Garmin Forerunner 30 Review

That’s no dig at either this Forerunner or its wearers — every time of year you resolve to begin running it’s a decision that is to be both supported by gadget-based motivation, applauded and, essentially.

The Forerunner 30 is the watch that has been simplified as much as Garmin can stomach of a runner. So while it is more involved than a Fitbit Flex, it’s also far more available than the Fenix.

But if you are, or plan to be, a road runner and that is it, the Forerunner 30 is a terrific, affordable alternative…

The Garmin Forerunner 30 layout is an instance of”when we add some colour, perhaps it’ll seem less ugly”.

Its face is a dumpy rounded-off rectangle lumbered with icons that would make most lifestyle wearable designers wince. Nevertheless, the vibrant, broad turquoise strap does take some attention away from what seems like something that should be hidden in a pocket, not shown-off onto a wrist.

The Forerunner 30 comes with slate and purple gray straps if turquoise isn’t your colour of choice. The strap comes up from the Forerunner 30’s glass surface, helping to conceal that it is actually fatter than it seems in many photographs.

When a number of the design components are correct, it makes you wonder why its face is still, well, just look in it. Looks-bashing aside, one significant element of this Forerunner 30 is that it does appear to be a hardcore run tracker. It is that suits the goals of the thing perfectly, more friendly, and more fuzzy.

The Forerunner 30 is also extremely easy to use. There’s no touchscreen, only four chunky buttonson each side.

The buttons on the left let you scroll through homescreens. These show you your heartbeat, alarms calories minutes that week and the stats of the activity.

Just use the Forerunner feels much like a mild and breezy step tracker. The screens flip by quite quickly also, and the Garmin Connect app lets you zap all these, making the interface easier.

You don’t have plenty of watch faces to choose from analogue or digital, but the screen of the Forerunner 30 is clear in daytime.

Like the other equipment of Garmin, it uses a transflective screen. It is always-on, and just gets clearer in bright light, unlike a LCD. At night you need to press one of the buttons to make it light up, but is fairly clear also.

We have been fans of Garmin’s displays for years, although there’s no colour light monochrome. Wearing a Forerunner 30 feels much like wearing a watch that is proper.

To start a task you press on the turquoise button on the ideal side, then once again to start the timer. That is it, no menu faff required.

There’s no need since the Forerunner 30 utilizes its Move IQ applications to gauge what we, to select the type of activity you do.

Move IQ finds its limitations when you head to the gym rather than staying outdoors. This one is created for the outdoors, although A less simplified tracker will let you pick from a range of activities. Nevertheless, it will change whenever there’s no sign to using accelerometer data for space or you are not moving.


The Forerunner 30 is more economical than it might initially seem. You get 24×7 heart rate tracking, although unlike some of the latest versions all of the time doesn’t actually run.

Additionally, it combats a bit with training. At times when it should have read 170-odd bpm, the Forerunner 30 displayed 150-something off. There is no way to connect a separate heartbeat sensor wirelessly. Think though it may be possible to have far better outcomes by sporting the watch tighter, if you demand great HR precision.

Out on the road, tracking is offered by the GPS of the watch, and the program shows your route . It’s easily good enough to satisfy most casual runners, although there’s some smoothing-off of your path.


Smarts need work. Getting this to work is a struggle, although this view can get notifications from the telephone.

The Forerunner 30 did not get notifications, to begin with. Following a day or two of fiddling around we refresh re-paired along with the watch. It worked once you scroll , but the Forerunner 30 now only receives fundamental alarms, and hangs.

Garmin Connect makes it seem like you may find all types of notifications on the Forerunner 30, but Garmin’s own site only mentions”fundamental” ones (SMS, calls). In any event, notifications have issues.

Our read may have affected but Garmin’s claim of five times of general use appears about right. Maybe 20-30 minute runs if you utilize GPS for short stints, you’ll still get the better part of a week’s use between charges.

It’ll last for up to eight hours of complete GPS monitoring, which can be on-par with the other trackers that are tiny of Garmin. The TomTom Spark 3 lasts for three months of life, or up to 11 hours , though for a watch and step tracker, so it doesn’t direct the area here.



That really depends on whether you’ll miss the bits chopped from the Forerunner 35 ANT + for setting up external sensors that are heart-rate, and also the ability.

You will if you use the fitness center instead of simply run out. You will, if you want to use a chest strap HR sensor. The HR sensor and higher intensity exercise struggle a little and the notifications need work.

But despite all of this, the Forerunner 30 remains a fantastic purchase in the event that you stick to outside running. It is a stripped down for that it’s a great option at this cost, and Garmin watch for sidewalk pounders that are casual.