The Garmin Forerunner 25 is a simplified running watch. It monitors only runs, has no heart rate monitor (HRM), and has a black and white screen. However, for runners who are new to the sport or want less features, this may be the best one around.
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The black-and-red watch is the most conservative of all four variants, only sporting a top red Activity button and thin border around the watch face. This variant has plenty of design flourishes that provide it a running look, even though it could merge with an office or business outfit. Changing the band to a different color could replace the neutral monotony of this watch.
There are four colors to choose from: white/pink, black/purple, black/blue, and black/red. The size of the watch face is dependent on which color you select; both sizes are 0.55 inches thick. A larger watch has a longer battery.
The setup process for the Forerunner 25 is a breeze. Simply create an account with Garmin Connect Mobile, and then sync to your iPhone through Bluetooth. This is an improvement over the Forerunner 15 – which requires you to plug it into your computer via USB cable. With the new Forerunner 25, after syncing your height, weight, and birth date, the device will calculate how many calories you burn throughout your workouts.
Thanks to the Garmin Connect, users may enable notifications on Forerunner 25 which is another upgrade over the Forerunner 15 that didn’t have enough Bluetooth connectivity.
As you would expect from a low-cost running watch, the Forerunner 25 includes a basic design. The 128 x 128-pixel screen is black and white, though many people have curves to help with readability. Garmin has a new fitness tracker that is an upgrade over its former design.
The Forerunner 25 has no screen – only four controls: a task button (which is colored differently from the others), an up-scroll arrow on the right side, a back button and a light button on the left. The Forerunner beeps when you touch it which can be helpful if you’re running, but annoying in other situations. Fortunately, the orientation of the button on the watch means that accidental presses don’t activate a voice command so your 3 am alarm won’t wake up everyone in the room.
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Like other Garmin devices, the Forerunner 25 includes a Move bar that encourages you to get right up for an instant walk in the event that you sit for too much time. About 250 steps will clear the Move bar.
The app cycles through your daily activity stats: steps taken, daily step goal, miles walked or run and calories burned. The Forerunner doesn’t include an embedded HRM yet a strap-on HRM is available by $169 bundle with the watch. With an inexpensive price point, it’s understandable to not include a heart rate monitor. However, the Huawei Band 2 Pro offers a competitively priced alternative.
The Forerunner 25 is water-rated up to 5 atmospheres, making it safe for activities including swimming. It does not track swim workouts; you can use it in the shower without worry.
The Forerunner 25 does not track sleep data, this function was only included in the older predecessor.
The Garmin Forerunner 25 watch had a really user-friendly start out/ stop recording button which made starting a run easier. Plus, the Forerunner 25 typically found a GPS signal within 1 minute, and frequently within 15 seconds less time than it takes me to put on my shoes and tie them. The Forerunner 25 may also track indoor runs without a foot pod if you don’t use one for outdoors.
Additional run types for the Forerunner 25 are distance, time, and calories. In addition to employing a Virtual Pacer, users can create intervals of runs and walks. They will also get heart rate notifications if the device is paired with a heart rate monitor. These features are helpful for those who are not used to running because they include both run/walk workouts and runs that involve hitting mile time targets rather than just distance targets.
You can start your workout with the Forerunner 25 when its menus are set so that it will automatically begin searching for a GPS signal before you have to tell it what kind of run you want. The GPS watch was accurate and measured the course distance accurately. My usual Garmin Forerunner 35 ($199) and Garmin vivosport ($199) was also tested for comparison.
Garmin Forerunner 25 Once you have the watch on your wrist, pressing the down arrow two times will take you to this screen.
This setup works for all runs, but it’s not ideal for anything that needs a more detailed overview of the workout. The Forerunner 35, for example, displays time, distance, and pace simultaneously.
The larger black/blue and black-red versions of the watch are said to have a battery life of 10 hours in GPS mode and 10 weeks in watch mode on low power, while the smaller options, available in colors including black/purple and white/pink, have 8 hours worth of charge for GPS modes. It is a bit of a letdown that the smaller watches – which are meant to be sized down for women – have such a large discrepancy in weight.
The Forerunner charges in around an hour. I took it out of the box with a full charge and got nearly two weeks of use before I was warned about my battery being low. This time it could not compare to Garmin’s specs, but was still impressive.
The Forerunner 25 charger sits in a cradle while charging, leaving the watch to be flat and usable on any shelf.
For standby time, the most significant change is on battery life. The Forerunner 15 s specs for GPS mode was 7 to 8 hours and five weeks in activity-tracking mode.
The Forerunner 25 is made for people who are new to running and want the feel of a comfortable, reliable watch. While it doesn’t have any advanced features or an embedded heart rate monitor, this does make it perfect for your everyday run. For that, choose the Garmin Forerunner 35 or TomTom Spark 3 Cardio.