Speaking of smartwatches, there are already plenty of them out there (albeit not necessarily Android-based devices that answer your phone calls), and Garmin has a couple of new ones for athletes. The Forerunner 620 offers a host of features, including those that offer granular data about your runs, pace, heart rate, estimated volume of oxygen you’re using per minute, and more.
The 620 connects to your smartphone via Bluetooth, and using the Garmin Connect Mobile app, it will track where you are on your run and let those in your community know where you are. (Note: Privacy mavens may shudder at such a feature, but it’s a safety measure; if something were to happen to you on a long training run, your people would know where you are and could get to you quickly.)
The watch will also let you know if you’re on pace or not, and because based on your data it knows how fast you should be going before a race, it can tell you to move faster; in other words, if you’re underachieving, the Forerunner knows it.
There’s also a planner feature that helps you plan your training--and will nudge you to stick with it--as well as a “trainer” that tracks things like your VO2 max estimate, ground contact time, cadence, and so on.
The Garmin Forerunner 220 has plenty of features as well, including auto pause (for when you stop at an intersection), workout designs, tracking your personal records, vibration alerts for when you’re ahead or behind your pace, and Bluetooth connectivity to your smartphone.
The 620 and 220 cost $399.99 and $249.99, respectively.