Garmin Forerunner 220 Review

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Positives
  • Battery life is very good
  • Gets satellite signals quickly
  • The display can be customized
  • Reliable HR monitor
  • Accurate distance measurement
  • Light and comfortable

Negatives
  • Costs a bit too much money
  • The Garmin Connect app strugglers connecting with other apps, such as MyFitnessPal
  • The auto-pause has problems at times. It turns itself back on for about 10 seconds sometimes.


Amazon Rating

Based on 231 reviews left my actual users of the gadget, the product enjoys a rating of 4.4 out of 5. So, from the overall rating alone, you can get an idea about how good the product is. But you can of course, read my rating on a sale of 1 to 10 about Design, Usability, Performance and Value.

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Design

The Forerunner 220 has all the features found in a sports watch. The diameter of its face is 1.75 inches with a red circles around the perimeter. The right side of the watchproduto_Foto1_8085538 has two buttons namely Run and Back. The right side has three buttons. One button is pressed to switch on the display back light and the other two buttons are pressed to configure the menu settings.

 

 

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Usability

For longer runs, the watch doesn’t cause any discomfort because of its light weight that is 1.45 ounces. The Forerunner 220 has a 5-star rating as far as tolerance for pressure under water is concerned. The watch will work fine even if you go 150 feet underwater with the watch on your wrist.

Using the watch is quite easy because it has many buttons to configure the watch. You won’t find it hard to use any function of the device. Battery life and GPS connecting speed could be better.

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Performance

After you cross each mille, you will hear a beep and buzz from the Forerunner 220, and for a while, you will see your pace for the previous mile.IMG_3994_thumb

The gadget will get a GPS signal within a minute, but if the battery is too low, the watch may have a hard time catching GPS signals. For the most part, the gadget uses its accelerometer in case of a low battery.

After a run, you can go back and check your workout history, such as overall stats, speed and so on. To give you motivation, the watch will sound a beep and show a little award on the screen each time you broke a record you set. It’s a pretty cool feature.

You can go to the Garmin’s website to download a training calendar of workouts and training. For interval training, the watch does have an option. You will be amazed to know that the watch lets you store approximately an activity data of 200 hours.

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Value

As far as value for the money is concerned, this gadget is best in the market. At $250, it is an ideal choice with all the required features if you want to use it while doing workouts or jogging. However, you may have to pay an additional amount of $50 should you want to go for the heart rate monitor as well. So, the Garmin Forerunner 220 price tag won’t hurt your wallet.

Although the device is small, it will show you all you need to know as to our body while running or doing workouts in the gym. If running is your hobby, I highly recommend that you get this gadget and you won’t regret your decision. The measurements are accurate but not absolutely accurate.

Other Features Of The Gadget

App

The Garmin Forerunner 220 uses an app that is available for both Android and iOS. All you have to do is sign up for free or use your Facebook user name and password to login and then pair the watch with the application.images 4

The display of the app has 7 sections, namely Badges, Personal Records, Workouts, Courses, Sleep, Activities and Steps.

To review detailed information about your average pace, calories burned, cadence, elevation, and calories burned for instance. There is an option to share your runs on social media sites or email them to your friends.

 

Heart Rate Monitor

For additional information, you can sync your Forerunner with a food pod or a heart rate sensor. All you have to do is go to the Add Sensor menu on your watch, select Heart Rate Monitor and switch on the Mio Link. Your watch will connect with the heart rate monitor almost instantly, and you will see a green heart on the home screen.

Battery Life

As far as Garmin’s opinion is concerned, the Forerunner 220 can last as many as 6 weeks if you only use the watch mode, but will last as many as 10 hours if you activate the GPS mode. And from our experience, the watch gives about the same battery life.

For recharging the watch, you need to connect a proprietary clip with 4 metal contracts to the backside of the gadget. The other USB plug will go into the USB port of your PC or laptop. Once the battery is fully charged, you are ready to use it for weeks.

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So What do other Think About the Garmin ForeRunner 220

Amazon

4.5 out of 5 based on 709 reviews

 

Jerry took time to write about her own personal experience, He reckons that “This watch is probably one of the best I’ve seen in the market for a while” 276 people found this review helpful. Read full review here

 

Another helpful source of information is the Questions answered section over 157 questions has been answered. View them here 

BestBuy

4.7 out of 5 based on 76 reviews

Interesting fact 99% of customers would recommend to a friend.

 

Raf64 wrote an informative review on his experience that people found helpful, view it in full here 

Gizmodo

“Ultimately, the Forerunner 220 is a terrific running watch. It’s simple, it works well, and it looks good. If you don’t mind dropping $250 on it, you’ll probably be very happy with it.”

 

Livescience

6.5 out of 10

 

Final Thoughts

“I enjoyed using the Forerunner 220, and I think experienced runners will appreciate the sheer amount of data it collects from each workout. For running newbies (or people who are just new to the world of wearable technology), it will also probably be motivating to see statistics attached to their training.

I did encounter some problems syncing the device to my computer and phone, but once the workouts were properly uploaded, I liked that the watch recorded detailed information about my route, elevation changes and cadence.”

 

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Additional Resources

Freehypes has put together a detailed video about this watch well worth viewing he goes through the unboxing of the watch  and the various functions. Has got over 75,000 views to date.

Garmins Main Site

Runs through the product main features here

 

Gamin forerunner  220 users manual

 

 

Garmin 220 support page

 

Garmin Forum

 

 

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Product Spec

Physical dimensions 1.8″ x 1.8″ x 0.5″ (45 x 45 x 12.5 mm)
Display size, WxH 1.0″ (25.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH 180 x 180 pixels
Color display yes
Weight 1.4 oz (40.7 g)
Battery Rechargeable lithium-ion
Battery life Up to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training mode
Water rating 5 ATM
GPS-enabled yes
High-sensitivity receiver yes
Vibration alert yes
Watch functions Includes date and alarm

 

Maps & Memory

History 200 hours of activity data

 

Running Features

Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod) yes
Personal records yes

 

Running & Cycling Features

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
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
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals) yes
Heart rate-based calorie computation yes
Calculates calories burned yes
Customizable screen(s) yes
Shock Resistant yes

 

Garmin Connect™

Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data) yes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)
Garmin Forerunner 220 Review
So, the gist of this Garmin Forerunner 220 review is that if you are on the lookout of a mid-range GPS watch, go ahead and shell out the cash for Garmin Forerunner 220. It records a lot of important metrics and synchronizes wirelessly with a heart rate monitor. For those who are on a tight budget but want to get a running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is the best choice that won’t cost an arm and a leg.
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Final Thoughts

So, the gist of this Garmin Forerunner 220 review is that if you are on the lookout of a mid-range GPS watch, go ahead and shell out the cash for Garmin Forerunner 220. It records a lot of important metrics and synchronizes wirelessly with a heart rate monitor. For those who are on a tight budget but want to get a running watch, the Garmin Forerunner 220 is the best choice that won’t cost an arm and a leg.

Design
9
Usabilty
9
Performance
8
Value
8
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