The Garmin Forerunner 30 is a GPS smartwatch that’s both affordable and feature-packed. Based on the Garmin Forerunner 35, however, this time its a simple running watch aimed at someone that wants a good running watch at a good price
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Garmin Forerunner 30 specs and features
- Size: 35.5 x 40.7 x 13.3 mm
- Weight: 37.3g
- Lens Material: Chemically strengthened glass
- Strap material: Silicone
- Water rating: 5ATM
- Display size: 23.5 x 23.4 mm (0.93″ x 0.93”)
- Display resolution: 128 x 128 pixels
- Battery life: up to 5 days in smartwatch mode; 8 hours in GPS mode
- Monitors heart rate1 at the wrist all day and night, using Elevate™ wrist
- heart rate technology
- Built-in GPS tracks how far, how fast and where you run, walk or ride
- IncludesVO2 max estimate, a measurable indication of your aerobic
- performance so you can monitor your fitness level
- Connected features2 include basic smart notifications for calls and texts,
- automatic uploads to Garmin Connect™ and the ability to track your runs with the LiveTrack feature
- All-day activity tracking counts steps and calories and reminds you when to
- move, plus the Move IQ™ feature automatically detects and classifies activity
Garmin Forerunner 30 missing features
The Garmin Forerunner 30 does not allow you to manually select activity modes. You can only select running, though you can edit this in Garmin Connect once you have completed the activity later on.
Other missing features;
- Broadcasting HR via ANT – However not sure why you want to use this for that
- No support for sensors – So no support for running dynamics or foot pod
- No interval training – surprising emission
- Virtual Pacer is missing – Another surprising emission
I am assuming Garmin have removed some of those more advanced features to create a simpler experience focused around running, but also to cut costs and bring the running watch in reach of more peoples budgets.
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Garmin Forerunner GPS & 24/7 heart rate tracking, VO2 max
You’ll also get 24/7 heart rate monitoring and, of course, built-in GPS to keep track of your running routes with VO2 max estimations
Move IQ is also featured to automatically detect your activity as well, but like other Garmin devices, you cannot edit this activity type.
Garmin Forerunner availability, pricing, and colours
The Garmin Forerunner will retail at £149 and will only be amiable in Europe and is available now via selected partners. It will come in there colours; turquoise, amethyst, and grey.
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I am Jon R and the editor of Active JR that covers wearables, fitness tech and smart home. I have a huge passion for technology having worked in the sector for over 18 years in a variety of roles and I like combining this with fitness.
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