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You cannot compare them, they are two completely different animals.
Apple Watch is a smartwatch with all bells and whistles. Essentially, your iPhone on the wrist (leave cellular connectivity aside). Apple also added some athletic features. Yes, you can use it to track your athletics, but it is not what it was built for.
Garmin (regardless of model) is not a smartwatch. It is an excellent "running" watch designed to track and interpret your athletic activities. You can get notifications and listen for music, but that's more or less all what it has in common with smartwatch.
I'm not saying Apple Watch is better than Garmin tracker or vise versa. They two different devices designed for two different purposes.
This is an excellent watch and deal. I bought this watch last Black Friday for $249 to replace my year-old Fossil Sport, and I couldn't be more pleased. Here's my mini-review:

Display/Controls: The transflective display allows the watch to display at all times and doesn't create the annoying light and dimming from an OLED display. I also prefer the buttons to the touch screen, especially during sweaty (or swimming) workouts. The watch is also significantly smaller than the 935 and lighter than my old Fossil Sport, both features I prefer.

Battery life: Is excellent, especially when compared with the Fossil Sport or an Apple Watch. I can go on a 2-hr run with GPS, HR, and bluetooth music and only use up 20-30% battery. With daily use including HR always on, the battery will last for a week plus. I mostly just charge it when I'm in the shower, which is plenty.

Running: The GPS and running features are top-notch, computing metrics like cadence, stride length, and workout zones out of the box. I also just got the HRM run for a few more metrics. If you're connected to bluetooth headphones, the watch will announce your speed every mile (or half-mile or km, depending on your preference).

Music: The music feature is great to have. I use Spotify Premium to sync my podcasts (tip: put your running podcast episodes in their own folder) and running tracks. Garmin's own native music sync software is pretty dated, so I quickly abandoned that in favor of Spotify.
Garmin Pay works on anything that says "Tap and Pay" or "Apple Pay" - and surprisingly works damn near everywhere now that I've tried to see where I can get away with using it now that "touchless" is such a benefit.

Really love my vivoactive 3 - and this is an absolute steal - longer battery, music, bells and whistles, and BUTTONS for $200? I wish I didn't like my current so much. Can't justify it, even on slickdeals somehow.

For those saying "not a smartwatch" or "different purpose" I suppose I partially agree. I've had watches since Gen1 Pebble and never really desired to talk or text to my watch. The "smart" part of smartwatch is to limit how often I need to pull out my phone as a reference. If I can read the entire message/email, answer/end calls, change tracks, GPS, etc - I'm not sure what the meta-point of a "smartwatch is".

Basically the Garmin watches have the most practical application of Smart watch design - multiple days, physical button integration, waterproof, hardy, and keeps your phone in your pocket. They also have the benefit of being seriously informative when it comes to fitness.

If you want an attractive smart watch without a focus on gimmicky interactions (speakerphone, texting, etc) then this is a great watch line. The only negative is they tend to not meet their battery life claims nearly as well as they should and the lack of a voice assistant/mic is a feature that could be useful.

However, since I'm usually wearing headphones when out and about, when I need it, the Voice assistant is much better poised to take input from my headphone mic.

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Fantastic deal. Got mine @ $245 last BF which was the previous low. Possible the newer model is coming out but would get it at this price in a heartbeat if I didn't have one already.
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This is an excellent watch and deal. I bought this watch last Black Friday for $249 to replace my year-old Fossil Sport, and I couldn't be more pleased. Here's my mini-review:

Display/Controls: The transflective display allows the watch to display at all times and doesn't create the annoying light and dimming from an OLED display. I also prefer the buttons to the touch screen, especially during sweaty (or swimming) workouts. The watch is also significantly smaller than the 935 and lighter than my old Fossil Sport, both features I prefer.

Battery life: Is excellent, especially when compared with the Fossil Sport or an Apple Watch. I can go on a 2-hr run with GPS, HR, and bluetooth music and only use up 20-30% battery. With daily use including HR always on, the battery will last for a week plus. I mostly just charge it when I'm in the shower, which is plenty.

Running: The GPS and running features are top-notch, computing metrics like cadence, stride length, and workout zones out of the box. I also just got the HRM run for a few more metrics. If you're connected to bluetooth headphones, the watch will announce your speed every mile (or half-mile or km, depending on your preference).

Music: The music feature is great to have. I use Spotify Premium to sync my podcasts (tip: put your running podcast episodes in their own folder) and running tracks. Garmin's own native music sync software is pretty dated, so I quickly abandoned that in favor of Spotify.
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How's this compared to Apple Watch series4/5?
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How's this compared to Apple Watch series4/5?
You cannot compare them, they are two completely different animals.
Apple Watch is a smartwatch with all bells and whistles. Essentially, your iPhone on the wrist (leave cellular connectivity aside). Apple also added some athletic features. Yes, you can use it to track your athletics, but it is not what it was built for.
Garmin (regardless of model) is not a smartwatch. It is an excellent "running" watch designed to track and interpret your athletic activities. You can get notifications and listen for music, but that's more or less all what it has in common with smartwatch.
I'm not saying Apple Watch is better than Garmin tracker or vise versa. They two different devices designed for two different purposes.
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I was always wondering every smart watch has a fitness tracker and how's this different. I've got it. Thanks bud..
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Still trying to decide...

645 vs 245. 245 is "newer" but 645 had more bells/whistles.

Wondering if worth waiting for a deal to see 245 cheaper than this price --> don't even need the music.
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Still trying to decide...

645 vs 245. 245 is "newer" but 645 had more bells/whistles.

Wondering if worth waiting for a deal to see 245 cheaper than this price --> don't even need the music.
https://www.wareable.com/garmin/g...music-7328

Based on what I read, they're pretty much the same except for a few features that won't really affect function. This is a absolutely great deal for a watch that is regularly above 300.
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Still trying to decide...

645 vs 245. 245 is "newer" but 645 had more bells/whistles.

Wondering if worth waiting for a deal to see 245 cheaper than this price --> don't even need the music.
I have a 245 music. From what I remember, the main differences (that I cared about) were that 645 has an altimeter which means it can track activities like stair climbing or skiing. I use mine exclusively for running and cycling so didn't need the 645. Garmin pay is on the 645 but I've yet to find a place in real life that accepts it. 245 also includes the body battery metric which is kinda nifty and let's me predict if I'm gonna have a good workout session or not. It's been fairly consistent in that regard.
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Still trying to decide...

645 vs 245. 245 is "newer" but 645 had more bells/whistles.

Wondering if worth waiting for a deal to see 245 cheaper than this price --> don't even need the music.
If you don't care about the music part, the 645 is a good choice.

If you do care about music, be aware that the older bluetooth chipset (Vivoactive 3 Music, 645 Music, etc) has some connection strength problems and you will probably have to switch the watch to your right wrist to get a good connection when running outdoors with a lot of headphones. This is mostly fixed in the ones with the newer chipset (245, 945, etc.)
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Anyone aware of battery replacement procedure with this watch? It is fairly straightforward on the Fenix with the screws on the face.
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thank you! was in the market for a new watch. I hope it isn't too large for my small/dainty wrist.
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I have a 245 music. From what I remember, the main differences (that I cared about) were that 645 has an altimeter which means it can track activities like stair climbing or skiing. I use mine exclusively for running and cycling so didn't need the 645. Garmin pay is on the 645 but I've yet to find a place in real life that accepts it. 245 also includes the body battery metric which is kinda nifty and let's me predict if I'm gonna have a good workout session or not. It's been fairly consistent in that regard.
Garmin Pay works on anything that says "Tap and Pay" or "Apple Pay" - and surprisingly works damn near everywhere now that I've tried to see where I can get away with using it now that "touchless" is such a benefit.

Really love my vivoactive 3 - and this is an absolute steal - longer battery, music, bells and whistles, and BUTTONS for $200? I wish I didn't like my current so much. Can't justify it, even on slickdeals somehow.

For those saying "not a smartwatch" or "different purpose" I suppose I partially agree. I've had watches since Gen1 Pebble and never really desired to talk or text to my watch. The "smart" part of smartwatch is to limit how often I need to pull out my phone as a reference. If I can read the entire message/email, answer/end calls, change tracks, GPS, etc - I'm not sure what the meta-point of a "smartwatch is".

Basically the Garmin watches have the most practical application of Smart watch design - multiple days, physical button integration, waterproof, hardy, and keeps your phone in your pocket. They also have the benefit of being seriously informative when it comes to fitness.

If you want an attractive smart watch without a focus on gimmicky interactions (speakerphone, texting, etc) then this is a great watch line. The only negative is they tend to not meet their battery life claims nearly as well as they should and the lack of a voice assistant/mic is a feature that could be useful.

However, since I'm usually wearing headphones when out and about, when I need it, the Voice assistant is much better poised to take input from my headphone mic.
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