Several of the most-viewed posts on this site are about the Apple Watch and Garmin so I know people enjoy reading about these comparisons! Once I get the new Apple Watch Series 4, I will be doing real comparisons to a couple of similar Garmin watches. But, with preorders starting in less than 12 hours, I wanted to lay out the spec comparisons between the new Apple Watch Series 4 and the closest Garmin product.
Stacking Them Up: New Apple Watch Series 4 vs Garmin
With the new Apple Watch Series 4 starting at $399, it places it pretty much in direct competition to the Garmin Forerunner 645. For more direct comparison, we will use the $449 Garmin Forerunner 645 Music.
To keep it fairly even, I am using the 44mm Apple Watch Series 4 GPS ($429) and the Garmin Forerunner 645 Music ($449). Note that both manufacturers use fancy language to describe the glass face which is really different kinds of strengthened glass. Neither watch uses a Sapphire crystal (you need to move up to the Garmin Fenix 5 Sapphire or the 5 Plus Sapphire for Garmin or the Apple Watch Stainless Steel – both sets are similar prices).
|Specification||Apple Watch Series 4||Garmin Forerunner 645 Music|
|Battery Life||General Use: 18 Hours|
GPS Use: 6 Hours
GPS w/Music: 5 Hours?
|General Use: Up to 7 Days
GPS Use: Up to 14 Hours
GPS w/ Music: Up to 5 Hours
|Music Storage||16GB of storage||3.5GB of storage|
|Water Resistant||Up to 50 Meters||Up to 50 Meters|
|Native Sleep Tracking||No||Yes|
|Built-in Heart Rate Monitor||Yes||Yes|
|Glass material||Ion-X Strengthened Glass||Chemically Strengthened Glass|
|Weight||36.7 Grams||42.2 Grams|
|Dimensions||44 x 38 x 10.7 mm||42.5 x 42.5 x 13.5 mm|
|Sensors||Optical heart sensor, electronic heart sensor, gyroscope, barometric altimeter, accelerometer||Optical heart sensor, barometric altimeter, compass, gyroscope, accelerometer, thermometer|
|GPS Technology||GPS, GLONASS, Galileo, and QZSS||GPS, GLONASS|
|Compatible with iOS and Android||No||Yes|
|Switchable watch bands||Yes||Yes (20mm bands)|
Again, this is just to give you an idea of the feature sets on both these watches. I will be doing comparisons when I get my hands on the Apple Watch but hopefully this will help you if you are trying to decide if you are going to buy an Apple Watch Series 4 tomorrow.