Garmin Forerunner 965 vs Forerunner 955 | AMOLED vs transflective MIP

What to consider when choosing one technology over another


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This is one of the questions I've been asked the most lately, and it can also be extrapolated to any model of any other brand (present or future): Garmin Forerunner 955 or Garmin Forerunner 965? AMOLED screen or transflective MIP screen?

One thing you should keep in mind is that AMOLED displays are here to stay, I told you about it in a video earlier this year in which I gave you the keys to what was going to become a trend in 2023. Along with multiband reception, AMOLED displays are the next logical evolutionary step.

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But beyond the fact that it is the market itself that is demanding it (with the Apple Watch pushing it), the reason is none other than that the technology is already prepared to have a screen with this technology.

Watches already have more than enough autonomy to support the extra consumption of such a screen, and even with the restrictions imposed by manufacturers to not shoot the power consumption, processors are already able to move a little more elaborate interfaces that stand out on the new screen (and much wider resolutions, let's not forget).

In this video I talk specifically about the differences between the Garmin Forerunner 955 with the 965, two watches that are virtually identical to each other, which gives poder cause to make this comparison between AMOLED and transflective MIP that will serve you even if you are waiting for an AMOLED screen on a watch from another manufacturer.

And just to remind you of the differences between the two models, here is a quick list:

  • AMOLED display in the FR965, transflective MIP in the FR955
  • Larger screen on the 965 (1.4″ instead of 1.3″).
  • Titanium bezel on 965, all-plastic on 955
  • Virtually the same housing size: 47.1×13.2mm for the 965 and 46.5×14.4mm for the 955.
  • Much higher resolution on the AMOLED display: 454x454px vs. 260x260px
  • This higher resolution allows maps with more information and greater detail at the same zoom scale.
  • More detailed user interface and images on the 965 to take advantage of the higher-quality display
  • USB-C charging cable on the 965 and USB on the 955. The watch connector does not change, nor does the charging speed. They can be used interchangeably.
  • No solar charging version on 965

And obviously there are also changes in battery life, the comparison of which I leave you in the image below.

Battery Comparison between Garmin Forerunner 965 and 955

A priori 1TP7We may think that the 965 will have a much more limited autonomy than its counterpart with transflective display, but as you can see above, it is not "so much". Perfectly acceptable for a watch in which you are going to make much use of its satellite reception function.

Therefore, the key in the choice between one model or another, between one technology or another is not in the autonomy. Or at least not exclusively. And it is about all these details that this video is about.


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Eduardo Mateos

I've been surrounded by electronic devices of all kinds for more than 25 years. Using them, testing them, taking them apart and dissecting them. Long distance triathlete: I swim, run and cycle for a long time. Maybe too much.

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