Garmin Forerunner 220 Watch Review

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Written by zeeshan

Hey everyone how’s it going CJ here and some of you may not know but I’m a runner and runners live or die by their watch okay maybe it’s not a life or death situation but every runner has have a watch it’s inevitable so this creates a good opportunity to combine the two worlds the world of tech which I love in the world of running which I love so you may ask which watch do I use well I use the Garmin Forerunner 220 and here’s my review the watch was originally released in March of 2014 alongside the forerunner 225 and there are also the forerunner to 30 and the 235 which are newer and have a little bit more functionality but new 220s are hard to find and when you do find them they cost over 150 dollars and new 230s costs two hundred and fifty dollars and I just couldn’t justify spending that much money on a watch so I bought mine used off of ebay for about $65 and I’ll explain more later about why I think that was a good choice for me looking at the design it basically just looks like a normal digital watch it is a little bit thick for my preferences but it is a few years old and it is a GPS watch so it’s still acceptable it’s like a couple millimeters thicker than my iPhone it does look sporty but I do think it works for casual wear as well there are five total buttons on the watch there’s the runner button the back button the white button and the up-and-down scrolling buttons and the buttons are good not great they’re a little mushy but they do click as well so they get the job done the front of the watch has the screen and the Garmin branding.


Garmin Forerunner 220 Smartwatch

Obviously the screen is nothing special the pixels can be clearly seen but it does have color and I have no problems viewing it when outside the bezel to screen ratio is a little bit ugly honestly but you can tell that the screen wasn’t Garmin the main focus when it comes to this watch so it gets the job done as well on the bottom is a sticker with all of the watch information and it’s honestly kind of disappointing because it starts to peel up and look a little bit gross after use but there’s nothing you can do about it and on the left side are the for charging pins the charger is a clip cradle so you won’t be able just to set your watch down on the charger and have it charged wirelessly you’ll have to actually put the clip around the watch but it’s simple and easy to use and it’s easy to set the watch correctly so I don’t think you’ll have any problems charging the watch band is very flexible and it has a bunch of little holes for ventilation and so that you can get the perfect size around your wrist which is good the band holder also has little grooves on the inside of it that fit into the watch bands to keep it from sliding out which is actually a really nice touch the watch only comes in two colors there’s the black and red version which I have here and the white and purple version I honestly really wish Garmin had released some more colors but they didn’t and they also don’t have any official bands that you can swap with you can buy cheap bands off of ebay to swap with your watch but the watch color was specifically matched to the band color that it comes with so any cheap bands off of ebay probably won’t look too good with the watch so yeah honestly customization and colors are kind of lacking with this watch the battery life is good if I go for a run every day it usually lasts a little less than a week the good part is you’ll never have to charge this watch every day also it charges super fast like one time I plugged my watch in before getting ready for bed and then when I was ready for bed I checked the status and it was over halfway charged so if you ever forget to charge your watch all you have to do is find time to plug it in for about half an hour during day and you’ll be good for at least a run or two now on to the functionality it’s a running watch and it’s only a running watch it really doesn’t do anything else so if you’re looking for a SmartWatch this is definitely not the option for you the time date and battery life are shown on the main screen and pressing the runner button twice unlocks the watch and it immediately starts searching for GPS signal you can turn the GPS signal off by scrolling up and this will allow the watch just to track your run using only the motion sensors so if you’re running indoors or on a treadmill this is good the time it takes to find GPS signal varies a lot if you’re in a place where the watch already knows where you are and you’ve got a GPS signal there before the GPS will load almost instantaneously but if you’re in a place where the watch doesn’t know where you are and you’ve never gotten GPS signal there before it can take as long as five minutes which can be really frustrating when you’re ready to go for your run but the good part is once the watch gains GPS signal it never loses it and distances always seem to be accurate which is good during a run you can scroll through two main data screens with three pieces of data on them each and the normal time screen and the data screens are customizable which is good and this was a main selling point of this watch for me because the lower garments have worse screens and they only show two pieces of data per screen whereas this one shows three which is super duper nice after GPS signal is acquired pressing the runner button will start your run and pressing the runner button again will pause your run and this will allow you either to resume save or discard your run I’m not gonna bore you by scrolling through the whole OS but just know that the runner button basically acts as the select button throughout the operating system and the other buttons are pretty self-explanatory other than tracking runs this watch can guide you through workouts that you create online with Garmin Connect but you have to plug in your watch and sync them from your computer first and also you can change the system color set alarms and view your run history and records but that’s about it for functionality of this watch besides all the other normal settings the Bluetooth works well you have to unlock your watch first for the Bluetooth to turn on but from there you can sync your watch with the Garmin Connect app and the Garmin Connect app it is actually really good it allows you to view run history in more detail and you can see maps of your runs and how much you’ve run over certain periods of time so I really enjoy the Garmin Connect app the watch has the ability to alert you when either your phone or the watch battery is low but it doesn’t have the ability to alert you of messages or anything like that so yeah overall I think it’s a good watch it’s good at doing what it was made to do and it was made to track runs and sync them to your phone the customization and colors are kind of lacking though and honestly for the new selling price of this watch I would expect a little bit more functionality because it’s kind of expensive but for anywhere under $70 for a used one seems like a good price like I said before if you want a smart watch this is not the one for you but if you want something that only tracks runs this is a good option I can’t recommend buying it for the new price of a hundred and fifty dollars.

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