New smartwatches that belong to the middle price segment have appeared in the Garmin range. They are equipped with AMOLED displays, have “advanced training metrics” for runners, and offer a variety of data on the user’s sleep quality and health, including heart rate variability (HRV).
The Forerunner 265 Series is offered in two sizes: the 42mm (1.1″ display) Forerunner 265S and the 46mm (1.3″ screen) Forerunner 265. The S version offers up to 24 hours of battery life with GPS enabled and up to 15 days in smartwatch mode. Model 265 has more modest indicators – up to 20 hours in GPS mode and up to 13 days in smartwatch mode.
Both smartwatches have Pulse Ox sensors, monitor “body battery” energy, control stress levels, have tools for monitoring the menstrual cycle and pregnancy. The gadgets also show your VO2 level and your sports performance, plus they have different training modes.
The older model Forerunner 965 received a 1.4″ display, battery life of up to 31 hours with active GPS and up to 23 days in smartwatch mode. In addition to all the features of the Forerunner 265 Series watch, the Forerunner 965 is able to measure some additional indicators. For example, the load ratio (ratio between short-term and long-term training load), real-time stamina information to manage exercise levels, and detailed climbing metrics (including gradient, distance and elevation gain). The watch also has built-in maps and a larger storage for music.