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Did you feel like reading the whole test? It's already completed, so you can click here to access itThis thread is the presentation of the watch, the most complete and relevant information is the one you will find in the test.
For the quick version, consider the new Garmin Forerunner 225 as an evolution of the Garmin 220But what it offers in terms of training and sports use is the same.
Let's go over the news we can find in the Garmin 225.
- The optical pulse sensor (the main novelty)
- Addition of activity monitor (with steps, distances, calories, goals and sleep analysis)
- Slight changes in the design (something had to be done to differentiate and modernize it)
The optical pulse sensor integrated in the watch itself is not a novelty as such. We have seen it before, being the TomTom Cardio the first to have it on a GPS watch and, recently, the Fitbit Surge or even an Epson model that hasn't been seen much in Spain, the Runsense SF-810v. But what's remarkable is that the Garmin 225 is the first of the three big manufacturers to integrate the pulse sensor, and I'm sure that Polar and Suunto will soon follow suit.
Adding the activity monitor was an obvious step, as the Forerunner 220 and 620 are the only models currently on sale that don't incorporate it. And since adding it to the list of features is free of charge to the manufacturer, it was to be expected. What I do miss is the ability to receive notifications from the phone. And it will be the only one in the category that doesn't offer it, as the Polar M400 will receive the update shortly and the Suunto Ambit3 Run already has it (although only iOS at the moment). The bluetooth module is most likely not capable of Bluetooth Smart communications, not because it is not new, but because the 225 is not a new watch as such, but an evolution of the existing model.
Aesthetically the differences are not very striking, at least looking at it from the front. It changes the design of the front and the strap slightly, but the screen is the same, as well as the layout of the buttons.
Logically, where we'll notice the most change is at the back of the watch, as that's where the optical pulse sensor is housed.
Optical heart rate sensor
The built-in sensor in the watch is the main innovation of the Garmin Forerunner 225. It uses two green LEDs to illuminate the capillaries and allow the infrared sensor to read your pulse. This system is called photoplethysmographyThe LEDs are that color because red absorbs green, and this is how the sensor can read every heart pumping.
Fortunately for all of us, this sensor is an old acquaintance. Garmin has licensed it from Mio (it is the same one we found in Mio Link or in the TomTom Cardio) It is sufficiently tested and works perfectly, so we do not have to wait to know how the sensor will behave. Absolute reliability.
Activity monitor and heart rate zone page
There are two other new features: the activity monitor, with the same features that we have seen in other Garmin models, counts steps and estimates calories consumed and distance travelled. It also has a daily step target, which you can set or leave in dynamic mode, so that the watch adjusts to your daily exercise and can be demanded according to your usual activity. It will also give you a warning of inactivity and sleep monitoring.
All this is displayed on the main clock screen, without having to enter the menu. And when you sync the clock with Garmin Connect, all data will be synced to your account as well.
As for the data pages, you will now have a specific one with the heart rate zones you set, and it will mark graphically which zone you are in so that you can take it into account in your training.
It is not new as such, simply a new graphic representation that bears some resemblance to the career dynamics pages.
Garmin Forerunner 225, availability and price
The Garmin Forerunner 225 will arrive on the market at the end of Q2, so we can expect to see it in stores by the end of June or July, arriving in time to go on vacation with you. As for the price, it will be £299.
It is already available and for sale, so if you want to buy it you can get it in just 24 hours. Or if you prefer to wait for the full test, I hope to have it ready throughout August.