A comparison chart between Garmin Forerunner 230 and Forerunner 630 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 230||Garmin Forerunner 630|
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|Introduction Date||Garmin Forerunner 230 was announced by Garmin on October 21, 2015||Garmin Forerunner 630 was announced by Garmin on October 21, 2015|
|Physical & Performance|
|Weight||1.4 oz (41 g)||1.6 oz (44 g)|
|Battery life||16 Hours training, 5 weeks watch + AT + Notifications||16 Hours training, 4 weeks watch + AT + Notifications|
|Virtual Partner (train against a digital person)||No||Yes|
|Virtual Racer (compete against other activities)||No||Yes|
|Additional||Physiological measurements: Yes
Includes Wi-Fi: Yes
|Physical & Performance|
|Physical dimensions||1.77" x 1.77" x 0.46" (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)||1.77" x 1.77" x 0.46" (45 x 45 x 11.7 mm)|
|Display size, WxH||1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter||1.23" (31.1 mm) diameter|
|Display resolution, WxH||215 x 180 pixels||215 x 180 pixels|
|Battery||Rechargeable lithium-ion||Rechargeable lithium-ion|
|Water rating||5 ATM||5 ATM|
|Smart notifications (displays email, text and other alerts when paired with your compatible phone)||Yes||Yes|
|Find my phone||Yes||Yes|
|Watch functions||Includes date and alarm||Includes date and alarm|
|Maps & Memory|
|History||200 hours of activity data||200 hours of activity data|
|Virtual Pacer (compares current pace to target)||Yes||Yes|
|V02 max estimate||Yes||Yes|
|Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)||Yes||Yes|
|Bike speed/cadence sensor||Yes (optional)||Yes (optional)|
|Heart rate monitor||Yes (Some versions)||Yes (Some versions)|
|Foot pod||Yes (optional)||Yes (optional)|
|Auto Pause (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)||Yes||Yes|
|Auto Lapï¾® (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|
|Time/distance alert (triggers alarm when you reach goal)||Yes||Yes|
|Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)||Yes||Yes|
|Heart rate-based calorie computation||Yes||Yes|
|Calculates calories burned||Yes||Yes|
|Training Effect (measures impact of an activity on your aerobic fitness)||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 Connectï¾ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)||Yes||Yes|
|Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)||Yes||Yes|
|Additional||Connect IQ app support: Yes||Connect IQ app support: Yes|
|Official Specs and Features|
|Learn more from the manufacturer site.||Read more about Garmin Forerunner 230 at garmin.com||Read more about Garmin Forerunner 630 at garmin.com|
|Amazon Customer Reviews|
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The Forerunner 230, 235, and 630 were launched together about 5 months ago. They are all essentially running watches designed to measure distance and pace complemented with Auto Pause and Auto Lap functions.
In addition to those, they have fitness tracking capabilities to measure steps, calories, sleep, and period of inactivity represented by a Move Bar. All of them are 5 ATM water resistant, so you have no worries when wearing them in a swimming pool or bathroom.
Furthermore, Garmin added advanced smartwatch features in the new Forerunners. When connected to a compatible smartphone, the watches display notifications for text messages, emails, incoming calls, calendar, reminder, etc.
Advanced features include the function to act as remote control for smartphone music player and VIRB action camera. There is also Find My Phone with which you can trigger alerts on your smartphone in case you forget where you put it.
Garmin Forerunner 230
The only difference between Forerunner 230 and 235 is that the latter brings a wrist-based optical heart rate sensor, allowing you to measure BPM without the needs for additional strap. Apart from that, they are near identical twins with minor differences in terms of battery life and weight.
Although Forerunner 230 cannot measure heart rate on its own, it is compatible with ANT+ heart rate strap (which can be purchased separately or as a bundle option from Garmin).
When paired with a heart rate strap, Forerunner 230 allows for advanced running metrics measurement including VO2 Max (the maximum amount of oxygen you can consume – any increase above the limit does not improve performance), race time prediction, and recovery advisor or how long you have to rest before starting another intensive run.
It measures every statistic during outdoor run by using both GPS and GLONASS to improve accuracy in terms of speed, distance, and location. The running watch also offers Live Track feature for real-time location streaming when paired with Garmin Connect Mobile.
For indoor run or when GPS signal is hard to come by, Forerunner 230 has built-in accelerometer to keep measuring distance, even without additional foot pod. Its rechargeable lithium-ion battery lasts for about 16 hours in training mode with active GPS or up to 5 weeks when used as an activity tracker with active smartphone notifications.
Garmin Forerunner 630
The real star among the three is Forerunner 630 with its touchscreen and added running performance features. Connectivity to smartphone is also improved with Wi-Fi in addition to Bluetooth for wireless pairing with smartphone.
It lets you upload activity and workout statistics even when your smartphone is out of Bluetooth range. Forerunner 630 can stay on for about 16 hours in training mode or up to 4 weeks in watch mode with activity tracking and smartphone notification features on.
Just like Forerunner 230, there is no built-in wrist-based optical heart rate sensor in the Forerunner 630. The reason for this omission is that Forerunner 630 needs to be paired with Garmin HRM-Run to make accurate measurements of running dynamics including vertical oscillation, ground contact time, and stride length.
HRM-Run has built-in accelerometer to make the measurements, and this is currently the only compatible heart rate strap with Forerunner 630 to give running dynamics reading.
One of the best features is its ability to deliver extended physiological metrics data. Forerunner 630 can learn and analyze lactate threshold through specifically designed test procedures. The results can be applied to your workout regime, so you can maximize and improve performance based on your physiology. More than that, there is a Stress Level indicator to help you determine whether or not your condition is ideal for the next intensive training.
Stress score is based on heart rate, heart rate variability, and pace. Added running performance features include Virtual Partner with which you can train against a digital person, and Virtual Racer that allows you to compete against your previous activities stored as history data in the watch or someone else’s workout data uploaded to Garmin Connect website.
Both Forerunner 230 and 630 support Connect IQ, the applications store of Garmin. By downloading additional apps, you can customize watch face, add more functions, and install widgets for free. They have the same smartphone connectivity features, built-in accelerometer, and fitness tracking capabilities.
Compatibility with Connect IQ is good improvement that allows any running watch from Garmin to add more features. Compatible apps may include not only running-specific, but also other sports such as hiking or triathlon/duathlon.
|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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