 for the heart-rate monitor model.

Positives
1. Lightweight and comfortable watchband make the Garmin FR 620 ideal to be worn everyday.
2. Responsive touchscreen works well even with gloves on. Users can either manually swipe up or down to scroll. Or touch the top or bottom of the screen to scroll up and down.
3. GPS accuracy is quite good and finds satellites pretty instantly.
4. Battery life of up to 10 hours when in constant use and up to 6 weeks in normal mode.
5. Water resistant of up to 50 meters
6. Uploading data over Wi-Fi makes data transfer easy and convenient
7. Can be paired with your iPhone 4S+ to transfer and upload data

Negatives
1. Garmin Mobile Connect App only supports iPhone 4S or later but Android support is expected in January 2014.
2. Some users may not like the color options available.
3. No cycling mode
4. Some users may dislike the plastic and cheap feel

Specifications
Dimensions: 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (4.5 x 4.5 x 1.25 cm)
Display size:  1.0″ (2.54 cm) diameter
Display resolution: 180 x 180 pixels
Touchscreen: Yes
Weight: 1.5 oz. (43.6 g)
Battery: Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life: Up to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training mode
Water resistant: Yes (50m)
GPS-enabled: Yes
High-sensitivity receiver: Yes
History: 200 hours of activity data
Heart rate monitor: Yes (Some versions)
Foot pod: Yes (optional)
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer): Yes
Garmin Connect™: Yes
Virtual Partner® (train against a digital person): Yes
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed): Yes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap): Yes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout): Yes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts): Yes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace): Yes
Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal): Yes
Vibration alert: (choose between alert tones and/or vibration alert): Yes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals): Yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation: Yes
Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness): Yes
Customizable screen(s): Yes
V02 max estimate: Yes
Recovery advisor: Yes
Race predictor: Yes
Running dynamics: Yes
Watch functions include date and alarm.
Run/walk feature: yes

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What’s in the Box?

Watch only model
1 x Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS watch
1 x Charging data cradle
1 x User guide

Watch + heart rate monitor
1 x Garmin Forerunner 620 GPS watch
1 x Heart-rate monitor
1 x Charging data cradle
1 x User guide

What Other People Say About the Garmin Forerunner 620
Seriously, this is a great watch – “I bought this Forerunner 620 after having been disappointed by the previous model, the 610. The 610 was big, bulky, and it was very beta when it was first released. And although the 620 was probably released a little too early as well, I’m happy to say that this is a great heart rate monitor, don’t let anybody tell you otherwise.” By someguy 254

Good and will get better…I hope – “The watch works very well as a running watch and running is all that I want to do with it. GPS is quick to lock on and based on the routes I’ve run with my previous watch and phone, is very consistent and accurate. I have upgraded to this watch because I am training for my first marathon and wanted a watch that would better monitor my performance details and hopefully help optimize my exercise plan. I am still learning how to use all of the info it provides. The watch it replaces, the Nike GPS watch, has been a good and reliable performer, but only offers basic info and limited display options.” By Fletch (South Carolina)

Well worth it“The 620 improves on functionality/ battery life but the only thing that bothered me at first was the screen feels smaller. It works perfectly during runs.” By B. Anderson

Video On Garmin Forerunner 620

Conclusion
We think most runners would be quite happy with the Garmin Forerunner 620 as it offers some very useful features. The GPS is pretty fast and accurate and uploading your data via Wi-Fi is really convenient and easy. We also love the fact you can pair the watch with your iPhone 4S so you can upload and transfer data. The touchscreen also works quite well and the color gauge can be useful for users who love to analyse their workout data.

However, there are some downsides such as no Android support (at the time of writing), no cycling mode and some users may find the Garmin FR620 too plastic, which gives the impression of a cheap feel although felt pretty durable.

Where to Buy the Garmin Forerunner 620?
With prices from approx. $399.99 for the watch only model and $449.99 for the heart-rate model, you can order the Garmin Forerunner 620 from Amazon or directly from Garmin.

Dislike the Garmin Forerunner 620?
If the Garmin Forerunner 620 isn’t the watch for you, be sure to check out our other running watch reviews here.

Do you run with Garmin FR620? Share your reviews and question with us below.

 
  • Robert Beck

    Nice review and I concur with all you’ve mentioned. My 620 has been flawless since I got it early this year. I don’t like the way it looks, but love the way it works! Automatic wireless upload of data to the Garmin site when I return home is fantastic…no more Ant or Ant+ or whatever else we have had to do in the past…it just works. For running, in my opinion, the Garmin 620 is hard to beat.

    • Hi Robert, thanks for your comments. On the looks, we actually think the Garmin FR 620 looks pretty stylish and it really recommended for runners.

      Happy to hear it’s working for you 😉