A comparison chart between Garmin Forerunner 225 and Forerunner 230 GPS Running Watch.
Note: This comparison by GPSCompared is a basic guide based on Garmin published specifications and features at their official website. And by no means that this comparison is definitive. There might be other similarities and differences which are not covered here.
|Garmin GPS Running Watch|
|Garmin Forerunner 225||Garmin Forerunner 230|
Garmin Forerunner 225
|View the model availability and current price||Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Watch at Amazo||Garmin Forerunner 230 at Amazon|
|Introduction Date||Garmin introduced the Garmin Forerunner 225 model on May 12, 2015.||Garmin Forerunner 230 was announced by Garmin on October 21, 2015|
|Physical & Performance|
|Physical dimensions||1.8 x 1.9 x 0.6 (45 mm x 48mm x 16 mm)||1.77" x 1.77" x 0.46" (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)|
|Display size, WxH||1.0" (25.4 mm) diameter||1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter|
|Display resolution, WxH||180 x 180 pixels||215 x 180 pixels|
|Weight||1.9 oz. (54 g)||1.4 oz (41 g)|
|Battery life||Up to 4 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in GPS mode with optical HRM||16 Hours training, 5 weeks watch + AT + Notifications|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||No||Yes|
|Find my phone||No||Yes|
|Virtual Pacer (compares current pace to target)||No||Yes|
|V02 max estimate||No||Yes|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes (wrist-based - using Mio Heart Rate Technology)||Yes (Some versions)|
|Bike speed/cadence sensor||No||Yes (optional)|
|Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)||No||Yes|
|Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness)||No||Yes|
|Additional||Wrist-based heart rate: yes||GPS/GLONASS: Yes
Connect IQ app support: Yes
|Physical & Performance|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium-ion||Rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Water rating||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Watch functions||Includes date and alarm||Includes date and alarm|
|History||200 hours of activity data||200 hours of activity data|
|Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)||Yes||Yes|
|Foot pod||Yes (optional)||Yes (optional)|
|Auto Pause (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Lap (automatically starts a new lap)||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)||Yes||Yes|
|Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)||Yes||Yes|
|Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)||Yes||Yes|
|Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)||Yes||Yes|
|Heart rate-based calorie computation||Yes||Yes|
|Calculates calories burned||Yes||Yes|
|Activity Tracking Features|
|Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)||Yes||Yes|
|Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)||Yes||Yes|
|Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)||Yes||Yes|
|Garmin Connect compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)||Yes||Yes|
|Physical & Performance|
|Maps & Memory|
|Waypoints/ favorites/ locations||No||No|
|Compatible with Vector||No||No|
|Multiple bike profiles||No||No|
|Virtual Partner (train against a digital person)||No||No|
|Virtual Racer (compete against other activities)||No||No|
|Courses (compete against previous activities)||No||No|
|Multi-sport (changes sport mode with a press of a button)||No||No|
|Auto multisport (switch sport modes with 1 button press)||No||No|
|Power meter compatible (displays power data from compatible 3rd party ANT+â¢-enabled power meters)||No||No|
|Pool swim metrics (lengths, distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)||No||No|
|Stroke type identification (e.g. freestyle)||No||No|
|Open water swim metrics (distance, pace, stroke count/rate, calories)||No||No|
|Official Specs and Features|
|Learn more from the manufacturer site.||Read more about Garmin Forerunner 225 at garmin.com||Read more about Garmin Forerunner 230 at garmin.com|
|Amazon Customer Reviews|
|Read all the reviews inclusive of the most helpful favorable review and the most helpful critical review (if applicable)||Click here to read Garmin Forerunner 225 reviews from Amazon.com customers||Click here to read the reviews on Garmin Forerunner 230|
|View the model availability and current price||Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Watch at Amazon||Garmin Forerunner 230 at Amazon|
Forerunner 225 was released nearly a year ago (May 12, 2015), and the Forerunner 230 followed about 5 months later (October 21, 2015). Although the gap between launch dates was not that long, differences in features between the two running watches are pretty much noticeable.
Garmin Forerunner 225
The most prominent feature of Forerunner 225 is wrist-based heart rate sensor. In fact, it is the first running watch from Garmin to introduce the heart rate computation without requiring additional chest strap.
The latest Garmin watches uses a proprietary technology called Elevate, but Forerunner 225 is equipped with a sensor developed by Mio. To do the computation, there are two LED lights on the back of the watch that shine through your skin and detect slight changes in blood circulations in the capillaries. Minimizing the interference from ambient lights, the watch has a seal to block any external source of light.
In addition to the usual features of tracking pace, speed, and distance, Forerunner 225 delivers colorful gauges to determine your current heart rate zones and BPM in real time. These gauges help you determine the proper training intensity depending on your current target.
- gray color indicates that you are in warm-up zone or about 50% of maximum heart rate
- blue color represents resting zone or 60% of maximum heart rate
- green means aerobic zone or 70% of maximum heart rate
- orange is 80% of maximum heart rate or the threshold
- red indicates that you are exceeding 90% of maximum heart rate
Performance features include Auto Lap, Auto Pause, Custom Workouts, Pace Alerts, Personal Records, and Interval Training. Forerunner 225 includes a complete set of activity tracking features to count daily steps, calories burned, sleep time, and inactivity level. Fitness tracking functions use accelerometer, which also replaces GPS during indoor run on treadmill.
There is an auto goal feature that determines today’s goal based on yesterday’s achievement. The goal increases or decreases depending on today’s total steps taken. If you surpasses the number of steps you made yesterday, the goal automatically increases. If you fail to meet the automatically determined goal, the watch will reduce the requirement.
In general, this is a better approach than having a preset goal of 10,000 steps every day. Thanks to wrist-based heart rate sensor, the watch can track your heart rate all day long even during sleep without wearing chest strap.
You can pair Forerunner 225 with a compatible smartphone, but it is only possible if you install Garmin Connect Mobile App on the phone. When paired, both devices serve live tracking functions, allowing your friends and families to track your statistics in real time. Powered by rechargeable battery, Forerunner 225 can stay on for about 10 hours in GPS mode (with heart rate sensor) or up to 4 weeks in watch mode.
Garmin Forerunner 230
If you are moving from Forerunner 225 to Forerunner 230, you will find both added and missing features. Omitted functionality is wrist-based heart rate sensor, meaning you have to use additional chest strap to take advantage of heart rate computation of the 230. When paired with compatible strap, however, Forerunner 230 delivers more useful statistics including VO2 Max, Recovery Advisor and Race Predictor.
Another addition is improved smartphone connectivity. When paired with compatible smartphone, Forerunner 230 does more than live tracking and statistics uploading. The watch can display notifications received on phone such as texts, emails, calendar reminder, and more.
You can also control music player directly from the watch. Moreover, Forerunner 230 receives location tracking from both GPS and GLONASS satellites so the accuracy should improve even when you are running in a neighborhood full of skyscrapers or thick vegetation. In terms of design, Forerunner 230 also has slightly bigger screen and better resolution.
The best improvement is Connect IQ support. It is Garmin’s app store from which you can download and install more apps to add functionality or customize watch faces. GPS and GLONASS can be more useful in this case because Connect IQ offers plenty of applications for other sport activities including hiking where you may find yourself in heavily-covered terrain.
Without wrist-based heart rate sensor, the battery in Forerunner 230 lasts for about 16 hours in training mode or up to 5 weeks in watch mode with activity tracking and active smartphone notifications. Activity tracking features with accelerometer have the exact same functions as found in Forerunner 225.
|Disclaimer:||Information provided is believed correct and true to the best of our ability based on the manufacturer published information. However, GPSCompared is not responsible for typographical errors or incorrect data. Please visit the official manufacturer product page for more details on the specifications and features
|Note: ||This writer neither own this product nor have the personal experience in handling it. However this article is produced based on manufacturer published facts and other relevant sources (if applicable).
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