Garmin Forerunner 220 vs 225

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A comparison chart between Garmin Forerunner 220 and Forerunner 225 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 220Garmin Forerunner 225

Garmin Forerunner 220
Garmin Forerunner 225
Garmin Forerunner 225
View the model availability and current price from Amazon.comGarmin Forerunner 220Garmin Forerunner 225 GPS Watch
Introduction DateGarmin announced Forerunner 220 on September 16, 2013Garmin introduced the Garmin Forerunner 225 model on May 12, 2015.
What's difference
Physical & Performance
Physical dimensions1.8" x 1.8" x 0.5" (45 x 45 x 12.5 mm)11.3” x 1.9” x 0.6” (287 mm x 48 mm x 16 mm)
Weight1.4 oz (40.7 g)1.9 oz. (54 g)
Battery lifeUp to 6 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in training modeUp to 4 weeks in watch mode; up to 10 hours in GPS mode with optional HRM
Activity Tracking Features
Step counterNoYes
Auto goal (learns your activity level and assigns a daily step goal)NoYes
Move bar (displays on device after a period of inactivity; walk for a couple of minutes to reset it)NoYes
Sleep monitoring (monitors total sleep and periods of movement or restful sleep)NoYes
Wrist-based heart rate: yes

Activity tracking: yes
What's Common
Physical & Performance
Display size, WxH1.0" (25.4 mm) diameter1.0" (25.4 mm) diameter
Display resolution, WxH180 x 180 pixels180 x 180 pixels
Color displayYesYes
BatteryRechargeable lithium-ionRechargeable lithium-ion
Water rating5 ATM5 ATM
High-sensitivity receiverYesYes
Vibration alertYesYes
Watch functionsIncludes date and alarmIncludes date and alarm
Maps & Memory
History200 hours of activity data200 hours of activity data
Running Features
Accelerometer (calculates distance for indoor workouts, without need for a foot pod)YesYes
Personal recordsYesYes
Running & Cycling Features
Heart rate monitorYes (Some versions)Yes
Foot podYes (optional)Yes (optional)
Auto Pause® (pauses and resumes timer based on speed)YesYes
Auto Lap® (automatically starts a new lap)YesYes
Auto Scroll (cycles through data pages during workout)YesYes
Advanced workouts (create custom, goal-oriented workouts)YesYes
Pace alert (triggers alarm if you vary from preset pace)YesYes
Interval training (set up exercise and rest intervals)YesYes
Heart rate-based calorie computationYesYes
Calculates calories burnedYesYes
Customizable screen(s)YesYes
Shock ResistantYesYes
Garmin Connect®
Garmin Connect™ compatible (online community where you analyze, categorize and share data)YesYes
Automatic sync (automatically transfers data to your computer)YesYes
Official Specs and Features
Learn more from the manufacturer site.Read more about Garmin Forerunner 220 at garmin.comRead more about Garmin Forerunner 225 at
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Garmin Forerunner series has been around for a while now. Every device categorized under this series has always been optimized for running activity, but the company’s latest Forerunner watch also includes activity tracking features.

Forerunner 225 as it is called, shares many same features with its predecessor, the Forerunner 220. The new device, however, brings two important additions including the activity tracking and built-in Heart Rate optical sensor.

Garmin Forerunner 220

It was first available in October 2013 and this sport watch is designed specifically for running activity with few additional features to measure speed when cycling.

The overall dimension measures at 1.8-inch H x 1.8-inch W x 0.5-inch D, and it weighs 1.4 oz. It has an inch color screen that produces 180 x 180 pixels resolution.

Powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, it can stay on for up to 10 hours in training (GPS) mode or 6 weeks in watch mode.

Its main function is to measure distance and pace when you are running. When paired with an optional heart rate strap, it also measures your heart rate and calorie computation.

Measurements of every metric make use of its internal GPS, but the watch brings an accelerometer as well to keep on tracking when GPS signal is unavailable such as when running on a treadmill inside a building.

Besides tracking your running metrics, Forerunner 220 saves your personal records. It even provides vibration and audible alerts when you hit any previous record in that particular run for examples longest run, fastest mile, etc.

With Garmin Connect, Forerunner 220 can automatically upload your data to an online community through a smartphone or computer.

By installing Garmin Connect Mobile app on your compatible smartphone, the watch can automatically upload every data upon a completion of a run.

Garmin Connect website even allows you to plan a workout and set targets including pace, speeds, cadence, and heart rate. These manually configured targets are sent to the watch via USB or Bluetooth Smart.

There is also an on-unit interval feature to configure times for a rest during a run.

Garmin Forerunner 225

In terms of running features, Forerunner 225 and Forerunner 220 are basically the same devices. The main differences between them are hardware specifications, the availability of optical heart rate, and daily activity monitor functions. Forerunner 225 is the first Garmin GPS running watch that measures heart rate at the wrist.

Apart from those differences, every feature is the same including Garmin Connect compatibility, Bluetooth Smart connectivity, internal accelerometer, custom workouts/targets, and on-unit interval.

With its strap, Forerunner 225 measures at 11.3-inch H x 1.9-inch W x 0.6-inch D. The screen is an inch in diameter, producing 180 x 180 pixels resolution.

It is powered by a rechargeable lithium ion battery, providing enough power for up to 10 hours in GPS mode or 4 weeks in watch mode. Forerunner 225 features a built-in heart rate optical sensor, so there is no need to pair with any external heart rate strap.

With this feature, Garmin also adds more data reading on the screen including heart rate gauge page that displays configurable heart rate zones and your exact heart rate in BPM.

More than those, the new feature is daily activity tracking which includes basic features such as step counter, move bar, sleep monitoring, and auto goal.

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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