Garmin announces the entry-level Forerunner 25

Garmin Forerunner 25

Garmin announces the Forerunner 25, a compact and easy-to-use GPS running watch with connected features. This Forerunner replaces the Forerunner 15 and is essentially Garmin’s entry-level sports watch. Garmin added Bluetooth Smart connectivity for smartphones which enables smart watch notifications such as text messages and phone alerts as well live tracking. The new watch is water-resistant to 50 meters and is thinner than the previous model while the screen is 32% larger.

It’s a relatively low-priced model (for GPS sports watches, anyway) that retails for $170. It doesn’t do wrist-based heart-rate sensing like the more expensive Forerunner watches, but if you spend an extra $30, you can get a Forerunner 25 bundled with a strap-on heart-rate monitor.

There are two different sizes available and a number of color combos. Depending on the size of the watch, the battery lasts eight to ten hours in GPS mode, and eight to ten weeks in the watch/fitness-tracking mode.