If you’ve got a big music collection already, you can also put your own MP3s on there, and if you’re still someone that’s got a vast digital music collection, you’ll be fine.
The downside comes when you find out what you’ve got to do to actually get them on there – fire up your computer, open up Garmin Express (which most won’t have ever done, given they’ll have only ever paired with the app) and then search for the songs on your machine, before getting them sent to the watch.
While audiobooks and podcasts are supported, there’s no way that most people would bother putting them on the watch through the PC. It’s just so, so much easier to listen to them from the phone that we would rather just bring our handset with us – and to be honest, we feel the same about listening to streamed music… it’s just so much easier on the phone.
Design and screen
One of the most striking things about the Forerunner 645 Music is the way it’s designed – apart from some of the hyper-expensive fashion-led Fenix models, it’s the most attractive Garmin watch out there.
The impressive feature is the metal rim around the edge of the 1.2-inch display – it not only protects the Gorilla Glass 3 that covers the display, but adds a more industrial, yet stylish, look to the watch.
That loss of weight is partly to do with the smaller battery though, and as you’ll see later that comes at a cost to the function of the watch.
The strap is silicone and also pretty lightweight – it feels comfortable on the wrist, although those with sensitive skin might need to swap it out. Thankfully you can use any 20mm strap here, thanks to the standard lugs.