Garmin Forerunner 220 Review

October 2, 2019

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In this Garmin Forerunner 220 review we note that this is basically a GPS runners watch. It is lightweight sports watch that features high colour display together with optional heart rate monitor. It is designed to suit runners as most of the predominating features are based for runners but can be incorporated into other sporting activities.

Any athlete looking for accurate 5 x heart zone training and GPS speed as well as distance can embrace the Garmin Forerunner 220 watch. This smartwatch syncs via Bluetooth, has a bright and easy-to-read display, connects with heart rate monitor and is water resistant.


When we review Garmin Forerunner 220 in terms of design we can note that it actually has a sports watch look, has a circular face that measures 1.75 inches in diameter and is entirely a black watch with a red circle perimeter. It features two buttons (run and back) on the right side and a backlight button and other two extra buttons that help the user navigate through the menus.

The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a lightweight watch that weighs about 1.45 ounces and it feels comfortable to wear for longer runs. The TomTom weighs about 1.75 ounces and this makes the difference in weight when we compare the two gadgets. It is also rated for 5 atmospheres of pressure hence you can use it in up to 150 feet or so below water. The Garmin Forerunner 220 reviews features a thinner, lighter and a higher resolution colour display smartwatch. It has a resolution of 180 x 180 pixels.


The Garmin Forerunner 220 allows the user to pair with a heart rate sensor for additional insight into his workouts. It also has the GPS functionality for speed and distance feedback while training. It has the Virtual Pacer feature that tracks a specified pace and alerts the user in case he deviates above or below it. Another useful feature that is realised with the Garmin Forerunner 220 is the accelerometer. This tracks indoors and outdoors as well as speed and distance while running on a treadmill.

Activity tracking

This useful watch is designed to track time, distance and speed/pace. It has special functionalities that include Autolap, Autopause and pace alerts and lacks the training load calculations or virtual partner that are seen with the 620.

It lacks the recovery adviser which monitors the distance and intensity of your workouts. It also lacks the Race Predictor which usually estimates the finishing time mid-race based on your current level of fitness. In addition, the Garmin 220 provides activity reports, has goal setting, tracks steps taken and can count the amount of calories you have burnt.


In terms of connectivity, this watch features Bluetooth that allows you to connect to your smartphone so that you can upload your latest session to the Garmin Connect. It is able to sync wirelessly, is compatible with android and iOS and supports ANT+. The watch allows the user to upload the Garmin Connect Mobile app to the smartphone and pair the watch.

The Garmin connect enables you to upload data to the free online community where you can save, plan and share the activities. It also has additional features like live tracking; this allows your friends and fans to follow and see your stats in real-time.


The Garmin Forerunner 220 is believed to last up to 6 weeks in watch mode and up to 10 hours while on the GPS mode. It also features a rechargeable battery through the provided USB port.


The Garmin Forerunner 220 smartwatch includes access to online portal, has vibrating alerts, can upload maps and has a silent alarm and achievements. It also features a stop watch. The customizable workout on the Garmin Forerunner allows you to create detailed workouts which are programmed into the watch.


The Garmin Forerunner 220 is a better watch which is lightweight, easy to use and comes with great training aids like interval and customizable workouts and virtual Pacer. It also has colour display, great battery life and large activity memory. It is ideal for runners and swimmers as it is waterproof to 50 meters but lacks advanced swim features.