Garmin Forerunner 630 Review & Guide

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What to say bad about Garmin? I am just THE FAN of Garmin. I have 40 years’ experience and still manage to log 80 miles per week. This watch is my daily usable devices and I am familiar with this Garmin watches and the usability point of view. I really love to purchase new kinds of stuff though this Garmin Forerunner 630 exists so I purchased it. The main thing touched my heart is the touch screen and for that, I am really pleased with the responsiveness of the watch’s screen.

Garmin Forerunner 630 Review

I have tested this in two, first with bare hands and second two pairs of e-tip gloves. Frankly, I haven’t face any sort of problems. Life of the Garmin’s battery has given me beyond happiness. Soon after getting the parcel, I charged it fully and gone for a continuous run and gone for 5 separate 45+ min runs. Used GPS, heart-rate monitor, still its showing 15 percent battery life after so many workouts.

Garmin Forerunner 630 Review – The Best GPS Running Watch with Heart Rate Monitor

Garmin 630 Review

The Garmin Company is upgrading their products on running watches and has come up with three new models. All these models are packed with many new features which are important and needed to track while running and can measure your fitness performance. The mobile apps of the Garmin Forerunner 630 are getting the makeover to match. A model which has are of high-end watches are the FR 230, 235 and this current Forerunner 630 and these watches are equipped with GPS so that it can measure the pace and distance while running. Garmin Forerunner has the added feature like Auto Pause and Auto Lap. This is designed in such a way that one can wear it all day long and are capable of tracking steps, sleep, and amount of calories burned. All of these three models are made of water resistant up to 50 meters which mean it can be worn at shower and pool.

Garmin 630 All Activity Tracking

Garmin 630 All Activity Tracking

They also have introduced some smart watch functions in this Garmin Forerunner 630.This Garmin Forerunner 630 watch can display notifications from the iOS or Android device alert whenever one is busy in receiving calls, text messages and even emails.

What’s in The Box of Garmin Forerunner 630

Watch only

  • Forerunner 630 GPS watch
  • Charging/data clip
  • Manual

Bundle

  • Forerunner 630 GPS watch
  • HRM-Run™ monitor
  • Charging/data clip
  • Manual

Garmin 630 Body design

Garmin 630 device icons

The watch is made of plastic, light in weight, claim to be waterproof and the buttons look like and feel like metallic. Power, Lap, Start/Stop, back plus the touch screen and this are the four buttons via which all this are controlled and navigated. Garmin Forerunner 630 has the backlight by which you can turn on and off the backlight. I think this is useful for the night workout.

Forerunner 630 Status Icons:

Forerunner 630 Status Icons

Garmin Forerunner 630 Four Modes

For this Garmin Forerunner 630, Run, pace, treadmill run, bicycle and many more activities are predefined in this watch. As per my requirement, I am able to create my own custom type of activity. It has the specification for each activity type and where to navigate the system and to use. There are some options like GPS + GLONASS or GPS or none other than these there is an option to choose the Ultra Track mode. What I believe that this Garmin Forerunner 630’s mode has the longer GPS recording intervals with longer battery life with moderate price and has the frequent recording of location points. Maybe this would suitable for the hiking or walking but not for running. Garmin Forerunner 630 can serve these above activities and also the sleep tracker again if you want, you can choose so then you can disable this. Most important feature of this Garmin Forerunner 630 watch is the lock it by holding the back button so avoid any kind of unintentional touches.

Connectivity of the FR 630

Via Bluetooth or the ANT+ the Garmin Forerunner 630 watch can be paired with the other devices or the sensors. Like I can and able to pair the Garmin Forerunner 630 watch with my Mac and an important advice I want to give it to you all is that, soon after you pair your device give it a name for eliminating any confusions with the device’s ID. With the help of the Garmin Express, you can configure the Garmin Forerunner 630 with the Wi-Fi.

Garmin 630 Bluetooth icons

Ecosystems of the Garmin 630

Garmin’s Connect portal and the IOS/Android apps are the media by which you will be able to get most of this Garmin Forerunner 630. Get installed off the Garmin Express so that you can get the firmware updates which are done via the app too. By this process, I have got the updated version of 2.x the Garmin Forerunner 630 soon I paired the watch with the smartphone as it mentioned that there is the firmware upgrade. After this, it ended up by upgrading the Garmin Forerunner 630 with firmware to version 3.10.

Garmin 630 Review on Touch screen display

Forerunner 630 Touch screen display

The touchscreen of the Garmin Forerunner 630 is quite different from the FR 620. It has the capacitive glass to be appeared on the screen. Quite reasonable and responsive though to function properly, it requires the contact with watch’s back. I found it as a winter running issue as I wore my watch outside gloves and another issue I thought would be the lack of skin contact but what I found is that Garmin Forerunner 630 worked perfectly till the glove was in capacitive with the patch on the finger.  What really matters to me is that in spite of extreme cold in winter running, still I can start and stop the watch finally with the physical buttons, can collect the data’s I need on the primary data screen. And this is really important than the screen touch I use in subzero temperature, so this is fine for me.

Pros and Cons about the Garmin Forerunner 630

Pros

  • FR630 is perfect in accurate and fast as well.
  • The battery life of the Garmin FR630 is far better than the others.
  • The watch is light in weight and its unobtrusive while workout.
  • It allows to add different screens and as an additional function within the Garmin Connect are truly nice.
  • The monitor of the HR works well, more comfortable, gives accurate measure than the previous versions.

Cons

  • The Garmin connect and the Garmin Express has made the firmware update for the same version for which one needs to reset the factory setting twice and had to go through the setup again.
  • One cannot upload the courses and could not run with their virtual partner like the 310 XT.
  • The touchscreen of the Garmin Forerunner 630 works ok.

GLONASS of Forerunner 630

Soon after enabling the GLONASS, the satellite acquisition becomes faster and with this the till run I have done has given me the extremely accurate measure. The GPS and the GLONASS are the dual positioning capability which means it will give you the instant link-up on to the positioning system.

Sync of the Garmin Connect

This sync of the Garmin Connect works really flawlessly as soon as you save your run. You have you the complete log of the event from connecting app to the added gear. Just switch to the Bluetooth and in the Connect App, you need not look back anymore nor you have to use the computer anymore. This supports the Wi-Fi too by the modality connection. There is two feature which you going to love it.

The Smart Notifications

This helps me a lot while I am running. Whenever I get the text at 5am that means a good chance to deal with an issue is there. What I need to do is to fish out my phone and see the text. No need to worry for the winter, as it displays texts, so you would be able to see them and decide whether or not to deal with the issue. This Garmin Forerunner is a real time saver and it will prevent any unnecessary removal of layers to check the alert in extreme cold.

The band on this Garmin Forerunner 630 watch is ½ “longer than the previous 620 model. You may not find it a big deal but this ½ “is very useful for the winter running. This extra length of the Garmin Forerunner 630 makes it easier to fasten the watch over the gloves.

Final Point of Garmin Forerunner 630 Review

Forerunner 630 Review

After having in details of the Garmin Forerunner 630 review, I can say that like a person, everything has its pros and cons. But still, we manage to live with that or them. Some devices have pros and 1-2 cons which I think can be ignored. Like that, Garmin 630 review has 2-3 cons but still I would say, this watch is the best one. As per our weather, we really need to balance with everything especially with the devices which make differences with the weather. If the fitness watches stop working at the crucial time and which is really an important thing for our daily use then make us sad. That is the reason the love for this Forerunner 630 is the little bit more. As it gives me the accurate measure of my run even in extreme cold which is I think very important for you all too. So, my suggestion will be, ignoring the pros, purchase it and bring one at your home than the wrist.

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