Updated 16 Mar 2018

Garmin

Forerunner 630

Snapshot: The Garmin Forerunner 630 is swimproof, with GPS but doesn't have an integrated heart rate monitor. It works with both iOS and Android phones.

Forerunner 630
Consumer score
SCORE
Avg price

$599

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Test results

Overall score
75
Fitness functions
?/10
Smart functions
?/10
Ease of use
?/10
Battery
?/10

Good points

  • Very good for fitness functions.
  • Good for smart functions.
  • OK to use.
  • Very good battery.
  • Good features.
  • Is water resistant.
  • Has GPS.
  • Works with both iOS and Android.
  • Has sleep tracker.

But

  • Just OK for apps.
  • No integrated heart rate monitor.

How we test

Overall score is based on:

Fitness functions (25%). Includes sensor accuracy, sleep tracking, and assessments of fitness apps.
Heart rate accuracy is included as part of the fitness functions score and assessed against medical equipment.

Smart functions (25%). Includes phone functions, social media and voice recognition.

Ease of use (25%). Includes set-up, usability, and build quality.

Battery (15%). Includes battery life and recharge time.

App (5%). Assesses base app on phone.

Features (5%). Assesses available features.

Price is based on a March 2018 survey.

Key data

Model

Avg price
$599

More test results (/10)

Apps
4.5
Features
7.6

Specifications

Type
Fitness watch
Weight (g)
44.0
Battery life (tested, hours)
548
Time to full charge from 0% (mins)
97

Features

Water resistant
Swimproof
Bluetooth
NFC
×
GPS
Works with iOS
Works with Android
Screen (touch)
yes (yes)
Clock display
Text message notification/Read/Reply
yes / no / no
Make and receive calls
×
Control music playlist and playback
Navigation
×
Control phone camera
×
Heart-rate monitor
×
Sleep tracker