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Garmin Forerunner 55: Smart, Efficient and Affordable

Forerunner 55 has been thoughtfully designed to offer all the basic features such as heart-rate sensor, activity tracker, sleep tracker, stress monitoring, body battery indicator, sport modes, and not just that, it also features Garmin’s respiration rate tracker and hydration tracker that gives the Forerunner 55 edge over its peers and predecessor.

The Garmin Forerunner 55 smartwatch (Photo Credit: File)

New Delhi: Garmin watches have been known to offer full-featured smartwatches to elite athletes, which come at an elite price with enormous features. Young, aspiring runners often feel left out for they do not require all the features and cannot afford them either. Garmin Forerunner 55 caters exactly to them and a lot more to even new bees who can depend and be encouraged by the smartwatch on daily basis to meet their exercising needs. 

Forerunner 55 has been thoughtfully designed to offer all the basic features such as heart-rate sensor, activity tracker, sleep tracker, stress monitoring, body battery indicator, sport modes, and not just that, it also features Garmin’s respiration rate tracker and hydration tracker that gives the Forerunner 55 edge over its peers and predecessor. Additionally, it performs smartwatch functions like receiving texts, notifications or controlling your phone’s music. 

The watch is 42mm in diameter and 11.6mm thick, weighs 37g with 208 x 208-pixel color display which is apt to provide easy-to-read information, fits perfectly on smaller wrists, and fancies the likes of people who do not want to draw attention towards their bulky loaded smartwatches and big dials. It could be a big hit for women who like sleeker, sophisticated, and no-nonsense watches. 

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And, like all Garmin’s, the Forerunner 55 offers enough options for customisation. It lets you decide what data you want to display and the way in which you want to present it on the dial. 

What’s great and very useful for beginners is that the watch is built to improve personal performance, it’s loaded with tools for runners. Built-in GPS tracks where you run and provides accurate stats, including distance, intervals, pace. More so, a recovery advisor analyses biometric and performance data collected through your activities to optimize your recovery time. Now, you can know exactly how much recovery time you need to get back up with your workouts. Also, It’s not just limited to running, the watch comes with built-in sports trackers for swimming, hiking, and many others.

The battery lasts up to 10 days in smartwatch mode with all the regular notifications from the phone but with continuous workout sessions and active GPS tracking the battery lasts for a couple of days, which is good as compared to other watches like Apple that only lasts a day. Plus, it is easy and convenient to use with just 5 buttons doing all the job, easy to operate on the move, with gloves or sweaty hands. 

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What’s not impressive is the touch screen and the response time, it’s slow, confusing, and takes some time to get used to. The display screen is also not as attractive, It takes some effort to read under direct sunlight.

It might not be a perfect Garmin watch or the best-looking fitness watch but it sure is a great entry-level, affordable running smartwatch that does the job better than most of the smartwatches available in the market.

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What I am most impressed about is all the features it offers at such an attractive price of INR 20,990.

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